Pickwick Club meets December 15

Join the Pickwick Club, Maine’s only group for Dickens and his contemporaries, for a discussion of the second volume of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. This novel was in the year 1854 at a time when social novels were at the forefront. Charles Dickens had just completed Hard Times, his serialised account of life in a northern mill-town. The very next story published in his Household Words magazine was also set in the “smoky, dirty” north – except, this time, the injustices of working life weren’t chronicled by an appalled visitor but by someone who lived in Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell.

Whether this made for a more authentic novel is moot. Undeniably, Gaskell’s sympathies were with the poor: North and South‘s central concept is the gradual realisation of haughty, scornful southerner Margaret Hale that there is a beauty to the “vulgarity of shop people”. There’s also a clever balance to North and South, a certain acknowledgment of the middle-class manufacturers who raise themselves “into the power and position of a master by [their] own exertions”.

Saturday Dec 15, 2018
12:30 PM  –  2:30 PM

Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Dec. 3

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.


Monday Dec 3, 2018
1:00 PM  –  2:30 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

Free Library Meetup

Do you have a Little Free Library or other free book swap? Or would you like to learn more about setting up your own free library or book swap?

Please join us for a free library meetup at the Auburn Public Library, November 10, 2-4PM, in the Androscoggin Community Room.

We’ll have lots of books to give away (duplicates and other extras from our book sale), we only ask that you pass them on without reselling them. We’ll also supply ideas and plans, and an opportunity to chat with others. We are also looking for ideas for future events and how we can encourage more free libraries throughout the area.

This will be an informal gathering. Photos of your Little Free Library or book swap are strongly encouraged!

Saturday Nov 10, 2018
2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Author Visit: Jack Flowers, Nov. 7

Based on a true story, Rat Six tells the story of Clifford Price who, like hundreds of thousands of other young men in the 1960s, was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam. Having been a commissioned officer in the Army Corps of Engineers shortly after being drafted and selected for Officer’s Candidate School, Price ended up in Vietnam in 1968. After three months of commanding a platoon of bridge builders, mine sweepers, and truck drivers, Price was offered the job of Rat Six, one of the most dangerous assignments in the war. Rat Six was the code name for the leader of the First Infantry Division Tunnel Rats. The Tunnel Rats were some of the most courageous soldiers to fight in Vietnam. All were volunteers, slightly built, cunning, rebellious, trained in demolitions, and dedicated to ferreting out the enemy below. In the beginning of the war, entering a tunnel with only a flashlight and a pistol was almost suicidal.

Wednesday Nov 7, 2018
2:30 PM  –  3:30 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

Beware: The Warnings of Frankenstein, Nov. 6

Commemorating the 200th publication anniversary of the novel Frankenstein, retired Siena College philosophy professor and Lewiston native Ray Boisvert, will explore the topics raised by Mary Shelley’s classic novel and their implications for today’s technological/scientific advances. Using slides, clips, and music, Boisvert says you do not have to read the novel to participate in this discussion on the meaning or warnings Shelley raised 200 years ago. Please join us for this wonderful program.

Tuesday Nov 6, 2018
4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

Page Turners discuss Euphoria, Nov. 5

Join the Auburn Page Turners and tell us if you are euphoric over the novel Euphoria. Euphoria is Lily King’s nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the ‘30’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead

November 5 at 12:30PM
LOCATION: 2nd floor (Check in at the Reference Desk)

Auburn Officials Speak on Trip to China,Oct. 23

Auburn’s Mayor Jason Levesque and Economic Development Director Michael Chammings will be at the Library on Tues., Oct. 23rd, to talk about their recent trip to China. They will present at both Noon and 7 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their lunch for the noontime meeting. Light refreshments will be served at the evening meeting.

Becoming American book discussions start October 17

The Lewiston and Auburn public libraries are joining forces with the Maine Humanities Council to host “Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols,” a book discussion series starting on October 17th at 6 pm at the Auburn Public Library. The meeting location will then alternate between the two libraries through the final session in January.

“Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols” will explore how the quest for ethnic identity in this country is one of infinite variation—from era to era, region to region, group to group, person to person. Participants may journey not only into our own ethnic pasts, but also into those of our countrymen, our brothers and sisters.

The books can in no way cover the wide spectrum of ethnic backgrounds found in the United States, nor is any of them intended to offer a definitive portrait of the group represented. Instead, it is hoped that within these works, those qualities—the struggles, successes, and symbols—that make each group unique, and those that are common to every ethnic American experience, are revealed to the reader.

The discussions will be facilitated by Susan Beegel, a scholar facilitator selected by the Maine Humanities Council. Copies of the first book, Woman Warrior, may be picked up at the Auburn Public Library and should be read for the October 17th meeting.

The other books in the five novel series include

  • November 7th at LPLBless Me Ultima
  • November 28th at APLGo Tell It On The Mountain
  • December 19th at LPLAn Orphan in History, and
  • January 9th at APLThe Way to Rainy Mountain

Preregistration is required for the reading series because space is limited. To register please call the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4. The first book may be picked up at the Auburn Public Library Reference Desk on the second floor.

“Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols” is one of several book discussion programs offered through the Maine Humanities Council’s “Let’s Talk About It” series, a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

Film: Albatross the Film, October 17

In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.

Join us for a viewing of Albatross The Film as we journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, our naturalist and film producer Chris Jordan witnessed the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. This story is framed in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries. For more information: http://www.albatrossthefilm.com

Date:Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
Time:11:30 AM  –  1:30 PM
Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Bringing Nature Home, Oct. 3

“Bringing Nature Home” is Maine Audubon’s new community engagement and habitat stewardship initiative based on the bestselling book of that title by Doug Tallamy.  Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities.

Wednesday Oct 3, 2018
12:00 PM
Conference Room
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