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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 🙂

 

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.

 

 

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 🙂

 

100 Greatest American Films Of All Time

The American Film Institute (AFI) is an organization that has dedicated itself to the preservation of film.  The organization began in 1967.  According to the AFI’s website its mission is to “preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.”

Did you know that the American Film Institute has a list of 100 of the best movies of all time?  You can see a full list of the films by clicking here.

The Aurora Public Library District is proud to offer many of these movies to our patrons.  There is a display of these movies located in the DVD section in the Aurora Public Library lower level.  The display is located near the new release DVD section.

Here are the first 10 movies from the AFI’s List:

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

Orsen Wells Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane has consistently made the AFI’s list over the past decade taking the #1 spot.  The film tells the story of how a wealthy businessman is remembered after his death. 

2. THE GODFATHER (1972)

The Godfather

This movie is based on Mario Puzo’s novel “The Godfather.”  The movie and the book both follow the Italian American Mafia boss Don Vito Corleone and his family.   Vito’s youngest son Michael tries to escape the family business only to find himself being drawn deeper into it.  


3. CASABLANCA (1942)

Casablanca

The movie takes place during World War II.  Rick Blaine who is played by Humphrey Bogart struggles with helping the woman he loves and her husband flee Nazi occupied Europe.


4. RAGING BULL (1980)

Raging Bull

This movie is about Boxer Jake La Motta’s self-destructive behavior and the consequences these choices had on his career and his relationships.

5. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) 

Singing In The Rain

This film is set in Hollywood in the 1920’s just as movies are making the transition from being silent films to talkie films.  Three stars are having a difficult time making this transition.

6. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

Gone With The Wind

 

This movie is based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone With The Wind.”  Both the novel and the movie are set in the south during the American Civil War and tells the tale of the romance between Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara.

7. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia

This movie tells the story of the life of T.E. Lawrence.  It is set during World War I

8. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

Schindler's List

 

This move is based on the novel “Schindler’s List” by Thomas Keneally.  Set during World War II, the movie tells the story of a business man who saves the lives of over a thousand Jewish refugee’s during the Holocaust.

9. VERTIGO (1958)Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo

This is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic films and regarded by many film critics as an important piece of Hitchcock’s work.  The film tells the story of a police detective who is forced into an early retirement because he has developed an intense fear of heights after an incident while on duty.

10. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

The Wizard of OzThis 1939 classic film is based on L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”   Dorothy visists the land of Oz after a Tornado transports her there.  She must seek the wizards help to return to her home in Kansas.

 

How many of these great films have you seen?  We would love for you to share with us in the comments below.

Happy Viewing!  🙂

Tutor.com: Learning Suite

The Aurora Public Library District offers many unique resources to our patrons through their library card and through our website. Tutor.com is just one of the many amazing services we offer. This website not only offers homework help and tutoring but test preparation and job search help.

Tutoring Subjects

  1. English
  2. Math*
  3. Science*
  4. Social Studies*
  5. Spanish
  6. Writing

 

Test Preps

  1. ACT Test Prep
  2. AP Test Prep
  3. PSAT Test Prep
  4. SAT Test Prep
  5. Computer Literacy
  6. GED/HISET/TASC

 

Others

  1. Job Search Assistance
  2. Citizenship Test Prep*

 

*Available with bilingual, Spanish-speaking tutors.

 

This website is a great resource to you! It will help you complete schoolwork with tutoring, it will help you build skills with their skills drills; help you write a paper with their WriteTutor Drop-Off Reviews, help you apply to college with expert advice for those hard to do applications or with FAFSA, it helps prepare you for a test with their one-to-one tutoring and self study tools, and it even helps you find a job with their Adult Learning and Job Search Assistance!

 

We hope you take advantage of this great resource today!

Becky’s Favorite Villains and Heroes In Literature

Villains that I LOVE to hate:

Mrs. Danvers in “Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Mrs. Danvers is at the top of my favorite villain list because she is the epitome of creepy. This sinister housekeeper is always lurking around the Manderley estate. Mrs. Danvers has kept a shrine to Maxim de Winter’s deceased first wife Rebecca. She has kept all of Rebecca’s things just as they once were. Mrs. Danvers is determined to keep Rebecca’s memory alive…

Annie Wilkes in “Misery” by Stephen King

Misery by Stephen King

Author Paul Sheldon is driving through a blizzard when he crashes his car. He is extremely lucky to have been rescued by a woman named Annie who is a nurse. Annie is what you could call the ultimate super fan.  Paul soon learns that Annie loves to read and is obsessed with her favorite author…which just happens to be him!

Napoleon in “Animal Farm” by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Napoleon is an interesting character in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Napoleon becomes the leader after the animals’ rebellion against farmer Jones. Napoleon does some very suspect things such as running off his old friend Snowball and rewriting history to make himself into a hero.

Dorian in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray is a complicated character.  On the outside, he appears to be a good guy. He is handsome and curiously never ages. Dorian is able to mask his true nature. However, there is something strange about the portrait of Dorian and it reveals a hideous side to Dorian.

 

Every story needs a hero:

Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus Finch’s moral integrity is what stands out for me in this novel. The novel takes place during the Great Depression in the South. Atticus shows courage when he stands up for and defends a black man in court.

Tom Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

This story is set during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression. The character of Tom is an unlikely hero because, as a reader, you are introduced to him as he is getting out of prison for killing a man. He is also a character that makes the most transformation, becoming someone totally different than what you think at the beginning of the novel.

Imogene “Idgie” Threadgoode in “Fried Green Tomatoes” by Fannie Flagg

Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg

Fried Green Tomatoes is a favorite of mine. Idgie faces many struggles in her lifetime. The way that she handles situations that arise such as the death of a brother that she idolizes, her best friend Ruth’s violent marriage, and the sexism she experiences during her lifetime is inspiring.

Jo March in “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I was first introduced to Little Women when I was in middle school. Jo March quickly became one of my favorite characters.  The love that she had for her family and the strength she showed in difficult times is what made me admire this character.

Who are your favorite villains and heroes? We would love for you to share in the comments below.

Happy Reading 🙂

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The Aurora Public Library is a proud sponsor of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails high quality books for FREE to children from the time they are born until they turn 5, no matter the family’s income. Each month a newly selected book will be mailed to your child directly to your home and is FREE.

The only requirements are:

  1. Being a legal resident of Dearborn County.
  2. Submitting an official registration form that is completely filled out by a parent or a guardian. (The form must be approved and on file with Hoosier Hills Literacy League) THIS FORM CAN BE FOUND AT ANY OF THE BRANCHES OF AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
  3. Notify Hoosier Hills Literacy League any time your address changes. The books will be mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact Hoosier Hills Literacy League at the address on this card in order to continue receiving books.
  4. Read with your child.

 

Once you have filled out your registration form and sent it to the Hoosier Hills Literacy League, within two months books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you leave Dearborn County.

 

For more information on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, click the link below:

https://imaginationlibrary.com/