Celebration on the Lawn, Monday 5:30-7:30

It’s been 125 years!

Join us on Monday August 22nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm for Cake & Punch on the Library lawn to celebrate APL’s 125th birthday. (Rain location Maggie Trafton Room in the Library).

There have been a few changes since we opened August 21, 1891, our commitment to serving our community remains.

From our history:

On October 27, 1890, the Auburn Public Library was officially chartered as “a working library, having the best books of reference, and the standard works of belles-lettres, poetry, philosophy, travel, and fiction; to cooperate with the schools; and to serve the entire community.” TheLewiston Journal’s report of that meeting was headlined: “Founded Well! The Auburn Public Library Gets a Start on the World, and a Happy One, Too. It Is Named, Organized, Officered, Endowed with By-Laws and Gets a Gift of $500 All in One Evening.”

The Journal editorialized, “A modern city without a Free Public Library is an anomaly and in imminent peril of a provincialism which is bad alike for the life and thought and for the spirit of the people. In such a progressive city as Auburn the absence of a free public library is an anomaly. That anomaly is no longer to exist….We may go forward with those extensions in brick and mortar as well as in thought, which are found so valuable in other cities of social and intellectual expansion and which grow as naturally out of good books as oaks from acorns.” (10/25/1890)



Miss Annie Prescott of Auburn was appointed librarian and assumed her duties on July 22, 1891, at a salary of $300 per year. The trustees rented two rooms in the Elm Block, above the Auburn Trust Co., for $375 per year (heated). The library opened for business on August 21, 1891, with 2,150 books and 30 newspapers and magazines. Response from the public was immediate and positive: in the first three months 383 subscribers were listed and circulation was 4,172.



At first only one book could be borrowed at a time; then it was increased to two, only one of which could be fiction. Teachers could borrow three books at a time, “for schoolwork,” for seven days. Children could not get library cards until they were 10 years old.


Maine-ly Jewish Storytelling Festival – Off site event

The Temple Shalom Library in conjunction with the Auburn Public Library presents the 2nd Annual Maine-ly Jewish Storytelling Festival on Thursday, July 14, 7 PM at Temple Shalom. Temple Shalom is located at 74 Bradman Street, Auburn. All are welcome regardless of denomination.

Local story tellers, writers, poets and bloggers will be joined by storytellers from as far away as New York City and Philadelphia to delight the audience with traditional and contemporary tales. Renowned storyteller Ben Izzy said that “Storytelling is the most human of the arts — it’s between a teller and the audience. I think especially as the world gets more high tech, people are also becoming more hungry for that. People are realizing that the acts of talking and listening can be spiritual, can be healing.”

This event takes place at Temple Shalom at 74 Bradman Street.

Borrow a park pass!

The Auburn Public Library is now offering the Maine State Park Pass to our families, thanks to a generous donation from the Lewiston Auburn Kiwanis Club. The pass is loaned for one day to valid APL or LPL cardholders.

There are some limitations with this pass. The Maine State Park Pass is for day-use only. It cannot be used for camping. There are some state parks that don’t accept the pass: Baxter State Park, The Allagash Wilderness Waterway, The Penobscot River Corridor, The Penobscot Narrows Observatory, the Maine Wildlife Park, Peacock Beach, and Scarborough Beach.

Stop by or call the Children’s Desk to ask about borrowing this pass, 333-6640 ext 3.

Library Associate Opening

The Auburn Public Library is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Library Associate for 17.5 hours a week, which includes evenings and weekends, to work in our adult/teen /technology area. The Associate assists with answering information queries and marketing the collection and programming. Day to day responsibilities include assisting with technology (including our media lab); social media assistance and monitoring activities in public spaces and the Teen Space.  Starting pay is $11.75 per hour.

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED  equivalent, and a proven record of strong customer service experience and technology background. Preference will be given for familiarity with both Apple and PC systems, and Apple and Windows software.

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 30 public computing stations; a computer lab; media lab; and much more. It has a welcoming and customer-oriented staff.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org no later than Wednesday, June 29, 2016. No phone calls, please.

The full job description is available here:

Library Associate Job Description

Starstruck: The art of Astrophotography June 14

Anthony Shostak, lead curator on the popular 2012 exhibition Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography, will discuss the process of creating the exhibition, and the complexities of astrophotography. Curator of Education at the Bates College Museum of Art, Shostak received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has shown his work internationally. Shostak has served as the Curator of Education at the Bates College Museum of Art since 1994.

June 14 at 6PM.

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