AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library announces the Kids’ Room summer events for the remainder of July.

The library will be open for business in a new location – the Auburn Mall – at 9 a.m. Monday, July 12, for a year and a half while construction and refurbishing takes place at 49 Spring St.

Since the last day of school children have been reading and listing authors and titles on their APL summer reading logs. Monday they may bring them to “Camp APL at the Mall” to file their logs and collect small incentives for the reading they have completed. Children who have not yet registered may do so next week. The last day to read for the program is July 31. Gift books will be given to registered readers during August.

Summer activities for children and families will begin with a series of Tuesday summer story times on the story quilt. Story times are planned for 9:30 a.m. July 13, 20 and 27 and will include favorite picture book stories, finger plays, songs and an art project. On July 27 a special guest, “Old King Cole,” will join the children.

Bob Thomas, professor of biology will bring a microscope or two to the Camp APL Kids’ Room at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, to lead a workshop in “Backyard Botany for Kids.”

Kids may take a close look at some of the commonplace plants that grow in backyards or woods next door. It is a hands-on local nature discovery experience best for children in kindergarten through third grade and their parents.

Bob McLeod will play his guitar and lead kids and families in a rollicking sing-along at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21. Participants will sing old camp favorites next to a campfire, hear a few not-so-scary stories and take home nontraditional s’mores.

Families may meet at the Auburn Land Lab at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, where Cameron Parker, Land Lab naturalist and environmental educator, will lead the assembled on an hour-long nature/ecology walk on a trail in that area of North Auburn. The group can expect to find birds, trees, butterflies, salamanders and other local wildlife on a stroller-friendly path just right for children of all ages and their families.

For more information, visit or telephone the library at 782-3191, ext. 3, or consult

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