National I Love Yarn Day

There is a day to celebrate everything, and October 13 is National I Love Yarn Day! What could this day possibly have to do with the library?

If you love to craft, chances are you’ve checked out a how-to or DIY crafting book from us at one time or another. We have plenty of yarn crafting titles available for you to check out from the Library’s physical or digital collections for all levels:

A Beginner’s Book of Knitting and Crocheting by Xenia Ley Parker

Sewing with Yarn: An Introduction to Sewing by Hand by Barbara Carmer Schwartz

One Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites

Yarn Crafts by Linda Hetzer

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes

Let’s Knot: A Macramé Book by Donna M. Lightbody

Sock Yarn: One Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

The Knitters’ Book of Socks by Clara Parkes

Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen

Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman

Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman

The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes

60 Crocheted Snowflakes by Barbara Christopher

Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller

Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Barbara Christopher

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Luxury Yarn: One Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

And so much more! We also have magazines filled with patterns, designs, and project inspiration that you can check out, too! Discover a new hobby or rekindle an old one this October 13. Someone could always knit me a scarf or a blanket or something; I’m not picky!

Happy Reading!

National Days in May

Looking for an excuse to celebrate? Check out these celebration days in May! Follow the links to find materials that correlate with these special days.

May 1 is May Day & National Mother Goose Day

May 3 is National Paranormal Day & National Day of Prayer

May 4 is National Star Wars Day (May the Fourth — get it?) & National Space Day

May 5 is National Cartoonists Day & Cinco de Mayo

May 8 is National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 12 is National Limerick Day

May 13 is Mother’s Day

May 18 is National Pizza Party Day & National Endangered Species Day

May 19 is National Armed Forces Day

May 24 is Red Nose Day

May 25 is National Brown-Bag It Day

May 28 is Memorial Day

May 30 is National Creativity Day & National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 31 is National Speak in Sentences Day

So, how are you going to celebrate?

Happy Reading!

Family Literacy Day!

November 1 is Family Literacy Day! Here are some ways in which you can celebrate as a family:

The most common way to celebrate Family Literacy Day is to read some short books or chapters in a long book together as a family. Make it a habit and read together every night before bed. This can be a great bonding experience for you and your family, not to mention it will relax everyone and prepare you for sleep. Now it’s easier than ever to include the whole family with video chatting features like Skype and FaceTime; family members traveling or who live far away can now interact with each other effortlessly.

You can read traditional physical books of your own or one that you checked out from the library, or you can visit the virtual library on the Indiana Digital Download Center. With your library card and pin numbers, you’ll have access to thousands of books with just the click of a button. You can download them to any kind of electronic device, like a laptop, iPad, Kindle, smartphone Nook, etc., or you can read directly from your browser.

Are you always on the go and don’t always have the time to sit down and read with your family? You can also listen to audio books in the car running errands, going for walks, or while you’re cooking dinner. Family Literacy Day is all about celebrating all forms of literacy, which includes reading comprehension; you can practice comprehension skills by following along as you listen closely. You can check out audio books on CD from the Aurora Public Library District or you can check out a digital audio book that can be downloaded directly to your smart phone or other listening devices.

Include fun family games with emphasis on reading, like Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Scrabble, Boggle, or Headbanz/Head’s Up in your family game nights. A great way to encourage reluctant readers to read is by playing these fun games together as a family. Incorporate learning and literacy into your regular routine by having a family game night once a week.

You could have a book-themed dinner with dishes inspired by your family’s favorite books (Pinterest is a great website for finding recipes!). Everyone can help preparing the food and you could have trivia questions about your favorite books to challenge each other. Why save this fun meal for Family Literacy Day? You could do this once a month with the different books your family reads together each month.

And, finally, make it a point to visit the library together as a family. It is important to instill how imperative literacy is in your children from a very young age so that they’ll always appreciate reading and learning. Visit the Aurora Public Library District on a regular basis as a family because we love to see you!

Happy Reading!

National Days in November

There are more national days of celebration and remembrance in November than Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. It comes as no surprise to me whatsoever that November 18, my half birthday, is National Princess Day. Here are some other days you can celebrate throughout the month:

November 1 is National Author’s Day, Family Literacy Day, & Stress Awareness Day

November 2 is National Sandwich Day

November 4 is National Candy Day

November 5 is National Doughnut Day, National Love Your Red Hair Day, & Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 6 is National Nachos Day

November 8 is National Cappuccino Day

November 11 is Veterans Day

November 12 is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

November 13 is World Kindness Day

November 14 is National Pickle Day

November 15 is National America Recycles Day & National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

November 16 is Great American Smokeout & National Fast Food Day

November 17 is National Take a Hike Day

November 18 is National Adoption Day & Mickey Mouse’s 89th Birthday

November 21 is National Stuffing Day

November 22 is National Cranberry Relish Day

November 23 is Thanksgiving Day & National Day of Mourning

November 24 is National Native American Heritage Day, National Day of Listening, & Black Friday

November 25 is Small Business Saturday

November 26 is National Cake Day & National Cookie Day

November 27 is Cyber Monday

November 28 is National French Toast Day & National Day of Giving

And November 29 is the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in New York, which basically means that it’s time for Christmas. So it’s time to get out your tree and start decorating!

National Days in September

September is the month when the air starts to turn brisk in the mornings, giving you a small taste for Fall, but by the afternoon, it’s sweltering again. Monday, September 4 is Labor Day, where most business (including the Aurora Public Library District) will be closed. But what about the other National Holidays taking place in September?

September 2: National Tailgating Day & National College Colors Day

September 4: National Wildlife Day & Labor Day

September 5: National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6: National Read a Book Day

September 8: National Stand Up to Cancer Day

September 9: National Hug Your Boss Day

September 11: Patriot Day & National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 12: National Day of Encouragement & National Chocolate Milkshake Day

September 13: National Peanut Butter Day

September 15: National Online Learning Day

September 16: National Step-Family Day & National Working Parents Day

September 17: National Wife Appreciation Day

September 19: National Talk Like a Pirate Day & National IT Professionals Day

September 22: First Day of Autumn

September 23: National Singles Day & National Family Health and Fitness Day

September 24: National Punctuation Day

September 25: National Comic Book Day

September 26: National Pancake Day & National Voter Registration Day

September 28: National Good Neighbor Day

September 29: National Coffee Day

September 30: National Ghost Hunting Day

Click on the underlined links to brows our collection on these different topics! Enjoy these days!

National Days in July

It’s hard to believe that we’re in July already, but here we are! There are some great national celebration days throughout the next 31 days.

Of course, in America, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 with cookouts and fireworks, but the rest of the month is filled with other patriotic food celebrations:

July 5 = National Apple Turnover Day

July 6 = National Fried Chicken Day

July 9 = National Sugar Cookie Day

July 12 = National Pecan Pie Day

July 13 = National French Fry Day and National Frank ‘n’ Beans Day

July 14 = National Mac and Cheese Day

July 16 = National Ice Cream Day

July 19 = National Hotdog Day

July 21 = National Junk Food Day

July 25 = National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 29 = National Chicken Wing Day

July 30 = National Cheesecake Day

I’m all for celebrating each of these food days individually so that we can have treats every day, but that’s just me. Other days in July include National Postal Worker Day on July 1 and National Dance Day on July 29.

Enjoy this month!

National Tartan Day!

April 6 is National Tartan Day! National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent. What do tartans (clothing worn by Scottish Highlanders with distinctive patterns determining specific clans) have to do with the Aurora Public Library District? Come check out the Scottish books display through the week of April 6 at the Aurora Public Library, where you’ll find books with Scottish heroes and lassies that take place on the moors and in the heather. Before you find your next great read, here are some common Scottish terms you should familiarize yourself with before you immerse yourself in the Scottish culture. (Please begin playing bagpipe music here.)

Before we get to the terms, it’s important to note how the words are pronounced. For instance, the ‘r’s’ are usually burred or rolled softly, sometimes the ‘th’ is dropped from the end of the word (with=wi’), or a ‘t’ is added instead of ‘-ed.’ Sometimes words can have different meanings, too, like ‘no’ can be ‘not’ or ‘no’ depending on the context of the sentence. I love reading books with Scottish characters and imagining their accents in my head as I read!

Aye = Yes                                                                                                            Ken = Know

Bairn = Baby or Child                                                                                      Kip = Nap

Bampot = Idiot                                                                                                  Kirk = Church

Bannock = Biscuit, Scone                                                                                Lad/Laddie = Boy

Besom = Difficult Woman                                                                               Laird = Lord

Bonnie = Pretty                                                                                                  Lass/Lassie = Girl

Breeks = Trousers                                                                                             Morn = Tomorrow

Cauld = Cold                                                                                                       No/Nae = Not

Claymore = Traditional Scottish Long Sword                                              Och = Well

Corbie = Crow or Raven                                                                                    Oxter = Armpit

Fae = From                                                                                  Sassenach = Someone from England, an Outlander

Fash = Fuss or Bother                                                                                      Sup = Small Amount of Liquid

Forby = Besides                                                                                                 Twa = Two

Heid = Head                                                                                                       Wean = Child

Hogmanay = New Year’s Eve                                                                           Wee = Small

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!