Author Talk with Danielle Allen at Bates

Bates College, The Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston Public Library are sponsoring a Community Conversation with Danielle Allen, author of *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (2014). It will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm at The Benjamin Mays Center at Bates College (95 Russell Street). It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Allen’s fascinating reading of the Declaration rejects the all too familiar polarization of the American political values of equality and liberty. Instead, she argues that the Declaration authorizes communities of political equality which guarantee the liberty of individual citizens to pursue their happiness.

Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmond J.  Safra Center for Ethics and Professor of Government and Education at Harvard University. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of *The World of Prometheus: the Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens* (2000), *Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education* (2004), *Why Plato Wrote* (2010), and *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (Norton/Liveright Books, June 2014).

She is the co-editor of the award-winning *Education, Justice, and Democracy* (2013, with Rob Reich) and *From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age* (forthcoming, with Jennifer Light).

In 2002 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship, as well as an occasional contributor on similar subjects to the *Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, *and* The Nation.*

MINI Book Sale Sept. 19

Our book sale room is overflowing so we are opening it up! We won’t be able to display all our sale books, but we will have plenty on the shelves, and you will be able to dig through boxes of books as well to find hidden gems. We have some great books, including a large donation of children’s books! September 19, 1-4PM.

APL and Cafe LA participate in Friday Art Walk

The Auburn Public Library is pleased to partner with Cafe LA (formerly The Library Cafe) in welcoming L/A Arts’ monthly Art Walk to Auburn this Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m.  Other venues in Auburn include Maine Gourmet Chocolates, Top It Frozen Yogurt, Kait Lavin Photography, and Designs by Skip.

 

The City of Auburn and the Recreation Department’s Senior Programs will also host a Red Table Picnic, a unique community dinner party. The soiree functions much like the Paris’ “diner en blanc” experience except diners, dressed in red, attend the picnic-style evening meal. Everyone brings his/her own food, tables, chairs and glassware to one of Auburn’s best public locations- Festival Plaza.

 

Come experience Auburn, its great restaurants and shops while enjoying art and the park.

Attention Indie Authors!

The SELF-e public library book discovery service enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published eBooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

More information here.

Click here if you are interested in submitting your title and read the terms of agreement. Submissions must be in the epub or pdf file format.

ENTER to win one of Library Journals’ 2015 self-published ebook awards honoring the best e-books in Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction and Fantasy. The submission period runs through August 31, 2015,and awards include cash prizes and full reviews and promotions in Library Journal!

READERS! Discover new authors with SELF-e SELECT.

Muslim Journeys Film Series

In partnership with the Maine Humanities Council and the Lewiston Public Library, we are proud to present the Muslim Journeys Film Series.  These first rate films provide a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims. Each film in this series will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Reza Jalali, Author and Coordinator Multicultural Student Affairs at University of Southern Maine.  All films will be shown at the Lewiston Public Library.

More information on this series.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Registration is now open for our fall book discussion series, “Muslim Journeys”. Presented in partnership with the Lewiston Public Library and the Maine Humanities Council, this exciting book discussion series on Islamic culture aims to bring a new awareness of our shared values and difficulties through fiction and memoirs.

Discussions will alternate between the Lewiston and Auburn libraries.

Each novel in this series will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Reza Jalali, Author and Coordinator Multicultural Student Affairs at University of Southern Maine.

To learn more and  pre-register please visit www.auburnpubliclibrary.org/lets-talk-about-it/. You may register online  or call the reference desk at 333-6640 Ext. 4.  All registered participants will receive copies of the books.

Tell your story with the Volunteer Scribes Program

Imagine you are living with Alzheimer’s disease and want your life story written while there is still time to do so.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, then be sure to attend the “Lewiston Volunteer Scribes Information Session” on Thursday, August 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, the Lewiston Volunteer Scribes program features trained, supervised and dedicated Bates College students who interview and write the life stories of those living with dementia. There is no cost to this program and participation is completely private, confidential and fun!  Learn more about this fascinating program by attending this important information session. Advance registration is recommended by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 772-0115 or the Auburn Public Library, walk-ins are also welcome.

Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe

Aug. 14, 7PM: Astronomer Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement with you! During his “Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe” program here at the Auburn Public Library, you’ll learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.  The evening includes some night time sky viewing so be prepared for the unpredictable Maine weather.

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