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.

Author Visit: Richard Rubin, May 18

The Auburn Public Library announces their selection by Library of America to receive a World War I and America programming grant.  Authors, historians, veteran advocates, and veterans will lead discussions and share their experiences in veteran affairs and encourage an open dialogue with audience members.

On May 18th at 6 pm, Richard Rubin, author of The Last of the Doughboys and the soon to be released Back Over There, will share from his interviews conducted with veterans as the audience looks at how combat changes lives. Veterans and their families are encouraged to share how the war impacted them both positively or negatively.

Position Open: Administrative Assistant

The Auburn Public Library has a part-time opening (15 hours per week) for a talented administrative assistant due to a re-location.   You can join a team with a strong culture of service to the community and a warm and welcoming environment.   The assistant provides general support for the staff with programming promotion; fundraising; newsletters; working with vendors; and creating documents, databases, and spreadsheets.  The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or GED with 1 to 3 years of experience.  An associate’s degree or higher is preferred.  A qualified candidate will possess strong writing and editing skills and competence in common PC software suites.  A complete job description can be found on the Library’s website at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.  Compensation will depend on experience and education.


To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org or Director, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn, ME.  No phone inquiries.   The position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.

Administrative Assistant Full Job Description

Literary Perspectives on Healthcare

The Auburn Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It”, a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series “Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients, begins at 10:00 am on May 18th at the Auburn Public Library and continues for two additional monthly sessions, ending on July 20th.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, and W;t by Margaret Edson.  A scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate the discussions.

 

The sessions will be facilitated by Sara Firth.

Books for the program are available for loan at the library.  Please call the library at 333-6640 Ext. 4 to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series.

Tumblebooks: Ebooks for Kids!

Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home or in the library! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use from home with your library card number!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children.  They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!

You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

NEW! Apps Available. The apps are available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, and can be found on their respective stores by searching for TumbleBooks. One of the great features of the app is that once you have logged in the first time, each subsequent login will only require a click of the TumbleBooks icon!

Click here to get started!

Auburn Page Turners meet May 1

Auburn Page Turners will discuss The Boys in the Boat on May 1, at 12:30PM. Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

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