News, Events & Programs

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Got fines? Give food!
15th Annual FOOD FOR FINES to benefit TEEG
Help others by paying off your fines
Collecting through January 31st

• One food item = $1.00 in fines
Each item of food will cancel $1.00 or less for any fine (up to $10)
• NO glass, perishable food, expired food or damaged packaging
• Actual cost of food will not be considered
• Food accepted for fines only, NOT for lost items
Peanut butter, tuna fish and any nonperishable protein items are greatly appreciated.
Don’t have fines but want to help? Food & cash donations welcome

The Laboratory @ the Library

The Laboratory is a place for experimentation, investigation and observation for the creative & curious. The Library intends to offer a wide variety of opportunities for all ages with a focus on technology and creativity. The Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer was funded by Gladys Tucker’s generous donation. Additional funding provided by the Friends of the Library.

.. Details on Informational Sessions
.. Here's the guidelines & terms of use form.

Adult Summer Reading Program 2016 ... A big thank you to the local sponsors for donating the prizes: CNB a division of bankESB; Deary Bros. Mike's Stand; Raceway Golf Club & Restaurant; Victoria Station Cafe; Famous Franks; Thompson House of Pizza and Worcester Ecotarium.

Basic Computer Classes @ the Thompson Library

Classes are free. Space is limited.
Registration is required. Register for all sessions or individual sessions.
Classes are designed for those with little to no computer experience.

One on one instruction available by appointment.

* If you do not have an email account please make an appointment for assistance prior to class.

Contact Roberta to register or for more information 860-923-9779 or

Computer Basics, Mouse & Keyboard, Email
Introduction to the basic functions of a computer. Introduction to email.
Email account required.*

Basic internet
Learn about browsers, search engines and the Library’s WiFi.
Basic social media overview, including Facebook and Pinterest. Email account required.*

Basics of Microsoft Office
Learn the basics of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

The Library Online
Overview of the Library’s website and online resources including Zinio, Overdrive,
and OneClick Digital. Bring your tablet or e-reader. On-line resources are available
to Thompson Library card holders.


May 2016... Thanks so much to the volunteers that helped move all these took a month,but we got it done!!

Got fines? Give food!
14th Annual FOOD FOR FINES

January 2016
More than 75 food items collected and $100 donated to TEEG.



August 2014...NOW AVAILABLE
Self Check for books & magazines
Check yourself out!

Please see the Staff to borrow media items,
renew items, place holds and pay fines.



January 2014
Read it & return it.... We no longer charge fines on books and magazines!

Upcoming Events:




February 2013 - The next chapter at our Library –
Making the collections more available to our patrons.

We will begin in the Children’s picture book collection, which will change from a strictly alphabetical by author arrangement to themes – ie nature, concepts (abc, color, 123…), transportation, folk & fairy tales. The themed sections will each be in order by author. Color coded labels will be used, and the call numbers will include the theme. There are approximately 4,800 books in this collection. The timing of this is ideal, as the reorganization of the space is a goal in phase 4 of our plan for the future.

The adult non-fiction section is another collection to be undertaken, merging like topics that are currently separated by the Dewey system (gardening in the 600s, landscaping in the 700s is one example). We will begin by addressing some call number issues, and then plan on merging topics after the children’s project is complete.

We are excited about the positive changes this will bring to our patrons experience.

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See our boards of recommended reading for kids, teens and adults.

Open to the public, no account required.


One Book Program Book Selections

2015 ~ What Strange Creatures by Emily Arsenault

2014 ~ The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

2013 ~ Tag Man by Archer Mayor

2012 ~ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

2011 ~ Bill Warrington's Last Chance by James King

2010 ~ In defense of food by Michael Pollan

QCReads website | Facebook | Pinterest




Community & the Library

January 2013 -- Food for Fines has wrapped up its 10th year collecting 214 food items and $175. Since Food for Fines began in 2003 we are proud to have donated 3,610 food items and $1,700 to TEEG’s food program.

December 2012 -- The 9th annual Give the Gift of Reading collected 367 childrens books for the Thompson Pediatric Center. 6,173 books have been donated since 2004.

The Library is proud to serve as a drop off location for several great Community based projects. All drop-off boxes are located near the entrance. Please see a staff member if you have questions.

  • Campbells Soup Labels for Mary R Fisher Elementary School
  • Recycle Ink Cartridges for Department of Mental Health Employment Services
  • General Mills Box Tops For Education for Thompson Middle School
  • Used eyeglasses for Thompson Lions Club


Our Gardening Godmother is looking for
more volunteers.

Let us know if you'd like to help maintain
our flower beds.

Spring/Fall cleanup & once a month.
No experience needed.






February 2011 - Thompson Public Library awarded $22,000 Praxair Foundation grant.

Through its Library Links program, Praxair Foundation has donated $22,000 to the Thompson Library for the purchase of computers, time and print management software and furniture for the public computer area. The Library has seen a steady increase of computer use in recent years.

The funds will allow the Library to meet a significant need in our community. As the world continues to move online, the expectation of companies, the government and services is that everyone has a computer at home to apply for a job, get help with benefits or fill out a form. Alison Boutaugh, Library Director states “The reality is we see people every day asking us for help online to accomplish basic things.”

This project is part of the Library’s Plan for the Future, adopted by the Board of Trustees in September 2009. The Plan addresses such things as technology and space issues. The computer area project is being investigated now, and will be completed later in the year.

Update - 6 new computers added October 2012, 4 more computers added March 2013.


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