FAFSA talk and workshop, Oct. 30

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.

Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit

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.

Page Turners meet Nov. 6

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.

Mad Science Spooktacular, 10/26

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!

Appalachian Trail History, Oct. 14

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

Motion Commotion! Oct. 11

KIDS! Motion Commotion!
Wednesday, October11th
4-5 in the Maggie Trafton Program Room
Join Cathy Gray, Community Education Assistant for Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties for “Motion Commotion”. This program explores the science of motion-how things move through space and time. Kids will discover how human factors such as reaction time, affect their body’s motion. Space is limited so please register. The program is designed for kids in grades 3-6.

Let’s Pretend starts 10/6

~~KIDS! Let’s Pretend
Friday mornings October 6, 13, 20, and 27th
10:00-11:00 AM in the Maggie Trafton Program Room
A four-week play group for children from ages 2-5. Come join us as we explore different themes with your young child. Each week we will read a story about a different theme, create a related craft, and have fun pretending. Let your child’s imagination soar! Join us for one session or come to all four. Free. No registration required. For more information call the children’s room at 333-6640 ext.3
10/6 Mother Goose
10/13 Construction Workers
10/20 Trains
10/27 Superheroes


The Auburn Public Library seeks a responsible, people-orientated person for a part-time associate position (17 hours per week) at our Lending Services desk. We also have a position for 12 hours at the Lending Services desk, and 5 hours processing new materials.

This public service position assists the public with borrowing materials, answering routine questions related to library services, and providing reader’s advisory services. The Lending Services associate must be able to work effectively at the Lending Desk providing excellent customer service to customers of all ages, and use good judgment when dealing with the public. The ideal candidate will be well read in popular authors and books and able to convey enthusiasm for titles and authors to customers.

Minimum requirements include high school diploma (some college preferred), excellent  customer service skills, good attention to detail, and knowledge of recent popular books and genres.  Experience in a library, customer service or sales position is a plus.  Candidates should also have knowledge of basic office procedures and skills in basic arithmetic.

Hours include some evenings and Saturdays. This position pays $12.00 an hour. The full job description may be seen on our web site:  http://ow.ly/tgkp30fwSxr

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org , or send  by mail to Personnel Auburn Public Library 49 Spring St. Auburn, ME. 04210.


No phone calls, please.

College Night 10/19

Join admissions representatives from 8 Maine colleges and universities as they sit on a panel facilitated by Maggie Davis, formerly of College for Maine, Androscoggin. Following the panel discussion and a brief Q&A session (if necessary and time permits), admissions reps from those and other Maine colleges will be available with information specific to their schools.  As the date draws nearer, check back to see which schools will be joining us in 2017.  For more information or to register contact the Reference Desk at 333-6640, ext. 4, or click on the link below.  Registration is requested and appreciated so that we have enough handouts for all attending.

Thursday Oct 19, 2017,  5:30 PM  –  7:30 PM

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