Multi-Faith Roundtable begins November 1

The Auburn Public Library is very excited to announce the return of the Multi-Faith Roundtable discussions. The All-Clergy Round Table will start this season’s discussion with issues and images from the Book of Genesis, on Tuesday, November 1 at the Auburn Public Library. This four-part series will continue on Tuesdays, December 6, January 10 and February 7.  All programs run from 12:30 to 1:30PM.

Once again, these lively yet friendly discussions 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 Jody Cohen Hayashida of First Universalist Church in New 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 and upcoming discussion topics please contact the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4.

Author Visit: Andrew Vietze, Nov. 14

Author Andrew Vietze will be at the Auburn Public Library to talk about his non-fiction book Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism. Join us for this free program as Vietze details one of the most brutal survival stories in American history.

The wreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early eighteenth century. Shortly after departing England with Captain John Deane at the helm, his brother Jasper and another investor aboard, and an inexperienced crew, the ship encountered French privateers on her way to Ireland, where she then lingered for weeks picking up cargo. They eventually headed into the North Atlantic and then found themselves shipwrecked on the notorious Boon Island, just off the New England coast. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another.

November 14 at 2PM.

Book Discussion Nov. 7

Join us for a discussion of The Woman in Cabin 10. Traumatized travel journalist Lo Blacklock hopes to settle her nerves and cure her insomnia after a frightening home invasion with an exciting job assignment on board a small luxury cruise ship in the North Atlantic. Her paranoia is only increased, however, when she is certain she hears someone being thrown overboard from the cabin next door in the middle of the night. When her credibility is questioned after all of the passengers are accounted for, Lo digs further into the mystery and finds her life in danger.

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.

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