Tech Tip Tuesday #15


Today’s Tech Tip is all about Podcasts. Podcasts are a form of broadcasting on the internet. They cover a wide range of topics and are typically organized into a series which you can subscribe to.

Podcasts are sometimes created by organizations or businesses but it is really easy to get started in making podcasts, which makes finding podcasts for your interests easy.

Some of the most popular podcasts are

Stuff You Should Know.
TED Radio Hour
Freakonomics Radio

You can use the Podcasts app on iOS devices or Pocket Casts on Android. If you want to listen to podcasts on your computer you can use a podcast manager like ShortOrange or Player.FM.

Happy Listening!

Kick-Off the Summer!

Bring the whole family to “Ready, Set, Juggle!”, featuring Space Painter Tom Sparough on Friday, June 3rd. This fun family event marks the official beginning of Summer Reading 2016 “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” Tom’s performance will include joyful juggling, storytelling, laughter and lots of audience participation. The performance will start at 11 AM at the Aurora Public Library and will be repeated at the Dillsboro Public Library at 2 PM. Tom’s wacky sense of humor will appeal to everyone from toddlers up through grandparents. The performances are free for the entire community, so load up your car with neighbors and come on down!


On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

Get ready to come to the library, because the Summer Reading Program is almost here! Registrations begin on Thursday, May 26th for all ages, including adults. Bring your kids down as soon as they get out of school and sign up the entire family for a summer of fun, activities, programs and fantastic reading. Our theme this year will promote health, fitness, sports and ways for everyone to stay active. Here’s what we offer each week for kids and teens, but your registration packet will let you know about other additional programs.

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For ages 0-2, Spring offers a LapSit program at the Aurora Public Library on Fridays at 10 AM.

Ages 2 and 3 can come to the Aurora Public Library on Fridays at 11 AM for Spring’s Toddler Time.

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Each Tuesday, beginning June 7th, programs will be held for 2 age groups at the Dillsboro Public Library. Storytime will be upstairs for ages 3-6 and there will be a program called the Winners’ Circle for ages 7-12 in the basement. Both of these programs begin at 11 AM.

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On Wednesday, we move to the Aurora Public Library for the same two programs. Both Storytime and the Winners’ Circle will be offered at 11 AM and at 1 PM on Wednesdays, beginning June 8th.

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On Thursday evenings, beginning June 9th, teens ages 13-19 are invited to the Aurora Public Library to “Get in the Game.” Programs will include food, fun and lots of games. Teens will receive a free copy of the book The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider when they register.

These are just the basic programs; make sure to pick up a registration packet and watch the blog, so you don’t miss any of other great programs.

Goodreads: Book lovers Google

Do you have trouble keeping track of books you have read? Do you have a list of books you want to read? Have you ever heard of Goodreads?

Goodreads is a website that has many versatile uses. You can look at book reviews of peers or check out what they are reading. You can add friends. You can write your own reviews on books you have read…and (gasp) the author might read it! Keep track of  books you are reading, books you’ve read, or books you want to read. Starting a series where the next book doesn’t come out for awhile? No problem..put in on your list to not forget about it. There are lists to find books similar to what you like. You can see what your favorite author’s next book will be and when it comes out. You can find the exact order of a series. Create a reading goal for the year. Goodreads even suggests books for you based on your reading likes. It has lists that other readers compile to help us figure out what to read next. The possibilities are endless. Oh my goodness…just go check it out! Now.

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Hamilton the Musical

Perhaps you have heard of Alexander Hamilton. He was a lawyer, senior officer of the Army, chief aide to George Washington, writer of the Federalist papers, prominent promoter, and interpreter of the United States Constitution, and the first Secretary of Treasury. In addition to being a founding father of the United States of America, he also founded the Federalist Party, American economic and financial systems, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post. Even today, 200 years later, he is on the ten dollar bill and the star of one of the biggest shows on Broadway.

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“Hamilton: An American Musical” debuted in January of 2015 and has been a smash hit ever since. Shows are sold out all the way through January of 2017 and for good reason. “Hamilton” has received 16 Tony nominations including Best Musical, setting a new record for most Tony nominations. The musical has already won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama and 2016 Grammy award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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Much of the show’s success stems from its hip-hop music and racial diversity. It is sure to give you a thrilling new perspective on history, America, and the founding fathers.  The story line follows the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, but audience members will recognize other famous characters including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Aaron Burr. As the NY Times review writes, “The show is most directly about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, but it is more broadly, and boldly, about America itself — its origins and its aspirations — as it deftly uses contemporary music and a multi-ethnic cast to suggest that the revolutionary impulses of the nation’s founding generation are as relevant and as riveting today as they were in the 18th century.”

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Writer, composer, and lead actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda has revolutionized the relationships between past and present, history and Broadway, the American Revolution and hip-hop with this fresh, unconventional, and highly successful show. The MacArthur Fellowship website, of which Miranda is a 2015 recipient of their “Genius Grant,” describes how Miranda uniquely coupled street culture with Hamilton’s story to elicit the “youthful, defiant spirit of the American Revolution” and varying ethnic casting to relate “the present day to the diverse immigrant society of the thirteen rebel colonies.” “Hamilton” has already begun to transform Broadway, attract new audiences, and inspire innovative approaches to theater and history.

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Even though it is sold out, there are still a couple ways you can see the show. View your best options at this website.

If you cannot wait to see the musical or learn more about Alexander Hamilton, you can read the biography that the musical is based on, available at the Aurora Public Library: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

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Or these other Alexander Hamilton titles also available at the library:

  Kostyal Hamilton  Cantor Hamilton

  Kent Hamilton  Higgins Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton led such an interesting life, not limited to a scandalous affair, dramatic duel, untimely death, and lasting legacy, that his biography is a must-read, the audio book a must-hear, the show a must-see, and the soundtrack a must-listen!

The Traveling Book Sets


We are so excited to unveil a new feature of our website with you today. As some of you may have noticed our Traveling Book Set Titles have been unavailable for you to view. This is because we were reimagining how to better allow you to interact with the list. You can now search and sort the list if you are looking for particular titles or number of books for your group.

Traveling Book Set List

If you are unfamiliar with our Traveling Book Set service, the library provides to its patrons, local school district, and fellow Indiana libraries the opportunity to use these select title for their group reading activities. For more information about this service and requirements for using this service check out the Traveling Book Set section.

Who needs a Happy Ending?

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Who needs a Happy Ending? We Do! A blog in support of the Romance genre.

It’s no secret that romance novels have appealed to women for decades. Romantic fiction remains the top-selling sector of the book market. Last year, the genre brought in a whopping $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone. Romance fiction is smart, fresh and diverse. Whether you enjoy contemporary dialogue, historical settings, mystery, thrillers or any number of other themes, there’s a romance novel waiting for you!

Most of us go through our daily lives on autopilot. We’re assailed from every direction with so much ( family demands, tedious chores, etc.) that we become numb out of self-defense. Reading romance  gives us a chance to feel, to remind us that we’re human and that there is a beautiful, exciting world out there, waiting to be discovered under the piles of laundry that command our attention. If you are new to the world of romance novels, here’s a list of titles to get you started. The 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.  Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.

As the role of women in society has changed over the past 30 years, so have romance novels. Romance novels are often called “bodice-rippers,” (in a derogatory tone) but the steamy historicals with Fabio on the cover were published back in the 1970s and 1980s. Since that time, the spectrum of romance novels has exploded. On one end of that spectrum, there are chaste evangelical romances. On the other end, there are BDSM romances (yes, like that one).

In between, you’ll find paranormal romance with vampires and shapeshifters, time-travel romance, historical romance, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. There are growing romance subgenres for LGBT love stories, a large community of writers who specialize in African-American romance, and there’s even an extremely popular Amish romance subgenre. I enjoy all the genres and many of the sub-genres. Some of my personal favorites are the FEVER series by Karen Marie Moning in paranormal, and the FAIRY TALES series by Eloisa James in the historical genre. In the time-travel sub-genre and one of my overall favorite series is the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon. I can’t get enough of the romance genre. Luckily 84% of women agree with me so we’ll always have talented, creative writers filling our need for romance sprinkled with mystery, suspense, faith or fantastical creatures , every way we like it, because really who couldn’t use more happy endings?



Tech Tip Tuesday #15

Tools to help you cook with the food you have on hand

Today I want to share with you some awesome websites & apps which will help you use up those random ingredients you have hanging out in your fridge or pantry. I know I often have ingredients left over after making the initial meal and need some inspiration to use them up. These websites allow you to input what ingredients you have and it will provide you with recipes that use them.

Check out the following websites

Check out the following apps


Epicurious on iOS

CookBrite on Android

National Scrapbook Day- May 7th, 2016

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Looking for a new hobby? Wanting to declutter and organize your photos and papers? Wishing you could better remember and relive your favorite memories? Scrapbooking is a fun and easy solution!

Anyone can scrapbook! If you do not have a creative bone in your body, or if you are up to your ears in crafty ideas, scrapbooking is the perfect medium to capture important moments. Your scrapbook can be as hassle-free and minimalistic, or bursting with glitter and pizzazz, as you like. In fact, stores even have scrapbooking kits with all the more artistic aspects already completed or in step-by-step format so you will appear more like a creative genius than you might really care to admit.

For those new to the crafting game, scrapbooking is essentially the process of compiling your pictures, programs/bulletins, ticket stubs, letters, awards, newspaper clippings, and any other tokens of life and memorable moments into a binder or album. Once completed, it is an invaluable creation that can span generations. You, your family and friends can pull it out at any time to reminisce or tell a story. You will not have to keep a collection of boxes of old papers and photos under your bed or in the closet any longer. No more searching for a document that you cannot easily find or finding a picture that you cannot remember when or where it was taken. When making your scrapbook, you can write as much as you would like on the pages, noting names, dates, locations, and how funny it was when Cousin Johnny fell into lake seconds after the photo was taken on the dock. Scrapbooks are a wonderful tool for remembering vacations, friendships, adventures, and celebrations to the fullest. It can be done alone, with a friend, or even as a special event with a whole group of “scrapbookers” sharing tips and ideas.

If you are interested in giving scrapbooking a try, here is what you will need to get started:

  • A binder or photo album
  • Memorabilia
  • Paper
  • Pens, markers, etc.
  • Tape, scissors, glue, etc.
  • Any fun little things you want to add (stickers, ribbons, buttons, colored paper, etc.)
  • Your memories


Most of these items can be found around the house and will do just fine. If you want your scrapbook to be of higher quality, you can find an overwhelming variety of supplies at craft stores like JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s. Many stores like Walmart, Tuesday Morning, or Target offer a smaller, albeit cheaper selection as well. You can use any printed photos you already have, or if you want to print pictures off your computer, smartphone, or electronic device, places like Walgreens and Meijer offer reasonably priced, easy-to-use printing services. Creative inspiration and help can be found online and, of course, at your local library! Check out these books at the Aurora Public Library District:

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And these titles available through the Indiana Digital Download Center when you sign in with your library card:


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Here a few websites to get you on the right track:


Now gather your ideas, preserve your memories, design your pages, and best of luck scrapbooking!