We’re pleased to display artwork by the Milo Art Guild this month at the library!

About the Milo Art Guild: 

“We are a small, friendly group living in the Milo area with varying levels of art experience who gather every Thursday from 9-11 am at the Milo Free Public Library on the corner of Park and Pleasant Streets. Our work can always be seen at the Milo Art Show.

We are currently learning watercolor painting with Wilma Stanchfield. Classes are only $5 a session. When Wilma is unavailable we still meet and work on our own using watercolor, acrylics, colored pencil and pastels. In the past we have received drawing instruction from Suzette East of Brownville. We enjoy creating landscapes, seascapes, florals, birds and wildlife in styles ranging from impressionistic, realistic or abstract, to whimsical and decorative.

All ages and levels of experience (or inexperience) are welcome. If you’re interested, stop by and check us out. If you have questions, or would like information about what supplies to bring, contact Linda Moe (943-7928) or Wilma Stanchfield (943-2219).”

Barb Hamlin

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Joan Henderson

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Gayle LaVallee

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Ellen MacMillan

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Linda Moe

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Wilma Stanchfield

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Creative Kids Art Time begins on Wednesday, November 7!

This new after-school program will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm. The library will provide materials for creative art exploration, for children ages two and up.

Wesley McNair, Maine’s former poet laureate, will return to the Thompson Free Library on Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 pm to read from his latest volume of poems, “The Unfastening.” His presentation will also offer insights into the creative process used in the writing of the book.

“In a dark time, unfastened by loss and despair, how does one find one’s way back to the world again?” asks McNair. “This book seeks to answer this question through poems of sorrow, and hope, and joy. My presentation will explain the complex, unexpected process through which the book reached its final form, weaving selected poems into the discussion.”

McNair, who lives in Mercer, is one of New England’s most celebrated contemporary poets. The author of nine volumes of poems, he has been selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists.”

During his long writing career, McNair has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, and has served five times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. In 2015, McNair was named as the recipient of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry.

Attention book lovers and deal seekers! The next Friends of the Thompson Free Library Ten Cent Book Sale is coming up November 8-10. The sale will be held in the library’s downstairs meeting room and proceeds will benefit children’s programs. Included in the sale are weeded and donated paperbacks and hardcovers, cookbooks, romances and fantasy, mysteries, young adult and children’s books, audio-books and puzzles. Everything is just ten cents!

Book sale hours:

  • Thursday, November 8: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, November 9: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 10: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Join us for an author talk and book signing by USA Today best-selling author Paul Doiron. On Thursday, November 15 at 6 pm Doiron will read from his latest novel, Stay Hidden, the ninth book in his series of crime novels featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. Paul Doiron’s first book, The Poacher’s Son, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. His other novels include: Trespasser, Bad Little Falls, Massacre Pond, The Bone Orchard, The Precipice, Widowmaker, and Knife Creek. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of The Briar Patch. About the James Brown Lecture Series: The James Brown Lecture Series has been endowed with memorial funds donated to the Thompson Free Library in memory of James Brown, who lost his life in a boating accident in 2008. The series presents lectures on topics related to history and literature, both areas of the humanities of great interest to Brown. As the longtime chair of the English Department at Foxcroft Academy, James Brown helped two generations of students explore the world of books. He was president of the Thompson Free Library Association and was also active in the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society.