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.

Join us for Central Maine Weather 101 live via Zoom on Thursday, July 9 at 1:30 pm!

Local meteorologist & former Navy weather forecaster Ed Hummel presents a short virtual course on how weather works in this part of Maine and how it’s changing due to climate change (& will continue to change as the whole climate system continues to warm).

Ed, who also taught high school science and math at Dexter Regional High School for almost 20 years, will be glad to answer your weather-related questions! (Hmmm…wonder what he thinks about weather apps??)

This program is free & open to the public. To participate, join the Zoom meeting at: (Meeting ID: 854 7125 4755) You can also dial in by phone at: 1-646-876-9923.

Join us for a “Concert of Summer Celebration” with the Highlands Classical Chamber Ensemble on Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 pm, outdoors on the library lawn.

The program will include tangos, waltzes, and ragtime, as well as favorite classical selections. Solos, duos, piano duet and piano trios will be played, with works by John Williams, Mozart, Debussy, Saint Saens and others.

Outdoor seating will be provided for up to 50 people, with generous spacing allowed. This concert is free and open to the public. We ask that all guests wear a face covering. In case of rain, the concert will occur on Friday, July 17 at 6:30 pm.

Highlands Classical has performed masterworks of classical music in the towns of Central Maine for over eight years. These well-received concerts have normally appeared in spring. However, to celebrate summer life in the community, this new program of light music will also be offered.

Members Susan Ramsey, violin and guitar, Ruth Fogg, cello, Katherine Hunter, flute, and Margery Aumann, piano, will be joined by guests Evelyn Marston, flute, and Evan Viera, piano.

Want to learn how to prepare healthy foods on a limited budget? Come to a virtual workshop taught by a trained nutrition professional!

This free 4-class online series will give you the skills to shop, cook, and eat healthy foods while staying within your food budget. There will be recipe demonstrations and time for questions at each fun and interactive session.

All participants will receive a free gift along with a colorful cookbook with 24 healthy, low-cost recipes and nutrition tips.

When? Choose your own adventure! ***Pick one per week***

Where? Zoom! Link will be provided upon registration.

Please contact Greta at 207-564-3350 or to register.

Monday, July 6
9 am
Monday, July 13
9 am
Monday, July 20
9 am
Monday, July 27
9 am
Wednesday, July 8
12 pm
Wednesday, July 15
12 pm
Wednesday, July 22
12 pm
Wednesday, July 29
12 pm
Thursday, July 9
6 pm
Thursday, July 16
6 pm
Thursday, July 23
6 pm
Thursday, July 30
6 pm

The State of Maine and the Ku Klux Klan. It’s an improbable antithesis, but not only did the KKK take root in Maine in the 1920s, the group’s first daylight parade in America was held Sept. 3, 1923, in nearby Milo. The parade made newspaper headlines across the country, heralding the possibility of “klaverns” across the Northern states.

This astonishing time in Maine’s history, left out of textbooks for nearly 100 years, will be explored by author Mark Alan Leslie as part of Thompson Free Library’s Bicentennial Speaker Series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.

“Milo, Dexter, Newport and Bangor-Brewer were hotbeds of KKK activity in the 1920s,” Leslie said. “I’m certain that when the Klan held its first state conclave in a forest outside Waterville in 1923, some from this area were among the 15,000 who attended.”

Indeed, the Klan reached such heights that it helped elect Governor Ralph Owen Brewster, the mayors of Rockland, Saco, Bath and Westbrook, the Speaker of the Maine House and a number of other political and law-enforcement leaders.

An estimated 19 percent of the state’s population supported the Southern-based secret society, Leslie said, adding, “While few African-Americans lived in Maine at that time, the KKK’s targets were French-Canadians, Catholics and Irish and Polish immigrants as well as Jews.

In his talk “Maine Burning: The Ku Klux Klan Invasion” Leslie will tell the tale of the extraordinary rise and fall of this organization which, now and again, still makes headlines in Maine today.

This event is free and open to the public. To participate, join the Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 18 at 6 pm: (Meeting ID: 842 3716 1160) You can also dial in by phone at: 1-646-876-9923.

The Crossing by Mark Alan Leslie

The Monmouth resident’s fictional novel, The Crossing, is a sweeping — and ultimately uplifting — look at the KKK’s impact on a small western Maine town in 1923.

The AFA Journal called Leslie “a seasoned wordsmith…in the class of John Grisham” and the Midwest Book Review termed his insights into world politics and culture “staggering and frighteningly realistic.”

Leslie earned Featured Book status from Publishers Weekly for his 2015 book, True North: Tice’s Story, a novel about the Underground Railroad in Maine.