Auburn Public Library Pilots Family Literacy Program

The Auburn Public Library is partnering with staff at the Androscoggin County Jail to create a Family Literacy program for inmates and their children.

 

The new program, “ReadingConnects!” seeks to improve the literacy skills of incarcerated parents and their children, foster each child’s interest in books so they will be ready to learn when they reach school, and encourage incarcerated parents to bond with their children through reading.

 

The program is funded through the generosity of Fales and Fales, the Androscoggin Bank “Greater Giving” program, and a grant from the Yelp Foundation.

 

Funding will be used for the purchase of 12 durable bags and the books for each bag, which will be brought to the county jail on a monthly rotating basis, to provide quality children’s literature for inmates to read to their children on visit days. Each bag will have a theme – holidays, seasonal, animals – and will have “story extenders” (questions to ask the children to increase their comprehension) and activities such as puzzles, flash cards, or coloring sheets that complement and supplement the theme.

 

Caption: Attorney Jennifer Ferguson of Fales and Fales Law Firm presents a check to Auburn Public Library Director Mamie Anthoine Ney to support the Library’s “ReadingConnects!” family literacy program at the Androscoggin County Jail. Also pictured are Sergeant Victoria Langelier, Programs Director at the County Jail, Deb Cleveland, Children’s Library Services Manager, and Susan Geismar, Library Development Coordinator.

 

Tell your story with the Volunteer Scribes Program

Imagine you are living with Alzheimer’s disease and want your life story written while there is still time to do so.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, then be sure to attend the “Lewiston Volunteer Scribes Information Session” on Thursday, August 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, the Lewiston Volunteer Scribes program features trained, supervised and dedicated Bates College students who interview and write the life stories of those living with dementia. There is no cost to this program and participation is completely private, confidential and fun!  Learn more about this fascinating program by attending this important information session. Advance registration is recommended by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 772-0115 or the Auburn Public Library, walk-ins are also welcome.

KIDS! Meet a Local Hero

Join us on Wednesday July 22nd at 10 am to meet Auburn Police Department Corporal Kris Bouchard and his canine partner, Dutch. Dutch is a pure-bred German Shepard and has been trained at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy along with his handler, Corporal Bouchard. They will give a demonstration of how he and Dutch work together to keep our community safe. Free. For more information, please call the library at 333-6640 ext.3

TEENS! Couldn’t make it to the kickoff event?

No worries!  Stop by the Reference Desk (2nd floor) to sign up for this summer’s Reading Program, “Unmask!”
Keep a Reading Log, fill out an Activities Sheet, and attend our summer programs. There are lots of prizes for participation and chances to win 1 of 4 finale prizes, which will be awarded on August 14th!

Want to know more about this program? Take a peek at this slideshow for some additional info!

KIDS! Superhero Training Bash

Exercise your mind, muscles, character and your superpowers at our drill stations to earn your Champion Character Superhero Certificate! Come make superhero masks, capes and crafts, listen to a story and earn your superhero status on Tuesday, July 21st at 1 pm in the Androscoggin Room. Come join the fun. This program is best for school aged children. Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary.

Storyteller Michael Parent

Thursday,July 16th @ 1pm Michael Parent, Lewiston native and renowned storyteller-singer, offers a program of stories and songs based on the theme “Every Hero Has A Story.” Michael’s stories will explore such questions as, “Where do Heroes Come From?” and “What are Unsung Heroes?” We hope you will join us for this wonderful free program.

Teen Summer Reading Program Kicks Off on June 23!

Teens!  Be sure to join us on Tuesday, June 23, as we kick off our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program, “Unmask!”  For this year’s program as we turn our attention to heroes, we are pleased to welcome local heroes from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.  The GAHS are heroes to the many lost, surrendered and abandoned animals in our community.  Come meet some of the amazing people who do this great work at GAHS (along with a furry friend or two), hear about how they do what they do, and teens can learn about how they can help.  Teens who bring a donation of pet food for the shelter will be entered into a drawing for three door prizes.  This program will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room from 3-4 p.m.  Although sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program is just for teens, ages 12-18, other family members are invited to attend this event.

 

Mad Science of Maine to Kick off APL’s Summer Reading Program

The Auburn Public Library will kick of its 2015 summer reading program with a Mad Science Super Science Show on Monday evening , June 22nd at 6 pm in the Androscoggin Community Room.

 

If you are ready for some Super Science come join Mad Science of Maine  at the Auburn Public library as they demonstrate some of the coolest science super powers. Check out the Mad Science utility belt, using parabolic ears and laser modulators to show that the human powers of perception are greatly expanded by science. Witness spontaneous combustion and watch them balance a unique amount of metal objects on their lab coats. Unravel the conundrum of “Super Speed”.  Shoot a superhero out of a tube and witness what happens when the law of inertia is applied to this highly coveted super power! Learn the Super Strength of Non Newtonian Fluid, witness an unexpected object change color at random, and explore telepathic powers with a mad scientist.

 

This show is best for children 5 and older Come to the show and sign up for our summer reading program Free. For more information, please call the library at 333-6640 ext.3

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