Kids Love Non-Fiction!

You’ve probably noticed changes in our library buildings as we’ve rearranged some of our collections. The biggest change is that we have created an area for children’s non-fiction books at both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library. We want kids to be able to find books that interest them more easily, without having to search through shelves that also have the “adult” stuff. We’ve also been adding some great new titles to keep our collection current and interesting. In this area, you’ll find everything from coding to science, from sign language to sports, and from religion to music. As always, we’re here to help you find what you and your children are interested in!

There are advantages to reading a mixture of books types, both fiction and non-fiction. Letting your child’s interests guide the selection is always a great way to keep them engaged with books. Here are a couple of interesting articles about reading non-fiction. The first is from a father’s perspective – how he discovered that non-fiction satisfied his daughter’s desire to learn about the world around her. The second article is from an educational perspective and discusses how reading non-fiction can increase comprehension of complex texts.

Here are some of our newest titles, but you really need to stop by and let your kids browse the collection to spark their interest!

Technology and science books are always popular, and we have lots of science project books to keep the kids busy during school breaks.

Drones by Elsie Olson

Science Maker Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Scientists in the Field” series is great for older students and even adults. Each title in the series focuses on the work being done by scientists in a particular field.

Backyard Bears by Amy Cherrix

Read about a favorite athlete, or learn new techniques for playing a sport.

Aaron Judge by Jon M. Fishman  Breanna Stewart by Jon M. Fishman  My First Soccer Handbook by Clive Gifford

From domestic to exotic, we have everything you need to know about animals!

Baby Animals by Dorothea DepriscoSugar Gliders by Paula M. Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baking with kids encourages reading, teaches math skills, and leads to a healthy appetite!Good Housekeeping Kids Bake!

 

Explore the past with our great history books. In addition to The Underground Railroad, Kay Winter’s Voices series also includes Colonial Voices and Voices from the Oregon Trail.

   Machu Picchu by Christina Leaf     Voices from the Underground Railroad by Kay Winters

Wonderful New Picture Books

We have added some amazing picture books to our collection in the last few months! Many of these are from authors and illustrators who are the superstars of children’s literature – well-loved by parents and librarians everywhere. Others were created by authors who may be new to you, but whose work you’ll certainly want to start following. Here are some of my favorites, but you’ll want to come to the library and explore all the other great items on the “New” shelf.

Tessa Takes Wing by Richard Jackson

 

How can you keep from smiling when you see this adorable baby? Have you ever wondered what babies do when everyone else is asleep? If you are not familiar with Richard Jackson, I also recommend his books All Ears, All Eyes and This Beautiful Day.

 

 

A Parade of Elephants by Keven Henkes

 

 

 

A Parade of Elephants is every bit as charming as the rest of Kevin Henkes’ picture books. You may know him as the author of Lilly’s Purple, Plastic Purse, but he’s written a long list of both picture books and chapter books for kids. For your older kids, check out Junonia and The Year of Billy Miller.

 

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

 

 

Jan Brett is another author whose books are always popular. The Snowy Nap reintroduces the title character from Hedgie’s Surprise (written in 2000) and is a perfect book to snuggle up with on a cold day. Brett continues her practice of using border illustrations to give a hint of what’s coming on the next page.

 

 

I loved I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony, so I was delighted to see another book about Mr. Panda. Who can resist another cute bedtime story?

 

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

 

 

 

 

 

The creative team that brought us Penguin Problems in 2016 is back with a story of a giraffe who can’t figure out what to do with his long neck!

 

Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet

 

 

 

 

Chomp Goes the Alligator is sure to become a favorite of preschoolers. It features counting, rhymes, and a movable alligator jaw!

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

 

 

 

 

 

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is perfect to share with any child who has ever experienced being different or outside of a group. Woodson’s words are always affirming and the illustrations by Rafael Lopez are vibrant and expressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein

 

 

The “Interrupting Chicken” is back! In this follow-up book, the young chicken is enjoying books with an “elephant of surprise”! This is one of those great picture books for kids who may be old enough to read independently, but who can really enjoy the humor caused by this misunderstanding.

 

What Public Libraries Do – Part 2

Since the 1980s, Public Libraries across America have been providing free computer and Internet access to community members. The Aurora Public Library District is no exception. In 2017, our public computers were used by library patrons 4,678 times and we had 7,295 people use our Wi-fi connections. The Library District remains committed to providing this access to all members of our community. We see everyday the growing need for computer access, not only for looking up information, but also for applying for government or state benefits, applying for jobs, filing tax returns, staying connected through social media and email, and a variety of other activities.

You can access our Computer and Internet Policy at: https://eapld.org/about/policies/. Anyone age 18 or older may use the public computers with a library card, and visitors to our area may use a computer by showing a photo ID. Children and youth under age 18 are required to have a parent or guardian signature to use a computer. The Library District does have a content filter on the public computers to comply with the federal Computer and Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

If you need help at one of our public computers, just ask at the circulation desk! Staff members can assist with many things, although we can’t give you medical, legal, or tax-related advice. If you are interested in taking a computer class or in getting some individual instruction, let us know. We are hoping to be able to offer more training in the near future.

 

 

What Public Libraries Do – Part I

A new picture book, Dreamers  by Yuyi Morales relate the story of the author’s move to the United States, but is also an inspirational tribute to the value that Public Libraries add to a community. Imagine the power of coming to a new country and discovering a world of books that can be explored and even checked out free of charge! Morales shares these two powerful statements in the author’s note at the end of the story. “One of the most important things I learned at the library is that through books we can find our path and our purpose. . . Kelly and I were Dreamers in the sense that all immigrants are Dreamers: we enter a new country carried by hopes and dreams, and carrying our own special gifts, to build a better future.”

Reading this beautiful book reminded me of two other inspiring picture books that highlight the services Public Libraries have provided for immigrants through the decades.

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

 

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora relates the true story of a special relationship between a librarian and the son of migrant farm workers. Tomas Rivera went on to become the first minority Chancellor of the University of California at Riverside.

 

 

 

 

 

The Storyteller's Candle by Lucia Gonzalez

 

The Storyteller’s Candle by Lucia M. Gonzalez introduces Pura Belpre, the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library system. This warmhearted Spanish/English bilingual story adopts the perspectives of two children who are inspired by Belpre to enter a library for the very first time. There is now an annual award given by the American Library Association named for Pura Belpre; the award honors outstanding authors and illustrators who portray Latino culture in books for children.

 

Remembering Pete Seeger

Folk musician Spook Handy will be returning to the Library District for a performance at the Aurora Public Library on September 13, 2018. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is free for everyone in the community. The performance will focus on the use of music to build and nurture community and will highlight the songs of Pete Seeger.

Spook Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 – 2013 learning firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Even more, he learned who Pete Seeger was and what he stood for. Spook is now traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and soon Europe with his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, keeping alive Pete’s tradition by sharing a few songs by Woody Guthrie (Pete’s most notable mentor), plenty of songs by Pete Seeger and a healthy handful of new songs Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook’s 2016 album, “Pete Woody & Me – Keep the Flame Alive,” held the No. 3 position on the International Folk Radio Charts for two months with his original songs reaching as high as No. 2. Recorded with his backup band “The Seed Planters,” the CD is more than just a tribute to Pete. It is a work that, as John Weingart of WPRB Radio says, “certainly rests on the shoulders of the past but is unmistakably steeped in the present.”

Spook hopes the concert will demonstrate that the tradition of singing songs with social value is alive and well TODAY!!  “While the concert will have a nostalgic quality to it, it will also present a look at the world we live in today and the world we can create for tomorrow.”

Bring your friends and family to enjoy this celebration of how music can change the world!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Aurora Public Library District. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children with essential early literacy skills. 

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years and is totally free! Registration is open. For more information, call the library at 812-926-0646 or visit our website at https://eapld.org/programs/ When you register, you’ll receive a free book bag and a Reading Log. Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to get a reward! We’ll celebrate with you as your child takes these first steps toward literacy.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

 

Temporary Building Closure

The Dillsboro Public Library will be closed from Monday, July 23rd through Wednesday, July 25th for the installation of our new air conditioning unit. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope that you will be able to come to the Aurora Public Library during this time. The Dillsboro book drop will still be in operation and will be checked daily. You may also call the Aurora Public Library at 812-926-0646 to renew any items on your account.

The Dillsboro Open House that was previously scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th has been rescheduled for Friday, July 20th from 1-2 pm. Stop by on the 20th to view pictures from all our Libraries Rock programs. July 20th at 2 pm will also be the last time to enter the prize drawing at the Dillsboro Branch. The Aurora Public Library and Local History Library will be accepting prize entry slips until 2 pm on Wednesday, July 25th.

Teens Rock!

Teens ages 13-18 can mark their calendars for some great events at the Library district in June and July! We’ll be learning about Hip Hop, playing games, discussing books, painting and more. Come by the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Library to pick up a calendar of events, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

 

Rocking’ with Zumba 

June 14 from  6-8 p.m.

at the Aurora Public Library

Wear comfortable exercise clothes!

 

 

 

Teen Hip Hop

June 19 at 4 p.m. at the Dillsboro Public Library

June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

Learn about the Hip Hop movement and try your hand at creating some graffiti art!

 

 

Teen Game Night    

June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

All kinds of board games and card games.

Bring some friends and just chill out!

 

 

 

Tile Painting for Teens

July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

Local artist Chris Campbell will lead the teens in painting ceramic tiles with alcohol paints.

**Registration is required by July 6th and is limited to 16 teens.**

 

 

 

Celebrate Musicals

July 17 at 4 p.m. at the Dillsboro Public Library

July 19 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

If you’re a fan of musicals, this is the program for you! Show off your knowledge in a Musical Trivia Contest. (There will be prizes!)   Then enjoy a snack while you let the lyrics inspire you to create an art masterpiece.

 

Stuck Between the Pages     

For high students only, we will have two book discussions this summer. You may register andThe Book thief by Markus Zusak pick up a copy of the books at either the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Library.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library (The Book Thief)

July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library (The Secret Life of Bees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patron Perks are Back!

Your Library District is a great place to spend time with your family this summer! Don’t miss out on our three Patron Perk Days in June and July. What do you need to do to get a Patron Perk? The first step is to stop by one of our buildings to pick up your information about the Libraries Rock summer programs. Get a calendar of events and a book bag, along with an “I Love Reading” wristband. On June 14th, June 25th and July 13th, be one of the first 50 people to come into one of our buildings to win a prize.

     

In addition, each day you visit the Library between May 29th and July 24th, you can enter to win one of our big summer prizes.

Make the Library one of your regular stops around town this summer. We have AC, Wi-Fi, lots of books, friendly staff, and loads of special programs.