Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 7 p.m., new summer start time, in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The theme for June’s films is Eastern European Cinema.

The June 21 film is “Ballad of a Soldier,” a 1959 movie that runs 88 minutes. The award-winning drama set during World War II relates a simple and moving tale about a young soldier whose courageous action disabling a tank is rewarded with a 10-day leave to visit his mother. He travels for several days with a young woman he meets in an empty railway car. They fall in love and vow to meet when the war is over. "Ballad" is a movie of rare compassion and delicacy, an original, beautiful, humorous and sentimental journey through war-churned Russia.

Capping the June series June 28 will be “Kolya” (1996, Czech Republic/UK/France). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.