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

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:

Browsing appointments start Feb. 16

The Auburn Public Library will reopen for browsing on a limited basis starting February 16. We are very pleased to welcome our customers back into the building.

To make an appointment for browsing, please call the Lending Desk at 333-6640, ext. 2 or the Childrens’ Department at ext. 3.

We will be limiting the number of customers in the building, so we strongly encourage advance reservations. In addition, we will be limiting families with children to one family/household at a time. Browsing will be limited to 30 minutes per day. Those who also have computer appointments will be limited to a total of one hour in the library.

The library will be open for browsing Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM; and Saturdays 9AM-1PM. Please note that on Saturdays, we will not have public computers available and only limited Reference services.

We will continue to offer curbside pickup, and to take requests through email, phone, or through our online catalog. If you prefer to limit your time in the building, we are happy to prepare your items for pick up prior to your arrival.

We look forward to seeing you!

Fun Stuff for Kids Online!


Audible–Listen to free eaudiobooks at

Cloud Library — Log in with your library card number.

Here is a list of websites you might find useful to help your children during any school closures.




  • Jbrary: Storytime Songs and fingerplays to share with your little ones
  • Resources for families during the Pandemic from Common Sense Media