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A grateful November with Thompson Free Library

By Kim Brawn, Thompson Free Library Thanksgiving is close. Quickly followed by this well-lit, worn trail into the winter vacation that now appears darker and less noticeable.

By Kim Brawn, Thompson Free Library

Thanksgiving is near. Quickly followed by this well-lit, worn trail into the winter vacation that now appears darker and less noticeable. As we downsize our meetings, squat, ride out, and nestle, a little gratitude for simple things is enough. The Thompson Free Library at Dover-Foxcroft has a variety of deals this November to brighten the days, shift your focus, and keep your mind occupied.

Timing is everything. Regardless of the topic, there will certainly be an interesting exchange on Friday, November 6th at 3:30 p.m. in the Philosophy Circle of the TFL. No doubt there will be some post-election philosophical reflection during this online session on Zoom. Bring your curiosity, openness and the desire to delve deeper into topics – in a civilized way, of course.

The TFL reading group will discuss “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri online via Zoom on Thursday, November 12th at 6pm. Publishers Weekly describes it as “the haunting and resonant story of Syrian war refugees embarking on a tell-tale journey into possible security” that readers will find “deeply affecting”. Prior participation is not required.

Our friends at Pine Tree Hospice will continue their supportive and thoughtful Caregiver and Bereavement Book Club on Thursday, November 17th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft. The Optimist’s Daughter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Eudora Welty, is this month’s pick. In-person participation is limited to eight people, but unlimited via Zoom. To register, call 207-802-8078 or send an email to [email protected] Books are available from TFL.

Travel back to another tumultuous time with Spokesperson Meadow Dibble, Director of Atlantic Black Box, as the world of the Maine Humanities Council is in your library on Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 pm “The Sick Ship: New England Sea Captains and the Slave Trade ”Meadow tells the dramatic story of a prominent Yankee Sea captain, a tragedy at sea, a virus outbreak, a major political cover-up and a conspiracy of silence that spanned two centuries linked to New England’s involvement in the slave trade . The program raises questions related to current national discussions. “This online program will be done through Zoom and we will also be working with the Commons [at Central Hall] Who will host it live on their Facebook page for those not using Zoom? “Said Michelle Fagan from TFL.

Here’s a great idea: take a break, take a deep breath, and join TFL on the Beanstack #ReadGrateful challenge. It is a wonderful way for all ages to share an attitude of gratitude with others by starting with a few books on the subject of gratitude (for example, “The Thank You Book,” by Mo Willems, “We May Have Enough to Share “By Richard Van Camp,” Gratitude “by Oliver Sacks and” Wisdom of Sundays “by Oprah Winfrey.) Whoever completes the challenge – a total of 11 reading hours – has the chance to win a cool new journal and journal accessories. visit to join the library or stop by to collect your tracking papers.

A reminder that all Mainers have access to an incredible online resource called the Digital Maine Library ( Access databases, magazines, and academic journals on multiple topics. Browse the extensive collection of topics such as Car Repair (ChiltonLibrary), Health Information (MedLine Plus), Reading Recommendations (NovelList), Culinary Arts and Criminal Justice, to name a few. Students, teachers, job seekers, researchers, hobbyists – almost everyone – can benefit from this digital learning tool from a single source. The AZ index is a great way to start your exploration (FYI, due to the pandemic, please access the library edition of from home for now).

Don’t get caught without a good book, which is a must-have. TFL users can take advantage of the cloudLibrary, a fantastic app for reading or listening to books. For more information, please visit our website or download the cloudLibrary app from the App Store or Google Play (if you have any questions, contact TFL). It’s perfect when the library is closed. This is my cue to let you know that TFL will be closed for Thanksgiving on Veterans Day Wednesday November 11th and Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th.

May you notice this year and be grateful for the simple things. We are grateful for a bouquet of beautiful (and sturdy!) Purple carnations – a recently unexpected kindness from a grateful patron. Last week a woman said to me, “Thank you for protecting us” as she left the library and it felt surprisingly good to hear. Gratitude can cheer up any dire prediction. The sun may not come out tomorrow, but you can bet your lowest dollar will show up sometime. You’re welcome for this Annie catchy tune.

The Thompson Free Library is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special COVID-19 precautions. The curbside service is also available during business hours. For more information (including zoom links to our free virtual public programs) please visit our website (, our Facebook page, or contact us at [email protected] or 207-564- 3350. WLAN is available around the clock in the TFL car park. Find us on Instagram @tf_library.

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