Have you checked out our calendar to see all the fun summer activities we have planned for the Aurora Public Library District? Click here or the Events link in menu at the top of the page to see our calendar. We’ve got something for everyone from fun summer themed story times to adult educational programs. Or come in and find your next great summer read it’s not too late to join our Summer Reading Programs!
Stop in and enjoy the summer with your friends at the Aurora Public Library District!
Today’s Tech Tip is a quick one. When you are working out listen to an audio book, you’ll get your reading in while being able to focus on the plot more. This helps you get two activities that we usually run out of time for.
Hi! Maybe you’ve met me, maybe you haven’t, but I’ll start with introducing myself just the same. My name is Paul Satchwill. I am a new hire at the Aurora Public Library, but this is not my first time working here. I worked at the library last year during my student teaching and through the summer until I began my first year of teaching at Batesville High School. Now that summer is here, I’m back among the books.
One of my personal goals is to continue to grow as a writer, which is why working at the library is such a great fit since I will be a contributing writer for the library’s blog. In addition, I will also be spending time with Teen Programming, because a summer without teenagers is never what any high school teacher wishes for. In my free time I write a newsletter, jog, go to concerts, and watch far too much television. While I’m here I would love to get to know what your interests are, what books you’re reading, or what show you’re currently binge-watching (for me, it’s How To Get Away With Murder– omg). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, comment below, or tweet me @paulsatchwill to start the conversation!
Did you know that the Aurora Public Library District carries two different books called This I Believe? That’s right, that means you have a 50/50 chance of picking up the wrong one for your summer reading. Imagine if you spent all summer reading a book, then when you get to school you find out that everyone else read a different book! Don’t be that person. So, if you’re an O.A. student looking for your summer reading, look for This I Believe: Life Lessons by Dan Gediman. Happy reading!
What is geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It is the world’s largest treasure hunt. There are actual rules and etiquette when it comes to this game. Most important rules are:
- If you take something from the geocache (or “cache”), leave something of equal or greater value.
- Write about your find in the cache logbook.
- Log your experience
What does a geocache look like? It’s a surprise, it could be something as small as a fake screw with a note inside to a fishing box of items. It can be anything…there are many types of geocaches ranging from an earth cache to traditional. Hordes of people are geocaching around the world. While the GPS may give you the coordinates of your cache, it’s up to your sleuthing skills to find it. They can be hidden in fake objects, tied to a tree, underneath a rock…the possibilities are endless!
You can find out more about geocaching here.
Teens can come to the library on Thursday, June 23rd for a geocaching experience of their own! Call the library for more details.
Go on your own adventure, get geocaching!
Time is always something that gets away from us. We only have so much of it and we need to make the most of it. My tech tip this week is all about how to let time management apps help you!
Check out RescueTime its a browser based productivity meter. It runs in the background and keeps track of what websites you spend time on and how long you are hanging out on that site.
Toggl helps you track time on a project. It’s simple and will help you keep track of all those minutes your spending on a project.
Use an app based to-do list so that you always have it at your fingertips and are not spending your time hunting around for that little piece of paper you started your list on yesterday. Evernote lets you make lists as well as store notes and all kinds of additional media. Todoist is a great app that allows you to schedule tasks and add a priority to each one.
And last but not least if you don’t want to download yet another app, use your phone’s built-in alarms. Set alarms to go off when you plan to take a break, when you are ready to switch projects, or when you need to remember to do something at a specific time. To keep track of the day’s alarm’s remember to change their name when you set the time.
My wish for you is a very very productive day!
We have RESCHEDULED the Juggling Program from our summer kick off day to June 28th. There will be one show at our Dillsboro Public Library and one at our Aurora Public Library. Check out our calendar for more information and to add it to your calendar!
Bring the whole family to “Ready, Set, Juggle!”, featuring Space Painter Tom Sparough. This fun family event marks the 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 Dillsboro Public Library and will be repeated at the Aurora Public Library at 1 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 to the Library!
The Dome Theater will be back in town with an exciting selection of science shows. Bring the entire family to the Aurora Public Library on June 16th for this unique experience. Shows are open to all ages beginning at 11 AM through 5:30 PM, and will begin approximately every 30 minutes. From 6 to 7 PM, the Theater will be reserved for teens attending our Thursday evening program. The schedule is shown below, although we ask you to be flexible. Seating inside the dome is limited and if we have a large crowd, you may be asked to wait for a later show. Kids loved this the last time the theater was in town, so load up a carload of neighborhood kids and come down!
The Dinosaur Prophecy: 11 AM and 2:30 PM
Into The Deep: 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM
TimeSpace: 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM
Fantasy Worlds: 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM
Future Moon: 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM
Habitat Earth: 1:30 PM and 5:00
Into the Deep: 6:00 PM (Teens only)
Sonic Vision: 6:30 PM (Teens only)
We have rescheduled our June BTL meeting at Aurora from June 23rd to June 30! Please adjust your calendar and join us to discuss this month’s book Howard’s End by E.M. Forster!