Musings

The City of Light

Are you ready for some adventure? Just sit back and get comfortable, because these books will whisk you away to the City of Light! Of course, the library has many books set in Paris. This is just a small selection to get you started; you can choose the one that seems the most interesting to you.

A Garden in Paris by Stephanie Grace Whitson  The House I Loved by Tatiana De Rosnay  The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Good Thief's Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan  The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Paris was the Place by Susan Conley  The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell  The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

While you’re in the library, pick up one of our Paris-themed DVDs to set the stage.

Gigi DVD An American in Paris DVD Hugo DVD Midnight in Paris DVD

To learn more about the sights and neighborhoods of Paris, check out our newest Fodor’s guide or the non-fiction book Five Nights in Paris by John Baxter.

Fodor's Paris 2020  Five Nights in Paris by John Baxter

“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
Nothing is more sublime.”
Victor Hugo

National Hot Tea Month

Well, I’m inspired to drink a cup of tea now that I know January is National Hot Tea Month!

Turn on the kettle, drop in the tea leaves and settle into one of Laura Childs’ cozy Tea Shop mysteries. The long-running series began with Death by Darjeeling and Gunpowder Green and continues through Broken Bone China, published in 2019.

Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs Gunpowder Green by Laura Childs Broken Bone China by Laura Childs

You’ll also want to check out The Charms of Tea: Reminiscences and Recipes by Victoria magazine. The book includes information about serving tea, suggested menus and recipes, and charming tea passages from literary classics like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Don’t forget that the library also has copies of Tea Time magazine to turn to for inspiration!

The Charms of Tea: Reminiscences and Recipes   

For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose

 

 

 

Don’t worry if you’re more of a non-fiction reader! You can learn about how the English managed to smuggle tea out of China in For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose.

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you include your children and grandchildren in a tea party this month, and share one of these children’s books with them.

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham

 

 

 

 

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham is a short chapter book with the delightful feel of a legend or fable.

 

 

 

 

Of course, there are also tea-themed books for the very youngest readers.

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Fancy Nancy Tea Parties by Jane O'Connor

“Yes, that’s it!” said the Hatter with a sigh. “It’s always tea time.”

             – Lewis Carroll

Holiday Stories

We hope you’re on the nice list, because Santa has dropped off a whole bag of holiday novels at the Aurora Public Library District. We know what it’s like this time of year! With some much to get done for the holidays, it’s nice to sit back and enjoy a lighter read while sipping your hot cocoa. We have lots of new stories from many of your favorite authors, but they’re flying off the shelves, so call us or go online to get your name on the waiting list. You can also download many of these titles, plus more titles from the Indiana Digital Download Center.

Soirit of the Season by Fern Michaels    Owl be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews    A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer    It's a Christmas Thing by Janet Dailey    Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White    Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella    Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

A Christmas Gathering by Anne Perry    Christmas From the Heart by Sheila Roberts    The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Aurora Public Library District will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 28th, but will reopen on Friday, November 29th.

If you like this Thanksgiving painting by N.C. Wyeth, check out the book at the Library!

N.C.Wyeth's Pilgrims, text by Robert San Souci

 

 

The illustrations are from Wyeth’s 14-panel mural created in the 1940s at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York City.

Cinderella, which one are you?

Who doesn’t like fairy tales? Thanks to Disney, most children know at least one or two fairy tales! Disney often begins with a traditional story and edits it to tell a different version. The same can be said about children’s fairy tale books. Many authors have chosen to rewrite fairy tales in their own unique and creative way. These retellings are often referred to as “fractured fairy tales”.  Whether it’s Cinderella, Thumbelina, or Rapunzel, we have many versions you will enjoy sharing with your favorite children!

Cinderella is probably the most popular retelling with so many different versions.

 

Cinderella, the Dog, and her Little Glass Slipper    Smoky Mountain Rose by Alan Schroeder

 

Notice Any Changes?

In the last few weeks,  changes have been made to the Aurora Branch’s collection. For quite some time, we’ve had issues with crowded shelves. This creates issues  when you search for your next great read. No one wants  to grab one book from the shelf, only for two or three to come out with it. Now, you don’t have to worry about the crowded shelves! We’ve rearranged many areas in the library to make it more user-friendly for everyone. Most of the changes have taken effect on the upper level.

Instead of now beginning our upstairs nonfiction collection at 590, we now begin our upstairs nonfiction at 600, located in the main room where our biography collection was housed near the top of the stairs. The nonfiction on the upper level wraps around the shelves until reaching the “New Book” area and then continues into the West Wing until it ends. This change was to simplify the nonfiction collection.

Teens have been moved to a whole new area. They are no longer in the East Wing near the elevator. They’ve been moved to the West Wing behind the magazine section. This is to give teens a more  private area. We have more changes in store for the teen area that will hopefully be taking effect in the coming months.

The adult fiction collection has grown. There will be more space on the shelves for new books and the shelves will be less crowded. (James Patterson, we’re looking at you!)

Basically, all these changes create more space on the shelves for more books, reduce overcrowded areas, and make the collection more user-friendly. While it will take some time getting used to the new locations of your favorite authors, eventually, it’ll be as if they’ve been there this whole time!

If you are having trouble locating an item, please seek assistance at the desk!

 

Magic at the Biltmore

“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Sounds like great advice to me! Robert Beatty is the author is the Serafina series of books for ages 10 and up. The series takes place on the Biltmore Estate outside of Asheville, North Carolina and features the daughter of the estate’s caretaker. Living in the Biltmore’s basement, Serafina has seen a man in a black cloak roaming the corridors at night. As children from the estate begin to disappear, Serafina teams up with one of the Vanderbilt children to investigate and discovers a legacy of magic in the nearby forest.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

 

Serafina and the Black Cloak, the first book in the series spent weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and is now being used in classrooms across the country. All of the books in the series provide a historical setting as well as plenty of spooky chills.

 

 

Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty        Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty

Digital Spotlight: The Lady Sherlock Holmes

USA Today Bestselling Author, Sherry Thomas turns the classic, Sherlock Holmes, upside down and creates a story that’s never been told before! Charlotte Holmes investigates crimes in Victorian London with the help of Mrs. Watson, a female benefactor and a handsome gentleman.

Book 1 of The Lady Sherlock Series

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.

But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

 

Praise for The Lady Sherlock Series:

“These books, which recast Sherlock Holmes as Charlotte Holmes, are perfect for those who adore layered stories. Unignorable questions of gender, expectation and privilege lurk beneath complex mysteries and a slowly scorching romance.” – The Washington Post

“Fast-paced storytelling and witty prose add further appeal for those who like their historical mysteries playful.” – Publishers Weekly

“Thoughtful yet brief remarks critique patriarchy, heteronormativity, and colonialism, fitting organically into an absorbing whodunwhat arc. An exciting addition to the mystery series; Holmes meets Oceans 11 meets A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” – Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

The first three in The Lady Sherlock Series can be found in the Digital Library.

 

Census Application Help Sessions

Looking for a temporary job? Want to earn some extra income? Well, look no further!

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country. The results of the 2020 Census will  help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how funds are spent for schools, hospitals, library’s, roads, and so much more!

Job Qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions.
  • Be registered in the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption.
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check.
  • Commit to complete training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Most census jobs require employees to:

  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.
  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).

If you currently have a job, your current job must be compatible with Census Bureau employment and must not create any conflicts of interest. They will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

2020 Census jobs provide:

  • $15+ per hour
  • Flexible hours
  • Weekly pay
  • Paid training

For more information attend one of two of our Census Application Help Sessions:

Monday, October 28: 10am-1pm: APL Downstairs (Computer Area)

or

Saturday, November 2: 9am-12pm: APL Downstairs (Computer Area)

Census personnel will be on site to answer any and all questions. There will be 3 computers set aside for these help sessions.

Into “The Pit” with Poe

Do you love creepy stories? Do mysteries make your heart race, especially when mixed with a bit of paranoia? Edgar Allen Poe may be just the author you’ve been looking for! Poe is one of America’s best-loved authors and, of course, is perfect for Halloween.

Join us on Tuesday evening, October 22nd for selected readings from Poe’s short stories and poems. The program will begin at 7 pm at the Aurora Public Library and will be led by Ron Nicholson of Ivy Tech. We’ll also get to hear some about the latest theories of Poe’s mysterious death. After the program, you’ll want to check out our books related to all things Poe, including poetry, short stories and modern retellings.

Deep into that darkness peering,

long I stood there, wondering, fearing,

doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. (from “The Raven”)

 The Pit and the Pendulum graphic adaptation Edgar Allen Poe by Aaron Frisch The Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe by Jeff Burlingame Masque of the Red Death retelling Steampunk Poe