COVID-19 Information

Many of these resources are updated daily:

World Health Organization COVID-19 Resources

Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Resources

John Hopkins University: Coronavirus Resource Center

Information from the U.S. Government:

 The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Coronavirus Resources

Information from the State of Indiana:

Public Resources in other Languages

Indiana Department of Health

 Resources for the Public

Resources for Professionals

Press Releases from Governor Holcomb

Executive Orders from Governor Holcomb

Information from Dearborn County:

Dearborn County Emergency Proclamation – dated March 17, 2020

Dearborn County Department of Health

City of Aurora Updates:

 Emergency Declaration Extended until May 6

Emergency Assistance Resources

Emergency Response – March 17, 2020

Emergency Order – March 16, 2020

Local Area Closings

 

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Do you have a library card with APLD yet? No? Well, why not! September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so there’s no better time than the present! A library card with the Aurora Public Library District gives you access to books, audiobooks, movies, eBooks, and so much more! Stop by our Aurora or Dillsboro branch to sign up for a library card today!


Who Can Get a Card With Us?

Library cards are free to anyone who meets any of the following criteria:

  1. Anyone who resides in, or owns property in our district. This includes Caesar Creek, Center, Clay, Hogan, Manchester, Sparta, and Washington Townships in Dearborn County, Indiana.
  2. A member of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.
  3. A member of a home library that participates in the Indiana State Reciprocal Program.
  4. An Ivy Tech student presenting their current student ID.
  5. PLAC cards can be purchased for a fee by anyone living in Indiana who holds a library card from their home library.
  6. Don’t meet these criteria?  Don’t worry. You can purchase a paid membership with the Library for an annual fee.  APLD membership cards in 2020 cost $55.00 and are good for a calendar year.

How Do I Get a Card?

Getting a card is easy! Here’s how:

  1. Meet one of the criteria for membership listed above.
  2. Provide photo ID and proof of your current address. This can be any piece of mail, utility bill, lease agreement, or another official document which states your address and postmarked date. If your photo ID has your current address, that is all you need.
  3. Come see us at Aurora or Dillsboro with this information and fill out a membership form.*

*Patrons under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian with them to sign their Library agreement for a full juvenile membership.  The patron must be able to print their name. The parent or guardian is responsible for materials checked out on this juvenile card.


What Can I Access With My Card?

Physical Materials

Your library card allows you to check out 10 books from each section of the library. That means you can check out 10 Adult Fiction, 10 Juvenile Fiction, 10 Easy Books, etc! That’s a lot of reading materials! We also have a collection of both adult and juvenile audiobooks if you’d rather listen. If you’re more into movies, we have an extensive collection of DVDs (about 4000!). Our selections include movies, TV series, documentaries, and foreign films. Our Dillsboro DVDs contain a number of unique titles! Your library card allows you to check out two DVDs at a time.

E-Materials

Your library card gives you access to over 60,000 eBooks, 8,000 eAudiobooks, 1,000 videos, and 1,000 magazines through the Indiana Digital Download Center. All you need is your library card number and a pin number on your account. Ask a staff member about adding a pin to your account. You can read and listen through the OverDrive or Libby app on your phone and other devices.

Online Resources

APLD has many online resources available for our patrons, including databases like A to Z World Travel, Consumer Reports, and Small Engine Repair; educational resources like AR Bookfinder and Tutor.com; reading resources like Novelist and eSequels; and online encyclopedias. These are all available on any computer with just your library card and pin number. We also have genealogy resources such as Ancestry and Heritage Quest. Due to licensing restrictions, access to Ancestry.com is only available from Library owned computers. You can find a complete list of our online resources here.

Local History Library

Do you need assistance with genealogy? Are you looking for a marriage certificate or obituary? Or are you just curious about the history of Aurora and the surrounding towns? Come see our staff members at the Local History Library at the Depot. The Local History Library gives you access to local newspapers on microfilm, yearbooks, cemetery records, Sanborn maps, Robinson’s City Directories, periodicals, and telephone directories.

Technology

APLD has public computers at both Aurora and Dillsboro branches for patron use. We do not currently offer wireless printing, but printing is available from our public computers. Prints are $.10 per page for black and white and $.50 per page for color.

Both branches have a portable scanner that can be used with our public computers.

Both branches have a public copy machine that costs $.10 per copy.

Services

Book Sale: We have an ongoing book sale in the basement of our Dillsboro branch! Come check it out!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): ILL is a service that allows patrons of APLD to borrow books, DVDs, audiobooks, and music that are owned by another library system. To make an ILL request you must be a patron in good standing and have all the pertinent information on the material you are requesting. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form here or ask any staff member to place a request for you.

Teacher’s Box of Books: Patrons with a teacher’s library card can request a box of books for their classroom! Just fill out the Teacher’s Box of Books form here and our Children’s Librarian will pick out fun books for your classroom!

Traveling Book Sets: Do you lead a library book discussion? Are you a teacher who needs a book for your entire class? Or maybe you’re just a regular person who hosts an informal gathering of friends each month to discuss the same book. If this describes you, then APLD can help! The Library District can supply your Reading Club, Class, or Group with multiple copies of the same title through our Traveling Book Sets Program. Just fill out the Traveling Book Set form here. The Library staff will send the books to local schools or public libraries. Individuals can pick up the books at either the Aurora or Dillsboro Library. See the list of available titles here.


Still have questions about getting a card? Check out our FAQ page, send us an email, or give us a call at 812-926-0646 (Aurora) or 812-954-4151 (Dillsboro).

 

 

Ashton’s Literary Ramblings: Rebecca Ross: Sisters of Sword and Song

Have you ever been so desperate for something to read you just grabbed a random book with a beautiful cover and just started reading it even though you really didn’t want to you were just that desperate? No? Oh, yeah, me neither…..

Anyways, Rebecca Ross hit the author spotlight with her duology: The Queen’s Rising. First, I just have to gush over the beauty of the covers in this dulogy! I mean.. just look at them! They are so so pretty!

Anyways, I read the first one and it was such a unique read that I was totally ready for the next one. I fell in love with Brienna: her journey of self discovery, her thoughts filled with doubt, her strength in herself growing. I just couldn’t get enough of Brienna. Brienna’s story isn’t just about her romance with Aodhan Morgane, that’s a lower factor. The story is about her discovering herself and who she is and finding her strength inside of her. I loved it!

Sorry, I veered off track a little, the purpose of this blog is to highlight Rebecca’s new book, Sisters of Sword and Song. I just love that title.

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

-Goodreads

It sounds so good! If you’re a fan of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep or Court of Fives, then I guess this is the book for you. It said so on Goodreads, so if you are a fan of those and you end up not liking this book, don’t blame me, blame Goodreads!

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.

CLOSED on September 7, for Labor Day

In order to celebrate Labor Day, here are five facts:

  1. The holiday has evolved over the years. In the late 19th century, celebrations focused on parades in urban areas. Now the holiday is a celebration that honors organized labor with fewer parades, and more activities. It also marks the perceived end of the summer season.
  2. Labor Day is the unofficial end of Hot Dog season. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs.
  3. The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.  The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
  4. The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act.  This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.
  5. Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (and mourned by students all over).  Stated differently, it is the Back-to-School kickoff (cheered by parents all over!).

 

 

Also, don’t forget, the Aurora Public Library District will be closed on September 7, in observance of Labor Day! However, our digital collection is always open for you to use! 

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

 

Ashton’s Literary Ramblings: Midnight Sun

It’s finally here! Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer was published on August 4th. I have been waiting for this since I was a twelve year old girl reading the Twilight Saga for the first time and falling in love with Edward and Bella and the whole Cullen family! Midnight Sun had been rumored to be in production or in writing stages and nothing had ever come of those rumors and now…my life is about to be completed!

I just have to say one thing: it’s about time! I was waiting patiently…okay, impatiently, for this. When the Chemist came out, I totally lost all hope that she was even going to write it. Then it was announced and I was shoved back into my twelve year old self discovering the series again! The announcement of this book wasn’t even the best part! The best part is that we finally get to see Edward’s POV!

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and, drawing on the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

-Goodreads

Okay, that cover? Beautiful! That summary? Don’t even get me started! I’m even more excited to read this than I was before reading that summary. I love the myth of Hades and Persephone so knowing that she used that as some of the inspiration is going to make this story that much better! My fingers are yearning to grab my Twilight book and start reading it already, but I really will force myself to wait. I want to read Midnight Sun, first then re-read the Twilight Saga for the umpteenth time after. I think seeing the story through Edward’s eyes will possibly change how we read and see the story ourselves!

Are you excited for this?

It’s International Left-Handers Day!

August 13th is International Left Handers Day! This holiday was created to celebrate all the lefties that have mastered living in a right-handed world. Celebrate by taking your left-handed friends out for coffee or lunch! If you’re right-handed, try using your left hand all day! If you’re left-handed, show your pride by posting on social media with #LeftHandersDay!

  1. Four of the last 6 presidents were left-handed!
  2. Twins are more likely to be left-handed!
  3. Lefties make up about 10% of the population.
  4. Lefties have an advantage in sports because righties typically only train against other righties.
  5. The majority of lefties are male.

 


  1. Oprah Winfrey
  2. Queen Elizabeth II
  3. Tom Cruise
  4. Morgan Freeman
  5. Albert Einstein

Trying to find a left-handed desk in a sea of right-handed ones.

Using a can opener that clearly wasn’t made for you.

The dreaded ink and pencil smudge.


 

                          


            
Ashton’s Literary Ramblings: Katherine Applegate: The One and Only Bob

So awhile back, I wanted to try an audiobook. I wanted a book that I didn’t really have to concentrate on but that would be interesting enough that if I had tuned out I could get back into it easily enough. I came across, Katherine Applegate‘s The One and Only Ivan. I thought to myself, what could it hurt.

Well, truth is, it hurt me. The One and Only Ivan is an absolutely amazing story and it still touches my heart and even occasionally makes me tear up when I think about it. While I was a little put off about it being a juvenile book, it didn’t stop me from being entertained and captivated by the story of Bob, Stella, and Ruby.

Thankfully, Katherine Applegate understood that Ivan just had to be shared with more people and is now adapting the book for the big screen with the help of Disney. The movie will star Angelina Jolie and Bryan Cranston and will premiere August 21, 2020 on Disney +. I am so excited to see this amazing animated film!

However, she also decided to write another story and she made it the sequel to the One and Only Ivan. and I am so so excited to listen to the audiobook of this one as well!

Published May 5, 2020

 

Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

-Goodreads

Ivan is in it and so is Ruby and that is enough for me to get behind this book and read it–or in my case-listen to it as well! Katherine Applegate will surely entertain even the most serious of readers with this and hopefully, she doesn’t tear my heart out like she did with The One and Only Ivan, I mean, thankfully, she gave me my heart back, but still.