Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope – Staff Pick – Nancy Mes.

Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormick

My experience with tie-in fiction has been mixed. At best, they’re an excuse to spend more time with characters and a universe that I love. At worst, they feel like cheap filler. But with The Last Best Hope, Una McCormick elevates my expectations by providing a great sci-fi novel that does a wonderful job setting things up for the new Star Trek: Picard series.

With the Romulan star set to supernova, Jean Luc Picard finds himself in charge of a massive undertaking that will require him to leave his beloved Enterprise behind. Now an Admiral, Picard must find a way to relocate billions of Romulans to new planets. Not only is this a logistical nightmare, but he faces pushback at every turn, both from people who want to downplay the severity of the supernova, and members of Federation that do not want to invest so many resources into a foreign power. To Picard, his quest is all about saving lives, but will political squabbles at home derail the most important humanitarian mission of his career?

The Last Best Hope is an engrossing novel that feels sharply relevant today’s issues. While watchers of the show know how Picard’s mission will ultimately end, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the story as he continues to hope, against all odds, that things will turn out for the best. Author McCormick does a great job of presenting all characters as complex individuals, taking time to explain to the audience why even the more selfishly minded people feel the way they do.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek: Picard, then The Last Best Hope is a must-read. An ebook version can currently be found on the cloud library. 

5 stars

Spring Reading Challenge

We are moving our Spring Reading Challenge online! Read around the world with us and enjoy some armchair travel. We have some goodies (including a map to track your travel) to give out once we reopen!

Let the Adventure Begin!

Our Spring Reading Challenge is a virtual trip around the world.

We’ve divided the world into 21 regions, and invite you to travel the world by reading a book for each, OR by spending an hour learning a language spoken in that region, using the online program Mango (a free
program offered by the library). 

As you travel, use the dots to indicate each country you have visited. Once you’ve visited 7 or more regions, stop by the library for a free gift (while supplies last).

How to get to Mango: Go to the Auburn Public Library website. Scroll down until you see the Mango logo on the home page. It’s under the Quick Link section just below digital main library logo.

Once there, sign in as a guest using the barcode number on your library card.

The booklets will give you examples of both fiction and nonfiction books for each region, but you are not limited to these books.


Let us know if we can help!

Fun Stuff for Kids Online!

FREE EBOOKS

Audible–Listen to free eaudiobooks at stories.audible.com

Cloud Library — Log in with your library card number.

Here is a list of websites you might find useful to help your children during any school closures.
READING

GENERAL INTEREST

STEAM

FOR YOUR LITTLES

  • Jbrary: Storytime Songs and fingerplays to share with your little ones
  • Resources for families during the Pandemic from Common Sense Media

HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES

GENERAL

CURRICULUM

Take Out Service to start June 1.

Auburn Public Library Take-Out Service

The Library is instituting a take-out service for library materials. To request materials, please place holds using our online catalog, by phone, or by email to request@auburnpubliclibrary.org. Interlibrary Loan items are not currently available, all holds must be items owned by Auburn Public Library. You will be notified when the materials are ready to pick up, and will be able to choose a specific pick up time slot then. Materials will be packaged in a paper bag and available in the lobby of our Spring St. entrance. If Lewiston Public Library is your home library, you may request APL items to be picked up at APL only. Please call us to change the pickup location.

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program has been suspended. We are unable to loan items to those who have been using this program until it has been restarted.

Our intention is to have a limited number of pickups in any time slot, however, please observe social distancing. Only one person in the lobby at a time, please. Any returns should be put in the book drop and not brought into the library building.

We are quarantining returned items for three days, and staff is wearing gloves and masks while preparing items for pickup. We encourage you to use caution when handling materials.

Checkouts and Holds

  • If you have materials checked out, we have extended those due dates.  Due dates have been extended to July 10 for material checked out before the March closure. Please return all materials checked out prior to closure by July 10. This includes all Auburn Public Library items, as well as interlibrary loans.
  • Requests are now being accepted for Auburn Public Library material only. Holds on items owned by other libraries will be activated when the interlibrary loan system is restarted. If you no longer want an item you have on hold you can cancel the hold by accessing your record online.
  • When an item you had on hold is available for pickup we will call you to arrange a pickup time.
  • Interlibrary loan services and the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program have been suspended until further notice.
  • After hours materials returns (book drops) are now open. Please return all items checked out before the closure by July 10. Items are quarantined for up to seven days before check in, and will show up on your record until then. Check ins will be backdated and no fees will be charged due to the quarantine period.

We have extended library card expiration dates into June so you can continue using our digital services. If your library card expires in June, please call us to renew.

Get an Auburn Public Library card

If you don’t have a library card, apply for an online card with this form and a card will be mailed to you. An e-card will give you access to e-books, e-audiobooks and online databases. 

Digital services

We encourage you to check our website for online services, and to follow the Auburn Public Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will also send out updates through our email newsletter (subscribe here).

We will try to respond to phone calls. However, email, social media, and our contact form remain the best ways to contact us. For general questions, please send to email@auburnpubliclibrary.org. If you have reference questions or would like assistance in using online resources, please use reference@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

The library wi-fi will be on until 10PM and can generally be accessed from the parking lot. Be sure to observe social distancing!

For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the City of Auburn’s Coronavirus Response Resource Hub, the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or the Maine Health Department at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs.


Stay safe and strong.

Mamie Anthoine Ney, Director

mmaney@auburnpubiclibrary.org, Ext. 2020

Programs cancelled

In cooperation with the City of Auburn, the Library has cancelled all activities for the next two weeks. At that time, we will reevaluate the COVID situation. This means all meeting rooms, study rooms, and Teen Center will not be available. Also we are suspending the use of our public computers, computer lab, and media lab. Please check this page often for updates. Stay healthy and strong. Mamie Anthoine Ney, Library Director.

A Look Back Book Group, March 27

A new book group about old times! We will be reading mostly historical fiction. We meet the final Friday of the month at noon.

March 27: Angle of repose / Wallace Stegner.

The poetic title is actually a geological term for the slope at which rocks cease to roll and is used here as a symbol of  human life. Time is the protagonist and a tragically crippled but talented man, himself past middle age, explores through his grandmother’s drawings, letters, and publications her life with her engineer husband in his struggle to use his talents in a time not quite ready for him. It is also an objective yet affectionate look at a long-ago love and failure of  love which the protagonist associates with his own love and its tragedy. Stegner’s integrity of  vision is evident again in his respect for the victories and failures that surround the search for a vision. ((Booklist, Reviewed June 1, 1971))

Date:Friday Mar 27, 2020

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Location:Local History Room

Teens: Completing the Job Application, March 12

Teens and New Adults (ages 14-25) are invited join Lisa Hartnett from the Maine Career Center to learn how to accurately complete an online job application.  A well done job application is an employer’s first impression of you. Knowing what to include (or not), may mean progressing to the interview that you are hoping for. Demonstrate your ability to follow directions and secure that job!

Date:Thursday Mar 12, 2020

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:Computer Lab

KIDS! I Am A Story

Mae Among the stars, here Come the Girl Scouts, and Anything But Ordinary Addie
March 14th

10-10:45 AM in the Androscoggin Room

 We are thrilled to partner with the Public Theater for this new program. I Am A Story is an interactive and theatrical program designed to introduce children and their families to the magical and meaningful world of live theatre through contemporary and classic children’s literature. Utilizing theatrical techniques to bring stories to life, I Am A Story provides young audiences with an entertaining and engaging environment that encourages participants to navigate their own narrative and empowers them to Think, Explore, and Connect. This program is recommended for children ages 4-8 (Pre-K to Grade 3).

Date:Saturday Mar 14, 2020

Time:10:00 AM  –  11:00 AM

Author Matthew Cost and the Cuban Revolution, March 10

The Auburn Public Library welcomes historical fiction novelist Matthew Cost to share from his newest release, I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. This free event will take place on March 10th at 1 pm in the Androscoggin Community Room.

The revolution began in 1953 with a botched insurrection in Santiago, Cuba. Fidel was captured and put on trial where he defended himself, finishing with the now immortal words: “Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.”Fidel was imprisoned, granted amnesty, exiled to Mexico, and then led an invasion of Cuba with 81 revolutionaries aboard a pleasure yacht called the Granma. Only 18 men survived. How did Fidel build this small band of guerillas into an army that would sweep to power in Cuba? Who was the rifle-toting woman who became Fidel’s most trusted advisor as well as his lover?

These questions and more are answered in the thrilling I Am Cuba, which is a historically accurate novel detailing society, politics, war, and love in Cuba in the 1950s.

Cost’s presentation includes images from the Cuban Revolution of 1953 to 1959 detailing the events. He will talk about his research and writing process, and share short readings from his novel.

Date:Tuesday Mar 10, 2020

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

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