The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The deadly Ringwraiths are searching for a hobbit — Frodo Baggins. They want what he carries: The Ring of Power, which will enable the Dark Lord Sauron, its creator, to reclaim his rule. If Sauron recovers his Ring, all will be lost.

Battling Orcs, greedy men, and the Wraiths themselves — and aided by his gardener Sam, a wizard named Gandalf, and a mysterious Ranger named Aragorn — Frodo makes his painfully slow way across Middle-earth to Mordor, Sauron’s kingdom.  This is the only place where the Ring can be destroyed. Its seduction is so great that no one can wield it. All Frodo can hope for is the Ring’s destruction.

 

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A Galaxy of Reading

Star Wars Reads Day LogoStar Wars, Star Wars, everywhere you look lately you will see Jedi, Wookies, Stormtroopers, and Droids.  Our mouse eared friends over a Disney marketing are making absolutely sure we know that there is a new Star Wars movie coming out this year (December 18th 2015…in case you were wondering).  Not to be left out libraries across the country are going to once again celebrate Star Wars Read Day (October 10th 2015).  We here at APL thought well one day is great, but a whole week would be better!  So we are starting off our Star Wars read week on October 4th with a Star Wars Laser Tag event over at Family Time, Dine, and Play in the Auburn Mall (Formerly Jokers). So get in costume and come and join the fun and games.  You can’t go see the new movie without catching up on the current events in the star wars universe … right?  So don’t forget to check out your favorite star wars books / comics / movies from the library too. Enjoy the game, movies, and great reads about a galaxy far far away and as always May the force be with you.

Author Visit with Gerry Boyle 10/10

Touring to talk about his newest book, “Once Burned”, Maine writer Gerry Boyle will be at the Auburn Public Library for a book signing and reading. Once Burned is the 10th novel in the Jack McMorrow series.  Intrigue abounds in Once Burned when someone starts torching buildings in the idyllic town of Sanctuary, Maine, Lead character Jack McMorrow quickly searches out the culprit. This, after, all is a town named one of the “Ten Best Secrets” by a national magazine. The secret however turns out to be the identity of the arsonist, who soon leaves a trail of dead bodies that leads straight to Jack and Roxanne and their daughter Sophie. Will they be the next to die?

Star Wars Laser Tag 10/4

The Auburn Public Library has joined forces with Family Time, Dine, and Play, located at the Auburn Mall, to celebrate Star Wars Read Day with an epic laser tag battle on Sunday, October 4, from 3 – 5 pm.  This family event, to be held at Family Time, Dine, and Play, is free to the public and participants are encouraged to dress as one of their favorite Star Wars characters. The APL mobile library will be on hand with Star Wars books so bring your library card and get ready for Star Wars Read Day on October 10th!

Excited to take part in this nationwide celebration of reading, the Auburn Library will feature Star Wars themed displays throughout the week leading up toStar Wars Read Day. This year Star Wars Reads Day is expected to grow even bigger as fans gear up for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

For more information please call the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4.  May the force be with you.

Let’s Pretend starts 10/2

Come join us as we explore different professions with your young child. Each week we will read a story about a different occupation, create a related craft, and have fun pretending. Let your child’s imagination soar! For children ages 2 – 5. Free. No registration required. Join us for one session or come to all four.

  • 10/2 Dinosaur Hunters
  • 10/9 Construction Workers
  • 10/16 Circus Performers
  • 10/23 Astronauts
  • 10/30 Pirates

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

A book review by Madeline Soucie        

 

Tana lives in a world where vampires and humans alike are quarantined in cities surrounded by walls called Coldtowns. Once you get into a Coldtown — whether or not you want to be there — there is no getting out.  Good luck surviving  on the inside!

After going to a party one night Tana wakes up in a house full of dead bodies with no idea what happened. Upon exploration she finds her friend/ex-boyfriend tied to a bed and infected and a mysterious new boy chained in the corner. Tana takes it upon herself to free her friend and the mysterious boy and together the three of them make the journey to the nearest Coldtown to admit themselves before they get into serious trouble.

 

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Rescued Recipes 9/24

Rescued Recipes is a culmination of a three-year culinary and literary journey that all began with the simple act of one woman tossing old handwritten recipes into a trash can. Among the pages of vintage and modern-day delights, such as Strawberry Pudding, Gingerbread (with lard), and Rosemary Asiago Gems, are stories and reminiscences of this stoic, funny, and frugal woman whose spirit helped her granddaughter (Lisa Canino) fulfill a dream.

Passionate about food and cooking, author Lisa Canino grew up watching classic chefs on television whose dose of kitchen humor inspired her to always serve a well-prepared meal to family and friends with a hefty dose of storytelling and laughter. She lives in Maine.

September 24 from 2-3:30.

Teen Summer Reading Wrap Up

The 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program — “Unmask!” — wrapped up recently here at the Auburn Public Library.  It was a busy summer with lots of reading and great programs to go along with it!

With heroes as our theme, our book displays and activities turned the teens’ attention to  local heroes, national heroes and superheroes.

We kicked off the program on June 23rd with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Sandy Graul, some of her volunteers and a few lionhead rabbits joined us.  Sandy talked a bit about the work they do to help the animals — within the county, the State and in other states as well.  GAHS are truly local heroes to those animals!

In July, we turned our focus to superheroes.  Local comic book artist Mike Jordan led a two-session workshop.  The end result was a new edition of APL Presents.

We wrapped up the 2015 Summer Reading Program with an amazing visit and talk by Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday. We were lucky enough to have Laurie St. Pierre and Russ Dillingham of the Sun Journal and Rob Nesbitt from WCSH join Capt. Montalvan and Tuesday during their visit.  If you weren’t able to join us, details of his visit are available on the Sun Journal’s archive page (“In Dog He Trusts”) or on wcsh6.com.  Click here to view that clip.

We had 69 teens participate this summer, an increase of nearly 20% from the past two summers.  Among them, they read nearly 500 books!  We gave out over 30 prizes, ranging from free Chill Zone beverages at Cumberland Farms, $5 gift cards to Top It Frozen Yogurt, certificates for free Italian sandwiches at Sam’s, $10 gift cards to Books a Million and $20 gift cards to local businesses.

There were also “grab bag” prizes awarded for participating in various activities both here at the Library and in the community.  Some of those activities — attend a different teen program at APL, attend a community event, read 50 pages from a different genre, perform a random act of kindness or read to a child.

Our top reader of the summer was Faith Thompson, and she was the winner of the Kindle paperwhite.  Other finale winners included Crystle Cloutier ($50 gift certificate to Bull Moose Music), Addie Suckow ($50 gift certificate to the Auburn Mall), and Addie Landre (pizza party and movie in the Library).

Thank you to our sponsors this summer:  Cumberland Farms (Center Street), Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar, Sam’s Italian Foods (Center Street), Hannaford (Spring Street), Center Street Dental, Best Buy, and the Portland Sea Dogs.

We are already thinking about and looking forward to summer 2016, when teens will “Get In The Game” at APL!

 

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Liesel Meminger has no idea what home is. Her mother is giving her up, and on the train ride to meet her new family, her brother dies suddenly. In the snow by his grave, Liesel discovers a book, half-buried: The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her foster father teaches her to read, and suddenly all kinds of doors are opening wide to her.

In this book, told interestingly and narrated by Death, we see that even in Nazi Germany, some good still shines through, as a family who was supposed to be part of the Party and fight for Hitler hides a Jew, revolts against book burnings, and loves one another. Liesel and her friend Rudy do some questionable stuff, but all in all I think this is a good book that we can learn a lot from.

 

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