Baking with APLD

Listen, now is not the time to go on a diet. The holidays are staring us right in the face and the cold weather is making us layer up, so the time is right to experiment with all kinds of baking. The Aurora Public Library District can help! Instead of going out and buying tons of cookbooks you’ll only flip through once, check out up to ten cookbooks at a time for two weeks (+ two renewals on top of that = a potential month and a half of borrowing a book).

(Since I let you in on that little secret, you now have to bring me a sample of whatever it is you bake.)

The cookbooks begin on the nonfiction shelves with the call numbers 641. If you’re anything like me, you’ll easily get lost in the cookbooks, so it might be more fun for you to browse in person rather than going through our online catalog. But you can certainly do both! Personally, I can’t wait to check out American Cookie by Anne Byrn.

Maybe you’re looking to experiment with baking bread. We have all sorts of books with recipes for bakers of all levels.

 

Or maybe you want to start making more pies, tarts, or brownies. These might be some of the most underrated items of all the baked goods, in my opinion.

 

What about cakes? We have tons of titles on baking and decorating cakes to help you hone your skills. There are tons of new flavors to try too, instead of just plain white or chocolate cake. You can experiment with fillings and various flavor combinations to your heart’s content.

 

And we can’t forget about cookies! There plenty of titles for you to check out about all kinds of cookies, too, whether you’re looking for cake mix cookies, no-bake cookies, Christmas cookies, and more.

 

If you have little ones, we also have lots of books for baking and cooking with children. You’ll love spending time with children, making memories, and helping them learn new skills. Plus, with kids, anything goes, so that means you get to lick the batter, too! (I would have done that normally, but this isn’t about me.)

Maybe you’d rather browse online for recipes. Sign on to one of our public computers with your library card to scour the Internet to your heart’s content. If you need to print a recipe off, it’s only $.10 per black and white page or $1.00 per color page. You can also make copies directly from the books with our public copy machines.

It’s getting colder and the weather might start to get a little dicey, so you might not want to make the trip to the Library. We understand, and you’re in luck because you can also download baking titles digitally straight to your device from the Indiana Digital Download Center with OverDrive. Flip through digital recipe books and screenshot the images so you can have the recipes forever.

I want to help you hibernate this winter surrounded by baked goods and comfort food. So, Happy Reading! (And Eating!)

$1 Per Bag Sale All November Long

Get ready to stock up on all of your reading essentials and gifts this November! The Book Sale at the Dillsboro Public Library will feature the $1 Per Bag Sale all month long! Fill up as many bags as you want with items and only pay $1 for each bag! You can’t beat that!

Browse the Book Sale for adult fiction, nonfiction, teen fiction, children’s fiction, picture books, large print, magazines, paperbacks, and so much more! You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list.

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!

A Christmas Short Story Discussion & Book Talk

What do you look for in a good Christmas story? What are some of your favorite holiday books? We know that you’re a lot busier than normal during this time of year, so the Aurora Public Library District is here to help you relax.

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Stop by the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, December 15 at 1:30 p.m. for “A Christmas Short Story Discussion & Book Talk” hosted by Merlee Adkins. The discussion will feature the short story “Christmas Day in the Morning” by Pearl S. Buck, which you can pick up for free from the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the library listening to the short story and join in on the discussion. Instead of feeling pressured to read yet another holiday book in the span of a few short weeks, you can pick up a copy of the short story that is being featured in the book discussion for free, even if you aren’t planning on attending the book discussion.

No registration is required for this event. Special door prizes will be given out, so make sure you get here early!

Holiday Cookbooks

The winter holidays are fast-approaching, and with them come the business of family gatherings, shopping, and parties. And of course, where there’s more than one person gathered, there are mountains and mountains of food waiting to be devoured. The Library’s collection of cookbooks can help you find that perfect recipe.

For Thanksgiving gatherings, the Aurora Public Library District has several cookbooks dedicated to the holiday. These books are filled with traditional recipes that your family will love (and come to expect!), as well as new twists on old classics. The Library also has a few Thanksgiving craft books, too, that your family will enjoy when they’ve eaten too much dinner and can’t move. Nancy Hathaway’s Thanksgiving Crafts and Cookbook is an excellent place to start.

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The Library has other holiday cookbooks to offer, too. Al Roker’s Hassle-Free Holiday Cookbook, Paula Deen Celebrates, Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook, and the Jewish Holiday Cookbook are just a few titles we have to offer. And if you’re looking for the perfect side dishes to go with your traditional main course, Choosing Sides by Tara Mataraza Desmond is a wonderful resource. We also have great cookbooks dedicated entirely to desserts, like Anita Prichard’s Complete Candy Cookbook and Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Desserts.

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The Aurora Public Library District has cookbooks specifically for entertaining guests in your own home as well as what to bring to parties, such as Bite by Bite, Relax, Company’s Coming!, Entertaining with Southern Living, and The Church Supper Cookbook. Get the kids involved, too; we have plenty of cookbooks with kid-friendly recipes, like I Can Cook, Cool Sweets & Treats to Eat, and the Better Homes and Gardens Step-By-Step Kids’ Cookbook. They’ll love helping you in the kitchen and you can make some great memories along the way.

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We also have several volumes of special dietary cookbooks on our shelves, like The Best Gluten-Free Family Cookbook, The Complete Step-By-Step Diabetic Cookbook, The American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook, and The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook. And if there’s a specific cookbook you’re looking for that we don’t have, we can always try to get it through Inter-Library Loan.

This time of year can be stressful enough without having to worry about cooking, so let the Aurora Public Library District help you. Stop in today with your questions, or visit the Indiana Digital Download Center for more cookbooks.

Happy cooking!