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.

Author Visit: Matthew Cost, April 7

The Auburn Public Library welcomes author Matthew Cost on April 7th at 2 pm for a reading and discussion of his historical novel Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard.

The novel traces Chamberlain’s evolution from “an arrogant, overbearing professor to unwitting and unlikely hero and leader of men.” From a college professor with no formal military training who, together with a small company of men, turned the tide of the battle and the war with a bayonet charge at Gettysburg, Chamberlain was a genuine war hero.

April 7 at 2PM

Movie: Bridge of Spies

WATCH AND WIN!!!!!!!

Come see the Oscar nominated film Bridge of Spies for free at the Auburn Public Library and get your name in a drawing for the chance to win the film. The film stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers—a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union—in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a captive Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, where the spy exchange took place.

 

March 31 at 6PM.

Primetime Adventures start 4/5!

 

Primetime Adventures 
Spring Lectures and Performances
A community partnership between the Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College
April lectures
 April 5th at 2 p.m. – Travel to Sunny Portugal presented by Rachel Morin
Rachel Morin, Senior College Instructor, takes you on a virtual tour of sunny Portugal.  Portugal, a land with a proud seagoing history, is warm and filled with friendly people.  See the little fising villiages, fish markets, medieval walled cities, wineries, traditional folk dances, and the famous churches including Our Lady of Fatima Basilica in Chapel of the Bones.
 
April 12th at 2 p.m. –  Trip across America (part 2) presented by Alan Elze
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.
April 19th at 2 P.m. –  Managing Your Final Affairs presented by Chuck Larkin
If you think that this is a morbid subject to be avoided at all cost, you’re wrong.  Presenter Chuck Larkin’s purpose is to give you the information you need to make good decisions about what happens to your body after your death and to answer any questions you may have about those choices.  You’ll be surprised at how many choices you have.  A recent attendee called the class “riveting.”  Come see for yourself; you’ll even laugh sometimes.  Take a look at www.lastthings.net to see what you’ll learn.
 
April 26th at 2 p.m. – Emergency Preparedness for Seniors presented by Joanne Potvin
Joanne Potvin will open your eyes as she introduces seniors to the various natural and man-made hazards for which seniors are vulnerable.  This program will provide seniors with information to help them remain safe in their homes, as well as what to do in the event that they must evacuate their homes.
 
June lectures
June 7th at 2 p.m. –  Philosophy of Freedom & Liberation presented by Charlie Plummer
June 14th at 2 p.m. – Klezmer Music; An Unique Sound presented by Rabbi Sruli Dresdner
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