Author visit: Laurie Chandler, Nov. 16

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.

Author visit: Growing Up Franco-American, Nov. 30

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!

Author Talk: John & Cynthia Orcutt – Nov. 8

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.

Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit

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.

Page Turners meet Nov. 6

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.

Appalachian Trail History, Oct. 14

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

Phantom of the Opera, 10/10

Our Tuesdays of Terror film series takes place this October with afternoon matinees of classic horror films. The first film to be shown is the 1962 classic Phantom of the Opera.  Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show’s past who has an obsession with one of the production’s chorus girl. Come and enjoy this free film if you dare.

October 10 at 1PM.

Auburn Page Turners Discuss Bark: Stories 10/2

The Auburn Page Turners will discuss the newest collection of stories by Lorrie Moore one of America’s most beloved and admired short-story writers. The eight masterly stories in Bark: Stories reveal Lorrie Moore at her most mature and in a perfect configuration of craft, mind, and bewitched spirit.  In “Debarking,” a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this ominous moment, we see—in all its irresistible wit and darkness—the perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake .

In “Foes,” a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest themselves at a fund-raising dinner in Georgetown . . . In “The Juniper Tree,” a teacher visited by the ghost of her recently deceased friend is forced to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a kind of nightmare reunion . . . And in “Wings,” we watch the inevitable unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, neither of whom held fast to their dreams nor struck out along other paths.

Multi-Faith Roundtable Discussion Oct. 3

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.

October 3 at 12:30PM.

Author Visit, Bruce Robert Coffin, Sept. 26

September 26 at 2PM.

Bruce is the bestselling author of the John Byron Mystery Series from HarperCollins Publishers. The debut novel in the series, Among The Shadows, won critical praise. The second novel, Beneath the Depths, has now been released and Bruce invites the public to hear him talk about his newest cliffhanger. Bruce is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Bruce also spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, where he earned the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.


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