School & Library Connection

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! 🙂

Coffee and Donuts

Please RSVP by sending an email to:  by Wednesday, July 10


Biographical Movies

Don’t let the title deter you! Biographical movies can be some of the most powerful and inspiring movies you will ever see.

Most of our first experiences with nonfiction (biographical or autobiographical) come from elementary or middle school, usually in the form of one research project or another. It’s almost like we’re taught from the beginning to believe that history and facts are boring, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes reading a nonfiction book filled with information and facts can be tedious or slow-going, but that’s why there are movies based on fact that bring the information to life right in front of your eyes.


Here are a few biographical movies you can check out from the Aurora Public Library District with their book counterpart:

Hidden Figures is based off of the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Sully is based off of the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III.

Eat, Pray, Love is based off of the book Eat, Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

Heaven is For Real is based off of the book Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

The Theory of Everything is based off of the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking

Julie & Julia is based off of the the memoir Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

12 Years a Slave is based off of the memoir 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Schindler’s List is based off of the nonfiction novel Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

127 Hours is based off of the memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

The Lost City of Z is based off of the life of Percy Fawcett, who disappeared during an expedition to find the fabled lost city in the Amazon.

The Butler is based off of the memoir The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood

The Blind Side is based off of the books The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis and I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond by Michael Oher

The Zookeeper’s Wife is based off of the book The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Captain Phillips is based off of the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and My Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips and Stephen Talty


Here are some new biographical stories being made into films this year or that have already been released:

Dunkirk is based off of the rescue of thousands of French and British troops during World War II from the Nazi “blitzkrieg.” For more information, check out these titles: The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord and Dunkirk by R. Conrad Stein.

Darkest Hour is based off of the first few days of Winston Churchill’s term as Britain’s Prime Minister and how he stood up to fight the peace treaty with Nazi Germany.

The Greatest Showman is based off of the life of P.T. Barnum, the founder of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The Glass Castle is based off of the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.

The Founder is based off of the story of Ray Kroc, the man who gained a fortune from the restaurant chain McDonald’s by questionable means.


Biographical movies can be as entertaining as they are inspiring and truthful, and they should definitely be given a chance. Check out any of these titles, or look for The King’s Speech, Moonlight, Selma, Deepwater Horizon, and more on our DVD shelves at the Aurora and Dillsboro branches.

Happy Watching!

For Dummies

What self-help, reference, and how-to books cover a wide range of topics, are authored by several knowledgeable collaborators, and are “the world’s best-selling reference brand,” with distinctive, bright yellow and black covers? Here’s a hint: these books cover about 2,500 titles with about 200 million books in print in dozens of languages across the world.

For Dummies reference books are advertised as guides for learners of every level because the information is broken down into easy to understand language. The Aurora Public Library District has several For Dummies titles over a wide variety of topics to help you learn without being intimidated by information or prose.

For Dummies is owned by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., which is a global publishing company founded in 1807. The company publishes online products, journals, encyclopedias, and books in print format as well as electronically. For Dummies books are printed in a similar format, with comics, icons, and lists to help you remember what you’ve read.

The first For Dummies title was published in 1991, and from there almost 2,500 titles have been published in dozens of languages over topics including the arts, photography, business, computers, hobbies, cooking, health, sports, music, pets, and so many more. For more topics, you can visit their website here.

The Library has acquired several new For Dummies titles, like Facebook For Dummies and Windows 10 For Dummies, that you can check out on the For Dummies display at the Aurora Public Library. Other titles include Bridge For Dummies, Guitar For Dummies, Job Interviews For Dummies, and Shakespeare For Dummies, just to name a few!

“Success is for dummies.”

Happy Learning!

Book Report: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore Book Report

Recently, I finished reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and wanted to share my thoughts with you. I picked up this book and the first snowy day of winter when I didn’t want to go anywhere. I saw it running around the internet in different places and when it was available I decided it was meant to be. Sometimes my favorite way to pick books is on a whim.

The book is a really fun read. I loved how the book was written mostly from narration with a little bit of conversation mixed in for context. The other part of the book that I really liked was the inclusion of Role Playing Games (RPG). I’m a big fan of all kinds of games and I loved how the author included it in the context of the story. Without giving away any spoilers the main character Clay and another named Neil bonded as children over a science fiction story and then played an RPG together, and they refer to their game nicknames throughout the story.

The other big part of the book has to do with codes and coding. Which may sound really intimidating but the author, Robin Slone, makes it really approachable. You should check it out!

I really liked the style of writing in this book, where the majority of the text is the main character narrating in his head the events taking place. This is also the same way my favorite book, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, was written. All the events of the book were experienced when the narrator was thinking them over in her mind.

If you are interested in coding you should check out these resources to get started!

Library Resources


Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML

Game Programming for Teens
Game programming for teens

Online Resources

Ruby for Newbies
The Best Way to Learn Ruby on Rails
The Coolest Ruby Projects Ever

These are just a few of the many resources available.  A quick Google search for your area of interest will yield a lot of results.