Chapter Chat: Bring Your Own Book

Bring your own book, or B.Y.O.B., is the theme for the November Chapter Chat! Bring a favorite book from home or one you enjoyed reading at the library. We’ll participate in a few icebreaker games, have some snacks, and discuss our favorite books.

Chapter Chat is our tween book club, open to all young readers who are in fourth grade or older. Selections for the club will mostly be picked from our Juvenile Fiction selections at the Dillsboro and Aurora Public Libraries, but for this special meeting in November, you are welcome to bring your own favorite book!

We will be meeting at the Aurora Public Library on November 9th at 4:00 pm and the Dillsboro Public Library November 12th at 10:30 am. We look forward to seeing you there! Just bring yourself and your favorite book, or bring some of your friends!

The Ballad Tour: History and Horror

Join Ron Nicholson, head of our Between the Lines Book Clubs, as he recounts some of Scotland’s scariest scenes! Ron is fascinated with the Scots and their horrifying legends and wants to share them with you this Halloween season. Come to his discussion about terrifying Scottish folklore and enjoy snacks from the North Country. If you attend our event, you’ll also be entered for a chance to win the perfect cozy Scottish gift for the colder days ahead.

If you are interested in attending, please inform a librarian to be registered. Registration is recommended, but not required. We’ll see you there!

A Family Storytime – Take Flight with Books !

Parents often want to know what they can do to prepare their preschool child for reading. We are hosting a very special family event about that exact topic! Come to the Aurora Public Library on Thursday evening, April 14th from 6-7 PM. I’ll be sharing some fantastic new picture books with all of you. These books have been nominated for Indiana’s preschool book award because they encourage the kind of playful interaction that builds early literacy skills.


I’ll also show you how to help your child through talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing. After the stories, every child will get to vote for their favorite book. Votes will be collected across Indiana to determine the 2016 Firefly Winner.

This free program is for all our families with children. We’ll also be making a craft and sharing some refreshments. You may even win a door prize!

Here’s a sneak peek at the books we’ll be sharing! Mark this date on your calendar and bring a friend along.

rhythm     two is enough

bear sees colorshooray

nose to toes

Book Report: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore Book Report

Recently, I finished reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and wanted to share my thoughts with you. I picked up this book and the first snowy day of winter when I didn’t want to go anywhere. I saw it running around the internet in different places and when it was available I decided it was meant to be. Sometimes my favorite way to pick books is on a whim.

The book is a really fun read. I loved how the book was written mostly from narration with a little bit of conversation mixed in for context. The other part of the book that I really liked was the inclusion of Role Playing Games (RPG). I’m a big fan of all kinds of games and I loved how the author included it in the context of the story. Without giving away any spoilers the main character Clay and another named Neil bonded as children over a science fiction story and then played an RPG together, and they refer to their game nicknames throughout the story.

The other big part of the book has to do with codes and coding. Which may sound really intimidating but the author, Robin Slone, makes it really approachable. You should check it out!

I really liked the style of writing in this book, where the majority of the text is the main character narrating in his head the events taking place. This is also the same way my favorite book, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, was written. All the events of the book were experienced when the narrator was thinking them over in her mind.

If you are interested in coding you should check out these resources to get started!

Library Resources


Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML

Game Programming for Teens
Game programming for teens

Online Resources

Ruby for Newbies
The Best Way to Learn Ruby on Rails
The Coolest Ruby Projects Ever

These are just a few of the many resources available.  A quick Google search for your area of interest will yield a lot of results.