AUBURN — Auburn Public Library’s Teen Life Skills series will feature weekly discussions and activities focused on Dating Violence Awareness Month — with attention on healthy relationships.

To further bring awareness to and continue the conversation on this topic, the library will welcome Maine author Maria Padian for a reading and discussion from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Androscoggin Community Room. 

Padian will read an excerpt from her newest book, “Wrecked,” and lead a discussion about the relationship issues raised in the book.

“Wrecked,” a story of realistic fiction, takes place on the campus of McCallum College and tells the story of two freshmen and roommates, Haley and Jenny. When Jenny attends a party at Conundrum House, she arrives back in the dorm much different than when she left. After Jenny accuses a resident of Conundrum House of rape, there are many different versions of the incident.

Also joining in this discussion will be community educators Whitney Parrish of Safe Voices and Hannah Johnson of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services.

Copies of this book will be available for sale (cash or check only), and there will be a book-signing session immediately following the discussion.

This program is free and open to teens and new adults, ages 12 to 21.

FMI: 207-333-6640, ext. 4; [email protected]

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