It’s a Wonderful Lecture, online, Dec. 7

Lecturer and motivational speaker Dustin Pari has done it again! It’s a Wonderful Lecture is a presentation that has truly resonated on a deep level with so many. Taking a look at the beloved classic It’s a Wonderful Life, Dustin uses quotes, scenes, and characters from the movie as he weaves a tale of commonality and humanity that brings us all together in love, kindness, and harmony. Hear the tale and feel the struggle of George Bailey, because his issues are our issues. We all walk through this human experience together, feeling the ripple of the lives of those around us.

Dustin recently presented “Halloween: A Haunted History” for us, which was very well received.  For more information on Dustin, visit his website at www.DustinPari.com.

Please call the Auburn Public Library Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4, to register for this online event.  Those who register will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event to join the program.

Monday, December 7, 7-8PM.

Hollywood Park – Staff Review – Haley

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett | Request

An emotionally turbulent memoir by Mikel Jollett, frontman of The Airborne Toxic Event. His story begins in early childhood as his mother flees the Church of Synanon, an infamous cult. Through the years we follow his story of neglect, abuse, torment, and his longing to reconnect with his father, an ex-con and addict. Jollett recounts his journey into adulthood, leading him to Stanford University, and ultimately, to his passion as a writer and musician.

As a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event I was thrilled to learn Mikel Jollett had written a memoir. It came as no surprise the account of his life was beautifully and poetically written. Prior to this book I was not familiar with much if his life story. Jollett overcame much diversity to become the person he is today. While there are moments of sadness, where he takes you is filled with love. I highly recommend this book, even if you are not aware of his music or of Mikel Jollett. There is a reason it was an instant New York Times Bestseller, by O Magazine, and Good Morning America’s “20 Books We’re Excited About in 2020”.

5 Stars

Giving Tuesday: December 1st, 2020 – Join Us in Giving Back

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – together we can do extraordinary things. 

On December 1, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection, to strengthen communities, and prove that generosity can bring the whole world together.  

Here at Auburn Public Library we depend upon your generosity.  Your donations make a difference to the library, our staff, and our community.  Because of your support we are able to provide everyone access to information, promote literacy, and create programming for all ages.  

Please consider making a donation and being part of the Giving Tuesday global movement.  For all donations of $25 or more, APL will allocate $5 to holiday meals in a bag, which our staff will be creating for those in need.  

Please click here to make a donation.  

Thank you, from all of us at APL. 

Kraken – Staff Review – Terry

Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid by Wendy Williams

Kraken is a great book for lovers of science writing as well as anyone who is curious about just how our multi-armed friends of the deep work.  The language that Williams uses can get a bit technical but generally all is explained for the average reader, allowing for a wide audience to enjoy this book.  The chapters are concise and lead into one another, which are what make this book a real page turner, and follows the author’s own explorations into the world of squid.  

4 Stars.

Fall Reading Challenge: Eastern Europe prt 2

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 5: A book set in the Eastern Europe Region #2 or an author from the Eastern Europe Region #2. Notable authors of recent years include Julia Kristeva, Sándor Márai, and Carmen Bugan. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

Pretty Things – Haley – Staff Review

Pretty Things By Janelle Brown

In Pretty Things a grifter sets into action her biggest scam yet, against an heiress turned social media influencer with ties to her past.

Brown delivers a thriller based on our current social media obsession. I found it fascinating to realize how easily a con artist could infiltrate someone’s life based on their constant posting of daily activities. This was a new concept to me. The book was topsy turvy with twists I never expected and truly enjoyed to the very end. Neither of the female lead characters are very likeable, but you didn’t need to be rooting for either of them to enjoy the novel. At almost 500 pages it is a longer book but for me it flew by.

4 Stars

The Great Penguin Rescue – Maddy – Staff Review

The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil spill and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue by Dyan deNapoli

Dyan worked at the Boston Aquarium as a penguin specialist, but when a call for help came from Cape Town, South Africa for help rescuing oiled penguins, she and her coworker, flew down as fast as they could. Joined by penguin specialists from around the world and hundreds of volunteers, she and others worked tirelessly to rescue, clean, rehabilitate and release thousands of penguins who were oiled in when the ship Treasure sank. After months of hard work and long days, all the penguins were released back into the wild with minimal losses. This experience is unfortunately all too common and as a result, more and more penguin species are becoming endangered.

Both heartwarming and saddening at times, Dyan’s story tells readers about what it really takes to work with and clean oiled-slicked penguins (spoiler-alert: its a lot harder than you think) and educates readers about the ever-increasing occurrences of oil-spills. This was both an enjoyable and educational read for anyone who likes penguins. As a bonus, it counts towards the South African region of the reading challenge.

3 Stars

Venus in the Blind Spot – Terry- Staff Review

Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito

Junji Itō’s Venus in the Blind Spot is a compilation manga of several Japanese horror stories, all illustrated and most written by Junji Itō. They all have a central theme of obsession of some kind and many have to do with unrequited love, making for a read that is both thrilling and true to the style of Itō, quite disturbing and unsettling. A great read for anyone looking for a good thrill.

5 Stars.

Position available: Director of Engagement

The Auburn Public Library is a non-profit public library that includes all of the elements of a 21st century library while maintaining the grandeur of its original 1904 Carnegie building. A gifted library staff provides a remarkable array of services to Auburn, Minot, and the surrounding communities. The Library stresses outstanding customer service, community collaboration and responsiveness to the needs of its customers. The Library is funded primarily by the City of Auburn and is expected to provide a significant percentage of its annual revenue. The mission of the Library is to engage, enrich and enlighten.

Position

APL seeks a highly motivated individual, who will represent and promote the Library, reporting to the Library Director in partnership with the Board of Trustees and the staff. The Director of Engagement will support strategic initiatives to reach out and engage the community to build broad public awareness of and support for the Library This position is full-time and comes with benefits. The complete job description can be found at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and execution of Auburn Public Library’s annual fundraising plan.
  • Assist in securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Assist in the maintenance of ongoing relationships with major donors.
  • Assist in the organization of special events, such as the Library’s Spring online auction.
  • Assist in the management of our fundraising software, data entry, gift processing, report generation and record keeping related to the development function.
  • Assist in the preparation, submission and tracking of grant requests.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Experience in development and marketing, including major gifts
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, communications (written and oral) and managerial skills
  • Experience with social media, the internet, Microsoft and Adobe platforms.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Desired Attributes

  • Understanding of and appreciation for public libraries
  • Appreciation of literature and cultural programming
  • Ability and desire to work as a member of a team
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Out-going personality and ease with public speaking
  • Sense of humor

The full job description is available here.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org, or send by mail to Personnel, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn, ME. 04210.  The position will remain open until filled.

No phone calls.

10.2020

Fall Reading Challenge: Eastern Europe prt 1

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 5: A book set in the Western Europe Region or an author from the Western Europe Region. Notable authors of recent years include Olga Tokarczuk, Maryna and Serhiy Dyachenko, and Andrzej Sapkowski. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

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