Cumulative Stories

Cumulative stories are a great way to engage your kids in reading time! This type of story features some type of repeated action or question that builds on each page. Just think of the Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas – it’s a cumulative song. One of the most famous of these stories is This is the House that Jack Built.

House that jack built

You may remember that it begins

This is the house that Jack built.

This is the cheese that lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the mouse that ate the cheese that lay in the house that Jack built.

This may not seem like much of a plot to adults, but this type of repetition is actually very good for kids. Preschoolers will delight in being able to join in as you read the repeated phrases. Meanwhile, you are secretly working on their memory skills!

Cumulative tales often have multiple adaptations on the same theme, allowing kids to become even more familiar with the structure and plot. Here are some other examples from the style of This is the House that Jack Built.

tidy and neat   this is the van

We also have multiple books that begin with “There Was an Old (Something) Who …” or “I Know a …”.

Swallowed the Sea     there was a dragon

cello     There was an Old Monkey

Kids will enjoy hearing different versions, and there are even some based on holidays.

 I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie makes a terrific story to read after Thanksgiving dinner!

lady pie

Cumulative stories, or “chain stories”, have a rollicking rhythm that makes them fun to read and fun to hear. Watch out, though; many of these end up almost like a tongue-twister.

Sometimes vegetables grow so large, it’s hard to pick them, as we see in these three books based on a Russian folktale!

carrot     big pumpkin


These books are great for really turning on the silliness! Try acting out different voices for characters or have your listeners put motions to the words. Kids also love it if you make a big show of trying to read longer, repeated sentences with one giant breath.

Have fun with these! They are a great way to get the entire family involved in a story. Here are some more examples from our collection. Let me know if you have other favorites.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: a Nandi Tale by Verna Aardema

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: a West African Tale by Verna Aardema

By the Light of the Halloween Moon by Caroline Stutson

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

A Fly Went By by Marshall McClintock

One of Indiana’s Oldest Street Festivals


It’s that time of year again for one of Indiana’s Oldest Street Festivals, the Aurora Farmers Fair! This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.” I know that no one is more excited than I am for fair food, but there is so much more to the Farmers Fair than funnel cakes and rides. (Wait, is there??)

The Aurora Farmers Fair started out as an agriculture show for farmers to show off their produce in 1908. 108 years ago, the Farmers Fair was just a bunch of long tables placed along either side of Second Street, from Bridgeway to Judiciary Streets. Horses, wagons, buggies, and a few automobiles all the way from Kentucky and Ohio, as well as Dearborn and its surrounding counties, swarmed that first fair. And the rest is history.

It wasn’t until 1940 that the first building was purchased to house the exhibits. Concession stands and booths eventually replaced the long tables, and the midway expanded. Stages and shows were added to the agenda and the parade became an annual event. In February of 1959, the Aurora Lions Club assumed full sponsorship and management of the fair. Since then, the Lions Club (and countless others!) have worked tirelessly year after year to make the fair what it is today.


The Aurora Public Library and Local History Library at the Depot are located on Second Street, which means that we’re right in the middle of all the fair action. In fact, the Aurora Public Library hosts the King and Queen contestants before the contest every year. The best part is, the Libraries remain open during fair week, so you can come early (And get a good parking spot!) to browse our collections before heading out to the midway, which opens on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

1915 Aurora Public Library Float

The Aurora Public Library will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. during September 28-30. The Local History Library at the Depot will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m during September 28-30 as well. Both branches will be closed on Saturday, October 1 to enjoy the Farmers Fair. The Dillsboro Public Library hours will remain the same. For more information about the Aurora Farmers Fair, please visit the website.

Travel Back in Time with Teen Fiction

I admit that lots of our Teen books are fantasy or paranormal romance, but hidden among the seemingly endless trilogies are some real gems that can transport you back in time. You won’t be traveling with the use of a time travel machine, but with the help of compelling, thought-provoking historical fiction. These books cover a wide range of time periods and can vary from traditional perspectives to the unexpected to the very strange. As a life-long fan of historical fiction, here are some great choices!

Author M.T. Anderson won accolades in 2015 for his non-fiction Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Seige of Leningrad, but his Young Adult novel The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: the Pox Party won both a National Book Award and a Michael Prinz Award the year it was published.

octavian nothing

Yes, this title is a mouthful, but it is the fascinating and weird story of a slave boy in Boston immediately before the American Revolution. The story was continued in the second volume The Kingdom on the Waves. These books may very well spur you to read more about the plight of American slaves during the Revolution.

Bloodline by Katy Moran and the companion novel Bloodline Rising are set in England during the time of the Angle invasion. Don’t get these confused with the Bloodlines by Richelle Mead which is a vampire series!

bloodline    Bloodline Rising

Geraldine Brooks’ first novel, Year of Wonders, is based on the true story of English villagers who decide to quarantine their town to avoid spreading the Black Plague.

year of wonders

Meghan Nuttal Sayres addresses the role of women in  19th century Iran in the wonderful book Anahita’s Woven Riddle.


If you’re a fan of survival stories, nothing can match this retelling of the 1910 Shackleton Expedition to Antarctica.


Here are some of the best of our Teen World War II novels. After the publication of Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein wrote Rose Under Fire, another story of a female pilot in the war. Ruth Sepetys’ novel Between Shades of Gray was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal, Great Britain’s equivalent of the Newbery and Prinz Awards. Tamar, by Mal Peet won the Carnegie Medal in 2005.

verity     boxing club

between shades     Tamar

History, as taught in schools, focuses heavily on events that had a major impact on the U.S., but historical fiction can open your eyes to things that happened around the world – things you may not have heard of in school.

child of dandelions     disappeared

More and more non-fiction is being published in Graphic Novel format. The 2 book set by Gene Yang about the Boxer Rebellion, Boxers and Saints is truly outstanding!



The Knowledge of a Good Book

What makes a good book good? Well, that’s simple.

1. the beginning.

To fully grasp the meaning of a good book, it has to not only draw you in but make you continue wanting more and more.

 2. the middle.

It’s not just about drawing you in. It’s about making you want to continue reading it. Any book can draw you in, but it takes a good book to make you want to continue wallowing in it.

 3. the ending.

It’s the ending that makes everything questionable. Not only does it make you wonder about the the amount of time you spent reading it, but the ending always needs to bring out some type of emotion. Be it anger or sadness. A good book will always make you feel something, anything!!!









4. the cover.

We all know the rule: don’t judge a book by its cover. Now, let’s actually admit to ourselves we judge everything by the way it looks including books. So just like with eating, we start reading with our eyes, the cover draws you in and makes you think: will it be a good book?

 5. the quality.

Last but definitely not least; the quality of a book. I don’t mean the quality of the binding and cover and papers, those that makes books more beautiful. I mean the quality of the story. Everyone loves when a book takes you not only away from reality but from everything. We love when we’re reading and we can actually picture scenes from the books in our heads. A good book absolutely has to draw you in and make you imagine the characters, the scenes, and the voices.

Programs for Children Return!

Mark your calendars for October 4th, October 5th and October 7th!

We took a small break following the Summer Reading Program, but Peggy is eager to get our regular programs for children started again in October. The days and times for Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6) will remain the same: Tuesdays at the Dillsboro Public Library at 11 am and Wednesdays at the Aurora Public Library at both 11 am and 1 pm. We do ask that you take the time to register your kids for these programs, so we can be sure to have enough craft materials on hand.

Turtle Craft   Macaroni Craft

Some of the upcoming themes for Storytime are: Friends, Grandparents, Farm Animals and, of course, holiday themes. We hope you will choose to make our Storytime part of your Tuesday or Wednesday routine.

When the Leaf Blew In    On the Farm

This is the Feast    Last Stop on Market Street

We will be starting a new program on Fridays at the Aurora Public Library called Side-by-Side Sharing. This will be for children under the age of 3, and will be designed for caregivers to participate with their child. If you are a preschool or day care provider, please check with Peggy about a different time to bring your group to the library. This program will be every Friday at 11 am beginning on October 7th, and does not require advance registration. There will be stories, but also lots of music and movement! Your child will be building social and pre-literacy skills while sharing some quality interaction time with you.

Both Storytime and Side-by-Side Sharing are planned using the five activities recommended by the Every Child Ready to Read Program: reading, writing, playing, singing and talking. These fun activities are so important in helping children gain the skills they need before they begin their formal schooling. So, yes, you will get to hear Peggy sing! Just come prepared to sing along with us. If you’d like to learn more about the Every Child Ready to Read Program, here’s a great link provided by the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.

Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State Drawing

Indiana at 200

In 1816 a state was created, now 200 years later the city of Aurora is celebrating it’s creation. In honor to this day, the Aurora Public Library Districts are holding a drawing for the book: Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State.

Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State is a patchwork quilt of images, prose and poetry commemorating our bicentennial. Incorporating a wide variety of Hoosier voices individual, yet bound together by a common Hoosier heritage this book reflects the thoughts of business and community leaders, artists, athletes, writers, farmers, religious leaders, children and poets. These voices, along with many of the more than 6,000 photos submitted by amateur and professional photographers throughout the state, present a picture of who we are as Hoosiers, as well as our dreams and aspirations.

The drawing boxes will be located at the Local History Library, the Dillsboro Library and the Aurora Library at the desks with the raffle tickets next to them. The drawing will take place September 17, 2016.

History of Dillsboro Indiana

Dillsboro Indiana
Dillsboro Sanitarium


HISTORY OF DILLSBORO Presented by Jim Deaton                             Saturday September 17, 2016           10:00am

In conjunction with the Town of Dillsboro and it’s Bicentennial Celebration the Dillsboro Public Library will have a program taking you on a pictorial tour of the town of Dillsboro with local resident Jim Deaton. Jim will be showing past pictures of Dillsboro and share some of the history of the town. You will be amazed of how much he knows.

We are looking forward to seeing you on September 17th.

Quilting Memories by Cindy Claycamp

Cindy Claycamp

Expert Quilter and Author Cindy Claycamp will talk about her new book “Quilts Reflecting the Poetry of James Whitcomb Riley” at 6:30pm September 20th at The Dillsboro Public Library.

The public is invited to this Bicentennial book talk, where Claycamp will autograph and sell books, too. She will also bring quilts to show.

James Whitcomb Riley was an Indiana writer, poet and best-selling author in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Claycamp is one of only under 100 certified quilt appraisers approved by the American Quilt Society in the United States. She has been quilting almost 40 years and has owned antique and fabric shops for many years.

She sells quilt and antique pieces at quilt and craft shows through her business, Quilting Memories. She recently was president of the Indiana State Quilters Guild and is on the board of directors for the Quilters Hall of Fame.

We look forward to you joining us on September 20th!

The Game Maker Series: Kresley Cole

A #1 New Your Times Bestselling Author, known for her Immortals After Dark Series, her young adult Arcana novels, and her five award-winning historical romances, Kresley Cole has decided to take a chance on writing contemporary erotic romances. With a new book genre, she’s taken the world for a spin with the Game Maker Series.

The series follows the tortured Sevastyan brothers through the eyes of their women.


The Professional takes you inside the dark side of Russia and into the very heart of the Russian mob. Natalie Porter, an undergraduate just wants desperately to know her birth parents. So when she sends her DNA in, it alerts her birth father’s enemies. To protect her, enforcer Aleksandr Sevastyan is sent to watch over her. When danger gets too close, he kidnaps her and takes her to Russia. There they discover their intense feelings for each other and begin a passionate affair and journey. When danger consumes her, Aleksandr takes her away from Russia and into Paris where she learns that love and pain go hand in hand.

The Master takes place in Miami. Through the eyes of Catarina Marin, a young woman hiding from her past and forced to start working as an escort. Her first client? None other than politician Maksimilian Sevastyan. After one encounter, they begin craving more and more. As danger envelopes them with dark hands, Maksim must overcome his past to make Cat his future.

Lastly, The Player follows con artist, Victoria, as she sets her sights on Dmitri Sevastyan. In order to protect her family, she must maneuver Dmitri into a Vegas wedding. As they get to know each other, more and more, she learns that he’s not just tempting her body, but her heart as well. As dark secrets unfold, the newlyweds share doubts and pleasure. Once Victoria learns about Dmitri’s past, will she fight for her husband or run?

So if you enjoyed the Crossfire series and loved Fifty Shades of Grey, then The Game Maker Series, is the right way to go!

“Kresley Cole is getting hotter–sexy hot!” —The Hollywood Reporter