Still time for our weekly challenge!

“Exercise Your Mind” and win prizes. “Exercise Your Mind” is the theme of the Auburn Public Library’s 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program which encourages adults to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and well – being while sharpening their mind. Take part in our weekly brain wellness challenge by completing three activities a week and maybe win a great prize. So this summer dance, read, or jog but get involved and see how good it feels. Come get your registration sheet now at the APL reference desk on the second floor.

More information is available at the reference desk on the second floor of the library.  To be eligible for the weekly prize drawing, participants must be adults and must complete three of the activity choices by date required on activity log. Activity logs may be picked up anytime during the week.

Pickwick club meets June 25

The Pickwick Club, Maine’s Dickens and Victorian Era discussion group, will meet on Saturday, June 25th, at the Auburn Public Library  from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Book for discussion: The Victorian City by Judith Flanders. Moderator: Sharon Estell. FMI call Joanne at 583-6957 or Alexis at 779-8979. The Auburn Public Library is a proud sponsor of this book club.

Senior book brunch June 27

Seniors, come join other book lovers for a book review/discussion hour at the Auburn Public Library on the 4th Monday of each month (please check at the Lending Desk for the room where we will meet) from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Bring in a brunch item to share and your favorite morning beverage!  Hear what others have to say about some of the books you’ve been thinking about reading and share your views with other readers!

June 27 at 10AM

Primetime Adventures Thursday 6/23

Charlie Plummer presents Reconstruction: The People and Politics Following the Civil War

According to Dr. Plummer, the challenging prospect of rebuilding the South and transitioning four million newly-freed blacks from slavery to a free-labor society fell to the Army’s “Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands” established in 1865. The Freemen’s Bureau plan was a good one, notes Dr. Plummer, “until the politiicans got involved.” Dr. Plummer’s lecture examines the role of the federal government in protecting citizens’ rights, and the efforts for economic and racial justice in the years following the “War Between the States.”

June 23 at 2PM

Exercise Your Mind – Read: Adult Summer Reading Program

“Exercise Your Mind” and win prizes. “Exercise Your Mind” is the theme of the Auburn Public Library’s 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program which encourages adults to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and well – being while sharpening their mind. Take part in our weekly brain wellness challenge by completing three activities a week and maybe win a great prize. So this summer dance, read, or jog but get involved and see how good it feels. Come get your registration sheet now at the APL reference desk on the second floor, or print out here: Summer reading brain wellness sheet.

More information is available at the reference desk on the second floor of the library.  To be eligible for the weekly prize drawing, participants must be adults and must complete three of the activity choices by date required on activity log. Activity logs may be picked up anytime during the week.

Author visit: John Henderson

Local historian and author, John Henderson will present his new book, NA EIREANNACH NA ANDROSCOGGIN: THE IRISH OF THE ANDROSCOGGIN, on June 16th at 2 pm. His newest book goes deeper into the story of the Irish in Lewiston and Auburn than did his previous work and has expanded the story to cover Lisbon, Minot, Poland, Wales, Leeds, and Greene. New topics include Irish women, newspapers, John Murphy homes, theater, the military, and more. For old stories and new, visit us on June 16th at 2 pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

June 16 at 2PM.

Primetime Adventures: Klezmer Music

Rabbi Sruli Dresdner will present a program on the tradition of Klezmer music. Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations. Klezmer music is intended to replicate the human voice, including sounds of crying, wailing and laughing. It is generally the violin’s job to do this imitation. Often, a klezmer band will include a fiddle, a bass or cello, a clarinet and a drum. Secondary instruments include hammered dulcimers and accordion. This program is made possible through an community partnership between the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and the Auburn Public Library.

June 14 at 2PM

Freedom and Liberation with Dr. Charlie Plummer June 7

As part of its Primetime Adventures Spring Lecture Series, the Auburn Public Library will offer presentations by Dr. Charlie Plummer on “Freedom and Liberation” on Tuesday, June 7, and “Civil War Reconstruction, Liberation, and the 14th Amendment” on Thursday, June 23.   The presentations are offered in the Library’s Community Room at 2-3:30 PM, and are free and open to the public. The presentations are supported by a generous grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

 

In his examination of “Philosophy of Freedom and Liberation,” Dr. Plummer hopes to provide a deeper understanding of these critical concepts. In today’s contentious primary races, opinions have been voiced by candidates and their supporters concerning all aspects to the rights conveyed by the 14th amendment, most notably concerning immigration, birthright citizenship, and marriage equality. Dr. Plummer will guide the audience through a discussion of the principles and tenets of freedom and liberation, beginning with the concept’s ancient roots, and continuing to present day America.

 

In his talk on “The Reconstruction: The People and Politics Following the Civil War,” Dr. Plummer will examine the role of the federal government in protecting citizens’ rights, and the efforts for economic and racial justice in the turbulent years following the “War Between the States.”

 

According to Dr. Plummer, the challenging prospect of rebuilding the South and transitioning four million newly-freed blacks from slavery to a free-labor society fell to the Army’s “Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands” (the Freedmen’s Bureau), established in 1865. The Freedmen’s Bureau plan was a good one, notes Dr. Plummer, “until the politicians got involved,” especially the newly-elected President Andrew Johnson.

 

The bureau was headed by Union General Oliver Otis Howard from Leeds, Maine. Known as the “Christian General” because of his deep faith, Howard was instrumental in the establishment of public schools for blacks, most notably Howard University (named after him).

 

A popular speaker at the library, Dr. Plummer travels widely doing portrayals of Confederate and Union Civil War generals, including Joshua L. Chamberlain, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Oliver Howard, and Stonewall Jackson, and ordinary people of that time.

LAST DAY TO BID!

The second annual Auburn Public Library Spring Auction is underway!

Bidding Closes on June 10 at 6PM!

www.32auctions.com/apl2016

The online auction opened at 9AM on June 1 – don’t miss your chance to bid on great services and products from   local businesses! Visit www.32auctions.com/apl2016 to register, log in, and bid on exciting items such as “Brewer for a Day” at Baxter Brewing Company, car detailing from Evergreen Subaru, special occasion cupcakes from The Cupcakery, tickets for performances at the Gendron Franco Center, golf packages – and much more!

You do not need an account to view auction items. When you are ready to bid, setting up an account  is quick and very little information is required as you can see on the Create An Account page.

Details and more information on how to bid are available by calling the library at 333-6640.

All proceeds from this Auction support the everyday programs of the Library. Thank you for YOUR support!

Here are just a FEW of the fabulous items awaiting your bids!

 

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