Position Available: Reference Associate

The Auburn Public Library is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Library Associate for 17.5 hours/week, which includes evenings and weekends, to work in our adult/teen/technology area.  The Associate assists with providing information services, collection maintenance, and programming.   Day-to-day responsibilities include technology (including our media lab and 3D printer); social media assistance; monitoring activities in public spaces and the Teen Space; answering reference questions; and adult/teen program assistance. This position pays $14.00 per hour.

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a proven record of strong customer service experience, and being well-read in recent popular books and genres. Preference will be given for familiarity with both Apple and PC products. Familiarity with desktop publishing software is a plus. Previous experience of 6 months to 1 year paid work in a library, public service or direct sales is also preferred.

The complete job description is available here: Library Associate Job Description – Reference

The Auburn Public Library is a vibrant and well-supported community institution.  Renovated within the last 10 years the Library is home to more than 75,000 items; more than 50 public computing stations; a computer lab; a media lab; meeting rooms for children, teens, and adults; and much more.  It has a very welcoming and customer-oriented staff.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org. The deadline for application is Friday November 2.

Becoming American book discussions start October 17

The Lewiston and Auburn public libraries are joining forces with the Maine Humanities Council to host “Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols,” a book discussion series starting on October 17th at 6 pm at the Auburn Public Library. The meeting location will then alternate between the two libraries through the final session in January.

“Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols” will explore how the quest for ethnic identity in this country is one of infinite variation—from era to era, region to region, group to group, person to person. Participants may journey not only into our own ethnic pasts, but also into those of our countrymen, our brothers and sisters.

The books can in no way cover the wide spectrum of ethnic backgrounds found in the United States, nor is any of them intended to offer a definitive portrait of the group represented. Instead, it is hoped that within these works, those qualities—the struggles, successes, and symbols—that make each group unique, and those that are common to every ethnic American experience, are revealed to the reader.

The discussions will be facilitated by Susan Beegel, a scholar facilitator selected by the Maine Humanities Council. Copies of the first book, Woman Warrior, may be picked up at the Auburn Public Library and should be read for the October 17th meeting.

The other books in the five novel series include

  • November 7th at LPLBless Me Ultima
  • November 28th at APLGo Tell It On The Mountain
  • December 19th at LPLAn Orphan in History, and
  • January 9th at APLThe Way to Rainy Mountain

Preregistration is required for the reading series because space is limited. To register please call the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4. The first book may be picked up at the Auburn Public Library Reference Desk on the second floor.

“Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols” is one of several book discussion programs offered through the Maine Humanities Council’s “Let’s Talk About It” series, a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

KIDS! High Tech High Touch Science Gold Rush, Oct. 20

Kids will search for rocks and minerals in the crust layer of the earth’s surface. They will learn about the prospectors, and how they would “pan for gems.” Then they will have their opportunity to pan for gems themselves.  After the kids have found all their gems, they will become geologists and will do several geological tests on their gem stones for identification. Dr Genia Sklute from Hightouch Hightech Science will present this program  for kids ages 5-10. Please call the library at 333-6640 for more information.

Date:Saturday Oct 20, 2018

Time:11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Fall Reading Challenge, Featuring Art or An Artist

Are you ready for a challenge? Our fall reading challenge is your path to a reading adventure! More information here. Pick up a flyer in the library for the list of sixteen categories and the full rules, and here for all posts on the Fall Reading Challenge!
Each week we will feature a different category with a few suggestions.

#6: A book about art or an artist

There are many options when looking for an art title. You can browse our nonfiction collection (call numbers starting with N), or look for a biography. Try this list on goodreads for suggestions, or this much shorter list from Bustle.

Turning to fiction, try this list of Top 10 novels about Painters, or Top 10 novels featuring works of art,both from the Guardian.

Film: Albatross the Film, October 17

In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.

Join us for a viewing of Albatross The Film as we journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, our naturalist and film producer Chris Jordan witnessed the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. This story is framed in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries. For more information: http://www.albatrossthefilm.com

Date:Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
Time:11:30 AM  –  1:30 PM
Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Film Streaming Service, Kanopy, now available!

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting http://auburnpl.kanopy.com/.  Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousand’s of independent filmmakers. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides  access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro
and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.

College Night, Oct. 18

For teens and/or their parents:

Join admissions representatives from seven (7) colleges and universities as they sit on a panel facilitated by Jessica Whittier of Finance Authority of Maine (FAME).  Topics covered during the panel discussion (roughly 5:30-6:45) will include the differences in colleges represented, the application process, financial aid and more!  Following the panel discussion, there will be a college fair.  During that portion of the evening, parents and teens can speak with the admissions representatives to get information specific to the school(s) of interest to them.

College attending in 2018 include — Bates College, Central Maine Community College, College of the Atlantic, Maine College of Health Professions, Maine Maritime Academy, University of Maine Orono, University of Southern Maine, Husson University, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas College, University of Maine Farmington, and University of New England.

Registration is requested so that we have handouts for everyone; you may register here or by giving us a call.  For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.

Thursday Oct 18, 2018
5:30 PM  –  7:30 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

Teens! Great Stories Club Returns, Oct. 15

Teens!  The next series in the Great Stories Club begins October 15.  During this book series, teens will read four books and participate in discussions and activities exploring what it means to be empathetic.  Each book chosen for this series encourages readers to explore the power of empathy, but each will also help us understand why empathy can be so hard to come by.  We have partnered with the Boys & Girls Club, Auburn/Lewiston Clubhouse.

For more information or to sign up for the Great Stories Club, interested teens should contact Donna at the Auburn Public Library or Joyce at the Boys & Girls Club.

Monday Oct 15, 2018
4:30 PM  –  6:00 PM
Teen Space

Bringing Nature Home, Oct. 3

“Bringing Nature Home” is Maine Audubon’s new community engagement and habitat stewardship initiative based on the bestselling book of that title by Doug Tallamy.  Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities.

Wednesday Oct 3, 2018
12:00 PM
Conference Room
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