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.

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

Thompson Free Library is now offering curbside pickup service Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm. To request books, contact the library at 207-564-3350 or 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.

Curbside service is part of the library’s phased plan for reopening safely. The library continues to offer online programs via Zoom and social media, digital resources including e-books and audiobooks, and free WiFi access outside the library building.

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.