AUBURN — The Auburn Public Library will host a number of local authors on select Saturdays this spring. Each event is open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

On Saturday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m., local children’s book author Negrita Smart will read from her debut book, “Grace and the Golden Rule,” at Family Story Time. Smart, a self-described small-town girl from Dadeville, Alabama, utilizes her talent for sharing knowledge and information as a new-hire trainer. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Clara J. Johns Literary Award recipient. Smart is driven to share life lessons with children through storytelling and relatable characters.

AUBURN — The Auburn Public Library (APL) invites the community to spend spring break at the library. In addition to the library’s regular programming, the following special activities are planned for the week of March 4-8:

• Monday, March 4, 10 a.m. — All are invited to an hour of cartoon shorts at Toon Time.

• Monday, March 4, 3:30 p.m. — All are invited to a movie matinee featuring “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” (PG).

• Thursday, March 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. —  #TeenTrends: Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to make a spring tote bag.

• Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. — All are invited to performances by the APL Puppet Troupe. Stay after to create a spring craft.

All Auburn Public Library programs are free and open to the public. All supplies will be provided. For more information, email library events or call (334) 501-3296.

AUBURN — The Auburn Public Library is challenging everyone to spring into reading with the Birds & Blooms Spring Learning Challenge. 

The challenge: Read or listen to at least 1,000 minutes from March 1 through April 30. Participants who complete the challenge in the Beanstack reading tracking app by April 30 will receive their choice of either an Auburn Public Library Tshirt or hoodie (while supplies last). The challenge is open to all ages.

Register at or download the Beanstack Tracker app on any smartphone or tablet. Participants do not need a library card. Need help registering? Stop by the Auburn Public Library at 749 E. Thach Ave. and ask a staff member