The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library continues its series of films in Room 208 of the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The weekly films are hosted by movie maven Erika Pfander.

The Friday night movies for September are classic Hollywood Westerns. The next film in this month’s series will be “Shane” Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Amid stunning vistas, this Oscar-winning Western from director George Stevens follows reformed gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd), whose determination to avoid a fight is tested when greedy cattle barons threaten the community of homesteaders he has joined. Jack Palance plays Shane’s unabashedly evil nemesis, and the film’s enigmatic ending — after Shane realizes he has become a disruptive force in the family that has taken him in — is a cinema classic. The film also stars Van Heflin and Jean Arthur; and Brandon DeWilde as their young son.

“Shane” is 117 minutes long and was filmed in 1953. It is unrated. This month’s series will conclude with “Duel in the Sun” Sept. 24.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the Hallway Books bookshop will be open in the hallway of the first floor. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. All screenings begin 6:30 p.m.

The building is handicapped accessible via the elevator off the parking lot. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to