To the Moon and Back: Rockets and Orbits

Have you ever wondered how NASA gets their equipment into outer space? Getting satellites and humans into orbit and beyond is not an easy feat. It takes Rocket Science!

Teens are invited to join us on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Aurora Public Library.

Dr. Wesley Ryle, a professor of Astronomy at Thomas More University will be presenting a program about the moon.  We will be looking at what it takes to reach orbit around the Earth, leave Earth and go to the Moon. Participants can test their skills using a rocket simulator/game. Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut?

Registration is not required for this free event.

StarLab Is Coming To The Aurora Public Library

Learn about the constellations in the night sky!  

 

The StarLab Dome will be at the Aurora Public Library on Friday, June 7, 2019

Registration is required for this free event.  We have the following times available.

10:30am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm

StarLab

 

The StarLab Dome offers a unique opportunity for children to view the star constellations as if they are viewing the nighttime sky.  We will have a presenter to explain what stars you can look for at home while looking up at the stars.  Children will also learn some history about the constellations.  

Night Constellations

 

The Star Lab is open to children ages 5-12  accompanied by an adult. You can register your child by calling the Aurora Public Library at 812-926-0646. Please be on time, because people cannot be admitted to the StarLab after the program begins.

 

Happy Stargazing!  🙂

The Moon: Craters and Impacts

Have you ever looked at a picture of the Moon and wondered why it has so many craters on it?

 

If you observe the Moon, you will notice that it has more craters than the Earth, which has relatively few.  Have you ever wondered why?

The Earth

If the answers above are yes, please join us for a special “Fun Friday for Families” program on:

 Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10:30 am at the Aurora Public Library.

We will be welcoming Dr. Wesley Ryle, Professor of Astronomy at Thomas More University.  

Dr. Ryle will show us how craters are formed via violent impacts. 

Moon Crater

The program will also include hands-on creations of our own craters.

This is a free event and is open to all agesNo registration is required. 

Hope to see you there!  🙂

 

Aurora Pvblic Library?

As you walk up the steps to the Aurora Public Library, have you ever looked above the door?

Aurora Public Library 414 Second Street Aurora Indiana

Does anything seem odd about the engraving in the cement at the top of the door?

Aurora Public Library

Lets take an even closer look.

Aurora Public Library

It seems as though the engraver misspelled “Public.”  But did he?

Aurora Public Library

I have walked through those doors many times over the past 18 years that I have lived in the community.  I have never paid much attention to the lettering style or the odd misspelling.  It was only when a gentleman visiting our community from out of town pointed it out to me that I noticed it.  He asked me “Is there a reason that they used a v instead of a u in the word Public on the building?”  This was a new question for me.  I asked a colleague who also had no idea of the answer.  I searched through the history we know about the building.  The lettering was not mentioned.  So this sent me off on a google search of just why this seemed to be misspelled.

This is what I learned: 

It was very common in public buildings erected during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century to use the Latin alphabet and  lettering style.

This was especially true of buildings that had Roman features.  

The Latin alphabet only has 23 letters.  

In the Latin alphabet U and V are used interchangeably.

 

It’s great to learn something new!

Dads and Donuts

Coffee and Donuts

Join us for a morning of fun at the Aurora Public Library!  Children and adult male caregivers can come to the library on Saturday, May 4th from 10:30 a.m. until noon to enjoy donuts, juice, milk, and coffee. In addition to the donuts, there’ll be time to read books together, play games, and make a simple craft.

What’s even sweeter than a donut? Just hanging out together!  Make plans to join us for some great family time.  

There is no registration required for this free event, and this event is open for children up to age 12.

Donut with sprinkles

We hope to see you there!  🙂

April Poet Birthdays

April is National Poetry Month.  

Here are a few famous poets who have April birthdays: 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou Quote

Poet, singer, author and civil rights activist Dr.Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928.  Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2010.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Poems

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth Quote

English poet William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770.  Wordsworth helped to launch the “Romantic Age” of English literature.

Poems by William Wordsworth.  A selection edited by Edward Dowden.

Poems by William Wordsworth. A selection edited by Edward Dowden

 

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

Irish born playwright, poet and author Seamus Heaney was born on April 13, 1939.  Heaney won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Station Island by Seamus Heaney

Station Island by Seamus Heaney

 

 

Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight

American Poet Etheridge Knight was born on April 18, 1931.

The Essential Etheridge Knight by Etheridge Knight

The Essential Etheridge Knight

 

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.

No Fear Shakespeare Sonnets

William Shakespeare Sonnets

 

Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren

Poet, novelist and literary critic Robert Penn Warren was born on April 24, 1905. Warren won Pulitzer prizes for his poetry and for his fiction writing.  

The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren

The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren P

 

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser Quote

American Poet Ted Kooser was born April 25,1939.

House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser

House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser

 

Do you share an April birthday with one of these poets?  We’d love to hear in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry month began in 1996.  Today it is considered “the largest literary celebration in the world” according to the Academy of American Poets website.

Here are a few ideas of how to celebrate National Poetry month:

  • Consider joining the Academy of American Poets “Poem a Day digital series.”    During the week, new and unpublished poems by current poets will arrive in your email.  On weekends  you will find classic poetry. This is a free service.
  • Check out the Academy of American Poets youtube channel.  The channel offers many poems to choose from.  Most of them are read by the authors themselves.   
  • Consider reading a poem a day each day for the month of April.  There are some great authors to help you get started.  

Where the Sidewalk Ends 

by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk EndsSilverstein opens this childhood classic with an invitation. “If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hop-er, a prayer-er, a magic bean buyer..If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire for we have some flax-golden tales to spin.  Come in! Come in”

The book is a collection of Silverstein’s poetry and drawings.

It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles

By Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky

This is a hilarious collection of Prelutsky’s poetry that children will love.  Filled with stories, puns, jokes, and tales of animals and make believe, this will soon become a childhood favorite.

Feel the Beat: Dance poems that zing from salsa to swing

By Marilyn Singer

Feel The Beat

This is a collection of poetry about dance.  There is an audio CD included that features the poet reading to the music for each dance mentioned.

Modern Day Poets:

Many times people think of poetry as being something old fashioned or dead.  Here are three modern day poets who will get you excited to read poetry again.  

Milk and Honey

By Rupi Kur

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur originally self published “Milk and Honey.”  The book had  a huge following and made it to the New York Times best seller list.  Kaur’s poetry talks about pain and how to navigate through life’s toughest moments. This is available as a digital download ebook through OverDrive

Stags Leap

By Sharon Olds

Stags Leap by Sharon Olds

This is a collection of poetry that was written during Olds’ divorce.  In her poems, she tackles issues such as the loss of love, sorrow and finding herself. Olds won the T.S. Elliot award for poetry for this book.   

The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba’s struggle for freedom

By Margarita Engle

The Surrender Tree by Margaritta Engle

 

Engle was awarded the  Newbery Honor Award for this book.  This book is a collection of poetry that  chronicles the struggles that Cuba has faced and the country’s continuing fight for freedom.

Do you have a favorite poem or a favorite poet?  We would love to hear in the comments below.

Happy Reading 🙂

Aurora Night Sky Viewing

Night Sky and Telescope

Did you know that Cincinnati is called “The Birthplace of Astronomy?” Cincinnati’s Observatory is home to the oldest working telescope still in public use today.  On Thursday April 11, 2019 the Cincinnati Observatory will be bringing telescopes to the library to view the night sky. The community is invited to stop by the Aurora Public Library between 8:30 -9:30 pm.  

Telescope

This is a free event and is open to everyone.  There is no registration required to attend. Viewers may come and go as they wish.  This will be an outside event.  If there is rain or if the sky is cloudy there will be an indoor program provided by the Cincinnati Observatory.  We hope to see you there!

 

Happy Stargazing 🙂

Crafting Is For The Birds

Crafting Is For The Birds

With spring just around the corner, the birds will be returning to southeast Indiana.  The adult April craft will offer an opportunity to make a bird feeder out of a teacup and saucer.  We will be adding a Macrame rope to hang the tea cup feeder with.  Fill the feeder with bird seed of your choice and hang it outside. The birds will be attracted to your yard.

This event is for adults and teens, and the dates for the crafting program will be :

Tuesday April 23 for Dillsboro Public Library

4-5:30 pm

Thursday April 25 at the Aurora Public Library

6-7:30 pm

Teacup Bird Feeder

Space for the craft program is limited.  Please stop by the desk and register. You may also call 812-926-0646 to register for either of the library locations.  

Happy Crafting 🙂

Popular Audiobooks for Overdrive in 2018

Audiobooks have been very popular for many years.  Audiobooks come in many formats. The Aurora Public Library District is proud to offer many books on CD’s.  Another option is to listen to Audiobooks through the Overdrive App at the Indiana Digital Download Center

If you log into Overdrive using your library card number and your PIN you can see the availability of the title you are interested in.  If you need assistance in setting up a PIN or with downloading the app please stop into the Aurora or the Dillsboro libraries and we would be happy to assist you. 

What I like best about audiobooks is that you can do other things while you listen to the story.  I like to listen to an audio book in the car. I also will listen to an audiobook while I am cleaning the house.  Audiobooks can also be a great resource for those who have vision problems.

In 2018 some of The Most Popular Audio Books for Overdrive Were:

Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata 

  Convenience Store Woman

36-year old Keiko Furukura has always struggled with fitting in. Keiko begins working at a convenience store when she is 18 years old.  Keiko enjoys her job but faces criticism from her family to get married and to find a real job.

Sayaka Murata’s novel tackles the subject of the pressure to conform and the effect it has on someone mentally.

The Outsider

by Stephen King

A child is found murdered in a park.  All signs seem to point in the direction of one of the town’s most upstanding citizens.  Many in the community have a difficult time believing that this father, Little League coach and English teacher is the one who committed this heinous crime.  Could this man be hiding a dark secret?

The Simple Truth

by David Baldacci

The Simple Truth

Secrets have a way of coming out.  John Fiscke is a former cop who is now an attorney.  John is trying to figure out who killed his brother Michael.  Did a case that Michael was working on lead to his murder? The one man who can help John figure out the mystery has escaped from prison and is on the run.  

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

When 13 year old Keni Albright’s father Ernt returns from Vietnam he is not the same man.  Ernt Albright had been a POW. Ernt decides to move his family to Alaska where they will live off the grid.  Keni and her mother realize that Ernt’s mental state is deteriorating. Keni realizes that they only have each other to rely on.  Kristin Hannah’s novel explore the effects that war can have on a man.

Ambush

by James Patterson

Ambush

New York Detective Michael Bennett and his family are the only thing that is keeping two drug cartels out of a profitable opioid trade.  How can Bennett save his family?

Frederick Douglass

by David W. Blight

Frederick Douglas

A biography of a former escaped slave who went on to become a major literary figure.  Frederick Douglass went on to publish his own newspaper and was one of the leading abolitionists and writers of his era.  

A Higher Loyalty

by James Comey

A Higher Loyalty

James Comey was the director of the FBI from 2013-2017.  In this memoir, Comey shares his experience in prosecuting and investigating some of the most high profile cases in recent history.

There There

by Tommy Orange

There There

This novel follows a day in the life of 12 Urban Indians living in Oakland Ca.  Each of them have different reasons for attending the Oakland City Powwow. A fateful event on this day brings them all together in ways they could not imagine.  

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan tells the story of “Wash,” an 11 year old field slave.  Wash is terrified of being sold to his masters brother. Wash comes to find out that his new owner is an abolitionist.  When a man is killed and Wash is blamed, Christopher and Wash flee and go on an adventure that takes them across the globe.  

Educated

by Tara Westover

Educated

Tara Westover’s memoir about making the decision to go to college against her family’s wishes.  Westover had been raised in the mountains of Idaho by Mormon survivalists. Home schooled by her mother and never taken to a doctor, Westover did not even have a birth certificate until she was 9 years old.  

For other popular audio books offered through the Indiana Digital download center please visit their audio book page by clicking here.  

 

Happy Listening!  🙂