Author Visit: Douglas Hodgkin 4/13

Author Douglas Hodgkin will present his newly published full-length biography of Edward Little (1773–1849). Dear Parent: A Biography and Letters of Edward Little, details Little’s early career as a businessman, lawyer, and politician in Newburyport, Massachusetts, until two disasters resulted in massive debt. Little then went to Portland, Maine, to manage the business affairs of his father and of the Pejepscot Proprietors’ land company. Finally, at the age of fifty-three, he settled in Danville, now Auburn,where he founded what became Edward Little High School. Less well known is the role of the Little family in founding a church, bridges, railroads, and the mills at the falls, until the latter were taken over by Boston-based investors. This is the story of a remarkable life. This book also contains the letters that Edward Little addressed to “Dear Parent,” his father, Josiah, that are owned by the Androscoggin Historical Society. They depict the early conditions in the development of the Androscoggin Valley, relations between the Littles and the settlers, and the relations among the Little family themselves. This provides a fascinating look at life in a rural Maine settlement.

About the Author
Douglas I. Hodgkin, a native of Lewiston, Maine, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Bates College. He is the author of several books about local history, including Lewiston Memories, Historic Lewiston:The Grange at Crowley’s Junction, Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics 1768-1863, The Baptists of Court Street, The Lewiston and Auburn Railroad Company, and Lewiston Politics in the Gilded Age 1863-1900.

April 13 at 2PM

Charlie Plummer on Lincoln, 4/11

The Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and the Auburn Public Library continues the Curious Minds Series with a seminar by Charlie Plummer on Abraham Lincoln titled “The Man, Humorist, Story-Teller, and Poet.” Plummer will talk about Lincoln’s life from growing up as a child to the man who would eventually become President. A focus of the program will be on the humorous stories Lincoln told and some of the surprising poems he wrote.

Tuesday April 11, 2-3:30PM.

Your next career move

Ready for a career change but don’t know where to start? This free 2 hour workshop by New Ventures Maine, will help point you in the right direction. Christina Davis will cover what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed.

Monday April 10, 6:30-8PM. Please register.

The Digital Doctor Drop In Computer Help

Feeling frustrated and just plain going a little crazy learning how to tweet, text, or just submit an application? We now have two drop in computer help sessions each week!

Come get some help from the Digital Doctor and let him ease some of those frustrating moments. On Wednesdays, from 4 pm to 6 pm, our fantastic volunteer is available in the second floor computer lab to help assist you with your basic technology questions. Come on in and say hello.

Computing with Maureen on Tuesdays, 9-11. If you think computers are too confusing or just plain scary, come visit our wonderful volunteer Maureen and let her take the fear out of computing. Brush up on your basics and internet navigation or learn something new about social media. Maureen will be available in our second floor computer lab to assist you with your questions. No reservation is required. So relax and have fun learning the very basics of today’s computers.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson


Cinder and her new ally, Thorne, are on the run from the authorities in New Beijing. Having broken out of prison, they must escape the Eastern Commonwealth, or they will be doomed.

On the other side of the world, the French Scarlet Benoit searches for her missing grandmother, who the police have given up on. Scarlet knows her grandmother wouldn’t vanish without telling her where she was going, so she fears the worst – kidnapping or murder.

A street fighter named Wolf offers to help Scarlet find her grandmother, and she has no choice but to trust him. But as tensions between the Earth and Luna rise, things are growing more and more dangerous. Scarlet searches for her grandmother as Cinder looks for both of them, and if they can’t find each other, things will get even worse than they already are.


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Teen Opportunities Fair on March 25

Looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity? Not sure if you should be taking classes or enrolling in college? Trying to apply for a job online but have no idea where to start? Come out to the 6th Annual Teen Opportunities Fair! Lewiston Public Library and Auburn Public Library have partnered to bring you this helpful and exciting event.  There will be food and door prizes! This event takes place on March 25, 11AM-1PM, in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library and is just for teens, ages 13-19.

Great Stories Club begins March 31st! (date change)

Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide

The Auburn Public Library, in partnership with Outright LA, has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program about teen violence and suicide.

As one of 75 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country, the Auburn Public Library will work with a group of teens to read and discuss three books in which protagonists deal with issues surrounding teen violence, bullying and suicide.  The book titles, within the above theme, will include: “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini, and “Romeo & Juliet” (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels), illustrated by Matt Weigle.  These titles, selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars, were chosen to resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues in their young lives.

The introductory meeting of Structures of Suffering will take place on Friday, March 31, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the library.  Meetings will continue every 2 to 3 weeks, concluding in early June.  Participants will get to keep copies of the books for their personal libraries.

Teens interested in being considered for this book club should contact Donna Wallace via email at or by phone at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.


Author visit with Paul Betit, March 16

Author and former Maine journalist Paul Betit will be at the library to share from his newest release “Let Me Tell A Story.” A graduate of the University of Maine, Betit worked as a general assignment reporter or as a sportswriter for nearly 39 years, including stints with the Kennebec Journal, the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram,

Let Me Tell A Story is a collection of first-person stories that take place over a 60-year period. With most of the stories set in Maine, the book starts with a tale about a 12-year-old boy who learns some important life lessons during a family trip to Aroostook County. It ends with a piece about an elderly Brunswick couple learning some lessons of their own while coming to grips with old ages. In between, readers meet old soldiers and young soldiers, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, disc jockeys and drug dealers and other sordid types. A number of the stories were inspired by the Betit’s experiences during the Vietnam War and its aftermath.

March 16 at 6:30PM.

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