Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s weekly Friday Night Film series hold screenings at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Admission is free. Parking and handicap access are in rear of the building.

December’s Holiday Favorites continue Dec. 21 with “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946, USA), a box office disappointment that became an annual tradition after falling into public domain, leading to lots of television screenings in the 1970s and ‘80s (it fell out again in 1993).

Frank Capra's adaptation of the short story “The Greatest Gift” stars James Stewart, in his first role after World War II service, as George Bailey — a good man who's spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would've been like had he never been born. Donna Reed co-stars as George’s wife; and the film, nominated for five Oscars, has a screen-filling cast of delightful character actors.

The PG-rated film runs 130 minutes. The Holiday Favorites series concludes Dec. 28 with “Joyeux Noel” (2005, France/Germany/UK/Belgium/Romania/Norway/Japan/USA).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.