Happy Birthday, Auburn! Feb. 22

On February 22, celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Auburn at this city-wide birthday party! Events at APL will culminate with our annual Farmer’s Market.

  • 10AM KIDS! Happy Birthday Story Time
    It’s a special happy birthday story time to celebrate Auburn’s 150th birthday. We will read some fun birthday stories, make a special birthday card, and end our story time with birthday cake!
  • 11AM-1PM Join us for a piece of Birthday Cake!
  • 11AM: Talk by author and historian Annette Dorey
    Annette Dorey will give a presentation on Earliest Health Care Options in L-A, 1845 to 1920s. Learn about less-well-known physicians (of various disciplines), including our early female physicians, the private hospitals and clinics, and medical competition. The historical presentation will include profiles of some of the local pioneering female physicians and the rarely-known private hospitals, infirmary and clinics. 
    Dorey is a former professor of teacher education and human development at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Her major publications are based on extensive historical research and include the history of early 20th-century campaigns to reduce high infant mortality rates and improve child health, titled “Better Baby Contests: The Scientific Quest for Perfect Childhood Health in the Early 20th Century.” Another major work on women’s history was published June 2012, “Maine Mothers Who Murdered 1875?1925: Doing Time in State Prison.” an insightful look at women in Maine’s criminal justice history. Her latest book was released June 2013, “Miss Dr. Lucy”–Maine’s Pioneering Female Physicians, 1850s-1920.
  • 12PM: Book Discussion “Caleb’s Crossing”
  • 4:30-6:30PM:  Indoor Farmer’s and Homestead Goods Market. 
    The festive event features live music, a special children’s program, lots of great vendors and some surprise barnyard guests.  The vendors will tempt with visitors with a culinary delight of homegrown and homemade foods and treats, plus homestead crafts such as pottery and glass works.

See more city wide events on the city’s Birthday Web Page.

Book Sale Clearance

Friday March 8, 3-5:30PM and Saturday March 9, 10AM-3PM

Pick up some book bargains and help us make room for new books! We will be clearing out some of the books in our book sale room. Hundreds of selected books will be available in the Androscoggin Room at the unbeatable low price of $1.00 per bag or box. 

Tech Tuesday: iMovie Workshop, Feb. 12

Join us in the CREATE! Media Lab on selected Tuesdays to learn what you can do in our Media Lab!  During this workshop, come learn the basics iMovie … including how to upload and edit a movie. February 12, at 3PM.

This program is for teens and adults and, due to the size of the room, space is limited.  To register, contact the Reference Desk at 333-6640, ext. 4.

Is there something you’d like to learn in the Media Lab?  Contact Donna at the Reference Desk.

The CREATE! Media Lab is made possible by generous grants from Procter & Gamble and Best Buy and houses three 27″ iMac desktop computers.  The Lab is open to Auburn Public Library and Lewiston Public Library cardholders ages 12 and up.  FMI about the Lab and it’s policies, visit our website or give us a call.

Final Saturday Book Sale December 15

Books make great gifts! Stock up for yourself or for giving.

Saturday Book Sales run every Saturday until December 15. The Book Sale room will be open from 10AM-1PM on the lower level of the library.

We have thousands of gently used books on all subjects. Prices range from $.25-$2.00.

We are adding new items every week, you never know what you’ll find!

Bunch of Crocks Book Group meets December 17

“That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist.”

And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life’s journey in Richard Morais’s charming novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.

Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais—that of the famous chef Madame Mallory—and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures.

Monday Dec 17, 2018
12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

My Life in the Peace Corps Nov. 20

Teens and Adults are invited to come hear current Peace Corps Volunteer, Selena Wallace, talk about her service in the Philippines.  She will share her experience — so far — including information about the Peace Corps, how she got involved, what it’s like to live and work in another culture, and the work she’s done as a member of the Coastal Resource Management sector.  Join us for this informative program, designed for all ages!

Tuesday November 20,  3-4PM.

LOCATION: Androscoggin Community Room

Position Available: Reference Associate

The Auburn Public Library is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Library Associate for 17.5 hours/week, which includes evenings and weekends, to work in our adult/teen/technology area.  The Associate assists with providing information services, collection maintenance, and programming.   Day-to-day responsibilities include technology (including our media lab and 3D printer); social media assistance; monitoring activities in public spaces and the Teen Space; answering reference questions; and adult/teen program assistance. This position pays $14.00 per hour.

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a proven record of strong customer service experience, and being well-read in recent popular books and genres. Preference will be given for familiarity with both Apple and PC products. Familiarity with desktop publishing software is a plus. Previous experience of 6 months to 1 year paid work in a library, public service or direct sales is also preferred.

The complete job description is available here: Library Associate Job Description – Reference

The Auburn Public Library is a vibrant and well-supported community institution.  Renovated within the last 10 years the Library is home to more than 75,000 items; more than 50 public computing stations; a computer lab; a media lab; meeting rooms for children, teens, and adults; and much more.  It has a very welcoming and customer-oriented staff.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org. The deadline for application is Friday November 2.

Film Streaming Service, Kanopy, now available!

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting http://auburnpl.kanopy.com/.  Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousand’s of independent filmmakers. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides  access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro
and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.

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