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.
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
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” 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.
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.
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
Please join us to discuss Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.
A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.
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.
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.
Please join us to discuss The Martian : a novel by Andy Weir.
Astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead. Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive.
May 12th at 5PM.