Free Library Meetup

Do you have a Little Free Library or other free book swap? Or would you like to learn more about setting up your own free library or book swap?

Please join us for a free library meetup at the Auburn Public Library, November 10, 2-4PM, in the Androscoggin Community Room.

We’ll have lots of books to give away (duplicates and other extras from our book sale), we only ask that you pass them on without reselling them. We’ll also supply ideas and plans, and an opportunity to chat with others. We are also looking for ideas for future events and how we can encourage more free libraries throughout the area.

This will be an informal gathering. Photos of your Little Free Library or book swap are strongly encouraged!

Saturday Nov 10, 2018
2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Author Visit: Jack Flowers, Nov. 7

Based on a true story, Rat Six tells the story of Clifford Price who, like hundreds of thousands of other young men in the 1960s, was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam. Having been a commissioned officer in the Army Corps of Engineers shortly after being drafted and selected for Officer’s Candidate School, Price ended up in Vietnam in 1968. After three months of commanding a platoon of bridge builders, mine sweepers, and truck drivers, Price was offered the job of Rat Six, one of the most dangerous assignments in the war. Rat Six was the code name for the leader of the First Infantry Division Tunnel Rats. The Tunnel Rats were some of the most courageous soldiers to fight in Vietnam. All were volunteers, slightly built, cunning, rebellious, trained in demolitions, and dedicated to ferreting out the enemy below. In the beginning of the war, entering a tunnel with only a flashlight and a pistol was almost suicidal.

Wednesday Nov 7, 2018
2:30 PM  –  3:30 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

Beware: The Warnings of Frankenstein, Nov. 6

Commemorating the 200th publication anniversary of the novel Frankenstein, retired Siena College philosophy professor and Lewiston native Ray Boisvert, will explore the topics raised by Mary Shelley’s classic novel and their implications for today’s technological/scientific advances. Using slides, clips, and music, Boisvert says you do not have to read the novel to participate in this discussion on the meaning or warnings Shelley raised 200 years ago. Please join us for this wonderful program.

Tuesday Nov 6, 2018
4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

Story Time with EL Drama Club, Nov. 3

We are happy to welcome Edward Little Drama Club students to the library. Members of the cast of Cinderella will read stories to children and serve refreshments. Come meet Cinderella and Prince Charming!  FREE. The EL Drama Club Production of Cinderella will be held at the Community Little Theater on November 16th and 17th at 7 pm and on Sunday November 18th at 2pm.

Saturday Nov 3, 2018
1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

FRC: A book by an Australian Author or set in Australia

Are you ready for a challenge? Our fall reading challenge is your path to a reading adventure! More information here. Pick up a flyer in the library for the list of sixteen categories and the full rules, and here for all posts on the Fall Reading Challenge!
#3 A book set in Australia or by an Australian author
Each week we will feature a different category with a few suggestions.
Many popular authors are from Australia, including Liane Moriarty, Peter Carey, and Kate Morton. One of my favorite new mystery series is set in Australia, the Aaron Falk series by Jane Harper, with a great sense of place and the outdoors, similar to the Paul Doiron mysteries.
Try these online resources for more great Australian books.
12 Books every Australian should Read by Australian Geographic
100 Must Read Australian Books from Book Riot (Includes both fiction and nonfiction)

Page Turners discuss Euphoria, Nov. 5

Join the Auburn Page Turners and tell us if you are euphoric over the novel Euphoria. Euphoria is Lily King’s nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the ‘30’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead

November 5 at 12:30PM
LOCATION: 2nd floor (Check in at the Reference Desk)

FAFSA program and workshop, Nov. 1

Teens!  Are you ready to pay for college? In this session, on November 1, 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 17 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.

Following the Financial Aid presentation, participants will have access to some hands-on instruction for completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited to 12.

To register, call the reference desk, or register online:

Register for the presentation here.

Register for the workshop here.

Date: Thursday Nov 1, 2018

6:00 PM  –  6:30 PM for the presentation
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM for the workshop.
Computer Lab

KIDS! Mad Science Halloween Spooktacular Show, Oct 29

Get ready for a Halloween Science Adventure that starts off with a spooky…but not too spooky…Halloween story about Dr. Erlenmeyer Funkenstein and the Mad Science Goblin!  Prepare for science tricks & treats. Reach into a magic bag…Boo! That’s okay, we promise it won’t bite. Get hands on with gooey eyeballs and find out what can happen to a scientist if they do not follow proper safety rules. You will marvel at the Foaming Jack O’ Lantern and hear the sound of the a Spooky Mad Science Goblin.  Witness ghosts appear out of thin air and a chemical reaction that will light up the room. Finally, Ultra violet light will reveal an interesting visitor and complete your experience with the most “maddening” and scientifically spooky Halloween show ever!   We are happy to welcome Mad Science back to APL for a great Halloween show.

Monday Oct 29, 2018
6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM

Auburn Officials Speak on Trip to China,Oct. 23

Auburn’s Mayor Jason Levesque and Economic Development Director Michael Chammings will be at the Library on Tues., Oct. 23rd, to talk about their recent trip to China. They will present at both Noon and 7 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their lunch for the noontime meeting. Light refreshments will be served at the evening meeting.

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. This position pays $14.00 per 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 – Reference

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 The deadline for application is Friday November 2.

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