I know you must be already planning what you can do to make next Sunday a very special Father’s Day! Maybe you’re thinking about a scrumptious breakfast, or going fishing, or grilling out. Just make sure that you save a little bit of time for kids, Dads and Grandfathers to curl up together to share a picture book. We have plenty of choices that will make you smile (or giggle) and that will help you think about all the ways you can show your love to that special Dad or Granddad.
We’ve been cooped up and kept inside. We’ve spent lots of time on computers and other electronic devices. Now, as restrictions are slowly lifted, and as e-learning days have ended, this is a great time to get back to exploring the world outside. Here are a few picture books to share with your children as you take a close look at nature in your backyard and in your neighborhood. At the end of the post, you’ll also find some chapter books for older kids who love exploring nature.
Taking a nature walk is a wonderful way to build up your power of observation. Go slowly, and try to really notice all the little details of the world around you!
Studying the environment or animals can be a life-long hobby or career. If your older children are still fascinated by the natural world, point them to these chapter books, or ask for help in locating some great non-fiction for them!
HAVE YOU READ EVERYTHING YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR EVER WROTE? Sometimes it’s a year or even more until the next book is released. What is a reader supposed to do? Do you wander through the stacks trying to choose by the short blurb inside the jacket, or maybe by the title and the look of the cover? What about choosing something because your friend recommended it? Even though they are your “bestie”, they may read very differently than you do. Bestseller lists are no guarantee that the book will suit your tastes. The library can help; every member of the staff is trained in what is called Readers Advisory. Ask us to help you out, just be prepared to answer a few questions such as “what was the last thing you read that you really liked?” and “what was it that you liked about it?”
If you prefer to find books on your own, but wish there was a better way, the library can help with that too. On our web-page under the online resources tab you’ll find these reading resources:
NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.
eSequels is a website that contains information about series. Information is provided about characters, subjects, correct reading order and more. eSequels is the place to learn everything about your favorite book series.
An easy way to track your favorite authors. Receive email alerts when the library receives a new book by authors you’ve selected. A full database of authors and their books, that the library owns, including author profiles.
Discovering books that match your interests just got easier with SelectReads. Get monthly emails reading and recommendations customized to match your interests.
To let us help you discover your next favorite author or genre, stop by or go online at www.eAPLD.org
We know you miss the library, and we miss you too! For everyone’s safety, we will be resuming our services in phases. Beginning Thursday, May 7, 2020 we will be offering a curbside service for our patrons at both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library. Here’s how to utilize the service:
You may request items from the online catalog (see instructions below on how to do this), or you can give us a call at 812-926-0646 and we will take care of the request for you.
We will call you when your items are ready to be picked up. Please note that items coming from the other branch may take longer than normal to arrive. We appreciate your patience.
Once you receive a call, you may come to the library to pick up your items. Call us when you arrive and we will bring the items to your car.
If you have items to return, you may give them to us when we bring your new items. Please note that our book drops are open, so you may return your items at your convenience.
We will offer more services as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you for patience and support of the library.
How to place requests online:
Visit eapld.org and type in the title in the online catalog. Then press Go.
Find the correct item in the list and select Place Hold.
A box will pop up asking you to login. Enter your library card number in the box titled Library ID. Enter your pin in the box titled PIN. Then select Log In. If you do not know your pin number please call us at 812-926-0646, and we will reset it for you.
Once you are logged in a new box will appear. Select your pickup location from the drop down menu, and select whether you want the first available copy or if you want a specific copy. Then select Submit Hold.
If the hold went through successfully you should see a green bar at the top of your screen that says Hold(s) Placed Successfully.
This post will be updated as more great online resources become available during this time of social distancing. These are all free for anyone to visit and use.
New on 4/4:
New on 3/30:
- Make a Mancala Board: Mancala is a wonderful game for all ages. You just need an egg carton and some dried beans, pennies, or beads, etc for the pieces.
- Virtual programs from the Taft Museum of Art
- Salt Dough decorations – Make Easter shapes, circles, hearts, or whatever you can cut out free-hand or with a cookie cutter.
New on 3/24: Teaching Books resources – free access through at least the middle of September.
NEW: Digital Escape Room for Harry Potter fans!
Scholastic.com is making great online resources available to families and teachers. Scholastic Learn at Home
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is doing a video visit with a zoo animal each weekday at 3 PM. Instructions for a related craft are also included. Watch these live on the Zoo’s facebook page or archived at: http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/
Mo Willems, beloved author and illustrator of children’s book is hosting a daily (weekdays) broadcast called Lunch Doodles. This is your chance to draw along with Mo!
Here’s another daily opportunity for the artists in your family: Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
Flannel Board Fun is a wonderful blog that offers lots of opportunities for kids to learn through play, and no, it’s not just about flannelboards!
National Geographic for Kids has great activities you can access without a subscription.
Don’t forget that limited screen time is still recommended for kids of all ages! Go outside to play together, get out a board game, play cards, or cook together.
Please keep checking back; more activities will be added!
Some, but not all, of these free resources require an Aurora Public Library Card and a PIN. If you have a library card, but get blocked because your card has expired or you have forgotten your PIN, send an email to contact@EAPLD.org. I will try to address your issue the next time I’m in the library building.
New on 4/1:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is now available (e-book and audiobook) with no waiting – simultaneous use – through the end of April
New on 3/24: Mid-America Books is giving free access to all their e-books and databases through June 2020.
New on 3/24: Teaching Books resources – free access through at least the middle of September.
NEW: TumbleBooks is making their database of ebooks available FREE to all Public Libraries through the end of August 2020. Just click on the link to read the book on a computer or other device. Library card and PIN are NOT required, so spread the word! A big thanks to the folks at TumbleBooks who made this available to community members who don’t currently have a library card!
Adult Romance books: Just so you know, Tumblebooks describe these as “Steamy Romance novels”
Indiana Digital Download Center: Free downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. Requires a valid Aurora Public Library District card and PIN. If you’ve used your library card recently, we’ve updated your expiration date to be good through the end of May 2020. If you have an expired card, send me a message at email@example.com Let’s be kind to each other by remembering to return our digital items after we’ve read them! Remember the Magazines are simultaneous use, so never any waiting for one of the magazines!
Here’s a tutorial to get you started on digital downloads, if you’re new to this: Getting Started
These resources can be accessed through the Online Resources link of the Library’s web page:
Heritage Quest: This is a great way to begin looking at your family history and can be accessed remotely from a home computer or device. If you’re new to this, you may want to click on Research Aids at the top of the Heritage web page and then “Ancestry Anne’s Top 10 Search Tips” in the “Getting Started” box.
World Book Online and Britannica: Great resources for everyone, and you can select the resources appropriate to each age level.
Small Engine Repair: This is what you need when it’s grass-cutting season and you can’t get your lawn mower started! Also great for chain saws, motorcycles and other small power equipment.
A to Z USA: check this out for information on regional and ethnic foods, including recipes, agricultural products, and historical cookbooks.
Travel and Geographical information is available with these three resources:
A To Z in the USA
A to Z World Travel
Global Road Warriors
We have grouped reliable health resources together under the heading Health and Medical Resources. This group of resources was collated through the work of the American Library Association.
Much, much more is available so scroll through all the resources at: https://eapld.org/online-resources/
One of the best things you can do to encourage your child as a reader is to show them that language can be playful. Word play, including rhymes, made-up words, idioms and all kinds of silliness, builds awareness of the ways that words are composed of distinct sounds. Here are some great picture books that will help build skills, but just as importantly, will make you laugh!
Here are some great ideas from the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read Program:
- Read a book with lots of made-up words. Try How do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle or a book by Dr. Seuss. Trying making up more words to go with the story.
- Silly poems are fun and can teach new vocabulary.
- Kids love riddles and jokes, which often use a “play on words”. Laugh along as you talk about the answer to the riddle or joke.
- Having fun with words helps your child become more conscious of words and eager to learn more.
March 2nd is National Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday! What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss than by curling up with one of his many books. Here’s a list of some of his lesser-known stories that you can check out right here at APLD!
In this delightful tale, young Marco allows his imagination to run riot as he travels home from school one day, to the extent that a horse and cart is soon transformedinto a chaotic carnival of colourful creatures.
What a lot of hats Bartholomew has in this imaginative and clever tale! Find out what happens when the king asks him to remove them…one by one.
When the King’s stilts are stolen and hidden, and he can no longer enjoy his play hour, the whole kingdom is threatened with destruction until a page boy bravely saves the day.
This entertaining tale tells of a puddle full of promise, where Marco’s beautiful, imaginary fish come to life. Who knows what fantastic creatures might swim in McElligot’s Pool!
Poor Thidwick’s generosity proves the adage that no good deed goes unpunished, and soon everyone, from a tiny Bingle Bug to a huge bear, is taking advantage of our antlered hero.
When it comes to scrambling eggs, Peter T. Hooper needs something super special for his super-dee-dooper dish! And only the most interesting and exciting eggs from around the world will do…
Packed with all the essential ingredients that have made Dr. Seuss so well-loved over the last 50 years – riotous rhyme, bizarre creatures, zany artwork, off-the-wall humour – On Beyond Zebra is vintage Seuss at its very best.
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!
There’s just nothing like a great spy novel to get your heart racing and the pages turning! Of course, the espionage genre is filled with unforgettable classics by authors like John Le Carre, Graham Greene, Frederick Forsyth and Robert Ludlum. However, the authors writing spy novels today can hold their own with even the best of these well-known novelists. Check out these titles, all written in the last ten years. There’s a lot of variety in the settings, including World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and post 9/11. I hope you will find at least one new author to love.
Let us know which spy is your favorite!