Thomaston welcomes new librarian
Thomaston — New Thomaston Head Librarian Ann Hoffman Harris said she has found her natural home in library work.
"I've spent my whole life in libraries," she said.
Harris, who has "been in love" with Maine since her 20s, said the position in Thomaston is the work of her dreams. Her favorite book is Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," adding the author also cultivated a profound fondness for the state.
Harris' vision for the library is to create a community space that people love to enter and use as a resource for information, entertainment and knowledge, she said. As there are many libraries in the concentrated Midcoast region, Harris said she wants to discover what distinguishes the Thomaston library.
Harris, originally from Illinois, has lived a "gypsy life," traveling as a child for her father's work, including time spent in Italy. She and her husband, Richard, also traversed the country, and feel that settling in Maine is right. Harris has lived in Maine twice before and said the adage "third time's a charm" is applicable. She was living in Wyoming, working as a librarian in Lander, when she submitted the application for the position in Thomaston. She relocated to Maine shortly after.
"I'm thrilled to be here. I've come from 2,500 miles away and people have been unbelievably welcoming and warm," she said. "This is a family I'll enjoy being a part of."
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.