Musings

StarLab Is Coming To The Aurora Public Library

Learn about the constellations in the night sky!  

 

The StarLab Dome will be at the Aurora Public Library on Friday, June 7, 2019

Registration is required for this free event.  We have the following times available.

10:30am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm

StarLab

 

The StarLab Dome offers a unique opportunity for children to view the star constellations as if they are viewing the nighttime sky.  We will have a presenter to explain what stars you can look for at home while looking up at the stars.  Children will also learn some history about the constellations.  

Night Constellations

 

The Star Lab is open to children ages 5-12  accompanied by an adult. You can register your child by calling the Aurora Public Library at 812-926-0646. Please be on time, because people cannot be admitted to the StarLab after the program begins.

 

Happy Stargazing!  🙂

The Moon: Craters and Impacts

Have you ever looked at a picture of the Moon and wondered why it has so many craters on it?

 

If you observe the Moon, you will notice that it has more craters than the Earth, which has relatively few.  Have you ever wondered why?

The Earth

If the answers above are yes, please join us for a special “Fun Friday for Families” program on:

 Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10:30 am at the Aurora Public Library.

We will be welcoming Dr. Wesley Ryle, Professor of Astronomy at Thomas More University.  

Dr. Ryle will show us how craters are formed via violent impacts. 

Moon Crater

The program will also include hands-on creations of our own craters.

This is a free event and is open to all agesNo registration is required. 

Hope to see you there!  🙂

 

Books Becoming Movies 2019

2019 is the year for books! There are so many being adapted for the big screen that it’s getting hard to keep track of them all! It’s a book lovers best and worst nightmare! Is the movie going to live up to our expectations of it?! Are the characters going to play the characters right? What if they mess it up?! 

 

Here are just a few of the books coming to the big screen:

 A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog’s Way Home is a beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets. This fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart is in the same tradition as the beloved bestseller, A Dog’s Purpose.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life … as only a dog could tell it.

Wicked is an astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagorical world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller: The Woman in the Window, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

 

There’s so many I can’t fit them all into this list! What book adaptation are you excited for? What adaptation do you wish they would do? Let us know in the comments!

Carpe Librum!

You Are Invited

In 2004, the Aurora Public Library District launched its “Talk About Aurora History” series under the late Director Mary Alice Horton.  Talk About Aurora History is a roundtable discussion held at the District’s Local History Library @ The Depot.  For the last fifteen years, Roy Lambert, local history librarian, has been the one who prepares and conducts each talk.  Various topics have been discussed, including churches, doctors, schools, ferries, businesses, wars, caves, and the Underground Railroad.  This is an interesting event for those who are local history buffs and is also helpful to those new to the community searching for details of their new home town.  The 2019 program on May 28 will be a milestone for Mr. Lambert.  On this date, he will present his 100th program.  The Talk About Aurora History series has been extraordinarily successful through the years due to Mr. Lambert’s knowledge of his home town.

You are cordially invited to our 100th celebration of Talk About Aurora History.  The celebration will be Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00 PM.  The Library is relocating this Talk to The Aurora Lions Club Building due to the number of guests expected.  Refreshments will be provided.  Roy’s topic this month will be “Lower Second Street:  The Tim Miller Building Renovation“.  Please come early to ensure a good seat!  Parking is located behind the Lions’ building.  See you there.

Continued success, Roy!

Poets that Changed Me

As a young woman on the cusp of learning who she really is, Rupi and Amanda have both guided me on that journey. Some people say words have the power to change you, and I agree. Rupi and Amanda both write beautiful poetry meant to inspire and strengthen women to become better versions of ourselves. Their poetry is unique and beautiful and they both touch my heart.

Written By: Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur self-published her debut, Milk and Honey. The book has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide since its re-release. From poems of love and heartbreak, to poems of womanhood and self care, Rupi Kaur sheds light on vital topics for women today. Kaur’s poetry is straightforward without the hassle of agonizing over every complicated word and line. In an article with Rolling Stone magazine, she stated: “I’ve realized, it’s not the exact content that people connect with…People will understand and they’ll feel it because it all just goes back to the human emotion. Sadness looks the same across all cultures, races, and communities. So does happiness and joy.”

 

 

 

 

Written By: Amanda Lovelace

Amanda Lovelace‘s poetry is brutally honest. Her debut novel, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, is a collection of poetry filled with the truth of her pain, her subtle strength, and her quiet resilience. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One is filled with fire and anger. Both books incorporate women power within them as well as the # MeToo movement. All the books in her series, Women are Some Kind of Magic, take the most recognized female characters-princesses, witches, and mermaids-and retell the narratives to make them empowered.

 

 

 

 

Both Rupi and Amanda capture hearts by weaving beautiful tales with their words. While both women are all about the women empowerment movement, they are both still quite unique and different. Their differences are what makes them great. They both evoke such powerful feelings inside their readers, that my heart either feels heavy reading their poems or light from reading their poems. Overall, the poems all interconnect and weave an incredible tale of the power within women.

 

Picture Credits: Emily the Book Addict

 

 

 

Aurora Pvblic Library?

As you walk up the steps to the Aurora Public Library, have you ever looked above the door?

Aurora Public Library 414 Second Street Aurora Indiana

Does anything seem odd about the engraving in the cement at the top of the door?

Aurora Public Library

Lets take an even closer look.

Aurora Public Library

It seems as though the engraver misspelled “Public.”  But did he?

Aurora Public Library

I have walked through those doors many times over the past 18 years that I have lived in the community.  I have never paid much attention to the lettering style or the odd misspelling.  It was only when a gentleman visiting our community from out of town pointed it out to me that I noticed it.  He asked me “Is there a reason that they used a v instead of a u in the word Public on the building?”  This was a new question for me.  I asked a colleague who also had no idea of the answer.  I searched through the history we know about the building.  The lettering was not mentioned.  So this sent me off on a google search of just why this seemed to be misspelled.

This is what I learned: 

It was very common in public buildings erected during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century to use the Latin alphabet and  lettering style.

This was especially true of buildings that had Roman features.  

The Latin alphabet only has 23 letters.  

In the Latin alphabet U and V are used interchangeably.

 

It’s great to learn something new!

The Baby Basket

The Aurora Public Library is a proud partner of The Baby Basket ‘Store’. This is a non-profit organization serving families in need of additional resources. The Baby Basket “Store” offers new and gently used clothing for newborn and toddlers up to 36 months and even offers equipment and other supplies needed.

This organization works by eligible participants earning points by using support services. If a participating family attends one of the Aurora Public Library District’s programs, the family will then receive points for attending.  Participants may redeem point for diapers, clothes, or other necessities by shopping at the Baby Basket ‘Store’. Low income families and parents-to-be with children from birth to 36 months may qualify for the program.

The Baby Basket ‘Store’ can be found at 304 Fourth St. Aurora Indiana 47001. Their hours of operation will be from 1-6pm on the second Friday of the month with the exception of inclement weather.

If you would like to help support The Baby Basket, you can help by:

  1. Serve as a volunteer in the organization.
  2. Make a financial donation to help purchase items and supplies.
  3. Sponsor an event (Baby shower, yard sale, raffle) to benefit the Baby Basket.
  4. Donate gently used or new baby or toddler clothing (any sizes from newborn to 4T), high chairs, strollers, swings, pack ‘n plays, etc.
  5. Sign your Kroger Card up for Community Rewards to support the Baby Basket (This doesn’t impact your gas credits.)

If you have any questions, please call 812-926-3000.

Gothic Classics

We all love classics. Whether it’s Pride and Prejudice or it’s the Great Gatsby, it doesn’t quite matter. Gothic Classics are the classics that combines fiction,  horror, death, and even romance at times. Here’s a list of some amazing Gothic Classics that you should read if you enjoy horror!

Jane Austen’s first novel—published posthumously in 1818—tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical novel pokes fun at the Gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex.-Goodreads

As a fan of Jane Austen, I was surprised to discover this one! I personally haven’t read Northanger Abbey, but even if it is poking fun at the Gothic novels, it is still considered a Gothic classic!

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave. –Goodreads

Who hasn’t heard of Daphne Du Maurier?! She is the face of all romantic Gothic classics! So many people prefer Rebecca over all the other classics and if you read it, you’ll discover why!

 

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?-Goodreads

Once again we come across another classic that I didn’t realize would fall into the Gothic classic genre! Though, it has everything needed to be considered a Gothic classic!

Wuthering Heights, first published in 1847, the year before the author’s death at the age of thirty, endures today as perhaps the most powerful and intensely original novel in the English language. The epic story of Catherine and Heathcliff plays out against the dramatic backdrop of the wild English moors, and presents an astonishing metaphysical vision of fate and obsession, passion and revenge. -Goodreads

Another Bronte on the list! I guess they have something in common! Interesting tidbit I wasn’t aware of: this is Emily Bronte‘s only novel.

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The Picture of Dorian Gray was a succès de scandale. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins, and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895.-Goodreads

Though I’ve never read this book, reading the summary (placed above in italics) makes it go onto my to-be-read shelf!

The scientist Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with possessing the secrets of life, creates a new being from the bodies of the dead. But his creature is a twisted, gruesome parody of a man who, rejected for his monstrous appearance, sets out to destroy his maker.

Mary Shelley‘s chilling Gothic tale, conceived after a nightmare in 1816 when she was only eighteen, became a modern myth. It is a disturbing and dramatic exploration of birth and death, creation and destruction, and one of the most iconic horror stories of all time.-Goodreads

I haven’t read Frankenstein but I knew Mary Shelley‘s story would land her on this list!

First published in 1897, Dracula by Bram Stoker has become the standard against which all other vampire stories are compared and the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations. Indeed, the name Dracula has been synonymous with the Undead for at least a century, and the original novel still has the power to chill. Come then to Castle Dracula, hidden in the forbidding peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, where an undying creature of evil casts his sights on unsuspecting England. Voyage on the doomed ship Demeter as it carries a monster out of ancient superstition in search of new life and new blood. Tremble as first one woman, then another succumbs to the unholy thirst of the nosferatu, and as a small band of men and women, horrified by the supernatural forces arrayed against them, risk their lives and their very souls to oppose the evil known only as… Dracula.”-Goodreads

As a fan of vampires, I have to say that Bram Stoker‘s story of Dracula is amazing!

A single person—but with two personalities: one that’s noble and kind and another that’s pure, repulsive evil. Robert Louis Stevenson’s engrossing masterpiece about the dual nature of man—and a good doctor whose thirst for knowledge has tragic consequences—serves up all the suspense and satisfying chills one expects from the best horror and science fiction.-Goodreads

This story is amazing and unique in every way! I’m not surprised that this book appears on lists of Gothic classics.

 

All the books listed above are literary masterpieces, which is why they are now known as classics! Though I’ve personally only read a few on this list, I know many people who enjoy them all! They are all available at APLD!

Comment below and let me know what Gothic Classics I missed and which one is your favorite!

 

Carpe Librum!

 

P.S. Thanks to Goodreads for providing the italicized summaries for this blog!

National Library Week

It’s here! The week you’ve been waiting for all year! National Library Week is April 7 — 13 this year! Yay!

Libraries are full of so much more than books. Our shelves are full of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, early reading books, juvenile chapter books, teen books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, and CDs. Our items are simultaneously full of reference and escape at the same time.

You can come in and connect to our WiFi for free, or hop onto one of the public computers to print copies or scan documents to your email. Need to make a copy of something? Find our public copy machine, and don’t be afraid to ask a staff member for help.

Visit our community information centers to learn about events taking place throughout the community. Or sign up for our newsletter either by visiting our website or by stopping by one of the desks to keep up-to-date on all things library-related. You can also like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or read more blogs! Learn about upcoming programs and events for all ages and interests. You’ll be the first to know (and sign up!) about all the cool stuff we have planned.

Have you checked out our digital collection yet? You can use your library card and pin number to access the Indiana Digital Download Center, a digital library full of thousands of titles, including videos and audiobooks. If you don’t know what your pin is or haven’t set one up yet, just stop by the desk or give us a call. Then you’ll be able to read on the go with your tablet or smartphone while not worrying about late fees, because when your loan has ended, the item will automatically check itself back in!

The Local History Library @ the Depot contains historical books and documents, yearbooks, newspapers, maps, and more on Aurora, Dillsboro, and the surrounding communities. The staff there would be happy to help you research your house or genealogy, or leave you alone to let you work in the quiet. The Dillsboro Public Library also houses the Local History Room downstairs with even more local history artifacts, photographs, and documents.

Are you looking to stock up your own library? On the third Friday and Saturday of every month, the Dillsboro Public Library promotes its $1 Per Bag sale, where you can visit the Book Sale in the basement and fill up as many bags as you want with items and only pay $1 per bag. But don’t worry if you aren’t able to make it in on the $1 Per Bag weekends; the Book Sale is ongoing during regular library hours. The most you’ll ever pay for any one item is $1.

These are just a few of the services our library offers! I could go on and on about book discussions, bags of books for teachers, the Summer Reading Program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and more, but you should really stop in and see for yourself. If you live in our district and have a valid I.D. showing your current address or a piece of metered mail, you will not be discriminated against getting a free library card of your own. You will not be judged on the items you check out or the questions you ask us; we are here to help you and to serve you.

We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your patronage, and our staff loves to serve you!

Happy Reading, Watching, and Listening! And thank you!

April Poet Birthdays

April is National Poetry Month.  

Here are a few famous poets who have April birthdays: 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou Quote

Poet, singer, author and civil rights activist Dr.Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928.  Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2010.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Poems

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth Quote

English poet William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770.  Wordsworth helped to launch the “Romantic Age” of English literature.

Poems by William Wordsworth.  A selection edited by Edward Dowden.

Poems by William Wordsworth. A selection edited by Edward Dowden

 

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

Irish born playwright, poet and author Seamus Heaney was born on April 13, 1939.  Heaney won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Station Island by Seamus Heaney

Station Island by Seamus Heaney

 

 

Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight

American Poet Etheridge Knight was born on April 18, 1931.

The Essential Etheridge Knight by Etheridge Knight

The Essential Etheridge Knight

 

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.

No Fear Shakespeare Sonnets

William Shakespeare Sonnets

 

Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren

Poet, novelist and literary critic Robert Penn Warren was born on April 24, 1905. Warren won Pulitzer prizes for his poetry and for his fiction writing.  

The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren

The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren P

 

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser Quote

American Poet Ted Kooser was born April 25,1939.

House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser

House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser

 

Do you share an April birthday with one of these poets?  We’d love to hear in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂