Upwards: The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
November 16 at 6PM.
In the summer of 2015, at the age of 53, Laurie Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle the entire 740 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Upwards is her uplifting story of finding the inner strength and faith to achieve her dream, set amid the rich tapestry of the history, wildlife, landscapes, and people of New England.
Laurie has presented to a wide variety of audiences, including civic organizations, libraries, churches, boating and outdoor clubs, and L.L. Bean. Her two-article series on the NFCT appeared in the Winter 2016 and Early Spring 2017 issues of The Paddler.
November 30, 2-3PM.
Author Lorraine Dutile Masure will be at the Auburn Public Library to share some of experiences growing up Franco – American. Intended for all, her memoir Growing Up Franco-American (with no black patent leather shoes) is the intriguing story of courageous grandparent and parent immigrants who, at once, heartily embraced their new country, the United States, yet remained inherently true to many of their cherished Old World cultural traditions — all as transmitted to, an perceived by — one of their first-generation American children, author Lorraine Dutile Masure. Acting as a cultural tour guide, she tells stories of what it was really like growing up with a rich Franco heritage across multiple venues of home, family, church, school, and other settings. Seniors also will see themselves in her stories. And younger people will be amazed at how quaint life was not so long ago. Informative and, as the author reflects back through the rear-view mirror of her own life, some of it’s pretty comical too!
Wednesday November 8, 6-8PM.
Please join us in welcoming John and Cynthia Orcutt of Auburn, authors of Enduring Heights, featuring photography of the natural environment of the Maine’s High Peaks. This is the first book of this type about the High Peaks of Maine. Angus King, US senator from Maine, has written the book’s foreword, and Wolfe Tone, former Director of the Trust for Public Land in Maine has written an essay, describing conservation in the area. The hardcover book is 12” x 12”, 132 pages with maps, several essays and over 90 color plates.
The High Peaks region is where major sections of the Appalachian Trail, Maine Huts & Trails, Sugarloaf and Saddleback ski mountains, Rangeley and Flagstaff Lakes, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the New England Mountain Biking Association trails and a number of other outdoor venues are located.
The book’s authors, Cynthia and John Orcutt seek to promote a balance between conservation and economic development. Photography has enabled them to contribute in a meaningful way to these causes. By producing this book, the Orcutt’s hope to raise awareness of the High Peaks region, fostering more conservation of wilderness lands and simultaneously, encouraging economic growth and job opportunities in places where development in the regions small communities.
Recently the book was launched at the Biennial Appalachian Trail Conference at Colby College and on the opening day of BikeMaine. It will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
The talk will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room. Please use the Spring St. entrance.
The Auburn Public Library has a part-time opening (15 hours per week) for a talented administrative assistant. You can join a team with a strong culture of service to the community and a warm and welcoming environment. The assistant provides general support for the staff with programming promotion; fundraising; newsletters; working with vendors; and creating documents, databases, and spreadsheets. The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or GED with 1 to 3 years of experience. An associate’s degree or higher is preferred. A qualified candidate will possess strong writing and editing skills and competence in common PC software suites. A complete job description can be found on the Library’s website at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org. Compensation will depend on experience and education.
The full job description is available here: Administrative Assistant
To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or Director, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn, ME. No phone inquiries. The position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.
College Financing and the FAFSA (for Teens & Parents) October 30, 5:30-6:30
Are you ready to pay for college? In this session, as a follow up to our College Night (October 19), we’ll help you better understand the financial aid process and prepare you to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We’ll also look at ways to add to your college savings and key strategies to minimize the cost of college. Leave with many practical tools and resources to help you best prepare. This program is presented by Jessica Whittier, who is a College Access Counselor at the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) with 16 years of experience helping students navigate their path to college. Although designed for teens and their parents, anyone who is thinking about financing their continuing education is welcome to attend this helpful and informative program! Registration is requested and appreciated so that we have enough handouts for all attending. Please register online here or call the Reference Desk at 333-6640, ext. 4.
Following the Financial Aid presentation in the Androscoggin Community Room, participants will move upstairs to the Computer Lab for some hands-on instruction for completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This program will be led by a representative from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME). Registration is required as space is limited to 12. Please register online here or call the Reference Desk at 333-6640, ext. 4.
The Auburn Public Library is pleased to host the exhibit Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam, presenting the stories of young American soldiers and Marines going to Vietnam during the 1960s, through graffiti left on a troopship’s bunk canvases.
The exhibit was developed by Art and Lee Beltrone of Keswick, Virginia, founders of the Vietnam Graffiti Project (VGP). When the graffiti aboard the troopship General Nelson M. Walker was discovered in 1997, the VGP was created to preserve examples of the historic canvasses by removing them from the ship and placing them in museums throughout the country.
Every bunk canvas has at least one story to tell, as the artwork and slogans capture not only the writer’s thoughts and emotions, but also the era’s politics, military pride, humor, and anti-war sentiments. Efforts were made to locate the graffiti-writers, and their voyage stories are incorporated into exhibit text panels.
Artifacts were also collected from the Walker during the scrapping operation when the bunks, as they were removed by workers from the ship, yielded personal items left behind by the troops. Everything from candy bar wrappers, empty cigarette packages, and magazines, to books from the ship’s library and liquor bottles were removed and are part of the exhibit’s Things They Left Behind display.
The canvases are located on the first floor of the Library and will be on display through November 16. The exhibit is sponsored in part by a grant from Norman, Hanson and DeTroy, and is free and open to the public.
Join us to talk about The Historian by Elizabeth Kosova. Exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. This program will take place in the Local History Room on the second floor.
November 6 at 12:30PM.
Friday Oct. 27, 4-6PM and Saturday Oct. 28, 9AM-2PM.
Stock up on reading material for those cold winter days or do your holiday shopping early!
Thousands of books available at very reasonable prices.
KIDS! Mad Science presents “Spooktacular Science”
Thursday, October 26th
6 PM in the Androscoggin Community Room
Join us for some science tricks& treats when Mad Science of Maine presents their Spooktacular Science Show. Prepare for foaming jack-o-lanterns, witches brew, and ghosts in bottles. Come join the fun! Best for school age children. Free!
Learn about the history of the area before the trail existed and hear the stories of the people and events leading up to the formation and construction of the trail. Hear the reasons why the early hikers took to the trail and why people still hike it today. Presented by Stephen Martelli, an avid life-long hiker, who has sought to educate hikers and non-hikers of all ages on the features of the trail.
October 14 at 9:30AM