Join the Voices from HOME Oral History Project for a live storytelling event on the theme “Free” live via Zoom on Friday, July 24 at 6 pm.

Look back over the chapters of your life and ask yourself: What does the word “free” conjure up? Do you have a tale to tell about being independent, off duty, or on the loose? Have you ever received something valuable for nothing, or helped someone else in a pay-it-forward gesture? Was there a time in your life when you needed to break free from a burdensome situation or liberate yourself from certain thoughts, habits, or routines?

Whatever memory or story “free” brings to mind, we invite you to share it with us in a 4-8 minute TRUE story on story slam night!

Photo courtesy of the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society

Join online at: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/87272594793 or dial in by phone: 1-646-876-9923. (Zoom Meeting ID: 872 7259 4793)

Thompson Free Library will reopen to the public with extra safety precautions beginning on Tuesday, July 14. Library hours will be Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 am until 5 pm.

You can read our full COVID-19 Policy here. Thank you for helping to keep our library and community safe. We look forward to seeing you!

We encourage patrons to continue using our curbside pickup service, and ask all library visitors to follow these guidelines:

Do not enter the library building if you feel sick, have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when inside the library building. The library will provide a face covering if requested.

Maintain physical distance of at least six feet from others.

Limit your time in the library to 30 minutes per visit, computer use included.

Sanitize hands before touching any library materials.  Hand sanitizer is provided in multiple locations around the library.

Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Only 10 visitors are allowed in the building at any given time. You may have to wait to enter the building so that we can maintain this threshold.

Continue to return library materials to the outside book drop. Please note that we are accepting library materials only and cannot accept donations at this time.

Join us for an outdoor, social-distance-friendly Bee Workshop!

Come to the Thompson Free Library on Wednesday, July 15 at 10:30 am for an outdoor Bee Workshop with Lynn Lubas! We ask that you please wear a face covering to this program.

This workshop will provide participants of all ages with an overview of the life cycle of a honeybee and a description of equipment necessary to keep bees. There will be an observation hive on site to view some working honeybees.

Lynn Lubas of Penquis Beekeepers will lead the discussion and will answer questions for participants. Lynn has been a beekeeper for approximately 8 years and has a large perennial garden and pond to help feed pollinators.

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!

Thompson Free Library has partnered with the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) and SeDoMoCha to create two story walks!

A story walk features signs along an outdoor path that feature picture book pages, questions, and activities. Follow along to read the story while exploring the outdoors!

Visit PCSWCD’s Law Farm to read “Because of an Acorn” written by Lola and Adam Schaefer and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannin.

Visit the picnic area near the nature trail at SeDoMoCha to read “A Nest is Noisy” written by Dianna Hutts Aston and Illustrated by Sylvia Long.

Both story walks will be available through August.

Share photos from your story walk using the hashtag #dfstorywalk2020.