January’s Teen Life Skills Series features nutrition and yoga

For the 3rd year, from January through April, the Auburn Public Library will offer a Teen Life Skills Series. Each month, the APL will focus on a different topic aimed specifically at teens!

In January, the series will take a look at Healthy Lifestyles. On Tuesday, January 5, from 3-4 pm, Healthy Androscoggin will stop by the Teen Space for a nutrition class entitled “Teaching 10 Tips.” During this interactive class, teens will explore the USDA’s My Plate and gain knowledge on how to choose and prepare healthy meals and beverages. Teens will play a game and prepare a healthy, delicious snack together. Handouts, prizes and free gifts will be provided. To plan accordingly, registration is requested.

And on January 12, 19, and 26, the Library is excited to welcome Tisha Bremner from Inner Light Yoga of Maine for a 3-part series, “An Introduction to Yoga for Teens.” Learn the poses, breath techniques, and mindful attention practices in a fun and easy way in this class designed to inspire teens to relieve stress and take really good care of themselves. Teens should wear comfortable clothing in which they can move easily. A healthy snack will be provided at the conclusion of each class. This program will take place in the Teen Space from 3:30-4:15, and registration is required.

Teens may register for these programs by clicking on the Events tab on Auburn Public Library’s website; once there scroll to the program. Or call the Library at 333-6640, ext. 4.


AUBURN PUBLIC LIBRARY receives ‘Great Stories Club’ book club programming grant for teens

Auburn Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program designed for at-risk teens.

As one of the 50 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country — and only one of two in New England — the Auburn Public Library, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine – Lewiston/Auburn Clubhouse, will work with groups of 6 to 10 teens to read and discuss modern novels.  The teenage years are a particularly difficult time for many, and it’s easy to become insular and detached from the people and ideas around you.   We are excited that, with support from the Great Stories Club program, we are offering our teens a new avenue in which to read, share and reflect on ideas that are relevant to their lives.

Under the theme “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution,” teens chosen to participate will read three titles: “Feed” by M.T. Anderson, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins,  and “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The titles — selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars — were chosen to resonate with reluctant teen readers who struggle with complex issues.  Through book discussions and activities, participants will reflect on what part the media plays in shaping who we are and how we interact with one another.

The Auburn Public Library will receive copies of each of the three book selections for participants to keep.  Gatherings of the Great Stories Club at the Auburn Public Library will begin in January.  For more information, contact Donna Wallace, Teen Librarian. She can be reached by email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 333-6640, ext. 4.

APL Futures Lab 12/14

Starting in December, on specified Mondays from 6:00 pm to close, the 2nd floor computer lab will transform into a Futures Lab! Students — teens and adults alike — who are working on their post-secondary aspirations are welcome to drop by the Computer Lab on these evenings.  Whether a student is just starting his/her college search, completing online applications or working on financial aid paperwork, there will be a college navigator and/or a representative from College for Maine Androscoggin on hand to answer any questions which might arise.  For more information or exact dates, check our events calendar or contact Donna at 333-6640, ext. 4.

Reading recommendations direct to your inbox!

Are you looking for new books to read?  Now, it is easier than ever to find new books that interest you with our new Next Reads service. Sign up for email newsletters on your favorite topics featuring new and backlist titles. Links to our catalog are included so you can place requests easily. Sample issues are available for most topics on the sign up page! Sign up or view sample issues here.

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.


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