National Library Week

It’s here! The week you’ve been waiting for all year! National Library Week is April 7 — 13 this year! Yay!

Libraries are full of so much more than books. Our shelves are full of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, early reading books, juvenile chapter books, teen books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, and CDs. Our items are simultaneously full of reference and escape at the same time.

You can come in and connect to our WiFi for free, or hop onto one of the public computers to print copies or scan documents to your email. Need to make a copy of something? Find our public copy machine, and don’t be afraid to ask a staff member for help.

Visit our community information centers to learn about events taking place throughout the community. Or sign up for our newsletter either by visiting our website or by stopping by one of the desks to keep up-to-date on all things library-related. You can also like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or read more blogs! Learn about upcoming programs and events for all ages and interests. You’ll be the first to know (and sign up!) about all the cool stuff we have planned.

Have you checked out our digital collection yet? You can use your library card and pin number to access the Indiana Digital Download Center, a digital library full of thousands of titles, including videos and audiobooks. If you don’t know what your pin is or haven’t set one up yet, just stop by the desk or give us a call. Then you’ll be able to read on the go with your tablet or smartphone while not worrying about late fees, because when your loan has ended, the item will automatically check itself back in!

The Local History Library @ the Depot contains historical books and documents, yearbooks, newspapers, maps, and more on Aurora, Dillsboro, and the surrounding communities. The staff there would be happy to help you research your house or genealogy, or leave you alone to let you work in the quiet. The Dillsboro Public Library also houses the Local History Room downstairs with even more local history artifacts, photographs, and documents.

Are you looking to stock up your own library? On the third Friday and Saturday of every month, the Dillsboro Public Library promotes its $1 Per Bag sale, where you can visit the Book Sale in the basement and fill up as many bags as you want with items and only pay $1 per bag. But don’t worry if you aren’t able to make it in on the $1 Per Bag weekends; the Book Sale is ongoing during regular library hours. The most you’ll ever pay for any one item is $1.

These are just a few of the services our library offers! I could go on and on about book discussions, bags of books for teachers, the Summer Reading Program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and more, but you should really stop in and see for yourself. If you live in our district and have a valid I.D. showing your current address or a piece of metered mail, you will not be discriminated against getting a free library card of your own. You will not be judged on the items you check out or the questions you ask us; we are here to help you and to serve you.

We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your patronage, and our staff loves to serve you!

Happy Reading, Watching, and Listening! And thank you!

National Read a Book Day!

September 6 is National Read a Book Day! What better place to get a book to read than the Aurora Public Library District? For readers of all ages and walks of life, we’ve got just the right book for you!

You can stop by one of our branches and leisurely browse our selection, reading the backs and inserts of the books for summaries to decide what book you’re going to check out. Our staff is always willing to recommend books to you (and obsess over books and characters with you…). This is the way libraries have been operating for decades, and it still works today! If you have a library card, you can check out the books for two weeks and renew them two times after that if you need to, as well.

You could also download Overdrive to any of your smart devices, like your phone or tablet. Once you download the app, you’ll be able to access the thousands of books we have in our digital collection, the Indiana Digital Download Center. To log in, type in your library card and pin number and you’ll be all set! You can also set the limits to be able to check items out for 7, 14, or 21 days. Once your due date is here, the item will automatically check itself back in so you don’t have to worry about late fees!

If you’re having trouble finding your next great read, you can also visit some of the websites we have listed under the Online Resources tab on our website. You can visit Novelist to find author-, title-, and series-read-a-likes just by typing your favorite author, title, or series. For younger readers, there is also Novelist K-8. Select Reads is a website where you can join online book clubs, sign up for newsletters about your favorite genre and author, and even sing up for contests to win free books. Another great website to find your next favorite book is Goodreads. You can rate and review books, and chat with and add friends who love books as much as you do. There are blogs, summaries, and giveaways you can enter in, plus you can ask your favorite authors questions that they just might answer back! It’s kind of like Facebook for book lovers.

Utilize one or all of these resources to find your next great read and join in on National Read a Book Day! Let us know what you’ll be reading by commenting on this blog, stopping in, or writing on our Facebook wall. We would love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

National Days in April

April 1 is April Fool’s Day, and the Aurora Public Library District has plenty of books available to help you come up with jokes and pranks to play on your friends and coworkers. But did you know that there are a bunch of other national holidays in April that celebrate reading and writing, too?

April 4 is National School Librarian Day

I bet everyone of us can conjure an image of our old school librarian. School librarians play a huge part in a child’s literary life, whether we realized it at the time or not. Take the time to reach out and thank your old school librarian or your child’s school librarian. (I hear gift cards to bookstores and Amazon are completely acceptable.)

April 5 is National Read a Road Map Day

You might be thinking, “Does anyone even read road maps anymore with Google Maps and GPS?” Maybe not as many people do anymore, but it’s still important to instill a sense of direction in your life. And the Aurora Public Library District has plenty of road maps and atlases you can peruse at your leisure, plus all of the Online Resources we have for travel, as well. Maybe you’ll be inspired to take a road trip!

April 9-15 is National Library Week

Stop in and see us throughout the three branches in the Aurora Public Library District so we can celebrate our wonderful patrons who make our jobs worthwhile. The patron (That’s you!) is the most important person within the Aurora Public Library District, and we hope you feel that way every time you walk through our doors. Come celebrate with us this week by checking out books, audio books, and movies. Ask us all of your questions so we can research and find information for you. We love helping our patrons!

April 10 is National Encourage a Young Writer Day

Where would we be without the authors of our favorite books? But prominent writers all had to start somewhere! Encourage the young writers in your life (We have several on staff at the Aurora Public Library District!) now so that they will have the confidence and drive to pursue writing in the future.

April 11 is National Library Workers Day

The staff at the Aurora Public Library District LOVES being able to help you. Help us celebrate this day by stopping in the library and checking out your favorite book or movie! We would love to see you!

April 17 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry can be a wonderful way to get you to think a little deeper without having to read so much. The Aurora Public Library District has dozens of books of poetry, whether you’re looking for an Easy picture book to read to your child or a book to read to yourself. You can use our public copy machines to copy your favorite poems for $.10 per copy to carry around with you.

April 23 is National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

If you need to brush up on your Elizabethan English, the Aurora Public Library District has plenty of William Shakespeare’s plays that you can read by yourself or with a group of friends. You can also check out biographies and other background materials on the famous playwright to completely immerse yourself in the period. You can be a real Shakespeare aficionado before the month is over!

Celebrate these April holidays with us at the Aurora Public Library District all month long! We can’t wait to see you!

Happy Reading!