Young Adult Blog

February Teen Advisory Board Session

What do YOU want to see at your library? Make your voice heard by attending our monthly Teen Advisory Board meeting this February.

This month, our attendees will brainstorm ideas for programming based off of the asset maps from last month, change the display over to whatever theme you decided on at the previous meeting and decide a display theme for the following month.

Snacks and drinks will be provided as always! Get the details on all our upcoming teen programs coming up while snacking on free food with us.

We will be meeting at the Aurora Public Library on February 2nd at 6:00 pm. Registration is recommended, but not required. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Mean Girls Take Over the Library

Grool! Spend your Valentine’s Day with the Aurora Public Library for a showing of the 2004 cult classic Mean Girls!

Is butter a carb? No need for all-carb diets here. We’ll provide the drinks and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Oh, you’re wondering if it’s free, aren’t you? It’s like I have ESPN or something. Of course it is!

So get in loser, we’re going to watch Mean Girls at the library. It is so fetch. We’ll see you there. And yes, you can sit with us, just don’t forget to wear pink.

Teen Book Club – Fangirl

Do you end up saying “just one more chapter” every night? Or maybe you haven’t read a book in forever. Either way, our new Teen Book Club is perfect for all young adult readers!

This month, we will be reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This coming-of-age story introduces Cath, the quintessential, modern-day fanatic, and her journey through college, growing up, and worst of all, real-life boys who aren’t Simon Snow.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Our next book will be selected by YOU, the reader! Our meeting will be at the Aurora Public Library on February 28th at 4 pm. Everyone ages 13 to 19 is welcome to attend. Registration is recommended but not required.

Books will be available for pickup at the library soon! We hope to see you there.

Read365 with APLD!

Get rewarded for reading this year by registering for the Read365 Reading Challenge on Beanstack!

The Aurora Public Library District has created a challenge, starting in January, to read as much as you can in 2023. The more you read, the more chances you’ll get to win a huge prize at the end of the year! Every 20 hours of reading earns you another entry in our prize drawing. You can also earn a ticket by writing reviews on the books you’ve read! Reading logged in your Summer Reading Challenge this year also counts towards this challenge, so don’t miss out! People who register in January and February will receive a surprise in the mail!

Want to get started? Click this link to find our Beanstack page and register today. This challenge is open to anyone aged 13 or older. If you have any questions, please call 812-926-0646 for more information and follow us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year and Happy Reading! Best Wishes from all of us at APLD!

January’s Teen Advisory Session

What do YOU want to see at your library? Make your voice heard by attending our monthly Teen Advisory Board meeting this January.

This month, we’ll be taking down our old display and putting up our new display of fairytale retellings. We’ll also be choosing our display for February to get ready to set it up. Jamie, our teen services leader, will be helping our attendees work on asset mapping, or creating a map of helpful resources in our communities.

Pizza and drinks will be provided as always! Get the details on all our upcoming teen programs in the new year while snacking on free food with us.

We will be meeting at the Aurora Public Library on January 5th at 6:00 pm. Registration is recommended, but not required. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Happy New Year!

Teen Book Club – Maus

Do you end up saying “just one more chapter” every night? Or maybe you haven’t read a book in forever. Either way, our new Teen Book Club is perfect for all young adult readers!

This month, we will be reading Maus by Art Spiegelman. This harrowing tale of one of the worst atrocities in history is told through the eyes of a mouse, as he recounts his experiences of being persecuted by the Nazi cat regime.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century’s grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.

Our next book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. After our first two meetings, book club members will select the next read. Our first meeting will be at the Aurora Public Library on January 24th at 4 pm. Everyone ages 13 to 19 is welcome to attend. Registration is recommended but not required.

We would like to include a trigger warning for suicide and abuse for this book.

Books will be available for pickup at the library soon! We hope to see you there.

Decorate a Gingerbread House with the Teen Advisory Board!

Create a merry masterpiece and suggest ideas for teen programs at our Teen Advisory Meeting! The Teen Advisory Board meets once a month to plan programs, help with displays, and share ideas. Join us on Thursday, December 1st at 6 pm at the Aurora Library to decorate gingerbread houses to display around the library for the holiday season while enjoying some festive snacks. Need community service hours? This counts!

Open to anyone 13-19 years old! Registration is recommended, but not required. Please call 812-926-0646 to register!

Last Teen Advisory Meetings of the Year!

Let your voice be heard by attending our Teen Advisory Board meetings! So far, the Teen Advisory Board has helped us plan our Teentober programming, picked out the new furniture for the teen area, created a super display, and had lots of fun too! It’s not all work and no play. Every meeting we play a game or do some other fun activity, and food and drinks are always provided!

We have one more meeting in 2022!

Thursday, December 1st @ 6 pm
We’ll be talking about programs for next year and decorating gingerbread houses to put around the library!

Need volunteer hours? This counts! We meet once a month for 1 hour. Get your volunteer hours while having fun with your peers!

New Gaming Club for Teens!

The Aurora Public Library District has purchased a Nintendo Switch and a Playstation to start a new gaming club for teens! The club will be headed by Carrie and Tony Stegemiller. Carrie teaches English at Lawrenceburg High School and coaches their esports team!

Our club will be meeting once a month and will play a variety of games! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Our next two meetings are Thursday, November 17th from 6:30-7:30 pm and Thursday, December 15th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Anyone 13-19 is welcome! We hope to see you there!

#BigLibraryRead with Libby!

This fall, get ready to cozy up with a great new book without holds, waitlists, or overdue dates thanks to Libby! Overdrive, Libby’s parent company, is starting another #BigLibraryRead this November, providing all Libby users with free simultaneous reader access to A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger.

Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories.

Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake.

Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries.

And there are some who will kill to keep them apart.

Join in the conversation with other readers from around the world by visiting biglibraryread.com and selecting the discussion forum. Make a social media post about your reading adventures with the hashtag #BigLibraryRead to be entered for a chance to win a blanket, a new tablet, and some cool Libby swag!

Start reading November 2nd by logging onto Libby and checking out the title. It’s that simple! Not sure how to start reading e-books and e-audiobooks on Libby? Just ask a librarian or give us a call to get set up. This book club ends November 16th, so check out this title as soon as you can!