The Auburn Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It”, 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.
The series “Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients, begins at 10:00 am on May 18th at the Auburn Public Library and continues for two additional monthly sessions, ending on July 20th.
Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, and W;t by Margaret Edson. A scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate the discussions.
The sessions will be facilitated by Sara Firth.
Books for the program are available for loan at the library. Please call the library at 333-6640 Ext. 4 to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series.
Auburn Page Turners will discuss The Boys in the Boat on May 1, at 12:30PM. Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
John Henderson, author of The Androscoggin Irish, will explore the Irish origins of those who settled locally, their neighborhoods, what they did for work and where they worshipped.
May 2 at 2PM.
Join David Bernier as he talks about the legendary musical group that took the world by storm. The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. Bernier will take a closer look at some of the Beatles songs and will share insight into the Lennon-McCartney song writing process. Music fans will love this program brought to the Auburn Public Library through a partnership with the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College.
April 18 at 2PM.
Author Douglas Hodgkin will present his newly published full-length biography of Edward Little (1773–1849). Dear Parent: A Biography and Letters of Edward Little, details Little’s early career as a businessman, lawyer, and politician in Newburyport, Massachusetts, until two disasters resulted in massive debt. Little then went to Portland, Maine, to manage the business affairs of his father and of the Pejepscot Proprietors’ land company. Finally, at the age of fifty-three, he settled in Danville, now Auburn,where he founded what became Edward Little High School. Less well known is the role of the Little family in founding a church, bridges, railroads, and the mills at the falls, until the latter were taken over by Boston-based investors. This is the story of a remarkable life. This book also contains the letters that Edward Little addressed to “Dear Parent,” his father, Josiah, that are owned by the Androscoggin Historical Society. They depict the early conditions in the development of the Androscoggin Valley, relations between the Littles and the settlers, and the relations among the Little family themselves. This provides a fascinating look at life in a rural Maine settlement.
About the Author
Douglas I. Hodgkin, a native of Lewiston, Maine, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Bates College. He is the author of several books about local history, including Lewiston Memories, Historic Lewiston:The Grange at Crowley’s Junction, Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics 1768-1863, The Baptists of Court Street, The Lewiston and Auburn Railroad Company, and Lewiston Politics in the Gilded Age 1863-1900.
April 13 at 2PM
The Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and the Auburn Public Library continues the Curious Minds Series with a seminar by Charlie Plummer on Abraham Lincoln titled “The Man, Humorist, Story-Teller, and Poet.” Plummer will talk about Lincoln’s life from growing up as a child to the man who would eventually become President. A focus of the program will be on the humorous stories Lincoln told and some of the surprising poems he wrote.
Tuesday April 11, 2-3:30PM.
Ready for a career change but don’t know where to start? This free 2 hour workshop by New Ventures Maine, will help point you in the right direction. Christina Davis will cover what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed.
Monday April 10, 6:30-8PM. Please register.
Feeling frustrated and just plain going a little crazy learning how to tweet, text, or just submit an application? We now have two drop in computer help sessions each week!
Come get some help from the Digital Doctor and let him ease some of those frustrating moments. On Wednesdays, from 4 pm to 6 pm, our fantastic volunteer is available in the second floor computer lab to help assist you with your basic technology questions. Come on in and say hello.
Computing with Maureen on Tuesdays, 9-11. If you think computers are too confusing or just plain scary, come visit our wonderful volunteer Maureen and let her take the fear out of computing. Brush up on your basics and internet navigation or learn something new about social media. Maureen will be available in our second floor computer lab to assist you with your questions. No reservation is required. So relax and have fun learning the very basics of today’s computers.
Bring your crafting project and join this fun group for a relaxed social event as community members come together and enjoy a hot cup of tea and some laughs. A great setting to spend some time on a Tuesday afternoon.
March 21, 2-4PM.
Monday, March 6 at 12:30PM
From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.
Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . .
In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.
Looking to read ahead: The April pick is Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.