Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents a free weekly Friday Night Film series. Screenings are Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at the library, in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking, entrance and handicap access are in the rear of the building.

The February series is devoted to Westerns, beginning Feb. 1 with “Shane” (1953, USA). Enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and a ruthless cattle baron. Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian (Jean Arthur) and his fondness for her son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes him, force Shane to realize he must go up against the cattle baron.

The nonrated movie runs 118 minutes. The series continues Feb. 8 with “Red River” (1948, USA); Feb. 15, “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1954, USA); and Feb. 22, “Rio Bravo” (1959, USA).

Friday night films are open to the public free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call 354-2453.

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