Author visit, May 19

On November 12, 1971, Bernard Patterson, a highly decorated Vietnam War hero  robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine. He escaped with $110,000 which at the last time was the largest bank robbery in the state.  Author and historian Ron Chase is so fascinated with the case that he recently released The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery which chronicles Patterson’s story. Join us at the Auburn Public Library on May 19th at 6:30 pm as Chase talks about this infamous case.

This program is free and will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room. Books will be available to purchase.  Retail price is $16.95.

Free Language Course

Swahili – English is the new swag! Sign up for this free language course and learn some basic Swahili.  Not only will you learn the language but lessons on culture will also be included in the class.   The class will run for the month of May on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Those who sign up should be prepared to attend the majority of the classes.

Please call the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4 to register or use the registration link.

The first class was May 5, newcomers are welcome.

Note:  On Tuesdays, the class will be held at the Franco American Heritage Center.  The Monday and Thursdays classes in May will be at the Auburn Public Library

Radio Astronomy

Are you aware that most of what we know about the universe was learned using radio telescopes? Radio telescopes are defined as an instrument consisting of an antenna or system of antennas connected to one or more radio receivers to detect and analyze radio waves from space.  In this engaging presentation, we will explore the uses that astronomers are making of radio astronomy and the advantages of radio versus optical observing. Since radio picks up lower energy (lower temperature) objects than optical astronomy, we can use radio telescopes to look at very different objects. A demonstration radio telescope will be used before and/or after the presentation to give a hands-on experience to participants.

May 23 at 6PM.

This program is offered in conjunction with the NASA exhibit, From Our Town to Outer Space.

The exhibit will remain in the library until July 8. We have many related events scheduled, click here to see the list.

More information on the exhibit here.

Writing more compelling heroes 4/22

With the rising popularity of dark fiction such as Game of Thrones and young adult dystopias such as The Hunger Games, the classic notion of a hero seems to be losing ground to more complex champions. In this workshop, we’ll discuss examples from pop culture and borrow from the concept of alignment in role-playing games to consider what the popularity of morally ambiguous heroes can teach us about writing better protagonists.

At APL, 4/22, 3-4PM

New book group!

Seniors, come join other book lovers for a book review/discussion hour at the Auburn Public Library on the 4th Monday of each month, beginning Monday, April 25, 2016, in the Androscoggin Community Room 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 about those books you just could not put down!

On the Road in America with Alan Elze, 4/12

Presented by Senior College instructor and avid traveler, Alan Elze, this guided trip across some of the most iconic American landmarks will fascinate all.  The trip begins at Mount Lassen National Park and then travelers are guided to Mount St. Helen’s National Monument.  Moving east on US 30 along the Columbia River the group will visit Yellowstone National Park, Devil’s Tower National Monument, and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota among the many stops along the way. This program is made possible through a joint cooperative program between the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and the Auburn Public Library.

April 12 at 2PM.

The stars come to APL!

See the stars –inside the library! Northern Stars Planetarium returns with the mobile Star Lab to present an in-depth look at an unspoiled night sky.  Join us as we look at the spring night sky! We will have four sessions of this half hour program on  April 28th at 4, 4:45, 5:30, and 6:15  p.m. Registration is required, please register for only one session.

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This program is part of Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space. See all related programs here.

Magical Morocco with Cynthia Reedy

This past fall, Cynthia Reedy spent four months in Morocco as a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching. During her time in this exotic country, Cynthia visited several schools, taught dozens of children to sing B-I-N-G-O, climbed the highest mountain in North Africa, rode a camel, and visited many beautiful and magical places.

Leave chilly Maine behind and come to warm and wonderful Morocco for this educational, informative and interactive presentation!

April 11 at 4PM. This program is for teens and adults.

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