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We’re still here!

The Aurora Public Library District is still open normal hours as of November 20th! However, we realize that some of you are taking extra safety precautions with the increased number of COVID cases in our area. Here are some ways we can help you keep up your reading while staying safe.

curbside service

We’re continuing to offer our curbside service to anyone who doesn’t want to enter the Library building. Just call 812-926-0646 and give us your requests for DVDs, books, or magazines. We’ll pack everything into a paper bag and have it waiting for you when you arrive at the Library. This service is available at both Aurora and Dillsboro; just let us know where you will picking up your items. You can also log into your Library account at: https://eapld.org/account/ to request items. When placing your request online, we’ll call you to let you know when everything is gathered together and ready for pickup. It’s that simple!

When you come to the Library to pick up your items, just call us to let us know you are parked outside and we’ll bring the bag of items out to you.

As items are returned to the Library, we quarantine each item for 72 hours before replacing it on the shelf. This is to protect your health and the health of our staff.

Don’t forget that we also offer lots of digital choices (books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines) through the Indiana Digital Download CenterLibby Promotional photoMake sure you sign in before searching for items to see everything that is available. If you are new to digital downloads, we’re happy to talk you through the process for getting your items onto a computer, tablet, phone or other device.

No matter if you’re hunkered down alone, or just taking extra care, we have something for everyone at your house. Just give us a call and let us know how we can help.

 

Indiana Author Awards

The Eugene and Marilyn  Glick  Indiana Authors Awards celebrate the best books by Indiana authors written in eight different categories and published during the previous two years.You can check out these books in print at either the Aurora Public Library or the Dillsboro Public Library. If you prefer to read or listen digitally, just download the titles from the Indiana

Attucks by Phillip HooseChildren’s Award

Attucks! tells the true story of the all-Black Crispus Attucks High School basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana. By winning the 1955 state championship, 10 teens—including eventual college and NBA star Oscar Robertson—shattered the myth of Black inferiority. Hoose is a widely acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles, including the National Book Award-winning Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.

 

 

 

Fiction AwardThe Life List of Adrian Mandrick by Chris White

A pill-popping anesthesiologist and avid birder embarks on a quest to find the extremely rare Ivory-billed Woodpecker only to become stranded in the thick swamplands of Florida’s panhandle. There he confronts past and present failures, the cost of his obsessions and what’s truly important in life. Although White is a widely performed and award-winning playwright and screenwriter (as well as an actor and vocalist), The Life List of Adrian Mandrick is her first novel.

 

 

 

Pimp My Airship by Maurice BroaddusGenre Award

Indianapolis is recast as a steampunk, sci-fi landscape in Broaddus’ work where themes of power, racism and mass incarceration of people of color are explored. The fast-paced adventure through an alternative Indy follows an unlikely trio of Black compatriots into a battle for control of the nation and the soul of their people. Born in London, England, Broaddus has lived most of his life in Indianapolis.

 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction Award The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

A collection of essays written over the course of a tumultuous year, The Book of Delights reminds readers of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling and celebrating ordinary wonders. A New York Times best-seller and product of a commitment to write daily essays about life’s simple delights, the essays in The Book of Delights are funny, philosophical and moving.

 

 

 

 

Sightseer in This Killing City by Eugene GloriaPoetry Award

Set in the aftermath of presidential elections in the U.S. and Philippines, Sightseer in This Killing City is an argument for grace and perseverance in an era of bombast and bullies. The John Rabb Emison Professor of Creative and Performing Arts and English Professor at DePauw University, Gloria is the author of three other books of poems.

 

 

 

 

 

Young Adult Award All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell

Told through the eyes of a teenage girl, All the Things We Do in the Dark, finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, addresses challenging issues affecting young people—including rape, PTSD, mental health and victim blaming—and the many ways people work through trauma. Mitchell, a Greenwood, Ind.-based author of young-adult novels, anthologies and nonfiction series, has seen more than 400 of her screenplays produced as films in conjunction with Dreaming Tree Films.

 

 

Emerging Author Award

For fans of Wild, a searing memoir about one woman’s road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, told through the series of cars that accompanied her.

Growing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wanderlust was an innate reaction to the powerful personalities around her, and came too from her desire to find a place in the world where her artistic ambitions wouldn’t be thwarted. She found in automobiles the promise of a future beyond Indiana state lines.

Try Out Our Book Discussion Group!

Have you ever thought about joining a book discussion group? Although the Aurora Public Library District is not having in-person programs at the present time, you can still try it out by joining us on Friday, December 4th for a Zoom Book Discussion of The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister. The discussion will be led by Ron Nicholson of Ivy Tech. Here’s what you need to do to participate:

  • You can pick up a copy of the book at the Aurora Public Library or at the Dillsboro Public Library. You can also download an ebook or e-audiobook from the Indiana Digital Download Center.
  • Email Peggy at peggy@eapld.org to register for the discussion. This is necessary so we can email you an invitation to the Zoom discussion.
  • If you haven’t used Zoom before, you’ll need to download the Zoom app on your home computer, tablet, phone, or other device.
  • At 1 pm on December 4th, go to the link in your Zoom invitation to join Ron and the other participants. The discussion usually lasts around an hour and a half.
  • Enjoy meeting some new friends and sharing your thought on this book title.

The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister

Here’s how a reviewer described the book in Publisher Weekly magazine.

“British author McAllister makes her U.S. debut with this riveting psychological thriller set in Brighton, England. Sisters Martha and Becky Blackwater have always been best friends. When work takes Martha to Greece and her husband, Scott, is going to be out of town on business, Becky agrees to look after their eight-week-old baby, Layla, who suffers from reflux and cries almost constantly. Lyla dies while under Becky’s care, an apparent victim of SIDS, but an investigation points to suffocation as the cause of death. When Becky is charged with murder, she claims innocence. The family torn asunder, Becky moves in with her parents while out on bail; Martha and Scott, both consumed by guilt, remain at home. The sisters don’t see each other for nine months, until the trial begins. During the trial, scrutiny of the sisters’ relationship leads to some startling revelations. Authentic courtroom scenes, intricate family dynamics, the conflicts of motherhood, and a shocking ending all add up to a winner.”

If you have any questions about how you can participate in the virtual event, just call Peggy at 812-926-0646.

We Care Packages for U.S. Troops


The Aurora and Dillsboro libraries are acting as drop off locations for donations for United States troops through We Care. Just bring your donations to either building November 2nd through the 14th and drop them off in our marked tubs! The donations will be collected, packaged, and shipped off to our troops!


We Care is specifically looking for:

Chapstick

Baby Wipes (packs of 100 or less)

Tooth Paste

Tooth Brushes

Granola Bars

Protein Bars (Nature Valley or Cliff)

Rice Krispy Treats

Pringles

Combos

Poptarts

Hard Candy & Gum (Please no Candy Canes)

Raisins

Powder or Liquid Drink Mixes to be Used in Water Bottles (Kool-Aid, Country Time, Crystal Light, Mio, etc.)

Foil Packs of Tuna

Tuna or Chicken Salad Kits

Beef Jerky

Slim Jims

Small Cans or Bags of Nuts

Trail Mix/ Granola


 

Ashton’s Literary Ramblings: Rebecca Ross: Sisters of Sword and Song

Have you ever been so desperate for something to read you just grabbed a random book with a beautiful cover and just started reading it even though you really didn’t want to you were just that desperate? No? Oh, yeah, me neither…..

Anyways, Rebecca Ross hit the author spotlight with her duology: The Queen’s Rising. First, I just have to gush over the beauty of the covers in this dulogy! I mean.. just look at them! They are so so pretty!

Anyways, I read the first one and it was such a unique read that I was totally ready for the next one. I fell in love with Brienna: her journey of self discovery, her thoughts filled with doubt, her strength in herself growing. I just couldn’t get enough of Brienna. Brienna’s story isn’t just about her romance with Aodhan Morgane, that’s a lower factor. The story is about her discovering herself and who she is and finding her strength inside of her. I loved it!

Sorry, I veered off track a little, the purpose of this blog is to highlight Rebecca’s new book, Sisters of Sword and Song. I just love that title.

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

-Goodreads

It sounds so good! If you’re a fan of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep or Court of Fives, then I guess this is the book for you. It said so on Goodreads, so if you are a fan of those and you end up not liking this book, don’t blame me, blame Goodreads!

CLOSED on September 7, for Labor Day

In order to celebrate Labor Day, here are five facts:

  1. The holiday has evolved over the years. In the late 19th century, celebrations focused on parades in urban areas. Now the holiday is a celebration that honors organized labor with fewer parades, and more activities. It also marks the perceived end of the summer season.
  2. Labor Day is the unofficial end of Hot Dog season. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs.
  3. The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.  The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
  4. The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act.  This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.
  5. Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (and mourned by students all over).  Stated differently, it is the Back-to-School kickoff (cheered by parents all over!).

 

 

Also, don’t forget, the Aurora Public Library District will be closed on September 7, in observance of Labor Day! However, our digital collection is always open for you to use! 

Have You Been Counted?

Did you know that the U.S. Census is used for much more than deciding how many U.S. Representatives Indiana gets in Congress? The official census counts are also used to determine government funding for things like school lunch programs and road projects. Businesses use the census data to decide where to start a new business, and hospitals and other social service agencies use the information to determine what types of services are needed. An accurate count of the number of people living in Dearborn County is critical if we want to have access to all the services and programs that our communities need.

If you haven’t completed your official U.S. Census yet, you’ll need to do it before the end of September. Remember to count everyone who lives at your home; we’re all important. If you didn’t receive a census in the mail, you can complete it by going to: https://my2020census.gov/ The information you report is strictly confidential. The Census Bureau is not allowed to report your personal information to other government agencies.

Complete the Census

Celebrating Women’s Suffrage

 

Arrests of Suffragists carrying purple, white and gold banners near the White House, August 6, 1918

August 26, 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This right may be taken for granted today, but it was the result of decades of hard work, protests, and even jail sentences. Displays are in place at both the Aurora and the Dillsboro Public Libraries with books, quotations, and historical photographs. When looking for a book on the topic, don’t forget there are additional resources available to download through Overdrive or Libby.

    

In addition to our display, there are many wonderful resources online that illustrate the perseverance and sacrifices of the American suffragettes. Many of our national institutions have compiled special collections for this anniversary year, so check out these links for more information.

Women’s Vote Centennial Commission: https://www.womensvote100.org/learn

From the Smithsonian Institution: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/votes-for-women

From the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/women-fight-for-the-vote/about-this-exhibition/

From the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/women/suffrage

From the National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/19th-amendment.htm

 

Ashton’s Literary Ramblings: Midnight Sun

It’s finally here! Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer was published on August 4th. I have been waiting for this since I was a twelve year old girl reading the Twilight Saga for the first time and falling in love with Edward and Bella and the whole Cullen family! Midnight Sun had been rumored to be in production or in writing stages and nothing had ever come of those rumors and now…my life is about to be completed!

I just have to say one thing: it’s about time! I was waiting patiently…okay, impatiently, for this. When the Chemist came out, I totally lost all hope that she was even going to write it. Then it was announced and I was shoved back into my twelve year old self discovering the series again! The announcement of this book wasn’t even the best part! The best part is that we finally get to see Edward’s POV!

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and, drawing on the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

-Goodreads

Okay, that cover? Beautiful! That summary? Don’t even get me started! I’m even more excited to read this than I was before reading that summary. I love the myth of Hades and Persephone so knowing that she used that as some of the inspiration is going to make this story that much better! My fingers are yearning to grab my Twilight book and start reading it already, but I really will force myself to wait. I want to read Midnight Sun, first then re-read the Twilight Saga for the umpteenth time after. I think seeing the story through Edward’s eyes will possibly change how we read and see the story ourselves!

Are you excited for this?