Best-selling Author Elizabeth Berg!

Saturday, August 11
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are delighted that Elizabeth Berg has included the Thomas Memorial Library in her August tour of New England libraries! She will talk to us about the writing process, will read from a couple of her books, and will be available afterwards to sign books. 

Elizabeth is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including novels, two short story collections, two Facebook compilations, a manual on writing, Escaping Into the Open, and a stage adaptation of her book, The Pull of the Moon. Her books have been translated into 37 languages and three were turned into television movies. Open House was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection, and she appeared on Oprah with Talk Before Sleep and Family Traditions. She received the New England Booksellers Association award for her body of work, The American Library Association’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for an ABBY, an award for bookseller’s favorite books. Elizabeth has been honored by both the Boston and Chicago Public Libraries and is a popular and entertaining public speaker.


More about Elizabeth
Elizabeth was born on December 2, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota. When she was 3, her father re-enlisted in the Army and she grew up on bases from Texas to Germany, sometimes attending as many as three schools a year. Returning to this country she worked as a receptionist in a law firm, a waitress, an actress in an improvisational theater group and the lead singer in a rock band. She later attended the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University, where she earned a nursing degree. She says that her ten years as a registered nurse was her “school” for writing – taking care of patients taught her a lot about human nature, hope, fear, love and loss, regret and triumph. And it helped her to understand the importance of relationships, which are often the focus of her work.

Elizabeth lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her partner Bill, dog Gabby, and cat Gracie.

This talk is brought to you with the generous support of the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation.

Democracy Cafe – August

Tuesday, August 14
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

After a heated, and vitally important discussion in July about America’s role as a leader in world democracy, in August we’re going to shift gears and talk about the role of the free press in a democracy.

Up for discussion:

  • The role of fake news and what we can do about it
  • How free is our “freedom of the press”?
  • What’s wrong with the news that trust for the press is at an all-time low?
  • Are things worse now that they were 30 years ago – or is the news just more pessimistic? 
  • What measures can the press take to go deeper into important news v. covering news that creates strong ratings?

We guarantee another great discussion. We hope you’ll join us in a place where all opinions are respected, and all voices can be heard.

Writers’ Accountability Group

Wednesday, August 15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TML’s Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:30-noon.
From future writers who haven’t found the time to get going, to published authors looking for inspiration for their next book, to poets ready to share their insights, we’re here to support you in a relaxed, safe setting. 
All levels of expertise and genres are welcome as we:
  • Share ideas about writing, editing, and publishing. 
  • Share snippets of our work in a creative, supportive group setting.
  • Connect with other writers who are as passionate about the craft as we are.
  • Give ourselves a deadline each month to show up with our latest work.
  • Have fun!

We hope you’ll join us to help get your WAG going!

Adult Art Workshop – Mosaics!

Saturday, August 18
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join librarian and artist-extraordinaire Kiah throughout the summer to try your hand at a mix of art mediums. In our final adult workshop of the summer, Kiah will teach us how to use discarded CDs and DVDs to make mosaics.

Please join us for a fun afternoon of crafting. No registration is necessary.

Songwriting Workshop – August

Tuesday, 8/21
6:15-8:15 PM

Please join us for our last songwriting workshop for the summer!

Our songwriting workshop is a terrific gathering of like-minded writers, along with mentor Jud Caswell, who is here to help you shape your work into something polished and wonderful.

Jud starts each session with a short discussion of some of the elements of songwriting craft, then moves right on to sharing songs. Jud’s feedback is focused on questions or concerns raised by the songwriter, with group discussion focused on issues of craft and technique.

Participants should bring a song that is “in process” for feedback and support, along with 10 copies of lyrics to share. We’ll have a sign-up sheet when you get here and will have time each night to share 6 or 7 songs. Come a little early if you want to make sure to get on the list!

The goal of the workshop is to provide a safe place for songwriters to grow their ability. Songwriters of all levels and abilities are welcome! This class is a lot of fun. We hope you’ll join us this summer to learn and to be inspired by others in the class.

Here’s a bit about our leader, Jud Caswell
Maine-based Jud Caswell has played folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and won some of the best songwriting contests in the country.  He has appeared at iconic venues and at celebrated festivals across the country. While his music is often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.  Wilcox offers his own praise, acclaiming Caswell as “much more than a great singer and guitar player, Jud’s songs take you into the storyteller’s world with clear images and characters that come to life for the listener.” Maine Today is even more emphatic: “Jud Caswell is an enormously talented lyricist, composer, performer, and producer. It’s only a matter of time before he’s discovered by the rest of the world; you should discover him now.” Jud has a degree in music from Dartmouth College and has taught songwriting to students of all ages and ability levels. 

Senior Tech at a New Time!

Wednesday, August 22
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Senior Tech has moved to a new day! We are now meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
If you have tech questions, we’re here to help you in any way we can – working together as a group, and addressing individual questions.
If you give us your questions in advance, we’ll be SURE to have answers. Or just ask your questions when you get here and we’ll solve them on the fly.
Bring your curiosity and bring your devices!