Mystery book group at Thomaston Public Library to meet July 1

On Thursday, July 1, at 2 p.m., Thomaston Public Library’s Mystery Book Group will meet in the Community Conference Room at Thomaston Public Library to discuss “Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line” by Deepa Anappara.

“What begins as a game turns sinister, as other children start disappearing from their neighborhood. Jai, Pari and Faiz have to confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and rumors of soul-snatching djinns. As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same again.”

The Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month. August’s book selection will be decided at the July meeting. For more information, contact the library at 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov.

Pet show hosted through Rockland Library July 8

ROCKLAND — On Thursday, July 8 at 2 p.m., people of all ages are invited to show off their pet during Rockland Public Library’s virtual Zoom Pet Show, hosted by librarians Miss Katie and Patty King, part of the Tails & Tales (and Trails!) Summer Reading Program.

Participants who currently don’t have pets can talk about one they used to have or share a favorite stuffed animal. Each participant will share what makes their pet special, as well as other details about them.
To participate, contact Patty at pking@rocklandmaine.gov for the Zoom link and more details.

The Rockland Public is located at 80 Union St. FMI: call 594-0310.

Jewish history talk with Erica Nadelhaft July 8

VIRTUAL — The Rockland Public Library presents Erica Nadelhaft, Thursday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m., calling in via Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

Jewish resistance to Nazi oppression in WWII took many forms. This lecture will look at different types of unarmed resistance that took place, the barriers to resistance that existed both within and outside the Jewish community, and armed uprisings in the ghettos and the camps. There will be time for questions and conversation following the presentation.

Nadelhaft is the education coordinator at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She has a bachelor’s in history from Brandeis University and a master’s in contemporary Jewish history and Holocaust studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

For a link to the Zoom event, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. July 8 and identify the event in the subject line. There will be limited seating available to view the program at the library.

Public Talk on Emptiness set for July 9

ROCKLAND – On Friday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., Robert Schneider will talk on Buddhist teachings on “Emptiness.”

Community members can participate in-person at The Dancing Elephant at 14 School St. or via Zoom. The program is by donation, and registration is required.

Schneider and community members will explore the question: What is the Middle Way and how can we apply it to our own lives? He will offer insights on emptiness, the interdependent nature of reality and the self as a mental construct.

In the 1980s, he followed the Indian guru Swami Muktananda, living and working in the guru’s Siddha Yoga ashrams in India and the U.S. for four years. While living abroad in Belgium during the 1990s and 2000s, Schneider became a student and friend of Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Karta.

The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation and art in Rockland. All programs are donation-based and available for all levels.

For more information and to register, visit rocklandyoga.com/program/dharma-talk-emptiness or contact Rachel at rachel@rocklandyoga.com or 594-1694.