Meet Your Librarians

  • Ashton R.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant Student

  • Meet Ashton R.

    I graduated from South Dearborn High School in 2018 and have been working at the library since June of 2016. I will be attending Ball State University to get a degree in English Education. While there, I will continue working throughout breaks at the library and contributing to the library in several other ways.

    "Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life." - Jesse Lee Bennett

  • Current Favorite Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by: Sarah J. Maas
  • I'm Interested In...

    history. I think history is a vital subject for everyone to learn in order to have a functioning and safe society within the future. I really enjoy learning about Stonehenge, the Salem Witch Trials, the Holocaust, as well as other vital parts within history. I enjoy learning myths and learning about King Arthur, one of the world’s greatest legends.

    I’ve always been a big reader and have always enjoyed being able to lose myself inside the pages of a book. As long as a book has a love story in it, I’ll read it.

  • Ask Me About
    Practically Anything! Good romance novels of any kind; teen books; paranormal books; authors; the Indiana Digital Download Center; how to find a book, television show and movies! If I don’t know the answer, I’ll either find out the answer or direct you to someone I know who knows the answer!
  • Bobbie G.
  • Position:

    Public Services Team Leader

  • Meet Bobbie G.

    Bobbie’s love of Libraries began in college, when she got a job in the college library through a work/study program. While studying accounting she spent her working hours helping other students reach their goals through research assistance, tutoring and other forms of student support. She finished her accounting degree and realizing her love of the Library, immediately began working on courses in Library Science.

    Bobbie will laughingly tell you that while taking courses and raising her young daughter she read nothing but textbooks and children’s books. As her daughter began to read independently and her course-work wrapped up, she picked up a historical fiction novel and an obsession began. That obsession has grown to include urban fantasy, paranormal romance and all the sub-genres of romance. Bobbie began working at the Aurora Public Library June, 2008. She performs many different tasks during the course of her day, but her favorite by far is helping you discover your next favorite book.

  • Current Favorite Book: The Survivors' Club series by Mary Balogh
  • I'm Interested In...

    WORDS! The stranger the better, I love word games like Words with Friends, Scrabble, and crosswords puzzles. I love learning new words and then trying to use them during my day.

  • Ask Me About
    Ask me about word processing, desktop publishing, and general computer questions, also historical romance authors and the urban fantasy sub-genre.
  • Cathy W.
  • Position:

    Dillsboro Branch Manager

  • Meet Cathy W.

    Cathy started her position in the spring of 2017, but she is not new to libraries. She has worked in libraries in Kentucky and Ohio, retiring with 30 years of experience. It’s hard to keep an old librarian “out of circulation”-- -so, she decided to join the ranks of the Aurora Public Library staff on a part-time basis.

    In addition to the library, Cathy enjoys working/volunteering at Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, giving tours and helping with special events. She is particularly fascinated with history, so this is a perfect venue for learning more about the Victorian Era. Cathy’s interest in history is one reason she also enjoys reading historical fiction.

  • Current Favorite Book: Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • I'm Interested In...

    Sewing, baking, folk painting, and crafts of all sorts. I also enjoy fishing with my husband, as long as the weather is nice (he’s a die-hard that goes in any type of weather!)

  • Ask Me About
    Sewing, crafting, Hillforest history or just about anything else. If I don’t know the answer, I can look it up for you!
  • Janet Hall-Louden
  • Position:

    Business Manager

  • Meet Janet Hall-Louden

    Janet has been with the Aurora Public Library District for the past 11 years. Prior to her years at the Library she had many great years in South Dearborn Community School Corporation working at Manchester Elementary.

    When she's not ensuring the seamless day-to-day operations, Janet enjoys traveling, walking by the river, reading John Grisham novels, and spoiling her beloved basset hound, Jake.

  • Current Favorite Book: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • I'm Interested In...

    learning new things!

  • Ask Me About
    ANYTHING & I would do my very best to put you in touch with the right information.
  • Jessica R.
  • Position:

    Technical services Team leader

  • Meet Jessica R.

    Jessica has worked in and appreciated libraries since her sophomore year in high school. She
    has a passion for working with young adults and helping them achieve their goals for the future.
    After graduating from East Central High School, she went through the Ivy Tech Community
    College Library Technical Assistant Associates degree program and has worked in the Learning
    Resource Center at the Batesville campus.
    Upon graduating from Ivy Tech, she went through the Indiana University School of Education
    Bachelor in Secondary English Education program at IUPUI. During this time, she was the
    Access Services Assistant in the University Library on campus, and spent a good amount of
    time teaching and assisting in Indianapolis Public School classrooms and libraries.
    After graduating from IUPUI, she missed the small town, country lifestyle and moved back to
    southeastern Indiana. She also went back to work at Ivy Tech Community College in the new
    Batesville campus library.

    Finally, in 2015, after more than eight years together, she and her boyfriend were married; and
    they had their first child in 2018. When she is not working at the Library, she enjoys watching,
    reading, and discussing movies, books, philosophy, and sports with her husband, spending time
    outdoors with her son, as well as volunteering in the community.

    Jessica became a member of the Library staff in August 2016 and became the Technical
    Services Team Leader in September 2019.

  • Current Favorite Book: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • I'm Interested In...

    Teen and Juvenile fiction, WWII fiction and non-fiction, MLA and APA formatting, Biographies, Movies, Gridiron Football, Professional Wrestling, Hiking, Comedy, Fishing, Fashion, and Philanthropy.

  • Ask Me About
    Anything! I’m here to help you find the answers to your questions.
  • Kim B.
  • Position:

    Local History Library Branch Leader

  • Meet Kim B.

    She has worked in a Library for thirty-two years and feels she has come full circle. She began her career at The Aurora Public Library under Library Director Marge Runyan, with a staff of four. When her children entered school, she sadly left The Aurora Public Library for a Library position with the South Dearborn Community School Corporation in the Aurora Middle School which later became South Dearborn Middle School. This move allowed her the same schedule as her three children. Her children are now grown with families of their own and she has returned home to The Aurora Public Library District – full circle.

    She truly loves her job and enjoys the challenges our patrons bring. She feels reading allows her to travel to all places without leaving her home. Her current favorite author is Stephen King who writes suspense and horror novels. She thoroughly enjoys reading on the "dark" side.

  • Current Favorite Book: The Girl Before by JP Delaney
  • I'm Interested In...

    In...My granddaughter, The outdoors, cooking, baking, decorating cookies and cakes.

  • Ask Me About
    anything and I will do my best to find your answer!
  • Peggy Dean
  • Position:

    Director

  • Meet Peggy Dean

    Peggy grew up in south Georgia and attended Purdue University, where she obtained an Engineering degree. Following college, she served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for almost nine years. She entered the Library field as a Library Aide at the Moores Hill Elementary School and came to work at the Aurora Public Library District in 2007. She completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 2012.

    Peggy is now serving as the Library Director after serving for several years as the Youth services Librarian.

  • Current Favorite Book: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • I'm Interested In...

    reading all kinds of books! I love historical fiction, national parks, board games, jigsaw puzzles and traveling. It’s always a great day for Peggy if she is able to learn something new.

  • Ask Me About
    children’s and teen books, including biographies and other non-fiction. I would love to tell you about our on-line resources, and I love to talk about how to prepare your child for learning to read! Don’t hesitate to ask me something you think I won’t know, because I love learning along with you.
  • Roy L.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant and Local History Library Historian

  • Meet Roy L.

    Roy is one of two Librarians in the Genealogy and History Department of the Aurora Public Library District. He graduated from the old Aurora High School in 1967, as an Aurora Red Devil. He continued his education at Ball State University and earned a degree in Political Science. Roy can be found with all the old books and papers of Aurora at the old train Depot, now the home History and Genealogy collection.

    He has lived in or near Aurora all of his life and claims his ancestors came to Southeastern Indiana by the 1820’s. Roy has always been interested in history and genealogy asking questions of the past in the company of his long gone ancestors. Roy lives near Aurora with his wife Neysa. He is the father and grandfather of five children and eight grandchildren.

  • I'm Interested In...

    woodworking, carving and historical research, especially the area affectionately known as Cochran.

  • Ask Me About
    local history and questions concerning your family research. Also, I can help you with research on microfilmed newspapers, cemeteries, plat maps, including the Sandborn maps of this city, family history, photographs and any other historical question you may want to discuss.
  • Stephanie S.
  • Position:

    Youth Services Assistant

  • Meet Stephanie S.

    Stephanie’s love of children’s books began with her love of reading to and reading with children. Many life lessons can be taught to children through the use of books.

    When not at the library, Stephanie can be found spoiling her dogs and spending time with family and friends.

  • Current Favorite Book: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • I'm Interested In...

    learning new things and reading books from different genres.

  • Ask Me About
    anything. I will try to answer any and all questions.