Read ME A statewide summer reading program with a Maine twist

Read ME is a new statewide summer reading program that gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books—by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author Monica Wood. It’s so easy, you can’t NOT do it!

Come into the Auburn Public Library and grab a copy of either The Moth: 50 True Stories or Unknown Caller and join the statewide program. All participants will be able to attend a special event finale in August.

 

Monica’s picks (and why she picked ’em)

FICTION: Unknown Caller by Debra Spark

Price: $15.75

Unknown Caller book cover“I was up all night with this riveting, gorgeously written novel about a married couple, an unpredictable ex-wife, and a recently discovered daughter. Spark tells their story in reverse order, each chapter revealing layers of insight and intrigue as we backtrack through a complex constellation of relationships. No one I know writes with more depth and empathy about marriage and family. Her emotional intelligence is astounding.”

 

NONFICTION: The Moth: 50 True Stories

Price: $11.20
The Moth 50 True Stories book cover“Originally presented live without notes, the stories in The Moth span the breadth of human experience. A cardiac emergency in a stuck elevator. A famous rap artist saved from despair by music far outside his sphere. A difficult adoption story that finds rest and resolution in Maine. By turns poignant and comical, tragic and triumphant, these stories, told mostly by ordinary folks, made me feel less alone in this huge world. I hope this book choice will inspire “Moth nights” all over Maine, because we Mainers are born storytellers.”

Presented in partnership with the Maine State Library

Family Concert July 11

Family Concert with Rob Duquette:  We hope you will join us on Tuesday, July 11th at 11 am for a free family concert with our friend and talented Maine musician Rob Duquette in the Androscoggin Community Room. Come join the fun! All ages are welcome.

Messy Art June 29 and June 30

Messy Art Workshops: Heather will lead kids ages three- to-seven years in three messy, artistic projects in the Maggie Trafton Room on  June 29th at 9:30 am or 1:30 pm, or on June 30th at 9:30 am or 11 am. Registration is required. Please register for only 1 session. Call the children’s room at 207-333-6640 ext.3 for more information and to register, or register online:

June 29 at 9:30

June 29 at 1:30 

June 30 at 9:30

June 30 at 11:00

Summer Reading Program for Adults

It’s time to prepare for the 2017 Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”, which starts with YOU. Use a BINGO card to guide you during the summer challenge, and if you complete all the tasks in a single row or column you will be rewarded!

Pick up a Bingo card on the second floor, or print one out here:

Build a Better World Bingo Card

Entries must be shown to second floor staff by August 10th to collect a prize.

The challenge begins on June 26th.

KIDS! Summer Reading 2017 Kicks Off June 26

Help us kick off our 2017 Summer Reading Program with a high energy performance of “Engineering a Better World” by Mad Science of Maine in the Androscoggin Community Room, Monday June 26th, 6-7PM. FREE, no registration required.

Kids may register for our Summer Reading program at the show or in the children’s department. Readers and listeners may set their own goals. How many books do you hope to read or listen to this summer? Read anything you’re interested in. Keep a log of titles you’ve read and we’ll provide small incentives to encourage you to your goal. At the end of our program, kids who read or listen to at least 10 books may choose a gift book to keep.

We have many events scheduled this summer, including concerts, crafts and a magic show. Check out our flyer Build a Better World Flyer 2017, or visit our calendar for all summer reading events for Kids.

 

Teen Summer Reading Program: “Build a Better World”

Within this summer’s theme, “Build A Better World,” teens will have a chance to explore environmental and sustainability issues and what they can do to help build a better world for their generation– and future generations.

Did you know that Maine is the largest state in New England? Did you know that within our borders are spectacular mountains, unbroken forests, and bountiful waters? Did you know our rivers, lakes, streams, and forests are home to many different fish, plants, trees, birds, and wildlife?  The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) educates people about the beauty and value of Maine’s woods, waters, and wildlife. They share information about the challenges and opportunities our natural resources face and connect people with ways to help protect Maine’s environment.  NRCM is pleased to help kick off, “Build a Better World” at the Auburn Public Library. Come hear NRCM staff member Gabrielle Grunkemeyer talk about NRCM, what’s happening in our environment right now, and how you can help protect it.

This summer’s Teen Reading Program will run for 6 weeks, from June 28-August 9.  In addition to reading, programs and activities will include a river walk along the Androscoggin (with Androscoggin Land Trust), an opportunity to design a tiny house using Sketch Up and our 3D printer, an upcycle DIY, a composting workshop and more!  We also will bring back our Pizza & Pages Book Club, where we will read and discuss 3 books — “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin, “Not A Drop to Drink” by Mindy McGinnis, and “Trashed” by Derf Backderf.

For each book read and for each program attended, teens will have a chance to enter into a weekly drawing which will be a gift card to a local business.  The grand prize this year, a digital camera, will be awarded to the top reader (books must be read between June 21-August 9).  There will also be a prize — a gift card bundle — awarded for program participation.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is just for teens, ages 12-18 (entering 7th through 12th grade).  For more information, check out our 2017 Teen SRP slideshow, stop by the Library and pick up a brochure, visit our Events page( all Teen programs are listed in green), or give us a call!

 

Position Available: Reference Associate

The Auburn Public Library is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Library Associate for 17.5 hours/week, which includes evenings and weekends, to work in our adult/teen/technology area.  The Associate assists with providing information services, collection maintenance, and programming.   Day-to-day responsibilities include technology (including our media lab and 3D printer); social media assistance; monitoring activities in public spaces and the Teen Space; answering reference questions; and adult/teen program assistance.   Starting pay is $11.75/hour.

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a proven record of strong customer service experience, and being well-read in recent popular books and genres. Preference will be given for familiarity with both Apple and PC products. Familiarity with desktop publishing software is a plus. Previous experience of 6 months to 1 year paid work in a library, public service or direct sales is also preferred. The complete job description is available here. Library Associate Job Description

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 50 public computing stations; a computer lab; a media lab; meeting rooms for children, teens, and adults; and much more.  It has a very welcoming and customer-oriented staff.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org no later than Wednesday, June 15, 2017.  No phone calls, please.

Spring Book Sale June 23-24

The Auburn Public Library will hold its Spring Book Sale Friday June 23 from 4-6PM,  and Saturday June 24 from 9AM-1PM. Thousands of donated books, DVDs,  CDs and more are available for purchase at bargain prices. In addition, this year we have many picture books for children that have been withdrawn from our collection.

The sale will be held in the library’s Androscoggin Community Room and Book Sale Room.

Prices range from $.25 to $2.00.

For more information, please contact the library at 207-333-6640.

Online Auction starts June 1!

The Auburn Public Library 2017 Spring Online Auction starts at 6:00 AM on June 1, 2017 and ends at 6:00 PM on June 10th, 2017. We have lots of great items for your bidding and all proceeds from this auction support the everyday activities and programs of the Library for children, teens, and adults.

To view the auction, visit https://www.32auctions.com/apl2017

Libraries make a difference – and your generous support of our Auction makes a difference to the Auburn Public Library! Happy bidding!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS: *Androscoggin Title Company * Austin Associates * Cumberland County Mortgage * Dubois Realty Group * Emerson Toyota * Gamache and Lessard Co. * Huber Associates * Ron and Joanne Lebel * Lewiston SunJournal * The Maine Real Estate Network * Mechanics Savings Bank * Pinette Dillingham & Lynch * Schooner Estates * Select Physical Therapy * and * Trafton, Matzen, Belleau, and Frenette, LLP.*

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