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!

Home Improvement

If you’ve been following my Cooking with Shelby blogs, you know that I’ve been trying to become a real-life grown-up. Recently, my husband and I have the opportunity to move into our first real house as a married couple. This new house is all open, which means there won’t be much hiding our clutter (read: junk) in a back room that no one ever goes into (Who does that?? Also: I do that.). It’s an older house, too, which means that it could use some modern improvements, like updated floors and appliances. Boring.

What isn’t boring, though, is the fact that I get to paint and decorate the house however I want to. We’ve been perusing home improvement stores and websites, and I wondered if the Aurora Public Library District would have anything I could use.

I was in luck! The library has plenty of volumes about home improvement and home decorating. Where should I start?

We have books on kitchen remodeling, bathroom makeovers, and exterior home repairs. We have books on DIY plumbing, wiring, and other home projects. We also have books on decorating your new space, or sprucing up your old space. We have information on painting, choosing and installing new floors, and, you know, books on how to keep your new house clean once it’s pieced together the way you want it.

Once you’re in your new home, maybe you’ll want to start a garden. I thought about it, but I’m worried I’ll kill the poor plants before they sprout. Luckily, we have plenty of beginning gardening books to get me started!

Sometimes I think about a project I would like to do after the library has closed. Luckily, the Indiana Digital Download Center also has a wide variety of home improvement , design, and decorating information that I can download right to my Kindle from home without ever leaving the house!

I’m so excited to get started renovating my new home! Hopefully you’re excited, too, to start your next big project!

Happy Reading!