College Night (for Teens and Parents)

The Auburn Public Library is pleased to announce its 3rd annual College Night on Thursday, October 15, in the Androscoggin Community Room.  Designed to provide information early in the college process to teens and their parents, this event will feature representatives from eight Maine colleges and universities:  Bates College, Central Maine Community College, Husson University (just added!), Maine College for Health Professions, Kaplan University, University of Maine (Orono), University of New England, and University of Southern Maine/USM Lewiston Auburn College.  Also joining us this year will be a representative from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a college access counselor from the Finance Authority of Maine.

The evening will begin at 5:30 with a panel discussion facilitated by Maggie Davis of College for ME Androscoggin.  Whether a teen is in middle school, just starting high school or a senior applying for college, it is hoped this evening will get them – and their parents – thinking about their future and/or provide answers to some of the many questions which arise as they begin talking about and looking at colleges.  Discussion topics will address admissions, affordability and financial aid, academics, campus and student life, and careers upon graduation.

If time permits, the panel will be followed by a brief Q&A session.  The second part of the evening will feature a mini college fair, whereby each admissions representative will be available with specific information about their school and programs offered.

For more information or to register (requested), visit the Library’s website at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.  You may also call the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.

 

Teen Summer Reading Wrap Up

The 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program — “Unmask!” — wrapped up recently here at the Auburn Public Library.  It was a busy summer with lots of reading and great programs to go along with it!

With heroes as our theme, our book displays and activities turned the teens’ attention to  local heroes, national heroes and superheroes.

We kicked off the program on June 23rd with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Sandy Graul, some of her volunteers and a few lionhead rabbits joined us.  Sandy talked a bit about the work they do to help the animals — within the county, the State and in other states as well.  GAHS are truly local heroes to those animals!

In July, we turned our focus to superheroes.  Local comic book artist Mike Jordan led a two-session workshop.  The end result was a new edition of APL Presents.

We wrapped up the 2015 Summer Reading Program with an amazing visit and talk by Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday. We were lucky enough to have Laurie St. Pierre and Russ Dillingham of the Sun Journal and Rob Nesbitt from WCSH join Capt. Montalvan and Tuesday during their visit.  If you weren’t able to join us, details of his visit are available on the Sun Journal’s archive page (“In Dog He Trusts”) or on wcsh6.com.  Click here to view that clip.

We had 69 teens participate this summer, an increase of nearly 20% from the past two summers.  Among them, they read nearly 500 books!  We gave out over 30 prizes, ranging from free Chill Zone beverages at Cumberland Farms, $5 gift cards to Top It Frozen Yogurt, certificates for free Italian sandwiches at Sam’s, $10 gift cards to Books a Million and $20 gift cards to local businesses.

There were also “grab bag” prizes awarded for participating in various activities both here at the Library and in the community.  Some of those activities — attend a different teen program at APL, attend a community event, read 50 pages from a different genre, perform a random act of kindness or read to a child.

Our top reader of the summer was Faith Thompson, and she was the winner of the Kindle paperwhite.  Other finale winners included Crystle Cloutier ($50 gift certificate to Bull Moose Music), Addie Suckow ($50 gift certificate to the Auburn Mall), and Addie Landre (pizza party and movie in the Library).

Thank you to our sponsors this summer:  Cumberland Farms (Center Street), Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar, Sam’s Italian Foods (Center Street), Hannaford (Spring Street), Center Street Dental, Best Buy, and the Portland Sea Dogs.

We are already thinking about and looking forward to summer 2016, when teens will “Get In The Game” at APL!

 

 

Teens! DIY Takeover: Washi Tape Design

We’re taking over the Teen Space! Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a new project — from duct tape art to photography, create your own video games or make your own magnetic poetry. This month, we will do some decorating with washi tape. We will have notebooks, pencils and other items for decorating or bring your own. The washi tape – as well as snacks – will be provided. This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

Become a Teen Volunteer!

The Auburn Public Library is now accepting applications for Teen Volunteers for the fall (September-November) .  If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, love the APL, and would like to give back to your community, this is the place for you!  We have the following volunteer positions available  —

Shelf Reader (2 positions) – Shelves books, refiles periodicals, and does shelf-reading (making sure that books are in proper alphabetical and numerical order), ensuring that books are where they belong.  Straightens shelves so books look neat and appealing to customers.  At the beginning of each month, shelf readers will also assist in pulling books to be taken off the “NEW” status as directed.

Program AssistantAnime Club (1st Wednesday), Gaming Hour (2nd Wednesday & 4th Friday), DIY (3rd Wednesday) – Must be available on these days for 1 ½-2 hours to assist in set up, remain during the event to provide help as needed, and assist with take down and clean up following the event.

Book Reviewer – For the teen who is an avid reader (and writer!), this person will write a weekly or bi-weekly book review, 1 to 2 paragraphs in length, which will get posted to our webpage, “Teens Talk Books.”

Book Display/Flyer Design Assistant – This teen will create flyers for book displays and upcoming programs.  This position also includes putting together book lists for upcoming displays, pulling books for these, and switching out the displays.

Teen Tech Tutor – This position involves assisting one afternoon or evening a week in either our MacIntosh Media Lab or PC Computer Lab.

For more information or to complete an application, contact Donna Wallace at 207-333-6640, ext. 4 or at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

 

Teen Summer Reading Finale Party

Teens who signed up for our Teen Summer Reading Program are invited to join us for our Finale party on Friday, August 14.  Teens may dress up as their favorite super hero (optional), there will be pizza, and drawings for the four finale prizes!  (Although teens do not need to be present to win, if your name is drawn, you will have one week from the time you are notified to claim your prize; if we do not hear from you, another name will be drawn.)

Finale prizes include a movie and pizza party for you and 9 friends at the Library, a $50 gift card to the Auburn Mall, a $50 gift card to Bull Moose Music (donated by Center Street Dental), a Kindle paperwhite (donated by Best Buy).  There may also be a few door prizes, as well!

So that we have enough pizza for all who plan to attend, please either email or call us to let us know you’re coming (dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org; or 333-6640, ext. 4).

The party takes place from 4-5 p.m. in the Androscoggin Community Room!

Two Weeks to go in Teen Summer Reading Program

 

We have just a little less than two weeks to go in this summer’s Teen Summer Reading Program, “Unmask!”  This year, there were 69 teens who signed up to participate, a 32% increase over last year’s program.  Thank you to those of you who participated!  To date, 14 teens have turned in reading logs, amounting to a total of 362 books!  We have given out 14 Chill Zone beverages at Cumberland Farms, 5 gift certificates to Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar, 4 free Italian sandwiches at Sam’s, and 2 gift cards ($10) to Books A Million.  Although the program is winding down – with the finale party on Friday, August 14th – there is still time to turn in your reading log to win prizes, and there are still plenty of prizes left!  Stop by the Reference Desk with your completed log today!

 

Those teens who signed up are invited to join us for the finale party on Friday, August 14th!  Dress as your favorite superhero for a chance at a door prize.  There will be pizza, and we will do the drawing for the 4 finale prizes.  You could win a free pizza party and movie for you and 9 friends here at the Library, a $50 gift card to Bull Moose Music, a $50 gift card to the Auburn Mall, or a Kindle paperwhite.  Although you do not need to be present to win, you will have one week from the time you are contacted to claim your prize.  If we do not hear from you, another name will be drawn.

 

If you are planning to attend the party on the 14th, please contact the Reference Desk (207-333-6640, ext. 4) to let us know.  That will help to make certain we have plenty of pizza for all!  The party takes place in the Androscoggin Community Room from 4-5 p.m.

 

 

Teen Summer Comic Book Premieres

The writers and illustrators of this summer’s APL Presents Super Special No. 3 held their premiere party yesterday here at the Library.  This summer’s staff was comprised of eight teens who each created their own character and together they created the villain, T.E.D. (That Evil Dude).  To see more about the production as well as photos, visit Mike Jordan’s website, bigredapress.com.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of Super Special No. 3, call or stop by the Reference Desk at the Library.

We are currently talking with Mike Jordan regarding the possibility of creating a quarterly magazine if there is enough interest.  If you like writing and/or illustrating comic books and are between the ages of 12-17, call or stop by the Reference Desk to let Donna know.

Thanks to the staff for their work on this issue: Daisy, Brianna, Madison, Kacie, Cassidy, Bryce, Graesyn and Xander; and special thanks Mike Jordan and Jennifer Babineau for their time and care of this project.

‘Until Tuesday,’ Luis & Tuesday’s story

Author and Iraq War veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday, will be here at the Auburn Public Library August 3 4-7PM  to share the story of how they saved each other.  This event is open to all ages and will include a demonstration of how Tuesday assists Capt. Montalvan in his daily life.  There will be a Q&A session, copies of his two books for sale (“Until Tuesday” and “Tuesday Tucks Me In”), a book signing, and photo opportunities.

Space is limited. Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up your free ticket, or call us for more information.

Don’t miss this amazing event!

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