Our November/December selection will be Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Please note special date!
At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her.
A Look Back is a new book group about old times! This year, in recognition of Auburn’s 150th Anniversary, we are reading books about Maine and New England history.
Come learn from those who know. Join the 4-H Changemakers and learn some “Smartphone Basics.” The National 4-H Council and Microsoft are working together through the 4-H Tech Changemakers program to empower 4-H teens in 91 communities across 15 states to lead digital skills trainings, teach the value of digital tools and find technological solutions to real world problems. They call these tech-savvy and community-oriented young people 4-H Tech Changemakers and they will be here at the Auburn Public Library.
A mysterious man comes to a small Maine town with lots of money and the FBI on his heels. If you’re intrigued come to the Auburn Public Library on November 12th at 1:30 when author Jeffrey Ryan tells the true life tale of Jim Whyte who he profiled in his new book Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte.
When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. And almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make even the FBI to eventually come looking. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late
Rob Duquette, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer, will be at the Auburn Public Library on November 14th at 7 pm for a night of enchanting music and beautifully choreographed dance performed by Amanda Parkhurst.
Duquette has made his career since the mid-1990s as a well-respected and in-demand sideman, most notably as a member of Jonathan Edwards touring band. He has also regularly played with other notables like Jack Sonni(Dire Straits) and the legendary composer David Amram over the past 15 years. He gained national attention as part of the jazz-folk-pop group Cactus Highway in the early 2000s, whom the Boston Herald called “a duo of true sophistication.” Rob is currently traveling the country on a solo tour sharing music from his latest album “Trust the Night”.
Amanda Parkhurst is both a choreographer and dancer. She uses silk scarves and flowing ribbons with fluid modern dance choreography to provide the audience with a visual representation of several of Duquette’s pieces. Her goal is to assist the audience in understanding and feeling the emotional energy of the songs in a gentle visualization. Amanda has been a professional dancer and choreographer since the 1990s
The Auburn Public Library is pleased to announce they will host a Meet
& Greet for Auburn School Committee Candidates on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Androscoggin
There are twelve candidates running for School Committee in Auburn and
all have been invited to attend or to send a representative in their stead.
Candidates will each be given one to two minutes to introduce themselves
followed by some general questions by a moderator. There will be a time for
questions from the audience.
Ken Burns should have come to Maine when he released his new documentary on the history of country music. Often overlooked, Maine has made several contributions to the twang and drawl of country music. If you don’t believe it come hear Slim Andrews, a 2002 inductee into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, share stories of how Maine brought the country to music.
In addition to entertaining stories from Slim, the library invites you to step back in time and journey through the compelling history of country music as chrnoicled by legendary documentary creator Ken Burns. The hour long clip reel will highlight sections of the new eight part documentary Country Music. This masterful workd digs deep to uncover the roots of the music, including ballads, minstrel music, hymns and the blues, and its early years in the 1920’s.
Join us for this entertaining night of stories and film!
The Auburn Public Library graciously welcomes renown poet Martin Steingesser on October 22nd at 5:30 pm for a magical night of poetry. Steingesser’s poems whisper, shout and occasionally slam. He’s author of the books of poems, Brothers of Morning, The Thinking Heart: the Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum and Yellow Horses. Individual poems have appeared in many publications, including The Sun, The Progressive and the Humanist magazines and in literary journals such as American Poetry Review, Ohio Review, Poetry East and Hanging Loose. Some have won awards, most recently the Betsy Sholl Award 2013 and First Place for an individual poem in Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s Literary Awards 2008.
He was Portland’s first Poet Laureate, 2007-09. He has performed throughout the state and New England, taught poetry workshops in Maine for 34 years and was awarded the Maine Alliance for Arts Education’s Bill Bonyun Award 2006 “for exemplified talent and professionalism as an artist and contributions to arts education.”
The Auburn Public Library announces the October selection for their longstanding book group. The Auburn Page Turners will meet on October 7th at 12:30 pm to discuss Travels in Siberia.
In this astonishing work from one of our greatest and most entertaining storytellers, Ian Frazier trains his perceptive, generous eye on Siberia. With great passion and enthusiasm, he reveals Siberia’s role in history?its science, economics, and politics?and tells the stories of its most famous exiles, such as Dostoyevsky, Lenin, and Stalin. At the same time, Frazier draws a unique portrait of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, and gives a personal account of adventure among Russian friends and acquaintances. A unique, captivating, totally Frazierian take on what he calls the “amazingness” of Russia.
While participants do not need to have necessarily finished the entire book, it is expected that a majority of the book has been read. Copies of each of these books can be requested through the inter-library loan process. If you have any questions about the process or the book group please call the library at 333-6640 Ext. 4.
Continuing onto college and have questions about applying for Financial Aid? Join a representative from the Finance Authority of Maine to learn about the process and get any lingering questions answered. This program is open to anyone considering going to college — teens, new adults, and older adults.