Bookbinding course in January — register now!

Are you interested in creating you own books and the art of book binding? Register for this series of workshops to be led by Anna Low from Purplebean Bindery. Each workshop will always include a hands-on book binding project plus information on the history of book binding (and how it changed the world), cultural book forms, and book design with content. Low has taught traditional Western bindings (pamphlet stitch, Coptic), Japanese stab bindings, accordion book forms and non-adhesive bindings. An outline of the series is below

Come learn how to make a piece of paper into a fun, magical, flipping card or mini book using only scissors and glue.
The Japanese stab binding is a traditional Asian book form, an easy introduction to sewn books.
We’ll make a few different books to get you started on your folded accordion book adventures.
Using materials from our community, we’ll plan, fold and bind together a nifty leather
covered book with decorative stitching on the spine.
The final sessions will be a two part lesson on an ancient bookbinding technique, the
coptic binding. We will use recycled book covers (from discarded library books), embellish them with decorative paper, construct our book block and sew together a handsome and fun journal.

The workshops begin on January 10th and will take place every Tuesday at 2 pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Participants must register individually however registering once will save your space for all sessions. Registration deadline is January 3rd. Register online here or visit the second floor reference desk .

Auburn Page Turners meet December 5

Join our on-going book group as we share our reactions to The Tsar of Love and Techno. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

Author Visit with Paul Pare, December 1

The Auburn Public Library welcomes author Paul Pare, of Ogunquit, Maine, who will share from his newest work of fiction titled Road Kill.  In the novel, two New Englanders meet on the Savannah waterfront each with their own secrets. Both heading to South Florida, their lives become intertwined with panhandlers, drag queens, church ladies, and squatters in a hurricane-devastated trailer park. Road Kill is the ultimate trek into the unknown.

Pare has had a career as both a newspaper reporter and a television show host and producer. His autobiographical novel Singing in the Vernacular was published in 2008.

December 1 at 6PM.

Author Visit with Debra Spark Dec. 1

For as long Daniella has been married to Joel, they’ve received phone calls at odd hours, and late at night. Daniella knows the caller as Liesel, Joel’s first wife, a woman whose sudden departure devastated her husband. After years of disruptive, long-distance phone calls, Liesel rings to tell Joel she’s letting Idzia, the seventeen-year-old daughter he has never met, visit for the summer. Daniella and Joel prepare for Idzia’s arrival, but when Joel goes to pick her up from the airport, Idzia isn’t there. Back at home, the phone calls suddenly stop, and Joel and Daniella become haunted by the absence of someone who was never part of their life to begin with.

Debra Spark’s fourth novel, Unknown Caller, tells the story of a brief, failed marriage and its complicated aftermath. Leaping effortlessly across decades and continents, it works to uncover the reasons for Idzia and Liesel’s disappearance and the deeper puzzle of Liesel’s identity.

Spark’s candid, intricate novel highlights the near-impossibility of truly knowing another person, the pain in failing relationships, and the joy in successful ones.

Spark will be sharing from this compelling novel and will take time to answer some audience questions.

December 1 at 3PM

Multi-Faith Roundtable begins November 1

The Auburn Public Library is very excited to announce the return of the Multi-Faith Roundtable discussions. The All-Clergy Round Table will start this season’s discussion with issues and images from the Book of Genesis, on Tuesday, November 1 at the Auburn Public Library. This four-part series will continue on Tuesdays, December 6, January 10 and February 7.  All programs run from 12:30 to 1:30PM.

Once again, these lively yet friendly discussions will be between some of the areas leading Clergy who also serve as Chaplains for the Auburn Police Department: Rabbi Sruli Dresdner of Temple Shalom, Pastor Roger Cousineau of East Auburn Baptist Church, Rev. Doctor Jody Cohen Hayashida of First Universalist Church in New Auburn, and Pastor Richard Waller of the Auburn Church of the Nazarene.

Last year the discussions were well-attended, exciting, informative, frank and fun. “It was fascinating to hear the different points of view, coming from the different faith traditions,” says Rabbi Dresdner. “I am delighted that we will all be together again in scholarship and fellowship.”

Copies of the texts will be provided, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

For more details and upcoming discussion topics please contact the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4.

Author Visit: Andrew Vietze, Nov. 14

Author Andrew Vietze will be at the Auburn Public Library to talk about his non-fiction book Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism. Join us for this free program as Vietze details one of the most brutal survival stories in American history.

The wreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early eighteenth century. Shortly after departing England with Captain John Deane at the helm, his brother Jasper and another investor aboard, and an inexperienced crew, the ship encountered French privateers on her way to Ireland, where she then lingered for weeks picking up cargo. They eventually headed into the North Atlantic and then found themselves shipwrecked on the notorious Boon Island, just off the New England coast. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another.

November 14 at 2PM.

Book Discussion Nov. 7

Join us for a discussion of The Woman in Cabin 10. Traumatized travel journalist Lo Blacklock hopes to settle her nerves and cure her insomnia after a frightening home invasion with an exciting job assignment on board a small luxury cruise ship in the North Atlantic. Her paranoia is only increased, however, when she is certain she hears someone being thrown overboard from the cabin next door in the middle of the night. When her credibility is questioned after all of the passengers are accounted for, Lo digs further into the mystery and finds her life in danger.

College Night, 10/20

Join admissions representatives from eight Maine colleges and universities, as well as a representative from Finance Authority of Maine, as they sit on a panel facilitated by Maggie Davis (College for Maine Androscoggin). Following the panel discussion and a brief Q&A session, admissions reps from those and five additional schools will be available with information specific to their schools.  So that we can have an adequate number of handouts, registration is requested.

Zany Magestic Bard, 10/21


When it comes to Shakespeare, some people get downright gloomy. They rant on about how well-read you need to be to understand him. But use restraint in your yelping. You may not know that Shakespeare wrote for everyone from the well-bred to the uneducated; from the successful manager to the most foul mouthed kitchen wench. In other words, Shakespeare’s for you and the Zany, Majestic Bard will be at the Auburn Public Library to prove it.

The Zany, Majestic Bard is a one-hour performance created and performed by David Greenham.  This lively, fun, and educational performance will delight and surprise audiences of all ages. The program includes a history, a brief guide on how to read and understand Shakespeare, the opportunity to hear some Shakespeare, and plenty of good jokes.

David Greenham is the creator of several popular MHC programs, including the award-winning Taxing Maine and most recently, Maine At Work. He is an adjunct professor of drama at the University of Maine at Augusta, and spent 14 years as the producing artistic director of The Theater At Monmouth, the Shakespearean Theater of Maine.

Visit with BDN’s George Danby

The Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfire Initiative series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, continues as the Auburn Public Library welcomes Bangor Daily News staff editorial cartoonist George Danby. Danby’s cartoons have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Down East… countless other publications including 500 weeklies. In the late 1970s into the 1980s he was staff cartoonist for The New Haven Register and The Providence-Journal Bulletin. He has drawn over 25,000 cartoons since 1974. Frankly, he’s exhausted!

His first collection of editorial cartoons entitled “The Essential Danby,” was released in October of 2014 through Islandport Press.

Danby will share from his book, talk about the process of developing a given cartoon and what he believes is the appeal of political and social cartoons.

October 17 at 6:30 PM.

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