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.

Multi-faith roundtable December 6

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, December 6 at the Auburn Public Library. This four-part series will continue on Tuesdays,  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.

Bookbinding course in January — register now!

Are you interested in creating you own books and the art of book binding? Register for this series of workshops to be led by Anna Low from Purplebean Bindery. Each workshop will always include a hands-on book binding project plus information on the history of book binding (and how it changed the world), cultural book forms, and book design with content. Low has taught traditional Western bindings (pamphlet stitch, Coptic), Japanese stab bindings, accordion book forms and non-adhesive bindings. An outline of the series is below

SESSION 1: FOLDED PAPER BOOKS AND FUN FLIPPY CARDS
Come learn how to make a piece of paper into a fun, magical, flipping card or mini book using only scissors and glue.
SESSION 2: JAPANESE STAB BINDING
The Japanese stab binding is a traditional Asian book form, an easy introduction to sewn books.
SESSION 3: ACCORDION BOOKS
We’ll make a few different books to get you started on your folded accordion book adventures.
SESSION 4: LEATHER COVER LONG STITCH
Using materials from our community, we’ll plan, fold and bind together a nifty leather
covered book with decorative stitching on the spine.
SESSION 5 & 6: COPTIC BOOKBINDING
The final sessions will be a two part lesson on an ancient bookbinding technique, the
coptic binding. We will use recycled book covers (from discarded library books), embellish them with decorative paper, construct our book block and sew together a handsome and fun journal.

The workshops begin on January 10th and will take place every Tuesday at 2 pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Participants must register individually however registering once will save your space for all sessions. Registration deadline is January 3rd. Register online here or visit the second floor reference desk .

Auburn Page Turners meet December 5

Join our on-going book group as we share our reactions to The Tsar of Love and Techno. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

Author Visit with Paul Pare, December 1

The Auburn Public Library welcomes author Paul Pare, of Ogunquit, Maine, who will share from his newest work of fiction titled Road Kill.  In the novel, two New Englanders meet on the Savannah waterfront each with their own secrets. Both heading to South Florida, their lives become intertwined with panhandlers, drag queens, church ladies, and squatters in a hurricane-devastated trailer park. Road Kill is the ultimate trek into the unknown.

Pare has had a career as both a newspaper reporter and a television show host and producer. His autobiographical novel Singing in the Vernacular was published in 2008.

December 1 at 6PM.

Author Visit with Debra Spark Dec. 1

For as long Daniella has been married to Joel, they’ve received phone calls at odd hours, and late at night. Daniella knows the caller as Liesel, Joel’s first wife, a woman whose sudden departure devastated her husband. After years of disruptive, long-distance phone calls, Liesel rings to tell Joel she’s letting Idzia, the seventeen-year-old daughter he has never met, visit for the summer. Daniella and Joel prepare for Idzia’s arrival, but when Joel goes to pick her up from the airport, Idzia isn’t there. Back at home, the phone calls suddenly stop, and Joel and Daniella become haunted by the absence of someone who was never part of their life to begin with.

Debra Spark’s fourth novel, Unknown Caller, tells the story of a brief, failed marriage and its complicated aftermath. Leaping effortlessly across decades and continents, it works to uncover the reasons for Idzia and Liesel’s disappearance and the deeper puzzle of Liesel’s identity.

Spark’s candid, intricate novel highlights the near-impossibility of truly knowing another person, the pain in failing relationships, and the joy in successful ones.

Spark will be sharing from this compelling novel and will take time to answer some audience questions.

December 1 at 3PM

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