March Author Birthdays

Do you share a March Birthday with your favorite Author?  Here is a look at some famous Authors who have birthdays in March.  

Theodor Seuss Geisel better known as “Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904

Dr. Seuss

Dr.  Seuss wrote and illustrated many children’s books some of which are considered the most popular children’s literature.  He wrote over 60 books and saw his books translated into over 20 languages in his lifetime.

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

Please see the display in children’s section for many of our Dr. Seuss classics.

  Dr. Seuss display

David Murray “Dav” Pilkey Jr was born March 4, 1966. 

Dav Pilkey

Pilkey is the author and illustrator of The Captain Underpants Series which is a character that he created when he was in the second grade.

Pilkey struggled with Dyslexia and ADHD as a child. One of Pilkey’s elementary teachers told him that he could not make a living creating “silly books.”

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Young adult fantasy and science fiction author, Sarah J. Maas was born March 5, 1986.  

Sarah J. Maas

Maas first book was Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

In Throne of Glass, Eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien agrees to compete in a fight to the death battle to gain her freedom.  

Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born March 6, 1806  

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Some of her best known poems are “How Do I Love Thee” and “Aurora Leigh.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Selected Poems

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Selected Poems

This is a collection of some of Barrett Browning’s best known work.  

Children’s author Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937.

Lois Lowry

Lowry’s book The Giver was made into a movie in 2014.  

The GiverThe Giver DVD

Twelve year old Jonas comes to terms with secrets about his seemingly perfect community.  

Author James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947.  He is known for his many thrillers such as the Alex Cross series.   Patterson is the first person to sell 1 million e-books!

James Patterson

Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

This is the book that introduced the world to detective Alex Cross.

Novelist John Irving  was born on March 2, 1942.

John Irving

Irving is also a screenwriter and won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.

The Cider House Rules The Cider House Rules

Homer Wells has been raised in the orphanage at St Cloud Maine since he was born.  Dr. Wilbur Larch the founder of the orphanage becomes a father figure for Homer.


Children’s author Patricia MacLachlan was born March 3, 1938.  

Patricia Maclachlan

Maclachlan is know for her Newbery Medal winning novel Sarah Plain and Tall.

Sarah Plain and Tall

Children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916.

Ezra Jack Keats

His novel The Snowy Day is a classic.  The Snowy Day won the Caldecott Medal for illustrating in 1963.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats  

My favorite March birthday author is novelist and short story southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor  who was born on March 25, 1925.  

Fannery O'Connor

  O’Connor’s best known short stories are “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is hard to find.” 

The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor

The Complete Stories is a showcase of 31 of O’Connor’s best pieces.

 

Who is your favorite March born Author?  We would love to hear in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading 🙂

 

March 2019 New OverDrive Releases

New month…New Books

The following books are new to the Indiana Digital Download Center for March:

The Book of Signs
31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse

by Dr. David Jeremiah

The Book of Signs by Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah explores biblical prophecies and how they relate to today.  This novel is an update to Jeremiah’s previous works.

 

Ephesians: Biblical Commentary
Deeper Life Series, Book 1

by Joyce Meyer

Ephesians Biblical Commentary by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer studies the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This book serves as a study guide on faith and on Christian living.  

The First Lady
by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois

The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan Dubois

 To recover from the very public revelation that the president had an affair, the First Lady retreats to a farm in Virginia to rest.  It seems as if she has just cut off all contact in order to get away from the scandal, until a ransom note and the First Lady’s finger are delivered at the White House

The Near Witch
by V. E. Schwab

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab’s debut novel.  After a strange boy appears outside of Lexi’s home the children of Near begin to go missing.  They have been snatched from their beds. Lexi begins to wonder if the legends of the Near Witch she has heard her whole life are true.  

Girl, Stop Apologizing
A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

by Rachel Hollis

Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis shares a message to woman about not comparing themselves to other people.  Her message is simple…own who you are and what you want out of life and do not allow others to define that for you.  

Wolf Pack
Joe Pickett Series, Book 19

by C.J. Box

Wolf Pack Joe Pickett Series, Book 19 by C. J. Box

Game warden Joe Pickett notices a link between a mysterious drone and the death of wildlife.  Joe becomes suspicious after the FBI and the DOJ ask him not to get involved.   Especially since the drone operators grandson is dating Joe’s daughter.

Toxic Game
GhostWalker Series, Book 15

by Christine Feehan

Toxic Game A Ghost Walker Series Book 15 by Christine Feehan

While trying to help the sick, Dr. Draden Freeman is infected with a deadly virus that has been spread by a terrorist.  He does not want to risk exposing anyone else to the deadly virus so he forces his team to go home without him.  Freeman goes off on an adventure to find who is responsible.

Firefly–The Magnificent Nine
by James Lovegrove

Firefly the Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove

The second novel in the Firefly series.  Bandits are trying to gain control over the water supply on Temperance McCloud’s property.   She is the only thing standing in their way from being ruined.

Pre-release: Expected March 19, 2019

The Last Second
Brit in the FBI

by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison

The Last Second Brit in the FBI by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are on a case involving a a French space agency that is set on ending the world.  

Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019

Fatal Reckoning
by Marie Force

Fatal Reckoning by Marie Force

Marie Force’s novel is about the cold case of the shooting of a Washington Metro Police lieutenant.  His daughter is determined to figure out who the killer is, and if he will strike again.

Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019

 

Have you tried OverDrive yet?   If you are unsure of how to do this or need help setting this up please stop by the Aurora or the Dillsboro library and we would be happy to assist you with setting this up.

Please make sure you signed in using your library card and pin number. Signing into Overdrive will give you an accurate estimation of wait times for books.

 

As Always, Happy Reading!  🙂

 

Teen Shrinky Dink Workshop

Calling all teens!

Join us as we create our own personal shrinky dink charm! Draw your art, bake it, and then wear it! Bring your own art or choose from the many templates we’ll have. You can create your own personal keychain or necklace with your own design. The only limit is yourself!

We’ll provide the fun; you provide yourself! This workshop will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Local History Library @ the Depot from 4-6pm. Registration is required and limited to 15 Teens. Call one of our branches to register today!

Wanna know what shrinky dinks are? Click the link below and learn more.

How Shrinky Dinks Work

 

We hope to see you there!

91st Academy Awards Show

It’s Oscar Time!

The 91st Academy Awards aired on Sunday February 24, 2019 on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

1929 Oscars

The very first Academy Awards were held on May 16, 1929 at the Roosevelt hotel.  The very first host was Douglas Fairbanks, who was also the president of the Academy of Motion pictures that year.  The best picture award in 1929 went to the silent movie “Wings.” It has been the only silent movie to have ever won the Best Picture award.  

The Aurora Public Library District has many of the films that won an Oscar or were nominated this year:

A Star is Born

A Star is Born

A Star is Born tells the story of the relationship between a struggling artist and a musician.

A Star is Born won the Best Original Song for “Shallow.” 

Bradley Cooper was nominated for Best Actor in a leading role, Lady Gaga for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Sam Elliott was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

A Star is Born was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay,  Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Mixing.

Black Panther

Black Panther

Black Panther  won Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.

Black Panther was nominated forBest Original Song for “All The Stars”,  Sound Mixing  and Sound Editing.

The hero, Black Panther, tries to fight adversaries to avoid a world war from happening.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Lalek won Best Actor in a Leading Role. 

Bohemian Rhapsody also won for Best Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Bohemian Rhapsody follows Queen’s rise to fame and their lead singer Freddie Mercury’s solo career.

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film

A new villain and a dangerous plot help our favorite family of superheros learn to work together.

Isle of DogsIsle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score.

Dogs are exiled to a garbage dump called Trash Island.  A 12 year old boy goes to the island in search of his dog.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.

Ralph goes into the internet to search for a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game.

The Wife

The Wife

Glenn Close was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Close plays the role of Joan Castleman, wife of an acclaimed writer about to receive the Nobel prize for literature.  Joan dutifully plays the role of  a supportive and loving wife. But what secrets and ambitions of her own are hiding behind her calm exterior?

The following films are on their way soon…Look for them in our new release DVD section:  

BlackkKlansman

BlackkKlansman

BlackkKlansman tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the First African American detective to serve on the Colorado Springs Police Department.  Stallworth goes undercover and infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.

BlackkKlansman won for Best Adapted Screenplay

Director Spike Lee was nominated for Best Directing, Adam Driver was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Blackklansman was also nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Original Score.

The Favourite

The Favourite

Set in the 18th century during the English/French war.  The Favourite follows the close friendship between two favorite cousins of Queen Anne.

Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a Leading Role

Director Yorgos Lanthimos was nominated for Best Director,  Emma Stone nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role., Rachel Weisz nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The Favourite was also nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Green Book

Green Book

Green Book tells the adventure of an African-American pianist who is on a tour of the south in 1962.

Green Book won for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay

Mahershala Ali won Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Viggo Mortensen was nominated for Best Actor.

Green Book was also nominated for Best Film Editing.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph goes into the internet to search for a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game.

Ralph Breaks the Internet was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature Film

This movie is set in a multiverse.  Teenager Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man and comes across five other Spider-Mans from different realities.

Vice

Vice

Vice is about Dick Cheney’s vice presidency.

Vice won for Best Makeup and Hair styling.

Director Adam McKay was nominated for Best Director.  

Vice was nominated for Best Film Editing.

Christian Bale was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Sam Rockwell Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Amy Adams Best Actress in a Supporting Role

 

So which movie were you rooting for?  We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Happy Viewing!  🙂

 

We Have Social Media too!!

The Aurora Public Library District has social media too! We post about everything from new books to library collection moves! We’ll remind you of programs we have going on and keep you updated on the happenings in the book world! Just follow us!

 

Walking Books

Did you know the Aurora Public Library District offers a service to our patrons called Walking Books? We believe that everyone within our district should be able to benefit from the library. We offer every home-bound patron our Walking Book program. Anyone who is physically unable to come to our library due to age, injury or a disability is welcome to this program. You don’t have to be a Senior Citizen to qualify!

If you are interested, contact the Aurora Public Library to start the registration process. A Walking Books librarian will then visit with you to complete your registration and discuss the types of materials you are interested in. Materials will be delivered once each month and there will be no late charges applied to your account. However, you are responsible for the care of the materials and must be willing to pay for any lost or damaged items.

 

 

Who is Oscar?

Movie Reel

On Sunday February 24th, the Oscars will be handed out to those who have achieved success in film.   I started wondering why winners of the Academy Awards are given this strange gold statue of a man? Why is the statue called “Oscar?”  

The award is officially called the “Academy Award of Merit.” Since 1929, over 3,000 people have won an Oscar.

No one really knows why or how “Oscar” got his name. There are two theories.  According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website, Librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar.

Another theory is that journalist Sidney Skolsky called the statue “Oscar” when Katharine Hepburn won Best Actress in 1934.  

The one thing that is fact, is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started calling the Statue “Oscar” in 1939.

Here are some facts I learned in my research about this prestigious award:

Oscar

The statue is not solid gold.  It is bronze and only plated with 24-karat gold.  

MGM art director Cedric Gibbons is the one who designed the statue to resemble a knight.  To this day statues are made holding a sword as a tribute to Gibbons original design.

Each statue is 13½ inches tall.  They are heavier than I imagined as well, weighing 8 ½ pounds.

Due to a metal shortage during WWII, Oscars were made out of plaster.  

One “Oscar” takes 10 days to make.  

Today, the Polich Tallix art foundry in New York is the one who makes the statues.  They were made in Chicago by R.S. Owens until 2016.

The winners are kept private.  The plaques are not affixed to the statue until after the award ceremony to ensure that word does not get out about a winner.

It is very popular today for stars to kiss Oscar when they win him.  Did you know that the first star to give “Oscar” a kiss was Audrey Hepburn in 1954?

If you are interested in what movies and stars have been nominated for this year, you can click here for a full list.      

Happy Viewing 🙂

Women’s Murder Club Series

James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women’s Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she’s just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor’s office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.

Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can’t officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.

The major subplot — Lindsay’s facing up to her illness even while she learns to fall in love again — carefully compensates for the novel’s coarse scenes of brutality. Lindsay Boxer is’t merely an obsessed cop trailing a maniac; she’s also a terrified woman confronting the onslaught of disease. The story lines balance out to show us the true mettle of someone who puts the safety of others before her own.

Again, Patterson’s skill for producing furiously paced fiction are evident as the novel breezes by rapidly. The short chapters keep the narrative leaping with increasingly taut plot elements, but there’s an emotional commitment that makes our protagonist even more amiable and involving. 1st to Die is a novel that works as an intense series of character portraits that will leave the reader touched and delighted. –Goodreads

This is one of James Patterson’s most popular series and one of the most checked out series we have in our library! If you like Eve Duncan or Rizzoli and Isles, then look no further than James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series!

 

 

The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. 

Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller.

Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder.

Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who’s seen a ghost–a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco.

As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe’s mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation.

It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women’s Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster. –Goodreads

The 18th Abduction will be published April 29, 2019. Put your name in for a collection request today!

 

Carpe Librum!

Binge Watching Favorites

One of my favorite things to do is to binge watch a television show.  I have been known to get so involved in a series that I watch all of the episodes in a series over a weekend.   I usually do this using a streaming service or with DVD’s.

Did you know that the Aurora Public Library District has many DVD’s available for our patrons use? I just recently became aware that videos are also available for streaming through the Indiana Digital Download Center as well.  You can watch these from a smartphone, tablet or even from a computer.  

If you have never used Overdrive or are not familiar with how it works, bring in your device and the staff at the Aurora or Dillsboro Libraries would be happy to assist you in getting this set up.

One popular series that is available through Overdrive is Season 1 of Highlander

Highlander Season 1

Season 1 of Highlander is available through Overdrive.  This series follows the adventures of immortal Scotsman Duncan MacLeod.

Another popular series for binge watching is Game of Thrones

This show is based from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series called “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The first book is called “Game of Thrones”.   Seasons 1 – 7 are available at the Aurora Library.

Parks and Recreation is a political satire television series.  The show takes place in a fictional Indiana town.  

Parks and Recreation

Seasons 1-4 of Parks and Recreation is available at the Aurora Library.

Breaking Bad tells the story of a high school chemistry teacher who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  He turns to a life of crime in order to leave his family with money when he dies.  

Breaking Bad

Seasons 1-6 of Breaking Bad is available at the Aurora Library.

Twin Peaks was an early 90’s mystery horror drama series.  The series follows the investigation to the death of a small town homecoming queen and the supernatural events surrounding the murder.  

Twin Peaks Season 1

Season one of Twin Peaks is available at the Dillsboro Library.

Orphan Black is the story of a woman who assumes a look alikes identity.  She discovers that she is a clone and that there are more out there like her.  

Orphan Black

Seasons 1-5 of Orphan Black are available at the Aurora Library

These are only a few of the television series available to choose from.  Please stop in either the Aurora or the Dillsboro branches to take a look at what we have to borrow.

What are your favorite shows to watch?  We would love to hear in the comments below!

Happy Viewing!  🙂

The Most Checked Out Books of 2018

How many books did you read this past year?  Here are the most checked out books for the Aurora Public Library District during 2018: 

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

Plum Spooky

In this Stephanie Plum series book, Stephanie and her sidekick Lula return determined to find out if the legends about the Jersey Devil are true.  

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husbands Secret

Imagine that you find out that your husband has a secret that has the potential to not only change your life, but has consequences for others as well. This Liane Moriarty novel asks the question…just how well do you really know another person?  

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

Diana Bishop embarks on an adventure when she finds an old manuscript in the Oxford library.  The manuscript opens up a different world of witches, vampires and daemons.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

This is a story about two sisters living in France during World War II.  The struggles of war force the sisters to be resilient and brave through difficult situations that neither ever thought they would face.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Teenage gamer Wade Watts sets off on an adventure as he tries to solve the puzzles in a video game.  The creator of the game has promised to leave his fortune to the person who can solve the puzzles. Set in the year 2045, Wade finds himself surrounded by other players who are willing to do anything…even kill to win the prize.

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King & Owen King

Sleeping Beauties

In the small Appalachian town of Dooling, something very strange starts to happen. Women are becoming trapped in a cocoon when they fall asleep. They cannot be disturbed or cut out of the gauze-like material.  If so, they become wild and violent. The men are starting to worry, and they are becoming suspicious of the one woman who does not seem to be affected by this strange illness.  

Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

Hardcore Twenty-Four

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back again.  In this novel she is is trying to solve a mystery of a serial killer who is is dumping headless bodies all over town.

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The 17th Suspect

San Francisco Police Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is trying to figure out how a series of shootings are related to a string of incidents involving the police department.  

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

The President Is Missing

The world is in shock when the President of the United States disappears. Seemingly without a trace.

Tied for the #10 Spot

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

This novel is about two families living in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Elena Richardson knows that her tenant Mia Warren is hiding secrets. She becomes consumed with exposing Mia’s past. Doing so will put into place some devastating consequences for both of the families.

Shoot First: (Think Later) by Stuart Woods.

Shoot First (Think Later)  

A Stone Barrington series book.  A woman who is the brains behind the groundbreaking technology of a new computer company finds herself the target of a plan to get her out of the way.  Stone Barrington must figure out who is behind this plan to keep her safe.

Have you read any of the most checked out books of 2018?  We would love to hear your review of the book in the comments below. 

Happy Reading 🙂