August Art Exhibit

John Allen paintingDuring the month of August the library’s gallery will display a collection of works by Dr. Allen, an active landscape painter in Maine. He studied with Charles Woodbury in Ogunquit and settled in Cape Elizabeth.


This is a private collection and a unique opportunity that will include photographers showing how the landscape of Portland has changed.

Born in Brownfield, Maine, John H. Allen (1866-1953) graduated from Portland High School and the University of Pennsylvania, then studied medicine in Berlin, Germany. He was a nose and throat surgeon at Maine General Hospital for over three decades. Dr. Allen was also an accomplished oil painter, a member of the Portland Society of Art, the Ogunquit Art Association, and the Haylofters of Portland. He was honored with a one-man show at the Portland Society of Art in 1943.

Adult Poetry and Writing Workshop!

betsy_sholl August 12 & August 19, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Betsy Sholl, award-winning author of eight poetry collections and a former Poet Laureate of Maine, is offering a special two-part poetry and writing workshop at Thomas Memorial Library! The first session will take place on the 12th of August, followed by the second and final session on the 19th.

This will be a fun and very humane workshop focused primarily around generating new material and examining some of our favorite writers and what makes them so appealing. This is for all levels of experience, and refreshments will be provided.

Please click here to sign up ahead of time if you’re interested!