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.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Black, H.

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.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Zusak, M.

Sprouts resume Sept. 19

~~Saturdays, September 19, 26th
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM in the Children’s Room
Join us Saturday mornings, 10:30- 10:50 a.m., early September through May, for a rousing lap sit program for babies through 36-months and their caregivers. We’ll gather on the story quilt with Heather to enjoy songs, nursery rhymes, and dancing, while making new friends

Film: On the Edge, Sept. 19

The film, On the Edge, as seen on Maine Public Broadcasting tells the story of lobster-fishing communities on Maine’s year-round islands. At the turn of the last century, there were 300 inhabited, unbridged islands in Maine; now there are 15. At present the lobsters are plentiful, but islanders worry about the future of the fishery and the realities faced by their children and grandchildren.

Still, many islanders are determined to maintain their communities despite complex logistics, economic uncertainty, and shrinking populations.

On the Edge showcases the warmth, as well as the struggle, of island life.

On the Edge was produced by Phil Steel of Dobbs Productions

Author Talk: Distilled in Maine, Sept. 18

Kate McCarty, Portland food blogger and author of Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine, will be at the library to talk about her newest book Distilled In Maine.  Distilled in Maine is  a tour of over six hundred years of Maine history as it relates to alcohol, including profiles of the nine (as of publication) craft distilleries in the state.

Teens! DIY Takeover: Washi Tape Design

We’re taking over the Teen Space! Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a new project — from duct tape art to photography, create your own video games or make your own magnetic poetry. This month, we will do some decorating with washi tape. We will have notebooks, pencils and other items for decorating or bring your own. The washi tape – as well as snacks – will be provided. This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

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