Teen Summer Reading Program: “Build a Better World”

Within this summer’s theme, “Build A Better World,” teens will have a chance to explore environmental and sustainability issues and what they can do to help build a better world for their generation– and future generations.

Did you know that Maine is the largest state in New England? Did you know that within our borders are spectacular mountains, unbroken forests, and bountiful waters? Did you know our rivers, lakes, streams, and forests are home to many different fish, plants, trees, birds, and wildlife?  The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) educates people about the beauty and value of Maine’s woods, waters, and wildlife. They share information about the challenges and opportunities our natural resources face and connect people with ways to help protect Maine’s environment.  NRCM is pleased to help kick off, “Build a Better World” at the Auburn Public Library. Come hear NRCM staff member Gabrielle Grunkemeyer talk about NRCM, what’s happening in our environment right now, and how you can help protect it.

This summer’s Teen Reading Program will run for 6 weeks, from June 28-August 9.  In addition to reading, programs and activities will include a river walk along the Androscoggin (with Androscoggin Land Trust), an opportunity to design a tiny house using Sketch Up and our 3D printer, an upcycle DIY, a composting workshop and more!  We also will bring back our Pizza & Pages Book Club, where we will read and discuss 3 books — “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin, “Not A Drop to Drink” by Mindy McGinnis, and “Trashed” by Derf Backderf.

For each book read and for each program attended, teens will have a chance to enter into a weekly drawing which will be a gift card to a local business.  The grand prize this year, a digital camera, will be awarded to the top reader (books must be read between June 21-August 9).  There will also be a prize — a gift card bundle — awarded for program participation.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is just for teens, ages 12-18 (entering 7th through 12th grade).  For more information, check out our 2017 Teen SRP slideshow, stop by the Library and pick up a brochure, visit our Events page( all Teen programs are listed in green), or give us a call!

 

Teen Opportunities Fair on March 25

Looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity? Not sure if you should be taking classes or enrolling in college? Trying to apply for a job online but have no idea where to start? Come out to the 6th Annual Teen Opportunities Fair! Lewiston Public Library and Auburn Public Library have partnered to bring you this helpful and exciting event.  There will be food and door prizes! This event takes place on March 25, 11AM-1PM, in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library and is just for teens, ages 13-19.

Great Stories Club begins March 31st! (date change)

Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide

The Auburn Public Library, in partnership with Outright LA, has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program about teen violence and suicide.

As one of 75 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country, the Auburn Public Library will work with a group of teens to read and discuss three books in which protagonists deal with issues surrounding teen violence, bullying and suicide.  The book titles, within the above theme, will include: “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini, and “Romeo & Juliet” (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels), illustrated by Matt Weigle.  These titles, selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars, were chosen to resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues in their young lives.

The introductory meeting of Structures of Suffering will take place on Friday, March 31, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the library.  Meetings will continue every 2 to 3 weeks, concluding in early June.  Participants will get to keep copies of the books for their personal libraries.

Teens interested in being considered for this book club should contact Donna Wallace via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.

 

Teen Tech Week March 5-11

MONDAY March 5: Join us as we kick off Teen Tech Week 2017 with an open house in the CREATE! Media Lab.  We’ll have all 3 computers on, each one offering a different activity!  Stop by to see how to import a film clip taken from in front of the green screen and add a background, let us hear your voice using the blue yeti microphones, or have some fun with photo booth. Stop by anytime between 2:30 and 4:30!

FRIDAY March 10: join us in the Teen Space to play with our Ozobot!  Not sure what one is?  Check out this website — ozobot.com.  You can make your own codes or use ones we’ll have on hand.

These programs are just for teens ages 12-18.

Teens! Visit from author Maria Padian, April 13

Thursday, April 13, we will welcome Maine author Maria Padian back to the Auburn Public Library.  She will join us to read an excerpt from her newest book, Wrecked, and lead a discussion about issues of consent in relationships.

Also joining us for this discussion will be community educators Whitney Parrish from Safe Voices and Hannah Johnson from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services.

This program, which runs from 3-4 p.m., is open to teens and new adults, ages 12-21, and will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

For more information or questions, please contact Teen Librarian Donna Wallace at 207-333-6640, ext. 2009, or via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org

Author Maria Padian to visit for Teen Life Skills Series

In our Teen Life Skills series during the month of February, each week we will focus on Dating Violence Awareness Month — turning our attention and discussions toward Healthy Relationships.  To further bring awareness to and continue the conversation on this topic, on Thursday, February 23, we will welcome Maine author Maria Padian back to the Auburn Public Library.  She will join us to read an excerpt from her newest book, Wrecked, and lead a discussion about issues of consent in relationships.

Also joining us for this discussion will be community educators Whitney Parrish from Safe Voices and Hannah Johnson from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services.

Copies of this book will be available for sale and there will be a signing session immediately following the discussion.

This program, which runs from 3-4 p.m., is open to teens and new adults, ages 12-21, and will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

For more information or questions, please contact Teen Librarian Donna Wallace at 207-333-6640, ext. 2009, or via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org

 

Teens! DIY Mini Zen Gardens, Jan. 18

Teens!  Join us in the Teen Space on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a do-it-yourself craft!  Some of the things we’ve done include duct tape crafts, mug cakes, and sugar scrub, just to name a few!  This month, to help you de-stress in the midst of your mid-term exams, we’ll put together mini zen gardens!  So that we have enough supplies, registration is requested.  

Have ideas for a future DIY?  Let us know!

This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

Teen Life Skills: Safety, Jan 17

Teens!  As part of our 2017 Teen Life Skills series, this month we’ll be talking about safety, both at home and in your communities.  Come meet with members of the Auburn Police Department to discuss the best safety practices. There will be a presentation followed by some time for questions.  This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

January 17 at 3PM.

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