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.

Master Artist Marina Forbes to lead series of programs on African Art

Come to the Auburn Public Library and experience the Art of the African country of Ethiopia with award-winning artist and Master Artist Iconographer Marina Forbes in a mini-series of special programs made possible by the support of the Camden Conference.

On Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:00pm Marina Forbes, will offer a unique interactive and beautifully illustrated presentation on the rich folk tradition of Ethiopian icon painting.

On Saturday, September 26 from 10 – 1 come Paint Your Own Traditional African Icon. The workshop is open to adults, teens and families with children 6 and up.  It is a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Ethiopian crafts and culture. Inspired by spectacular images of Ethiopian art, program participants will have a unique opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to produce their own authentic pieces of collectible folk art.
The goal of the workshop is to produce a finished piece of folk art. Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional music. Paints and brushes will be provided. Students should purchase a pre-designed painting surface (there will be several options: free, $10 and $35).

Space is limited to thirty participants so please call 333-6640 Ext. 4 to reserve your space or use the on-line form on our calendar.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

A book review by Madeline Soucie


Katie is Amish and lives in her community with little outside contact. She is coming close to her Rumspringa, a time when teens go out into the world and then come back to be baptized and join the community as adults. Katie was looking forward to experiencing the outside world and all the things it holds that the Amish don’t believe in.

But when a helicopter crashes into the cornfields and there is news of mass population disappearance, the Amish shut their doors to the world believing that God will take care of everything. To ensure their safety no one enters or leaves the community. But when Katie finds a young English man laying outside the fence at nature’s mercy she secretly breaks the Elders’ rule and brings him in to care for him. What comes next is for you to read.


Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Bickle, L.

Author Talk with Danielle Allen at Bates

Bates College, The Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston Public Library are sponsoring a Community Conversation with Danielle Allen, author of *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (2014). It will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm at The Benjamin Mays Center at Bates College (95 Russell Street). It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Allen’s fascinating reading of the Declaration rejects the all too familiar polarization of the American political values of equality and liberty. Instead, she argues that the Declaration authorizes communities of political equality which guarantee the liberty of individual citizens to pursue their happiness.

Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmond J.  Safra Center for Ethics and Professor of Government and Education at Harvard University. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of *The World of Prometheus: the Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens* (2000), *Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education* (2004), *Why Plato Wrote* (2010), and *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (Norton/Liveright Books, June 2014).

She is the co-editor of the award-winning *Education, Justice, and Democracy* (2013, with Rob Reich) and *From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age* (forthcoming, with Jennifer Light).

In 2002 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship, as well as an occasional contributor on similar subjects to the *Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, *and* The Nation.*

Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall

shadow“Robin Loxley is seven years old when his parents disappear without a trace. Years later the great love of his life, Marian, is also taken from him. Driven by these mysteries, and this anguish, Robin follows a darkening path into the ancient heart of Sherwood Forest. What he encounters there will leave him transformed . . .” (excerpt from book jacket)

Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin

Written by a local author, this is the first book in The Psion Chronicles.  A global ebola panfreaksdemic is causing children to be born with “psionic” or paranormal powers.  Years later, six of them are captured by the government and sentenced to death, as they are feared by “baselines” (those without powers).  But their powers are so different … can they find a way to work together to save themselves before it’s too late?

On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazarooni

In this memoir, Abbas Kazarooni is forced to flee his home in Tehran before he’s even ten.  He ends up in Istanbul, alone and on his own, with nothing to guide him.  Abbas must conquer his fear in order to survive in a country where he doesn’t even speak the language.  This is a story of courage and resilience and readers will be rooting for Abbas every step of the way.

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