Author Visit: Douglas Hodgkin 4/13

Author Douglas Hodgkin will present his newly published full-length biography of Edward Little (1773–1849). Dear Parent: A Biography and Letters of Edward Little, details Little’s early career as a businessman, lawyer, and politician in Newburyport, Massachusetts, until two disasters resulted in massive debt. Little then went to Portland, Maine, to manage the business affairs of his father and of the Pejepscot Proprietors’ land company. Finally, at the age of fifty-three, he settled in Danville, now Auburn,where he founded what became Edward Little High School. Less well known is the role of the Little family in founding a church, bridges, railroads, and the mills at the falls, until the latter were taken over by Boston-based investors. This is the story of a remarkable life. This book also contains the letters that Edward Little addressed to “Dear Parent,” his father, Josiah, that are owned by the Androscoggin Historical Society. They depict the early conditions in the development of the Androscoggin Valley, relations between the Littles and the settlers, and the relations among the Little family themselves. This provides a fascinating look at life in a rural Maine settlement.

About the Author
Douglas I. Hodgkin, a native of Lewiston, Maine, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Bates College. He is the author of several books about local history, including Lewiston Memories, Historic Lewiston:The Grange at Crowley’s Junction, Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics 1768-1863, The Baptists of Court Street, The Lewiston and Auburn Railroad Company, and Lewiston Politics in the Gilded Age 1863-1900.

April 13 at 2PM

Charlie Plummer on Lincoln, 4/11

The Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and the Auburn Public Library continues the Curious Minds Series with a seminar by Charlie Plummer on Abraham Lincoln titled “The Man, Humorist, Story-Teller, and Poet.” Plummer will talk about Lincoln’s life from growing up as a child to the man who would eventually become President. A focus of the program will be on the humorous stories Lincoln told and some of the surprising poems he wrote.

Tuesday April 11, 2-3:30PM.

Your next career move

Ready for a career change but don’t know where to start? This free 2 hour workshop by New Ventures Maine, will help point you in the right direction. Christina Davis will cover what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed.

Monday April 10, 6:30-8PM. Please register.

The Digital Doctor Drop In Computer Help

Feeling frustrated and just plain going a little crazy learning how to tweet, text, or just submit an application? We now have two drop in computer help sessions each week!

Come get some help from the Digital Doctor and let him ease some of those frustrating moments. On Wednesdays, from 4 pm to 6 pm, our fantastic volunteer is available in the second floor computer lab to help assist you with your basic technology questions. Come on in and say hello.

Computing with Maureen on Tuesdays, 9-11. If you think computers are too confusing or just plain scary, come visit our wonderful volunteer Maureen and let her take the fear out of computing. Brush up on your basics and internet navigation or learn something new about social media. Maureen will be available in our second floor computer lab to assist you with your questions. No reservation is required. So relax and have fun learning the very basics of today’s computers.

Auburn Page Turners discuss Whistling Past the Graveyard

Monday, March 6 at 12:30PM

From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.

Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . . 

In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.

Looking to read ahead: The April pick is Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.

Craig Dudnick presents Alice’s Ordinary People March 6

Film Producer Craig Dudnick will be at the Library to present the documentary Alice’s Ordinary People. Alice’s Ordinary People is about Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement.  Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. King to the election of Barack Obama. And her great contribution in the field of politics is the thread which connects the two. Dudnick will share how he met Alice Tregay and how she inspired this important film about one of the most overlooked civil rights leaders.

March 6 at 6:30PM.

Author Visit with Brenda Fontaine, Jan. 26

Brenda Fontaine, owner of Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader, will debut her business memoir, The Limitless Real Estate Leader, at the Auburn Public Library on Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. In the event of a snowstorm, her visit will be re-scheduled to Monday, January 30, from 6 until 7:30 p.m.

Well-known in the Lewiston-Auburn area, Brenda started her real estate team with her husband and daughter twenty years ago; within 5 years, it had become a seven-member family team. The company (which includes both its Auburn and Scarborough locations) concluded 551 closings with nearly $75 million in sales in 2016, their most successful year to date.

Her family and her personal history have inspired Brenda to write this memoir to motivate others to have the courage to build a family business, and to push through fears rather than be limited by them. In telling her story and providing bits of wisdom, Brenda fulfills one of her bucket list items and her desire to give back to her community.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be presented in the Community Room on the Library’s lower level at 49 Spring Street, and door prize drawings will be offered.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Auburn Public Library.

Multi-Faith Discussion March 14

The final Multi-Faith Roundtable discussion has been rescheduled to March 14 at 12:30PM. Once again, this lively yet friendly discussion will be between some of the areas 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.

Last year the discussions were well-attended, exciting, informative, frank and fun. “It was fascinating to hear the different points of view, coming from the different faith traditions,” says Rabbi Dresdner. “I am delighted that we will all be together again in scholarship and fellowship.”

Copies of the texts will be provided, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

For more details please contact the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4.


Intro to 3D Printer; December 5 and 13

Join us for a demonstration and introduction to 3D printing as the Library celebrates its continued commitment to provide new technology services to the public. This introduction will define 3D printing, how you can print at the Auburn Public Library, plus demonstrate how the printer works.  Time will also be provided to answer any attendee questions. After the program, attendees may sign up for a time to use one of the public computers to make an object of their of own.

3D Printer Policy and Guidlines

The hour-long workshops will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room on the ground level of the library, on Monday, December 5 at 6:30pm, and on Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30pm. They are free and open to the public.

Participants will explore the basics of 3D printing, review the library’s policies and procedures, and learn how to search for 3D printing projects. A printer demonstration will be offered, and attendees will have the opportunity to schedule printer time to create their personal projects.

The acquisition of the 3D printer was made possible by a grant from a donor-advised fund through the Maine Community Foundation. The grant also provided funds for a new Mac Air and two iPads for public use at the library. For more information, call 333-6640, ext. 4.

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