Hindsight is 20/20 and for many of us 2020 has been one hell of a year. Some of us have been lucky enough to have dodged bullets and gotten away unscathed, some of us have the battle wounds to prove it even if the wounds are invisible to the naked eye. For some of us the 2020 resolution went right out the window, and for others it slowed us down and made us focus more on what we wanted and where we wanted to be.

So this got us thinking what are some of your hindsight experiences? Did you miss a job opportunity that looking back was a blessing in disguise? Do you want to share one of your woulda, coulda, shoulda experiences? Maybe life took a Uturn? Maybe that blind date ended up just perfect, or maybe you look back and see just where it went wrong. We want to know what is your hindsight story, and we hope you will join us to hear ours!

Please join us by zoom:
https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/85469007999 We ask if you want to share a story that it be no more then 6 minutes, it must be a true story that happened to you!


Our virtual bookshelf app has been updated! To find more new materials as they come in, click on the books below:

Later by by Stephen King.
American melancholy by Joyce Carol Oates.
Send for me by Lauren Fox.
Haunted hibiscus by Laura Childs.
Infinite by Brian Freeman.
Fast ice by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown.
Band of sisters by Lauren Willig.
The committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Grace & steel by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Chain of iron by Cassandra Clare.
Minecraft by Max Brooks.
Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru.
Camp time in California by by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by AG Ford.
Don't hug Doug by by Carrie Finison ; drawings by Daniel Wiseman.
At the edge of the Haight by by Katherine Seligman.
The lowering days by Gregory Brown.
Where the light enters by Jill Biden.
It. [DVD videorecording] by New Line Cinema presents a Double Dream/Vertigo Entertainment/Rideback production; produced by Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, Roy Lee ; screenplay by Gary Dauberman ; directed by Andy Muschietti.
It by New Line Cinema presents ; in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment ; a Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures production ; a KatzSmith production ; produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Barbara Muschietti ; screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman ; directed by Andy Muschietti.
Planet Earth 2 [DVD] by BBC Earth.
Flowers of darkness by Tatiana de Rosnay.
Hedgehog of Oz by Cory Leonardo.
The simple art of origami by Mari Ono.
Triple chocolate cheesecake murder by Joanne Fluke.
The Russian cage by Charlaine Harris.
Sorrow and bliss by Meg Mason.
Dark sky by C.J. Box.
Calder brand by Janet Dailey.
The crossroads at midnight by Abby Howard.
Guts by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Braden Lamb.
Investigators. by written and illustrated by John Patrick Green ; with color by Aaron Polk..
Lumberjanes. by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh ; illustrated by Kanesha C. Bryant.
The gilded ones by Namina Forna.
The desolations of Devil's Acre by by Ransom Riggs.
Ancestor approved by edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Love is for losers by Wibke Brueggemann.
Never grow up by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell.
Home is in between by words by Mitali Perkins ; illustrations by Lavanya Naidu.
The best place in the world by Petr Horacek.

“I’m beginning to think ‘hindsight is 2020’ was some kind of message from a future time traveler that we all misunderstood.” –Victoria Guida, Politico reporter, via Twitter.


Not surpassingly, that quote became a popular internet meme. 2020 was a year we lost our GPS, maps, compass, and North Star. We may not be sure what 2021 will bring, but the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft is still here with an incredible collection of books, online programs, services, and resources to help you navigate this strange, ever-changing new world.


Friday, January 8 at 3:30 p.m. TFL’s Monthly Philosophy Circle starts the new year (online via Zoom) discussing the intersection of poetry and philosophy. In The Irish Times Rachel Wiseman (from Liverpool University’s Philosophy Department), talked about how British philosopher Mary Midgley saw similarities in the two. “Poets and philosophers are both engaged with a struggle to understand human life, meaning, and our place in the cosmos…They are both careful observers of others and themselves, and when they are great poets and philosophers, they are able to see things that are invisible to others and make them visible.” (Prior attendance and readings are not required, just bring an open, curious mind.)


The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe is this month’s TFL Reading Group selection. They meet online via Zoom on Thursday, January 14 at 6 p.m. The book traces the transformational journey of four very different women as they follow the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico. Library Journal says that “Monroe, known for her environmental fiction, skillfully incorporates lore about the monarch butterflies into a rich novel about generations and tradition.” (Pick up a copy at the library.) 


The Voices from Home Story Slam on Friday, January 22 at 6 p.m. examines the concept of Hindsight. While the saying Hindsight is 20/20 took on a whole new meaning and relevance last year, the idea of hindsight is one of those bittersweet concepts we can all relate to—what are some of your hindsight experiences? Did you miss a job opportunity that looking back was a blessing in disguise? Do you want to share one of your woulda, coulda, shoulda experiences? A decision you’d make differently knowing what you know now. Or maybe how disappointment changed to relief after the fact. Share your true, 4-8 minute story. Storytellers and listeners welcome!


During the month of January TFL is taking part in a nationwide reading challenge #WinterRead2021 #BooksLikeUs with Beanstack and Simon and Schuster. Check out our Facebook page for more information. If you don’t want to use the Beanstack App or website, you can stop by the library to pick up paperwork instead. Complete the challenge and your name goes into a drawing for A Movie Night Goodie Basket! Open to all ages.


Alicia Millette, a familiar name and face to many in the area, is joining the staff at TFL. She has worked on increasing the amount of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities for families in the Dexter and Dover-Foxcroft area for more than a decade. Over 600 students have participated in her programming, including those from SeDoMoCha and Foxcroft Academy, who attended her programs at TFL. She has run Science Clubs and a Teen Science Café. Hands-on activities are her go-to. “They can make even the most complex of science and math concepts easier to understand, and making them fun helps students to better retain the knowledge and apply it in the real world,” Alicia explained.


“Alicia, like Alex (Shaffer, our other new hire), is going to be a great fit for the library. Good communication skills and an eagerness to interact with the public, which they both have, are the first prerequisites for the job. Alicia has devoted herself to promoting STEM in the region, created programming and resources in other schools and libraries that I would love to bring here,” said Jon Knepp, TFL’s new director. 


Surrounded by so much unpredictability, it’s nice to have a North Star like the library to help us navigate, find our sea legs, and feel some measure of comfort. As Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Douglas Adams wrote, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be.”  


May you find many North Stars to guide you in 2021. 

The Thompson Free Library is OPEN to the public with special COVID-19 precautions, Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Curbside service is also available during business hours. For more info (including Zoom links to our free virtual public programs), visit our website (https://www.thompson.lib.me.us), Facebook page, or contact us at thompsonfreelibrary@gmail.com or 207/564-3350. WiFi is available 24/7 in the TFL parking lot. Find us on Instagram @tf_library.

After moving to curbside service only, we will be reopening next week for limited in-person services at the level they were prior to this week. We hope to avoid lowering our service level again moving forward, but we put the health of our patrons and staff first.  If you have any questions call us at (207)564-3350 or email thompsonfreelibrary@gmail.com. Thank you for understanding and have a great weekend!

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the community and the closure of SeDoMoCha for the rest of the week, Thompson Free Library is moving to curbside pickup service only for this Wednesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. We will reevaluate the situation later in the week and determine if the move to curbside will last past this week or not. Thank you all for your understanding in having to make this difficult decision!

We are still here to help you in any way we can! Please give us a call at 207-564-3350 during open hours or email thompsonfreelibrary@gmail.com.

Just as a reminder about our curbside policies/procedures:

To request books, contact the library at 207-564-3350 or thompsonfreelibrary@gmail.com. You can also make requests through our online catalog.

Don’t know what to read next? Try browsing our new Bookshelves page or using NoveList, a tool that provides reading recommendations, author read-alikes, reviews, and more.

We are asking patrons to return materials to our book drop, which is open 24/7. Please use the book drop for library materials only. At this time we cannot accept book donations.

We will continue to offer online programs via Zoom and social media, digital resources including e-books and audiobooks, and free WiFi access outside the library building.

Again, any questions, just ask!