Self-Employment: Is it right for you?

This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed.  This program is free of charge and is brought to you through a partnership between New Ventures and the Auburn Public Library. February 10, 12-2PM.

Register online here.

NEW DIY Craft Kits Now Available!

They are located on the second floor with our DIY craft kits.

Our  DIY Craft Kits let you try out a new craft without buying tools or supplies before you know if it’s for you! Each kit contains a helpful introductory book or two, basic tools, and enough supplies for practice or a small project.

The kits are available to borrow for two weeks, and are located on the second floor.

You can find all our craft kits in our online catalog by searching keyword “diy craft kit”. Questions? call the reference desk at 333-6640

Current kits include:


We also have NEW DIY Teen  Kits. These kits are aimed at teens but available for check out for anyone over the age of 13. Teen kits include


Decorating the White House Jan. 28

Joan Macri, a former American History teacher in Lewiston, had the opportunity to decorate one of the most prestigious buildings in America this past holiday season. Macri was one of 88 volunteers who spent three days decorating the White House. Join us as she shares how she was chosen and gives us an insiders glimpse into the holiday season at the White House. January 28 at 6PM.

Research for Writing Genre Fiction: Feb. 19 @APL

The Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston Public Library are pleased to present a joint series on self publishing.

Our first workshops will be taught by instructor Melissa Walshe, who published her first book, Autumn’s Daughter, in 2014 and will soon be releasing the sequel, Autumn’s Sister. She is a professional copywriter for shines & jecker laboratories, where she is currently developing the website She has an Ed.M. in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Southern Maine.

All sessions will take place on Fridays from 3-4 PM. You do not need to attend all of the sessions. Sessions will alternate between the Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston Public Library.

Auburn Page Turners

Join us for a lively discussion of the novel The Lobster Kings on February 8 at 1PM.  A selection for the 2015 Maine Readers, Choice Award longlist, The Lobster Kings is a mythical family saga steeped in the legends of the sea.  The Kings family has been fishing for lobster for 300 years and is descended from a famous painter who, family legend has it, was married to a mermaid.  Now, however, their waters are being invaded by the rough men who work at an overfished neighboring harbor and who dabble in boatloads of meth.  Cordelia, the oldest of the three King daughters, stands to take over the familly business if she can defend the Kings way of life.

In March, the group will be reading Ernie’s Ark by Monica Wood and will meet on March 7th at 1 p.m.

Futures Lab open January 4

NEW! Students — teens and adults alike — who are working on their post-secondary aspirations are welcome in our Computer Lab on specified Monday evenings.  Whether a student is just starting his/her college search, completing online applications or working on financial aid paperwork, there will be a college navigator and/or a representative from College for Maine Androscoggin on hand to answer any questions which might arise. 6-8PM in the Computer Lab.

Conversations Jan. 5

Auburn Public Library announces a new series of programs called Conversations: A Multi-Faith Perspective. The public is invited to listen in as clergy of different faiths have round-table discussions on different inter-faith topics. Each of the four monthly round-tables will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Auburn Public Library.  All programs run from 12:30 to 1:30PM.

The idea for these discussions started when the new Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Auburn, Sruli Dresdner, met and spent an exhilarating week with his colleagues at the Maine Police Academy, sponsored by the Auburn Police Department’s Chaplaincy Program where he met Pastor Roger Cousineau of East Auburn Baptist Church, Rev. Doctor Jody Cohen Hayashida of First Universalist Church in New Auburn, and Pastor Richard Waller of the Auburn Church of the Nazarene.

Participants will be able to listen in as local religious leaders discuss their views and share their perspective among their colleagues.  The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions which must be written down on the provided notecards.

Drop in Computer Help

Whether you’d like help conducting a digital job search, connecting on social media, creating a spreadsheet to track holiday expenses, or refreshing your basic computer skills, our knowledgeable volunteers are here to help on a one to one basis. You come with your questions and our volunteers will provide guidance in a relaxed and personal atmosphere.

Tuesdays 9-11 in the computer lab (no session on December 29).

Pickwick Club, 12/12

Maine’s Dickens’ reading and discussion group, will meet at the Auburn Library, our sponsor, on Saturday, December 12th, from 12:30 – 2:30. For discussion: William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Chapters 35 -67. Join us in exploring this Victorian masterpiece. Moderator: Dick York.

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