Author Mira Ptacin, September 9

The Auburn Public Library is pleased to welcome award winning Maine author Mira Ptacin on September 9th at 5:30 pm. Author of Poor Your Soul, Ptacin will share from her memoir chronicling her decision to undergo an abortion or continue her pregnancy. She will take time to answer questions and hear comments following the presentation. 

At twenty-eight, Mira Ptacin discovered she was pregnant. Though it was unplanned, she embraced the idea of starting a family and became engaged to Andrew, the father. Five months later, an ultrasound revealed that her child would be born with a number of birth defects and no chance of survival outside the womb. Mira was given three options: terminate the pregnancy, induce early delivery, or wait and inevitably miscarry.

Mira’s story is paired with that of her mother, who emigrated from Poland to the United States, and who also experienced grievous loss when her only son was killed by a drunk driver. These deftly interwoven stories offer a picture of mother and daughter finding strength in themselves and each other in the face of tragedy.

Ptacin’s work frequently appears in Lenny Letter, Guernica, Tin House, Vice, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Creative Nonfiction, Poets & Writers, Slice Magazine, and more.  She is also the founder, host, curator, and executive director of Freerange Nonfiction, a Manhattan and (soon-to-be) Maine-based reading series and storytelling collective, which has been praised by CBS as one of the “Five Best Things To Do in New York”, selected by New York Magazine as a “Critic’s Pick”, and was voted “Best Nonfiction Reading Series” by Electric Literature. She teaches memoir writing to women at the Maine Correctional Center and lives on Peaks Island, Maine, with her husband, Andrew; son, Theo; daughter, Simone; and their two dogs, Huckleberry and Maybe.

Date:Monday Sep 9, 2019

Time:5:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Pickwick Club, Aug. 24

The Pickwick Club, Maine’s Dickens and beyond reading and discussion group, will meet on Saturday, August 24, at the Auburn Public Library, our kind sponsor, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. To be discussed: Dickens biographies: choose at least one from the many that are available. FMI call Joanne at 583-6957 or Alexis at 779- 8979.

Date:Saturday Aug 24, 2019

Time:10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

A Look Back Book Group, Aug. 30

This month, A Look Back Book Group will discuss A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

Date:Friday Aug 30, 2019

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Teens! DIY Takeover: Starry Night Sidewalk Art, Aug. 6

Teens!  Our summer crafts will be related to our “Universe of Stories” Summer Library Program theme.  Today, we’ll take our art outside, as we try to replicate Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night on the sidewalk outside the library!  After talking briefly about this piece of art, each teen will be given a section of sidewalk to create their own version of this painting.  Afterwards, we will enjoy some ice cream as we admire each person’s work!  So that we have enough chalk, please register, call 333-6640, ext. 4.

Date:Tuesday Aug 6, 2019

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

What’s on your Book Bucket List?

Let us know one or more books you are

looking forward to reading this summer. We’ll enter you in a drawing for a tote

with a brand new copy of one of the books on your list, along with some

other beach goodies. Don’t have a bucket List? We are happy to make suggestions!

Stop by the Lending Desk for an entry form. Entries must be received by August 15.

KIDS! Move and Groove with Miss Jenn, Aug. 8

Jenn Tyler (Miss Jenn) will be back again this summer on Thursday, July 18th at 11am and again on Thursday August 8th at 11am. Join Miss Jenn for a moving and grooving musically themed story time. There will be reading, singing, dancing, parachute play, and a craft. Come join the fun!

Date: Thursday Aug 8, 2019

Time:11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Summer Book Sale, August 17

The Book Sale Room on the lower level will be open from 9:30-12:30 on August 17. We will be adding new items monthly throughout the summer so don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on summer reading! Prices range from $.25-$2.00.

Date:Saturday August 17, 2019

Time:9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

Location:Book Sale Room

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