Coming Up: Jane Austen’s 200th Death Day

Did you know Jane Austen’s 200th death day is coming up? Check the website for a blog about one of the most influential writers of all time, as well as the Library for a special Jane Austen book display. Here a few books by Jane Austen you can check out from the Aurora Public Library District today to celebrate her life and death:

Pride and Prejudice                       Persuasion

Sense and Sensibility                    Lady Susan

      Emma                                             Mansfield Park

Northanger Abbey

We also have several movies based on the novels of Jane Austen that you can check out as well.


Classic Literature Anniversaries: Anna Karenina

One of my most beloved classics turns 140 years old this year! Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is a beloved classic by everyone.

Like most classics love plays a vital part in this classic as Anna falls madly in love with the dashing Count Vronsky even though she’s married. Their consuming passion makes them a target for hate and disgust, causing Anna’s increasing isolation. The heart-wrenching course of their relationship contrasts sharply with friends and family who surround them, especially the newlyweds Kitty and Levin, who forge a bond as they struggle to make a life together.

This is a masterpiece not just because of the unforgettable woman at its core or the stark drama of her fate, but also because it explores and lightens the deepest question on how to live a fulfilled life.

Source: Goodreads


Books to Catch Up On This Summer

It’s summer! It’s time for vacations, campfires, relaxing by the pool, and spending time with family! The summertime is also a great time to catch up on your reading! Here are some titles that you might not have had time to read yet, but will be great for you to catch up on this summer:

Here are some titles that are being made or have been made into movies this year:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Shack by William Paul Young

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

It by Stephen King

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Here are more titles being made or that have been made into TV shows:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris

Here are some series titles with new releases coming out or that have already come out this year that you might have already been “patiently” waiting for:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan

Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan

Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Page

Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny

Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

And here are some fun, new standalone titles to read this summer:

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Miss You by Kate Eberlin

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Grace Notes: My Recollections by Katey Sagal

On Second Thought by Kristin Higgins

The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

And many more! Check out these titles and more from the Aurora Public Library District and the Indiana Digital Download Center.

Happy Reading! Enjoy your summer!


Meet the Wump Muckets!

The Wump Mucket Puppets are returning to the Aurora Public Library District for a special performance on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Moores Hill Senior Center at noon! Wump Mucket Puppets is a Cincinnati, Ohio based touring troupe featuring the original songs, skits, and silliness of puppeteer Terrence Burke. Terrence and his zany cast of puppet stars have been entertaining audiences of all ages since 2010. All ages are invited; it will be fun for the whole family! The Senior Center is located at 16610 N. Broadway, Moores Hill, IN 47032.

This lively performance features two new puppet skits that compliment the 2017 theme “Build a Better World”. We are sure that young audience members will be BUZZING about this all Summer. 

Bee Happy – Features puppet star Super Space Princess G’Wizzl visiting The Queen Bee, to learn how bees help us, and how we can help them.  This story will get kids up and dancing to a bee dance!

Coleman’s Green Team – Has Terrence’s furry friend Coleman the Sasquatch sharing simple things that the friendly puppet Witch Willie (and our young audience) can do to “be Green” by not being a litterbug, and take better care of our world.

The show is rounded out with our co-hosts Cyril and Coleman’s silliness, as well as some fun with Unka Unka the caveman planting a flower garden on the puppet stage!

National Days in July

It’s hard to believe that we’re in July already, but here we are! There are some great national celebration days throughout the next 31 days.

Of course, in America, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 with cookouts and fireworks, but the rest of the month is filled with other patriotic food celebrations:

July 5 = National Apple Turnover Day

July 6 = National Fried Chicken Day

July 9 = National Sugar Cookie Day

July 12 = National Pecan Pie Day

July 13 = National French Fry Day and National Frank ‘n’ Beans Day

July 14 = National Mac and Cheese Day

July 16 = National Ice Cream Day

July 19 = National Hotdog Day

July 21 = National Junk Food Day

July 25 = National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 29 = National Chicken Wing Day

July 30 = National Cheesecake Day

I’m all for celebrating each of these food days individually so that we can have treats every day, but that’s just me. Other days in July include National Postal Worker Day on July 1 and National Dance Day on July 29.

Enjoy this month!

Build a Better World with Bi-Okoto!

Calling all teens! Join us at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, July 6 at 6 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind teen program with Bi-Okoto!

Bi-Okoto is a professional African drum and dance ensemble, and the only one of its kind in the tri-state area. They will be here to teach a music workshop to teens, those who are ages 13-18.

No registration is required for this program! You don’t want to miss it!

Adult Paint Party!

You’re invited to an Adult Paint Party! On Friday, July 21, the Aurora Public Library will host an adult program at 2 p.m., presented by Marge Beinkemper!

Marge Beinkemper is a member of the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild. She will walk through this painting step-by-step to turn your blank canvas into a Riverscape. You’ll want to display your painting where everyone can see, so make sure you register early! There are only fifteen spots for the program, so call or stop by the Library today to secure your place!

The Paint Party will take place during the last full week of the Summer Reading Program, when we’ll be Building a Better World through Words!

Build a Better World through Drama with Kentucky Shakespeare!

We’re Building a Better World through Drama with Kentucky Shakespeare! The company will be coming to the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday, July 12 in lieu of Construction Zone time.

Kentucky Shakespeare is a professional and non-profit organization that has brought Shakespeare’s works to life through interactive adaptations in the tri-state area for decades. The company uses audience participation in their productions, which means that you could be chosen for a part!

Kentucky Shakespeare will be performing an adaptation of A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Aurora Public Library. This event is free for the public and no registration is required.

If you would like to brush up on the play to prepare, you can check out a copy from the Library today!