Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater Street, Damariscotta, will launch a new Stories to Screen series in which films for young audiences — adapted from children’s books — are screened at no cost on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. and a limited number of the books are made available for free. The new series will highlight the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Saturday, December 21, at 9 a.m., Lincoln Theater will give away 50 special-edition hardcover box sets that include Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” The books will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, one per family, while supplies last. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” rated PG-13, will be shown on Friday, January 10, at 3:30 p.m. The film introduces Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar, until his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen, shown here) and a company of dwarves arrive and whisk him away on an adventure. January 17 will feature “The Fellowship of the Ring”; “The Two Towers” will screen on January 24; and the final film, “The Return of the King,” will play on Friday, January 31. For more information, visit or call 563-3424.