New on Novelist!

The eternal question: what to read next! We love to make book recommendations, but if the library is closed, there’s a great resource that you can access through our library website. We’ve recently moved our Reading Online Resources closer to the top of the list at: https://eapld.org/online-resources/. Just click on Novelist or Novelist K-8 (for children’s books). Type in a title or an author to find reading suggestions for books that are similar in subject, tone, or pacing.

The Aurora Public Library District has recently upgraded to a more robust version of Novelist that provides access to all of the Novelist features directly through our online catalog. Just do a catalog search for a book you enjoyed. Select the book title from the search results , and then look for the “Related” link on the left side of the page. Here’s what my screen looked like when I searched the online catalog for the book An American Marriage.

As you can see, Novelist suggested similar titles and similar authors. Scrolling down further will show a tab with Story Elements. By clicking on the elements that you enjoy, you may find additional titles. Here I selected Character-driven, Domestic Fiction, and Southern Fiction.

Scrolling down more will show both book reviews and awards won by the book. Another way you can use Novelist is to determine the order of books in a series. You can do this directly from Novelist, but if the book you are reading is part of a series, you can also grab this information from the Novelist input to the catalog. For example, if I have started the Louise Penny books, but don’t know which book comes after A Great Reckoning, I can search for that title, click on the Related tab, and all the books in the series will be shown in order. You can see that in the image below.

Play around with Novelist through the direct link and also within the online catalog. I bet you’ll find some great new books to enjoy! As always, if you need help with this resource, just ask one of the Library staff.

Spice Up Your Life with Chile Peppers!

You’ve seen our Take It, Make It activities for children, but have you checked out our take home activity for adults? Every other month we have Spice Up Your Life packets available at both Aurora and Dillsboro. June’s packet includes three different kinds of chile pepper spices, recipes, and the history of the different spices! Once you pick up the packet, check out our online resource AtoZ Food America for more information about the spices and for more recipes to try! All you need is your library card number to sign into the website.

If you try one of the featured recipes, send a photo of your completed cuisine to stephanie@eapld.org, and we’ll show your creation on one of the library’s social media pages.

 

Spice Up Your Life!

This month we’re offering a “Take Home” activity for adults! Beginning April 1st, you can stop by the Dillsboro Public Library or the Aurora Public Library to pick up your “Spice Up Your Life” information. April’s featured spice is paprika, and you’ll receive a sample of three different types of paprika, along with recipes to try. Then read all about paprika (and check out more recipes) by using our online resource AtoZ Food America. You’ll just need your library card number to sign into the resource.

If you try one of the featured recipes, send a copy to stephanie@eapld.org, and we’ll show your creation on one of the library’s social media pages. You can also learn much more about the variety of spices in these three books which are available in the library’s print collection.

The Spice & Herb Bible by Ian Hemphill The Flavor of Spices by Fabienne Gambrelle The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

What Next?

HAVE YOU READ EVERYTHING YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR EVER WROTE?  Sometimes it’s a year or even more until the next book is released. What is a reader supposed to do? Do you wander through the stacks trying to choose by the short blurb inside the jacket, or maybe by the title and the look of the cover? What about choosing something because your friend recommended it? Even though they are your “bestie”, they may read very differently than you do. Bestseller lists are no guarantee that the book will suit your tastes. The library can help; every member of the staff is trained in what is called Readers Advisory. Ask us to help you out, just be prepared to answer a few questions such as “what was the last thing you read that you really liked?” and “what was it that you liked about it?”

If you prefer to find books on your own, but wish there was a better way, the library can help with that too. On our web-page under the online resources tab you’ll find these reading resources:

Novelist

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

eSequels

eSequels is a website that contains information about series. Information is provided about characters, subjects, correct reading order and more. eSequels is the place to learn everything about your favorite book series.

Author Check 

An easy way to track your favorite authors.  Receive email alerts when the library receives a new book by authors you’ve selected. A full database of authors and their books, that the library owns, including author profiles.

Select Reads 

Discovering books that match your interests just got easier with SelectReads. Get monthly emails reading and recommendations customized to match your interests.

To let us help you discover your next favorite author or genre, stop by or go online at www.eAPLD.org 

Staying At Home? Great Resources for Families – Updated 4/4

This post will be updated as more great online resources become available during this time of social distancing. These are all free for anyone to visit and use.

New on 4/4:

 

New on 3/30:

  •  Make a Mancala Board: Mancala is a wonderful game for all ages. You just need an egg carton and some dried beans, pennies, or beads, etc for the pieces.
  • Virtual programs from the Taft Museum of Art
  • Salt Dough decorations – Make Easter shapes, circles, hearts, or whatever you can cut out free-hand or with a cookie cutter.

 

New on 3/24: Teaching Books resources – free access through at least the middle of September.

NEW: Digital Escape Room for Harry Potter fans!

Scholastic.com is making great online resources available to families and teachers. Scholastic Learn at Home

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is doing a video visit with a zoo animal each weekday at 3 PM. Instructions for a related craft are also included. Watch these live on the Zoo’s facebook page  or archived at: http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/ 

Mo Willems, beloved author and illustrator of children’s book is hosting a daily (weekdays) broadcast called Lunch Doodles. This is your chance to draw along with Mo!

Here’s another daily opportunity for the artists in your family: Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Flannel Board Fun is a wonderful blog that offers lots of opportunities for kids to learn through play, and no, it’s not just about flannelboards!

National Geographic for Kids has great activities you can access without a subscription.

Don’t forget that limited screen time is still recommended for kids of all ages! Go outside to play together, get out a board game, play cards, or cook together.

Please keep checking back; more activities will be added!

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.