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.
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.
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.
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.