Thompson Free Library announces events for September

Community Author: Kim Brawn
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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Thompson Free Library announced its events for September.

Children’s librarian Michelle Fagan is starting off the school year with her relaxing Bedtime Storytime 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. The focus, she says, will be on “quiet, cozy stories to end the day.” The storytime will be held every Tuesday.

LEGO Tuesdays will be replaced with Kid Zone Wednesdays which will alternate between Art and Legos & Board Games 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Be sure to pick up a handy Kid Zone Wednesdays schedule at the library.

Storytime (for ages birth to 6) remains in its usual slot at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Ms. Michelle looks forward to seeing new and familiar faces. “It’s a time for stories, songs, and friends,” she said. “It’s also a good way to increase children’s literacy through words, song, and play.”

September is the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up month. Students at SeDoMoCha and Foxcroft Academy, as well as educators at both schools, can get a free library card. It’s a small step that opens up a big world.

We have plenty to offer other demographics as well. Adding a little mystery to the proceedings is sure to spice things up when you Meet Maine Mystery Writers Maureen Milliken and Sandra Neilyon 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.  Maureen, with her 30+ plus years in journalism , and Sandra, with her experiences as a registered Maine guide and white-water river outfitter, talk about their respective books, “Bad News Travels Fast” and “Deadly Trespass.” Find out how Maine’s outdoor landscape plays an important role, alongside their strong female lead characters.

As someone who has been called too philosophical and not pragmatic enough, I’m very intrigued by the Philosophy Club’s pick of progressive educator John Dewey, an American philosopher who founded the pragmatism movement and was a pioneer in functional psychology. Bring an open mind and your curiosity to see how these seemingly opposing perspectives meld 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. No special reading or prior participation is needed.

Find support with those who may be on a similar journey at Pine Tree Hospice’s Caregiving and Bereavement Book Club 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The first reading is Nicolas Spark’s “The Notebook” (described as a poignant and compelling love story about loss and discovery, grief and caring). Reading materials are available to borrow at the library.

For a different take on the library’s 101 Series, join our guide, poet and library guy Tom Lyford on12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. for Lyrical “Fireworks” 101–a unique magical mystery tour of surprising songs and lyrics he’s mined over the decades. The emphasis is on pure listening entertainment, ranging from audio “fireworks” (with printed lyrics) that will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. (Get ready to groove on unexpected gems from Peter Sellers, Johnny Cash and more.)

Switching from playlists to live music, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, the talented trio of violinist Susan Ramsey, cellist Ruth Fogg and harpist Isleen Halvorsen perform a variety of music including Celtic, contemporary and classical. What a perfect pre-Friday wind down!

Don’t forget to stop by to see “10 x 10” an art exhibit featuring the creative work of art educators Jane Blay and Martha Ladd who teach in Dover-Foxcroft.

“The idea was to create art within a 10 by 10-inch area. Any medium could be used to fill the dimensions. Any style could be incorporated, from realism to abstract and any area could be investigated such as landscape, photography, or even mixed media,” said Blay

“This theme encouraged us to explore and experiment,” said Ladd.

The library’s Free Movie Night returns 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 with another fine film you may have missed. Details coming soon.

The arrival of September may signal the waning days of summer, but it can also be the best time of year to make small positive changes, switch up your routine, take a much-needed break and come to the library. New and unexpected experiences await. Oh, and we have really cool books too.

All the programs mentioned above are free and open to the public. For more information, call 207-564-3350, email, visit our website, or find us on Facebook.

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