Mad Science of Maine to Kick off APL’s Summer Reading Program

The Auburn Public Library will kick of its 2015 summer reading program with a Mad Science Super Science Show on Monday evening , June 22nd at 6 pm in the Androscoggin Community Room.


If you are ready for some Super Science come join Mad Science of Maine  at the Auburn Public library as they demonstrate some of the coolest science super powers. Check out the Mad Science utility belt, using parabolic ears and laser modulators to show that the human powers of perception are greatly expanded by science. Witness spontaneous combustion and watch them balance a unique amount of metal objects on their lab coats. Unravel the conundrum of “Super Speed”.  Shoot a superhero out of a tube and witness what happens when the law of inertia is applied to this highly coveted super power! Learn the Super Strength of Non Newtonian Fluid, witness an unexpected object change color at random, and explore telepathic powers with a mad scientist.


This show is best for children 5 and older Come to the show and sign up for our summer reading program Free. For more information, please call the library at 333-6640 ext.3


My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando

My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando


In Kate Marino’s candid twelve year old point of view, Tara Altebrando’s story is laced with compassion and humor. Kids will relate to Kate’s initial aversion to change, moving, and subsequent personal growth. Having lived in New York’s Hudson Valley for a long time, the Marino family’s home is lovingly named Big Red and is full of memories. However, Kate’s parents are financially strapped and their solution is to sell their home. Kids and tweens can relate to Kate’s honest feelings, observations, and creative attempts to disrupt the unwelcome move. Kate is torn between holding on to the past or growing into the future. When she realizes that “change is hard, until it’s not” she finds a creative way to honor her old home by crafting dioramas of Big Red to honor and remember the rooms in which she and her family grew up. Appropriate for children ages 9+

Time is of the Essence

Technology has at times throughout history made life easier even before Apple was a computer and a Mac was more than a McDonald’s meal. I woke up this morning, guzzled my two cups of coffee, fed our two obese dogs and headed to the barn to feed our pet ducks. Once the ducks were fed, I came back in from the barn and immediately checked the family calendar which is really filled with just the kids events and assigned times for Mom and Dad to shuttle them from practice fields to dance studios.
My day started and off I went. The constant in the day was that I always needed to be aware of what time it was. Some of the most simple technology advances, such as the creation of a time system, are truly a blessing. Whether we check the time on our smart phone, car radio, or an old fashioned watch it is the creation of time that makes life easier. Imagine if we had to tell our kids we would pick them up from the lacrosse game when the sun was 10 degrees in the eastern sky or try making a dentist appointment based on the sun’s position. The story of time is really worth, well, our time. If you want to know how come 1 pm is 1 pm, check out some these books at the Auburn Public Library.

The calendar : history, lore, and legend 

The book of time : the secrets of time, how it works and how we measure it

From sundials to atomic clocks : understanding time and frequency

Einstein’s cosmos : how Albert Einstein’s vision transformed our understanding of space and time

A grand complication : the race to build the world’s most legendary watch 


Computing with Maureen

Do not put off replying to that e-mail your insurance company sent you or miss out on those pictures your daughter posted of the grandkids on Facebook.  If you need some basic computer help including answers on e-mail, Facebook, or how to attach that resume to an on-line job application drop by our computer lab on the second floor and ask our lovely and dedicated volunteer Maureen “Happy” Goff for some help.  No appointments are necessary.  This is not a formal class so come prepared with your computer questions.

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