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How to Knock Off Titles from Your To Be Read List

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a To Be Read list a mile and a half long. You also probably bump books lower on the list when more intriguing ones catch your attention, or pick up books that aren’t anywhere on your list at all to be read first. I’ve had books on my list for years that I still haven’t gotten around to reading yet because I get distracted by other books. So is there any hope for us to tackle our To Be Read piles? Will we ever reach the end?

Probably not. But we can try to knock some out!

Read Shorter Books First

You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll breeze through the smaller books and then you’ll have time to tackle the larger tomes at the end of your list. Plus, if you’re participating in a yearly book challenge — like the one on Goodreads — you’ll read more books faster!

Prioritize Your List

Are you really going to read those classics you should have read in school but never got around to it? I promise your ninth grade English teacher will never find out! Also, the longer the book has been on your list, the least likely you are to ever read it. Cross it off your list for now; you can always go back and add it again!

Don’t Buy Any Books

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a book with every intention to read it right away, but something else distracts me and it winds up on the back of the bookshelf. Take advantage of the Library’s physical collection and digital collection on OverDrive. So even if you don’t get around to reading the book, you didn’t waste any money on it!

Check Your List Often

This is an easy one for me because I use Goodreads, which allows users to add books to a Want to Read shelf, as well as shelves that show Completed books, Currently Reading, Favorites, and more. I will periodically go through my Want to Read shelf and read the little synopses of books I had added and delete those that don’t catch my attention anymore. You can look up book blurbs and go through your own pile or list to decide what stays and what goes.

Listen To Audiobooks

Do you have a long commute? Is it hard to do chores in silence? Instead of cranking up mindless music, download some audiobooks that you’ve been meaning to read. This still counts as reading the book! You can always pause or go back to a section if your mind wandered and you forgot what you were listening to (guilty). You can knock out twice as many books this way.

If none of this works, I fully support your decision to quit your job and become a hermit so that you’ll have all the time in the world to read the mountain of books on your list that seems to get higher and higher with each passing day.

Happy Reading!

Libraries Rock! with Teen Musical Trivia Night and Inspirational Lyric Painting

Libraries Rock! with Teen Musical Trivia Night and Inspirational Lyric Painting

Are you a teen? Can you recite all the lyrics to your favorite musicals?

Then come out to the Dillsboro Public Library on July 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM or

the Aurora Public Library on July 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and test that musical knowledge!

A first place prize will be awarded!

Musicals not your thing? Then stick around for snacks and fun inspirational lyric painting on canvas!


Get Caught Reading!

 

Get Caught Reading

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader with support from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation.

Because of research indicating that early language experience actually stimulates a child’s brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school, we hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives.

We are honored to have the support of well known figures including First Lady Laura Bush, Drew Carey, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Donald Duck, Patty Duke, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Graham, Derek Jeter, Vernon Jordan, Jake Lloyd, Rosie O’Donnell, Dolly Parton, The Rugrats, Jane Seymour, Sammy Sosa, Spider Man, Erik Weihenmayer, and Robin Williams, who have all been “caught reading” their favorite books and magazines for print ads and posters seen by millions of people across the country.

 

 

http://www.getcaughtreading.org

May the Fourth be with You.

 

May the 4th is  Star Wars day!

Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. 5/4/2018 is the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together. The Aurora Public Library District has amassed a great many Star Wars movies and books  in both fiction and non-fiction. You’ll find plenty on the shelves for your youngest Jedi to your Jedi master.

Here are the top five lines from the Star Wars saga according to The Guardian:

5. “It’s a trap!”
Admiral Ackbar works out the obvious during the final space battle, in Return of the Jedi.

4. “I have a bad feeling about this!”
Spoken in all of the first seven Star Wars movies, and almost in Rogue One, in which K-2SO is interrupted just before he can utter the line.

3. “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Yoda encourages Luke to stop messing about and make with the telekineses already, in The Empire Strikes Back.

2. “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”
Leia’s hologramatic introduction, in Star Wars.

1. “No, I am your father!”
The greatest twist in Hollywood history. Vader reveals to Luke that his daddy is a terrifying, shiny black death-cyborg, in The Empire Strikes Back.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2017/may/04/may-the-fourth-star-wars-best-lines

So hop in your x-wing fighter,TIE fighter, or even your old sandspeeder and come visit the library for everything STAR WARS.

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National Days in May

Looking for an excuse to celebrate? Check out these celebration days in May! Follow the links to find materials that correlate with these special days.

May 1 is May Day & National Mother Goose Day

May 3 is National Paranormal Day & National Day of Prayer

May 4 is National Star Wars Day (May the Fourth — get it?) & National Space Day

May 5 is National Cartoonists Day & Cinco de Mayo

May 8 is National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 12 is National Limerick Day

May 13 is Mother’s Day

May 18 is National Pizza Party Day & National Endangered Species Day

May 19 is National Armed Forces Day

May 24 is Red Nose Day

May 25 is National Brown-Bag It Day

May 28 is Memorial Day

May 30 is National Creativity Day & National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 31 is National Speak in Sentences Day

So, how are you going to celebrate?

Happy Reading!

Shakespeare Day!

To celebrate, or not to celebrate? That is the question, but the answer is: Of course! April 23 is National Shakespeare Day!

Baptized on April 26, 1564, William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest writer of the English language, having works ranging from plays to poems, as well as being an actor himself. He was born in raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Not much is known about his early life except at the age of eighteen, he married the much-older Anne Hathaway and had three children with her. He traveled to London sometime between 1585 and 1592 and became a successful writer, actor, and part-owner of a playing company, Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later the King’s Men. He retired to Stratford around 1613, around the age of 49, where he died three years later.

Little else is known about Shakespeare, except that he wrote and produced 37 plays during his time in London, ranging from comedies, including Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream, to historical dramas, like Richard III, Henry IV, V, and VI, to tragedies, such as Hamlet, Macbeth, and Titus Andronicus. He also wrote 154 sonnets as well as narrative poetry. Shakespeare set the bar that many other writers would follow, influencing generations of writers still today. If you’re interested in learning more about William Shakespeare, follow this link to books in our collection about his life.

So, how can the Aurora Public Library District help you celebrate National Shakespeare Day? Well, you can check out DVDs based on his plays and life, as well as modern retellings of his classic plays. I think it is important to read Shakespeare, but I think it is even more important to watch Shakespeare to really understand him. There is nothing quite like watching words on the page come to life before your eyes, in period costumes with facial expressions and vocal intonations to help you to really grasp the play.

You can also check out copies of his plays and poems to read for yourself, if you’d like to let the words wash over you and give yourself time to process what takes place in each scene, or what each poem is really trying to say. There are physical copies as well as digital copies through the Indiana Digital Download Center. The Aurora Public Library District has a collection of No Fear Shakespeare titles, which puts the original text side-by-side with modern-day language in order to make it easier to understand. This will definitely come in handy if you want more depth to the play.

I am continually amazed at how relevant the themes of the plays are to today, even though Shakespeare’s time was almost 500 years ago. The language might seem archaic, but if you dig deeper until you find the meaning behind the prose, you’ll be surprised, too. Shakespeare was a genius at capturing humans, from their words to the words they weren’t speaking, but that their body language, facial expressions, and tones would show. If you ever get the chance to see one of Shakespeare’s plays in person, I highly recommend that you take it.

How will you celebrate National Shakespeare Day? I think I’ll reread my favorite play, Hamlet, and then watch The Lion King, which is what the Disney movie is based off of. Pretty cool, huh?

Happy Reading!

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National Library Week, April 8-14

National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. Free access to books and online resources for families.  Libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2018 National Library Week is “Libraries Lead,” and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will serve as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

National Library Week 2018 will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. This national celebration is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate every year in National Library Week.

History
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.”

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.

April is National Humor Month!

National Humor Month was conceived as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life.

It’s no coincidence that the month begins with April Fool’s Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years.

Humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is an established notion supported by scientific research. The curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times.

The library is ready to keep you laughing all month with joke books, funny fiction, and great comedy films. Stop in and tell us a joke (a clean one) and maybe we will have one for you. For more information on National Humor Month visit http://www.humormonth.com/