Join us as we talk about the work The Hare with Amber Eyes. Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots?which are then sold, collected, and handed on?he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.
And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.
Monday June 4 at 12:30PM.
The Library’s 4th Spring Online Auction begins on May 30, offering unique items for you bidding. Last year, thanks to our generous sponsors, donors, and bidders, over $8500 was raised to benefit the Library’s programs and services! Visit www.32auctions.com/apl2018 to preview the items available this year. Then click, bid, and win your favorite items!
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS 2018 SPONSORS:
- Androscoggin Title Company
- Backwoods Snowboards and Skateboards
- JM Dulac Contracting
- Harbor One Mortgage
- Ron and Joanne Lebel
- Linnell, Choate and Webber
- Mechanics Savings Bank
- The Szanton Company
- Jane and Chip Morrison
- Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette
Are you interested in learning new ways to keep your mind and body healthy? Join the Health & Wellness Book Club and explore topics such as self-improvement, personal and professional development, finances, exercise, happiness, nutrition, and alternative healing. Please read “Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration” by Penney Peirce and join us at the library on Thursday, May 17 for our next book group discussion.
Thursday May 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Some lovable, friendly dogs are coming to the Auburn Public Library and they are on a mission. Join us as these assistance dogs for the blind come to both soak up the love and educate us. Joined by their handlers, this event includes a powerpoint about the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program and of course a chance to meet the dogs. Topics such as training, caring, and placement will be discussed.
Saturday May 19, at 9:30AM
The Maine School of Yoga will offer a FREE Community Yoga Class at the APL:
In partnership with the Auburn Public Library, the Maine School of Yoga will be offering a great opportunity to experience an all-levels yoga class. The free class will be led by the newest teachers from the 2017 Yoga Teacher Training Program. The Maine School of Yoga offers yoga teacher trainings in Lewiston starting in September.each year. For more information visit www.innerlightyogaofmaine.com. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
There will be two sessions, Monday May 7 at 6PM, and Tuesday May 8 at 10AM.
This year, we have FIVE passes available, thanks to a very generous donation from Royal River Conservation Trust and the Androscoggin Land Trust. The Maine State Park Pass admits the pass holder and occupants of the pass holder’s vehicle, up to a 17 passenger maximum, to day-use facilities for day-use only. It cannot be used for camping. There are some state parks that don’t accept the pass. Call or stop by the children’s room to learn more. The pass can be borrowed for one day.
London in Charles Dickens’ time was a city of great contrast. The affluent and middle classes enjoyed a comfortable existence, but for the poor, life was cruel and harsh, the more so for girls and young women. Troubled by what he saw, in autumn ,1847, Dickens established Urania Cottage in Shepherd’s Bush as a hostel for destitute young women. The residents came from prisons, workhouses, and the streets of London, and included prostitutes, petty thieves, and homeless teenagers. Urania Cottage was financed by the millionairess Angela Burdett Coutts (granddaughter of Thomas Coutts, founder of Coutts & Co.), and details of the residents, its routines, and its dramas are brought to life in the treasure-trove of letters written to her by Dickens.
Join The Pickwick Club for a discussion of Dickens and the House of Fallen Women by Jenny Hartley.
Join us for a discussion of The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.
Novel Summary Below:
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry’s gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners’ team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment–to oneself and to others.