Meet Your Librarians

  • Ashton R.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant Student

  • Meet Ashton R.

    Ashton is currently enrolled at South Dearborn High School. She is a journalist for the school newspaper, The Knight Times. Ashton also is on the school’s spelling team. She currently started working at the Library at the beginning of June 2016. After graduation, she hopes to attend the Indiana University East Center at the Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg. She hopes to graduate with a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in either, English or History! After graduating from college, she wishes to become a ninth grade teacher at South Dearborn!

    When Ashton isn’t working with the Library, she can be found at home with her dogs, Coco and Kronos, reading aloud to them or sitting in her reading nook and reading silently to herself! She enjoys spending time with her family, watching Netfllix, and of course, reading!

    "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: The Game Maker Series by Kresley Cole.
  • 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 love Shakespeare and anything that has to do with him, I even named my car after Ophelia in Othello and wish to name my daughter, Desdemona from Othello as well.

    I enjoy long walks with my dogs on beautifully warm days, as well as going on bike rides with my father on our Harley.

    I enjoy reading as many books as I can get a hold of. I do enjoy reading my kindle but nothing makes me feel more alive then grabbing a book and opening it up to a brand new world that I hadn’t yet discovered or that I have discovered and wanted to rediscover once again.

  • Ask Me About
    King Arthur, the Borgias, Fantasy, Science Fiction, History, Shakespeare! Practically Anything! Good romance novels of any kind; 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!
  • Becky W.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant

  • Meet Becky W.

    Becky grew up in Hammond which is in northwest Indiana. After graduating from high school she attended Vincennes University where she received an Associate degree in General Studies. She has been employed with South Dearborn Community Schools since 2013 and is the Library Assistant at Moores Hill School. Becky will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in English from St. Mary of the Woods College in December of 2019. Becky will also begin taking classes toward obtaining library certification next spring.

    Becky lives in Aurora with her husband Earl and their children, Hope and Earl. When Becky is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and going to her children’s sporting and school events. Becky enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and traveling. She also enjoys writing for fun and dreams of becoming a writer one day.

  • Current Favorite Book: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  • I'm Interested In...

    Cooking, baking, travel, fiction, children’s literature, and learning new things

  • Ask Me About
    Ask me about: children’s literature, teen fiction, Young Hoosier Book Award books, anything really! If I do not know the answer I will find the answer for you or point you in the direction of someone who knows! :)
  • Bobbie G.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant

  • 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:

    Library Assistant

  • Meet Jessica R.

    I became a member of the Library staff in August 2016. I have worked in and appreciated libraries since my sophomore year in high school. I have a passion for working with young adults and helping them achieve their goals for the future. After graduating from East Central High School, I went through the Ivy Tech Community College Library Technical Assistant Associates degree program and I have worked in the Learning Resource Center at the Batesville campus.

    Upon graduating from Ivy Tech, I went through the Indiana University School of Education Bachelor in Secondary English Education program at IUPUI. During this time, I 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, I missed the small town, country lifestyle and moved back to southeastern Indiana. I 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, my boyfriend and I were married. When I am not working at the Library, I enjoy watching, reading, and discussing movies, books, philosophy, and sports with my husband as well as volunteering in the community.

  • Current Favorite Book: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
  • 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
    Biographies and Teen fiction, and would be willing to help with: APA and MLA formatting, research queries, college information, and computer 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.
  • Rose T.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant and APLD Cataloger

  • Meet Rose T.

    Rose has served as Cataloger for the Aurora Public Library District since March 2010. Her duties include creating an online record for all incoming books. In addition to cataloging, Rose completes all Inter-Library requests, processes patron fines and works the circulation desk. Rose has worked with the public her entire life and loves to interact with patrons.

  • Current Favorite Book: Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
  • I'm Interested In...

    hiking in our state parks and exploring as many as I can.

  • Ask Me About
    a book not available at our library and I will try and find it at another library in the state.
  • 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.
  • Sarah Z.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant

  • Meet Sarah Z.

    Sarah grew up in Aurora and has spent many hours in the local libraries. She has always loved reading and writing which lead her to working at the library in August of 2018. She enjoys all genres of books, but her top favorites are historical fiction and fantasy.

    When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing/teaching yoga, riding the motorcycle, or coming up with another harebrained idea.

  • Current Favorite Book: The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier
  • I'm Interested In...

    Learning about and trying new things. I have explored many avenues of interest over the years. You could say that my hobby is having new hobbies. I love knowledge and to me there is nothing more thrilling than learning something that I had not known a moment ago.

  • Ask Me About
    Researching just about anything, health, fitness, and general wellness living.
  • Shelby A.
  • Position:

    Library Assistant

  • Meet Shelby A.

    Shelby graduated from Mount St. Joseph University in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and is hoping to begin an MLS program soon. She began working at the Aurora Public Library District in August of 2016. She has loved reading and books for as long as she can remember – in fact, her earliest memory is being taken to Story Time by her granny! She gives every book 100 pages to impress her before deciding to continue reading. That being said, she will read any genre as long as the story gets her attention.

    When she’s not at the Library, Shelby is probably at home taking videos and pictures of her cats, Marvin and Bruce, or annoying her husband. Currently, she’s trying to figure out how to cook edible dinners.

    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

  • Current Favorite Book: The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
  • I'm Interested In...

    Great literature, mythology, cats, food, Downton Abbey, learning sign language, writing…I’m pretty much interest in everything, except sports. And how cars work.

  • Ask Me About
    Classic literature and cats. Basic computer questions, where items are shelved….anything! I’m here to help you! If I don’t have the answer, I’ll find someone who does.
  • 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.