Auburn Page Turners Book Group, Feb. 3

Title: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book—because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets.

But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her—the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.

Date:Monday Feb 3, 2020

Time:12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM

Location:Local History Room

Fake News: Its Rise and Challenges, Jan. 21

The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 21 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources.  Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories.

Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative. The Media Literacy at Your Library was a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners.  The training and interactive workshop featured the curriculum of the Stony Brook University Center for News.

In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past experiences in the journalism field to create a media literacy and “fake news” class at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College along with a series of events at the library.  Seeing the amount of interest and general concern for the implications and lack of civil discourse fueled by misinformation, Gagnon created a companion website. The site is non-partisan and takes no advertising and can be viewed at  www.themediasavvycitizen.org.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference—The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland, and independent streaming site Osher@Dartmouth in Hanover, NH.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org.

Date:Tuesday Jan 21, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Teen DIY: Zentangle, Jan. 22

Teens!  Join us each month for a do it yourself project.  This month, staying within our theme of Health & Fitness by reducing stress, we will be creating Zentangles!  Zentangle is a form of meditative doodling that has patterns, or tangles, put together to create a “zen”-tangle!  (from www.definitions.net)

This program is just for teens, ages 12-18, and will include a snack!

Date:Wednesday Jan 22, 2020

Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location:Teen Space

Industrial Propaganda and Its Contribution to Fake News, Jan. 14

The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 14 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Using three industry case standards, this presentation will highlight how big business can make the choice to manipulate the media and contribute to the pool of “Fake News.”

Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative. The Media Literacy at Your Library was a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners.  The training and interactive workshop featured the curriculum of the Stony Brook University Center for News.

In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past experiences in the journalism field to create a media literacy and “fake news” class at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College along with a series of events at the library.  Seeing the amount of interest and general concern for the implications and lack of civil discourse fueled by misinformation, Gagnon created a companion website. The site is non-partisan and takes no advertising and can be viewed at  www.themediasavvycitizen.org.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference—The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland, and independent streaming site Osher@Dartmouth in Hanover, NH.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org.

Date:Tuesday Jan 14, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Teens (and others!): PAWS Your Stress! Jan. 30

Teens are invited to the Teen Space to take a break from mid-term exams and visit with some animals from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.  Studies have shown that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol (animalsmart.org). 

Although a teen program, all animal lovers are invited to stop by!  If you would like, feel free to bring a donation of cat or dog food.

Date:Thursday Jan 30, 2020

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:Teen Space

Lending Associate Position Available

The Auburn Public Library seeks a responsible, people-orientated person for a part-time associate position (16 hours per week) at our Lending Services desk.

This public service position assists the public with borrowing materials, answering routine questions related to library services, and providing reader’s advisory services. The Lending Services associate must be able to work effectively at the Lending Desk providing excellent customer service to customers of all ages, and use good judgment when dealing with the public. The ideal candidate will be well read in popular authors and books and able to convey enthusiasm for titles and authors to customers.

Minimum requirements include high school diploma (some college preferred), excellent  customer service skills, good attention to detail, and knowledge of recent popular books and genres.  Experience in a library, customer service or sales position is a plus.  Candidates should also have knowledge of basic office procedures and skills in basic arithmetic.

Hours may include some evenings and Saturdays. This position pays $13.00 an hour. The full job description may be seen on our web site: https://wp.me/a5mbEM-3aD

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org , or send  by mail to Personnel Auburn Public Library 49 Spring St. Auburn, ME. 04210.

No phone calls, please.

Auburn Page Turners Book Group, Jan. 6

Title to Be Discussed: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.

To Christina Olson, the entire world is her family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. The only daughter in a family of sons, Christina is tied to her home by health and circumstance, and seems destined for a small life. Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth’s first great inspiration, and the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century, Christina’s World.

As she did in her beloved bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction to vividly reimagine a real moment in history. A Piece of the World is a powerful story of the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, her complicated relationship to her family and inheritance, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.Date:Monday Jan 6, 2020Time:12:30 PM  –  1:30 PMLocation:Local History Room

A Look Back Book Group, Jan. 31

A new book group about old times! We will be reading mostly historical fiction about Maine and New England. We meet the final Friday of the month at noon. New members are always welcome.

January 31: Barkskins by Annie Proulx

In New France in the late 18th century, Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman makes his way from Northern France to the homeland to seek a living. This novel tells stories of Rene’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the descendants of his friends and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions–war, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals.

Date:Friday Jan 31, 2020

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Location:Local History Room

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