Spring Reading Challenge

We are moving our Spring Reading Challenge online! Read around the world with us and enjoy some armchair travel. We have some goodies (including a map to track your travel) to give out once we reopen!

Let the Adventure Begin!

Our Spring Reading Challenge is a virtual trip around the world.

We’ve divided the world into 21 regions, and invite you to travel the world by reading a book for each, OR by spending an hour learning a language spoken in that region, using the online program Mango (a free
program offered by the library). 

As you travel, use the dots to indicate each country you have visited. Once you’ve visited 7 or more regions, stop by the library for a free gift (while supplies last).

How to get to Mango: Go to the Auburn Public Library website. Scroll down until you see the Mango logo on the home page. It’s under the Quick Link section just below digital main library logo.

Once there, sign in as a guest using the barcode number on your library card.

The booklets will give you examples of both fiction and nonfiction books for each region, but you are not limited to these books.

Let us know if we can help!

Fun Stuff for Kids Online!

FREE EBOOKS Several sites are providing free access to ebooks while schools are closed.

JLG Digital – free access for families to Junior Library Guild’s ebooks (fiction and nonfiction) and other resources.

  • Elementary
    • Username: JLGELM
    • Password: JLGFREE
  • Middle School
    • Username: JLGMID
    • Password: JLGFREE


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

Here is a list of websites you might find useful over the next few weeks to help your children during the school closure.



  • For customers on Instagram  author Dan Santat is offering an online survival guide: Santat Online Survival School for the Pandemic. You just need to follow him on Instagram
  • Author Rafael Lopez is posting black and white drawings that didn’t make it into his books for kids to color. He is the author of Drum Dream Girl



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

Book returns now closed, all due dates will be extended

Per the order of Gov. Mills and the urging of Mayor Levesque, the Library has shut down. If you have any questions, please reach out through our email at email@auburnpubliclibrary.org. We will be back up and running at the earliest moment possible. We all miss you! 

We encourage you to check our website for online services, and to follow the Auburn Public Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will also send out updates through our email newsletter (subscribe here).

We are happy to respond to questions via email. Although the library will not be staffed, we will try to respond to phone messages. However, email, social media, and our contact form remain the best ways to contact us. For general questions, please send to email@auburnpubliclibrary.org. If you have reference questions or would like assistance in using online resources, please use reference@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Checkouts and Holds

  • If you have materials checked out, we have extended those due dates.  Due dates are currently set to April 15, but we will further extend them to one week after we reopen as needed. This includes all Auburn Public Library items, as well as interlibrary loans.
  • If you’ve placed holds on materials, those requests will be activated when we reopen. New requests are not being accepted during the closure. If you no longer want an item you have on hold you can cancel the hold by accessing your record online.
  • Interlibrary loan services are suspended during the closure.
  • After hours materials returns (book drops) will be closed. The extended due dates mean there’s no need to return items for fear of incurring overdue fees.

We are extending library card expiration dates so you can continue using our digital services.

Get an Auburn Public Library card

If you don’t have a library card, apply for an online card with this form and a card will be mailed to you. An e-card will give you access to e-books, e-audiobooks and online databases. 

Digital services

Visit our website to view online resources available to you. Many vendors are making additional resources available during this time, and we will try to keep you updated. We will also post updates on our Facebook page.

The library wi-fi will be on until 10PM and can generally be accessed from the parking lot. Be sure to observe social distancing!

For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or the Maine Health Department at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs.

Stay safe and strong.

Mamie Anthoine Ney, Director

mmaney@auburnpubiclibrary.org, Ext. 2020