Allagash: New England’s Wild River, July 14

Allagash: New England’s Wild River will be presented by by author and humorist Tim Caverly.  This program includes music as well as scenic and historic photos from our ‘northern forest.’ Spectators will virtually canoe the world-famous river, discover forgotten logging history and learn about Native American archaeology. Hear first-hand about the lore, legends, and characters that Tim experienced during his 32-years while a Maine Park Ranger.

This program will be presented as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities” wherein adults will spend time exploring Maine’s waterways.  Although an adult program, children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend with an adult.

For our planning purposes, registration is required; either click here or email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org. When registering, be sure to let us know how many will be attending.

Date:

Thursday Jul 14, 2022

Time:

4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location:

Androscoggin Community Room

 There are many spaces available.

Follow Me Down to the Garden — part 2, July 12

UMO Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Christine Conlogue is back with us for part 2 of this series! 

In this installment, Christine will help identify insects — both those which benefit our gardens and those which are harmful.  She’ll also share the best watering habits, talk about succession planting to increase the garden’s yield, and how to know when the vegetables are ready for harvest.  

This program will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room, and registration is required.  To register, click here or contact dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Date:

Tuesday Jul 12, 2022

Time:

4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location:

Androscoggin Community Room

 There are many spaces available.

Embrace the Possibilities Reading Challenge

This summer’s reading theme is “Oceans Of Possibilities”. We are embracing this theme by offering a random chance summer reading challenge, starting June 27, for customers 18+.

Read for at least six hours this summer and receive a raffle ticket for each hour that you read. Prizes include a $30 gift card to Bull Moose, mugs perfect for book lovers, and other gift cards for local businesses.

Reading can be tracked with our reading log or online through Beanstack, https://auburnpubliclibrary.beanstack.org/.

There’s more! Each time you visit the library, you may draw a fish from the Fishbowl of Possibilities. Some fish will suggest a reading prompt, such as historical fiction or a book with a red cover. You do not need to read the book suggested, but if you do you will receive a bonus raffle ticket. Other fish are INSTANT WINNERS! Select a prize from our Treasure Chest. Available prizes will vary day to day, but might include socks, tote bags, specially designed buttons, bookmarks,  and maybe even sweet treats!

There are plenty of fish in the ocean, and there are plenty of books in our stacks. We will have lots of suggestions for each reading prompt, and as always,we are happy to suggest books on any subject.

Happy Reading!

Dive into the Gulf of Maine with Allied Whale, July 7

Allied Whale, one of the foremost marine mammal research organizations, works to conserve and educate the public about the animals they study. They maintain one of the largest collections of humpback and fin whale photo identification information; a collaboration between researchers at College of the Atlantic and scientists around the world, which allows them to establish a whale’s identity and track movement. Allied Whale also operates a stranding network across nearly half of Maine’s coastline, with trained volunteers responding to reports of abandoned, injured, or deceased marine mammals. 

Research interns Thomas and Morgan will visit the Auburn Public Library to discuss their summer work, ongoing research at the lab, and share some facts about the whales spotted in the Gulf of Maine. 

This program will be presented as part of APL’s Adult Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities” wherein adults will spend time exploring Maine’s waterways.  Although an adult program, children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend with an adult.  This program will take place in person and, for planning purposes,  registration is required, register online here, or call the Reference Desk at 207- 333-6640, ext. 4.  When registering, please indicate how many will be attending.

For more information about this or other programs which are part of this summer series or to register for this presentation, visit the Events page of the Auburn Public Library website – www.auburnpubliclibrary.org, or call the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640.

Friday Book Group, July 15

Join us for a discussion of Beneficence by Meredith Hall. This book was chosen by author Christina Baker Kline as this summer’s Read ME fiction selection. Copies are available through online requesting and on the download library (Ebook and audiobook). The discussion is open to all adults, no registration is required, and new members are welcome! 

In selecting this title, Christina Baker Kline had this to say:

“From the first two lines of Beneficence, I was transfixed: ‘Every morning, early, when Tup and I get up to start our chores, the whole house still quiet and the children asleep, I turn and pull the bed together, tugging at the sheets to make them tight and smooth. They are warm with our heat.’ In deceptively simple prose, Hall tells the story of a farming family, the Senters, whose quiet lives are upended by tragedy and who must find a way forward, together or apart. As I wrote in a quote for the hardcover, this novel is a marvel. In its granular attention to detail and soaring larger themes, not to mention its setting and subject matter, it reminds me of two of my favorite contemporary novels, Jane Hamilton’s A Map of the World and Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres. (Reviewers have compared Hall to Willa Cather and Marilynne Robinson, and I wouldn’t disagree.) Beneficence will stay with me; I will cherish it.”

Date:

Friday Jul 15, 2022

Time:

1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:

Conference Room

Nature in poetry: Poetry contest

Poetry is in everything we do, opening and connecting our minds to others and the natural world.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.  Androscoggin Land Trust, in partnership with the Auburn Public Library, is pleased to offer an amateur poetry contest to celebrate the conservation of our natural world in this art form.  Contestants are asked to be inspired and celebrate conservation and clean water in the poetry form of their choice. 

Original poems will be judged in the following age categories:  10 and under, 11-13, 14-17, 18-22, 23-55 and 56+.  There will be winners in each category!  The contest runs from June 17 to July 19 and is open to all residents in the Androscoggin Land Trust service region. Submissions will be accepted in English and/or the poet’s primary language; the deadline for submission is 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  When submitting, please include name, contact (email and/or phone), and age category.  Entries will be accepted via email — info@androscogginlandtrust.org; or mail to Androscoggin Land Trust, PO Box 3145, Auburn, ME 04212.

On July 28 at 3:00 p.m., join Androscoggin Land Trust at the Auburn Public Library for a short presentation on the Clean Water Act in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.  There will also be poetry readings, the announcement of the winners of the contest, introduction to Writing the Land — a special poetry project in which ALT is involved, and a surprise announcement for poetry winners!

This contest and program is presented as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities” wherein participants spend time exploring Maine’s waterways.  

Taylor Pond — Wildlife, Water & Recreation, June 29

Coming to Taylor Pond since first moving to Maine 30 years ago, naturalist Dana Little will talk about the natural history of the pond, including its geological origins, Native American history, colonial history, ecology, wildlife diversity, water quality and recreation.  His experience as President of the Taylor Pond Association, membership in the Lake Stewards of Maine, life-long bird-watcher and natural history observer have provided him with extensive knowledge of this precious resource in Auburn.

Dana grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and became a bird-watcher when his grandfather gave him opera glasses when he was 6.  Since then, he has never stopped observing and learning about the natural world!  His undergraduate study was in zoology with an emphasis on ecology and limnology (the study of lakes).  In addition to having served as President of the Taylor Pond Association for the past 15 years, Dana also is a board member of Androscoggin Land Trust, which works to preserve wild places for people to enjoy and agricultural areas to help sustain local farms.

This program will be presented as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities” wherein adults will spend time exploring Maine’s waterways.  It will take place in person, and registration is required.  Register online here or email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Date:

Wednesday Jun 29, 2022

Time:

3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:

Androscoggin Community Room

Read ME Kickoff Event (Maine Calling), June 3

Read ME is a statewide summer reading program offered by the Maine Humanities Council and Maine State Library that gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books. Each year a well-known Maine author recommends two titles by lesser-known Maine authors with libraries and their patrons participating in a summer of reading and discussing the featured books.2022’s featured books—recommended by Christina Baker Kline—are Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran and Beneficence by Meredith Hall. The Maine Humanities Council is a statewide non-profit that uses books, poetry, and big ideas to bring people together to discuss issues of importance. MHC programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.

On June 3, Maine Calling will host the 2022 Program Kickoff on Maine Public Radio beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Auburn Public Library has chosen the non-fiction selection, “Sigh, gone: A misfits memoir of great books, punk rock, and the fight to fit in” by Phuc Tran as its summer read, and books will be available for pickup at the Reference Desk anytime after June 8.  Registration is required as space is limited.  To register, email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org

The book discussion will be held on Monday, July 11, at 4:00 p.m. in the Androscoggin Community Room.

The author talk with Phuc Tran will take place, via Zoom, on July 12, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Registration info for this event will be announced at a later date.

The Auburn Public Library also has copies of this summer’s fiction selection, “Beneficence” by Meredith Hall, available for checkout.  The author talk by Meredith Hall will take place on August 25, also from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and registration info for that event will be forthcoming.

For more information on this or other upcoming programs offered by the Auburn Public Library, visit our website or our Facebook Page.

Date:Friday Jun 3, 2022

Time:11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Friday Book Discussion, May 20

Join us on the Third Friday of each month to talk books, starting with the winner of the 2021 Maine Literary Awards Fiction Prize, Blue Summer by Jim Nichols. 

At forty, Cal Shaw has seen better days, that’s for sure, but it wasn’t always like this. He grew up with his brother, Alvin, and his sister Julia, in the small Maine town of Baxter, confident in his own capabilities, especially regarding music. He took his happy life for granted, as lucky children often do. But everything changed when he was ten and his dad died in a freak accident. Soon, trouble, mostly in the form of a violent stepfather, found a home—his home. As an escape, the Shaw kids turned to music lessons with family friend Uncle Gus, but it turns out no one can escape the violence and grief that rains down on the Shaws.  “The novel itself is crafted much like a blues piece – loose, tantalizing, taking readers in new directions, always turning back on itself. ” –Frank O. Smith, Portland Press Herald.  

Copies are available to borrow through online requesting, and on the Cloud Library.

Date:Friday May 20, 2022

Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

GAHS Foster 101 Workshop, May 16

Join representatives from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society to learn more about fostering and how you can get involved!

Foster homes virtually expand the walls of the shelter, allowing GAHS to take in far more animals than they can accommodate within the confines of the shelter.  Fosters care for shelter animals in their home to help clear space in the shelter and get them ready for adoption.  

This program will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.  For more information, email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Date:Monday May 16, 2022

Time:5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

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