Summer Reading Kickoff

Join us as we kickoff our summer reading programs, June 24 for Kids, and June 25 for teens and adults, with two special storytelling performances from master storyteller Odds Bodkin!

First, a performance for kids of all ages on Monday,June 24, from 6PM-7PM

We are very excited that Odds Bodkin will help us kick off our 2019 Summer Reading program with an evening presentation of Rip Roarin’ Paul Bunyan Tales. With the crazy character voice of Sourdough Sam leading the way for the men of Paul Bunyan’s logging camp, Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin presents RIP ROARIN’ PAUL BUNYAN TALES, an evening of American tall tales that will have you holding your sides with laughter.

 Not only do characters speak, but vocal sound effects for roaring wind, crashing trees, mooing oxen, bull whips, giant bumblebees and other crazy things fly past, adding vivid imagery to Bodkin’s high-energy telling.

 Called “a consummate storyteller” by The New York Times and “a one-man vocal universe by TimeOut New York during his Off-Broadway series, Bodkin’s adult shows in on Harvard Square in Cambridge MA regularly sell out. So bring the kids to this free show in Auburn and settle in for a storytelling they’ll never forget.  

Then, a program for teens and adults on Tuesday June 25 from 1PM-2PM.

With thunderous 12-string guitar he plays as he speaks, Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin dives deep into Greek mythology with this award-winning adventure story, HERCULES IN HELL.  The great hero has just awakened in the Underworld, standing before the King and Queen of the Dead.  Yes, Hercules is dead, but he should not be here.  As the son of Zeus, he should have awakened on Mt. Olympus.

Only after he tells his life story to the King and Queen will he be freed, however.  And so he begins.  His youth.  His murders.  His bouts of madness.  His twelve labors and the powerful weapons he uses.  Hercules tells a grand saga, but his heroic life is darkened by uncontrollable rages.  

Odds Bodkin performs this story in a brooding voice for Hercules, along with many other characters.  Added are uncanny vocal sound effects that help this story feel like a movie.

This free show is for teens and adults and is not recommended for listeners under eleven years of age.

For more information about Odds Bodkin, visit his website..

Date:Tuesday Jun 25, 2019Time:1:00 PM  –  2:00 PMLocation:Androscoggin Community Room

Teens! Dungeons & Dragons, Feb. 28

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a wondrous adventure that is created by the Dungeon Master (DM) and the players.  Players become characters of their own design, carefully crafted to be the way they want:  A stealthy halfling rogue that strikes from the darkness; a wise, old, elven wizard with power of magic; a tough orc barbarian that charges into battle; and everything in between!

This current campaign is still in its starting stages.  The adventurers are in a desolate burnt wasteland with clouds of ash.  There are several towns of survivors living underground in tightly knit communities.  With a world to both discover and save they head forth into the wastelands.

This D&D group is lead by Mike Hynes, a student at Edward Little, and meets every Thursday at 2:30 in the Teen Space.  Although scheduled until 5:30, the meeting may go on beyond that time. All are welcome!

February 28, 2:30-5:30PM  LOCATION: Teen Space

Teens! Fitness Friday, Jan. 25

Teens are invited to stop by the Androscoggin Room between 3-4 pm January 25 for Fitness Friday.

Rounding out our month-long exploration of fitness, we will conclude the series today with Physical Fitness.  After a brief discussion about what it means to be physically fit, we will offer up a little bit of yoga and/or dance.  

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

LOCATION: Androscoggin Community Room.

FAFSA program and workshop, Nov. 1

Teens!  Are you ready to pay for college? In this session, on November 1, we’ll help you better understand the financial aid process and prepare you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We’ll also look at ways to add to your college savings and key strategies to minimize the cost of college. Leave with many practical tools and resources to help you best prepare. This program is presented by Jessica Whittier, who is a College Access Counselor at the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) with 17 years of experience helping students navigate their path to college.

Although designed for teens and their parents, anyone who is thinking about financing their continuing education is welcome to attend this helpful and informative program!  Registration is requested and appreciated so that we have enough handouts for all attending.

Following the Financial Aid presentation, participants will have access to some hands-on instruction for completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited to 12.

To register, call the reference desk, or register online:

Register for the presentation here.

Register for the workshop here.

Date: Thursday Nov 1, 2018

6:00 PM  –  6:30 PM for the presentation
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM for the workshop.
Computer Lab

College Night, Oct. 18

For teens and/or their parents:

Join admissions representatives from seven (7) colleges and universities as they sit on a panel facilitated by Jessica Whittier of Finance Authority of Maine (FAME).  Topics covered during the panel discussion (roughly 5:30-6:45) will include the differences in colleges represented, the application process, financial aid and more!  Following the panel discussion, there will be a college fair.  During that portion of the evening, parents and teens can speak with the admissions representatives to get information specific to the school(s) of interest to them.

College attending in 2018 include — Bates College, Central Maine Community College, College of the Atlantic, Maine College of Health Professions, Maine Maritime Academy, University of Maine Orono, University of Southern Maine, Husson University, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas College, University of Maine Farmington, and University of New England.

Registration is requested so that we have handouts for everyone; you may register here or by giving us a call.  For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.

Thursday Oct 18, 2018
5:30 PM  –  7:30 PM
Androscoggin Community Room

Teens! Great Stories Club Returns, Oct. 15

Teens!  The next series in the Great Stories Club begins October 15.  During this book series, teens will read four books and participate in discussions and activities exploring what it means to be empathetic.  Each book chosen for this series encourages readers to explore the power of empathy, but each will also help us understand why empathy can be so hard to come by.  We have partnered with the Boys & Girls Club, Auburn/Lewiston Clubhouse.

For more information or to sign up for the Great Stories Club, interested teens should contact Donna at the Auburn Public Library or Joyce at the Boys & Girls Club.

Monday Oct 15, 2018
4:30 PM  –  6:00 PM
Teen Space

GIZMo Gardens Robo Pots, Sept. 29

Come join Christina Dorman of the maine State Library as she introduces kids to coding with a Robo Pots workshop.During this three hour program students will craft a paper clay pot, plant a houseplant, and build a working electrical circuit that that waters your plant every 24 hours. Students will leave the program with an introductory knowledge of electrical circuits as well as their own personalized plant pot and circuit board. This program is accessible to all with no prior circuitry experience needed.

This program is for kids in 5th grade-10th grade. Space is limited. Please call the library at 333-6640 ext.3 for more information.Duration: 3.5 hours (w/ a break for snacks)

Saturday September 29, 10AM-1:30PM.


Teens! Libraries Rock — DIY Music Workshop, July 20

Teens!  Making it in the music industry is a lot like winning the lottery — it can be difficult to succeed.  The good news is ANYONE can do it!  Come to this workshop with musician Aaron Wardwell for tips on writing, recording and getting exposure.  Aaron will also show you how to use the resources the Auburn Public Library has available in your quest for success with your music!

Because this is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program, attendance at this program enters you into the weekly drawing for a $20 gift card.

This program is just for teens, ages 12-18!  Because space is limited in our Media Lab, reservations are required.  Please click here to reserve your space in this workshop.

July 20 at 4PM.

Teens! Pizza and Pages Book Club

Teens! Libraries Rock — Pizza & Pages Book Club starts July 12
Teens! Join our Summer Book Club, Pizza & Pages!  We will be reading three books over the course of the summer and at the conclusion of each will meet to discuss them while enjoying pizza.  Sign up at the Reference Desk (2nd floor) and stop by to pick up a copy of the book.  Note: when signing up, please make sure you can attend the corresponding discussion.  All discussions will take place in the Teen Space.  

July 12,  we will be discussing Solo by Kwame Alexander.  Participation in this program enters you into the weekly gift card drawing.

For more more information or to sign up, contact Donna at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.

LOCATION: Teen Space

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff June 26!

Chicks with Sticks Steel Drummers June 26, 3-4PM.

Teens!  Join us this summer for our annual Summer Reading Program!  This summer, our theme will be “Libraries Rock” and our focus is music.  The program will run this year from June 26 to August 9, and we have many exciting events planned.  We kick it off today as we welcome Chicks With Sticks Steel Drummers!  Although the official Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Event, this concert will be open to all ages.  We are hoping to hold this concert on our front lawn, but in the event of rain, it will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

Attendance at this program enters you into the drawing on July 5th for a $20 gift card.

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