Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The Aurora Public Library is a proud sponsor of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails high quality books for FREE to children from the time they are born until they turn 5, no matter the family’s income. Each month a newly selected book will be mailed to your child directly to your home and is FREE.

The only requirements are:

  1. Being a legal resident of Dearborn County.
  2. Submitting an official registration form that is completely filled out by a parent or a guardian. (The form must be approved and on file with Hoosier Hills Literacy League) THIS FORM CAN BE FOUND AT ANY OF THE BRANCHES OF AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
  3. Notify Hoosier Hills Literacy League any time your address changes. The books will be mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact Hoosier Hills Literacy League at the address on this card in order to continue receiving books.
  4. Read with your child.

 

Once you have filled out your registration form and sent it to the Hoosier Hills Literacy League, within two months books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you leave Dearborn County.

 

For more information on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, click the link below:

https://imaginationlibrary.com/

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Aurora Public Library District. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children with essential early literacy skills. 

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years and is totally free! Registration is open. For more information, call the library at 812-926-0646 or visit our website at https://eapld.org/programs/ When you register, you’ll receive a free book bag and a Reading Log. Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to get a reward! We’ll celebrate with you as your child takes these first steps toward literacy.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

 

We’re Popping Up With Books!

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This summer, the Aurora Public Library District is going to be out in our community in many ways. Keep your eyes open for our “Pop-Up With Books” events. On four days during June and July, we will be at local parks for informal, drop-by story-times. We want everyone in the Library District to have an opportunity to share in some great stories! Limited seating will be available on area rugs, but you can also bring your own lawn chairs. If you have a favorite picture book you’d like me to include, email me at peggy@eapld.org and let me know when you’ll be attending. The times and locations are listed below. We hope to see you around the community as we work together to “Build a Better World.”

“Pop-Up With Books” Events: All events are from 10 AM until 12 noon.

Friday, June 2nd at Mary Stratton Park in Aurora

Friday, June 9th at Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro

Monday, July 10th at the Aurora City Park, across from the pool

Friday, July 14th at Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro

Disney’s Live Action Remakes

First Maleficent, then Cinderella, and now Beauty and the Beast?! Disney is coming out with some great live action remakes that I, personally, am excited for.

Christopher Robin (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)- A grown up Christopher Robin returns to the Hundred Acre woods to reunite with Pooh and his friends. This will be directed by Marc Forster, who also directed Finding Neverland which stars Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.

Tinker Bell All we know right now about this live action remake is that Reese Witherspoon has signed to play Tinker Bell. This will not be a musical at this moment in time.

The Little MermaidMarc Platt who also produced Girl on a Train is set to produce the story. We currently aren’t sure whether this will be a musical like the others or not.

The Lion KingJon Favreau, the director of the new live action The Jungle Book, is going to direct. Donald Glover who stars in the FX Original: Atlanta, is set to play Simba. James Earl Jones who voiced Mufasa in The Lion King and The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, will reprise his role. This will be a musical with original songs remade and new songs.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs- Negotiations are for Erin Cressida Wilson, who adapted the scripts for The Girl on the Train. Once again, Marc Platt is on board to produce. It will be a musical with some original songs and some brand new songs.

Peter Pan- With as many remakes with Peter Pan there are, Disney has decided it’s time again for a new one. This will be directed by David Lowery who also directed Disney’s Pete’s Dragons.

DumboIn the cartoon, Dumbo is only a baby, in this remake it is rumored that Dumbo will be an older version of himself. Eva Green is in talks to play a trapeze artist. Danny Devito is the ringmaster and Colin Farrel is going to play a widowed father of two children who fall in love with the elephant. Tim Burton is set to direct!

Cruella De-Ville-The most hated villain from 101 Dalmatians is getting her own big screen movie. The movie is going to relay her younger self and star Emma Stone as the young Cruella.

AladdinThe new live-action film will not adhere to the storyline we all know. Instead, it’ll be a new take and new version of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Filmmaker Guy Richie, is said to direct. Though it isn’t adhering to the cartoon version, the remake will have many of the musical elements.

Continuing on from Aladdin The great big blue Genie we all know and love is getting his own movie as well. It’s unknown at the moment whether the two storylines will intersect like Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty did.

Mulan There’s been so much controversy over Mulan. Disney has announced that it will not be a whitewashed movie, meaning only Chinese actors and actresses will play the vital roles. A decision has not been made whether there will be music or not. Niki Caro, who directed Disney’s McFarland, USA, is rumored to be directing Mulan. Mulan is set to be released in November of 2018.

 

I’m really excited about Mulan, but while Disney is making remakes of movies that have already had several remakes or sequels, what about the underappreciated movies, like Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, The Aristocats, and even Atlantis: The Lost Empire?

 

What Disney remake are you most excited about? What Disney movie would you like to be remade?

 

When Life is Hard for Kids

We all want childhood to be a happy, carefree time. At the same time, we know that children often go through transitions that are difficult for them to handle. As families change and relocate, and as they go through periods of loss or adjustment, books can help us process our emotions. Sharing a picture book about a difficult topic opens a space for children to voice their concerns and to ask questions. It can be very reassuring for them to realize that their emotions are acceptable and are a part of the human experience. Here are some of my suggestions for a few of life’s transitions. Please ask if you would like to locate a book for a particular circumstance. I’ll be happy to help you find just the right book to share at the right moment.

When your family is moving to a new town, these books can help smooth the way and open a door to new possibilities.

  

Kids can experience separation in a variety of ways from staying with grandparents to having a parent leave the house or having a parent become incarcerated.

   

When being placed in foster care, a book may help children toward acceptance of their situation. The same is true when parents divorce. It’s important for children to realize that families come in all different sizes and circumstances.

  

  

If you either have adopted children or are planning to adopt, these are beautiful books to share.

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Illness and death can turn a child’s world completely upside-down. When you are also grieving, a picture book can help you find the words to discuss things with your child.

  

  

Of course, not all of life’s transitions are hard! Adding a new sibling to the family is a time to celebrate! Even so, books can help smooth the way for the arrival of the new bundle of joy. The Boss Baby is a favorite book of mine and is being released as a full-length movie at the end of March. Make sure to also check-out The Bossier Baby!

    

Let’s Get Moving!

As our summer of “On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Read” winds down, we have a great program planned for families at the Aurora City Park Pavilion. Joanie Calem will be leading us in music and movement for our Final Party on July 20th at 11 AM.

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Her program “If You Can Walk, You Can Dance, If You Can Talk, You Can Sing”, is right on theme for a program that has worked to encourage all members of our families to stay active. We will enjoy participating in interactive games, dances, stories and songs from around the world.

Movement and music have both been shown to be critical for both brain development and success in school. Both are highly recommended as part of “Every Child Ready to Read”, a research-based approach for increasing the preliteracy skills that children need to be successful as they begin their formal education. Singing helps children identify word sounds and syllables, and fosters a love of word play. It has also been shown to be an effective way for kids to learn to calm themselves when frustrations arise. The links below will provide more information on the importance of movement and music.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/move-body-grow-brain-donna-wilson

http://ideas.demco.com/blog/reading-to-the-beat/

See you all at the park!

A Family Storytime – Take Flight with Books !

Parents often want to know what they can do to prepare their preschool child for reading. We are hosting a very special family event about that exact topic! Come to the Aurora Public Library on Thursday evening, April 14th from 6-7 PM. I’ll be sharing some fantastic new picture books with all of you. These books have been nominated for Indiana’s preschool book award because they encourage the kind of playful interaction that builds early literacy skills.

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I’ll also show you how to help your child through talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing. After the stories, every child will get to vote for their favorite book. Votes will be collected across Indiana to determine the 2016 Firefly Winner.

This free program is for all our families with children. We’ll also be making a craft and sharing some refreshments. You may even win a door prize!

Here’s a sneak peek at the books we’ll be sharing! Mark this date on your calendar and bring a friend along.

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Family, traditions and great writing

In the midst of the holiday rush, one of the treasures of the season is the time spent with family members, celebrating traditions and also creating new memories. Patricia Polacco has written dozens of books for children and many of these are about the special bonds within extended families. On her web page (about Patricia) she talks of the joys of being raised in households that included her grandparents, the reason she incorporates relationships between children and the elderly in much of her writing.

During this holiday season, find the time to share one of Patricia Polacco’s seasonal titles. These tend to be a bit wordier than some picture books, so they work best for children who can snuggle in and listen. Don’t forget to include older kids and grandparents as well! Older children often say they miss being read to by their parents, and including extended family members may open up some great opportunities for sharing recollections of their past holiday experiences.

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