Young Hoosier Graphic Novels

The Young Hoosier Book Award is given yearly to one of twenty books nominated for each of the three categories (Picture Books, Intermediate, and Middle Grades) in the state of Indiana. I recently read two popular graphic novels that have been nominated for the Young Hoosier Book Award: El Deafo by Cece Bell and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, which have been popular among the younger patrons of the Aurora Public Library District. Both of these graphic novels are autobiographical, or true stories that happened to the authors. These books are perfect for intermediate readers.

El Deafo follows the story of Cece, who contracts meningitis when she is four and subsequently loses her hearing. She grows up during the 1970’s, before much was really known about Deaf culture, and so her doctors and parents try to help Cece be as “normal” as possible. She is fitted for “behind-the-ear” hearing aids as well as the “Phonic Ear,” which has cords and is attached to a device Cece wears on her chest that amplifies her hearing even more for school. However, Cece is self-conscious about her deafness as well as her Phonic Ear because people treat her and talk to her differently. Throughout the novel, Cece struggles to make and maintain friends who will treat her like a regular girl, often feeling lonely and out of place. To cope with being different and feeling alone, Cece creates an alter-ego superhero who uses her deafness and Phonic Ear as a way to be respected and included by her family and peers. This is a great read for anyone who has ever felt out of place, lonely, or who wanted a friend. You can find this book in the juvenile biography section at the Dillsboro and Aurora branches of the Aurora Public Library District.

Sisters is the companion novel to Smile, chronicling the story of Raina further. Raina, her mother, sister, and brother take a week-long road trip in a van for a family reunion. During the car ride, Raina and her sister, Amara, argue, fight, and dance around something ominously titled “The Incident,” which has something to do with why Raina won’t ride in the front seat of the van. Through a series of flashbacks interspersed throughout the road trip, the reader sees how the relationship between Amara and Raina has grown and changed over the years. Raina and Amara fight as hard as any siblings because they are polar opposites. Neither one has tried to understand the other until the last few pages of the book. This is a wonderful depiction of how sibling relationships change as they mature and age, as well as how those relationships can strain when siblings are trapped in a car together for long stretches of time. You can find this book in the juvenile biography section, as well, at the Aurora Public Library. However, the book can be placed on hold and brought to the Dillsboro Public Library if needed.

February is National Love Your Library Month!

February is National Love Your Library Month!

There’s so much more to do at the library than browse, check out, and read books…

You can also check out DVDs and CD audio books, as well as travel guides, magazines, self-help books, GED, SAT, and ACT study guides, and so much more! And if we don’t have what you’re looking for within the Aurora Public Library District, we can put in a request to get it here for you to check out.

You can come and use our computers and WiFi for free. And if you have to print, it’s just $.10 for black and white and $1.00 for color.

You can get involved in a program, like our Between the Lines adult book discussion, or learn more about Talk About Aurora History.

You can scroll through our Online Resources for free information databases on scholarships, travel, auto repair, AR books, and consumer reports, plus online encyclopedias, Live Homework Help, genealogy records, and numerous reading resources, like Novelist and Select Reads.

You can bring your children to Storytime or Side-by-Side.

You can research your genealogical or geographical history by visiting the Local History Library @ the Depot.

You can read other blogs to find out what the Aurora Public Library District staff is talking about, like genres, new books to read, and other programs happening at the Library.

You can have one of the staff members show you how to navigate the Indiana Digital Download Center, so you can have books, audio books, and movies to check out and download for free at your leisure!

Throughout the month of February, you can also bring in canned food items to erase your fines for the Cans for Fines program. For every can you bring in, $1.00 will be taken off of your accrued library fines. And if you don’t owe any money, you can help spread the love by donating canned food items anyway; we will gladly accept your donations! All canned food items collected at the Aurora Public Library will be donated to the Aurora Clearing House Food Pantry, and all items collected at the Dillsboro Public Library will be donated to the Dillsboro Food Pantry.

Celebrate by stopping by one of the branches today! We would LOVE to see you! Happy Reading!


Science Fiction

Science Fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories being told are deeply immersed in science and technology, generally futuristic science and technology. Common themes featured in Science Fiction novels are space and time travel, extraterrestrial life, and parallel universes. Science Fiction has become especially popular in YA novels, where futuristic, technological, dystopian societies are the premise for many books. Oftentimes, Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction will merge into each other, making the novel belong in both genres.


If you are new to and are wanting to explore the Science Fiction genre, my suggestion is to start with some YA authors, such as Lauren Oliver, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Scott Westerfeld. Let the Aurora Public Library District help you discover your next favorite Science Fiction read.


Jules Verne is considered to be the father of Science Fiction. Having passed away in 1905, most of the future that Verne imagined for his novels has come to pass. However, you’ll find many of his classics on our shelves. Start with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


Another founding father of modern Science Fiction is H.G. Wells, who later dismissed his Science Fiction works when compared with his later novels. Wells is probably most-known for The War of the Worlds, but other novels of his include The Invisible Man and The Time Machine.


Isaac Asimov is another classic Science Fiction writer who is known for creating the “Three Laws of Robotics.” Asimov’s novels are considered to be “hard” Science Fiction, which means that he paid acute attention to scientific details to make his novels as realistic and accurate as possible. Start with I, Robot.


Orson Scott Card’s novels are filled with familiar themes of moral dilemmas, family, duty, and sacrifice. Many of his novels include children as the main characters. He is probably best known for his Ender’s Saga that reaches a wide audience of teens and adults. Card also writes hard Science Fiction. Start with Ender’s Game.


Whitley Strieber writes many Science Fiction novels that can also be considered Horror, Thriller and Suspense Fiction. His novels often feature apocalyptic situations. Start with The Hunger.

You might have noticed that several of these Science Fiction titles have been made (and remade) into movies throughout the years. Science Fiction is a genre that really can appeal and encompass all kinds of people. Even if you have never before read a Science Fiction novel, I wholeheartedly encourage you to try.

Other notable Science Fiction authors the Aurora Public Library District has on its shelves are Michael Crichton, Douglas Adams, Robert DohertyMary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Margaret Atwood. And don’t forget to check out the Indiana Digital Download Center for more Science Fiction titles.

Happy Reading!

Kid’s Magazines???

You’ve been missing out if your family hasn’t discovered these terrific magazines for kids at the Aurora Public Library District. Here’s a brief description of each magazine that is available for checkout. The blurbs are directly from the publishers, but stop by the library to see for yourself which publications can meet your child’s interest while encouraging reading.

National Geographic for Kids is aimed at kids ages 6-12 and is filled with learning adventures about the things kids love. Features encourage readers to protect the planet’s resources and to learn more about geography, adventure, wildlife, science, and their peers around the world.

Jack and Jill is also for ages 6-12. It promotes the healthy educational and creative growth of children through interactive activities and articles. The pages are designed to spark a child’s curiosity in a wide range of topics through articles, games, and activities. Inside you will find current real-world topics in articles and stories; challenging puzzles and games; and interactive entertainment through experimental crafts and recipes.


American Girl magazine is from the same company that produces both the dolls and the American Girl books. It is recommended for ages 8-12 and includes wholesome fun and activities; advice to motivate girls to do their best; and stories, crafts and games that encourage girls to explore the world around them.

Boys’ Life is the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America, but you don’t have to be a Scout to appreciate this publication. Boys’ Life is designed to entertain and educate America’s youth through a mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.


The Library district receives two Ranger Rick publications, both published by the National Wildlife Federation. The original Ranger Rick is designed for kids ages 7 and up and is packed with animal facts, stories, and photos; comic adventures; outdoor activities and crafts, plus amazing nature discoveries to share with friends and use in school assignments. Designed specially for kids ages 4 to 7, Ranger Rick Jr. is filled with age-appropriate animal facts, stories, and photos; ideas for outdoor fun; plus lots of games, crafts, and recipes.

Highlights magazine has been around for many years; I remember doing the Hidden Pictures page when I was a kid. It’s still a great resource that I can recommend without reservations. In every 40-page issue, kids explore new topics, investigate cool subjects and find out about the world. Highlights magazine for kids is filled with stories, games, puzzles, riddles, science experiments, craft projects and interactive entertainment.

New Moon Girls is unique because it is run by a Girls Editorial Board and contains content written mostly by girls. New Moon Girls provides respectful, innovative, advertising-free content where girls develop their full potential through self-discovery, creativity and community.


For boys and girls ages 6-10, Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine is the magazine that gives young readers the scoop on all their favorite athletes. With an attractive page design that will grab kids’ attention, SI Kids not only tells readers what they want to know about sports, but also promotes moral values while improving reading and socialization skills.

Girls’ Life is written for girls ages 10-16 focusing on fun stuff like fashion, beauty and celebrities, along with real information and advice on friends, family, school, tough stuff and more. Because of the older age range, you can locate this magazine with the adult magazines, upstairs at the Aurora Public Library.


Some of these publications have subscriptions at both branches and others are only in the Aurora Public Library collection. Don’t be shy about asking for issues to be sent to the Dillsboro Public Library! These are great resources and we want them to be read.