Geocaching adventure!

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What is geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It is the world’s largest treasure hunt. There are actual rules and etiquette when it comes to this game. Most important rules are:

  • If you take something from the geocache (or “cache”), leave something of equal or greater value.
  • Write about your find in the cache logbook.
  • Log your experience

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What does a geocache look like? It’s a surprise, it could be something as small as a fake screw with a note inside to a fishing box of items.  It can be anything…there are many types of geocaches ranging from an earth cache to traditional. Hordes of people are geocaching around the world. While the GPS may give you the coordinates of your cache, it’s up to your sleuthing skills to find it. They can be hidden in fake objects, tied to a tree, underneath a rock…the possibilities are endless!

You can find out more about geocaching here.

Teens can come to the library on Thursday, June 23rd for a geocaching experience of their own! Call the library for more details.

 

Go on your own adventure, get geocaching!

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Goodreads: Book lovers Google

Do you have trouble keeping track of books you have read? Do you have a list of books you want to read? Have you ever heard of Goodreads?

Goodreads is a website that has many versatile uses. You can look at book reviews of peers or check out what they are reading. You can add friends. You can write your own reviews on books you have read…and (gasp) the author might read it! Keep track of  books you are reading, books you’ve read, or books you want to read. Starting a series where the next book doesn’t come out for awhile? No problem..put in on your list to not forget about it. There are lists to find books similar to what you like. You can see what your favorite author’s next book will be and when it comes out. You can find the exact order of a series. Create a reading goal for the year. Goodreads even suggests books for you based on your reading likes. It has lists that other readers compile to help us figure out what to read next. The possibilities are endless. Oh my goodness…just go check it out! Now.

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What the metafiction?

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Have you ever wondered what metafiction is? Have you even ever heard of it? The definition of metafiction is fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions (especially naturalism) and traditional narrative techniques. In other words, its when the character knows they are a character. Metafiction is fiction about fiction. It is a novel or short story (or film or play) in which the author knowingly draws attention to the fact that it is being made up.

This is an interesting concept among our many other genres, if you are intrigued…we have many great books to choose from. Although, they are throughout all our sections, I am going to present a few of our J Fiction titles for your reviewing pleasure.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

The bad beginning by Lemony Snicket

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After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

A tale dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

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Follow Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

 

These are only a few of the many that we have. See if you can figure out which of your favorite books might be metafiction. Happy reading!

 

 

Mother and Daughter Magical Fairy Tea Party!

With all of the magic of fairy’s and woodlands, we decided to have a mother and daughter tea party! Spend quality time together at the library. There will be snacks, games, a craft and a mini photo shoot. Weather pending, we plan on taking the photo shoot outdoors made to look like a magical land. Leaving your email or address will ensure you get a copy of this precious commodity that you can treasure forever.mother and daughter tea stand

Join us for the tea party!

Call us (812)926-0646 at Aurora Public Library or (812)432-5200 at Dillsboro Public Library

or come in to reserve your spot now!

Book Displays

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I want to share with you a new project we have been working on at the Aurora Library Branch, we have added new shelving to the ends of our J Fiction area downstairs. We are using these shelves to highlight books that you may be interested in. The current shelves have Ghost Stories and Time Travel. I seem to get a lot of requests for ghost stories and have added a display with different books such as, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Chris Grabenstein’s The Crossroads.

This genre of books has been checking out frequently, so if those books are out…there are similar books to be found on the display. Bookmarks have been added to “keep an eye on your page”. Popularity with creepy stories such as the traditional Goosebumps series have yet to go out of style. These popular themes seem to be all the rage all year round, not only at Halloween. The stories vary from book to book, some written for the faint of heart and others that make you want to lock your doors at night. So, if you’re in the mood for a scare…take a gander at the new display set up.

Also, check back for different themes that will be on exhibit in this area. We are always looking to improve and working on catching your interest.

For those that don’t like to read, they just haven’t found the right book yet.JFic Display

Spring Break Movie Days!

Looking for something to do during Spring Break? We are going to have 2 movies for those of you with nothing to do.All ages are welcome to choose from Inside Out or Minions. One will be shown upstairs and one down.
First Showing will be at the
Dillsboro Public Library on
Tuesday March 22nd from 2 to 4 pm
And the second showing will be at
Aurora Public Library on
Thursday March 24th from 2 to 4 pm

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A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson’s book, A Walk in the Woods, was made into a movie this past year.

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The movie, which you can borrow from the library as well as the book, is based off of author Bill Bryson’s actual life events of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Robert Redford portrays the author in this humorous movie.

I’ve actually read the book and watched the movie and they were both laugh out loud funny. He enlists his friend Katz, played by Nick Nolte, to be his companion on the trail. Having no prior backpacking experience and not knowing what they were getting into is what made this movie completely relate-able to me.

My husband and I went backpacking a few years ago in the Smokey Mountains, we were very unprepared and with high expectations. Although it was interesting, it was very, very hard work. We had only gone for 4 days and 3 nights instead of the several months on the trail as Bill and Katz did in the story. Because of my trip, some of the things they went through and experienced…I knew exactly what they were thinking and feeling. It’s one thing to talk about backpacking…but it’s quite another to actually go through with it.

My husband and I were very close to the Appalachian Trail, also known as the AT, and had originally put it on our hiking agenda. But by our 3rd day, when it was time to go to the AT, we decided that we had maybe been a tad enthusiastic when we had made our agenda and stuck to a closer proximity. Hiking a trail to your next campsite that was only 7 miles away, seemed like it would be an easy feat…however, road miles and up-hill-all-the-way-on-a-mountain miles are quite different.

It was an eye-opening experience and also a great feeling of accomplishment. It was cold, snowy and not at all what I had expected but so worth it at the same time. We went to celebrate with a night in Gatlinburg when we had finished our 20-mile hike. I’m sure the locals had us pegged as hikers since we were walking bent over with a been-on-the-trail-awhile stagger. I feel lucky to have had the experience and my husband and I made a great team, which is very important to have.

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If you want a taste of the backpacking experience without actually stepping foot on the trail or if you want maybe a little motivation, read this book or watch the movie, it will definitely be worth your time.