Book around Town

APL is excited to announce our new 2021 fundraiser, Book Around Town: Linking Library to Local Business!Help APL and support our local economy by purchasing a limited edition Book Around Town swag bag filled with coupons and items from your favorite shops, restaurants, golf courses, and more! Over $200 in value for just $75. Order between June 1st – June 15th. Stay tuned for more details!

Position Available: Children’s Department Manager

The Auburn (Maine) Public Library seeks a Children’s Department Manager due to a retirement.  The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, outgoing, innovative, and creative professional with a passion for working with children and their caregivers. This manager is responsible for the operational and financial performance of the Department. It requires the successful implementation of senior management activities such as planning, organizing, evaluating and supervising. This position requires adaptable skills and abilities, the use of independent judgment, and a positive organizational attitude. Also, the work requires that the Manager have considerable knowledge, skill, and ability in every phase of the public library field, particularly as it relates to children’s library services for those from birth through age twelve.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience and a full benefits package.

The Auburn Public Library is a vibrant and well-supported community institution.  The Library is home to more than 85,000 items; more than 50 public computing stations; a computer lab; a media lab; meeting rooms for children, teens, and adults; and much more.  It has a very welcoming and customer-oriented staff.

The complete job description is available here.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to The posting will remain open until filled. No phone calls.

Coping with COVID

This pandemic has been difficult for all of us.  It has been challenging for our youth, parents, caregivers, and community professionals trying to balance the need to work and learn remotely while living with the uncertainty and threats of COVID 19.  For almost everyone, it impacts our mental health and sense of hope as we balance safety and access to the supports and services we need.  Our challenge moving forward is to rebuild Hope.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  This presentation acknowledges the challenging times we are living through and offers guidance to address mental wellness and help with the challenging conversation with someone who may struggle with mental health needs and/or the threat of suicide.

Topics will also address mental health stigma and effective coping strategies to help build resiliency and hope as we move together beyond these difficult times.  This session is open to anyone in the region — parents, caregivers, students and community members.

Presented by Greg Marley, LCSW, Director of Suicide Prevention for NAMI Maine.  Greg has practiced in the field of community mental health in Maine for over 30 years, as a clinician, clinical supervisor, manager, trainer and consultant.  Since 2007, he has developed and presented training and education supporting suicide prevention and management.   Greg has presented across Maine and New England to a variety of audiences in suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, mental health and other topics.  Since 2009 he has provided training and consultation to schools, primary care practices, hospitals, and mental health programs supporting suicide prevention and intervention as well as support in the aftermath of a suicide loss.  In the rest of his life, Greg is renown as an expert in edible, medicinal and toxic wild mushrooms.  

This program is co-sponsored by Maine Suicide Prevention, NAMI Maine, and the Auburn Public Library, and will be presented via Zoom.  FMI or to register, call the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4, or email  Those who sign up will be emailed the Zoom link on the day of the program.

LOCATION: Online via Zoom- Call reference department to register

Content of our character

This interactive workshop is a call to create economic belonging for all Mainers through inclusive, equitable, truth-based, and authentic multi-racial coalitions.  In this session, we will address the historical routes of the disparities seen today and identify ways that all Mainers can use their privilege — wherever and however it exists — to advance equity for all.

This program will be presented by Krystal Williams.  Krystal is an attorney and entrepreneur in Portland, Maine.  Her law firm, Providentia Group, focuses on making Maine’s economy work for more Mainers, particularly individuals who identify as Mainers of color or who live in rural Maine.  In 2020, she founded the Alpha Legal Foundation to address the lack of diverse attorneys  in legal leadership and scholarship in Maine.

Part of the Maine Humanities Council’s World in Your Library series, this program is made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.  

To register or FMI, please contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4, or email  It will take place via Zoom, and participants will be sent a link on the day of the program.

LOCATION: Online via Zoom- Call reference department to register

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.

Poetry Reading with Lynne Schmidt, April 29

Join poet Lynne Schmidt as she reads from her award-winning collection, Dead Dog Poems, which explores the loss of a canine soul mate.  The journey will take the listener through the happy, the terminal diagnosis, eventual death, and the aftermath of grief after such a loss.  After the reading, there will be time for Q and A, as well as reflection for anyone who would like to share about their beloved companions.

This program will take place virtually, via Zoom.  To register, contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4, and make sure to give your email address when registering.  Participants will be emailed a Zoom link on the day of the program.

For information on this or other upcoming adult programs, contact the Reference Desk as above, or email

April 29, Online via Zoom- Call reference department to register

KIDS! High Touch High tech Science presents Magnet Makers

Discover the properties of magnetism. Have FUN as we explore all the “attractive” and “repulsive” facts. Uncover the many uses for magnets and magnetic forces!

We are excited to have Dr. “G” from HighTouch HighTech Science of Maine back to help kids learn all about Magnets. Free materials kits will be available for pick-up at the library before the program. Please call the library to register and the Zoom link will be sent to you before the program on the 21st. We hope you will join us for this fun and “magnetic” program.

Call us at 333-6640 ext.3 for more information or register online . Space is limited.

Girl A – Staff Review – Cherise

Girl A by Abigail Dean

I went into Girl A not fully remembering what the book was about. All I knew that I wanted to read it. And I’m so happy I did. This book really kept me guessing. I wasn’t expecting the twist, despite having thought more books should have that sort of twist to it.

Lex is one of seven children. She is Girl A, the one that escaped her father and the house of horrors where she and her siblings were being held captive, tied down, and starved. We see current Lex and past Lex, living through her memories of that life with the death of her mother and her mother’s final wishes for Lex to carry out her will. Within it, we meet Lex’s siblings and the lives they are now trying to live despite the horrors they experienced, some worse than others. There’s Ethan who has profited off his past, who is about to be happily married. There’s Delilah, who has seemingly moved forward with her life, she’s married and has found her faith once again. There’s Gabriel who has been dealing with his trauma and the fact he wasn’t set up to succeed due to the family that took him in after. There’s Noah who was a baby when it all happened and has no memory of it. He’s a happy teenager completely unaware of what had happened. And then there’s Evie, the younger sister that Lex loved the most. They had shared a room together during all of this and they forged a bond. It’s Evie who convinces Lex that they should turn the house of their pain into something good, a community center. She just has to get her siblings to sign off on it.

This book is full of twists and horrifying details including a lot of abuse, trauma, PTSD, alcoholism, drug use, and so much more. Despite that, I somehow ate up this book. It went by so quickly, and as I mentioned, I didn’t see the twist coming, which I normally try to keep an eye out for in books like this. I think I enjoyed it because Lex is morally gray. You can’t say she’s fully a good person, but that she does try to be for the most part. She isn’t trying to be anyone’s friend. But she does slowly come back to her family, to look past the horrors and how her siblings had managed to survive after it all. She finds her own happiness in the fact she has amazing foster parents and a good job and slowly, her family, even if she has to face a hard truth that she’d been avoiding since the day she got free.

3 stars.

Scrabble Reading Challenge: March 15 – May 15

To continue our board game reading challenges, this next challenge will be based around the game of Scrabble. It will run from March 15th – May 15th.

Scrabble rules:

1. We will give you 7 random letters (or, if you have a scrabble game at home, you can draw 7 letters. No cheating, please!)

2. For each letter, read a book that corresponds to that letter (first letter of authors last name, first letter of title, for nonfiction, first letter of the call number, etc.)

3. For a bonus score, create your best word with the letters you drew, plus one free blank. Standard scrabble points apply.

Link to beanstack to keep track of books read:

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