Library members in Thomaston can now display their own artwork, crafts or collections of items in display cases and specially designated areas at the Thomaston Public Library.

“Right now we have two spaces available,” said Head Librarian Brian Sylvester. “There is a large glass display case on the main floor to hold larger objects, like model ships or sculptures, and we’ve installed a picture railing on the lower floor to hang artwork or photos.”

The display case was donated to the library, Sylvester said, by the W. Tom and Bonnie Sawyer Library, at Husson College. Sylvester plans to add a third display case in the main corridor of the Thomaston Academy building to display hand-held items or large flat items, like maps.

The Community Displays program is unique in the area. Community members can use the space in the library to create a display on almost any topic, free of charge. Library staff will work with the person to create signs and placards to accompany items, explaining their significance and history. Library users can also use the display space to exhibit artwork or crafts to sell in the community.

“Library staff can’t actually sell items for people,” said Sylvester. “But we’re happy to help locals get their work out there.”

Local museums and historical societies are also being invited to participate in the program. The General Henry Knox Museum Board of Directors is considering loaning an item for display, and the Thomaston Historical Society hopes to have a regular presence, displaying artifacts from Thomaston’s rich history.

The Community Displays program is sponsored by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation, awarded earlier this summer. For more information about the program or to reserve display space, contact the Thomaston library at 354-2453.