College Night, 10/20

Join admissions representatives from eight Maine colleges and universities, as well as a representative from Finance Authority of Maine, as they sit on a panel facilitated by Maggie Davis (College for Maine Androscoggin). Following the panel discussion and a brief Q&A session, admissions reps from those and five additional schools will be available with information specific to their schools.  So that we can have an adequate number of handouts, registration is requested.

Zany Magestic Bard, 10/21


When it comes to Shakespeare, some people get downright gloomy. They rant on about how well-read you need to be to understand him. But use restraint in your yelping. You may not know that Shakespeare wrote for everyone from the well-bred to the uneducated; from the successful manager to the most foul mouthed kitchen wench. In other words, Shakespeare’s for you and the Zany, Majestic Bard will be at the Auburn Public Library to prove it.

The Zany, Majestic Bard is a one-hour performance created and performed by David Greenham.  This lively, fun, and educational performance will delight and surprise audiences of all ages. The program includes a history, a brief guide on how to read and understand Shakespeare, the opportunity to hear some Shakespeare, and plenty of good jokes.

David Greenham is the creator of several popular MHC programs, including the award-winning Taxing Maine and most recently, Maine At Work. He is an adjunct professor of drama at the University of Maine at Augusta, and spent 14 years as the producing artistic director of The Theater At Monmouth, the Shakespearean Theater of Maine.

Visit with BDN’s George Danby

The Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfire Initiative series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, continues as the Auburn Public Library welcomes Bangor Daily News staff editorial cartoonist George Danby. Danby’s cartoons have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Down East… countless other publications including 500 weeklies. In the late 1970s into the 1980s he was staff cartoonist for The New Haven Register and The Providence-Journal Bulletin. He has drawn over 25,000 cartoons since 1974. Frankly, he’s exhausted!

His first collection of editorial cartoons entitled “The Essential Danby,” was released in October of 2014 through Islandport Press.

Danby will share from his book, talk about the process of developing a given cartoon and what he believes is the appeal of political and social cartoons.

October 17 at 6:30 PM.

The Art of Cartooning workshop, Oct. 13

Cartoonist Mike Jordan, of Big Red A Press, will be at the Library on October 13th at 6:30 pm to lead a hands-on workshop called the “The Art of Cartooning.” This is a new addition  to “No Laughing Matter: The Pulitzer Prize and the Art of Editorial Cartooning,” a lecture and workshop series on editorial cartooning.

Jordan will give a short talk on sequential art and the changes in dynamics between a one panel strip, a three panel strip and beyond.  Attendees will then create a three panel strip by committee with Jordan’s guidance.

Mike Jordan was born in Lewiston. By the age of seven, he had created his own “funny” book, a MAD MAGAZINE rip-off which lampooned his favorite comics, movies, and television programs.  By high school he had begun creating longer, more complicated comics, based no longer on movies and TV, but mostly on his friends and schoolmates.  The next several years saw the inception of “THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS” and “IRON IAN” and the involvement in two different ground-floor comics.  Jordan publishes much of his work on-line.

The library events are supported by Maine Humanities Council and the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, through a special grant category for Maine-based organizations seeking to use Pulitzer Prize-winning writing, journalism, photography, drama, or music composition in their 2016 programming.

Political Cartooning with Mike Keefe, October 4

In a presentation of his editorial cartoons, Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Mike Keefe will offer insights and humorous commentary on current events –– a wide range of topics, political and cultural. He will discuss the role of political cartooning in modern journalism, the state of the art today and its prospects for the future. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.

October 4 at 7PM.

Knitting Brigades of WWI: Sept. 27

In the summer of 1917, following the U.S. declaration of war against Germany in April 1917, the American Red Cross put out an urgent call for volunteers in every state who came to knit more than 15 million pounds of wool into socks, sweaters, hats, and bandages for our soldiers and allies overseas.

In less than two years, membership swelled from 200,000 to over 30 million nationwide. Women, men, and the nation’s school children knit and purled more than 23 million articles for the war effort in the most successful mobilization of community resources in the United States.

Join Holly Korda as we explore the amazing efforts of the Knitting Brigades of WWI, and learn how knitting helped unify the nation and win the war. The presentation will include fascinating stories and vintage photographs.

September 27 at 2PM.

Political Cartooning series starts Sept. 19

Auburn Public Library will present “No Laughing Matter: The Pulitzer Prize and the Art of Editorial Cartooning,” a lecture series on editorial cartooning in September and October. The series will feature talks by two award-winning cartoonists and the former Director of Maine Archives and Museums, and an exhibit of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons from years past.  Support for this program is provided by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative.

On September 19th at 6:30 p.m., historian Erin Bishop, former Director of Maine Archives & Museums, will provide an historical overview of political cartoons, which have been an influential and popular art form in America since the late 18th century. As a journalistic shorthand, editorial cartoons express powerful ideas, distilling complex issues into a single potent image. Bishop will break down the basic techniques cartoonists use to convey meaning and will guide guests through famous and noteworthy cartoons about key issues in American politics.

The complete schedule of events:


September Book Discussion

The Auburn Page Turners is always looking for new members to join our boisterous and fun group of avid readers. The September discussion is on the non-fiction title Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II. Part biography, war story, and wildlife adventure, Elephant Company is the story of James Howard “Billy” Williams whose rapport with the world’s largest animals transformed into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

September 11 at 12:30PM.

Fall Reading Challenge

Do you have what it takes to achieve the ultimate in Reading Adventures? Pick up a book challenge flyer and see how many categories you can fill between September 1 and December 31, 2016. The list is also available here: Fall Reading Challenge
Fill the most categories and you could win four new books of your choice* to start your new reading year out right (random drawing in the event of a tie). And all readers who log at least four categories will be entered in a drawing for one book of their choice.*
Titles may only be used to fill one category, but we will have a special prize for the title that fills the most categories.
Our display in the library will feature suggestions for each category. We will also feature two categories each week on our website, with a weekly blog as we read along!
*Books must be available from our book wholesaler at the standard library discount.
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