Between the Lines Book Discussion

  

If you like to read a variety of books, and if you like to discuss the books you read, you should consider joining one of the Aurora Public Library District’s book groups.  There will be afternoon groups that meet at the Aurora Public Library on March 24th @ 3:00pm and at the Dillsboro Public Library on March 25th @ 1:00pm. Both will be discussing Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. . The Aurora Public Library group will be meeting at 3:00 PM in February, March, and April of 2022 and then returning to a 1:00 PM time.

Pick up a book today to join our club and get reading!

New Location for Our Digital Content

Indiana Digital Library

You may have noticed on our Overdrive page that our digital content is moving to a new location. Don’t panic! The Library District will still be using Overdrive as our primary source for digital content, but most of the Public Libraries in Indiana have chosen to merge into a single digital consortium. The transfer of content to the new Indiana Digital Library is underway at this time. For the next few days, you can still download content from the Indiana Digital Download Center as before. Eventually, that web page will be discontinued and you’ll need to go to: https://idl.overdrive.com/  We’ll be updating the information on the Library webpage, so that new link will be active soon.

The first time you use the new site on each of your computers or devices, or on the Libby app, you’ll probably need your library card handy to enter the your number, along with your PIN.

Why the merger? Pooling the resources of so many libraries will allow us to make better use of your money. Also, the Indiana State Library has agreed to cover the Overdrive platform fee – that’s your taxpayer money at work again! The new Indiana Digital Library will also have a team of librarians actively managing the collection and making purchases of high-interest titles to keep wait times shorter.

If you have any questions or problems during the transition, just give us a call at 812-926-0646.

Don’t Overlook These Children’s Series

If you only look for the “new” books on the library shelves, you might miss some of the series that were popular ten or fifteen years ago (or even longer). Although not every book or series ages well, there are many that stand up well in comparison to our newest books. That may be especially true about fantasy series. Here are some fantasy series for elementary and middle school kids that will bring hours of reading enjoyment. Remember, you can also ask a library staff member for help if you need a book suggestion!

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Ted Diterlizzi and Holly Black

 

The Spiderwick Chronicles were written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black and follow the adventures of the Grace children who discover a world of fairies. There were 5 books in the original series and three in the spin-off series Beyond the Spiderwick. These series are great for kids who want to read fantasy, but who aren’t ready for really long, complicated books.

 

 

The High King by Lloyd Alexander

 

 

Lloyd Alexander was a prolific writer of fantasy books during the 1960s and 1970s. His Chronicles of  Prydain drew heavily from the legends of King Arthur and Welsh mythology. One book of the series was named as a Newbery Honor book and another won the Newbery Medal. Don’t let the well-worn covers stop you; these books have just been loved by several generations of kids.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

 

 

 

The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan has always reminded me of The Lord of the Rings, probably because of  the Rangers. The series follows the adventures of Will, an orphan who is chosen as an apprentice Ranger, and includes skilled trackers, archers, and warriors in the service of the King of Araluen. Will strives to keep the Kingdom of Araluen safe from invaders, traitors, and threats. There was also a prequel series and a spin-off series.

 

 

 

The Inkworld trilogy  by Cornelia Funke explores the question of what might happen if characters could come out of our storybooks.

  Inkheart by Cornelia Funke    Inkspell by Cornelia Funke  Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

In The Five Kingdoms series, Cole Randolph sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath a haunted house and he dives in after them. They end up in the Outskirts, five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends.

Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull

Step into these fantasy worlds, but hang on to your hat! You’re bound for some exciting adventures.

 

 

Teen Board Game Night!

 

Do you love board games? Looking to meet some new friends? Or maybe just looking for a place to hang out and stay out of the winter weather this January? Come to the Aurora Public Library and play some fun board games with others on January 25th at 6 pm! This month’s board game is Muffin Time, an energetic, quirky card game where the goal is to be the first player with 10 cards. But be warned, the other players are out to get you with the help of their own cards of sabotage and mass destruction!

Snacks and drinks will be provided (featuring muffins of all varieties, of course), as well as other popular board games to choose from. This program is open to anyone 13-18 years of age. No registration is required. Bring all your friends and get ready for Muffin Time!

The Men of Amish Fiction

Throughout the day, Librarians are asked numerous questions. Some we are able to answer right off the bat, and some take a little more time and research; rarely are we stumped. But stumped I was the other day when a patron asked “Do you have any Amish fiction books that are written by male authors?” Amish fiction has become quite popular as of late, and I am very used to leading people in the direction of popular  Amish fiction authors such as Wanda Brunstetter, Mindy Starns Clark, and  Beverly Lewis. I had to stop and think; do I even know of any male Amish authors?! After a little bit of digging and research, I was able to find eight authors!

  1. Willard Carpenter
  2. Patrick E. Craig
  3. Jerry Eicher
  4. Paul L. Gaus/P.L. Gaus
  5. David G. Lewis (married to and co-writes with his wife, Beverly Lewis)
  6. Thomas Nye
  7. Murray Pura
  8. Amos Wyse

The Aurora Public Library offers quite a few titles from most of these authors as books and as e-books. And of course we are always happy to help you place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) on any titles that are not available in our system.

Rebecca's Promise            A Quilt for Jenna           Clouds Without Rain

Whispers of a New Dawn          Child of Mine

 

 

Storytimes Are Starting

The Aurora Public Library District will  begin in-person Storytimes in June.  We’re looking forward to exploring the Summer Reading theme “Tails and Tales.” So that we can still operate within social distancing guidelines, children must be registered in advance.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Registrations will be limited to 5 family units at Aurora Storytimes and 6 family units at Dillsboro Storytimes.
  • Each family will sit together at a table or on the floor.
  • Children need to remain at the table while stories are read.
  • Crafts will be provided and families may either make the craft at the library or take the kit home to complete.
  • Tables and chairs will be disinfected prior to and after each Storytime session.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for adults and teens who are not fully vaccinated.

Stephanie has missed all of our young patrons and is eager to share some of her favorite stories about animals. Everyone in the family is also invited to participate in our Summer Reading Challenges to earn prizes while enjoying all the fun of reading great books.