Mother and Daughter Magical Fairy Tea Party!

With all of the magic of fairy’s and woodlands, we decided to have a mother and daughter tea party! Spend quality time together at the library. There will be snacks, games, a craft and a mini photo shoot. Weather pending, we plan on taking the photo shoot outdoors made to look like a magical land. Leaving your email or address will ensure you get a copy of this precious commodity that you can treasure forever.mother and daughter tea stand

Join us for the tea party!

Call us (812)926-0646 at Aurora Public Library or (812)432-5200 at Dillsboro Public Library

or come in to reserve your spot now!

April is National Poetry Month

April is a month I look forward to each year – not just for the springtime weather, but also for the chance to highlight some of the Library’s wonderful poetry books. This post will just cover books of poems for kids, and I’ll highlight Adult and Teen poetry in another post.

sidewalk    light

If you ask kids about their favorite poetry, they will almost always talk about the great Shel Silverstein. His books like Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic are truly amazing, but Silverstein is just a beginning point. Here are some more great suggestions for kids of all ages.

Jack Prelutsky’s collections of poems are almost as funny as those of Shel Silverstein. You might want to begin with Something Big Has Been Here or It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles.

big    pigs

A shorter collection by Prelutsky that I highly recommend for older kids who can understand a more subtle form of humor is Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems. In addition to writing original poetry, Prelutsky has edited numerous collections that contain poems by lots of writers. He was also selected in 2006 by the Poetry Foundation to serve a two year term as the first Children’s Poet Laureate.


I also love the poetry books of Douglas Florian. He typically publishes short collections of poems that are all on the same theme. April would be a wonderful time to share Poem Runs: Baseball Poems and Paintings. Kids are guaranteed to love Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings, and I am a big fan of Poetrees.

poem runs     dino


For kids who love nature, I recommend the poetry books of Joyce Sidman. Start with Songs of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems and then move on to Ubiquitous and Dark Emperor and other Poems of the Night. All of these books contain both poems and informational text.


Don’t just read poetry this month. Try your hand at writing some; it would be a great family activity. Don’t know how to get started? We have books to help you!

pizza     read a rhyme



It’s National Library Workers Day!!


Librarians across the United States today are celebrating National Library Workers’ Day (NLWD) observed on the Tuesday of National Library Week. NLWD recognizes the efforts and achievements that Librarians make to give communities access to information via books, computers and other materials in hand or through digital content.

Your Library is at the center of community education. For me, one of the wonderful things about the public Library is the doors are open to everyone. Just walk through the door and talk to the first staff member you meet. We are here for you!

NLWD is an observance and not a public holiday in the United States. First celebrated in 2004, National Library Workers’ Day recognizes the unique contributions that library workers make to help people find the information they need for learning, working, as well as for recreational purposes.

Originally proposed on January 25, 2003, the idea was announced to recognize the hard work dedication and expertise of library staff. First observed in 2004, the American Library Association continues today to recognize Librarians and their work. In 2016, you can Submit a Star to honor a great Librarian at your Library through the ALA’s Galaxy of Stars by providing a testimonial. Along with your recognition of their service, you will be asked to list their name, the Library type, and the city/state location to identify your Librarian. If you don’t want to submit a national recognition through a Star, consider if you are reading this to make a local thank you. I challenge you to choose the Librarian that assisted you recently when you came in or contacted our Library. Take a minute and write them a note at the bottom of this blog post or send me an email ( to share with them today.

We are here to help you obtain the knowledge and information you need to live, learn and work in the 21st century. I am so fortunate to work with such a talented and special group of Librarians at the Aurora Public Library District. I am proud to honor their sheer awesomeness.

I would like to share a heartfelt “thank you” to all of my co-workers at the Aurora Public Library District! 

Library 2015 staff




National Pet Day


National Pet Day is a day to paws and celebrate the joy our furry friends bring into our daily lives!  There is a BIG reason why this day has been created.  There are approximately 16,000 pets dying in U.S. shelters on a daily basis, this adds up to 667 animals per hour.

Think about all the things that you buy – shoes, bags, coffee – the things that are unnecessary when you think about the change you would make by foregoing just one of these items to donate money to help these poor animals.  Such little effort, with maximum results!  In general, you do not think how one small change can make a real difference.  Now’s your chance!!!

Are you thinking you would like to help – how you can get involved?  Volunteering to donate to our local shelter, P.A.W.S., would be fantastic.  You volunteering to take part will raise awareness among the group of people you know.  You never know how effective the domino effect can be in raising awareness.  It is great to involve your children too.  Teaching children to be compassionate towards animals from a young age should carry on into their adulthood.  Above all, the aim is to stop animal cruelty as much as possible.

P.A.W.S. (Partners For Animal Welfare) Humane Center is a place in our community where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and the abandoned are given care and love.  Saving animal lives, ending animal suffering and homelessness, and eliminating cruelty and violence toward animals is not just the responsibility of any one group of people, it takes a concerted effort by many.  Take a moment to visit their website,,  to find all the ways you can lend your paws to make a difference.

Spread the word to your friends and family that there are dozens of healthy, loving, adoptable pets waiting to share their love with a furr-ever family.  After you or someone you know have adopted a new family member, visit the Library to browse our collection of books to assist in the care of  your new pet.


It’s National Library Week!

NationalLibraryWeek 2016

Have you loved your Library today? Libraries have always been a big part of my life. Everything from my school libraries to public libraries have played a huge role in shaping my future. I remember Summer Reading Programs, checking out books for my AR reading in school, hanging out at events and making new friends at The Library.

Ways to participate!

1. Visit your local library. If you have a chance to stop into one of our branches this week let your library staff know how much you appreciate them and all they do to encourage community, literacy and education.

2. Give us a shout out on social media! Visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

3. Send an email to a staff member who recently helped you find the answer to your question or suggested your most recent read letting them know you appreciated their assistance.

4. Introduce a child to the magic of the library and read to them from a picture book.

5. Share the reason You Love Libraries in a comment below!

“What’s in a name?”



“What’s in a name…” William Shakespeare asked the question and now I’m asking myself the same one, well sort of. Have you heard the term pen name? What does it mean? And why would an author use one? Do any of your favorite authors write under a different name? The answers to these questions might surprise you. Let’s start by defining the term. PEN NAME: a name used by a writer instead of the writer’s real name. Authors use pen names for variety of reasons.

J.K. Rowling says “A pen name is a writer’s best friend…” “It has been pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name,”. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation.” The writer of Harry Potter fame has recently written under the name Robert Galbraith. Amid the FAQs on the official Robert Galbraith author website, Rowling declared “I successfully channeled my inner bloke!” when editor David Shelley, who first read the novel without knowing who its true author was, said, “I never would have thought a woman wrote that.”harry-potter-audiobooks

Joyce Carol Oates who also writes as Rosamond Smith has said ”I wanted to escape from my own identity.” The pseudonym Rosamond Smith is a feminization of the name of Miss Oates’s husband, Raymond Smith “I suggest to my students that they write under a pseudonym for a week. That allows young men to write as women, and women as men. It allows them a lot of freedom they don’t have ordinarily.”

Dean Koontz who has more than ten pen names has written “When a young and unknown writer routinely completes more than one book per year, publishers urge him to use a pen name–or names–for what they view as excess production. They believe that critics will dismiss the work of a prolific writer without even reading it, assuming it is piffle. Many critics do, indeed, respond this way, even though writers from Shakespeare to Dickens to Joyce Carol Oates have proved that one can produce quantity with quality.”

One of the most well-known pen names of all time is Mr Ellis Bell. Emily Bronte‘ wrote Wuthering Heights (published in 1847 by Thomas Cautley Newby) using this name because during the 1840s, women authors were not perceived to have the credibility that male authors had. In fact, women were thought to be frivolous, frilly, and dainty creatures who had no perception of “the real world.”

It is said that when Eric Blair wrote his first book ‘Down And Out In Paris And London’, where he described his experience as a tramp and dishwasher, he adopted a pen name so that his parents and middleclass friends wouldn’t find out about his life on the street. The pen name he chose was George Orwell. He chose the name George Orwell to reflect his love of English tradition and landscape. George is the patron saint of England and the River Orwell was a place he loved to visit.George-Orwell

Click here for a list of authors and their pen names.


Tech Tip Tuesday #11


Free & Open Source Software For Creatives.

Open Source software refers to software that is free to use, change, or share. Open Source projects are usually made by many people and often help push the boundaries of software development. For example the Linux kernel.

Today I want to share with you some Open Source Software to help creatives. We have all heard of Adobe, Photoshop & Illustrator, the design industry standard but this software can be a little steep for those who are just starting out or who have an idea they would like to try. Here are some free alernatives to check out

1. Gimp is an alternative to Photoshop. It will allow you to edit images and put together graphics.

2. Inkscape is an alternative to Illustrator a vector based drawing software. This means you can create scalable graphics without loosing quality.

3. Audacity allows you to record and edit sounds making it really easy to get your podcast up and running.



Happy Birthday, Ducklings!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings.


This endearing tale of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard finding a safe home in the Boston Public Garden earned McCloskey his first Caldecott Medal in 1942. His second Caldecott Medal came in 1958 for Time of Wonder.

Millions of copies of the book have been sold and it has been in print continuously since 1941. Make Way for Ducklings is the official book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Mallard family’s procession is commemorated in bronze in the Boston Public Garden. The bronze ducks, stretching out for 35 feet, are one of Boston’s most popular tourist attractions.


To help children celebrate the ducklings’ 75th birthday, Viking Children’s Books has created some activity sheets which can be downloaded here.

The Aurora Public Library District also has these picture books, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey.

time of wonder    maine

burt     blueberries

Hans Christian Andersen’s Birthday

Fairy tales have been a favorite type of book for children (and adults) for hundreds of years. Hans Christian Andersen is remembered as one of the greatest of the fairy tale writers. Born in Denmark on April 2, 1805, Andersen’s tales explore timeless themes such as as virtue and perseverance. They have been translated into many languages and have been adapted in both straight-forward and humorous ways by many writers. Most of the picture books in the Library collection that are based on his stories will state on the book cover or the title page that they are adaptations, rather than Andersen’s original story.

The work of Hans Christian Andersen is often compared to the Fairy Tales of the Grimm Brothers. Although these men were living around the same time period, there is a notable difference in their works. Andersen wrote original fairy tales, but the Grimm Brothers traveled around Germany collecting stories which were already in existence. Andersen’s best-known stories include The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina.


duckling     thumbelina

Here are a few more of the Andersen Fairy Tales that are fairly true to the original version.

match girl     nightingale

snow princess

Now take a look at some of the silly versions! I bet you can guess which original tale these are based on.

very smart     uglified


You can learn more about Hans Christian Andersen by sharing this picture book biography by Karen Hesse. The Dillsboro Public Library has a book containing all the original fairy tales by Andersen.


The highest international book award given to authors and illustrators of children’s books is the Hans Christian Andersen Award. It is awarded every two years and countries are allowed to nominate one author or illustrator for the award. The 2016 Award will be announced on April 4, 2016. The United States nominee is Lois Lowry, author of 2 Newbery Award books: Number the Stars and The Giver. The US has not had a Hans Christian Andersen Award winner since 1998 when Katherine Paterson won the award.