This group will meet Wednesdays January 9 – April 24 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in our Community Meeting Room.

The impact of substance use on families and children can be devastating. Healing begins as the parent-child relationship is strengthened. Group discussions guide parents toward restoring and rebuilding the connection between family members.

For more information, or to register, please call Stephen Madera of Penquis at 207-974-2479. There is no cost for this group.

 

Join us for the Philosophy Circle, a lively and informal philosophical conversation held the first Friday of each month.

Our next meeting will be: Friday, January 4 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

This month we will use the first half hour to discuss Socrates and the Socratic Method. The next hour we will explore a question of interest chosen by participants (using the Socrates Cafe model).

Please note, all are welcome and no previous experience is necessary to participate.

We’re excited to host a new monthly maker program at the library, led by STEM guide Alicia Millette! Each month will feature a fun project for a different age group.

This month – learn about simple circuits while making a small flashlight.

Who: Students in grades 4-8.

When: Tuesday, December 27 at 11:00 a.m.

This free STEM project is a great way to learn how electrical devices can be turned on and off. Each participant will make and take home their very own flashlight!

Please see Ms. Michelle to sign up.

Are you interested in helping to document the stories and voices of Piscataquis County?

The Thompson Free Library has received a grant from the Maine Community Foundation to bring oral history documentation to our community.

If you are interested in joining the project, come to The Commons at Central Hall on Saturday, Dec 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At this training session, oral historian Molly Graham will teach us how to use the digital recording equipment and offer tips on conducting an interview with a friend, neighbor, or family member.

If you’ve thought about gathering family or community history, or just want to see what oral history projects are all about, this program is for you!

Please note, the location of this event is: The Commons at Central Hall, 152 East Main St, Dover-Foxcroft.

Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. Local poet and musician JT Curran will read from his volume of poems, “Beyond the Road,” accompanied by his son Jason Curran on the keyboard.

From Matrika Press: JT Curran moved to central Maine in the early 1970s, drawn in part by the homesteading movement which resonated with many who sought a rural lifestyle and greater connection to the land. He built a log cabin on his twenty-two acres of wooded paradise and helped raise three children with his partner of forty-seven years. He has worked as a woodsman and a carpenter, has cultivated his own fruits and vegetables, and has volunteered with many civic and arts organizations. He holds an M.A in Counseling and has provided counseling service to many individuals and groups. He has taught courses in psychology at the University of Maine and Eastern Maine Community College, and has had a twenty-five year career in education as a guidance counselor.

In addition to literary pursuits, J.T. is an active musician who has performed since his days in high school, where he sang doo-wop with fellow crooners in the Philadelphia based quartet, the Violators. He maintains an active performance schedule, singing and playing his guitar in venues throughout central Maine. 

JT’s poetry blends colorful observations with thought-provoking reflections.  With wit, compassion, irony, and humor, this book invites the reader to consider the signposts, off-ramps, co-travelers and vistas which populate our journeys. JT’s words reminds us that however we may navigate our experiences, our destination remains beyond the road.

Selected from collected works which span over fifty years, “Beyond the Road” is JT Curran’s first published volume of poetry.