The Thompson Free Library is your go-to summer center!


By Kim Brawn We arrived in June. A moment that may sound like the title of this recent film “Everything Everywhere All at Once”.

By Kim Brawn

We arrived in June. A moment that may sound like the title of this recent film “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. Everyone can’t wait to dive into summer — that weird jumble of endless possibilities stuck in three finite months. At the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, we love to see old friends and new faces arrive for the summer. Vacations mean more time for family activities and hopefully more time for reading. TFL is your go-to hub for both!

Let’s start with our 8-week summer reading challenge for all ages, which is divided into three groups (children: birth to 11 years old, teenagers: 12-17 years old and adults: 18 years old and over) – each will have its own program. Registration will take place from June 21 to 25. Please pick up reading journals and other items at the library. Challenge yourself for a chance to win prizes and free children’s books.

Our series of summer programs for kids begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22 with a multi-generational session featuring bee-friendly activities for kids with Kacey Weber of PCSWD and pollinator gardening tips for adults with UMaine Cooperative Extension. On Wednesday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m., the ever-popular Chewonki Nature Educators explain the tidal pools and let kids see and touch the animals in the tide pools. The series runs every Wednesday. until August 10.

Don’t worry, our ongoing adult programs are still in session, join the TFL Philosophy Circle on Friday, June 3 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss “The Philosophy of War.” Questions to ponder: Is there a just war? If so, which wars and why? How do countries justify war and sell it to their citizens? Has there ever been a society without war?

For arts and crafts fans, former TFL manager Greta Schroeder joins us in person at the tent for “More Block Printing 101” on Thursday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. Greta shares her skills and enthusiasm for relief engraving. She will guide us through transferring a design, sculpting the block, and hand-printing an image. You can take your prints and sculpted blocks home with you, which can be used for many creative projects, including greeting cards and textiles. Supplies and a handout will be provided.

At 6 p.m. on June 9, the TFL Reading Group meets to discuss the award-winning 1993 book “A Lesson Before You Die” by Ernest J. Gaines. From Publishers Weekly, “In this sober but eloquent account, the author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman re-addresses some of the major issues of race and identity in our time. . . Gaines invests the story with a emotional power and universal resonance Copies are available at the library.

What would summer be without music? No need to consider that thanks to TFL’s summer concert lineup. First, folksinger Bill Berlinghoff brings his rich, flexible baritone backed with banjo and guitar to TFL on Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m. His diverse songbook includes Tennessee mountain music, 1960s folksongs, thoughtful and whimsical songs and originals. Its website describes it as “Acoustic Music in the Pete Seeger Tradition”.

The Garden in a Box learning series continues Wednesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. with “When to Harvest Your Garden Vegetables.” Get helpful, specific information and resources as the Piscataquis Regional Food Center and UMaine Cooperative Extension team up again to share tips and tricks for when and how to harvest various vegetables.

“Oops!” it’s time for another Dime Pound Sale (June 23-25) to coincide with the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival and deliver sizzling deals just as summer heats up. Bring your spare change and dollar bills to the Main Floor Meeting Room, aka The Basement, Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When you enter TFL, you’ll be greeted by a new display featuring books set in Maine. It’s always interesting to see places you know through someone else’s eyes and experiences, giving a sense of familiarity as well as newness.

It’s a bit like summer at the library. New meets old and everything in between. In addition to attending the awesome programs, be sure to stock up on beach-porch-lawn-couch-bed-hammock reads (is that just a TV thing?). TFL has an enviable lineup of new releases and gems you may have missed. We are your go-to hub as summer approaches.

TFL is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit our website, our Facebook page or contact us at [email protected] or 207-564-3350. Find us on Instagram @tf_library. Weather permitting, most programs will take place in the event tent. The programs are free and open to the public. Whenever possible, we broadcast our programs live via Facebook and then make them available on our YouTube channel (


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