The books shown here provide an interesting twist on historical fiction by focusing on the creation of a well-known painting or on the life of an actual artist.
Susan Vreeland is one of the best-known authors for this type of fiction. Her web page explains her love for art and contains her personal “Pledge to Art.”
Let your mind be immersed in another time and place while you learn about the inspiration behind these great masterpieces and artists.
If you have another favorite art-inspired novel, let us know!
Professional Author and Illustrator Steve Harpster will be visiting the Aurora Public Library on Friday July 12, 2019 @ 10:30 am.
During this hands-on drawing program, children will learn how to use their imagination to draw wacky dinosaurs. Children who attend will receive paper and a Harptoons drawing pencil to take home with them after the program.
There is no registration required for this free event.
Steve Harpster will have some of his drawing books available for purchase after the program.
For more information about Steve Harpster and his Harptoons please visit his website or Youtube channel
At the Aurora branch, there is a special section upstairs for various oversized nonfiction books that many might have overlooked. These books have to be shelved separately from books over similar topics because they don’t fit on our regular shelves, so you’ll find a wide variety of topics included in this small section that encompass the nonfiction library as a whole. These books are so large that you’ll feel like a miniature person holding a giant-sized book from some kind of fairy tale!
The catch: you won’t be able to search the oversized nonfiction shelf from the catalog but instead will have to make an old-fashioned trip to the physical shelf to peruse.
But it’s so easy to lose yourself in the stack because these books are filled with large, glossy pages of photographs and information on all topics, ranging from animals and bugs to history and biographies. Something is bound to peak your interest!
Are you interested in panoramic views and photography? What about songbooks that are big enough that you won’t have to squint while you’re playing or singing? How about books on travel with full color-spreads that let you see every detail of the places you aspire to go? Do you like history and are interested in viewing photographs events like World War II and the September 11 terrorist attacks? What about ancient history? Do you like flipping through ancient timelines and seeing photographs of ancient relics? We have books over these subjects and more in the oversized nonfiction section!
Maybe you enjoy working with your hands and crafting? You’ll find titles about jewelry-making, art, sculpture, decor, style, design, paper-making, and how to make rugs and wall hangings. What about movies and movie trivia? Or sports like baseball, curling, the Olympics, and NASCAR? There’s bound to be something for you!
The next time you visit the Aurora branch, head on upstairs and make your way to the west wing, where we keep the magazines and community center. As you turn right when you come up the stairs, you’ll find the Oversized Nonfiction section to your right, right behind the last magazine shelves. Or just stop by the desk for directions!
Join us at the Dillsboro and Aurora branches during the first week of July to collaborate on a StickTogether poster grid. It’s kind of like a giant paint-by-number! Whenever you stop in, take a moment to apply colored stickers to a large coded grid to make the mosaic image come to life! I wonder what images there will be?
We’ll see you there!
If you’re not sure what a Prehysterical Beast is and you would like to learn to draw one, don’t miss out on a free workshop with cartoon artist Steve Harpster. Steve will be appearing at 2 programs on Thursday, July 21st as we end our Summer Reading Program for kids and teens. The first opportunity to meet Steve will be at Carnegie Hall in Moores Hill at 11 AM, and he will then move to the Dillsboro Public Library for a program at 1 PM.
Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio and has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that’s really what he’s best at. Steve recently appeared at the Aurora Elementary School and was a huge hit with students and teachers!
I know we have some great artists in our Library District, but this will be fun for people with all levels of talent. Steve will be talking us through each step as we let our creativity explode. Load up the entire family (and some of your neighbors) and come out for this interactive event!