Literary Perspectives on Healthcare

The Auburn Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It”, a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series “Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients, begins at 10:00 am on May 18th at the Auburn Public Library and continues for two additional monthly sessions, ending on July 20th.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, and W;t by Margaret Edson.  A scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate the discussions.

 

The sessions will be facilitated by Sara Firth.

Books for the program are available for loan at the library.  Please call the library at 333-6640 Ext. 4 to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series.

Tumblebooks: Ebooks for Kids!

Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home or in the library! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use from home with your library card number!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children.  They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!

You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

NEW! Apps Available. The apps are available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, and can be found on their respective stores by searching for TumbleBooks. One of the great features of the app is that once you have logged in the first time, each subsequent login will only require a click of the TumbleBooks icon!

Click here to get started!

Auburn Page Turners meet May 1

Auburn Page Turners will discuss The Boys in the Boat on May 1, at 12:30PM. Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

KIDS! Bugs, Bugs, Bugs 4/20

Do you like ‘bugs’? Want to learn more about them? Join local ‘bug’ enthusiast, Jon Wallace, and learn about the different live ‘bugs’ he raises and exhibits. During this program, you’ll get to see these animals up-close (if you dare), learn about their amazing behaviors and adaptations, and find out why they are considered the most successful group of animals that ever lived!

April 20, 11AM-12PM.

David Bernier on The Beatles Songbook 4/18

Join David Bernier as he talks about the legendary musical group that took the world by storm. The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. Bernier will take a closer look at some of the Beatles songs and will share insight into the Lennon-McCartney song writing process. Music fans will love this program brought to the Auburn Public Library through a partnership with the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College.

April 18 at 2PM.

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.

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