December 4 at 12:30PM.
The Underground Railroad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Copies of this novel can be acquired to borrow through the library’s inter-library loan program.
Sharpen your mind and enjoy one of the oldest games of strategy by taking part in a chess for beginners program at the Auburn Public Library. Chess instructor, Kenneth Cox, will start the chess class for beginners on November 16th at 4 p.m. The class will meet every Thursday after with each class also starting at 4 pm.
If you have an interest in the game and have never played before or want to go through a review of the basics, this is the class for you. The class will start with the chess board set-up and then how the Pawns and King moves. In future sessions, participants will learn how to move all the pieces and discuss the strategic concepts of chess. In addition, participants will learn what “checkmate” actually means and how to develop the checkmate positions.
Participants should bring along a pencil and paper if they want to take notes. If they have a chess set to bring along that would be helpful but is not required. The program is open to teens and adults who are beginner players.
Saturday November 18, 9:30AM
The Auburn Public Library welcomes author Kristin Krause to share from her true survival account “Last Voyage of the Hornet.” In 1866 the clipper ship Hornet caught fire and sank, leaving the passengers and crew-thirty-one men in all-adrift in three small boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This is the account of those men as they struggled for survival for an astonishing forty-three days on less than ten days of rations. The survivors drifted for thousands of miles before reaching shore. It was an incredible tale, and one that the down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) wanted to tell. The story made him famous, launching his writing career. It is a story of the determination of men to survive against all odds. An excellent opportunity to pick up an early Christmas gift without the Black Friday crowds.
November 7 at 12:30PM
Back for more, the Auburn Public Library invites the public to listen in as local religious leaders discuss a previously selected topic in a series of Multi-Faith Roundtable discussions. Once again, these lively yet friendly discussions will be between some of the leading Clergy who also serve as Chaplains for the Auburn Police Department: Rabbi Sruli Dresdner of Temple Shalom, Pastor Roger Cousineau of East Auburn Baptist Church, Rev. Doctor Jodi Cohen Hayashida of First Universalist Church in Auburn, and Pastor Richard Waller of the Auburn Church of the Nazarene.
Upwards: The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
November 16 at 6PM.
In the summer of 2015, at the age of 53, Laurie Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle the entire 740 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Upwards is her uplifting story of finding the inner strength and faith to achieve her dream, set amid the rich tapestry of the history, wildlife, landscapes, and people of New England.
Laurie has presented to a wide variety of audiences, including civic organizations, libraries, churches, boating and outdoor clubs, and L.L. Bean. Her two-article series on the NFCT appeared in the Winter 2016 and Early Spring 2017 issues of The Paddler.
November 30, 2-3PM.
Author Lorraine Dutile Masure will be at the Auburn Public Library to share some of experiences growing up Franco – American. Intended for all, her memoir Growing Up Franco-American (with no black patent leather shoes) is the intriguing story of courageous grandparent and parent immigrants who, at once, heartily embraced their new country, the United States, yet remained inherently true to many of their cherished Old World cultural traditions — all as transmitted to, an perceived by — one of their first-generation American children, author Lorraine Dutile Masure. Acting as a cultural tour guide, she tells stories of what it was really like growing up with a rich Franco heritage across multiple venues of home, family, church, school, and other settings. Seniors also will see themselves in her stories. And younger people will be amazed at how quaint life was not so long ago. Informative and, as the author reflects back through the rear-view mirror of her own life, some of it’s pretty comical too!
Wednesday November 8, 6-8PM.
Please join us in welcoming John and Cynthia Orcutt of Auburn, authors of Enduring Heights, featuring photography of the natural environment of the Maine’s High Peaks. This is the first book of this type about the High Peaks of Maine. Angus King, US senator from Maine, has written the book’s foreword, and Wolfe Tone, former Director of the Trust for Public Land in Maine has written an essay, describing conservation in the area. The hardcover book is 12” x 12”, 132 pages with maps, several essays and over 90 color plates.
The High Peaks region is where major sections of the Appalachian Trail, Maine Huts & Trails, Sugarloaf and Saddleback ski mountains, Rangeley and Flagstaff Lakes, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the New England Mountain Biking Association trails and a number of other outdoor venues are located.
The book’s authors, Cynthia and John Orcutt seek to promote a balance between conservation and economic development. Photography has enabled them to contribute in a meaningful way to these causes. By producing this book, the Orcutt’s hope to raise awareness of the High Peaks region, fostering more conservation of wilderness lands and simultaneously, encouraging economic growth and job opportunities in places where development in the regions small communities.
Recently the book was launched at the Biennial Appalachian Trail Conference at Colby College and on the opening day of BikeMaine. It will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
The talk will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room. Please use the Spring St. entrance.
The Auburn Public Library is pleased to host the exhibit Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam, presenting the stories of young American soldiers and Marines going to Vietnam during the 1960s, through graffiti left on a troopship’s bunk canvases.
The exhibit was developed by Art and Lee Beltrone of Keswick, Virginia, founders of the Vietnam Graffiti Project (VGP). When the graffiti aboard the troopship General Nelson M. Walker was discovered in 1997, the VGP was created to preserve examples of the historic canvasses by removing them from the ship and placing them in museums throughout the country.
Every bunk canvas has at least one story to tell, as the artwork and slogans capture not only the writer’s thoughts and emotions, but also the era’s politics, military pride, humor, and anti-war sentiments. Efforts were made to locate the graffiti-writers, and their voyage stories are incorporated into exhibit text panels.
Artifacts were also collected from the Walker during the scrapping operation when the bunks, as they were removed by workers from the ship, yielded personal items left behind by the troops. Everything from candy bar wrappers, empty cigarette packages, and magazines, to books from the ship’s library and liquor bottles were removed and are part of the exhibit’s Things They Left Behind display.
The canvases are located on the first floor of the Library and will be on display through November 16. The exhibit is sponsored in part by a grant from Norman, Hanson and DeTroy, and is free and open to the public.
Join us to talk about The Historian by Elizabeth Kosova. Exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. This program will take place in the Local History Room on the second floor.
November 6 at 12:30PM.
Learn about the history of the area before the trail existed and hear the stories of the people and events leading up to the formation and construction of the trail. Hear the reasons why the early hikers took to the trail and why people still hike it today. Presented by Stephen Martelli, an avid life-long hiker, who has sought to educate hikers and non-hikers of all ages on the features of the trail.
October 14 at 9:30AM