January events at Thompson Free Library

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — It’s a new year. Give yourself permission to throw those boring, stressful resolutions out the window. Instead, focus on the word “new” — as in exciting, different, fresh, alive. Try something new, read something new (i.e., switch authors or genres) or just begin anew with the help of the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft.

Like to socialize while you knit? Want to get back into knitting? Looking for feedback on your latest project? Stop by the library on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and join the Knitting Group whose several core members are always ready to welcome newcomers.

What is 3D printing? How does it work? Find out on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. as STEM Guide Alicia Millette shows us the basics of this cutting-edge technology. It’s a hands-on learning experience open to all ages but space is limited so be sure to call the library to reserve a spot.

Maybe a conversation with a cousin at a holiday party or an episode of “Finding Your Roots” has you wondering about your family history. Whatever triggered your curiosity, if you’re a determined detective and a good researcher, our genealogy resources (including the library version of which you can access via our computers) can jumpstart your descendant discoveries.

Our Maine Room is filled with town histories, family histories, vital records, and court records and also contains books on Mayflower families, Civil War soldiers and censuses from 1850-1910.

The Piscataquis Observer is being digitized and 1976-2009 is available online (you will find a link at, click on Collection). The Piscataquis Observer (1838-2012) is also available on microfilm.

This January, take a novel approach to indoor activities — with the literal kind that fill our shelves or by trying something new. Great ways to counteract that post-holiday slump and long winter blues can be found at the library.

For more information, please contact Thompson Free Library at 564-3350, or on Facebook.

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