On Friday, July 28th at 10am in the Maggie Trafton Room come enjoy “Grandfather Tang’s Story”, by Ann Tompert and Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Cindy Petherbridge will lead participants in re-creating the tangram animals in the story and then, using fusible fabric, create one of the animals (or their own design) that will be ironed onto a canvas bag that they may take home. Call the library at 333-6640 ext.3 to register or register online . Best for kids in grades 3 -5
Auburn Page Turners Book Group – My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry
A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins.
Monday August 7 at 12:30PM.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, popular music evolved from being an escape from reality to being a powerful communication about it. Marc has created an engaging and humorous presentation, during which the audience can relive this colorful time in our history. In the presentation, Marc uses a wide range of popular songs including surprise favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind.
July 24 at 4PM
Jackson Gilman presents Songs & Stories for a Small Planet on Monday, July 24th at 6:30 pm in the Androscoggin Community Room. We hope you will join us when Jackson Gilman visits the library for a fun filled evening. Call it what you like — cabaret, vaudeville, or story/song-filled fun. Any way you slice it, Jackson Gillman’s performances reach out and touch the audience, making them laugh, making them think, and leaving them delighted. Come join the fun! All ages are welcome. FREE!!
July 24 at 6:30PM
Teens! For this month’s DIY, in keeping with our summer reading theme, we’re going to make something new out of something old! Bring an old t-shirt and join us to upcycle! You can bring your own ideas to share or use one of ours. This program will take place in the Teen Space and will include a snack!
July 19 at 3PM.
Join storytellers, writers, poets and bloggers for an evening of laughter that tickles the heart!
Featuring Dr. Ellen Frankel, author/playwright from Philadelphia
Antonio Rocha, international storyteller, originally from Brazil
Jen Wren, musical performer
Lisa Mayer, award-winning writer
Thursday July 13 at 7PM.
Dessert Reception following Program. Suggested Donation, $5
Read ME is a new statewide summer reading program that gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books—by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author Monica Wood. It’s so easy, you can’t NOT do it!
Come into the Auburn Public Library and grab a copy of either The Moth: 50 True Stories or Unknown Caller and join the statewide program. All participants will be able to attend a special event finale in August.
Monica’s picks (and why she picked ’em)
FICTION: Unknown Caller by Debra Spark
“I was up all night with this riveting, gorgeously written novel about a married couple, an unpredictable ex-wife, and a recently discovered daughter. Spark tells their story in reverse order, each chapter revealing layers of insight and intrigue as we backtrack through a complex constellation of relationships. No one I know writes with more depth and empathy about marriage and family. Her emotional intelligence is astounding.”
NONFICTION: The Moth: 50 True Stories
“Originally presented live without notes, the stories in The Moth span the breadth of human experience. A cardiac emergency in a stuck elevator. A famous rap artist saved from despair by music far outside his sphere. A difficult adoption story that finds rest and resolution in Maine. By turns poignant and comical, tragic and triumphant, these stories, told mostly by ordinary folks, made me feel less alone in this huge world. I hope this book choice will inspire “Moth nights” all over Maine, because we Mainers are born storytellers.”
Presented in partnership with the Maine State Library
On Saturday, July 1st at 10 am, our friends the Wallace family will present our annual “Happy Birthday America” story time with cake and a parade. Please call the library at 333-6640 ext.3 to register for this very special story time, or register online.
Messy Art Workshops: Heather will lead kids ages three- to-seven years in three messy, artistic projects in the Maggie Trafton Room on June 29th at 9:30 am or 1:30 pm, or on June 30th at 9:30 am or 11 am. Registration is required. Please register for only 1 session. Call the children’s room at 207-333-6640 ext.3 for more information and to register, or register online: