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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Poison Ivy by Amy Koss

A book review by Faith Thompson


For years, Ivy has been bullied by her classmates, led by Ann. Now she has finally brought her complaint to her social studies teacher – who thinks that it would be a great opportunity to practice what they’ve been learning about American court systems and sets up a mock trial.

Ivy and her painfully shy lawyer, Daria, are to present an accusation against Ann and her friends. Ann and her lawyer, Owen, know that they don’t have anything to worry about – but the jury may end up being in favor of Ivy. And there’s only a couple of witnesses who know the truth – but which side will they take?


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