ATTENTION THOMASTON RESIDENTS!!

THOMASTON TOWN ELECTION AND TOWN MEETING DATES HAVE NOT BEEN CHANGED AS OF THIS DATE SO WE WOULD LIKE TO NOTIFY ANYONE INTENDING TO TAKE OUT NOMINATION PAPERS FOR SELECT BOARD MEMBER & BOARD OF ASSESSOR MEMBER THAT THE CURRENT TIME LINE FOR RETURNING YOUR NOMINATION PAPERS IS STILL FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2020.  FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO TAKE OUT PAPERS
CALL (207) 354-6107
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS TIME LINE WILL STAND
EVEN IF TOWN ELECTIONS OR TOWN MEETING IS POSTPONED IN THE FUTURE)

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Hi folks,

We usually try to limit our emails to the monthly newsletter, but obviously these are unusual times and we want to keep everyone informed as to the library's status.

We are extending our closure through at least April 3rd and programs are cancelled while the schools are closed. We are monitoring the situation closely and hope to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so per the guidelines and recommendations of the Maine State Library and the Maine CDC.

Currently the Maine State Library is awaiting specific guidelines from the Maine CDC as to ways to sanitize books and other library materials. Scientists across the world still have much to learn about this strain of coronavirus. Current information suggests that books should be quarantined for at least 3 days. 

Until the Maine CDC can provide these guidelines, the Maine State Library is strongly discouraging libraries from providing pickup or delivery services. They have also suspended interlibrary loan services until the end of the month. As much as it saddens us to not be able to provide our community with library materials at this time, safety and public health must come first. 

However, Maine InfoNet and MSL are working on expanding the digital resources we can offer, particularly additional ebooks and digital audiobooks on CloudLibrary and home access to Ancestry.com (which was previously only available on the library's public computers). We're also searching for additional online resources and will keep our page at http://thomaston.lib.me.us/online-resources.html updated. 

Silent Book Club was originally scheduled this month for Monday, March 23. Obviously we will not be having an in-person meeting to discuss what we're currently reading and share some reading time, but I (Caroline) will be online for 30-40 minutes via Zoom starting at 6:00 PM 3/23 if anyone would like to join me to chat about what they've been reading or watching lately, what the library is working on during the pandemic closure, and more: 

https://zoom.us/j/340532663 or meeting ID 340-532-663

A few other things to note:

  • Due dates have all been extended until April 15. If something has been missed and you receive an overdue notice or a bill for an unreturned item, please don't worry but feel free to reach out via email to  for assistance.
  • Our book drop outside the parking lot entrance is open, but we encourage you to keep your materials at home until we are able to re-open. It's a great time for re-reading!
  • Library staff will be checking in at the library throughout the week to check the phone messages so feel free to reach out with questions or concerns and we will return calls as soon as we are able, but we are also available through email and social media (and you may receive a quicker response).  
  • Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • If you haven't gotten your library card updated yet to the new, 14-digit barcode to be able to use CloudLibrary, the digital lending service for ebooks and digital audiobooks, let us know! When a staff person is in the library, we'll update your card number and contact you.


We will do our best to keep everyone informed as the situation changes. Questions? Call us at (207) 354-2453, email us at , or message us on social media. We're here to help!

Wash your hands and stay healthy!

Best,

Thomaston Public Library

Hi folks,

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the library has decided to cancel our monthly Communi-TEA for March.

Many of our other programs can continue with additional precautions and preparations that will still allow for proper social distancing. We will re-evaluate as needed if advisories from the Maine CDC and other authorities change.

In the meantime, we're following the preventative measures as recommended by the CDC and World Health Organization:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing - maintain a 6 foot distance from other people and avoid handshakes, hugs, etc.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash and clean your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (1 round of the ABC song, the Reading Rainbow song, or 2 rounds of the Happy Birthday song!) Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call your doctor or the hospital first before seeking treatment if possible - you may be able to be evaluated over the phone.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. We are currently disinfecting our computer mice and keyboards, door knobs, etc. at least once a day and more frequently if there has been heavy traffic in the library.

Questions? Call us at (207) 354-2453, email us at , or message us on social media. We're here to help!

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