KIDS! Bugs, Bugs, Bugs 4/20

Do you like ‘bugs’? Want to learn more about them? Join local ‘bug’ enthusiast, Jon Wallace, and learn about the different live ‘bugs’ he raises and exhibits. During this program, you’ll get to see these animals up-close (if you dare), learn about their amazing behaviors and adaptations, and find out why they are considered the most successful group of animals that ever lived!

April 20, 11AM-12PM.

David Bernier on The Beatles Songbook 4/18

Join David Bernier as he talks about the legendary musical group that took the world by storm. The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. Bernier will take a closer look at some of the Beatles songs and will share insight into the Lennon-McCartney song writing process. Music fans will love this program brought to the Auburn Public Library through a partnership with the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College.

April 18 at 2PM.

Film: Fort Bliss, May 11

On May 11th at 6:00 PM, Rob Reilly, Director of Adventure Programming for Camp Kieve Veterans Camp, will be on hand to lead discussions at the showing of the 2014 film Fort Bliss. As a thank you to veterans and their families, Camp Kieve offers family, Vietnam and Women-only Veteran’s camps for those who have experienced the stress of deployment during past and current conflicts. Fort Bliss tells the story of a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son after returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan.

This presentation is part of the Library of America  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.

More information about this series of programming is available here.

 

World War I and America

The Auburn Public Library has received a World War I and America grant to host programs this May designed to bring together members of the veteran community, their families and the general public to explore how war has impacted lives. Authors, historians, veteran advocates, and veterans will lead discussions and share their experiences with audience members. The grant is funded by the Library of America and National Endowment for the Humanities to commemorate 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917.

On May 11th at 6:00 PM, Rob Reilly, Director of Adventure Programming for Camp Kieve Veterans Camp, will be on hand to lead discussions at the showing of the 2014 film Fort Bliss. As a thank you to veterans and their families, Camp Kieve offers family, Vietnam and Women-only Veteran’s camps for those who have experienced the stress of deployment during past and current conflicts. Fort Bliss tells the story of a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son after returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan.

On May 18th at 6:00 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 WWI veterans as the audience looks at how combat changes lives. Veterans and their families are encouraged to share their stories of how war has impacted their lives.

On May 25th at 6:00 PM, Dr. Elizabeth Bischof, professor at the University of Southern Maine and Project Manager for Maine’s World War I Memorials digital humanities project, will talk about her work in recording and preserving images of Maine’s World War I Memorials.  The digital humanities project will result in an interactive website that documents and maps Maine’s World War I memorials.

The events are free and open to the public, and will be presented in the Community Room on the Library’s lower level at 49 Spring Street.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Conor’s mother’s illness isn’t getting better, no matter what kind of medications the doctors are giving her. At 12:07 PM, unable to sleep, he gets up and looks out the window – and sees a monster. The monster that looks just like the yew tree in the backyard.

The tree-monster makes a deal with Conor – it will tell him three stories. In return, he must tell it his story, the one with the terrifying truth. And it’s possible, Conor believes, that the monster will be able to save his mother.

During the day, Conor struggles to take care of his mom, whose chemo is making her constantly sick. He attends school and is bullied. His grandmother is staying with them, making things even more difficult for him.

But every night at 12:07, the monster returns. And things begin to change.

 

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Author Visit: Douglas Hodgkin 4/13

Author Douglas Hodgkin will present his newly published full-length biography of Edward Little (1773–1849). Dear Parent: A Biography and Letters of Edward Little, details Little’s early career as a businessman, lawyer, and politician in Newburyport, Massachusetts, until two disasters resulted in massive debt. Little then went to Portland, Maine, to manage the business affairs of his father and of the Pejepscot Proprietors’ land company. Finally, at the age of fifty-three, he settled in Danville, now Auburn,where he founded what became Edward Little High School. Less well known is the role of the Little family in founding a church, bridges, railroads, and the mills at the falls, until the latter were taken over by Boston-based investors. This is the story of a remarkable life. This book also contains the letters that Edward Little addressed to “Dear Parent,” his father, Josiah, that are owned by the Androscoggin Historical Society. They depict the early conditions in the development of the Androscoggin Valley, relations between the Littles and the settlers, and the relations among the Little family themselves. This provides a fascinating look at life in a rural Maine settlement.

About the Author
Douglas I. Hodgkin, a native of Lewiston, Maine, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Bates College. He is the author of several books about local history, including Lewiston Memories, Historic Lewiston:The Grange at Crowley’s Junction, Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics 1768-1863, The Baptists of Court Street, The Lewiston and Auburn Railroad Company, and Lewiston Politics in the Gilded Age 1863-1900.

April 13 at 2PM

Charlie Plummer on Lincoln, 4/11

The Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and the Auburn Public Library continues the Curious Minds Series with a seminar by Charlie Plummer on Abraham Lincoln titled “The Man, Humorist, Story-Teller, and Poet.” Plummer will talk about Lincoln’s life from growing up as a child to the man who would eventually become President. A focus of the program will be on the humorous stories Lincoln told and some of the surprising poems he wrote.

Tuesday April 11, 2-3:30PM.

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