Spring Reading Challenge

We are moving our Spring Reading Challenge online! Read around the world with us and enjoy some armchair travel. We have some goodies (including a map to track your travel) to give out once we reopen!

Let the Adventure Begin!

Our Spring Reading Challenge is a virtual trip around the world.

We’ve divided the world into 21 regions, and invite you to travel the world by reading a book for each, OR by spending an hour learning a language spoken in that region, using the online program Mango (a free
program offered by the library). 

As you travel, use the dots to indicate each country you have visited. Once you’ve visited 7 or more regions, stop by the library for a free gift (while supplies last).

How to get to Mango: Go to the Auburn Public Library website. Scroll down until you see the Mango logo on the home page. It’s under the Quick Link section just below digital main library logo.

Once there, sign in as a guest using the barcode number on your library card.

The booklets will give you examples of both fiction and nonfiction books for each region, but you are not limited to these books.


Let us know if we can help!

A Look Back Book Group, March 27

A new book group about old times! We will be reading mostly historical fiction. We meet the final Friday of the month at noon.

March 27: Angle of repose / Wallace Stegner.

The poetic title is actually a geological term for the slope at which rocks cease to roll and is used here as a symbol of  human life. Time is the protagonist and a tragically crippled but talented man, himself past middle age, explores through his grandmother’s drawings, letters, and publications her life with her engineer husband in his struggle to use his talents in a time not quite ready for him. It is also an objective yet affectionate look at a long-ago love and failure of  love which the protagonist associates with his own love and its tragedy. Stegner’s integrity of  vision is evident again in his respect for the victories and failures that surround the search for a vision. ((Booklist, Reviewed June 1, 1971))

Date:Friday Mar 27, 2020

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Location:Local History Room

Author Matthew Cost and the Cuban Revolution, March 10

The Auburn Public Library welcomes historical fiction novelist Matthew Cost to share from his newest release, I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. This free event will take place on March 10th at 1 pm in the Androscoggin Community Room.

The revolution began in 1953 with a botched insurrection in Santiago, Cuba. Fidel was captured and put on trial where he defended himself, finishing with the now immortal words: “Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.”Fidel was imprisoned, granted amnesty, exiled to Mexico, and then led an invasion of Cuba with 81 revolutionaries aboard a pleasure yacht called the Granma. Only 18 men survived. How did Fidel build this small band of guerillas into an army that would sweep to power in Cuba? Who was the rifle-toting woman who became Fidel’s most trusted advisor as well as his lover?

These questions and more are answered in the thrilling I Am Cuba, which is a historically accurate novel detailing society, politics, war, and love in Cuba in the 1950s.

Cost’s presentation includes images from the Cuban Revolution of 1953 to 1959 detailing the events. He will talk about his research and writing process, and share short readings from his novel.

Date:Tuesday Mar 10, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

A Look Back Book Group, Feb. 28

A new book group about old times! We will be reading mostly historical fiction about Maine and New England. We meet the final Friday of the month at noon.

February 28: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson. Even before she was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, Mary Rowlandson sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life.Date:Friday Feb 28, 2020Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PMLocation:Local History Room

Yankees and Strangers discussion series

Yankees and Strangers: the New England Town from 1636-1992. A Let’s Talk About It discussion series, facilitated by Joseph Hall.. To register or for more information, contact the reference desk at 333-6640, ext. 4

  • Feb. 24: Yankees and strangers Anthology
  • Mar. 30: A New England Girlhood
  • April 27: Amoskeag: Life and work in a New England factory city
  • May 18: Making Refuge
  • June 29: 3 Nations Anthology

Community Homestead Goods and Farmer’s Market, Feb. 28

The Auburn Public Library invites all ages to one of their biggest family events of the year.  Join us on February 28th from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm for our annual Homestead Goods and Farmer’s Market. 

The festive event features live music, lots of great vendors and some surprise barnyard guests that the young kids love to pet and see.  The vendors will tempt visitors with a culinary delight of homegrown and homemade foods and treats, plus homestead crafts such as pottery.

The Auburn Public Library’s Farmer’s Market is free to the public and is one way the library thanks all our community members and community businesses for their wonderful support.

Date:Friday Feb 28, 2020

Time:4:30 PM  –  6:00 PM

Film: Snow Dogs, Feb.11

When Miami dentist Ted Brooks (Cuba Gooding Jr.) finds out that he’s been named in a will, he travels to Alaska to claim his inheritance. Once he gets there, however, his dreams turn to mush: he discovers he’s been left a mischievous team of sled dogs — who have got it in for him. Making matters even worse is the crusty mountain man Thunder Jack (James Coburn), who’s also got it in for the city slicker. Wanting to claim the dogs for himself, Jack urges Ted to hotfoot it back to warmer climates.

NOTE THIS PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS

Date:Tuesday Feb 11, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Auburn Page Turners Book Group, Feb. 3

Title: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book—because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets.

But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her—the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.

Date:Monday Feb 3, 2020

Time:12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM

Location:Local History Room

Fake News: Its Rise and Challenges, Jan. 21

The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 21 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources.  Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories.

Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative. The Media Literacy at Your Library was a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners.  The training and interactive workshop featured the curriculum of the Stony Brook University Center for News.

In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past experiences in the journalism field to create a media literacy and “fake news” class at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College along with a series of events at the library.  Seeing the amount of interest and general concern for the implications and lack of civil discourse fueled by misinformation, Gagnon created a companion website. The site is non-partisan and takes no advertising and can be viewed at  www.themediasavvycitizen.org.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference—The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland, and independent streaming site Osher@Dartmouth in Hanover, NH.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org.

Date:Tuesday Jan 21, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Industrial Propaganda and Its Contribution to Fake News, Jan. 14

The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 14 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Using three industry case standards, this presentation will highlight how big business can make the choice to manipulate the media and contribute to the pool of “Fake News.”

Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative. The Media Literacy at Your Library was a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners.  The training and interactive workshop featured the curriculum of the Stony Brook University Center for News.

In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past experiences in the journalism field to create a media literacy and “fake news” class at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College along with a series of events at the library.  Seeing the amount of interest and general concern for the implications and lack of civil discourse fueled by misinformation, Gagnon created a companion website. The site is non-partisan and takes no advertising and can be viewed at  www.themediasavvycitizen.org.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference—The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland, and independent streaming site Osher@Dartmouth in Hanover, NH.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org.

Date:Tuesday Jan 14, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

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