Fall Reading Challenge: Western Europe

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 5: A book set in the Western Europe Region or an author from the Western Europe Region. Notable authors of recent years include Nina George, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and Leila Slimani. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

Library now open with limited hours and services

The Library has reopened with limited services. Here’s what you need to know:

Limited Hours

The Library will be open Monday, 10AM-7PM; Tuesday-Friday, 10AM-6PM

Health and Safety Precautions

What we are doing to keep you safe:

  • Offering contactless holds pickup
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between each other
  • Wearing face coverings while inside the library.
  • Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

What we are asking you to do:

  • Do not enter the library if you currently have or recently have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or are feeling unwell.
  • Keep your hands clean. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the library.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wear a face covering while inside the library.
  • Follow all directional signs and floor markings.
Limited use

To enable distancing and to keep customers and staff safe, we will have some limits in place

  • Limited Capacity. Entry is limited to 10 customers at a time, not including those who have appointments to use the Children’s Room or the library computers. Please limit your visit to thirty minutes. Most furniture, including chairs and tables, have been removed. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
  • Children’s Room. Appointments are strongly recommended for children to use the Children’s Room. Use of the Children’s Room is limited to two families at a time. To make an appointment, please call the Children’s Department, 333-6640, ext. 3. Toys and furniture have been removed and computers are unavailable. Parents are welcome to select material for their children. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
  • Computer Use. Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart and will be disinfected between each use. Computer use is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call the reference desk at 333-6640, ext.4. We cannot supply headphones at this time.

Please note that the Reciprocal Borrowing Program is still suspended.

Returning items and due dates

Our book drops are now open for you to return your checked out library items. Please return items to the book drop and do not bring them into the library.

  • Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days before getting checked in. We will back date when we check in. Be aware that items may appear on your record for up to a week after return. We have extended loan periods for one week if you wish to return items early to avoid temporary overdues.
  • We are now charging our normal overdue fees. Items will be backdated to date of return when checked in. You will not be charged overdue fees for items in quarantine.
Place items on hold and pick them up when you’re notified that they are ready.

What you need to know:

  • Place your holds online, by phone or by email to request@auburnpubliclibrary.org.
  • Need help deciding what you want? Call us for help.
  • Wait until you are notified that your items are ready for pick up.
  • If you would like to pick up items in the library, you may pick up within 7 days.
  • If you would like curbside service, please call to make arrangements.

We are looking forward to seeing you again! The safety of our customers and staff is very important to us. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Fun Stuff for Kids Online!


Audible–Listen to free eaudiobooks at stories.audible.com

Cloud Library — Log in with your library card number.

Here is a list of websites you might find useful to help your children during any school closures.




  • Jbrary: Storytime Songs and fingerplays to share with your little ones
  • Resources for families during the Pandemic from Common Sense Media