Indiana Author Awards

The Eugene and Marilyn  Glick  Indiana Authors Awards celebrate the best books by Indiana authors written in eight different categories and published during the previous two years.You can check out these books in print at either the Aurora Public Library or the Dillsboro Public Library. If you prefer to read or listen digitally, just download the titles from the Indiana

Attucks by Phillip HooseChildren’s Award

Attucks! tells the true story of the all-Black Crispus Attucks High School basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana. By winning the 1955 state championship, 10 teens—including eventual college and NBA star Oscar Robertson—shattered the myth of Black inferiority. Hoose is a widely acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles, including the National Book Award-winning Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.

 

 

 

Fiction AwardThe Life List of Adrian Mandrick by Chris White

A pill-popping anesthesiologist and avid birder embarks on a quest to find the extremely rare Ivory-billed Woodpecker only to become stranded in the thick swamplands of Florida’s panhandle. There he confronts past and present failures, the cost of his obsessions and what’s truly important in life. Although White is a widely performed and award-winning playwright and screenwriter (as well as an actor and vocalist), The Life List of Adrian Mandrick is her first novel.

 

 

 

Pimp My Airship by Maurice BroaddusGenre Award

Indianapolis is recast as a steampunk, sci-fi landscape in Broaddus’ work where themes of power, racism and mass incarceration of people of color are explored. The fast-paced adventure through an alternative Indy follows an unlikely trio of Black compatriots into a battle for control of the nation and the soul of their people. Born in London, England, Broaddus has lived most of his life in Indianapolis.

 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction Award The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

A collection of essays written over the course of a tumultuous year, The Book of Delights reminds readers of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling and celebrating ordinary wonders. A New York Times best-seller and product of a commitment to write daily essays about life’s simple delights, the essays in The Book of Delights are funny, philosophical and moving.

 

 

 

 

Sightseer in This Killing City by Eugene GloriaPoetry Award

Set in the aftermath of presidential elections in the U.S. and Philippines, Sightseer in This Killing City is an argument for grace and perseverance in an era of bombast and bullies. The John Rabb Emison Professor of Creative and Performing Arts and English Professor at DePauw University, Gloria is the author of three other books of poems.

 

 

 

 

 

Young Adult Award All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell

Told through the eyes of a teenage girl, All the Things We Do in the Dark, finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, addresses challenging issues affecting young people—including rape, PTSD, mental health and victim blaming—and the many ways people work through trauma. Mitchell, a Greenwood, Ind.-based author of young-adult novels, anthologies and nonfiction series, has seen more than 400 of her screenplays produced as films in conjunction with Dreaming Tree Films.

 

 

Emerging Author Award

For fans of Wild, a searing memoir about one woman’s road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, told through the series of cars that accompanied her.

Growing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wanderlust was an innate reaction to the powerful personalities around her, and came too from her desire to find a place in the world where her artistic ambitions wouldn’t be thwarted. She found in automobiles the promise of a future beyond Indiana state lines.

Try Out Our Book Discussion Group!

Have you ever thought about joining a book discussion group? Although the Aurora Public Library District is not having in-person programs at the present time, you can still try it out by joining us on Friday, December 4th for a Zoom Book Discussion of The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister. The discussion will be led by Ron Nicholson of Ivy Tech. Here’s what you need to do to participate:

  • You can pick up a copy of the book at the Aurora Public Library or at the Dillsboro Public Library. You can also download an ebook or e-audiobook from the Indiana Digital Download Center.
  • Email Peggy at peggy@eapld.org to register for the discussion. This is necessary so we can email you an invitation to the Zoom discussion.
  • If you haven’t used Zoom before, you’ll need to download the Zoom app on your home computer, tablet, phone, or other device.
  • At 1 pm on December 4th, go to the link in your Zoom invitation to join Ron and the other participants. The discussion usually lasts around an hour and a half.
  • Enjoy meeting some new friends and sharing your thought on this book title.

The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister

Here’s how a reviewer described the book in Publisher Weekly magazine.

“British author McAllister makes her U.S. debut with this riveting psychological thriller set in Brighton, England. Sisters Martha and Becky Blackwater have always been best friends. When work takes Martha to Greece and her husband, Scott, is going to be out of town on business, Becky agrees to look after their eight-week-old baby, Layla, who suffers from reflux and cries almost constantly. Lyla dies while under Becky’s care, an apparent victim of SIDS, but an investigation points to suffocation as the cause of death. When Becky is charged with murder, she claims innocence. The family torn asunder, Becky moves in with her parents while out on bail; Martha and Scott, both consumed by guilt, remain at home. The sisters don’t see each other for nine months, until the trial begins. During the trial, scrutiny of the sisters’ relationship leads to some startling revelations. Authentic courtroom scenes, intricate family dynamics, the conflicts of motherhood, and a shocking ending all add up to a winner.”

If you have any questions about how you can participate in the virtual event, just call Peggy at 812-926-0646.

Help from the Indiana Attorney General

On October 27th, personnel from the office of the Indiana Attorney General will be offering individual help during their Mobile Operations Center hours at the Aurora Public Library. Appointments are not required.

Remember that masks and social distancing are required in all our Library buildings.

How Many Seeds?

Miss Stephanie comes up with the craziest ideas! Come by the Library this week and give us your best guess for how many seeds are in the pumpkin. There are similar pumpkins at the Dillsboro Public Library and at the Aurora Public Library, so you can participate either place. Enter a guess once a day, ending on Saturday, October 24th. Then Miss Stephanie will get to work counting the seeds. The winner at each branch will be the person who gets closest to the actual number, without going over. Each winner will receive a gift card to be used at a local business.

Maybe reading a book about pumpkins will help you guess, so you should also check out some of our pumpkin books!

Froggy Picks a Pumpkin by Jonathan London Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

The Book Sale is Opening Again

The Book Sale in the Dillsboro Public Library Basement will reopen on Tuesday, September 1st. This sale is open whenever the Dillsboro Public Library is open. However, we ask you to please observe the following precautions:

  • Access to the Book Sale will be by the library elevator to the basement. The elevator is small, so everyone should ride the elevator separately, unless you are from the same household.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided and keep your mask on while in the library building.
  • Within the book sale area, you must use social distancing. If there are more than 4 people already in the book sale room, just take a seat in the open area or browse the local history room until someone leaves the book sale.
  • Select your books for purchase and take them to the circulation desk upstairs to pay.
  • Bags are available for your use.  Both paper and plastic bags are located on the desk in the book sale room.
  • Children under the age of 10 should be accompanied by an adult.

Books will be $1 per bag on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th.

The Library District is also accepting donations of used books again. If you have a large quantity, we ask that you please drop them off at the Dillsboro Public Library.

Have You Been Counted?

Did you know that the U.S. Census is used for much more than deciding how many U.S. Representatives Indiana gets in Congress? The official census counts are also used to determine government funding for things like school lunch programs and road projects. Businesses use the census data to decide where to start a new business, and hospitals and other social service agencies use the information to determine what types of services are needed. An accurate count of the number of people living in Dearborn County is critical if we want to have access to all the services and programs that our communities need.

If you haven’t completed your official U.S. Census yet, you’ll need to do it before the end of September. Remember to count everyone who lives at your home; we’re all important. If you didn’t receive a census in the mail, you can complete it by going to: https://my2020census.gov/ The information you report is strictly confidential. The Census Bureau is not allowed to report your personal information to other government agencies.

Complete the Census

Calling All Cozy Readers!

“Cozy” mysteries are one of the most popular genres in the Aurora Public Library District. Cozies are perfect for light summer reading and for long, cold winter nights. If you’re not familiar with the cozy genre, these books are the “gentle reads” of the mystery titles – no gore or graphic content. The crime is typically solved by an amateur detective who happens to stumble across a dead body from time to time, and the setting is often a small, quaint village. Each series may have a large number of books; however, even the best of series eventually come to an end. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new series of Cozies. Here are the newest additions to our cozy collection – the first books in brand-new series.

To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper KIncaid   A Study in Murder by Callie Hutton

A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison   The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate

The Library District has lots of ongoing series of cozies featuring themes like cooking, bookshops, pets, or even chocolate! Just jump in and see which authors you enjoy. There are great resources online about this genre, so don’t forget that we can also borrow from other libraries, if you find a series we don’t have. Here’s a great website to check out if you want to see the amazing variety of books in this gentle category: Cozy Mystery List

Celebrating Women’s Suffrage

 

Arrests of Suffragists carrying purple, white and gold banners near the White House, August 6, 1918

August 26, 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This right may be taken for granted today, but it was the result of decades of hard work, protests, and even jail sentences. Displays are in place at both the Aurora and the Dillsboro Public Libraries with books, quotations, and historical photographs. When looking for a book on the topic, don’t forget there are additional resources available to download through Overdrive or Libby.

    

In addition to our display, there are many wonderful resources online that illustrate the perseverance and sacrifices of the American suffragettes. Many of our national institutions have compiled special collections for this anniversary year, so check out these links for more information.

Women’s Vote Centennial Commission: https://www.womensvote100.org/learn

From the Smithsonian Institution: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/votes-for-women

From the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/women-fight-for-the-vote/about-this-exhibition/

From the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/women/suffrage

From the National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/19th-amendment.htm

 

Resources for Homeschoolers

We’ve always had quite a few homeschool families in the Library District. Recently we have taken steps to update our collection of resources to help those families. Many of these newer titles might be interesting to other parents as well, so click on these links to get more information. We also have items on display at both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library, including packets of information about some of our other educational resources.

  2 Homeschool Myths Debunked by Kent Larson  The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart  The Call of the Wild + Free by Ainsley Arment

 Homeschoolers are Not Hermits by Kathy Oaks  Homeschooled & Headed for College by Denise Boiko  Homeschooling Gifted Kids by Cindy West

 The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise  This is My Home, This is My School by Jonathan Bean  Unschooled by Kerry McDonald

As always, we’re happy to request items from other libraries, if we don’t have exactly what you need. Just talk to a staff member, or click here to request an item through Inter-Library Loan.

Happy Independence Day!

The Aurora Public Library District will be closed on

Friday, July 3rd, and Saturday, July 4th,

in celebration of Independence Day.

While you’re planning your holiday celebrations, why not check out a non-fiction book to help you learn more about the American Revolution? Here are some ideas to get you started. Don’t forget, you can also check out the digital selections on the Indiana Digital Download Center.

1776 by David McCullough The American Revolution: a World War The Drillmaster of Valley Forge by Paul Lockhart

Founding Fathers by K.M. Kostyal Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts George Washington's Secret Six by Kilmeade and Yaeger

Independence Lost by Kathleen DuVal Inventing America by Garry Wills Killing England by Bill O'Reilly

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer The Whites of Their Eyes by Paul Lockhart Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff