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 When registering, be sure to let us know how many will be attending.


Thursday Jul 14, 2022


4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM


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


Tuesday Jul 12, 2022


4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM


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,

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!

Teen Space Renovation Reveal Party and eSport tournament, July 12

The Auburn Public Library is fortunate and grateful to have received a grant from International Paper that allowed us to spruce up our Teen Space! With this money, we were able to update the paint, add some new furniture and decor, and get a TV for the space! To show off the renovations, we’re having a gathering on July 12th from 12:30-1:00 PM in the Teen Space. Stop by to see the new changes and to see what we have to offer teens throughout the summer. There will be refreshments! We hope to see you there!

This program will be followed by a eSports Workshop for teens. Join the APL & CMCC for this summer outreach program at the library! Learn about what eSports are, video game appeal, basics of game design, marketing, and eSport event planning. Following the workshop, we will host an eSports mini tournament. July 12; 1-4PM in the Teen Space.

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 –, 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.”


Friday Jul 15, 2022


1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM


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 —; 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.