We Have Social Media too!!

The Aurora Public Library District has social media too! We post about everything from new books to library collection moves! We’ll remind you of programs we have going on and keep you updated on the happenings in the book world! Just follow us!

 

Tutor.com: Learning Suite

The Aurora Public Library District offers many unique resources to our patrons through their library card and through our website. Tutor.com is just one of the many amazing services we offer. This website not only offers homework help and tutoring but test preparation and job search help.

Tutoring Subjects

  1. English
  2. Math*
  3. Science*
  4. Social Studies*
  5. Spanish
  6. Writing

 

Test Preps

  1. ACT Test Prep
  2. AP Test Prep
  3. PSAT Test Prep
  4. SAT Test Prep
  5. Computer Literacy
  6. GED/HISET/TASC

 

Others

  1. Job Search Assistance
  2. Citizenship Test Prep*

 

*Available with bilingual, Spanish-speaking tutors.

 

This website is a great resource to you! It will help you complete schoolwork with tutoring, it will help you build skills with their skills drills; help you write a paper with their WriteTutor Drop-Off Reviews, help you apply to college with expert advice for those hard to do applications or with FAFSA, it helps prepare you for a test with their one-to-one tutoring and self study tools, and it even helps you find a job with their Adult Learning and Job Search Assistance!

 

We hope you take advantage of this great resource today!

Live Homework Help

Are you or your child struggling with homework this new school year? Tutors can be pretty pricey and it can be hard to work around yours or your child’s busy schedules. Maybe you or your child is struggling with a new section, or need help studying for a test. The Aurora Public Library District can help!

We have lots of Online Resources available to you on our website, and one of the best is a link to Live Homework Help. Live Homework Help is a free tool that you can use to connect yourself or your child with a live tutor, helping you understand your homework in real time. Tutors are available from 2 p.m. to midnight every day and are absolutely free.

You don’t need to create an account to receive access to homework help from a live person, but you can create one to have access to other areas of the Live Homework Help website, like getting help with papers, taking practice quizzes and worksheets, practice taking the SAT, ACT, and other placement tests, and career and job resources.

Definitely take advantage of this free service offered to you through the Aurora Public Library District and Live Homework Help. If only this had been around when I was in school; I might have saved myself a few tears from all of my math classes!

Good luck!

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!

Solar Eclipse 2017

You might have heard about the total solar eclipse that has been reported for Monday, August 21, 2017 in North America. According to USA Today, the “path of totality” will occur in 12 states, beginning in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and ending in South Carolina. Any given part of the eclipse will last about two or three minutes, but the entire path of the moon across the sun will take about an hour and a half to reach from one end of the country to the other. You will not see any part of the eclipse unless you are in path or close to it, so make sure you plan accordingly!

Here’s how the Aurora Public Library District can help:

Plan your trip across the country with the help from our Online Resources; more specifically, plan your trip with “A to Z the USA,” which you can access through the Online Resources page. All you’ll need to have handy is your library card and pin number. You can find information by state to state to plan your trip across the United States for the best viewing of the eclipse. You can also check out a copy or peruse a road atlas from one of our branches, or even log onto one of our public computers to print directions.

You can also check out the book Eclipses by Nick Hunter to learn more about solar eclipses. Impress your friends with facts as you’re waiting to see the phenomenon yourself. You can find out more information by reading the entry on eclipses in one of our reference encyclopedias. Or if you’d rather, you can go the Online Resources on the website and visit either the Britannica or the World Book websites for free to find out more information. You’ll just need your library card number to log on.

If all this eclipse talk has peaked your interest in all things outer space, check out our collection of non-fiction books beginning in section 520. We also have astronaut memoirs and true accounts of space missions beginning in section 629. We also have non-fiction DVD’s about space, like Cosmos. And don’t forget to check out the online Indiana Digital Download Center for more titles. If there’s a title you want that we don’t have, we’ll also be happy to get it for you via Interlibrary Loan.

Online Resources: Back to School

Kids are already dreading going back to school in the fall while their parents have had a countdown since May. The Aurora Public Library District’s website has several helpful Online Resources to make the school year a little easier.

Aside from the list of links for local school libraries, there are also links to online encyclopedias. All you need is your library card number to log in in order to have full access to these encyclopedias all the time for free, whether you need them for a research project or you just want to know more about a subject. There are also links to Inspire and Morningstar, which are databases used to locate cited resources that you can also use for research. These links will come in handy when you have a big research paper due this year!

There is also a link to GoodCall Scholarship Engine, which makes it easier for prospective college students find scholarships based on individual preferences. You can research and apply for multiple scholarships without ever having to leave your computer. There is also a link to take Practice Tests for adults and students, like the SAT, ACT, GRE, and many career placement tests. If you’re a nervous test-taker like I am, you can never have too much practice!

Another Online Resource we have is the AR Bookfinder. There is information about every AR book, including how many points each book is worth as well as the reading level, a short synopsis of the book, reading interest levels, and skills that will be used on the quiz. While you’re in the Online Resources, be sure to check out Novelist and Novelist K-8, too, to find author and title read-a-likes for your next great read.

There is also a link to Live Homework Help, where you can get free one-on-one tutoring time from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Math was always a difficult subject for me, so I wish I would have known about this amazing tool when I was in school! It would have saved me a lot of tears.

You can always stop in the Library, too, with any questions and we’ll be happy to help you! If you have a valid library card and have access to the public computers and Internet, you can also use one of our public computers for any of these resources as well as to type papers, print, or anything else you need to do. We will be happy to help you make this school year the best one yet!

Calling All Home School Families!

The Aurora Public Library District is happy to partner with Home School families and groups to provide the resources you need for your child’s education. We also welcome any opportunity to provide programs on literary or other themes.  Home School families who stop by the library during March may enter to win a collection of books and other resources. Drawing boxes will be available at both APL and DPL. One entry per family per visit, please.

While you’re at the library, be sure to take a look at our display of educational resources. I would be glad to discuss our resources with you at any time and help you locate the best items for your family’s education.

Website Resources: Travel

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Are you going on a trip and don’t want to lug a bunch of travel books around with you? You don’t want to constantly be worrying about losing the books, or how they’re going to fit in your suitcase, or how much your suitcase is going to weigh at the airport. We have plenty of travel guides that can be checked out from the Aurora Public Library District if you prefer to have the hard copy of a book in front of you, but we also have several little-known online travel resources that are available.

Of course, you know that you can download digital formats of books and audio books from the Indiana Digital Download Center, but what you might not have known is that we have an abundance of travel books and guides available to download as well. Since this selection of downloads are little-known, it is likely that you will be able to borrow and download a title right away. Just make sure you have your lending period set for as long as you’re going to be away; you don’t want your download to disappear halfway through your trip! If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to call the library or stop in with your device today!

If you go under the Online Resources tab through the Aurora Public Library District website and scroll down, you’ll see a whole list of databases that you, as a library patron, can use at no cost. All you’ll need to have handy is your library card number! Most of the databases listed are available through any computer and Internet connection.

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A to Z in the USA

This website is amazing because you can select information by state or the country as a whole, rather than slogging through a bunch of information you don’t really need to know. You just have to log in with your library card number and you’ll be ready to go! You can explore the different climates throughout the various regions of the Unites States, as well as culture and society, education, food, history, geography, and so much more. If you narrow your search down by state, there are more tabs to go through that are more specific than the general overview of the state that is provided, including information about demographics, energy, maps, and more.

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A to Z World Travel

This site is similar to the former website, however, this page is expanded to include the entire world. You can select where you’re traveling to by popular cities listed in alphabetical order with the country in parentheses. There is also a section included on the homepage with links to information you might need quickly, such as the different time zones of the world, satellite telephones and international calling, and tips on how to save money. Once you have selected the city you will be traveling to, you will be directed to a page with in-depth information devoted strictly to that city with a real-time clock telling you what time it is there at the top of the screen. There are tabs listed that will offer neighborhood information, maps, activities, emergency information, and more.

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Global Road Warrior

This website allows you to search by country where you are traveling. Once again, there are tabs running along the left-hand side of the page after you have selected your country that you can select for more in-depth information pertaining to these specific tabs, such as business culture, facts about the country, language glossaries, human rights information, health and medical information, religion, and travel essentials. There is also a section where you can see news feeds in real time so you will be as up-to-date as possible on information.

These three resources working together will provide you with an arsenal of information so you will be as prepared as possible for your next trip. And the best part is, you can access this information from anywhere with an Internet connection as long as you have your library card number with you!

Happy Traveling! Also, I’d really like to come with you.

February is National Love Your Library Month!

February is National Love Your Library Month!

There’s so much more to do at the library than browse, check out, and read books…

You can also check out DVDs and CD audio books, as well as travel guides, magazines, self-help books, GED, SAT, and ACT study guides, and so much more! And if we don’t have what you’re looking for within the Aurora Public Library District, we can put in a request to get it here for you to check out.

You can come and use our computers and WiFi for free. And if you have to print, it’s just $.10 for black and white and $1.00 for color.

You can get involved in a program, like our Between the Lines adult book discussion, or learn more about Talk About Aurora History.

You can scroll through our Online Resources for free information databases on scholarships, travel, auto repair, AR books, and consumer reports, plus online encyclopedias, Live Homework Help, genealogy records, and numerous reading resources, like Novelist and Select Reads.

You can bring your children to Storytime or Side-by-Side.

You can research your genealogical or geographical history by visiting the Local History Library @ the Depot.

You can read other blogs to find out what the Aurora Public Library District staff is talking about, like genres, new books to read, and other programs happening at the Library.

You can have one of the staff members show you how to navigate the Indiana Digital Download Center, so you can have books, audio books, and movies to check out and download for free at your leisure!

Throughout the month of February, you can also bring in canned food items to erase your fines for the Cans for Fines program. For every can you bring in, $1.00 will be taken off of your accrued library fines. And if you don’t owe any money, you can help spread the love by donating canned food items anyway; we will gladly accept your donations! All canned food items collected at the Aurora Public Library will be donated to the Aurora Clearing House Food Pantry, and all items collected at the Dillsboro Public Library will be donated to the Dillsboro Food Pantry.

Celebrate by stopping by one of the branches today! We would LOVE to see you! Happy Reading!

 

Educational Resources

Now that  we’ve started a new school year, here’s a quick review of some of the educational resources we offer for students. Whether you’re in elementary school, in high school or an adult, we have online services to help you succeed! Many of these resources will require that you sign in with your library card number and perhaps a PIN. If you’re not sure whether you have a library PIN, just call the library at 812-926-0646 and we can get you ready to go!

To find our online educational resources, start on the Library home page: www.eAPLD.org. Click on the link for Online Resources, located near the top of the page, to find a variety of databases and other educational resources. The databases include A to Z USA, A to Z World Travel and Global Road Warrior. These three sites are excellent resources for reports on US states or on other countries. Use these to learn about history, regional food, geography, commerce and much more.

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Inspire is a very large collection of databases that are free to all Hoosiers. It’s not necessary to log-in through the Library web page, but we include a link for your convenience.

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The resources included in Inspire have recently been expanded to include Rosetta Stone for learning languages and Points of View Reference Center, which explores both sides of controversial issues. Inspire also offers a Testing & Education Reference Center with SAT and ACT Practice Tests, Practice Exams for Career Certifications and Resume Help.

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If you need help using any of these databases, give us a call and we will talk you through it.

Clicking on the link for Live Homework Help will take you to a site for live help with homework. Trained tutors are standing by from 2 PM until midnight to talk students through school assignments. It’s also possible to upload essays or resumes to get feedback before you need to submit them.

Don’t forget Britannica and World Book Online! Both of these encyclopedias offer multiple levels of information for different ages of students.

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In addition, World Book Online has e-books which may be read on your computer or other devices. Both online encyclopedias have terrific tutorials that take students step-by-step through completing a research program.

Take some time with your family to explore our online resources and please give us a call if you need some help!