Art Quilt Exhibit, Sept. 15

The Auburn Public Library will host quilt artist Sheryl Whitmore during the September 15 ArtWalk L/A. Whitmore’s quilts use a variety of colors and textures for emphasis on natural subjects, and are inspired by nature and the fabrics she finds in her travels.  Her quilts will be displayed in the Library’s Androscoggin Community Room from 5-8 P.M.  Whitmore will be joined by the Maine Music Society’s Chamber Singers at 7PM for a special musical concert.

Get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day with Mango Languages

Ahoy mateys! If it’s pirate chatter ye be after, you’ve come to the right place. Mango’s Pirate Language Course will teach you everything you need to know to “parley” in perfect Pirate.

Visit Mango to get started or download the “Mango for Libraries” app from your app store.

Need a snazzy Pirate name? Try this Pirate Name Generator!

While you’re there, check out the other 70 languages available!

Multi-faith Roundtable returns Sept. 5

Tuesday Sept. 5 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.

Auburn Page Turners meet Sept. 11

Vladimir Nabokov once observed that “a writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” The geobiologist Hope Jahren possesses both in spades. Her engrossing new memoir, “Lab Girl,” is at once a thrilling account of her discovery of her vocation and a gifted teacher’s road map to the secret lives of plants — a book that, at its best, does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology.

Monday September 11 at 12:30PM.

Climate Change Discussion Series starts Sept. 7

Climate change is a complicated topic which continues to be, no pun intended, hotly debated. Thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation, the Auburn Public Library will work with NOAA scientists to provide a series of interactive events to examine climate trends on the state of Maine. The first of the monthly hour long programs begins on September 7th at 6 pm with programs to follow on October 5th at 6 pm and November 9th at 6 pm.

Pushing the Limits, or PLACE, consists of programs designed to engage community discussion with professional guidance provided by NOAA scientist. Nikki Becker, of the National Weather Serivce in Gray, will be the facilitator for what is sure to be some fascinating discussions. The events are something of a science café and book club hybrid with each event organized around a different theme – community, change, or strategy. Questions will be raised such as what is climate change, what extreme weather trends are worrisome, and how our local communities are preparing to protect citizens against extreme weather events.

Prior to each program, participants will be asked to read portions of “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change” by Robert Henson. Copies of the book may be picked up at the second floor desk at the Auburn Public Library. Space is limited so those wishing to participate must register when they come to pick up their book. Please call the reference desk for more information, 333-6640, ext. 4.

Auburn Page Turners meet August 7.

Auburn Page Turners Book Group – My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins.

Monday August 7 at 12:30PM.

Musician Marc Black July 24

In the 1950’s and 60’s, popular music evolved from being an escape from reality to being a powerful communication about it. Marc has created an engaging and humorous presentation, during which the audience can relive this colorful time in our history. In the presentation, Marc  uses a wide range of popular songs including surprise favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind.

July 24 at 4PM

Maine-ly Jewish Storytelling Festival

Join storytellers, writers, poets and bloggers for an evening of laughter that tickles the heart!

Featuring Dr. Ellen Frankel, author/playwright from Philadelphia

Antonio Rocha, international storyteller, originally from Brazil

Jen Wren, musical performer

Lisa Mayer, award-winning writer

Thursday July 13 at 7PM.

Dessert Reception following Program. Suggested Donation, $5

Read ME A statewide summer reading program with a Maine twist

Read ME is a new statewide summer reading program that gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books—by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author Monica Wood. It’s so easy, you can’t NOT do it!

Come into the Auburn Public Library and grab a copy of either The Moth: 50 True Stories or Unknown Caller and join the statewide program. All participants will be able to attend a special event finale in August.


Monica’s picks (and why she picked ’em)

FICTION: Unknown Caller by Debra Spark

Price: $15.75

Unknown Caller book cover“I was up all night with this riveting, gorgeously written novel about a married couple, an unpredictable ex-wife, and a recently discovered daughter. Spark tells their story in reverse order, each chapter revealing layers of insight and intrigue as we backtrack through a complex constellation of relationships. No one I know writes with more depth and empathy about marriage and family. Her emotional intelligence is astounding.”


NONFICTION: The Moth: 50 True Stories

Price: $11.20
The Moth 50 True Stories book cover“Originally presented live without notes, the stories in The Moth span the breadth of human experience. A cardiac emergency in a stuck elevator. A famous rap artist saved from despair by music far outside his sphere. A difficult adoption story that finds rest and resolution in Maine. By turns poignant and comical, tragic and triumphant, these stories, told mostly by ordinary folks, made me feel less alone in this huge world. I hope this book choice will inspire “Moth nights” all over Maine, because we Mainers are born storytellers.”

Presented in partnership with the Maine State Library

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