Spring Reading Challenge

We are moving our Spring Reading Challenge online! Read around the world with us and enjoy some armchair travel. We have some goodies (including a map to track your travel) to give out once we reopen!

Let the Adventure Begin!

Our Spring Reading Challenge is a virtual trip around the world.

We’ve divided the world into 21 regions, and invite you to travel the world by reading a book for each, OR by spending an hour learning a language spoken in that region, using the online program Mango (a free
program offered by the library). 

As you travel, use the dots to indicate each country you have visited. Once you’ve visited 7 or more regions, stop by the library for a free gift (while supplies last).

How to get to Mango: Go to the Auburn Public Library website. Scroll down until you see the Mango logo on the home page. It’s under the Quick Link section just below digital main library logo.

Once there, sign in as a guest using the barcode number on your library card.

The booklets will give you examples of both fiction and nonfiction books for each region, but you are not limited to these books.

Let us know if we can help!

Fun Stuff for Kids Online!

FREE EBOOKS Several sites are providing free access to ebooks while schools are closed.

JLG Digital – free access for families to Junior Library Guild’s ebooks (fiction and nonfiction) and other resources.

  • Elementary
    • Username: JLGELM
    • Password: JLGFREE
  • Middle School
    • Username: JLGMID
    • Password: JLGFREE


Audible–Listen to free eaudiobooks at stories.audible.com

Here is a list of websites you might find useful over the next few weeks to help your children during the school closure.



  • For customers on Instagram  author Dan Santat is offering an online survival guide: Santat Online Survival School for the Pandemic. You just need to follow him on Instagram
  • Author Rafael Lopez is posting black and white drawings that didn’t make it into his books for kids to color. He is the author of Drum Dream Girl



  • Jbrary: Storytime Songs and fingerplays to share with your little ones
  • Resources for families during the Pandemic from Common Sense Media

Book returns now closed, all due dates will be extended

Per the order of Gov. Mills and the urging of Mayor Levesque, the Library has shut down. If you have any questions, please reach out through our email at email@auburnpubliclibrary.org. We will be back up and running at the earliest moment possible. We all miss you! 

We encourage you to check our website for online services, and to follow the Auburn Public Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will also send out updates through our email newsletter (subscribe here).

We are happy to respond to questions via email. Although the library will not be staffed, we will try to respond to phone messages. However, email, social media, and our contact form remain the best ways to contact us. For general questions, please send to email@auburnpubliclibrary.org. If you have reference questions or would like assistance in using online resources, please use reference@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Checkouts and Holds

  • If you have materials checked out, we have extended those due dates.  Due dates are currently set to April 15, but we will further extend them to one week after we reopen as needed. This includes all Auburn Public Library items, as well as interlibrary loans.
  • If you’ve placed holds on materials, those requests will be activated when we reopen. New requests are not being accepted during the closure. If you no longer want an item you have on hold you can cancel the hold by accessing your record online.
  • Interlibrary loan services are suspended during the closure.
  • After hours materials returns (book drops) will be closed. The extended due dates mean there’s no need to return items for fear of incurring overdue fees.

We are extending library card expiration dates so you can continue using our digital services.

Get an Auburn Public Library card

If you don’t have a library card, apply for an online card with this form and a card will be mailed to you. An e-card will give you access to e-books, e-audiobooks and online databases. 

Digital services

Visit our website to view online resources available to you. Many vendors are making additional resources available during this time, and we will try to keep you updated. We will also post updates on our Facebook page.

The library wi-fi will be on until 10PM and can generally be accessed from the parking lot. Be sure to observe social distancing!

For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or the Maine Health Department at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs.

Stay safe and strong.

Mamie Anthoine Ney, Director

mmaney@auburnpubiclibrary.org, Ext. 2020

Programs cancelled

In cooperation with the City of Auburn, the Library has cancelled all activities for the next two weeks. At that time, we will reevaluate the COVID situation. This means all meeting rooms, study rooms, and Teen Center will not be available. Also we are suspending the use of our public computers, computer lab, and media lab. Please check this page often for updates. Stay healthy and strong. Mamie Anthoine Ney, Library Director.

A Look Back Book Group, March 27

A new book group about old times! We will be reading mostly historical fiction. We meet the final Friday of the month at noon.

March 27: Angle of repose / Wallace Stegner.

The poetic title is actually a geological term for the slope at which rocks cease to roll and is used here as a symbol of  human life. Time is the protagonist and a tragically crippled but talented man, himself past middle age, explores through his grandmother’s drawings, letters, and publications her life with her engineer husband in his struggle to use his talents in a time not quite ready for him. It is also an objective yet affectionate look at a long-ago love and failure of  love which the protagonist associates with his own love and its tragedy. Stegner’s integrity of  vision is evident again in his respect for the victories and failures that surround the search for a vision. ((Booklist, Reviewed June 1, 1971))

Date:Friday Mar 27, 2020

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Location:Local History Room

Teens: Completing the Job Application, March 12

Teens and New Adults (ages 14-25) are invited join Lisa Hartnett from the Maine Career Center to learn how to accurately complete an online job application.  A well done job application is an employer’s first impression of you. Knowing what to include (or not), may mean progressing to the interview that you are hoping for. Demonstrate your ability to follow directions and secure that job!

Date:Thursday Mar 12, 2020

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:Computer Lab

KIDS! I Am A Story

Mae Among the stars, here Come the Girl Scouts, and Anything But Ordinary Addie
March 14th

10-10:45 AM in the Androscoggin Room

 We are thrilled to partner with the Public Theater for this new program. I Am A Story is an interactive and theatrical program designed to introduce children and their families to the magical and meaningful world of live theatre through contemporary and classic children’s literature. Utilizing theatrical techniques to bring stories to life, I Am A Story provides young audiences with an entertaining and engaging environment that encourages participants to navigate their own narrative and empowers them to Think, Explore, and Connect. This program is recommended for children ages 4-8 (Pre-K to Grade 3).

Date:Saturday Mar 14, 2020

Time:10:00 AM  –  11:00 AM

Author Matthew Cost and the Cuban Revolution, March 10

The Auburn Public Library welcomes historical fiction novelist Matthew Cost to share from his newest release, I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. This free event will take place on March 10th at 1 pm in the Androscoggin Community Room.

The revolution began in 1953 with a botched insurrection in Santiago, Cuba. Fidel was captured and put on trial where he defended himself, finishing with the now immortal words: “Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.”Fidel was imprisoned, granted amnesty, exiled to Mexico, and then led an invasion of Cuba with 81 revolutionaries aboard a pleasure yacht called the Granma. Only 18 men survived. How did Fidel build this small band of guerillas into an army that would sweep to power in Cuba? Who was the rifle-toting woman who became Fidel’s most trusted advisor as well as his lover?

These questions and more are answered in the thrilling I Am Cuba, which is a historically accurate novel detailing society, politics, war, and love in Cuba in the 1950s.

Cost’s presentation includes images from the Cuban Revolution of 1953 to 1959 detailing the events. He will talk about his research and writing process, and share short readings from his novel.

Date:Tuesday Mar 10, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

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