Thomaston Public Library has received two grants that will support programs at the library, at 60 Main Street in the Academy Building.

The Maine Public Library Fund awarded Thomaston Library $1,000 for a series of six family programs given by visiting presenters, which will include the Chewonki Foundation’s traveling nature program and a visit by Northern Stars Planetarium, plus sessions on music, yoga, history and baby sign language. A schedule will be posted as soon as dates are confirmed. 

The Maine Humanities Council awarded Thomaston Liberary funding for sessions of the “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series, offered to Maine libraries through the Council in partnership with the Maine State Library. 

“Let’s Talk About It” meetings, on the topic “Telling the Truth: The Subject of Autobiography,” will be held in the new year at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month: January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2. Participants will discuss “In My Mother’s House” by Kim Chernin, “The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston, “The Duke of Deception” by Geoffrey Wolff, “Landscape for a Good Woman: A Story of Two Lives” by Carolyn Kay Steedman, and “Memories of a Catholic Girlhood” by Mary McCarthy; all are available for loan at the Library. 

Discussions will be facilitated by Lee Hefner of Rockland, a writer and writer’s coach, who says, “Every writer struggles with Truth, regardless of genre. As readers we have an expectation, perhaps false, that memoirs and biographies must be true. What is your role as the reader/collaborator to accept or question the truth?”

The discussions are open to all; for maximum benefit, attending the full series is recommended. People are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, a dessert and beverage will be provided.  

For more information, call 354-2345 or visit www.thomaston.lib.me.us. For more information on “Let’s Talk About It,” visit www.mainehumanities.org.