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100 Greatest American Films Of All Time

The American Film Institute (AFI) is an organization that has dedicated itself to the preservation of film.  The organization began in 1967.  According to the AFI’s website its mission is to “preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.”

Did you know that the American Film Institute has a list of 100 of the best movies of all time?  You can see a full list of the films by clicking here.

The Aurora Public Library District is proud to offer many of these movies to our patrons.  There is a display of these movies located in the DVD section in the Aurora Public Library lower level.  The display is located near the new release DVD section.

Here are the first 10 movies from the AFI’s List:

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

Orsen Wells Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane has consistently made the AFI’s list over the past decade taking the #1 spot.  The film tells the story of how a wealthy businessman is remembered after his death. 

2. THE GODFATHER (1972)

The Godfather

This movie is based on Mario Puzo’s novel “The Godfather.”  The movie and the book both follow the Italian American Mafia boss Don Vito Corleone and his family.   Vito’s youngest son Michael tries to escape the family business only to find himself being drawn deeper into it.  


3. CASABLANCA (1942)

Casablanca

The movie takes place during World War II.  Rick Blaine who is played by Humphrey Bogart struggles with helping the woman he loves and her husband flee Nazi occupied Europe.


4. RAGING BULL (1980)

Raging Bull

This movie is about Boxer Jake La Motta’s self-destructive behavior and the consequences these choices had on his career and his relationships.

5. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) 

Singing In The Rain

This film is set in Hollywood in the 1920’s just as movies are making the transition from being silent films to talkie films.  Three stars are having a difficult time making this transition.

6. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

Gone With The Wind

 

This movie is based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone With The Wind.”  Both the novel and the movie are set in the south during the American Civil War and tells the tale of the romance between Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara.

7. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia

This movie tells the story of the life of T.E. Lawrence.  It is set during World War I

8. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

Schindler's List

 

This move is based on the novel “Schindler’s List” by Thomas Keneally.  Set during World War II, the movie tells the story of a business man who saves the lives of over a thousand Jewish refugee’s during the Holocaust.

9. VERTIGO (1958)Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo

This is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic films and regarded by many film critics as an important piece of Hitchcock’s work.  The film tells the story of a police detective who is forced into an early retirement because he has developed an intense fear of heights after an incident while on duty.

10. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

The Wizard of OzThis 1939 classic film is based on L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”   Dorothy visists the land of Oz after a Tornado transports her there.  She must seek the wizards help to return to her home in Kansas.

 

How many of these great films have you seen?  We would love for you to share with us in the comments below.

Happy Viewing!  🙂

Tutor.com: Learning Suite

The Aurora Public Library District offers many unique resources to our patrons through their library card and through our website. Tutor.com is just one of the many amazing services we offer. This website not only offers homework help and tutoring but test preparation and job search help.

Tutoring Subjects

  1. English
  2. Math*
  3. Science*
  4. Social Studies*
  5. Spanish
  6. Writing

 

Test Preps

  1. ACT Test Prep
  2. AP Test Prep
  3. PSAT Test Prep
  4. SAT Test Prep
  5. Computer Literacy
  6. GED/HISET/TASC

 

Others

  1. Job Search Assistance
  2. Citizenship Test Prep*

 

*Available with bilingual, Spanish-speaking tutors.

 

This website is a great resource to you! It will help you complete schoolwork with tutoring, it will help you build skills with their skills drills; help you write a paper with their WriteTutor Drop-Off Reviews, help you apply to college with expert advice for those hard to do applications or with FAFSA, it helps prepare you for a test with their one-to-one tutoring and self study tools, and it even helps you find a job with their Adult Learning and Job Search Assistance!

 

We hope you take advantage of this great resource today!

Indiana Digital Download Center: New books arriving in January and February

New titles are coming soon to the Indiana Digital Download center.  

The coming titles are available using the Overdrive app on your smartphone, e reader or your tablet (Kindle or iPad).  If you need help setting this up or you have not used the app before please stop by the Aurora or the Dillsboro library and we would be happy to assist you with setting this up.

The Wartime Sisters A Novel
by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Pre-release: Expected January 22, 2019The Wartime Sisters byLynda Cohen Loigman

This is a tale about two sisters who are at odds with one another.  They are reunited at an Armory during WWII . The sisters are at odds with one another and each of them are living a different life.  One is living the life of an officer’s wife and the other arrives as a war widow. Will someone from their past bring the secrets they are hiding to light?  

A Desperate Hope
Empire State Series, Book 3
by Elizabeth Camden
Pre-release: Expected February 5, 2019

A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

This novel takes place in 1908.  Eloisa Drake believed she was successful in putting her past behind her.  At a new job Eloisa’s path crosses with the man who broke her heart.

100 Inspirational Quotes
And the Life-Changing Scriptures Behind Them

by Joyce Meyer
Pre-release: Expected February 5, 2019

100 Inspirational Quotes by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer has more than 40 years in the Christian ministry.  In this book she shares some of her most familiar sayings and the bible verse that inspired them.  This book is aimed at helping you achieve a more peaceful life through God’s word.

The Handwriting on the Wall
Secrets from the Prophecies of Daniel
by Dr. David Jeremiah
Pre-release: Expected February 11, 2020

The Handwriting on the Wall by Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah explores the prophecies in the book of Daniel.  Jeremiah takes the prophecies of Daniel and relates them to today’s world.  

Circle of the Moon
Soulwood Series, Book 4
by Faith Hunter
Pre-release: Expected February 26, 2019

Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter

Nell Ingram is a member of the Psy-Law Enforcement Division that help solve paranormal crimes.  Nell draws her powers from the land around her. When Animals begin turning up dead Nells boss is the prime suspect. Can Nell use her powers to help solve who is behind these animal murders?  

Happy Reading!  🙂

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The Aurora Public Library is a proud sponsor of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails high quality books for FREE to children from the time they are born until they turn 5, no matter the family’s income. Each month a newly selected book will be mailed to your child directly to your home and is FREE.

The only requirements are:

  1. Being a legal resident of Dearborn County.
  2. Submitting an official registration form that is completely filled out by a parent or a guardian. (The form must be approved and on file with Hoosier Hills Literacy League) THIS FORM CAN BE FOUND AT ANY OF THE BRANCHES OF AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
  3. Notify Hoosier Hills Literacy League any time your address changes. The books will be mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact Hoosier Hills Literacy League at the address on this card in order to continue receiving books.
  4. Read with your child.

 

Once you have filled out your registration form and sent it to the Hoosier Hills Literacy League, within two months books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you leave Dearborn County.

 

For more information on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, click the link below:

https://imaginationlibrary.com/

 

Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Young Hoosier Book Award

If you are looking for a good book to read why not check out the Young Hoosier Book Award nominees? The Aurora Public Library District is proud to offer many of the titles on the YHBA list. The 2018-2019 complete list of YHBA books can be found by clicking here 

Why choose a YHBA book?

  • The “Young Hoosier Book Award” is a program that is sponsored by the Indiana Library Federation.
  • YHBA books are titles that are chosen by a panel of teachers, librarians and students all across Indiana.
  • There are 3 categories: Picture, Intermediate and Middle Grade.
  • 20 titles are chosen for each category.

YHBA Picture Books:

Books in the Picture book category are books that are for children in grades K-2.

Are We There Yet?

by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet by Dan Santat

“Are We There Yet?” is a question that every parent has heard if they have taken a long car ride with their children.  “Are We There Yet?” is a great story that shows the power of imagination.   A young boy is very bored on a long car trip with his parents.  Suddenly through his imagination he is no longer in a car.  His imagination transports him back in time to a land of dinosaurs and ancient adventures.

Dog Rules

by Jef Czekaj

Dog Rules by Jef Czekaj

This picture book is a silly tale about two dogs who are tricked into raising a baby bird as if it were a puppy.

YHBA Intermediate Books:

Books in the intermediate category are books that are intended for children in grades 3-6

The Lincoln Project 

by Dan Gutman

 

What would it be like to get a picture and a recording of Lincoln giving the Gettysburg address?  A group of students go back in time to find out!

Wish

by Barbara O’Connor

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

A young girl discovers that family does not always mean the people you are related to by blood. She discovers that people will love you for being you with the help of a very special dog.

YHBA Middle Grade Books:

Books in the middle grade category are books that are intended for children in grades 6-8

Wolf Hollow

by Lauren Wolk

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

 

A story of courage and compassion.

A Night Divided

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

A 12 year old girl suddenly finds her family divided when the Berlin Wall is built.

Happy Reading 🙂

Awesome Audiobooks

You probably already know that you can download digital titles right to your smartphone or tablet with OverDrive, but did you know about the extensive audiobook collection available for download on the Indiana Digital Download Center? One of my favorite things to do is to download audiobooks right to my phone so I can listen to them while I’m driving or working around the house; it’s so convenient to have books right on my phone, which I already take with me everywhere anyway.

If you’re new to OverDrive and aren’t sure where to start, please stop by one of the branches in the Aurora Public Library District or give one of them a call so we can walk you through the process. The first thing you’ll need to set up with your account is a pin number, which you might already have. This number is what you type in when you renew your books online. If you aren’t sure if you have a pin — or if you’ve forgotten it — a staff member can set up a new one for you in seconds.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, OverDrive has it. You can search by title, author, genre, new releases, and titles available now. I really enjoy listening to memoirs because they are usually read by the author.

If you’d rather listen to audiobooks on CD, we also have a large collection of those for you to check out as well. At the Aurora branch, the audiobooks on CD have recently moved upstairs into what was formerly the Paperback Room when paperback fiction books were integrated into the regular fiction collection. You can browse the selection by stopping by either the Aurora or Dillsboro branches, or by searching our catalog online. If there’s an audiobook we don’t have that you’d like to listen to, you can always put a request in through Interlibrary Loan.

If you aren’t sure what audiobook to try first, I recommend listening to a book you’ve already read. That way, you know what happens already so if you find yourself zoning out, you won’t be missing anything. Many library patrons read the book and listen to the audiobook simultaneously, which can be helpful for you to be able to flip back and forth if you do miss or forget something. You can be immersed in the story wherever you go when you just can’t put the book down.

It seems like people either really love listening to audiobooks or they really hate it. I think that anyone can love an audiobook if they have an awesome narrator. Even if you don’t think you’ll like listening to someone read to you, or you’ve tried audiobooks before and can’t seem to get into them, I encourage you to try just one more time. Ask any of the staff at the Aurora Public Library District for recommendations! We’d be happy to help!

Happy Listening!

Live Homework Help

Are you or your child struggling with homework this new school year? Tutors can be pretty pricey and it can be hard to work around yours or your child’s busy schedules. Maybe you or your child is struggling with a new section, or need help studying for a test. The Aurora Public Library District can help!

We have lots of Online Resources available to you on our website, and one of the best is a link to Live Homework Help. Live Homework Help is a free tool that you can use to connect yourself or your child with a live tutor, helping you understand your homework in real time. Tutors are available from 2 p.m. to midnight every day and are absolutely free.

You don’t need to create an account to receive access to homework help from a live person, but you can create one to have access to other areas of the Live Homework Help website, like getting help with papers, taking practice quizzes and worksheets, practice taking the SAT, ACT, and other placement tests, and career and job resources.

Definitely take advantage of this free service offered to you through the Aurora Public Library District and Live Homework Help. If only this had been around when I was in school; I might have saved myself a few tears from all of my math classes!

Good luck!

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

It’s time we talk about this very serious matter of Suicide and learn ways to prevent it and to be aware of it. This isn’t a topic taken lightly and isn’t a topic to be joked about, Suicide is the real deal and we need to be aware of it. It’s the 10th leading cause of death.

Every year 44, 965 Americans die by suicide. That’s roughly 123 suicides per day. For every suicide, 25 people fail. It’s difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take their own life.

What leads to suicide?

There isn’t a single answer. Suicides often happen when stress and health issues collide and create the feeling of hopelessness and despair. Depression is most common associated with suicide, and is often untreated. When conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance problems increase risk of suicide.

What are the warning signs?

A suicidal person may have a change in behavior or presence that it entirely new. This is important if the new or different behavior is related to an event, loss, or even change. Many people who take their lives exhibit one or more of the warning signs.

TALK:

If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves.
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain.

BEHAVIOR:

If a person begins exhibiting these behaviors:

  • increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • looking for a way to end their lives, either writing about it or searching for methods online
  • withdrawing from their activities
  • isolating themselves from family and friends
  • sleeping too much or not enough
  • visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • giving away prized possessions
  • agression
  • fatigue

Mood:

People who are contemplating suicide display many of the following moods:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • loss of interest
  • irritability
  • humiliation
  • shame
  • agitation
  • anger
  • relief
  • sudden improvement

Common Misconceptions about Suicide:

Myth: People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.
Fact: Mostly everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning.
Myth:Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
Fact: You don’t give a suicidal person morbid ideas by talking about suicide. By bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it, you can help prevent suicide.

 

PREVENTION:

If you see any warning signs in someone you care about. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable to bring up the topic, but ask anyways. You can’t make someone suicidal by showing you care. If you give them the opportunity to express their feelings, it can help them with their loneliness and negative feelings.

If someone you know is suicidal, be empathetic, and lend a listening ear. Let the person know that they are not alone and that you care. Don’t take the responsibility of making a person well, you can’t get better for a suicidal person, they have to make that commitment themselves. It takes courage to help someone who is suicidal.

 

TIPS FOR TALKING TO A SUICIDAL PERSON:

  • Be yourself. Let the person know that you care and they aren’t alone.
  • Listen. Let them vent. No matter how negative the conversation gets, the fact that they are talking is a positive.
  • Be sympathetic. Don’t judge. They are doing what they can do by talking to you.
  • Offer hope. Reassure the person that help is available and the feelings are temporary. Let them know their life is important to you.
  • Take them seriously. You aren’t putting thoughts in their head if you ask questions, you are showing that you are worried and that you take them seriously, that it’s okay for them to share their pain with you.
  • Don’t argue with them, act shocked, or promise confidentiality, a life is at stake. Don’t offer ways to fix their problems or blame yourself. You can’t fix someone.

Suicide is a serious issue and needs to be addressed and prevented. Mental Health is important. If a person is feeling depressed or anxious, get them help. Mental Health isn’t a myth and needs to be taken just as serious as any other disease. It isn’t a switch someone can turn on and off, depression and anxiety, any mental illness is a state of being. You can’t turn off your emotions like you can the lights in your house.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-2433) or 1-800-273-Talk (1-800-273-8255) or text HOME to 741741.

 

Please, don’t be afraid to call or ask for help.

Books about suicide or depression:

Coming Clean

This Song Will Save Your Life

I Was Here

How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me

Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss

Straight Talk about Teenage Suicide

 

 

 

 

Resources:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/suicide

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention.htm

https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/

 

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!