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Thompson Free Library announces July events

Community Author: Kim Brawn
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DOVER- FOXCROFT — The Thompson Free Library has announced its events for the month of July.

Our popular Kids Summer Program series will return Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with an incredible line-up that will entertain, teach, and ignite imaginations.

July 3: Meet some amazing live animals and hear stories of animal rescues with Sparks Ark Animal Services.

July 10: Hear stories about the Wabanaki Nations with the Abbe Museum. The program is a mix of oral storytelling and excerpts from contemporary Indigenous authors as well as hands-on items, all designed with young attention spans in mind.

July 17: Acclaimed picture and chapter book author/illustrator Kevin Hawkes (“The Wicked Big Toddlah,” “Library Lion,” “Chicken Cheeks,” among others) reads from his stories and talks about his drawings. He’ll show how a book comes to life—in a lively, interactive, and humorous way.

July 24: L.C. Bates Museum, a natural history and cultural museum on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley, presents “Nocturnal Animals”. Explore owls, bats, moths and many more creatures of the night and how they thrive and survive in darkness.

July 31: Blast off with Ms. Jenn’s “Out of this World Storytime.” There will be a book, song and dance, planets and parachute, and an amazing craft.

Every Wednesday at 2 p.m. through August, young readers are invited to practice their reading skills and gain confidence by reading to Erma, a German short-haired pointer who is a Reading Education Assistance Dog.

Play lawn games, paint and sip (a kid-friendly beverage) and more at SeDoMoCha’s Middle School get together for grades 5-8 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Ms. Michelle will be there to book talk, do library cards sign-ups, and have cool books to check out (a mini-mobile library!).

TFL’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) has planned some awesome summer activities for Grades 6-12.

The History/Global Politics Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Past meets present in this spirited discussion group sure to stimulate history buffs and political junkies.

Teen Book Group will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Come talk about a book you’ve read or get ideas about what to read next (attending counts towards FA’s reading requirement).

Coding Club will meet for the first time 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. It’s the place to share your coding projects and pick up new skills.

Board games, card games, and pizza are on the menu for the After-Hours Teen Night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 .—a fun, friendly atmosphere to relax and interact.

If you have ideas about making the library a better place for teens, gain leadership experience, and help plan activities and events like these, consider joining TAB, the next planning meeting will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

We’re also offering up many great programs geared toward adults.

Learn about upcoming Aging Well with Technology classes offered by the National Digital Equity Center at an info session on 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. These free computer classes will cover connecting with email, texting, and social media; protecting your digital presence; and using technology to improve your health and get what you need online.

TFL’s own Michelle Fagan shares her knowledge and passion in Essential Oils 101, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11She’ll show us how to make three different fragrances (earthy, floral, and a combination—we get to take home a bottle of our choice!), give the inside scoop on the aromatherapy benefits, explain what carrier oils are, and give out a cool handout featuring recipes and tips to captivate our olfactory receptors.

Fiber artist, painter, and Atkinson native Jo Eaton’s creative and varied “Loving the Landscape” collection of art work is currently on display at the library. She will give an artist’s talk 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Learn about Jo’s inspiration and techniques– from her amazing landscape hats, oil paintings, watercolors, and vibrant hearts.

For an experience the whole family can enjoy, come listen to the wonderful music of singer-songwriter Martin Swinger 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. His style is eclectic (ranging from Americana, swing & jazz, traditional, show tunes, and more).

Friday, July 26 at 6 p.m. is TFL’s Free Movie Night will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26.

Everything mentioned above is open to the public. For more information, call 207-564-3350, email thompsonfreelibrary@gmail.comor find us on Facebook.