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.

February’s Westerns series continues Feb. 8 with “Red River” (1948, USA). One of the finest westerns ever made, “Red River” is a monumental, sweeping and powerful masterpiece directed by Howard Hawks. In one of his best roles, John Wayne plays a Texas cattle rancher who adopts a young boy orphaned by a raid on a wagon train. After coming of age, the son finds himself compelled to challenge his father during a 1,000 mile cattle drive. Montgomery Clift (in his first role) plays the son. Also starring is frequent co-star, the loveable Walter Brennan.

The nonrated movie runs 133 minutes. The series continues Feb. 15 with “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