In collaboration with local farmers and the Federal Summer Food program, the library is hosting eight weeks packed with fun: art, crafts, games, great books, star-gazing, puppets, music, and free, healthy lunches.

Everyone is welcome and all kids from 4 to 18 are invited to participate for a day, a week, or all eight weeks, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a lunch provided and lots of activities for both sunny and rainy days. Parents who wish will also be invited to eat the family-style lunches and try their hands at bubbles, sidewalk-chalk drawings, gardening, puppet making, reading, and many other projects.

The Thomaston Farmers Market will be a source for fresh produce, and, this fall, pumpkins will be harvested from the patch. Special guests include area people who can share their knowledge and skills: Jerry Schneider with his bat program, Tim English offering Qi Gong, Saco children's musician Rob Duquette in concert, and programs on astronomy, puppets, and art with the help of other local folk.

It’s all free for kids though we welcome volunteers, sponsorships, and donations. Program begins June 23 and runs through Aug. 15. Sign-up sheets are available at the library and at Lura Libby and Thomaston Grammar schools.

Seeking volunteers

Thomaston Public Library is looking for library enthusiasts to volunteer a few hours weekly this summer, in both the Children's and Adult's departments.

Summer is the library's busiest season and staff is now planning a big 40 Days of Summer program for kids that will include sack lunches, healthy snacks, books, and a host of daily, indoor and outdoor events.

The Adult Department would love additional volunteers too, to man the Circulation Desk, set up eye-catching displays, shelve books, and offer all kinds of general assistance. The library doubles as a community center and is a lovely place to spend a few hours assisting patrons, chatting with newcomers and neighbors, talking about books, and helping to keep the collection in order. The library offers training and a wide variety of tasks, depending upon your interests and skills.

If interested, please contact the library at 354-2453 — or simply stop by.