The Library’s 4th Spring Online Auction is open now until June 8 at 6PM. We have many 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:
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. Saturday, May 5 at 11AM in the Maggie Trafton Room.
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.
Saturday Apr 28, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Androscoggin Community Room
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.
Monday May 7, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
2nd floor (Check in at the Reference Desk)
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.
Saturday Apr 28, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Androscoggin Community Room
Auburn Public Library will open its book sale room on Saturdays May 5 to June 16, 10AM-1PM.
We have thousands of gently used books for sale, with prices starting at 25 cents.
The sale will be held in the book sale room on the lower level of the library.