The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series offers weekly screenings at 6:30 p.m. at the library, in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicap accessible entrance are in the rear of the building.

January has been Walter Matthau Month, featuring films starring the popular actor, and will conclude Jan. 25 with “The Grass Harp” (1995, USA). In the 1940s, young Collin (Edward Furlong) arrives in a small, sleepy southern town after his mother's death and moves in with his aging spinster cousins, Dolly (Piper Laurie) and Verena (Sissy Spacek). He soon finds a mentor in the retired Judge Cool (Walter Matthau), who harbors secret affections for Dolly. Meanwhile, Dolly is troubled by the appearance of Morris (Jack Lemmon), a sleazy entrepreneur who wants to market her health tonic on a national scale.

The PG-rated film, based on the novella by Truman Capote, was the final work of Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. It runs 107 minutes. Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

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