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!

National I Love Yarn Day

There is a day to celebrate everything, and October 13 is National I Love Yarn Day! What could this day possibly have to do with the library?

If you love to craft, chances are you’ve checked out a how-to or DIY crafting book from us at one time or another. We have plenty of yarn crafting titles available for you to check out from the Library’s physical or digital collections for all levels:

A Beginner’s Book of Knitting and Crocheting by Xenia Ley Parker

Sewing with Yarn: An Introduction to Sewing by Hand by Barbara Carmer Schwartz

One Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites

Yarn Crafts by Linda Hetzer

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes

Let’s Knot: A Macramé Book by Donna M. Lightbody

Sock Yarn: One Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

The Knitters’ Book of Socks by Clara Parkes

Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen

Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman

Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman

The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes

60 Crocheted Snowflakes by Barbara Christopher

Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller

Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Barbara Christopher

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Luxury Yarn: One Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

And so much more! We also have magazines filled with patterns, designs, and project inspiration that you can check out, too! Discover a new hobby or rekindle an old one this October 13. Someone could always knit me a scarf or a blanket or something; I’m not picky!

Happy Reading!

DIY Holiday Gifts

The Aurora Public Library District has wonderful resources to get you in the crafty mood for the holidays. Maybe you’re on a budget but still want to get gifts for everyone on your list this year. A DIY gift is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your gifts without going over your budget, and the Aurora Public Library District is a great place to get started, whether you’re a beginner or an expert crafter.

We have plenty of materials on crafting with your children, like Ceramics for Kids, Super Simple Sewing for Kids, The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book, and so much more! Make lasting memories with your children by creating crafts for your loved ones. (Or kids can even do some of these crafts by themselves to give to you!)

We have step-by-step books about crafting your own ceramics, knitting, macrame, stitchery, origami, jewelry, and more for beginners. We have books about painting rocks, creating sand art, “green,” or environmentally friendly, crafts, books about nature crafts, yarn crafts, creating bags and accessories, photography. There are books on hand weaving, whittling and wood carving, drawing and painting, cooking and baking, and so much more. Whatever you’re in the mood to craft, I’m sure we’ve got the how-to, whether you’re browsing the shelves at the library or browsing virtually with the Indiana Digital Download Center.

You can save a few bucks without looking cheap in front of your family and friends with these DIY gifts. You can add your own personal flair and make each gift personal and special. If you don’t see the kind of craft book you want to make on our shelves, we can always make a request through Interlibrary Loan.

Happy Crafting! Be sure to post pictures of your crafts in the comment section of this blog, or tag us and share with us on Facebook!