Biographical Fiction

Biographical fiction, a novel based on the life of a real person, is nothing new. After all, some of us can remember reading great biographical fiction in the 1960s or 1970s (The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone, for example,  and Burr and Lincoln by Gore Vidal). You are probably familiar with all the novels about British royalty written by Philippa Gregory. However, this genre has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Here’s a short survey of some of the authors and titles you can find in our collection at the Aurora Public Library District.

Robert Louis Stevenson and Frank Lloyd Wright are the subjects of novels by Nancy Horan, who grew up surrounded by Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Oak Park, Illinois.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan      Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain became a book group favorite and allowed readers to experience the Jazz Age in Paris while getting to know Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. Circling the Sun, McLain’s next book took us to Kenya with Beryl Markham, a friend of Denys Finch Hatton and Baroness Karen Blixen. You’ll want to rewatch Out of Africa after reading this book!

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain     Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Melanie Benjamin has written novels about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Truman Capote.

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin     The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

We have biographical fiction about Madame Tussaud, Henry David Thoreau, Zelda Fitzgerald, and the wife of C.S. Lewis. But, don’t stop with people you’ve already heard of; part of the fun of this type of book is discovering someone you know nothing about.

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran      Woods Burner by John Pipkin

Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler      Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Tracy Chevalier introduced readers to the life of Mary Anning (of “She sells sea-shells” fame) in Remarkable Creatures. What do you know about the first Native-American to graduate from Harvard or about Einstein’s wife who was also a physicist, or about Annie Clemenc?

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier     Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict     The women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

Let these novels take you into a different time and place and into the footsteps of a historical person. If you’ve read other great biographical fiction, share it here with other readers!

Census Application Help Sessions

Looking for a temporary job? Want to earn some extra income? Well, look no further!

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country. The results of the 2020 Census will  help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how funds are spent for schools, hospitals, library’s, roads, and so much more!

Job Qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions.
  • Be registered in the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption.
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check.
  • Commit to complete training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Most census jobs require employees to:

  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.
  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).

If you currently have a job, your current job must be compatible with Census Bureau employment and must not create any conflicts of interest. They will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

2020 Census jobs provide:

  • $15+ per hour
  • Flexible hours
  • Weekly pay
  • Paid training

For more information attend one of two of our Census Application Help Sessions:

Monday, October 28: 10am-1pm: APL Downstairs (Computer Area)

or

Saturday, November 2: 9am-12pm: APL Downstairs (Computer Area)

Census personnel will be on site to answer any and all questions. There will be 3 computers set aside for these help sessions.

It’s Hocus Pocus Time

 

It’s October! You know what that means? It’s Halloween! Time to get spooky! Which in turn means, it’s Hocus Pocus time!

The Aurora Public Library District invites you to join us in a spooky viewing of the beloved Halloween classic: Hocus Pocus! This movie event is for all ages and will take place on October 29th, 2019 at 6pm. There will be some Halloween-themed goody bags, popcorn, and drinks!

If we don’t see you here…we’ll put a spell on you!!

 

 

Free Program on October 25th

The Virginia Repertory Theatre will be in Aurora on October 24th and 25th performing Han Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina. Many of the performances are reserved for local school groups, but the 11 am performance on Friday, October 25th is open for anyone in the community. The play will last approximately 50 minutes, so it’s appropriate for younger kids, as well as grown-ups. It would be a wonderful opportunity for homeschool families and retirees.

The performance will be held at the Aurora Lions Club (228 Second Street) and is free for everyone.

The tale of Thumbelina is a story of a young maiden no larger than a person’s thumb. The story’s characters are mostly animals, and include a frog, a bird, a mouse, and a mole. Thumbelina lives inside of a beautiful flower, but is soon stolen away to become the wife of a frog. This play is one of many adaptations of the Thumbelina story. After the performance, you can check out different versions of Thumbelina at the Aurora Public Library.

Thumbelina, adapted by Eduard Jose  The Girl of the Wish Garden: a Thumbelina Story  Sylvia Long's Thumbelina

 

Into “The Pit” with Poe

Do you love creepy stories? Do mysteries make your heart race, especially when mixed with a bit of paranoia? Edgar Allen Poe may be just the author you’ve been looking for! Poe is one of America’s best-loved authors and, of course, is perfect for Halloween.

Join us on Tuesday evening, October 22nd for selected readings from Poe’s short stories and poems. The program will begin at 7 pm at the Aurora Public Library and will be led by Ron Nicholson of Ivy Tech. We’ll also get to hear some about the latest theories of Poe’s mysterious death. After the program, you’ll want to check out our books related to all things Poe, including poetry, short stories and modern retellings.

Deep into that darkness peering,

long I stood there, wondering, fearing,

doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. (from “The Raven”)

 The Pit and the Pendulum graphic adaptation Edgar Allen Poe by Aaron Frisch The Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe by Jeff Burlingame Masque of the Red Death retelling Steampunk Poe

It’s Going, Going, Gone!

The Crossroads: Changes in Rural America exhibit opened on September 7th and will be leaving the Dillsboro Public Library soon. The last day to view this Smithsonian-curated exhibit will be Sunday, October 20th from 1-4 pm. That’s only one more week, and the Library will be closed on Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day. So far, we’ve had over 1,000 people visit the Dillsboro Public Library for this, so don’t let the time get away from you!

  

Thanks again to the town of Dillsboro for their tremendous support and assistance in bringing this to our Library District and to Indiana Humanities for the opportunity!

Job Opening

In a couple of weeks, we will be saying goodbye to Cathy Wilkymacky, our current Branch Manager at the Dillsboro Public Library. We wish her the very best in her retirement, and we are currently looking for the “future” Branch Manager. This is a full-time position (with benefits) and requires a Library certification, as well as Public Library experience.  This position supervises the staff and volunteers at the Branch and also works directly with the public at the circulation desk. The employment application may be found at: https://eapld.org/faq/

For a full job description of this position, please call 812-926-0646 or email the Library Director at peggy@eapld.org.

Please submit the application, along with a cover letter and resume to the Library Director in person, by mail, or email to peggy@eapld.org.

October 9th with Kevin Stonerock

As we continue to celebrate small towns and rural life with the Crossroads exhibit at the Dillsboro Public Library, we invite you to join us for a musical program presented by Kevin Stonerock.

Kevin Stonerock

You don’t want to miss this! 

Kevin is an Indiana singer, songwriter, and storyteller. A prolific writer and student of history, Stonerock  has developed six one-man dramatic characterizations which have been performed more than 3,500 times. He also wrote, directed and appeared in The Point In Time, an outdoor music/drama which ran for seven summers in Carrollton, Kentucky and Plum Creek Anthology,  which is presented annually in Vevay, Indiana. He appeared at the Aurora Public Library in June of 2019 and entertained the audience with stories and songs of riverboat travels.

Stonerock’s easy-going performance style has been described as “having a conversation on the front porch with an old friend”. With original, roots-oriented “Americana” songs, Stonerock’s music bridges the gap between folk, country and rock and roll.

Kevin will be performing at the Dillsboro Public Library on October 9th at 6:30 pm.

Libby: One Tap App

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!

Post-It Note Memoirs

Recently, we had a display up at the Aurora branch inviting our patrons to write a six-word memoir. We left this display up for roughly two months and received many post-it memoirs from our patrons. The prompt was: Tell us your story in six words or less!

Basically, we wanted patrons to write down a simplified version of their life’s memoir. They could either sign it with their name, or leave it unsigned, it was their choice! Here are some we received:

“My life began at 30.”

“I miss you, Bob, my brother.”

“I feel like I’m nothing inside.”

“Getting depression changed my life…”

“I can see.”

“Found..myself, my love, my family.”

“Through the valleys, love sustains me.”

“I died, but I am back.”

“Found my love, my family, my friends.”

“I used to be deaf.”

“I live life to the fullest.”

“A struggle to maintain my sanity.”

“Read. Work. Work. Eat. Sleep. Read.”

“I have cancer…” “My life changed.”

“I strive to be kind and happy every day.”

“Always live your life moving forward.”

This was a creative way for our patrons to interact with a display and give it a personal touch. To read more six-word memoirs,  check out the book that goes with this display:

  • A collection of six-word memoirs, contributed by both famous and obscure writers, records the human experience in works that are by turn whimsical, poignant, and bizarre, by such authors as Joyce Carol Oates and Joan Rivers.
Six Word Memoirs

Thank you to all those who participated!