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.
Roald Dahl was a spy, a pilot, a chocolate historian and an inventor!
He was also a beloved author of many original and entertaining children’s books.
Roald Dahl was born in Wales on September 13, 1916 to Harald Dahl and Sofie Hesselberg. His parents named him after the first man to reach the South Pole, Roald Amundsen.
His mother sent him to several boarding schools in which many bizarre events happened and later were written in his autobiography, Boy. At one of his boarding schools, the pupils were invited to test chocolate bars which helped inspire Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
His lust to travel took him from Canada to East Africa until the start of World War II where he enlisted into the Royal Air Force at 23 years old. After receiving severe injuries in the Western Desert, and after recovering from those injuries in Alexandria, he returned to the fight by taking part in the Battle of Athens. Afterwards, he became a spy for MI6.
The Aurora Branch is hosting a Trivia game celebrating the beloved 90s sitcoms from Friends to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! Teens and adults are invited to this throwback trivia night. There will be ReFreshments served along with prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners.
Well, she’s a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty historical romances. She is “a librarian by training and a book lover at heart”. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and many kitties.
What does she write?
Tessa Dare writes amazing historical romances that are just to die for. She mixes emotion, love, sensuality, romance, and drama together and creates amazing stories and characters that will stay on your mind for years to come! Her stories are generally set in the regency time period (1811-1820), so no outrageously poofy dresses or white wigs.
Why is she different than other historical romance authors?
She creates unique heroines who engages in ‘unladylike’ pursuits from paleontology to beer-making. She also dreams up strong-willed heroic men who find their hearts captured by these heroines.
Girl Meets Duke is a new series Tessa Dare is writing that can also be read as stand-alone. Each book features a new couple and a new story line. Each male character is a Duke while the ladies each venture into a new world of sin….romance…and love. So far there are three published works with another title in the works!
The Wildes of Lindow Castle is a series Eloisa James has began in 2017. The series follows the large family of the Duke of Lindow and is set in a castle. Think of Modern Family with a little of Downton Abbey mixed in. The stories are all set in the Georgian time period; yes, that means big wigs and poofy skirts! This also marks the beginning of the celebrity culture due to the printing press.
Where can I read them?
Print books by Eloisa James can be found in the Large Print collection or the Adult Fiction area under “J” for James. There are even more choices in our digital library.
Are you a South Dearborn Community School Corporation Educator? If so, there are many ways the Aurora Public Library can assist you with your classroom.
We love to help with the obvious materials such as books and DVD’s. However, there are many other services we can offer to you and your students.
If you are interested in learning more, we would love to see you at our “School and Library Connection” workshop at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday July 31, 2019. at 9 am. 😊 Bring your device!
During our program, we will walk you through the library’s website, focusing on requesting individual books, groups of books, and traveling book sets.
We will show you the many die cuts that we have available. These die cuts can be used from everything from bulletin boards to crafts. You can bring your own paper and cut here at the library. You can also check the die cuts out just like a book to cut at your school building if your building has a die cut machine.
We will introduce you to the many Online Resources we have available through the website – especially World Book.
We will show you how to use Overdrive on your devices and with the students. Students love Overdrive because they can use this directly from their school Chromebooks.
With advance notice we are also happy to bring a program to your classroom.
This is a free workshop for any K-12 Educator in the South Dearborn Community School district.
There will be coffee, muffins and donuts and there will be door prizes! 🙂
Please RSVP by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, July 10
The Science Tellers will be presenting a show to the public at the Aurora City Park Pavilion on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
The Science Tellers offer an interactive science & storytelling program. They will be presenting the program
Aliens: Escape From Earth.
During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and soon find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, the two kids must risk everything to rescue the aliens and help them… Escape from Earth! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will get to discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy, explosions and so much more! Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It’s totally out of this world!
During this show Children will see chemical reactions, learn about Boyle’s law, how to make a rocket fly using ordinary household items, how to transfer energy and much more.
This is a free event and there is no registration required.
For more information about Science Tellers please visit theirwebsite.
Are you a teen who is interested in learning how to decorate cakes?
The Aurora Public library will be having a cupcake decorating class on
Thursday July 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Teenagers age 13 and up are invited to decorate cupcakes. Teens will work with piping bags and tips. They will learn how to work with fondant and edible glitter. We will be decorating cupcakes in a space theme to go with our summer reading program.
This is a free class. Supplies and space are limited so register early.
As part of our “Family Fun Fridays” we will welcome Award -Winning Songwriter David Kisor to the library. David Kisor will be bringing the Growing Sound music program “Imagination Generation” to the Aurora Public Library on Friday July 19, 2019 @10:30 am
“Imagination Generation” blends music, movement and creativity for a musical program that is “out of this world.” Children will learn that their mind is both a toy and a tool. This music program focuses on three critical thinking skills: fluency, originality and adaptability.
There is no registration required for this free event. Children will receive a free music CD for attending.