Virtual Author Visit, Gretchen McNeil, May 6

The Auburn Public Library is excited to host an author visit with YA
mystery author, Gretchen McNeil! Gretchen will be presenting a PowerPoint about
how her life in the arts (as a former child dancer, trained opera singer,
circus performer, and cartoon voice over artist) has influenced her life in
becoming a writer, followed by a Q&A.

“Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS,
3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for
Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist
Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins.
Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, also
with Balzer + Bray, hit shelves in 2016, and then she returned to her
horror-comedy roots with #MURDERTRENDING (Barnes & Noble Best Books of
2018, ILA 2019 Young Adults’ Choices Reading list, YALSA’s 2019 Quick Picks
for Reluctant Young Readers, and was voted the #1 choice on YALSA’s 2019
Teens’ Top Ten list) and the sequel #MURDERFUDNING for Disney/Freeform. The
series continued in 2020 with the companion novel NO ESCAPE.

Gretchen’s novels have been published internationally in Chinese, Spanish,
Turkish, French, Thai, and Czech. *Ten: Murder Island*, the film adaptation
of TEN starring China Anne McClain (*Descendants 2*, *Black Lightning*),
Rome Flynn (*The Bold and the Beautiful*), and Callan McAuliffe (*The
Walking Dead, Flipped, I am Number Four*), premiered on Lifetime in 2017.
GET EVEN and GET DIRTY have been adapted as the series *Get Even* for
BBC/Netflix, which premiered in 2020.”

For more information or to register, contact the Reference Desk at
207-333-6640 ext. 4 or email This program
will be held via Zoom; please provide an email address when registering as
participants will be emailed  a link for the program the day of the event.

Teen Summer Library Program

Even though our programs must be virtual during the summer, our Teen Summer Library Program continues!

Check out this video on YouTube for information about this year’s program!

Registration is requested; to do so either email or call Donna — or 207-333-6640, ext. 4 — with your name, grade (entering in September), age and contact information (email or phone number).

Download — or stop by the Library to pick up — an Activity Sheet (2020 Teen SLP Activity Sheet (p. 1) and 2020 Teen SLP Activity Sheet (p. 2) to get started.

Pizza & Pages Book Club

As part of our Teen Summer Library Program, we will host our summer Book Club.  We will be reading and discussing “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman via Google Meet.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Donna (as above).  The book will be available June 22, and our first introductory meeting will be Wednesday, June 24.  When registering, be sure to give your email address.

When safe to do so, we will gather together for a pizza party and a viewing of the movie!

Teens: Completing the Job Application, March 12

Teens and New Adults (ages 14-25) are invited join Lisa Hartnett from the Maine Career Center to learn how to accurately complete an online job application.  A well done job application is an employer’s first impression of you. Knowing what to include (or not), may mean progressing to the interview that you are hoping for. Demonstrate your ability to follow directions and secure that job!

Date:Thursday Mar 12, 2020

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:Computer Lab

Community Homestead Goods and Farmer’s Market, Feb. 28

The Auburn Public Library invites all ages to one of their biggest family events of the year.  Join us on February 28th from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm for our annual Homestead Goods and Farmer’s Market. 

The festive event features live music, lots of great vendors and some surprise barnyard guests that the young kids love to pet and see.  The vendors will tempt visitors with a culinary delight of homegrown and homemade foods and treats, plus homestead crafts such as pottery.

The Auburn Public Library’s Farmer’s Market is free to the public and is one way the library thanks all our community members and community businesses for their wonderful support.

Date:Friday Feb 28, 2020

Time:4:30 PM  –  6:00 PM

Teen DIY: Zentangle, Jan. 22

Teens!  Join us each month for a do it yourself project.  This month, staying within our theme of Health & Fitness by reducing stress, we will be creating Zentangles!  Zentangle is a form of meditative doodling that has patterns, or tangles, put together to create a “zen”-tangle!  (from

This program is just for teens, ages 12-18, and will include a snack!

Date:Wednesday Jan 22, 2020

Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location:Teen Space

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 ( 

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

Teens and New Adults! Yoga classes start Jan.14

Now open to Teens and New Adults, ages 12-25.

Join Rachel Larrivee from Inner Light Yoga for this 4-week Teen and New Adult Yoga series on Making Healthy Choices through yoga. Each class is an hour-long exploration of movement and breath-work in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Build strength, flexibility and confidence as we flow through fun and challenging yoga sequences set to funky background music. Participants should wear comfortable clothing in which they can move.  All levels, including beginners, are welcome!

Signups are requested so we know how many to expect. You may do so using the form online, or give us a call at 207-333-6640, ext. 4. 

This program is part of our Teen Life Skills series, with January’s focus on Health & Fitness, and is for teens and new adults, ages 12-25. 

Date:Tuesday Jan 7, 2020

Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

FAFSA Completion Workshop, Nov. 7

Working on completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have questions or need help (or simply moral support with getting it done)?  Join representatives and college navigators from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) for this workshop to help you either get started or complete the process.  Be sure to bring the paperwork necessary to file your FAFSA, including:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

This program is open to anyone who is going to college and applying for the FAFSA and will take place in the Computer Lab.  (You are welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer.)  For our planning purposes, registration is requested; you may do so by calling us at 207-333-6640, ext. 4, or click here to register online.

Date:Thursday Nov 7, 2019

Time:6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

Location:Computer Lab

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