Vladimir Nabokov once observed that “a writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” The geobiologist Hope Jahren possesses both in spades. Her engrossing new memoir, “Lab Girl,” is at once a thrilling account of her discovery of her vocation and a gifted teacher’s road map to the secret lives of plants — a book that, at its best, does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology.
Monday September 11 at 12:30PM.
Climate change is a complicated topic which continues to be, no pun intended, hotly debated. Thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation, the Auburn Public Library will work with NOAA scientists to provide a series of interactive events to examine climate trends on the state of Maine. The first of the monthly hour long programs begins on September 7th at 6 pm with programs to follow on October 5th at 6 pm and November 9th at 6 pm.
Pushing the Limits, or PLACE, consists of programs designed to engage community discussion with professional guidance provided by NOAA scientist. Nikki Becker, of the National Weather Serivce in Gray, will be the facilitator for what is sure to be some fascinating discussions. The events are something of a science café and book club hybrid with each event organized around a different theme – community, change, or strategy. Questions will be raised such as what is climate change, what extreme weather trends are worrisome, and how our local communities are preparing to protect citizens against extreme weather events.
Prior to each program, participants will be asked to read portions of “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change” by Robert Henson. Copies of the book may be picked up at the second floor desk at the Auburn Public Library. Space is limited so those wishing to participate must register when they come to pick up their book. Please call the reference desk for more information, 333-6640, ext. 4.
Auburn Page Turners Book Group – My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry
A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins.
Monday August 7 at 12:30PM.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, popular music evolved from being an escape from reality to being a powerful communication about it. Marc has created an engaging and humorous presentation, during which the audience can relive this colorful time in our history. In the presentation, Marc uses a wide range of popular songs including surprise favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind.
July 24 at 4PM
Join storytellers, writers, poets and bloggers for an evening of laughter that tickles the heart!
Featuring Dr. Ellen Frankel, author/playwright from Philadelphia
Antonio Rocha, international storyteller, originally from Brazil
Jen Wren, musical performer
Lisa Mayer, award-winning writer
Thursday July 13 at 7PM.
Dessert Reception following Program. Suggested Donation, $5
Read ME is a new statewide summer reading program that gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books—by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author Monica Wood. It’s so easy, you can’t NOT do it!
Come into the Auburn Public Library and grab a copy of either The Moth: 50 True Stories or Unknown Caller and join the statewide program. All participants will be able to attend a special event finale in August.
Monica’s picks (and why she picked ’em)
FICTION: Unknown Caller by Debra Spark
“I was up all night with this riveting, gorgeously written novel about a married couple, an unpredictable ex-wife, and a recently discovered daughter. Spark tells their story in reverse order, each chapter revealing layers of insight and intrigue as we backtrack through a complex constellation of relationships. No one I know writes with more depth and empathy about marriage and family. Her emotional intelligence is astounding.”
NONFICTION: The Moth: 50 True Stories
“Originally presented live without notes, the stories in The Moth span the breadth of human experience. A cardiac emergency in a stuck elevator. A famous rap artist saved from despair by music far outside his sphere. A difficult adoption story that finds rest and resolution in Maine. By turns poignant and comical, tragic and triumphant, these stories, told mostly by ordinary folks, made me feel less alone in this huge world. I hope this book choice will inspire “Moth nights” all over Maine, because we Mainers are born storytellers.”
Presented in partnership with the Maine State Library
It’s time to prepare for the 2017 Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”, which starts with YOU. Use a BINGO card to guide you during the summer challenge, and if you complete all the tasks in a single row or column you will be rewarded!
Pick up a Bingo card on the second floor, or print one out here:
Entries must be shown to second floor staff by August 10th to collect a prize.
The challenge begins on June 26th.
The Auburn Page Turners welcome all to come and share their thoughts on the novel News of the World.
It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.