Thomaston welcomes new librarian

By Juliette Laaka | Nov 22, 2012
Photo by: Juliette Laaka New Thomaston Head Librarian Ann Hoffman Harris started working for the town Nov. 14.

Thomaston — New Thomaston Head Librarian Ann Hoffman Harris said she has found her natural home in library work.

"I've spent my whole life in libraries," she said.

Harris, who has "been in love" with Maine since her 20s, said the position in Thomaston is the work of her dreams. Her favorite book is Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," adding the author also cultivated a profound fondness for the state.

Harris' vision for the library is to create a community space that people love to enter and use as a resource for information, entertainment and knowledge, she said. As there are many libraries in the concentrated Midcoast region, Harris said she wants to discover what distinguishes the Thomaston library.

Harris, originally from Illinois, has lived a "gypsy life," traveling as a child for her father's work, including time spent in Italy. She and her husband, Richard, also traversed the country, and feel that settling in Maine is right. Harris has lived in Maine twice before and said the adage "third time's a charm" is applicable. She was living in Wyoming, working as a librarian in Lander, when she submitted the application for the position in Thomaston. She relocated to Maine shortly after.

"I'm thrilled to be here. I've come from 2,500 miles away and people have been unbelievably welcoming and warm," she said. "This is a family I'll enjoy being a part of."

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or  via email at

Comments (2)
Posted by: Albie M. Davis | Nov 23, 2012 09:32

Welcome Ann and family!  Ever since I was around three years old, the youngest of a gang of four (sister 5, twin brothers, 6) living in San Francisco, where, in the early 1940's we wandered freely, especially to the local library, I think of libraries as heaven!  Nifty librarians introducing you to books they suspect you might like; endless books, that you could even take home and return later; cozy nooks in which to hang and read.  Who could ask for more!  Today, computers, used book store in the hall, small local museum. And, Fantastic Librarians. GREAT!  (PS, during the McCarthy era, in Marin County, our high school librarian quietly modeled the way for free speech!)

Posted by: Dena S Davis | Nov 23, 2012 08:19

We're so glad Ann is here! She and Joanna Hynd make a great team!

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