Join us as we talk about the work The Hare with Amber Eyes. Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots?which are then sold, collected, and handed on?he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.
And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.
Monday June 4 at 12:30PM.
Are you interested in learning new ways to keep your mind and body healthy? Join the Health & Wellness Book Club and explore topics such as self-improvement, personal and professional development, finances, exercise, happiness, nutrition, and alternative healing. Please read “Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration” by Penney Peirce and join us at the library on Thursday, May 17 for our next book group discussion.
Thursday May 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Maine School of Yoga will offer a FREE Community Yoga Class at the APL:
In partnership with the Auburn Public Library, the Maine School of Yoga will be offering a great opportunity to experience an all-levels yoga class. The free class will be led by the newest teachers from the 2017 Yoga Teacher Training Program. The Maine School of Yoga offers yoga teacher trainings in Lewiston starting in September.each year. For more information visit www.innerlightyogaofmaine.com. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
There will be two sessions, Monday May 7 at 6PM, and Tuesday May 8 at 10AM.
London in Charles Dickens’ time was a city of great contrast. The affluent and middle classes enjoyed a comfortable existence, but for the poor, life was cruel and harsh, the more so for girls and young women. Troubled by what he saw, in autumn ,1847, Dickens established Urania Cottage in Shepherd’s Bush as a hostel for destitute young women. The residents came from prisons, workhouses, and the streets of London, and included prostitutes, petty thieves, and homeless teenagers. Urania Cottage was financed by the millionairess Angela Burdett Coutts (granddaughter of Thomas Coutts, founder of Coutts & Co.), and details of the residents, its routines, and its dramas are brought to life in the treasure-trove of letters written to her by Dickens.
Join The Pickwick Club for a discussion of Dickens and the House of Fallen Women by Jenny Hartley.
Join us for a discussion of The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.
Novel Summary Below:
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry’s gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners’ team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment–to oneself and to others.
Tisha Bremner, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Founder of the Maine School of Yoga will be at the Auburn Public Library to premiere her newly produced instructional yoga videos. Videos will be available for purchase ($20) and Tisha will gladly sign the DVD covers. Tisha is a dedicated teacher who offers alignment-based vinyasa flow classes that range from a gentle to expanding level of difficulty. Her teaching style links skillful actions and movement to breath in a fun, safe and effective way. She incorporates smart sequencing into each of her classes, so your body feels balanced, vibrant and well prepared to open in new ways.
Saturday April 21, 2-4PM.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (medieval re-creation) welcomes you to our first Spring Schola, Saturday April 14. We will be holding educational classes about activities during medieval times. Please join us for classes that will be a half hour to 45 minutes long. These classes are free and open to the public. The room will be open with displays of other interests in the SCA as well. The room is open from 1-4PM, classes begin at 1:30 and go until 3:30.
1:30 Calligraphy: A demonstration and discussion of the tools used by medieval scribes, as well as modern tools and resources to save time and effort.
2:00 Medieval Painting: A discussion of pigments and binders used in illuminated book art. Followed by hands on samples of two green paints made from medieval recipes.
2:30 Tablet weaving
2:30 Historical food preparation: a look at several different techniques used by our predecessors to preserve the bounty of the harvest. Some samples will be available to try as well as instructional handouts with recipes.
3:00 Viking Culture and dress: Exploration, village life, housing and trade will be discussed, as well as the construction, materials used, and the jewelry worn to adorn clothing. Examples of different tools and clothing will be available for inspection.
3:00 Fueling the fighter: In our sport, fighters exert themselves upon the field of honor. They must be fed in a way to ensure their health and continued ability to fight.
April 14, 1:00PM-4:00PM in the Androscoggin Community Room.
Are you interested in learning new ways to keep your mind and body healthy through
books, videos, articles, friendly conversation, and practice? Are you open to exploring
new information about health and wellness, including topics such as meditation,
nutrition, spirituality, self-improvement, personal and professional development,
finances, exercise, happiness, alternative healing, and time management? The Health &
Wellness Book Club is intended to be a fun, collaborative, judgement-free space for
anyone interested in learning more about themselves, improving their lives, and sharing
their knowledge and experiences with others.
The selection this month is Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss.