Happenings at APLD

Reading for a Book Challenge

One of the advantages of Book Clubs and Reading Challenges is that we are encouraged to read books we wouldn’t normally pick up. For the past few years, members of my family have participated in a Reading Challenge we downloaded from https://www.popsugar.com/. Each year, the website publishes a list of approximately 40 book categories, some of which are actually quite ridiculous. On January 1st, it’s game on!

My go-to genre is historical fiction, so here are some of the other books I’ve read this year to fulfill the Reading Challenge.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith                        Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

        Set in Scandinavia                                                                    An Asian author

The Wall by John Lanchester                   The Music Room by Namita Devidayal 

      A Climate-Change novel                                                            A book written by a musician

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon                      Circe by Madeline Miller

        Takes place in a single day                                                            Based on mythology

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll                             Sweet Caress by William Boyd

Recommended by a celebrity I admire                                         Title contains the word “sweet”

All of these turned out to be great reads even if they were different from my normal choices. I’ve also had fun comparing notes with other family members working on the same challenge!

What have you read this year that was a stretch for you? Have you discovered an interest in a new genre? Pass the word along, so we can try it, too.

“Crossroads” Volunteers Needed!

The Dillsboro Public Library is looking for friendly people to volunteer as “Docents” to help groups, classes and individuals tour the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibit, entitled Crossroads: Change in Rural America, during the exhibition period of September 7 – October 20. The Crossroads exhibit, made possible through the generous support of Indiana Humanities, can certainly be viewed without assistance. However, a docent helps visitors appreciate and enjoy the exhibit more fully. The docent can encourage visitors to think about the subject matter and invite them to share memories and personal connections to the exhibit.

You do not need to be an expert on any subject to be a docent, just a have a friendly and patient nature to help with the expected crowds. To make sure you are well prepared, there will be an orientation/training session on Wednesday, August 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. You may email cathy@eAPLD.org or call the library at 812-954-4151 to volunteer.

 

Made by Me! Crafternoon at Dillsboro Library

I know the weather is sweltering right now, but it is NOT too early to start thinking about Christmas. I truly enjoy making gifts for people, especially those that appreciate handmade gifts. My list is long, so it is never too early to get started with the process of discovering cute ideas and getting them completed in plenty of time for the holidays.

When I first saw the hand-stitched felt pouch, I began to think of all the possibilities. Could it be a coin purse? Business card holder? Earring holder for travel? What if I learned the technique and then decided to change the shape and size? The possibilities are unlimited!

Adults and teens are invited to join me at the Dillsboro Library for a “crafternoon” on Tuesday, August 20, from 4-5:30. We will make a rounded felt pouch to learn the technique, plus embellish it with buttons and other fun things to make your pouch unique. You will also get ideas for using the technique to make other useful and fun holders. These will be great for gift-giving, without emptying your wallet.

To register, stop by or call the Dillsboro Public Library at 812-954-4151.

School & Library Connection

Are you a South Dearborn Community School Corporation Educator? If so, there are many ways the Aurora Public Library can assist you with your classroom.

We love to help with the obvious materials such as books and DVD’s.   However, there are many other services we can offer to you and your students.

 

If you are interested in learning more, we would love to see you at our “School and Library Connection” workshop at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday July 31, 2019. at 9 am.  😊 Bring your device!  

  • During our program, we will walk you through the library’s website, focusing on requesting individual books, groups of books, and traveling book sets.

  • We will show you the many die cuts that we have available.  These die cuts can be used from everything from bulletin boards to crafts. You can bring your own paper and cut here at the library.  You can also check the die cuts out just like a book to cut at your school building if your building has a die cut machine.

  • We will introduce you to the many Online Resources we have available through the website – especially World Book.

  • We will show you how to use Overdrive on your devices and with the students. Students love Overdrive because they can use this directly from their school Chromebooks.

  • With advance notice we are also happy to bring a program to your classroom.

This is a free workshop for any K-12 Educator in the South Dearborn Community School district.

There will be coffee, muffins and donuts and there will be door prizes! 🙂

Coffee and Donuts

Please RSVP by sending an email to:  stephanie@eapld.org  by Wednesday, July 10

 

STEM Open House

STEM 2

The Aurora Public Library District will be having a STEM Open House for children ages 8-12 years old on Friday July 26, 2019

Join us at the Aurora Public Library from 10:30-12  or at the Dillsboro Public Library from 1:30-3:00 pm

LittleBits Electronic Building kit

 

Scratch Jr. App for iPad

 

What exactly is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Makey Makey

Why is STEM important?

STEM boosts a child’s science literacy, helps improve a child’s critical thinking skills and helps students grasp a better understanding of math and science.  

Ozobots

 

At the STEM Open House children will use: Ozobots, Makey Makey, Scratch Jr on the iPad and build with the Little Bits Electronic Building Sets.  

No registration is required for this free event.  

 

Aliens: Escape From Earth

The Science Tellers will be presenting a show to the public at the Aurora City Park Pavilion on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

Science Teller

The Science Tellers offer an interactive science & storytelling program.  They will be presenting the program

Aliens: Escape From Earth.

Show Description:

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and soon find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, the two kids must risk everything to rescue the aliens and help them… Escape from Earth! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will get to discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy, explosions and so much more! Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It’s totally out of this world!

During this show Children will see chemical reactions, learn about Boyle’s law, how to make a rocket fly using ordinary household items, how to transfer energy and much more.  

This is a free event and there is no registration required.  

For more information about Science Tellers please visit their website.

Space Cakes!

Are you a teen who is interested in learning how to decorate cakes?  

   

The Aurora Public library will be having a cupcake decorating class on 

Thursday July 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Teenagers age 13 and up are invited to decorate cupcakes.  Teens will work with piping bags and tips. They will learn how to work with fondant and edible glitter.  We will be decorating cupcakes in a space theme to go with our summer reading program.

This is a free class.  Supplies and space are limited so register early.  

Hope to see you there!  🙂

Tween Book Club!

Are you a Tween aged 8-12 who is interested in space travel?  How about an engaging murder mystery?

astronaut_book_Color

  

The Aurora Public Library District will be having a Tween Book Club twice over the summer. 

We will be discussing the book Space Case by Stuart Gibbs!  

 

12-year old Dashiell Gibson is the very first human to successfully move to and live on the moon.  This sounds exciting…but Dashiell is lonely. Kids are not allowed out of the moon base. Worse, the one kid who Dashiell is there with has no interest in anything other than video games.

Dasheill is bored…until the bases top scientist is found dead.   Dashiell knows that Dr. Holtz had discovered something new about the moon.  Dash thinks that someone has killed Dr. Holtz to keep him quiet.

If this sounds interesting to you please stop by the library to pick up your book and then plan to join us:

Saturday July 13 , 2019 at 12:30 pm at The Dillsboro Library

OR

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The Aurora Public Library

There is no registration required for this free event.  Stop by the library to pick up your book beforehand and join us at one of the discussions.  

See you there!  🙂

 

Steve Harpster To Visit The Aurora Public Library

Professional Author and Illustrator Steve Harpster will be visiting the Aurora Public Library on Friday July 12, 2019 @ 10:30 am.  

Steve Harpster

During this hands-on drawing program, children will learn how to use their imagination to draw wacky dinosaurs.  Children who attend will receive paper and a Harptoons drawing pencil to take home with them after the program.

There is no registration required for this free event.  

Steve Harpster will have some of his drawing books available for purchase after the program.  

For more information about Steve Harpster and his Harptoons please visit his website  or  Youtube channel  

Family Yoga at the Library!

YogaPlease  join us for Yoga at the Library!  The B Inspired Yoga Studio will be bringing a family Yoga program to the Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries on June 28, 2019.  The times for the programs will be:  

10:30 am @ the Dillsboro Public Library

1:00 pm @ the Aurora Public Library

Child Yoga Pose

Yoga has multiple advantages for children and for families.  Some of the benefits found by families who have tried Yoga include:

Yoga helps strengthen family bonds

Yoga helps children in developing a healthy body image

Yoga helps to connect your mind and body

Children Yoga

No registration is required.  This is a free event and open to children and their families.  Just wear comfortable clothing. We hope to see you!

 

For more information about the benefits of Yoga please see the following sites:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/moms/article95590742.html

https://www.tipsonlifeandlove.com/fitness-and-exercise/benefits-yoga-children-families

https://www.appleseedyoga.com/blog/2019/2/21/5-reasons-your-family-will-love-saturday-yoga

https://www.appleseedyoga.com/blog/2017/11/21/the-benefits-of-family-yoga-part-2