AUBURN PUBLIC LIBRARY receives ‘Great Stories Club’ book club programming grant for teens

Auburn Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program designed for at-risk teens.

As one of the 50 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country — and only one of two in New England — the Auburn Public Library, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine – Lewiston/Auburn Clubhouse, will work with groups of 6 to 10 teens to read and discuss modern novels.  The teenage years are a particularly difficult time for many, and it’s easy to become insular and detached from the people and ideas around you.   We are excited that, with support from the Great Stories Club program, we are offering our teens a new avenue in which to read, share and reflect on ideas that are relevant to their lives.

Under the theme “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution,” teens chosen to participate will read three titles: “Feed” by M.T. Anderson, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins,  and “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The titles — selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars — were chosen to resonate with reluctant teen readers who struggle with complex issues.  Through book discussions and activities, participants will reflect on what part the media plays in shaping who we are and how we interact with one another.

The Auburn Public Library will receive copies of each of the three book selections for participants to keep.  Gatherings of the Great Stories Club at the Auburn Public Library will begin in January.  For more information, contact Donna Wallace, Teen Librarian. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 333-6640, ext. 4.

MARTians by Blythe Woolston

Zoe works for AllMART, a store in the future — a future where all that matters is shopping. She and other lower-class people are catering to the whims of the rich, and they want more. “A gorgeous and gut-wrenchingly familiar depiction of the entropic fragmentation of society.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed and is an almighty presence controlling learning and knowledge around the world. Jesse’s family is part of the illegal book trade — illegal because owning an original book is a capital crime, punishable by death. And he is about to enter the Library’s service and will have to split his loyalties.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

A book review by Faith Thompson


Tab, Em, and Bridge have been best friends since fourth grade. Now they’re in middle school, and things are starting to change.

For one thing, Patrick is interested in Em — and he wants a picture from her. And Bridge has met Sherm and is having friend dates for cinnamon toast at the local diner. An anonymous teenager is struggling with the fact that she betrayed her best friend to get in with the popular girl on Valentine’s Day. Through it all, Bridge, Em, and Tab stick to their best friendship, which has only one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through this craziness?


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APL Futures Lab 12/14

Starting in December, on specified Mondays from 6:00 pm to close, the 2nd floor computer lab will transform into a Futures Lab! Students — teens and adults alike — who are working on their post-secondary aspirations are welcome to drop by the Computer Lab on these evenings.  Whether a student is just starting his/her college search, completing online applications or working on financial aid paperwork, there will be a college navigator and/or a representative from College for Maine Androscoggin on hand to answer any questions which might arise.  For more information or exact dates, check our events calendar or contact Donna at 333-6640, ext. 4.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

A book review by Madeline Soucie


Sixteen year old Dan Crawford is going to a summer program for gifted students at New Hampshire College Prep. Here Dan doesn’t have to worry about standing out and can show his weird fascination with history and psychology without being thought weird.

When Dan arrives he finds that the normal dorms are closed and students are being housed in Brookline- a former psychiatric hospital bought by the school. As Dan and his two new friends Jordan and Abby explore the  dorm they find hidden secrets connecting them to the dorm and uncover that Brookline wasn’t any ordinary psych ward.

Including creepy and odd pictures this book is about three friends discovering the dark past of an asylum. So if you want a horror that’s not too scary but different, try Asylum and its sequel Sanctum.


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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

A book review by Faith Thompson


Carley’s life is a mess. Her stepdad Dennis attacked her and her mom, landing them in the hospital and him in jail. Now, while her mom is recovering, she has to go into foster care. Her family: a kind couple and their three boys, named the Murphys. Julie Murphy is determined to help Carley’s heart heal, the boys are working their way into her affection, and she has found a new best friend: Toni. Just when everything is finally starting to get better, Carley’s mom sends her some news: news that might just destroy everything.


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