Thompson Free Library is working to start our very own Community “Zine.”

What is a zine, you ask? A zine (pronounced “zeen” just like the end of the word magazine) is a homemade publication. Making a zine is all about self-expression and creativity, sharing thoughts, feelings, and creative passions through non-fiction writings, fan fiction, short stories, poetry, song writing, photography, comic or graphic novel strips, doodles, paintings, drawings, and more.

Zines can have an array of messages or topics, and ours will be shared in both neatly-bound and web- based presentations. Every zine we publish will begin with a creative prompt. Our first go-round idea is this:

Are you an avid film-buff with a head full of endless lists of the film titles you can’t stop talking about? Are you the 5K racer or marathoner forever in training or competitions? Is it cats and kittens for you, or dogs and puppies that have forever captured your heart? Do you find yourself foraging through antique stores looking for unexpected treasures? Got grandchildren? What’s your favorite genre: sci-fi, horror, mysteries, or perhaps it is romantic comedies? You a Trekkie? Is it your dream to be a groupie or even a roadie for Lady Gaga or Fallout Boy? A chess player looking for your next checkmate/game-over thrill? A solitary hiker of the wooded wilderness? A Nascar nut, budding chef, gadget-guru, or the next Eric Clapton on guitar?

We’re taking passions here, and ‘Passions’ is the prompt for our first issue. We invite your creative submissions for publication.

Submissions for this first Zine will be due by 5 pm on August 28th, 2020.

And by the way, if you can think up a catchy name for our community zine (or a future topic that might be fun) please let us know!

Request and Rules:

The Thompson Free Library is looking for community members from the Maine Highlands Region to submit a piece/pieces of work (maximum of 3 pages) to be published in an inclusive, all-ages publication. Submitting hand-written writing is fine as long as it is legible, plus we’re requiring 1-inch margins so the physical zine can be bound.

If you are submitting art or photographs, we are asking for pictures or scans of the art, we do not want originals; we want you to keep those.

Again, please remember that this is an all-ages, inclusive publication, so we ask that language and content be kept appropriate for everyone. Hateful content of any kind will not be published, and we furthermore reserve the editorial right to select or dismiss submissions at our discretion.

Please send submissions by email to thompsonfreelibrary@gmail.com or by snail mail to 186 E. Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.  If you have any questions, please email us or call us at 207-564-3350.

We can’t wait to do this project with our community members!

Since washing our hands is more important than ever, now is the perfect time to learn how to make soap. Join us Tuesday, June 16 at 1:30 pm for Soap Making 101.

Brooke Isham of Lomah Farmstead in Sangerville will teach us how to make beautiful, cold processed natural soap from ingredients that can be found locally, using simple equipment. She currently sells her soap online and at various Farmer’s Markets. She specializes in soaps that are free of synthetic fragrances & colorants.

Feel free to ask questions & share your own soap making tips!

This program is free & open to the public. To participate, join the Zoom meeting at: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/88370670600 (Meeting ID: 883 7067 0600). You can also dial in by phone at: 1-646-876-9923.

Enjoy the holidays at TFL!

At 6 pm on Friday, Dec. 6, Hometown Holidays kicks off with a special free showing of a brand-new Disney Christmas movie in the library’s downstairs meeting room. This charming take on a timeless tale features the wonderful Anna Kendrick (from Portland) as Santa’s daughter as well as Emmy winner Bill Hader and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine. A fun time for the whole family with hot cocoa and cookies too.

The festive vibe continues on Saturday, Dec. 7 as TFL’s lead elf, Ms. Michelle, hosts ornament making from 9 am to noon. This Hometown Holidays program spotlights simple crafts aimed towards kids.

That same day from 9 am to 1 pm be sure to visit the Dover Cove Farmers Market downstairs. Support local farmers, get gift ideas, and stock up for all your holiday get-togethers. And don’t miss this year’s cookie walk. Super yum.

Ms. Michelle spreads even more holiday cheer with Christmas cookie decorating from 4-5 pm on Thursday, Dec. 19. You get to take home your own merry and bright (and tasty) treats.

The library elves want you to know that the Hallmark Channel isn’t your only refuge this holiday season. Our awesome holiday stash is on full display: an impressive lineup of new and classic DVDs and winter-themed books for all ages to keep you holly jolly and content. If you’ve lost your yuletide mojo, need some no-cost fun, or want to explore something a bit deeper, December at TFL will meet your expectations.

Holiday hours:

  • 9 am – 1 pm on Wednesday, Dec 24 & Tuesday, Dec 31
  • CLOSED on Wednesday, Dec 25 & Wednesday, Jan 1.

Sunflowers brighten the day and lighten the mood. The world needs more of that, so come to our Planting Sunflowers program on Thursday, May 30 at 3:30 pm. The seeds will grow in the library windows until they’re ready to plant and then you can take some home; the rest will be donated to the Sunflower Circle in the Children’s Garden at Law Farm. All ages are welcome.

Looking for another way to get involved? Submit your sunflower-themed artwork to Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s poster-making contest.

Join us on Thursday, May 9 at 1:30 pm for our next TFL 101 event:

Holly Johnsen shows us how to create, embellish, and bind a simple pocket journal using paper items & recycled materials. You’ll be able to chronicle your memories, stories, & feelings–or a special adventure! Please bring your old maps, wallpaper, stationery, ticket stubs, photos–even junk mail–and your creativity! It’s sure to be a fun time!

About the TFL 101 Series: These monthly programs are lively, informative, interactive demonstrations from the practical to the creative. Pick up some basic how-to’s, then learn & explore on your own. Or, just satisfy your curiosity & have fun.