The 2019 Auction is Coming May 29!

Join the 2019 Online Auction and receive fabulous items in exchange for supporting the library! All proceeds will go to support Auburn Public Library’s programs, operations and collections.

We are proud to promote the items in the auction that are generously donated from businesses in the Lewiston/Auburn and surrounding areas. The 2019 Online Auction features local crafts people and artists, unique restaurants, and useful goods and services by our local talent.

Check out the auction items at We will have some items on display in the library, so come in to see for yourself!

The auction begins May 29 at 9am and ends June 7 at 6pm. All items will be available for pick up at the library circulation desk starting June 12 at 10am.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

Silver Level Sponsor:
Skelton, Taintor & Abbott
Gold Level Sponsor: Auburn Savings Bank

Bronze Level:

KIDS! Crafternoon, May 22

KIDS! CRAFTERNOON Paint a Canvas Bag

Join us for a drop-in crafting program. This month we will be painting canvas bags. Come make a library book bag or a beach bag and get ready for summer! All materials will be provided by the library. No registration is required for this free event

.Date:Wednesday May 22, 2019

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:Maggie Trafton Program Room

A Look Back Book Group meets May 31

“A Look Back” book group will meet to discuss The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett.

The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896), by Sarah Orne Jewett, tells a story spanning three months’ time in the life of a small coastal town called Dunnet Landing in nineteenth-century Maine. A lone female visitor arrives and finds lodging with the widowed Mrs. Todd, the town’s herbalist, who introduces the visitor to many ofthe town’s inhabitants. The visitor’s impressions of the people she meets start out simply, and then almost invisibly they crescendo into a deep, intense human portrait.Date:Friday May 31, 2019Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PMLocation:Local History Room

Summer Hours start May 28

The Library will be closed on Monday May 27 for Memorial Day.

Summer Hours will begin on May 28. We will close at 6PM on Thursdays, and 1PM on Saturday.

Summer Hours are in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

  • Monday 9am-8pm
  • Tuesday- Friday 9am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-1pm

Pilgrimage to Paris, May 9

Want to go to Paris on the cheap? Join us as author Jayne Boisvert presents Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There. The book is an easy-to-use guide devoted to Paris that includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, and restaurants. The book also provides short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans—writers, journalists, politicians, musicians and performers, artists and architects, and several other interesting people who don’t fit neatly into typical categories—who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital.

Date:Thursday May 9, 2019

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Louis Sockalexis with Author Ed Rice, May 7

he Auburn Public Library welcomes Ed Rice, former journalist, college instructor and author of BASEBALL’S FIRST INDIAN, on Tuesday, May 7th at 1 pm.  Rice will discuss the legacies of Louis Sockalexis, the first-known Native American to play professional baseball.

Louis Francis Sockalexis, who was from Maine, was the sensation of professional baseball in 1897, featuring the skills of a five-tool player and a comparable charisma that earned him legendary status at any level he ever played. Indeed, Sockalexis was one of those rarest of talents, an athlete held in awe by his fellow athletes, who might be lucky to possess just one of his skills.

Sockalexis could hit a baseball as far any slugger of that day and make spectacular fielding plays using his exceptional speed. He could throw the baseball prodigious distances with accuracy and be a base-stealing threat each and every time he reached base.

Sockalexis, who was the inspiration for the nickname of the Cleveland professional team, has been largely unrecognized in history although he certainly broke professional baseball’s color barrier (several black players, like Moses Fleetwood Walker and William Edward White, earlier attempted ruses or played briefly but all were immediately halted from enjoying continuing careers once they were identified for their race). Sockalexis went through the exact same experience that Jackie Robinson would endure 50 years after him and be immortalized for.

Date:Tuesday May 7, 2019

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Creating Your Dream Garden, May 2

Master Gardener Fern Lake will present a free workshop to help you plan, design, and create your dream garden. The workshop will look at questions such as: What do you have for space, budget, and other limitations? What do you need /want? What type of garden do you want? Do you want a raised garden or a container garden? How do you start? Join us for this free program.

Date:Thursday May 2, 2019

Time:1:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Curious Minds: Wizard of Oz , April 30

Historian and legendary Senior College instructor Alan Elze examines the life of L. Frank Baum, the man who wrote THE WIZARD OF OZ. Elze will share how events from Baum’s own life helped to create the legendary Wizard of Oz novels.

This program is part of the Curious Minds series which is a joint partnership between the Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston/Auburn Senior College. More information can be found on the Senior College by visiting

Date:Tuesday Apr 30, 2019

Time:2:00 PM  –  3:30 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

A Look Back Book Group, April 26

“A Look Back” Book Group will meet to discuss “The Stars are Fire” by Anita Shreve.

“In October, 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires began near Bar Harbor and raced along the coast of Maine, ravaging two hundred thousand acres–the largest fire in Maine’s history. In the southern part of the state, people were forced into the sea to escape the flames. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fireunder control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically trying to save their children. When dawn comes, they have miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. As Grace awaits news of her husband’s fate, she is thrust into a new world in which she must make a life on her own, beginning with absolutely nothing–she must find work, a home, a way to provide for her children. In the midst of devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms–joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain–and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens, and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before”-.

Date:Friday Apr 26, 2019

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Location:Local History Room

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