Do you enjoy reading about the lives of celebrities or learning how ordinary people have struggled to overcome the obstacles in their lives? The Library District has several new biographies and memoirs that you might enjoy!
A collection of posts about resources that the library can offer or has put together to help you. Find anything from resume tips to finding new books from your favorite author.
The power of an app is almighty. However, if the app is too complicated to use, more likely than not, we’ll delete it. There are thousands of apps for social media, a million for gaming, and hundreds for reading. While Overdrive was the original reading app for the Aurora Public Library digital library patrons to use, we’ve been introduced to a new app called Libby, which was created by the same company that created Overdrive.
Libby is a simple to use reading app. While Overdrive has many tabs you have to click to do one simple thing, Libby is a one tap app. Once you download Libby, and login using your library card number and pin, you can start looking for titles on the very next page. Libby takes away several steps that Overdrive has and simplifies it. You can do so many amazing things with Libby!
You can add more than one library card.
You can listen to audiobooks at your own pace.
You can adjust your reading settings (font, size, space).
You can filter your Preferences to see books for specific age groups (kids, teens, adults).
You can borrow eBooks from our library and send them to your kindle!
You can change the lending period on the titles you borrow.
You can borrow magazines, eBooks, and audio books as well as videos!
The only downfall to Libby? She’s not available on as many devices as Overdrive is. Libby is only available on google Play, Apple Store, and Microsoft store. However, the creators of the app are working diligently to make Libby more compatible with other devices as well. Don’t worry though, you can set Libby to send eBooks to your kindle and still be able to read on your kindle!
Maybe you’ve noticed that we’ve been adding a lot of new non-fiction books to our collection lately. The role of non-fiction books in public libraries has evolved in the past thirty years, with fewer people using print reference books, but with many people still reading popular non-fiction for pleasure or in support of a hobby. We try to purchase books from a variety of viewpoints (politics, anyone?) and buy many of the books on current best-seller lists. We are always open to suggestions, so don’t be shy about making recommendations! If there is a particular area of the collection that you think we need to update, feel free to let us know.
Here’s a sampling of the non-fiction titles currently on the New Shelf at one of our branches. We don’t always buy a copy for each branch, so once you scroll past the images, I’ll explain a way to see the new non-fiction at “the other branch”.
There are actual two simple ways to search for new items that may not be at your regular branch. First, starting from the home page (https://eapld.org/), in the Search frame on the right-side of the page, select On-Line Catalog and hit “Go!” without entering a search term. This gets you into the catalog. You should see a tab labeled “New at the Library”. Click on that, and you can scroll through all the items added in the last couple of weeks.
Another method is to use the “Classic Catalog”. Again, starting from the home page (https://eapld.org/), in the Search frame, click on “Looking for the Classic Catalog.” Under the heading Classic Catalog, click on “Submit” without entering a search term. Follow the rest of these steps to locate new non-fiction:
- Click “Search”.
- Click on the “New” tab and select a time period in the box called “Received Since”.
- Click “Set Limits” and scroll through the collection box to find “Non-Fiction.”
- Select “All Branches”, “Aurora”, or “Dillsboro”, and hit “OK”
- When it takes you back to the orange “New” screen, just click on “Search”
- You should have a list of the newest Non-Fiction items at your chosen branch.
Sometimes, as adults, we forget how stressful school can be for children and teens. We never want to see our children struggle with social skills, educational challenges, or other school-related stresses. In addition to asking for advice from your child’s teacher, the library also has some resources to help you and your kids learn how to develop the assets they need to succeed in school.
Some of these titles are only available at the Aurora Public Library, but we’re always happy to send items to the Dillsboro Public Library, if that is more convenient for you.
Are you a South Dearborn Community School Corporation Educator? If so, there are many ways the Aurora Public Library can assist you with your classroom.
We love to help with the obvious materials such as books and DVD’s. However, there are many other services we can offer to you and your students.
If you are interested in learning more, we would love to see you at our “School and Library Connection” workshop at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday July 31, 2019. at 9 am. 😊 Bring your device!
During our program, we will walk you through the library’s website, focusing on requesting individual books, groups of books, and traveling book sets.
We will show you the many die cuts that we have available. These die cuts can be used from everything from bulletin boards to crafts. You can bring your own paper and cut here at the library. You can also check the die cuts out just like a book to cut at your school building if your building has a die cut machine.
We will introduce you to the many Online Resources we have available through the website – especially World Book.
We will show you how to use Overdrive on your devices and with the students. Students love Overdrive because they can use this directly from their school Chromebooks.
With advance notice we are also happy to bring a program to your classroom.
This is a free workshop for any K-12 Educator in the South Dearborn Community School district.
There will be coffee, muffins and donuts and there will be door prizes! 🙂
Please RSVP by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, July 10
Have you ever wondered how NASA gets their equipment into outer space? Getting satellites and humans into orbit and beyond is not an easy feat. It takes Rocket Science!
Teens are invited to join us on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Aurora Public Library.
Dr. Wesley Ryle, a professor of Astronomy at Thomas More University will be presenting a program about the moon. We will be looking at what it takes to reach orbit around the Earth, leave Earth and go to the Moon. Participants can test their skills using a rocket simulator/game. Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut?
Registration is not required for this free event.
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:
- Serve as a volunteer in the organization.
- Make a financial donation to help purchase items and supplies.
- Sponsor an event (Baby shower, yard sale, raffle) to benefit the Baby Basket.
- Donate gently used or new baby or toddler clothing (any sizes from newborn to 4T), high chairs, strollers, swings, pack ‘n plays, etc.
- 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.
Audiobooks have been very popular for many years. Audiobooks come in many formats. The Aurora Public Library District is proud to offer many books on CD’s. Another option is to listen to Audiobooks through the Overdrive App at the Indiana Digital Download Center.
If you log into Overdrive using your library card number and your PIN you can see the availability of the title you are interested in. If you need assistance in setting up a PIN or with downloading the app please stop into the Aurora or the Dillsboro libraries and we would be happy to assist you.
What I like best about audiobooks is that you can do other things while you listen to the story. I like to listen to an audio book in the car. I also will listen to an audiobook while I am cleaning the house. Audiobooks can also be a great resource for those who have vision problems.
In 2018 some of The Most Popular Audio Books for Overdrive Were:
by Sayaka Murata
36-year old Keiko Furukura has always struggled with fitting in. Keiko begins working at a convenience store when she is 18 years old. Keiko enjoys her job but faces criticism from her family to get married and to find a real job.
Sayaka Murata’s novel tackles the subject of the pressure to conform and the effect it has on someone mentally.
by Stephen King
A child is found murdered in a park. All signs seem to point in the direction of one of the town’s most upstanding citizens. Many in the community have a difficult time believing that this father, Little League coach and English teacher is the one who committed this heinous crime. Could this man be hiding a dark secret?
by David Baldacci
Secrets have a way of coming out. John Fiscke is a former cop who is now an attorney. John is trying to figure out who killed his brother Michael. Did a case that Michael was working on lead to his murder? The one man who can help John figure out the mystery has escaped from prison and is on the run.
by Kristin Hannah
When 13 year old Keni Albright’s father Ernt returns from Vietnam he is not the same man. Ernt Albright had been a POW. Ernt decides to move his family to Alaska where they will live off the grid. Keni and her mother realize that Ernt’s mental state is deteriorating. Keni realizes that they only have each other to rely on. Kristin Hannah’s novel explore the effects that war can have on a man.
by James Patterson
New York Detective Michael Bennett and his family are the only thing that is keeping two drug cartels out of a profitable opioid trade. How can Bennett save his family?
by David W. Blight
A biography of a former escaped slave who went on to become a major literary figure. Frederick Douglass went on to publish his own newspaper and was one of the leading abolitionists and writers of his era.
by James Comey
James Comey was the director of the FBI from 2013-2017. In this memoir, Comey shares his experience in prosecuting and investigating some of the most high profile cases in recent history.
by Tommy Orange
This novel follows a day in the life of 12 Urban Indians living in Oakland Ca. Each of them have different reasons for attending the Oakland City Powwow. A fateful event on this day brings them all together in ways they could not imagine.
by Esi Edugyan
Esi Edugyan tells the story of “Wash,” an 11 year old field slave. Wash is terrified of being sold to his masters brother. Wash comes to find out that his new owner is an abolitionist. When a man is killed and Wash is blamed, Christopher and Wash flee and go on an adventure that takes them across the globe.
by Tara Westover
Tara Westover’s memoir about making the decision to go to college against her family’s wishes. Westover had been raised in the mountains of Idaho by Mormon survivalists. Home schooled by her mother and never taken to a doctor, Westover did not even have a birth certificate until she was 9 years old.
For other popular audio books offered through the Indiana Digital download center please visit their audio book page by clicking here.
Happy Listening! 🙂
Do you share a March Birthday with your favorite Author? Here is a look at some famous Authors who have birthdays in March.
Theodor Seuss Geisel better known as “Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904
Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated many children’s books some of which are considered the most popular children’s literature. He wrote over 60 books and saw his books translated into over 20 languages in his lifetime.
Please see the display in children’s section for many of our Dr. Seuss classics.
David Murray “Dav” Pilkey Jr was born March 4, 1966.
Pilkey is the author and illustrator of The Captain Underpants Series which is a character that he created when he was in the second grade.
Pilkey struggled with Dyslexia and ADHD as a child. One of Pilkey’s elementary teachers told him that he could not make a living creating “silly books.”
Young adult fantasy and science fiction author, Sarah J. Maas was born March 5, 1986.
Maas first book was Throne of Glass
In Throne of Glass, Eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien agrees to compete in a fight to the death battle to gain her freedom.
Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born March 6, 1806
Some of her best known poems are “How Do I Love Thee” and “Aurora Leigh.”
This is a collection of some of Barrett Browning’s best known work.
Children’s author Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937.
Lowry’s book The Giver was made into a movie in 2014.
Twelve year old Jonas comes to terms with secrets about his seemingly perfect community.
Author James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947. He is known for his many thrillers such as the Alex Cross series. Patterson is the first person to sell 1 million e-books!
This is the book that introduced the world to detective Alex Cross.
Novelist John Irving was born on March 2, 1942.
Irving is also a screenwriter and won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.
Homer Wells has been raised in the orphanage at St Cloud Maine since he was born. Dr. Wilbur Larch the founder of the orphanage becomes a father figure for Homer.
Children’s author Patricia MacLachlan was born March 3, 1938.
Maclachlan is know for her Newbery Medal winning novel Sarah Plain and Tall.
Children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916.
My favorite March birthday author is novelist and short story southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor who was born on March 25, 1925.
O’Connor’s best known short stories are “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is hard to find.”
The Complete Stories is a showcase of 31 of O’Connor’s best pieces.
Who is your favorite March born Author? We would love to hear in the comments below.
Happy Reading 🙂
New month…New Books
The following books are new to the Indiana Digital Download Center for March:
The Book of Signs
31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse
by Dr. David Jeremiah
Dr. David Jeremiah explores biblical prophecies and how they relate to today. This novel is an update to Jeremiah’s previous works.
Ephesians: Biblical Commentary
Deeper Life Series, Book 1
by Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer studies the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This book serves as a study guide on faith and on Christian living.
The First Lady
by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois
To recover from the very public revelation that the president had an affair, the First Lady retreats to a farm in Virginia to rest. It seems as if she has just cut off all contact in order to get away from the scandal, until a ransom note and the First Lady’s finger are delivered at the White House
The Near Witch
by V. E. Schwab
Victoria Schwab’s debut novel. After a strange boy appears outside of Lexi’s home the children of Near begin to go missing. They have been snatched from their beds. Lexi begins to wonder if the legends of the Near Witch she has heard her whole life are true.
Rachel Hollis shares a message to woman about not comparing themselves to other people. Her message is simple…own who you are and what you want out of life and do not allow others to define that for you.
Joe Pickett Series, Book 19
by C.J. Box
Game warden Joe Pickett notices a link between a mysterious drone and the death of wildlife. Joe becomes suspicious after the FBI and the DOJ ask him not to get involved. Especially since the drone operators grandson is dating Joe’s daughter.
GhostWalker Series, Book 15
by Christine Feehan
While trying to help the sick, Dr. Draden Freeman is infected with a deadly virus that has been spread by a terrorist. He does not want to risk exposing anyone else to the deadly virus so he forces his team to go home without him. Freeman goes off on an adventure to find who is responsible.
Firefly–The Magnificent Nine
by James Lovegrove
The second novel in the Firefly series. Bandits are trying to gain control over the water supply on Temperance McCloud’s property. She is the only thing standing in their way from being ruined.
Pre-release: Expected March 19, 2019
The Last Second
Brit in the FBI
by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are on a case involving a a French space agency that is set on ending the world.
Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019
by Marie Force
Marie Force’s novel is about the cold case of the shooting of a Washington Metro Police lieutenant. His daughter is determined to figure out who the killer is, and if he will strike again.
Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019
Have you tried OverDrive yet? If you are unsure of how to do this or need help setting this up please stop by the Aurora or the Dillsboro library and we would be happy to assist you with setting this up.
Please make sure you signed in using your library card and pin number. Signing into Overdrive will give you an accurate estimation of wait times for books.
As Always, Happy Reading! 🙂