Sponsor a Year of the Observer!

By Jon Knepp, Director, Thompson Free Library

The digital archive maintained by the Thompson Free Library and the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society (found at: https://doverfoxcroft.historyarchives.online/home) is a tremendous resource for our community! And now, we are looking for help to make it even better by rescanning the Piscataquis Observer collection between 1921 and 1986. Because of badly damaged microfilm, you cannot search through the paper for names, towns, or really anything. Through donors willing to sponsor a year of the Observer for $100, we can redigitize these vital pieces of our county’s history and make them fully searchable for local historians, geneaologists, families and anyone who wants to research the rich history of our wonderful county! Donations are accepted by mail via check, in-person at the library via cash, card, or check, or online via credit, debit, or PayPal using the button below:

The archive was created to house all of the FA yearbooks (1940-2021) as well as all of the county’s newspapers from 1838 to 2019. Unfortunately, when the archive was created, it was made with a well-used, very scratched copy of microfilm. When scanned, entire lines went missing. e’s scanned in as c’s or vice versa. You can read the images, but searching is useless. Even The Piscataquis Observer itself became “The Piscatarus Qhseg ‘et.”

Starting with the 1987 paper, the Observer became the Observer again. The film was undamaged and you can once again search for anything through the search bar! Having worked in digitization projects for 17 years, I was always frustrated with the low quality of the searchable text in the archive and have always wanted to improve it! There just wasn’t an easy way until now. Recently, the historical society uncovered completely untouched microfilm, which, if rescanned and used to replace the current digital versions, will mean the text is searchable, making historical research much easier and more accessible. No more leafing through pages of the Observer to find an obituary. The search bar will lead you right to it!

Unfortunately, rescanning will be costly! By sponsoring the cost of a year’s digitization for $100, we can all work together to preserve this resource and make it accessible! Purchase the birth year of you or a relative, your anniversary, your class at FA. Any reason is a good reason to help out your community! For more information, reach out at 564-3350, email director@thompsonfreelibrary.org, or stop in and chat about it at 186 E. Main St. Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426.

Thanks for our donors, who have already helped us raise $1,800 of our $6,500 goal!

1938- Carlson and Carolyn Williams |1939- Carlson and Carolyn Williams  |1944 George and Jan Barton | 1961 Jim and Mary Annis | 1963 Bruce and Nancy Grant | 1964 | Carlson and Carolyn Williams | 1967 Carlson and Carolyn Williams | 1969 Dan and Pat Juska | 1973 Sean Shortall | 1975 Moosehead Marine Museum | 1978 Luke Muzzy | 1986 Jon Knepp

Bruce Lyford, Shirley Wright, and our anonymous donors

New Books at the TFL

Check out the newest books at the TFL!

Click here to see new books by genre

This Table by by Alex Killian
Bubbly Beautiful Kitty-Corn by Shannon Hale, Leuyen Pham
Insha
Not One Damsel In Distress by Collected & Told by Jane Yolen
Let
Look On the Bright Side by Kristan Higgins
First Frost by Craig Johnson
Camino Ghosts by John Grisham
The Passionate Tudor by Alison Weir
If Something Happens to Me by Alex Finlay
Southern Man by Greg Iles
Mistakes We Never Made by Hannah Brown With Emily Larrabee
The Devil
The Situation Room by George Stephanopoulos With Lisa Dickey
Think Twice by Harlan Coben
In My Time of Dying by Sebastian Junger
The Last Murder At the End of the World by Stuart Turton
Death Behind Every Door by Heather Graham
Big Bear and Little Bear Go Fishing by Written by Amy Hest
How to Read A Book by Monica Wood
Magnolia
Ragamuffin by Millennium Entertainment Presents A Color Green Films Production In Association With Kid Brothers of Saint Frank, Co. and Updog Studios
The Chosen. [VIdeorecording] by VIdangel Studios Presents
The Fault In Our Stars by Fox 2000 Pictures Presents A Temple Hill Production
Grace Unplugged [blu-Ray VIdeorecording] by Lionsgate and Mark Burg Present In Association With Orion A Coram Deo Studios In Association With Birchwood Pictures Production
One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware
When We Were Silent by Fiona McPhillips
The Lost Letters From Martha
You Like It Darker by Stephen King
Mind Games by Nora Roberts
Butcher by Joyce Carol Oates
Looking for Love In All the Haunted Places by Claire Kann
Two Wheels by David Gibb
Being Home by Written by Traci Sorell
With Dad by by Richard Jackson
Growing Up Under A Red Flag by Written by Ying Chang Compestine
If I Drove An Ice Cream Truck by by the Cat In the Hat
Beach Bummer by Ryan T. Higgins

We are excited to offer Biblio+, a free streaming video stream service for our patrons.

Sign up with your library card at https://biblioplus.com/library/thompsonfreelibrary.org to start streaming their selection of films and TV series today! The biblio+ app is available for download on almost any device: Apple (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV), Android phone and tablet, Amazon devices, Fire TV, Roku, and others or stream directly from www.biblioplus.com. You’ll just need your library card number (contact us if you forget it!) and your email. We can also assist patrons in setting up Biblio+ on their devices.

Biblio+ provides popular and award-winning shows, movies, and documentaries with more being added every month. The service isn’t meant to compete with the giants spending billions to offer seemingly endless options in the streaming space, like Netflix or HBO Max. Instead, it is a highly-curated service hoping to provide what you want to watch, rather than everything you could ever watch. Recently, a large collection of BBC offerings were added, including the original British version of The Office, Call the Midwife, The Young Doctor’s Notebook, Wallander, and more. Other content such as literary adaptations, documentaries, and independent award winners are constantly refreshing the options available.

 

 

 

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