Listen and Learn with Thompson Free Library

By Kim Brawn DOVER-FOXCROFT – Audiobooks and podcasts can be the saving graces of long car trips or cross-country flights. We listen to escape, learn and connect.

By Kim Brawn

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Audiobooks and podcasts can be the saving graces of long car trips or cross-country flights. We listen to escape, learn and connect. Together it’s a dance of give and take, a chance to get to know someone better. Sometimes all people need is someone to listen to them. April’s lineup at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft includes presenters and programs, returning favorites and new additions, worth listening to and engaging with in the spring (hopefully- the!)

The Maine State Museum wants to hear from you Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. online via Zoom as part of their Listening Tour, in partnership with TFL. They reach out to communities across the state to find out what residents are interested in, what exhibits and collections they would like to have in the museum, as well as ideas for public events and student activities. No prior museum knowledge or experience is necessary to participate in this fun, informal and thoughtful discussion. Please contact TFL to register.

This year’s 101 series kicks off with “Declutter 101” on Thursday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. on TFL. Kim Corey of Finely Sorted Organizing in Bangor will give us timely tips for getting organized, downsizing and making more space with less clutter. She will show us how to categorize, modify and create new systems to claim victory over chaos. We’ll learn how to decide what to keep, throw away or donate – and how to sort through those piles of paperwork. Kim draws on her two decades as a professional organizer to motivate us to get organized!

The Ukrainian people are in our hearts and minds. What better time to listen to someone who has in-depth knowledge of the area? Steve Grammont (known locally for his work at the Piscataquis Regional Food Center and as a member of the Dover-Foxcroft Selectboard) has a day job as a military simulation designer at, designing virtual wargames. A long-time student of history, particularly Soviet and post-Soviet history, Steve will give us his vision of “The War in Ukraine” on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. He will explain why it is unfolding as it is, how it is likely to continue, and what surprised him in this conflict against others under Putin’s rule.

Switching gears, “Middle School Game Night” on Friday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m. is a fun way for kids to channel their never-ending holiday energy! “They can play board games, eat pizza and hang out with friends,” says Michelle Fagan, Youth Services Librarian.

Think you can’t garden if you’re short on space, think again! UMaine Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Piscataquis Regional Food Center for “Small Space Gardening” (another in their series of free workshops!) Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Learn how to grow a variety of vegetables in containers by following a few guidelines basic.

Another sign of spring is the return of the TFL Seed Library. Come in and grab a packet or two. Then, after the growing season, bring your own seeds to share, helping us keep this project sustainable and diverse.

We’ll also rock the visual arts with our Tiny Art Show. Artists of all ages share their unique and vibrant expressions of spring. Wait and see how these tiny blank canvases have been transformed!

Good news: TFL Storytime returns Friday mornings at 10 a.m. starting April 29. It is aimed at toddlers and young school-aged children. Little ones will love listening to Mrs. Michelle read wonderful picture books. There will also be music, finger games and more!

Everyone’s talking about the Tonies — not the Broadway awards — but the Toniebox, a kid-friendly screenless digital audio player with content already downloaded onto it. Play books with the help of fun figures (Tonies) like LeVar Burton reading his book “The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm” or National Geographic Kids’ Penguin with biologist Dr. Lucy Alice Hawkes. Designed for children ages 3 and up. Visit/contact the library for more information).

We’ve listened to your feedback and the needs of the community, and are extending library hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting Tuesday, April 5, TFL hours of operation will be Tuesday 9am-7pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. those working up to five, families – and everyone else – have more time to come,” said library director Jon Knepp.

With so much vying for our attention and focus, we at TFL strive to bring you programs that cut through the noise and provide good information, fun and a chance to participate. TFL is a place where conversations and connections matter – whether you’re listening to Tom Lyford tell a story, catching up with a neighbor, discovering how to declutter your life, or gaining a better understanding of current events.

TFL is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April 2. See above for new hours from April 5. For more information on events, visit our new website address, Facebook page, or contact us at [email protected] or 207-564-3350. Find us on Instagram @tf_library. Masks are recommended but not required.

Christy J. Olson