KIDS! Summer Reading 2017 Kicks Off June 26

Help us kick off our 2017 Summer Reading Program with a high energy performance of “Engineering a Better World” by Mad Science of Maine in the Androscoggin Community Room, Monday June 26th, 6-7PM. FREE, no registration required.

Kids may register for our Summer Reading program at the show or in the children’s department. Readers and listeners may set their own goals. How many books do you hope to read or listen to this summer? Read anything you’re interested in. Keep a log of titles you’ve read and we’ll provide small incentives to encourage you to your goal. At the end of our program, kids who read or listen to at least 10 books may choose a gift book to keep.

We have many events scheduled this summer, including concerts, crafts and a magic show. Check out our flyer Build a Better World Flyer 2017, or visit our calendar for all summer reading events for Kids.

 

Teen Summer Reading Program: “Build a Better World”

Within this summer’s theme, “Build A Better World,” teens will have a chance to explore environmental and sustainability issues and what they can do to help build a better world for their generation– and future generations.

Did you know that Maine is the largest state in New England? Did you know that within our borders are spectacular mountains, unbroken forests, and bountiful waters? Did you know our rivers, lakes, streams, and forests are home to many different fish, plants, trees, birds, and wildlife?  The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) educates people about the beauty and value of Maine’s woods, waters, and wildlife. They share information about the challenges and opportunities our natural resources face and connect people with ways to help protect Maine’s environment.  NRCM is pleased to help kick off, “Build a Better World” at the Auburn Public Library. Come hear NRCM staff member Gabrielle Grunkemeyer talk about NRCM, what’s happening in our environment right now, and how you can help protect it.

This summer’s Teen Reading Program will run for 6 weeks, from June 28-August 9.  In addition to reading, programs and activities will include a river walk along the Androscoggin (with Androscoggin Land Trust), an opportunity to design a tiny house using Sketch Up and our 3D printer, an upcycle DIY, a composting workshop and more!  We also will bring back our Pizza & Pages Book Club, where we will read and discuss 3 books — “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin, “Not A Drop to Drink” by Mindy McGinnis, and “Trashed” by Derf Backderf.

For each book read and for each program attended, teens will have a chance to enter into a weekly drawing which will be a gift card to a local business.  The grand prize this year, a digital camera, will be awarded to the top reader (books must be read between June 21-August 9).  There will also be a prize — a gift card bundle — awarded for program participation.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is just for teens, ages 12-18 (entering 7th through 12th grade).  For more information, check out our 2017 Teen SRP slideshow, stop by the Library and pick up a brochure, visit our Events page( all Teen programs are listed in green), or give us a call!

 

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.   Starting pay is $12.00/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

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 personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org no later than Wednesday, October 9, 2017.  No phone calls, please.

Spring Book Sale June 23-24

The Auburn Public Library will hold its Spring Book Sale Friday June 23 from 4-6PM,  and Saturday June 24 from 9AM-1PM. Thousands of donated books, DVDs,  CDs and more are available for purchase at bargain prices. In addition, this year we have many picture books for children that have been withdrawn from our collection.

The sale will be held in the library’s Androscoggin Community Room and Book Sale Room.

Prices range from $.25 to $2.00.

For more information, please contact the library at 207-333-6640.

Online Auction starts June 1!

The Auburn Public Library 2017 Spring Online Auction starts at 6:00 AM on June 1, 2017 and ends at 6:00 PM on June 10th, 2017. We have lots of great items for your bidding and all proceeds from this auction support the everyday activities and programs of the Library for children, teens, and adults.

To view the auction, visit https://www.32auctions.com/apl2017

Libraries make a difference – and your generous support of our Auction makes a difference to the Auburn Public Library! Happy bidding!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS: *Androscoggin Title Company * Austin Associates * Cumberland County Mortgage * Dubois Realty Group * Emerson Toyota * Gamache and Lessard Co. * Huber Associates * Ron and Joanne Lebel * Lewiston SunJournal * The Maine Real Estate Network * Mechanics Savings Bank * Pinette Dillingham & Lynch * Schooner Estates * Select Physical Therapy * and * Trafton, Matzen, Belleau, and Frenette, LLP.*

Auburn Public Library Pilots Family Literacy Program

The Auburn Public Library is partnering with staff at the Androscoggin County Jail to create a Family Literacy program for inmates and their children.

 

The new program, “ReadingConnects!” seeks to improve the literacy skills of incarcerated parents and their children, foster each child’s interest in books so they will be ready to learn when they reach school, and encourage incarcerated parents to bond with their children through reading.

 

The program is funded through the generosity of Fales and Fales, the Androscoggin Bank “Greater Giving” program, and a grant from the Yelp Foundation.

 

Funding will be used for the purchase of 12 durable bags and the books for each bag, which will be brought to the county jail on a monthly rotating basis, to provide quality children’s literature for inmates to read to their children on visit days. Each bag will have a theme – holidays, seasonal, animals – and will have “story extenders” (questions to ask the children to increase their comprehension) and activities such as puzzles, flash cards, or coloring sheets that complement and supplement the theme.

 

Caption: Attorney Jennifer Ferguson of Fales and Fales Law Firm presents a check to Auburn Public Library Director Mamie Anthoine Ney to support the Library’s “ReadingConnects!” family literacy program at the Androscoggin County Jail. Also pictured are Sergeant Victoria Langelier, Programs Director at the County Jail, Deb Cleveland, Children’s Library Services Manager, and Susan Geismar, Library Development Coordinator.

 

Cress by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne have all found each other. They’re hiding in space right now, busy trying to recover from devastating attacks on the earth – when they are paged by a girl trapped on a satellite, desperate to escape. Her name is Cress, and she’s hopeful that Cinder and Company are the chance she needs to get away from her cruel mistress.

But when the rescue attempt goes awry, Cinder’s party is separated. Cress and Thorne are stranded in the middle of a desert, while the others are all lost somewhere in space.

Can they find each other again and save Kai from marrying Levana?

 

The Lunar Chronicles, book 3

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Meyer, M.

 

Page Turners book discussion June 5

The Auburn Page Turners welcome all to come and share their thoughts on the novel News of the World. 

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Katniss Everdeen is just a girl trying to help her family survive in District 12, the poorest district in Panem. She illegally hunts in the woods with her best friend, Gale, and tries to protect her sister Prim.

But every year there is a reaping, in which a boy and a girl from each district are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised competition from which only one kid can return alive. Katniss has taken steps to keep herself and Prim from being chosen, but on Reaping Day, her sister is selected.

Desperate to save Prim, Katniss volunteers to take her place. But as she continues down the road to the Hunger Games, she realizes that it will take everything she has to survive this game – and to retain her humanity.

 

The Hunger Games, book 1

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Collins, S.

 

Fun with Physics! May 16

This fun class for adults will look at the basic concepts of motion and force. With the guidance of Hugh Keene, participants will try to figure out why things move the way they do and the force they exert.

Tuesday May 16 at 2PM.

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