Online Auction starts June 1!

The Auburn Public Library 2017 Spring Online Auction starts at 6:00 AM on June 1, 2017 and ends at 6:00 PM on June 10th, 2017. We have lots of great items for your bidding and all proceeds from this auction support the everyday activities and programs of the Library for children, teens, and adults.

To view the auction, visit https://www.32auctions.com/apl2017

Libraries make a difference – and your generous support of our Auction makes a difference to the Auburn Public Library! Happy bidding!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS: *Androscoggin Title Company * Austin Associates * Cumberland County Mortgage * Dubois Realty Group * Emerson Toyota * Gamache and Lessard Co. * Huber Associates * Ron and Joanne Lebel * Lewiston SunJournal * The Maine Real Estate Network * Mechanics Savings Bank * Pinette Dillingham & Lynch * Schooner Estates * Select Physical Therapy * and * Trafton, Matzen, Belleau, and Frenette, LLP.*

Position Open: Administrative Assistant

The Auburn Public Library has a part-time opening (15 hours per week) for a talented administrative assistant due to a re-location.   You can join a team with a strong culture of service to the community and a warm and welcoming environment.   The assistant provides general support for the staff with programming promotion; fundraising; newsletters; working with vendors; and creating documents, databases, and spreadsheets.  The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or GED with 1 to 3 years of experience.  An associate’s degree or higher is preferred.  A qualified candidate will possess strong writing and editing skills and competence in common PC software suites.  A complete job description can be found on the Library’s website at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.  Compensation will depend on experience and education.


To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org or Director, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn, ME.  No phone inquiries.   The position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.

Administrative Assistant Full Job Description

Film: Fort Bliss, May 11

On May 11th at 6:00 PM, Rob Reilly, Director of Adventure Programming for Camp Kieve Veterans Camp, will be on hand to lead discussions at the showing of the 2014 film Fort Bliss. As a thank you to veterans and their families, Camp Kieve offers family, Vietnam and Women-only Veteran’s camps for those who have experienced the stress of deployment during past and current conflicts. Fort Bliss tells the story of a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son after returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan.

This presentation is part of the Library of America  World War I and America programming grant.  Authors, historians, veteran advocates, and veterans will lead discussions and share their experiences in veteran affairs and encourage an open dialogue with audience members.

More information about this series of programming is available here.

 

World War I and America

The Auburn Public Library has received a World War I and America grant to host programs this May designed to bring together members of the veteran community, their families and the general public to explore how war has impacted lives. Authors, historians, veteran advocates, and veterans will lead discussions and share their experiences with audience members. The grant is funded by the Library of America and National Endowment for the Humanities to commemorate 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917.

On May 11th at 6:00 PM, Rob Reilly, Director of Adventure Programming for Camp Kieve Veterans Camp, will be on hand to lead discussions at the showing of the 2014 film Fort Bliss. As a thank you to veterans and their families, Camp Kieve offers family, Vietnam and Women-only Veteran’s camps for those who have experienced the stress of deployment during past and current conflicts. Fort Bliss tells the story of a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son after returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan.

On May 18th at 6:00 PM, Richard Rubin, author of The Last of the Doughboys and the soon to be released Back Over There, will share from his interviews conducted with WWI veterans as the audience looks at how combat changes lives. Veterans and their families are encouraged to share their stories of how war has impacted their lives.

On May 25th at 6:00 PM, Dr. Elizabeth Bischof, professor at the University of Southern Maine and Project Manager for Maine’s World War I Memorials digital humanities project, will talk about her work in recording and preserving images of Maine’s World War I Memorials.  The digital humanities project will result in an interactive website that documents and maps Maine’s World War I memorials.

The events are free and open to the public, and will be presented in the Community Room on the Library’s lower level at 49 Spring Street.

Author visit with Paul Betit, March 16

Author and former Maine journalist Paul Betit will be at the library to share from his newest release “Let Me Tell A Story.” A graduate of the University of Maine, Betit worked as a general assignment reporter or as a sportswriter for nearly 39 years, including stints with the Kennebec Journal, the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram,

Let Me Tell A Story is a collection of first-person stories that take place over a 60-year period. With most of the stories set in Maine, the book starts with a tale about a 12-year-old boy who learns some important life lessons during a family trip to Aroostook County. It ends with a piece about an elderly Brunswick couple learning some lessons of their own while coming to grips with old ages. In between, readers meet old soldiers and young soldiers, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, disc jockeys and drug dealers and other sordid types. A number of the stories were inspired by the Betit’s experiences during the Vietnam War and its aftermath.

March 16 at 6:30PM.

Download Library moves to Cloud Library March 1

The Download Library is moving! On March 1, 2017, the Maine InfoNet Download Library moved to a brand new e-book and eAudiobook platform called cloudLibrary. This will replace the Overdrive platform being used now. Once the system is live on March 1st, simply download the app for your device (note that the cloudLibrary will not work with e-ink Kindles (paperwhite) or with basic MP3 players that do not support apps).

To get started on your device or computer, go to http://yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/how-it-works and follow the directions!

You can download the app, called cloudLibrary, in the Playstore for Android devices, the App Store for Apple/ iOS devices, and the Windows Store for Windows devices. For Kindle Fire devices go to http://yourcloudlibrary.com and click on the “available on Kindle Fire” link on the right side of the page.

You can also access the cloudLibrary system using a browser by going to http://download.maineinfonet.org and logging in by selecting your library from the list provided and logging in with your library card.

Note that if your card number begins with “20” it was issued from APL, if it begins with  “24” it was issued from LPL. You will need to select the issuing library regardless of your current home library.

 Holds and checkouts will not transfer to the new system, so any outstanding holds will need to be placed again after February 28. All items borrowed from Overdrive will be due on February 28.
More information is available here, or contact the reference desk at 333-6640 ext. 4, or email reference@auburnpubliclibrary.org. We’ll have staff available in early March to offer assistance with the switch. You can also drop by during our regular computer help drop in sessions, 9-11AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4-6PM.

Screenagers, March 9

Join us for a special screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.

Directed by Delaney Ruston, a physician and parent of teenagers, “SCREENAGERStakes a deeply personal approach … into the vulnerable corners of family life … to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.”  (taken from screenagersmovie.com)

Following the movie (runtime 68 minutes), please stay for a short panel discussion (30 minutes) featuring Anita Charles, Lecturer/Director of Secondary Teacher Education at Bates College, an educator from the Auburn School Department, a member of local law enforcement, and Luke Douglass, Interim Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Bates College.

This screening is free to the public, open to parents of children of all ages (teens, tweens and their parents are especially encouraged to attend), and is made possible by a grant from the Maine Public Library Fund and the Psychology Department at Bates College.

For more information about the movie, visit the website www.screenagersmovie.com or feel free to contact Teen Librarian Donna Wallace at 333-6640, ext. 2009.

March 9 at 6PM.

Catherine Besteman, Feb. 2

Author Visit with Catherine Besteman, author of Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, ME

How do people whose entire way of life has been destroyed and who witnessed horrible abuses against loved ones construct a new future? How do people who have survived the ravages of war and displacement rebuild their lives in a new country when their world has totally changed? The Auburn Public Library welcomes Catherine Besteman, author of Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, ME, to talk about these questions. In Making Refuge, Besteman follows the trajectory of Somali Bantus from their homes in Somalia before the onset of Somalia’s civil war in 1991, to their displacement to Kenyan refugee camps, to their relocation in cities across the United States, to their settlement in Lewiston, Maine. Sponsored by the Camden Conference.

February 2 at 6PM.

Indoor Farmer’s Market, Feb. 24

The Auburn Public Library invites all ages to one of their biggest family events of the year.  Join us on February 24th from 4:30 – 6:30 for our annual Indoor Farmer’s Market.  This family event includes lots of great vendors with a culinary delight of homegrown and homemade foods and treats, plus live music, animals, crafts, a basket making demonstration and exhibits.The festive event includes a live acoustic performance by Aaron Wardwell and a new exhibit examining Maine folk fiber arts.

The childrens’ department will have a fun activity for children as they discover how seeds are naturally dispersed so new plants and trees can grow. Join your child for this fun activity and find out for yourself.

This fun event is open to all ages and is FREE.

Children’s Origami Exhibit

The Auburn Public Library Children’s Department is pleased to host a national exhibit of origami created by children. For more than three decades, OrigamiUSA has sponsored Origami by Children, an annual exhibition of outstanding origami by children from around the world.

Experience is not necessary and every interested child is welcome to participate. Most models are made from directions in origami books available in libraries, bookstores, and online. However, original creations are especially encouraged.

Every year children are invited to submit their best folded models; either their own creations or the designs of others. The finest of these are selected to become the Origami By Children exhibit for that year. The exhibit travels to the communities of the various participants where it is displayed in local schools and libraries.

Started in 1978, Origami by Children provides an inspiration for children of all ages to explore their own creative potential as well as to enjoy the creativity of other children from around the world.

 

The exhibit is on display in the children’ s room from 1/25/17 through 3/15/17 during library hours.

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