Tech Tip Tuesday #18

TechTipTuesdayIt has been a while since we have had a tech tip but today I’ve got something awesome to share with you. I want to encourage you to constantly be soaking up information about new technology. I recently read an article on how one group is using Google Glass to help teach kids on the Autism Spectrum. The coolest part is that by using Google Glass as an assistive device instead of a phone or tablet it keeps kids eyes up rather than down at their device.


The software is called Brain Power and they are using this technology to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum learn practical life skills. One of the most important things they encourage is eye contact which is a huge part of operating in society.

There is so much new technology being developed that it is incredibly important to continue soaking up the information and learning about the new technologies that are being developed. So today take some time and learn about this new wearable technology!

I Love My Local Library


Local libraries have so much to offer a community. They have books, movies, computers, and activities. Not to mention a wealth of knowledge in their staff. It can be a great place to work, an easy location to have a meeting, a place for education and a creative space to encourage imagination. I just had to share with you this Animated Poem put out by the BBC about Local Libraries.

If you are anything like me you have a host of fond memories from spending time in your local library. My library helped shape my childhood, gave me a thirst for knowledge and was a resource I could lean on when writing many research papers.

William Zimmerman Print Exhibit

Judy Zimmerman, wife of nationally recognized wildlife artist, William Zimmerman, will be coming to The Dillsboro Public Library during the Dillsboro Heritage Day Festival to display and sell some of her husband’s prints.

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William Zimmerman

Zimmerman, born in Dillsboro Indiana, his life-long passion for drawing and painting birds was ignited at the age of ten when he discovered his neighbor’s copy of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, that had been published more than a century earlier.  His work has been shown in many museums and galleries including the Smithsonian and British museums and in private collections.  View his website here.


Judy will be at the Dillsboro Public library on Friday, September 16th from 4:00 to 6:00pm and again on Saturday, September 17th at 10:00am. Please stop by and view  or buy some of William’s prints and hear what Judy shares of the wonderful memories of her husband.


Must Reads Before The Movie Releases

Fall 2016 has some awesome books that are being released as movies and you have to check them out! You still have time to read them before the movie is released. Come in today and check one out!


The Girl on the Train – October 7

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls – October 14

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Inferno – October 14

I smile Back

I smile back – October 23

Brooklyn Tolbin

Brooklyn – Nov 4


Room – Nov 6


Fantastic beasts and where to find them – Nov 18

Which one of these are you most looking forward to becoming a movie? I know I can’t wait to see The Girl on the Train.



Meal Planning & School Nights

Meal Planning & School Nights

Hello, friends! Now that school is back in full swing and our evenings are full of practices, homework and family time. Meal planning is more important now than ever in getting the most out of your night by planning healthy easy meals. Spending some time at the beginning of the week can save you a ton of time and money by meal planning. And it will keep you from grabbing that unhealthy fast food sandwich on your way home in desperation.

I’ve been a meal planner for years now and I fluctuate between meal planning one week all the way up to one month. What works best for us changes throughout the year and I try to adjust accordingly. Like in the winter time, we want to spend as little time out and about when the weather isn’t great so I try to plan between 3 to 4 weeks in advance so we don’t have to go shopping as often. But in the summer time when we are out and about I like a little bit more flexibility so I only plan one week at a time. The important thing is to be realistic and do what works for you and your family.

Another thing I like to do is mix in fresh meals with freezer and crockpot meals. We as a family aren’t very good at eating the same thing over and over again. So I’ll make half a recipe for now and put the rest uncooked in the freezer for later. Which works well for the two of us but you can easy double the recipe and freeze half if you have more mouths to feed.

If you are like me and like to cook you can quickly get overwhelmed by trying to make involved recipes so make sure to sprinkle them in with easy to prepare meals so that you don’t become overwhelmed and give up…. I’m definitely speaking from experience.

If you have little ones running around have them help you when you are preparing the freezer crockpot meals. They will love dumping all the ingredients in the freezer bag together.

So spend a little time on the day before you go grocery shopping to look over your calendar and plan meals to fit with your week or month. Organize your list to save time in the store and make sure you have plenty of gallon size freezer bags, aluminum pans, and plastic wrap.

Need recipe suggestions? Come in and browse our cookbook section or visit our digital downloads and check one out tonight!

The Next Indiana Bookshelf

The Aurora Public Library District was selected to receive the Next Indiana Bookshelf, a collection of 13 titles designed to spark conversation during the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial. In a competitive application process, the Aurora Public Library District  was chosen to receive one of 55 sets awarded in 42 counties across the Hoosier state.

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The Bookshelf includes fiction, non-fiction, essays and poetry as well as titles appropriate for adults, young adults and kids. Each book has a strong connection to Indiana, either set here and/or written by a Hoosier author.

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The Next Indiana Bookshelf was created by the Indiana Humanities Council and the Indiana Center for the Book and is designed to encourage thinking and discussion about the present and future of Indiana. The collection features 12 books including Hoosier classics like Raintree County, the writings of Kurt Vonnegut and the poetry of Etheridge Knight, as well as contemporary books like The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf and Invincible, Indiana. One of the titles, What This River Keeps, was written by former Milan, Indiana resident Greg Schwipps, and was inspired by events leading up to the building of the dam in Brookville, Indiana. Schwipps is currently a professor at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

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Additionally, the Aurora Public Library District received a poster of “The Indiana Chant,” written for the bicentennial by South Bend, Ind.-based children’s author April Pulley Sayre. You may remember April Pulley Sayre from her visit to the Aurora Public Library District and local elementary schools a few years ago. Sayre is the author of over 55 natural history books for children. She is known throughout Indiana for her picture books that are designed to be read in a chant cadence. Teachers and librarians are encouraged to use the Indiana Chant for readings and performances in the weeks and months leading up to Statehood Day on Dec. 11, 2016. You may download a copy of the Indiana Chant at: Indiana Chant.

The Next Indiana Bookshelf is currently located on the upper level of the Aurora Public Library, but will be relocating to the Dillsboro Public around the 1st of September.

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Educational Resources

Now that  we’ve started a new school year, here’s a quick review of some of the educational resources we offer for students. Whether you’re in elementary school, in high school or an adult, we have online services to help you succeed! Many of these resources will require that you sign in with your library card number and perhaps a PIN. If you’re not sure whether you have a library PIN, just call the library at 812-926-0646 and we can get you ready to go!

To find our online educational resources, start on the Library home page: Click on the link for Online Resources, located near the top of the page, to find a variety of databases and other educational resources. The databases include A to Z USA, A to Z World Travel and Global Road Warrior. These three sites are excellent resources for reports on US states or on other countries. Use these to learn about history, regional food, geography, commerce and much more.

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Inspire is a very large collection of databases that are free to all Hoosiers. It’s not necessary to log-in through the Library web page, but we include a link for your convenience.


The resources included in Inspire have recently been expanded to include Rosetta Stone for learning languages and Points of View Reference Center, which explores both sides of controversial issues. Inspire also offers a Testing & Education Reference Center with SAT and ACT Practice Tests, Practice Exams for Career Certifications and Resume Help.


If you need help using any of these databases, give us a call and we will talk you through it.

Clicking on the link for Live Homework Help will take you to a site for live help with homework. Trained tutors are standing by from 2 PM until midnight to talk students through school assignments. It’s also possible to upload essays or resumes to get feedback before you need to submit them.

Don’t forget Britannica and World Book Online! Both of these encyclopedias offer multiple levels of information for different ages of students.

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In addition, World Book Online has e-books which may be read on your computer or other devices. Both online encyclopedias have terrific tutorials that take students step-by-step through completing a research program.

Take some time with your family to explore our online resources and please give us a call if you need some help!







National Book Lovers Day 8/9

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Tomorrow is National Book Lovers day! We at The Library are all book lovers and are looking forward to celebrating this day! Here are some ideas about how you can celebrate with us

  1. Read!! Spend some time doing what you love reading that book, whether you pick up an old favorite or try something new make sure to get some reading time in.
  2. Plan a meal themed based on your favorite book. Does your favorite book take place out West? In another country? At home? At a hotel? The ideas for a theme based meal to celebrate National Book Lovers day is pretty limitless. Get the whole family involved in making dinner and talk about your favorite books.
  3. Visit the Library and chat with the staff about your favorite book or what you are currently reading. We love hearing your thoughts on books and would love the chance to chat with you some tomorrow.
  4. Share a snap of you reading on your social media! Tag the Library so we can see what you are reading. Facebook Twitter @auroralibrary and Instagram @auroralibrary
  5. Give the gift of reading. Sharing your favorite book with a friend or buying a new book for an early reader sharing your love for reading will help encourage others to read as well.
  6. Donate Old books. As a recovering…well maybe not… book buyer it’s good to donate books that you aren’t reading so others can get the chance to read some of your favorites.

Authors A to Z: Butcher

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Jim Butcher

 Jim was born October 26, 1971. He is best known for his contemporary fantasy book series The Dresden Files. He is also the author of the Codex Alera series, and the Cinder Spires series. Butcher was born in Independence, Missouri. He is the youngest of three children, having two older sisters. He still lives in Independence, and has one son.

While he was sick with strep throat as a child, Butcher’s sisters introduced him to The Lord of the Rings and The Han Solo Adventures novels to pass the time, thus beginning his fascination with fantasy and science fiction.  As a teenager, he completed his first novel and set out to become a writer. After many unsuccessful attempts to enter the traditional fantasy genre (he cites J. R. R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and C. S. Lewis, among others, as major influences), he wrote the first book in The Dresden Files—about a professional wizard, named Harry Dresden, in modern-day Chicago—as an exercise for a writing course in 1996 at the age of 25. For two years, Butcher floated his manuscript among various publishers before hitting the convention circuit to make contacts in the industry. After meeting Butcher in person, Ricia Mainhardt, the agent who discovered Laurell K. Hamilton, agreed to represent him, which kick-started his writing career.

Genre:Adult books for young adults; Fantasy mysteries; Hardboiled fiction; Urban fantasy
Character:Flawed; Large cast of characters; Quirky; Snarky
Tone:Strong sense of place

The first volume in the Dresden Files is Storm Front

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We meet Harry in the midst of a bit of a dry spell, with his rent overdue and no cases on the horizon. He’s also in a bit of trouble. The White Council, the organization that governs wizards, has a close eye on Harry because he killed his teacher. The First Law of Magic prohibits wizards from using magic to kill. Normally breaking the law carries a death sentence, but Harry did so in self defense and so is under the Doom of Damocles, a kind of probation.

The case starts, as these things often do, with a woman. Or rather two. Butcher’s gift for layering plots gives us the traditional damsel in distress—Monica Sells who wants Harry to find her husband—as well as a job for the police department and specifically Karrin Murphy, the head of the Special Investigations department of the Chicago PD, the cops who deal with things that go bump in the night. Harry’s relationship with Murphy is somewhat prickly, but respectful.

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I chose Mr. Butcher to represent the letter B because I am currently reading the Dresden files and enjoying them immensely. If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, Jim is a must for your reading list. As always a big thank you to Novelist and goodreads, these sites make my job easier and make finding my next book fun and easy.goodreadslogoNOVELISTLg






Thanks for a Great Summer!

What a Summer! Our theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” allowed us to interact with all ages in our community as we promoted literacy and an active lifestyle. Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who made the effort to get kids involved in programs, and who encouraged them to experience the joy of books. These photos only begin to show how much fun we had!

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Thanks also to all of our community sponsors who enabled us to provide quality programs.

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We will be taking some time to evaluate past programs and put plans in place for programs that will begin in the fall. Until then, there will be no LapSit, Toddler Time or Storytimes. Meanwhile, please let us know what you have enjoyed about our programs and what new programming you would like to see. You can stop by anytime to chat with Peggy about Children’s and Youth Services or send an email to Of course, I am always available to help you with book selection or literacy tips.