Oversized Nonfiction

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!

Happy Reading!

Want or Need a Book We Don’t Have?

Both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library have hundreds of books combined. Though our collection is quite extensive and filled with every kind of book, there’s no possible way to have every single book in the world ever published. So thankfully we have a service called Inter-library loan.

Our ILL service gives our members access to a much wider range of materials than normally possible.

 

WHO CAN USE OUR ILL SERVICE?

Any patron in good standing who has a membership that includes borrowing privileges.

 

WHAT CAN BE BORROWED?

Books, audio-books, movies, seasons, etc.

 

WHAT’S THE COST?

If we can get the item from within our state, there isn’t a charge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occasionally, we won’t be able to find an item and in this case any item received from out of state will carry a postage charge that depends on the material’s size and its weight. You are able to specify whether you’d like to avoid charges at the time of your request.

 

BEFORE PLACING A REQUEST:

If the desired material is part of our Library’s current collection, we will not borrow it from another library.

However, if we have a title in Large Print and you would like it to be in regular print, we are able to borrow the title that way. As well as wishing for a title that is in regular print in large print.

If the material is less than six months old, many libraries will not lend it out. In many cases, we will add the material to our collection request.

*A collection request is a database we keep for any books that you wish for the library to purchase that is newer than six months old. We may or may not purchase the material depending on a vary of reasons.

Many ILL’s will take 7-14 business days to arrive, if you need the material sooner than that, it may be wise to consider another alternative.

 

CHECKING OUT YOUR ILL:

When your loan has arrived, you will receive a notification from your preferred method (normally a phone call).

If you do receive a material from out of state, a charge will be placed on your account with an explanation.

Just like any other item within our collection, you will be responsible to return your item.

Late fees may apply.

 

AM I ABLE TO RENEW?

Occasionally, a library will allow a renewal. If you are in need of a renewal, please contact the Aurora Library or the Dillsboro Library before the date your item is due.

We can give up to a week renewal while waiting for a reply back from the current lending library.

 

RETURNING MY ILL:

Because the materials are owned by other Libraries, it is important to return the materials in a timely manner. The due dates are generally determined by the lending library and can be as long as a month or as short as two weeks. Any fines/fees due to the material being returned late will be determined by the lending library and will be charged to you.

 

If you know exactly what item you would like, you are more than welcome to fill out our form on our website or come in or call either branch to request an ILL today!

 

If you request a DVD, the DVD will not count towards our DVD limit.  This is the same for TV shows, as well.

Example: You request Lady Bird, and we receive the DVD from another library. You can still also check out two other DVD’s from our library.

 

 

STORY TIME IS BEGINNING!

 

STORY TIME IS BEGINNING

 

Story times will be starting in September.  The first story time at the Dillsboro Library  will be Tuesday, September 4 at 10:30. The first story times at the Aurora Library will be Wednesday, September 5 at 10:30 and 1:00.

NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You will be asked to complete a short form at your first story time.   Story times will continue every Tuesday (at Dillsboro) and Wednesday (at Aurora) through December 19.

During the month of September we will cover the topics of water, the five senses, seeds, and the season of fall. We look forward to seeing you at the library for story time.

 

Libraries Rock! with Teen Musical Trivia Night and Inspirational Lyric Painting

Libraries Rock! with Teen Musical Trivia Night and Inspirational Lyric Painting

Are you a teen? Can you recite all the lyrics to your favorite musicals?

Then come out to the Dillsboro Public Library on July 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM or

the Aurora Public Library on July 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and test that musical knowledge!

A first place prize will be awarded!

Musicals not your thing? Then stick around for snacks and fun inspirational lyric painting on canvas!


Libraries Rock! Rock On!

 

 

Being “stuck between a rock and a hard place” certainly doesn’t bring about good feelings. Neither do the sayings —-“as dumb as a box full of rocks” or “your head is as hard as a rock.”  Rocks sure aren’t much fun, are they? WRONG! We think rocks are just getting a bad rap!

Join us on Friday, June 8 at the Aurora Public Library at 2:00 p.m. for Rock On!–a family fun afternoon, which includes some favorite “rock” stories and rock painting , plus learn how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors and join in our big tournament. You’re sure to have a Rockin’ good time!!

 

 

Why You Should Join Our New YA Book Club.

 

The Aurora Public Library District wants to encourage you to join out new High School Book Club! Below are some reasons why you should join.

1.Book clubs introduce you to books you wouldn’t normally read.

2. You’ll meet people who enjoy the same books as you.

3. You get to freely give your opinion without being judged for it.

4. It’s Free!

5. Everyone is welcome!

6. You’ll become more confident in yourself.

7. You have a legitimate excuse to read all the time.

8. Every book has the power to change you.

9. It cuts out that dilemma of what book to read next.

10. It gives you a chance to visit your local library once a month!

 

 

 

The registration deadline for May’s meeting is on April 24th! If you are wanting to join or have any questions about joining, call us or come in and ask! Be sure to register and pick up our May Selection: The Night CircusIf you have already read the book, great! You’re still able to join!

 

If you still are questioning about joining this amazing group, follow the links below to be persuaded:

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/5-reasons-to-join-book-club

https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/10-reasons-why-you-should-join-book-club

 

Magazines to help you do stuff!

 

The library offers so much more than recreational reading material. We have lots of resources to help you get stuff done, and have fun! Whether you like to hike, fish, garden, tinker or go antiquing we have what you need to  make the most of everything you do.

Sky & TelescopeThe complete resource for amateur astronomers for over 70 years, Sky & Telescope provides readers with information on observing the sky, offering reviews and buyer’s guide information on the latest products as well as tips, how-to’s and much more.

Field & Stream – America’s Number One sportsman’s magazine, featuring in-depth articles on hunting, fishing, outdoor adventure, and conservation news. First-class fiction, and more. Field & Stream, editorial excellence for over 100 years.

Motor Trend – America’s automotive authority filled with road tests, service features, forecasts and racing news. A guide new-car buyers & enthusiasts trust most! An import and export automotive authority.

Popular Mechanics – Popular Mechanics is for people who have a passion to know how things work. It’s about how the latest advances in science and technology will impact your home, your car, consumer electronics, computers, even your health. Popular Mechanics – answers for curious minds.

Backwoods Home – Backwoods Home Magazine is written for people who have a desire to pursue personal independence, self-sufficiency, and their dreams. We offer “how-to” articles on owner-built housing, independent energy, gardening, health, self-employment, country living, and other topics related to an independent and self-reliant lifestyle.

Family Handyman – The #1 magazine for Do-it-yourself homeowners. Step-by-step maintenance, repair and improvement projects, plus tool skills, DIY tips, and product buying advice. Lots of great ideas on storage, weekend projects, improving your yard, woodworking, and décor. Cut the cost of owning a home and enjoy the satisfaction of doing it yourself!

Antiques – The Magazine Antiques brings you the fascinating worlds of architecture, interior design, and fine and decorative artsfrom the dawn of civilization to the modern era.You’ll learn about private collections and museums around the world that highlight the latest trends in collecting and decorating with antiques.

Backpacker – Magazine of wilderness travel offering practical “you can do it–here’s how” advice to enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips with fold-out maps and stunning color photography.

Bicycling –  Since 1962, bicycling has been inspiring people to get more out of their cycling passion. Each action-packed issue is filled with proven secrets to go faster, stronger, longer. Increase your stamina; buy the best gear for your money; locate a great ride; improve your performance; perfect your technique; fuel your passion.

The list of great resources goes on and on. Stop by and see if we have what you you need.

Best Books of 2017

As we ring in the New Year, let’s look back on some of the Best Books of 2017! At the Aurora Public Library, you’ll find a display featuring these books and more for you to check out and enjoy in 2018.

Across the World Wide Web, you’ll find dozens of compilations of the Best Books of 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders made 22 of those lists. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward were on 19 separate lists, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng made 13 lists. Hunger by Roxane Gay and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado managed to make 12 separate lists. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates made 9 lists, and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie made 8 separate lists.

Notable Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 you’ll find on the display include:

Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (which made 6 separate 2017 lists)

Our Revolution by Bernard Sanders

Al Franken Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

I Got This by Laurie Hernandez

Killing England by Bill O’Reilly

Fiction titles you’ll find on the display include:

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (5 different lists)

Marlena by Julie Buntin (4 lists)

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (also made 4 lists)

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdich (3 lists)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (3 lists)

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie (3 lists)

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta (also made 3 different lists)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

And many, many more!

Some of these Best Books of 2017 are available through the Indiana Digital Download Center. These include:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (7 lists)

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (7 lists)

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (7 lists)

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons (6 lists)

American War by Omar El Akkad (5 lists)

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (5 lists)

Ill Will by Dan Chaon (4 lists)

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (3 lists)

And many more!

So, what was the best book you read in 2017? Did it make any lists? Did you read any of these books? What did you think? Drop your answers in the comments below!

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

Build a Better World with Bi-Okoto!

Calling all teens! Join us at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, July 6 at 6 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind teen program with Bi-Okoto!

Bi-Okoto is a professional African drum and dance ensemble, and the only one of its kind in the tri-state area. They will be here to teach a music workshop to teens, those who are ages 13-18.

No registration is required for this program! You don’t want to miss it!

Adult Paint Party!

You’re invited to an Adult Paint Party! On Friday, July 21, the Aurora Public Library will host an adult program at 2 p.m., presented by Marge Beinkemper!

Marge Beinkemper is a member of the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild. She will walk through this painting step-by-step to turn your blank canvas into a Riverscape. You’ll want to display your painting where everyone can see, so make sure you register early! There are only fifteen spots for the program, so call or stop by the Library today to secure your place!

The Paint Party will take place during the last full week of the Summer Reading Program, when we’ll be Building a Better World through Words!