We all wonder how celebrities grew up and what trials they faced, and we especially like them told in their own words.




Director, Actor, Producer and three time Golden Globe winner, Denzel tells about those who inspired him and the lessons he learned growing up.









Famous singer, Jewel shares her heart wrenching story of growing up.








Infamously famous singer, Johnny Cash shares his life story.












American Journalist, Anderson Cooper and his mother shares their story of heartache and perseverance.








Civil Rights activist and American poet, Maya Angelou speaks of her mother in this heartwarming quick read.







American heart throb, Robe Lowe shares success and disappointments with his fans.












Brutally honest talk-show host and actress Rosie O’Donnell explains the harsh life of living out of the spotlight after having lived in it for so long, and illuminates what its like for her to be a mother, daughter, and wife.









America’s favorite child star, Shirley Temple tells what life was like growing up a child star.







American actress and comedian, Tina Fey describes her life growing up dreaming to be a comedian on national television.











Television host and comedian, Whoopi Goldberg shares stories of her life from dealing with situations in her family to her business life.











Dirty Dancing star, Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, share their love story and fight with pancreatic cancer.









American Sniper, Chris Kyle shares his story of being America’s most lethal sniper.








Duck Commander, Phil Robertson tells his story of love, life, and the building of an empire.








A few new autobiographies we’re all waiting for?




Western Fiction

Western Fiction is typically set in the latter half of the nineteenth century in the Old American West. There is usually a wide cast of characters featured in Western novels, but the most common characters are Native Americans, cowboys and gunfighters, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, and outlaws. Western Fiction was at its most popular from the 1920’s to the 1960’s, right when Western movies were up-and-coming. The Aurora Public Library District has numerous Western Fiction authors shelved in the Adult Fiction, Paperback Fiction, and Large Print Fiction collections, as well as a variety of titles available in digital format from the Indiana Digital Download Center. Here are some popular Western Fiction writers:


Louis L’Amour is one of the better-known Western Fiction writers. There is constant adventure within his novels without deterring away from the storyline. Start with Hondo.


William W. Johnstone is known for incorporating plenty of violence and action into his Western novels. It is clear how much research goes into each novel because every detail is precise and accurate. Start with Sidewinders.



Peter Brandvold is a contemporary Western Fiction writer who writes fast-paced novels. His novels are plot-driven rather than character-driven and action-packed, with cliffhangers and plot twists you won’t be expecting. Start with Rogue Lawman.


Ralph W. Cotton is a traditional Western Fiction writer who features a variety of “Old West” characters throughout his novels. Along with Cotton, several other Western Fiction writers have gone to pen Ralph Compton-inspired novels, including Peter BrandvoldDavid Robbins, Marcus Galloway, and Robert Vaughn. Start with Gunman’s Song.


Elmer Kelton writes about the Old West during transition periods in which old ways must be given up for new, which gives his novels a melancholy tone. His novels are realistic, in that attention to detail is extremely precise to make them as accurate as possible. Start with Pecos Crossing.


Larry McMurtry is known for “de-romanticizing the American West,” which basically means his descriptions are vivid and honest. The pace of his novels is often slow, allowing the reader to really enjoy what he or she is reading. Start with Lonesome Dove.


Annie Proulx typically writes Historical Fiction and Western Short Stories. Her most notable Short Story is entitled “Brokeback Mountain,” which is contained in the anthology Close Range: Wyoming Stories.


One of the best things about Western Fiction is that it can crossover into other genres, such as Mystery Fiction, Christian Fiction, and even Classic Fiction. Other noteworthy Western Fiction writers include: James Reasoner, Joe R. Lansdale, A.B. Guthrie, Edward Gorman, Loren D. Estleman, Nancy E. Turner, Zane Grey, and Elmore Leonard.

Happy Reading!

What do you love about your local library?

Local libraries are so important to the communities in which we live. They provide education, community, events, and support when we need it most. I love my local library and want to send a little love their way.

I want to know what you love about your local library! I’ll go first.

Besides, the books and stories housed within, I love the staff, and getting to chat with them about their vast and varied knowledge.

So let me know below! What do you love about your local library?

Website Resources: Travel


Are you going on a trip and don’t want to lug a bunch of travel books around with you? You don’t want to constantly be worrying about losing the books, or how they’re going to fit in your suitcase, or how much your suitcase is going to weigh at the airport. We have plenty of travel guides that can be checked out from the Aurora Public Library District if you prefer to have the hard copy of a book in front of you, but we also have several little-known online travel resources that are available.

Of course, you know that you can download digital formats of books and audio books from the Indiana Digital Download Center, but what you might not have known is that we have an abundance of travel books and guides available to download as well. Since this selection of downloads are little-known, it is likely that you will be able to borrow and download a title right away. Just make sure you have your lending period set for as long as you’re going to be away; you don’t want your download to disappear halfway through your trip! If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to call the library or stop in with your device today!

If you go under the Online Resources tab through the Aurora Public Library District website and scroll down, you’ll see a whole list of databases that you, as a library patron, can use at no cost. All you’ll need to have handy is your library card number! Most of the databases listed are available through any computer and Internet connection.


A to Z in the USA

This website is amazing because you can select information by state or the country as a whole, rather than slogging through a bunch of information you don’t really need to know. You just have to log in with your library card number and you’ll be ready to go! You can explore the different climates throughout the various regions of the Unites States, as well as culture and society, education, food, history, geography, and so much more. If you narrow your search down by state, there are more tabs to go through that are more specific than the general overview of the state that is provided, including information about demographics, energy, maps, and more.


A to Z World Travel

This site is similar to the former website, however, this page is expanded to include the entire world. You can select where you’re traveling to by popular cities listed in alphabetical order with the country in parentheses. There is also a section included on the homepage with links to information you might need quickly, such as the different time zones of the world, satellite telephones and international calling, and tips on how to save money. Once you have selected the city you will be traveling to, you will be directed to a page with in-depth information devoted strictly to that city with a real-time clock telling you what time it is there at the top of the screen. There are tabs listed that will offer neighborhood information, maps, activities, emergency information, and more.


Global Road Warrior

This website allows you to search by country where you are traveling. Once again, there are tabs running along the left-hand side of the page after you have selected your country that you can select for more in-depth information pertaining to these specific tabs, such as business culture, facts about the country, language glossaries, human rights information, health and medical information, religion, and travel essentials. There is also a section where you can see news feeds in real time so you will be as up-to-date as possible on information.

These three resources working together will provide you with an arsenal of information so you will be as prepared as possible for your next trip. And the best part is, you can access this information from anywhere with an Internet connection as long as you have your library card number with you!

Happy Traveling! Also, I’d really like to come with you.

Top 10 Lists for 2016

Let’s take a look back at what the Aurora Public Library District’s top 10 checkouts were in Picture Books, Board Books, J-Fic, Teen & Adult sections of the library. So let’s dive in!

Board Books

10. Zoo babies by Hannigan, Paula
9. That’s not my panda, by Fiona Watt
8. That’s not my cow: its nose is too rough, by Fiona Watt
7. The splendid spotted snake, by Betty Ann Schwartz
6. Move!, by Lolly Hopwood
5. That’s not my fox: its ears are too furry, by Fiona Watt
4. Lion, by Paul Adshead
3. My first book of girl power., by DC Comics
2. That’s not my dinosaur: its body is to squashy, by Fiona Watt

And the #1 Checkout in Board Books was

  1. That’s not my kitten: its ears are too soft, by Fiona Watt


Picture Books

10. Pete the cat saves Christmas, by Eric Litwin
9. Beachy and me, by Bob Staake
8. An amazing snowman, by Barbara Jean Hicks
7. Pete the Cat and the new guy, by Kim Dean
6. Frozen – the icy journey, by Bill Scollon
5. Pete the cat and his magic sunglasses, by James Dean
4. Peppa pig and the I love you game
3. Pete the cat: I love my white shoes, by Eric Litwin
2. Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert

And the #1 Checkout in Picture Books was

  1. Pete the cat and the bedtime blues, by Kim Dean


J-Fic Books

10. Captain Underpants and the sensational saga of Sir-Stinks-A-Lot: the twelfth epic novel
9. I funny TV: a middle school story, by James Patterson
8. Ghost in the machine Ryan’s Journal, by Patrick Carman
7. The 13-story treehouse, by Andy Griffiths
6. Dork diaries: tales from a not-so-fabulous life, by Rachel Renee Russell
5. Big Nate blasts off, by Lincoln Peirce
4. Locker hero, by Rachel Renee Russell
3. Diary of a wimpy kid: the long haul, by Jeff Kinney
2. Tales from the not-so-perfect pet sitter, by Rachel Renee Russell

And the #1 Checkout in J-Fic Books was

  1. Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute, by Jarrett Krosoczka


Teen Books

10. The infinite sea, by Richard Yancey
9. City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
7. Winter, by Marissa Meyer
6. Life and death: twilight reimagined, by Stephenie Meyer
5. Lady midnight, by Cassandra Clare
4. The 5th Wave, by Richard Yancey
3. Ashfall, by Mike Mullin
2. All the bright places, by Jennifer Niven

And the #1 Checkout in Teen Books was

  1. Dangerous lies, by Becca Fitzpatrick


Adult Books

10. Property of a noblewoman: a novel, by Danielle Steel
9. Cross justice, by James Patterson
8. A girl’s guide to moving on: a novel, by Debbie Macomber
7. The apartment: a novel, by Danielle Steel
6. 15th affair, by James Patterson
5. The girl on the train, by Paula Hawkins
4. The last mile, by David Baldacci
3. Tricky twenty-two: a Stephanie Plum novel, by Janet Evanovich
2. See me, by Nicolas Sparks

And the #1 Checkout in Adult Books was

  1. Me before you: a novel, by Jojo Moyes


It’s Tax Season!

It’s tax season and the Aurora Public Library District has tax forms for patrons to use. Forms are put out as they arrive and unfortunately we have no timeline or information as to when they will be shipped to us.

We currently have the following forms at both the Aurora and Dillsboro branches. At the Aurora branch forms are located on the lower level near the public computers.

Federal Forms

  • 1040
  • 1040A
  • 1040EZ

We have the instruction booklets for the 1040 and 1040A.

State Forms

The library has also received state tax booklets and some of the most popular state forms. Please come in to see if the form you need is available.

Need Other forms?

Patrons are able to access the public computers to print forms or complete taxes online. Forms can be printed at any desk for 10 cents a copy.

The library staff is unable to determine form choice or provide tax information.



From Fiction to Fact

Do you ever stop in the middle of reading a novel to find out more about the subject of your book? These days, it’s very quick to look something up online or on your smart phone. But sometimes a novel will interest you so much that you want to really dig into a topic. I often feel this way after reading a Young Adult novel. YA books are not just fantasy and coming of age stories. They take on all kinds of interesting social issues and historical perspectives. At the same time, teens have the intellect to springboard into most of the non-fiction we have at the library. Here are some book pairings that match a YA novel with a non-fiction book that will provide more information about the novel’s topic. I hope you have fun with these; they are great choices for teens and adults!

Author Sherri Smith paints a grim picture of New Orleans in Orleans, a futuristic look at a viral outbreak caused by climate change. Outbreak outlines some steps that scientists are taking to protect against this type of epidemic.


Those of us “of a certain age” have strong memories of the tragic Killing Fields of Cambodia. For teens, Never Fall Down and First They Killed My Father may provide a new awareness of this tragedy.


Yes, I realize that I have highlighted Tamar before! It’s just so good, I can’t stop talking about it. It’s also possible that I am obsessed with World War II Resistance movements. We rightly have lots of books about the male soldiers in the war, but Courage & Defiance highlights some of the ways men and women fought behind the scenes.


Code Name Verity and Women Heroes of World War II provide another look at World War II, this time through the eyes of women.


Walter Dean Myers tackles the U.S. role in a much more recent war in Sunrise Over Fallujah. Follow this excellent book with Heroes Among Us, first hand accounts of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The Russian Revolution has fascinated readers for decades. Tsarina approaches the subject from a romantic perspective with a touch of fantasy thrown in. Marcus Sedgwick uses the real life experience of children’s author Arthur Ransome to weave a story of spies and warring Russian factions in Blood Red Snow White. The Family Romanov (currently on the Eliot Rosewater reading list) is a fascinating account of the Romanovs and is also available as an audio book through the Indiana Digital Download Center.


Teens who have outgrown the easier environmental chapter books of Carl Hiaason will probably enjoy Anthill by E. O. Wilson. This book, written by an esteemed biologist from Harvard University, pits a teenage naturalist against land developers. To learn more about the need to preserve our forests, check out Forests Forever by John Berger.


Love Disguised is a light-hearted look at the beginning of William Shakespeare’s career and will appeal to fans of Shakespeare in Love. The Age of Shakespeare will answer any questions you may have about the culture in which Shakespeare wrote.


These are all terrific novels, and remember that enjoying non-fiction doesn’t mean you have to read the entire book. Feel free to browse through these choices and read whatever parts satisfy your curiosity.

Cans for Fines

Clear your library fines and help those in need, it’s a win, win situation for everyone! 

The month of February is  National Love Your Library Month as well as National Canned Food Month. February 1st through 28th, the Aurora Public Library District is accepting canned food items in lieu of fines. For every can you bring in, $1.00 will be taken from your fines. So, if you owe $3.30 and you bring in 4 cans, then your fines will be completely wiped clean! There is no limit on how many cans you bring in, so if your fines are higher, you can bring as many cans as you need to.  All of the cans collected at the Aurora Public Library will be given to the Aurora Clearing House Food Pantry. Cans collected at the Dillsboro Public Library will go to the Dillsboro Food Pantry. Even if you don’t owe any fines, we will gladly accept any donations you would like to give. Help share and spread the love by participating in Cans for Fines.

Fall in Love all Over Again

If you’ve ever been in love, then you know that you get flutters in your stomach, your heart beats faster when they’re near, you can’t get them out of your mind. Why not fall in love all over again with a good book?



Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.








Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.

By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.

In an America made colorless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…




This epic tale about the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family was not published in the Soviet Union until 1987. One of the results of its publication in the West was Pasternak’s complete rejection by Soviet authorities; when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 he was compelled to decline it. The book quickly became an international best-seller.

Dr. Yury Zhivago, Pasternak’s alter ego, is a poet, philosopher, and physician whose life is disrupted by the war and by his love for Lara, the wife of a revolutionary. His artistic nature makes him vulnerable to the brutality and harshness of the Bolsheviks. The poems he writes constitute some of the most beautiful writing in the novel






Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.

Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the onset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published and in 1937. As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.






Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.






Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.




Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.





As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother Vivienne Margaux, the powerful head of a major New York theater company has no time for her. But she does have one friend–Michael–and no one can see him but her. But Michael can’t stay with Jane forever, and on her ninth birthday, her imaginary friend must leave her.

When Jane is in her thirties, working for her mother’s company, she is just as alone as she was as a child. Her boyfriend hardly knows she’s there and is more interested in what Vivienne can do for his career. Her mother practically treats her as a slave in the office, despite the great success of Jane’s first play, “Thank Heaven.” Then she finds Michael–handsome, and just the same as she remembers him, only now he’s not imaginary. For once in her life, Jane is happy–and has someone who loves her back. But not even Michael knows the reason behind why they’ve really been reunited.




It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.
Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Twenty years, two people, one day.





Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.

A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it.

Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…





Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.






Thriller/Suspense Fiction

Thriller/Suspense Fiction is a genre of fiction that causes the reader to have several overwhelming feelings of anxiety, suspense, and excitement. While you’re reading this genre, you’ll be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails the whole way through the book. Thriller/Suspense Fiction is often riddled with plot twists and cliffhangers, and it often overlaps with other genres, such as Mystery, Crime/Detective, and Horror Fiction. The Aurora Public Library District has tons of Thriller/Suspense Fiction on its shelves and also in digital format as downloads from the Indiana Digital Download Center.


If you’re looking for a Psychological Thriller, then Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, and Tana French are some great authors to start with. Psychological Thrillers play tricks with your mind as you read them; you might think you know how a story is going to end up, but the author will throw you through a loop right at the end. If you’re wanting to read a more Political or Spy Thriller, then some great authors to start with are Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, and John le Carré.


Lee Child is known for his complex writing with flawed protagonist Jack Reacher. His novels are often violent, but filled with every ounce of suspense that you could hope for. Start with Killing Floor.


Lisa Gardner writes fast-paced novels with realistic and natural characters. Her novels are often richly detailed with accurate forensic details and descriptions. Start with The Perfect Husband.


Jeffery Deaver is also known for his twisting plots and fast-paced writing, as well as his strong, believable characters. He also explores the antagonist’s (or the bad guy’s) side of the story. Start with The Bone Collector.


Mary Higgins Clark is considered to be the “benchmark” of the Thriller/Suspense genre. She writes fast-paced fiction, typically about women and children, but without the vulgarity that usually accompanies a Suspense novel. Start with The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories.


Stuart Woods captivates his readers immediately with complex twists and non-stop action. While his books are often political or legal, readers will enjoy the fast pacing and quick dialogue as they breathlessly turn the pages. Start with Under the Lake.


Tami Hoag is another Thriller/Suspense writer whose novels typically feature women in danger. Readers will get the perspectives of both the protagonist and the antagonist of the story, as well violence and an edgy atmosphere. Start with Ashes to Ashes.


Other notable Thriller/Suspense writers include James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown, Ruth Rendell, and Jo Nesbo. Do you have a favorite Thriller/Suspense writer? Maybe you know someone new that you think we should have on our shelves. Stop in and let us know!

Happy Reading!