Resources

Magazines to help you do stuff!

 

The library offers so much more than recreational reading material. We have lots of resources to help you get stuff done, and have fun! Whether you like to hike, fish, garden, tinker or go antiquing we have what you need to  make the most of everything you do.

Sky & TelescopeThe complete resource for amateur astronomers for over 70 years, Sky & Telescope provides readers with information on observing the sky, offering reviews and buyer’s guide information on the latest products as well as tips, how-to’s and much more.

Field & Stream – America’s Number One sportsman’s magazine, featuring in-depth articles on hunting, fishing, outdoor adventure, and conservation news. First-class fiction, and more. Field & Stream, editorial excellence for over 100 years.

Motor Trend – America’s automotive authority filled with road tests, service features, forecasts and racing news. A guide new-car buyers & enthusiasts trust most! An import and export automotive authority.

Popular Mechanics – Popular Mechanics is for people who have a passion to know how things work. It’s about how the latest advances in science and technology will impact your home, your car, consumer electronics, computers, even your health. Popular Mechanics – answers for curious minds.

Backwoods Home – Backwoods Home Magazine is written for people who have a desire to pursue personal independence, self-sufficiency, and their dreams. We offer “how-to” articles on owner-built housing, independent energy, gardening, health, self-employment, country living, and other topics related to an independent and self-reliant lifestyle.

Family Handyman – The #1 magazine for Do-it-yourself homeowners. Step-by-step maintenance, repair and improvement projects, plus tool skills, DIY tips, and product buying advice. Lots of great ideas on storage, weekend projects, improving your yard, woodworking, and décor. Cut the cost of owning a home and enjoy the satisfaction of doing it yourself!

Antiques – The Magazine Antiques brings you the fascinating worlds of architecture, interior design, and fine and decorative artsfrom the dawn of civilization to the modern era.You’ll learn about private collections and museums around the world that highlight the latest trends in collecting and decorating with antiques.

Backpacker – Magazine of wilderness travel offering practical “you can do it–here’s how” advice to enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips with fold-out maps and stunning color photography.

Bicycling –  Since 1962, bicycling has been inspiring people to get more out of their cycling passion. Each action-packed issue is filled with proven secrets to go faster, stronger, longer. Increase your stamina; buy the best gear for your money; locate a great ride; improve your performance; perfect your technique; fuel your passion.

The list of great resources goes on and on. Stop by and see if we have what you you need.

Social Media: Follow Us!

Did you know that the Aurora Public Library District is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? These social media sites are just another way for you to connect to us! At the top right-hand corner of the Library website, you can click the images to find our accounts, but you can also:

 

At the top of the screen, search “Aurora Public Library District.” Be sure to Like and Follow us, too!

 

Our handle is “@auroralibrary.” Be sure to give us a Follow and Tweet and Retweet us, too!

 

Search “auroralibrary” to find us and give us a Follow! Tag us in the books you’re reading, the DVD’s you’re watching, and the audiobooks you’re listening to!

 

If you’re unsure if the account is ours or not, just search for our logo. We’d love for you to check in, tag us, send us messages, and more! Keep the Aurora Public Library District connected to you wherever you go!

As always, Happy Reading!

National Read an E-Book Week

I know it seems like there are holidays celebrating everything under the sun, but, to me, that means there’s always an excuse for a party and cake!

March 4-10 is National Read an E-Book Week, and the Indiana Digital Download Center has everything you’re looking for and more! What better way to celebrate than by holing yourself up in the comfort of your own home and plowing through as many e-books as you can throughout the week?

Sometimes you don’t want to leave the house; you don’t want to make yourself look presentable, put on real pants, and drive to the library. I get it. All of the staff at the Aurora Public Library District get it. It doesn’t offend us at all! But sometimes you need a book to read, and you need it now.

If you have a smartphone, computer, e-Reader, or tablet (like an iPad, or something like it), you can download the free app OverDrive right to your device. While you’re downloading apps to your device, you might as well find the free Kindle reading app, too; many books available through OverDrive and the Indiana Digital Download Center are formatted for the Kindle, so having the reading app makes it easier for you to download books to your device without you having to continually read in your browser, which eats up your data or can deter you from reading at all, if you don’t have WiFi.

Once your app is downloaded, you’ll be able to find us under the Aurora Public Library District. It is important that you select this option. Next, you’ll type in your library card number located on the back of your library card, and your pin number. Your pin number is a four-digit number that you would have set up when you applied for a library card. If you’re unsure as to what your pin number is, or if you believe you never set one up, just give us a call or stop in. We can’t see what you set your pin number from our screens, but we can reset it for you.

Then, you’re ready to browse! Browse the collection by what’s available now, search for specific titles, and even browse specific reading levels, like teen, children, and mature adult. When you’ve made a selection, just click to borrow the title or put it on hold. You can download the title as a PDF to your computer to transfer to your other devices, read from your Internet browser, or download the title directly to your device with the Kindle reading app or as an ePub with iBooks. In your settings, you can customize your lending period for 7, 14, or 21 days. The best part about that? After your lending period is up, the title automatically disappears, which means no late fees!

Despite the convenience offered to you with OverDrive, this process can be a little confusing. If you get stuck, please feel free to give the library a call and we can walk you through the process. Or stop in and bring your device and we’ll go through each step together. We would love to help you!

Happy Reading!

What Scientists Do

Do you have a child or teen who seems fascinated by all things science related? Or maybe you are the one in your family who loves to read about the work of scientists. “Scientists in the Field” is a wonderful book series that explores that actual scientific research being done by modern-day scientists around the world. Each book in the series features a particular research focus: insects, under-sea volcanoes, bees, whales, conservation, gorillas, and many more topics. The books have been consistently praised by reviewers from School Library Journal and have won numerous awards including the Robert F. Siebert Award for Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot.

Kakapo Rescue by Sy Montgomery

These books are great for learning about the actual subject being studied, but the real strength of the books is the ability to place the reader at the very center of the research process. These are very much focused on the application of the scientific method. As readers, we get to see the problems, the set-backs, and the refining of the research. We also get to see how different people with different careers all work together in the research field!

Here are a few of the books that illustrate the wide variety of scientific fields covered.

Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch   Stronger than Steel by Bridget Heos

The Mighty Mars Rovers by Elizabeth Rusch   Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish are Savingthe World's Largest Rainforest by Sy Montgomery

A few of the titles will be of special interest to people in our geographic area. Dr. Terri Roth from the Cincinnati Zoo is featured in Emi and the Rhino Scientist. Dr. Roth is the director of the Cincinnati Zoo’s research on endangered animal species, including the extremely rare Sumatran rhino.  The Bug Scientists features Tom Turpin a long-time professor of entomology at Purdue University. Turpin, who retired in 2017, spent 45 years making the study of insects seem cool at events like Purdue’s annual Bug Bowl.

  The Bug Scientists by Donna M. Jackson

Several of the books in the “Scientists in the Field” series are written by Cincinnati author Mary Kay Carson.

Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass by Mary Kay Carson  The Park Scientists by Mary Kay Carson

Our latest addition in this book series is Life on Surtsey: Iceland’s Upstart Island, a fascinating look at the way plant and animal life is developing on a volcanic island that was formed in 1963.

Life on Surtsey by Loree Griffin Burns

Fascinating stuff, wouldn’t you say? Stop by to check out one of these amazing books!

 

 

Where Are They Going?

The days are getting shorter, the wind is getting colder, and all over the world animals are on the move. This is a great time of year for you and your family to learn more about the earth’s phenomenal animal migrations. Ducks, geese, butterflies, whales, wildebeest and many more kinds of animals make yearly journeys to find better food and shelter as the seasons change. Here is a selection of Library resources on migrations for all members of your family.

For the very youngest, we have some terrific picture books that discuss migrations in very simple terms. April Pulley Sayre always has great non-fiction books for kids, so pick up a copy of Here Come the Humpbacks!  If you enjoy that,  Following Papa’s Song presents whale migrations as more of a story, for even younger readers.

Here Come the Humpbacks by April Pulley Sayre  Following Papa's Song by Giano Marino

Many children’s books have been written about butterfly migrations. Here are a couple of my favorites. Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope features repetition that will stick with your kids for months. Read one of these picture books and then check out the PBS video of butterfly migrations.

Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope  Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O'Flathart    The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies produced by PBS

Don’t stop with whales and butterflies! Move on to the migrations of turtles, songbirds, caribou, and owls.

The Journey of a Turtle by Carolyn Scrace  Is This Panama? A Migration Story by Jan Thornhill

A Caribou Journey by Debbie S. Miller  Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl by Bruce Hiscock

The book Animal Migration by Jeanie Mebane and the Disneynature Migration DVD both give good overall information about migrations.

Animal Migration by Jeanie Mebane 

Older kids may by interesting in learning how scientists investigate migrations. Tracking Animal Movement is part of our Animal Trackers series of non-fiction books for upper elementary age kids. Moonbird is a great read for older kids or even adults.

Tracking Animal Movement by Tom Jackson  Moonbird: A Year on the Wing with the Great Survivor B95 by Philip Hoose

For adults, David Wilcove’s No Way Home provides an in-depth look at how animal migrations are changing in response to degraded or threatened ecosystems.

No Way Home by David Wilcove

For Dummies

What self-help, reference, and how-to books cover a wide range of topics, are authored by several knowledgeable collaborators, and are “the world’s best-selling reference brand,” with distinctive, bright yellow and black covers? Here’s a hint: these books cover about 2,500 titles with about 200 million books in print in dozens of languages across the world.

For Dummies reference books are advertised as guides for learners of every level because the information is broken down into easy to understand language. The Aurora Public Library District has several For Dummies titles over a wide variety of topics to help you learn without being intimidated by information or prose.

For Dummies is owned by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., which is a global publishing company founded in 1807. The company publishes online products, journals, encyclopedias, and books in print format as well as electronically. For Dummies books are printed in a similar format, with comics, icons, and lists to help you remember what you’ve read.

The first For Dummies title was published in 1991, and from there almost 2,500 titles have been published in dozens of languages over topics including the arts, photography, business, computers, hobbies, cooking, health, sports, music, pets, and so many more. For more topics, you can visit their website here.

The Library has acquired several new For Dummies titles, like Facebook For Dummies and Windows 10 For Dummies, that you can check out on the For Dummies display at the Aurora Public Library. Other titles include Bridge For Dummies, Guitar For Dummies, Job Interviews For Dummies, and Shakespeare For Dummies, just to name a few!

“Success is for dummies.”

Happy Learning!

Vietnam War Display

The Vietnam War might have been one of the most controversial chapters in United States history. For the first time, Americans at home had a front-row seat to brutal battles from their television set, newspapers, and magazines. Images from the war were everywhere, and tensions were mounting between those opposed to America’s involvement in the war and those who supported the fighting.

The conflict began when communist North Vietnam and non-communist South Vietnam fought for control of the whole country. Active American involvement in the war began in 1954 with President Dwight D. Eisenhower pledging his support to South Vietnam. The war spanned decades, finally ending with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973, with more than 3 million people killed, including 58,200 American men and women killed or missing in action. More than half of the deaths were Vietnamese civilians. For a timeline and a more in-depth look into the history of the war, click here.

In preparation for the upcoming premiere of the ten-part, eighteen-hour documentary series on PBS, you can view a Vietnam War display on the upper level at the Aurora Public Library and check out books related to that era. The documentary premieres on Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS. To learn more, visit these websites:

Library of Congress

National Archives

Happy Learning!

Solar Eclipse 2017

You might have heard about the total solar eclipse that has been reported for Monday, August 21, 2017 in North America. According to USA Today, the “path of totality” will occur in 12 states, beginning in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and ending in South Carolina. Any given part of the eclipse will last about two or three minutes, but the entire path of the moon across the sun will take about an hour and a half to reach from one end of the country to the other. You will not see any part of the eclipse unless you are in path or close to it, so make sure you plan accordingly!

Here’s how the Aurora Public Library District can help:

Plan your trip across the country with the help from our Online Resources; more specifically, plan your trip with “A to Z the USA,” which you can access through the Online Resources page. All you’ll need to have handy is your library card and pin number. You can find information by state to state to plan your trip across the United States for the best viewing of the eclipse. You can also check out a copy or peruse a road atlas from one of our branches, or even log onto one of our public computers to print directions.

You can also check out the book Eclipses by Nick Hunter to learn more about solar eclipses. Impress your friends with facts as you’re waiting to see the phenomenon yourself. You can find out more information by reading the entry on eclipses in one of our reference encyclopedias. Or if you’d rather, you can go the Online Resources on the website and visit either the Britannica or the World Book websites for free to find out more information. You’ll just need your library card number to log on.

If all this eclipse talk has peaked your interest in all things outer space, check out our collection of non-fiction books beginning in section 520. We also have astronaut memoirs and true accounts of space missions beginning in section 629. We also have non-fiction DVD’s about space, like Cosmos. And don’t forget to check out the online Indiana Digital Download Center for more titles. If there’s a title you want that we don’t have, we’ll also be happy to get it for you via Interlibrary Loan.

Online Resources: Back to School

Kids are already dreading going back to school in the fall while their parents have had a countdown since May. The Aurora Public Library District’s website has several helpful Online Resources to make the school year a little easier.

Aside from the list of links for local school libraries, there are also links to online encyclopedias. All you need is your library card number to log in in order to have full access to these encyclopedias all the time for free, whether you need them for a research project or you just want to know more about a subject. There are also links to Inspire and Morningstar, which are databases used to locate cited resources that you can also use for research. These links will come in handy when you have a big research paper due this year!

There is also a link to GoodCall Scholarship Engine, which makes it easier for prospective college students find scholarships based on individual preferences. You can research and apply for multiple scholarships without ever having to leave your computer. There is also a link to take Practice Tests for adults and students, like the SAT, ACT, GRE, and many career placement tests. If you’re a nervous test-taker like I am, you can never have too much practice!

Another Online Resource we have is the AR Bookfinder. There is information about every AR book, including how many points each book is worth as well as the reading level, a short synopsis of the book, reading interest levels, and skills that will be used on the quiz. While you’re in the Online Resources, be sure to check out Novelist and Novelist K-8, too, to find author and title read-a-likes for your next great read.

There is also a link to Live Homework Help, where you can get free one-on-one tutoring time from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Math was always a difficult subject for me, so I wish I would have known about this amazing tool when I was in school! It would have saved me a lot of tears.

You can always stop in the Library, too, with any questions and we’ll be happy to help you! If you have a valid library card and have access to the public computers and Internet, you can also use one of our public computers for any of these resources as well as to type papers, print, or anything else you need to do. We will be happy to help you make this school year the best one yet!

Website Resources: Travel

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Are you going on a trip and don’t want to lug a bunch of travel books around with you? You don’t want to constantly be worrying about losing the books, or how they’re going to fit in your suitcase, or how much your suitcase is going to weigh at the airport. We have plenty of travel guides that can be checked out from the Aurora Public Library District if you prefer to have the hard copy of a book in front of you, but we also have several little-known online travel resources that are available.

Of course, you know that you can download digital formats of books and audio books from the Indiana Digital Download Center, but what you might not have known is that we have an abundance of travel books and guides available to download as well. Since this selection of downloads are little-known, it is likely that you will be able to borrow and download a title right away. Just make sure you have your lending period set for as long as you’re going to be away; you don’t want your download to disappear halfway through your trip! If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to call the library or stop in with your device today!

If you go under the Online Resources tab through the Aurora Public Library District website and scroll down, you’ll see a whole list of databases that you, as a library patron, can use at no cost. All you’ll need to have handy is your library card number! Most of the databases listed are available through any computer and Internet connection.

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A to Z in the USA

This website is amazing because you can select information by state or the country as a whole, rather than slogging through a bunch of information you don’t really need to know. You just have to log in with your library card number and you’ll be ready to go! You can explore the different climates throughout the various regions of the Unites States, as well as culture and society, education, food, history, geography, and so much more. If you narrow your search down by state, there are more tabs to go through that are more specific than the general overview of the state that is provided, including information about demographics, energy, maps, and more.

world-globe

A to Z World Travel

This site is similar to the former website, however, this page is expanded to include the entire world. You can select where you’re traveling to by popular cities listed in alphabetical order with the country in parentheses. There is also a section included on the homepage with links to information you might need quickly, such as the different time zones of the world, satellite telephones and international calling, and tips on how to save money. Once you have selected the city you will be traveling to, you will be directed to a page with in-depth information devoted strictly to that city with a real-time clock telling you what time it is there at the top of the screen. There are tabs listed that will offer neighborhood information, maps, activities, emergency information, and more.

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Global Road Warrior

This website allows you to search by country where you are traveling. Once again, there are tabs running along the left-hand side of the page after you have selected your country that you can select for more in-depth information pertaining to these specific tabs, such as business culture, facts about the country, language glossaries, human rights information, health and medical information, religion, and travel essentials. There is also a section where you can see news feeds in real time so you will be as up-to-date as possible on information.

These three resources working together will provide you with an arsenal of information so you will be as prepared as possible for your next trip. And the best part is, you can access this information from anywhere with an Internet connection as long as you have your library card number with you!

Happy Traveling! Also, I’d really like to come with you.