Go Maine, a statewide commuter service organization, has given two bicycle racks to the Thomaston Public Library to encourage residents to use their bicycles more often.

The Bike Racks for ME program provides bike racks for workplaces and public buildings at an 80 percent discount. It is a joint effort by the Maine Department of Transportation, Go Maine, Commuter Connections and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

“This program provides bike racks to encourage bike commuting by increasing secure parking options for bicyclists,” according to the Go Maine Web site.

The two bicycle racks at the Thomaston Public Library will each hold eight bicycles, and were paid for with funds from the Maine Community Fund Charity Foundation grant received in December 2009.

“The timing on this couldn’t be better,” said Head Librarian Brian Sylvester. “The bike racks are here just in time for the warmer weather.”

The Maine Community Fund gave a $5,000 grant to the Thomaston Public Library to support the construction and furnishing of a new children’s library. The bike racks will make it easier for children in Thomaston to spend time at the library by allowing them to come and go on their own.

“We’re hoping the kids will use the bike racks during the summer, when they come in while their parents are still at work,” Sylvester said. “It’s all geared toward making the library easier for kids to access.”