The Most Checked Out Books of 2018

How many books did you read this past year?  Here are the most checked out books for the Aurora Public Library District during 2018: 

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

Plum Spooky

In this Stephanie Plum series book, Stephanie and her sidekick Lula return determined to find out if the legends about the Jersey Devil are true.  

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husbands Secret

Imagine that you find out that your husband has a secret that has the potential to not only change your life, but has consequences for others as well. This Liane Moriarty novel asks the question…just how well do you really know another person?  

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

Diana Bishop embarks on an adventure when she finds an old manuscript in the Oxford library.  The manuscript opens up a different world of witches, vampires and daemons.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

This is a story about two sisters living in France during World War II.  The struggles of war force the sisters to be resilient and brave through difficult situations that neither ever thought they would face.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Teenage gamer Wade Watts sets off on an adventure as he tries to solve the puzzles in a video game.  The creator of the game has promised to leave his fortune to the person who can solve the puzzles. Set in the year 2045, Wade finds himself surrounded by other players who are willing to do anything…even kill to win the prize.

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King & Owen King

Sleeping Beauties

In the small Appalachian town of Dooling, something very strange starts to happen. Women are becoming trapped in a cocoon when they fall asleep. They cannot be disturbed or cut out of the gauze-like material.  If so, they become wild and violent. The men are starting to worry, and they are becoming suspicious of the one woman who does not seem to be affected by this strange illness.  

Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

Hardcore Twenty-Four

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back again.  In this novel she is is trying to solve a mystery of a serial killer who is is dumping headless bodies all over town.

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The 17th Suspect

San Francisco Police Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is trying to figure out how a series of shootings are related to a string of incidents involving the police department.  

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

The President Is Missing

The world is in shock when the President of the United States disappears. Seemingly without a trace.

Tied for the #10 Spot

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

This novel is about two families living in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Elena Richardson knows that her tenant Mia Warren is hiding secrets. She becomes consumed with exposing Mia’s past. Doing so will put into place some devastating consequences for both of the families.

Shoot First: (Think Later) by Stuart Woods.

Shoot First (Think Later)  

A Stone Barrington series book.  A woman who is the brains behind the groundbreaking technology of a new computer company finds herself the target of a plan to get her out of the way.  Stone Barrington must figure out who is behind this plan to keep her safe.

Have you read any of the most checked out books of 2018?  We would love to hear your review of the book in the comments below. 

Happy Reading 🙂

 

Rick Riordan Presents

Since 2005, the year The Lightning Thief was published, author Rick Riordan has enthralled young readers with his adventure stories based on characters interacting with mythological beings. The Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series focused on Greek mythology, the Kane Chronicles looked at Egyptian mythology, and the Magnus Chase series was based on Norse mythology. All of these books had kids running to library shelves to keep up with the newest adventure.

Riordan has now launched a new publishing venture known as “Rick Riordan Presents” with the goal of introducing readers to other authors who are writing mythology-based books for students. These books place the spotlight on some lesser-known mythologies  and have been selected to satisfy even the most ardent Percy Jackson fans.

Aru Shah and the End of Time introduces Hindu mythology. A sequel will be published in April of 2019.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Maya legends play a major role in Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes, with a sequel scheduled for September 2019.

Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Dragon Pearl, the third “Rick Riordan Presents” title, was released this month and pulls themes and events from Korean legends.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Explore the richness of world cultures with these newest myth-based adventure stories!

Here Be Dragons

What kid (or adult) doesn’t like dragons? Our collection of chapter books for kids is full of dragon adventures, including several on-going series.

Two of our most popular “dragon” authors are Tracey West and Tui Sutherland.

The Dragon Masters series by Tracey West begins with Rise of the Earth Dragon and Saving the Sun Dragon. These are relatively short chapter books and are great for kids looking for fast, exciting stories.

Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West  Saving the Sun Dragon by Tracey West

Tui Sutherland is the writer of the Wings of Fire series which started with The Dragonet Prophecy and The Lost Heir. These books have a little higher reading level and would be perfect for 4th grade and up. New books are still being added to both of these series.

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland   The Lost Heir by Tui Sutherland

Many kids are already familiar with the How to Tame Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell, because of the movies based on the series. The next sequel hits movie theaters in February 2019, so this is a great time to get started with the books.

How to Tame Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell   How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell

Other great dragon series include The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey and the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey   Eragon by Christopher Paolini

If you and your family prefer e-books or audio-books, many of these titles are also available in those formats through our Digital Downloads link.

PBS Documentaries at the APLD

Who doesn’t like a good documentary every now and then? I’m always itching to get more knowledge! I will be the first to admit that sometimes finding a good documentary is difficult, but the Aurora Public Library is here to hook you up!

We have so many amazing kinds of documentaries on many different subjects that they take up mostly two shelves of our DVDs! PBS has a whole line of documentaries that are appropriate for all ages to enjoy!

If you like history, math, buildings, science, animals, myths, art, and mysteries look no further than PBS Documentaries!

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/

 

MLK for All Ages

As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2019, why not check out a book to read with your family? Here are some of my favorites to share with kids and teens. Although children are taught about the famous civil rights leader at school, reading as a family can reinforce the values of courage, sacrifice, and non-violent activism.

For the youngest children, these books by Margaret McNamara and Jean Marzollo give simple explanations of the annual holiday celebrating King’s life.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Margaret McNamara   Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo

I love to share Martin’s Big Words, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier. It summarizes King’s life with emphasis on the power of his words. My favorite King quote from the book is “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” It’s a very moving book, but told in a way that will connect with even young children.

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

For slightly older children, I have a Dream contains excerpts from the famous speech and is illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Martin & Mahalia takes a unique approach by exploring the intersection of the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Written by Andrea Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, the book concludes with Jackson’s performance and King’s speech at the March on Washington.

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr, illustrated by Kadir Nelson   Martin& Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

The illustrators of the previous three books are certainly among the most highly respected of children’s book illustrators. Together, Nelson, Pinkney, and Collier have won eight Caldecott Honor Awards and numerous Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.

The next four books get progressively more difficult in reading level, but are well worth reading.

Free at Last!: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Angela Bull   I've Seen the Promised Land by Walter Dean Myers

The following books by Tonya Bolden and Russell Freedman were written for teens, but are also great for adult readers.

M.L.K.: Journey of a King by Tonya Bolden   Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman

One last suggestion would be to check out this title which contains audio files of many of King’s most famous speeches. Choose one to listen to as a family, and you might be surprised to have family members ask to hear more! You can find this item upstairs at the Aurora Public Library in the room with the audio-books.

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kids Love Non-Fiction!

You’ve probably noticed changes in our library buildings as we’ve rearranged some of our collections. The biggest change is that we have created an area for children’s non-fiction books at both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library. We want kids to be able to find books that interest them more easily, without having to search through shelves that also have the “adult” stuff. We’ve also been adding some great new titles to keep our collection current and interesting. In this area, you’ll find everything from coding to science, from sign language to sports, and from religion to music. As always, we’re here to help you find what you and your children are interested in!

There are advantages to reading a mixture of books types, both fiction and non-fiction. Letting your child’s interests guide the selection is always a great way to keep them engaged with books. Here are a couple of interesting articles about reading non-fiction. The first is from a father’s perspective – how he discovered that non-fiction satisfied his daughter’s desire to learn about the world around her. The second article is from an educational perspective and discusses how reading non-fiction can increase comprehension of complex texts.

Here are some of our newest titles, but you really need to stop by and let your kids browse the collection to spark their interest!

Technology and science books are always popular, and we have lots of science project books to keep the kids busy during school breaks.

Drones by Elsie Olson

Science Maker Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Scientists in the Field” series is great for older students and even adults. Each title in the series focuses on the work being done by scientists in a particular field.

Backyard Bears by Amy Cherrix

Read about a favorite athlete, or learn new techniques for playing a sport.

Aaron Judge by Jon M. Fishman  Breanna Stewart by Jon M. Fishman  My First Soccer Handbook by Clive Gifford

From domestic to exotic, we have everything you need to know about animals!

Baby Animals by Dorothea DepriscoSugar Gliders by Paula M. Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baking with kids encourages reading, teaches math skills, and leads to a healthy appetite!Good Housekeeping Kids Bake!

 

Explore the past with our great history books. In addition to The Underground Railroad, Kay Winter’s Voices series also includes Colonial Voices and Voices from the Oregon Trail.

   Machu Picchu by Christina Leaf     Voices from the Underground Railroad by Kay Winters

Wonderful New Picture Books

We have added some amazing picture books to our collection in the last few months! Many of these are from authors and illustrators who are the superstars of children’s literature – well-loved by parents and librarians everywhere. Others were created by authors who may be new to you, but whose work you’ll certainly want to start following. Here are some of my favorites, but you’ll want to come to the library and explore all the other great items on the “New” shelf.

Tessa Takes Wing by Richard Jackson

 

How can you keep from smiling when you see this adorable baby? Have you ever wondered what babies do when everyone else is asleep? If you are not familiar with Richard Jackson, I also recommend his books All Ears, All Eyes and This Beautiful Day.

 

 

A Parade of Elephants by Keven Henkes

 

 

 

A Parade of Elephants is every bit as charming as the rest of Kevin Henkes’ picture books. You may know him as the author of Lilly’s Purple, Plastic Purse, but he’s written a long list of both picture books and chapter books for kids. For your older kids, check out Junonia and The Year of Billy Miller.

 

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

 

 

Jan Brett is another author whose books are always popular. The Snowy Nap reintroduces the title character from Hedgie’s Surprise (written in 2000) and is a perfect book to snuggle up with on a cold day. Brett continues her practice of using border illustrations to give a hint of what’s coming on the next page.

 

 

I loved I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony, so I was delighted to see another book about Mr. Panda. Who can resist another cute bedtime story?

 

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

 

 

 

 

 

The creative team that brought us Penguin Problems in 2016 is back with a story of a giraffe who can’t figure out what to do with his long neck!

 

Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet

 

 

 

 

Chomp Goes the Alligator is sure to become a favorite of preschoolers. It features counting, rhymes, and a movable alligator jaw!

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

 

 

 

 

 

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is perfect to share with any child who has ever experienced being different or outside of a group. Woodson’s words are always affirming and the illustrations by Rafael Lopez are vibrant and expressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein

 

 

The “Interrupting Chicken” is back! In this follow-up book, the young chicken is enjoying books with an “elephant of surprise”! This is one of those great picture books for kids who may be old enough to read independently, but who can really enjoy the humor caused by this misunderstanding.