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!

Books to Catch Up On This Summer

It’s summer! It’s time for vacations, campfires, relaxing by the pool, and spending time with family! The summertime is also a great time to catch up on your reading! Here are some titles that you might not have had time to read yet, but will be great for you to catch up on this summer:

Here are some titles that are being made or have been made into movies this year:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Shack by William Paul Young

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

It by Stephen King

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Here are more titles being made or that have been made into TV shows:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris

Here are some series titles with new releases coming out or that have already come out this year that you might have already been “patiently” waiting for:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan

Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan

Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Page

Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny

Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

And here are some fun, new standalone titles to read this summer:

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Miss You by Kate Eberlin

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Grace Notes: My Recollections by Katey Sagal

On Second Thought by Kristin Higgins

The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

And many more! Check out these titles and more from the Aurora Public Library District and the Indiana Digital Download Center.

Happy Reading! Enjoy your summer!

 

What Makes Big Library Read so Special?

Big Library Read squareDid you know, Big Library Read is the first global eBook club. Big Library Read (BLR) is a reading program offered by the library that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time with no wait lists or holds. It’s easy to join, the program is free and all you need is your library card! During March 17th – 31st, 2016 visit the library website.  Click on the digital downloads link, search the title and click borrow, it’s that easy.

The book everyone will be reading and talking about is:

American Sniper by Chris Kyle
The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.