International Tabletop Day of Gaming, April 28

Once a year when the first buds of spring begin to unfurl from their winter slumber, International Tabletop Day brings us back to the table to remind us why we play and to give thanks to those who make every roll of the dice exciting.

From the heaviest strategy game to the lightest party game, ITTD gives us a chance to celebrate those who bring their passions to the table. Everyone from the biggest publisher to the smallest developer let players explore new worlds and take on herculean tasks in little more than an hour. And when we find ourselves sitting in the winner’s circle, we know that it will be the makers of the games we love cheering us on.

Tabletop Day is also a day to celebrate those who come to the table in contest or cooperation. It is a time of friends tasked with war and strangers finding a common bond to survive through the next turn. We honor the communities that gather around the table, those who bring the winning spirit and sportsmanship to play with others.

We play not just against the board, but with others. Join us at the Auburn Public Library.

Date:
Saturday Apr 28, 2018
 
Time:
10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM
 
Location:
Androscoggin Community Room

The Birds are Coming, April 23

The Auburn Public Library and the Stanton Bird Club  are partnering to celebrate the International Year of the Bird with a number of informational and fun programs.  This is a special partnership in that the Stanton Bird Club is also beginning its centennial celebration!

On April 23rd veteran bird watcher Tom Hayward will present a program at 6:00 p.m. entitled “The Birds Are Coming!” a look at what birds are returning to Maine this time of year and ways to make them feel welcome.

On May 5th, volunteers from the Stanton Bird Club will host a program for 6- to 12-year olds, “Bird’s Eye View.”  There will be fun hands-on activities to learn all about birds – nests, pecking for food, and more.  Programs will continue throughout the Summer and Fall, including “lunch and learns,” bird watching, and author visits.

Tisha Bremner Yoga DVD signing, April 21

Tisha Bremner, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Founder of the Maine School of Yoga will be at the Auburn Public Library to premiere her newly produced instructional yoga videos. Videos will be available for purchase ($20) and Tisha will gladly sign the DVD covers. Tisha is a dedicated teacher who offers alignment-based vinyasa flow classes that range from a gentle to expanding level of difficulty.  Her teaching style links skillful actions and movement to breath in a fun, safe and effective way.  She incorporates smart sequencing into each of her classes, so your body feels balanced, vibrant and well prepared to open in new ways.

Saturday April 21, 2-4PM.

Medieval Classes, April 14

The Society for Creative Anachronism (medieval re-creation) welcomes you to our first Spring Schola, Saturday April 14. We will be holding educational classes about activities during medieval times. Please join us for classes that will be a half hour to 45 minutes long. These classes are free and open to the public. The room will be open with displays of other interests in the SCA as well. The room is open from 1-4PM, classes begin at 1:30 and go until 3:30.

Schedule:

1:30 Calligraphy: A demonstration and discussion of the tools used by medieval scribes, as well as modern tools and resources to save time and effort.

2:00 Medieval Painting: A discussion of pigments and binders used in illuminated book art. Followed by hands on samples of two green paints made from medieval recipes.

2:30 Tablet weaving

2:30 Historical food preparation: a look at several different techniques used by our predecessors to preserve the bounty of the harvest. Some samples will be available to try as well as instructional handouts with recipes.

3:00 Viking Culture and dress: Exploration, village life, housing and trade will be discussed, as well as the construction, materials used, and the jewelry worn to adorn clothing. Examples of different tools and clothing will be available for inspection.

3:00 Fueling the fighter: In our sport, fighters exert themselves upon the field of honor. They must be fed in a way to ensure their health and continued ability to fight.

April 14, 1:00PM-4:00PM in the Androscoggin Community Room.

Health and Wellness Book Club, April 19

Are you interested in learning new ways to keep your mind and body healthy through

books, videos, articles, friendly conversation, and practice? Are you open to exploring

new information about health and wellness, including topics such as meditation,

nutrition, spirituality, self-improvement, personal and professional development,

finances, exercise, happiness, alternative healing, and time management? The Health &

Wellness Book Club is intended to be a fun, collaborative, judgement-free space for

anyone interested in learning more about themselves, improving their lives, and sharing

their knowledge and experiences with others.

The selection this month is Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss.

Date:
Thursday Apr 19, 2018
Time:
6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM
Location:
Conference Room

Kids! Chewonki Owls of Maine, April 19

Come join us as Chewonki presents their Owls of Maine program. Three live owls are the highlight of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Beginning with slides and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl.  Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light! Best for school-age children. No registration required.

Date:
Thursday Apr 19, 2018
Time:
2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM
Location:
Androscoggin Community Room

Lecture by Doug Rogers April 5

Ascension Island is a tiny dot of green in the tropical mid-Atlantic, a volcanic outpost of empire where it’s hot and cold at the same time. It’s a place where Charles Darwin helped inspire an alarming change, writes Matthew Teller.

A scrap of British territory marooned in the tropical mid-Atlantic halfway between Brazil and Africa, Ascension is a place of enduring oddity.

Officially, nobody is from there. The UK government denies the right of abode, turning Ascension’s 800 or so British citizens – some of whom have lived on the island for decades – into temporary visitors. To enter, you must get the written permission of the Queen’s representative, known rather chillingly as the Administrator.

But you can come to a fascinating lecture by Doug Rogers at the Auburn Public Library and take a virtual trip to this inspiring landscape.

Date:
Thursday Apr 5, 2018
Time:
6:30 PM  –  7:30 PM
Location:
Androscoggin Community Room

Page Turners meet April 2

Lincoln in the Bardo

Join the Auburn Page Turners to talk about the novel Lincoln in the Bardo. This highly acclaimed fiction novel by George Saunders traces a night of solitary mourning as experienced by Lincoln after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.

Date:
Monday Apr 2, 2018
Time:
12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM
Location:
2nd floor (Check in at the Reference Desk)

Teaching English in Poland, March 27

Join us for a program by long-time educator Annette Vance Dorey who will share her experiences of Poland last September and October. She worked with three dozen teachers of English in rural village and small town schools where students have no opportunities to hear English spoken, but which is prevalent in most large cities in Europe.

The snow date, if needed,  for this program will be April 2nd at 2 pm.

Date:
Tuesday Mar 27, 2018
Time:
2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM
Location:
Androscoggin Community Room
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