Auburn Page Turners Book Group, Feb. 3

Title: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book—because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets.

But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her—the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.

Date:Monday Feb 3, 2020

Time:12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM

Location:Local History Room

Teens (and others!): PAWS Your Stress! Jan. 30

Teens are invited to the Teen Space to take a break from mid-term exams and visit with some animals from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.  Studies have shown that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol (animalsmart.org). 

Although a teen program, all animal lovers are invited to stop by!  If you would like, feel free to bring a donation of cat or dog food.

Date:Thursday Jan 30, 2020

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:Teen Space

A Look Back Book Group, Jan. 31

A new book group about old times! We will be reading mostly historical fiction about Maine and New England. We meet the final Friday of the month at noon. New members are always welcome.

January 31: Barkskins by Annie Proulx

In New France in the late 18th century, Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman makes his way from Northern France to the homeland to seek a living. This novel tells stories of Rene’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the descendants of his friends and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions–war, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals.

Date:Friday Jan 31, 2020

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Location:Local History Room