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This February, Tutor.com is offering three FREE student success webinars! Read below to find out each webinar’s theme and use the links to sign up today!

Friday, February 4th at 12:00 pm: Overcoming Test Anxiety – Register HERE

Friday, February 11th at 12:00 pm: Collaboration and Teamwork – Register HERE

Friday, February 18th at 12:00 pm: Critical Thinking and Research Skills – Register HERE

Aren’t available at that time to watch? If you sign up for the webinar, a video of the recorded session will be sent to your email after the session ends.

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Discover Cincinnati

Cincinnati is Beautiful Mural

As the nearest major metropolitan area, many of our patrons have grown up thinking of Cincinnati as their second home.  We follow the wins and losses of the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.  We shop and dine in Cincinnati, enjoy the arts in Cincinnati, and feel a little pride when someone from Cincinnati achieves success.  Yet, how much do we really know about the origins of this city we love like it’s our own?

The land on which Cincinnati now lies once belonged to a group we refer to as the Fort Ancient Culture, descendants of both the Adena Culture and Hopewell Culture.  Spanning from 1,000 to 1,750 CE, Fort Ancient was an egalitarian culture of hunters and farmers, with primary food sources including black bear, elk, white tail deer, beans, squash, and maize.  Their pottery was made with a coiling technique, and the main material used in tools was stone.

Fort Ancient artifacts have been found in a number of sites in what is now the Cincinnati area, including the Clough Creek and Sand Run Archaeological District (along the Little Miami River), the now-closed Turpin Site (less than 2 miles away and further east from the river), and the State Line Archaeological District (surrounding the Ohio/Indiana border by US 50).

Throughout most of the 1700s, the ancestors of the modern Miami and Shawnee Native American tribes lived on land that encompasses Cincinnati’s current borders.  In 1787, Benjamin Stites of New Jersey explored the newly formed Northwest Territory and advised his friend and former member of the Continental Congress, John Cleves Symmes, to purchase land there.  Symmes did his own exploration and was enticed by the land between the Great Miami and Little Miami Rivers.

Symmes returned home and formed a land development company called the Miami Company.  In August of 1788, he and his wealthy associates petitioned Congress to let them purchase the land he had scouted.  About 515 square miles were bought in what has been referred to as both the Symmes Purchase and the Miami Purchase, and the land makes up modern-day Hamilton, Butler, and Warren Counties.

Three settlements promptly arose in the region: Columbia, North Bend, and Losantiville.  As more European settlers filtered into the area, land conflicts arose between the settlers and the native tribes.  In January 1795, negotiations began for a treaty in which both parties ceded control of certain areas, while still allowing the Native Americans to hunt to the south and east of the boundary line and the Europeans to establish trading posts to the north and west.  This Treaty of Greeneville was signed on August 3, 1795 by the Miami and Shawnee tribes of the current Cincinnati area, along with the Chippewa, Delaware, Eel River, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Piankashaw, Potawatomi, Wea, and Wyandot tribes.

By the time of the Treaty of Greeneville, the central settlement of Losantiville had been called Cincinnati for five years.  Arthur St. Clair, governor of the Northwest Territory, renamed the settlement on January 4, 1790 after the Society of the Cincinnati, a fraternal, hereditary society celebrating the achievement of American independence.  The society, in turn, was named after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman who lived from about 519-430 BCE and temporarily was appointed as dictator to handle a war emergency.  Cincinnatus became a legendary figure of civic virtue, a dedication to the common welfare even at the expense of individual interests.

January displays at both the Aurora Public Library and Dillsboro Public Library feature photographs from and books about Cincinnati, where you can learn how the city was shaped from these early beginnings through the present day.  Some of the books available include:

The Bicentennial Guide to Greater Cincinnati: a Portrait of Two Hundred Years by Geoffrey J. Giglierano  Cincinnati On the Go: History of Mass Transit by Allen J. Singer  Lost Cincinnati by Jeff Suess

Cincinnati: Steeples, Streets, and Steps by Caroline Williams   Cincinnati Moments: a Celebration of Photographs from the Cincinnati Enquirer by Cliff Radel  Best Hikes Cincinnati: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls - Molloy, Johnny

The Big Pig Gig: Celebrating Pigs in the City, Cincinnati, Covington, Newport

You can place these books on hold by logging in to your online library account using your library card barcode and PIN, or by calling the library at (812) 926-0646 for Aurora or (812) 954-4151 for Dillsboro.

Teen Board Game Night!

 

Do you love board games? Looking to meet some new friends? Or maybe just looking for a place to hang out and stay out of the winter weather this January? Come to the Aurora Public Library and play some fun board games with others on January 25th at 6 pm! This month’s board game is Muffin Time, an energetic, quirky card game where the goal is to be the first player with 10 cards. But be warned, the other players are out to get you with the help of their own cards of sabotage and mass destruction!

Snacks and drinks will be provided (featuring muffins of all varieties, of course), as well as other popular board games to choose from. This program is open to anyone 13-18 years of age. No registration is required. Bring all your friends and get ready for Muffin Time!

Best of 2021

Our patrons checked around 40,000 books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and DVDs in 2021! That’s a lot of reading, watching, and listening! Here are the items people checked out the most in 2021!

CD

The CD section includes both Adult Fiction and Nonfiction Audiobooks. Our patrons checked these items out around 300 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 Stone Cold by Cj Box

#2 Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

#3 The Pursuit of Pearls by Jane Thynne

DVD

The DVD section includes both films and tv series. Our patrons checked these items out around 4,000 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 News of the World

#2 The Croods: A New Age

#3 Honest Thief

E

The E section includes easy picture books. It does not include board books, easy chapter books, or ABC books. Our patrons checked these items out over 6,000 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 The Big Island Race by Meredith Rusu

#2 Click, Clack, Good Night by Doreen Cronin

#3 Bear Can’t Wait by Karma Wilson

FIC

The FIC section includes both paperback and hardback Adult Fiction books. Our patrons checked these items out over 6,500 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 Neighbors by Danielle Steel

#2 Deadly Cross by James Patterson

#3 Dark Sky by C.J. Box

JFIC

The JFIC section include both paperback and hardback Juvenile Fiction books. These items were checked out over 2,500 times. The most popular items were:

#1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

#2 Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey

#3 Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

LP

The LP section includes Large Print Fiction and Nonfiction books. These items were checked out over 1,500 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown

#2 The Dirty South by John Connolly

#3 A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber

MAG

The Mag sections includes all Magazines. These items were checked out over 1,000 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 People

#2 Taste of Home

#3 Time

NF

The NF section includes all Adult Nonfiction books including Oversized and Biographies. These items were checked out over 1,500 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 Till Murder Do Us Part by James Patterson

#2 ADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell

#3 Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta

TFIC

The TFIC section includes both paperback and hardcover Teen Fiction books and Graphic Novels. These items were checked out over 900 times. The most popular titles were:

#1 This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

#2 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

#3 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

There you have it! The most popular items of 2021! Have you read these titles yet? You can place a hold* on these items by clicking on the link, selecting “Place Hold,” and signing in with your library card number and pin. You can also call us at 812-926-0646 (Aurora) or 812-954-4151 (Dillsboro) and we will place a hold for you!

*Holds cannot be placed on DVDs.