Come join a discussion with writer Sandra Sylvester, a native Mainer and former Rockland resident, who is the author of "The South End," a novel, and the blog “Beyond the South End," on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at Thomaston Public Library.

The group will discuss Maine's strong regional culture, one which cultivates a unique sense of place. Culture should do this anywhere; why is Maine's appeal so unusually strong? Why do people have these strong feelings, and what aspects of Maine are their true source? Why do visitors from away love Mainers?

Sylvester will discuss the topic in relation to her book "The South End." She will have books on hand for sale and signing. Unsigned copies can also be brought along and she will be glad to sign them.

Strong audience participation is anticipated and welcomed.

Please join the discussion and let's figure out Maine's magic.

Earlier in the day, at 11 a.m., there will be a children's event that will feature cool robot stories followed by the coloring and assembling of girl and boy robots. Come listen, play, and be creative.