STEM Open House

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The Aurora Public Library District will be having a STEM Open House for children ages 8-12 years old on Friday July 26, 2019

Join us at the Aurora Public Library from 10:30-12  or at the Dillsboro Public Library from 1:30-3:00 pm

LittleBits Electronic Building kit

 

Scratch Jr. App for iPad

 

What exactly is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Makey Makey

Why is STEM important?

STEM boosts a child’s science literacy, helps improve a child’s critical thinking skills and helps students grasp a better understanding of math and science.  

Ozobots

 

At the STEM Open House children will use: Ozobots, Makey Makey, Scratch Jr on the iPad and build with the Little Bits Electronic Building Sets.  

No registration is required for this free event.  

 

Popular Audiobooks for Overdrive in 2018

Audiobooks have been very popular for many years.  Audiobooks come in many formats. The Aurora Public Library District is proud to offer many books on CD’s.  Another option is to listen to Audiobooks through the Overdrive App at the Indiana Digital Download Center

If you log into Overdrive using your library card number and your PIN you can see the availability of the title you are interested in.  If you need assistance in setting up a PIN or with downloading the app please stop into the Aurora or the Dillsboro libraries and we would be happy to assist you. 

What I like best about audiobooks is that you can do other things while you listen to the story.  I like to listen to an audio book in the car. I also will listen to an audiobook while I am cleaning the house.  Audiobooks can also be a great resource for those who have vision problems.

In 2018 some of The Most Popular Audio Books for Overdrive Were:

Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata 

  Convenience Store Woman

36-year old Keiko Furukura has always struggled with fitting in. Keiko begins working at a convenience store when she is 18 years old.  Keiko enjoys her job but faces criticism from her family to get married and to find a real job.

Sayaka Murata’s novel tackles the subject of the pressure to conform and the effect it has on someone mentally.

The Outsider

by Stephen King

A child is found murdered in a park.  All signs seem to point in the direction of one of the town’s most upstanding citizens.  Many in the community have a difficult time believing that this father, Little League coach and English teacher is the one who committed this heinous crime.  Could this man be hiding a dark secret?

The Simple Truth

by David Baldacci

The Simple Truth

Secrets have a way of coming out.  John Fiscke is a former cop who is now an attorney.  John is trying to figure out who killed his brother Michael.  Did a case that Michael was working on lead to his murder? The one man who can help John figure out the mystery has escaped from prison and is on the run.  

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

When 13 year old Keni Albright’s father Ernt returns from Vietnam he is not the same man.  Ernt Albright had been a POW. Ernt decides to move his family to Alaska where they will live off the grid.  Keni and her mother realize that Ernt’s mental state is deteriorating. Keni realizes that they only have each other to rely on.  Kristin Hannah’s novel explore the effects that war can have on a man.

Ambush

by James Patterson

Ambush

New York Detective Michael Bennett and his family are the only thing that is keeping two drug cartels out of a profitable opioid trade.  How can Bennett save his family?

Frederick Douglass

by David W. Blight

Frederick Douglas

A biography of a former escaped slave who went on to become a major literary figure.  Frederick Douglass went on to publish his own newspaper and was one of the leading abolitionists and writers of his era.  

A Higher Loyalty

by James Comey

A Higher Loyalty

James Comey was the director of the FBI from 2013-2017.  In this memoir, Comey shares his experience in prosecuting and investigating some of the most high profile cases in recent history.

There There

by Tommy Orange

There There

This novel follows a day in the life of 12 Urban Indians living in Oakland Ca.  Each of them have different reasons for attending the Oakland City Powwow. A fateful event on this day brings them all together in ways they could not imagine.  

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan tells the story of “Wash,” an 11 year old field slave.  Wash is terrified of being sold to his masters brother. Wash comes to find out that his new owner is an abolitionist.  When a man is killed and Wash is blamed, Christopher and Wash flee and go on an adventure that takes them across the globe.  

Educated

by Tara Westover

Educated

Tara Westover’s memoir about making the decision to go to college against her family’s wishes.  Westover had been raised in the mountains of Idaho by Mormon survivalists. Home schooled by her mother and never taken to a doctor, Westover did not even have a birth certificate until she was 9 years old.  

For other popular audio books offered through the Indiana Digital download center please visit their audio book page by clicking here.  

 

Happy Listening!  🙂

March 2019 New OverDrive Releases

New month…New Books

The following books are new to the Indiana Digital Download Center for March:

The Book of Signs
31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse

by Dr. David Jeremiah

The Book of Signs by Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah explores biblical prophecies and how they relate to today.  This novel is an update to Jeremiah’s previous works.

 

Ephesians: Biblical Commentary
Deeper Life Series, Book 1

by Joyce Meyer

Ephesians Biblical Commentary by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer studies the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This book serves as a study guide on faith and on Christian living.  

The First Lady
by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois

The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan Dubois

 To recover from the very public revelation that the president had an affair, the First Lady retreats to a farm in Virginia to rest.  It seems as if she has just cut off all contact in order to get away from the scandal, until a ransom note and the First Lady’s finger are delivered at the White House

The Near Witch
by V. E. Schwab

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab’s debut novel.  After a strange boy appears outside of Lexi’s home the children of Near begin to go missing.  They have been snatched from their beds. Lexi begins to wonder if the legends of the Near Witch she has heard her whole life are true.  

Girl, Stop Apologizing
A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

by Rachel Hollis

Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis shares a message to woman about not comparing themselves to other people.  Her message is simple…own who you are and what you want out of life and do not allow others to define that for you.  

Wolf Pack
Joe Pickett Series, Book 19

by C.J. Box

Wolf Pack Joe Pickett Series, Book 19 by C. J. Box

Game warden Joe Pickett notices a link between a mysterious drone and the death of wildlife.  Joe becomes suspicious after the FBI and the DOJ ask him not to get involved.   Especially since the drone operators grandson is dating Joe’s daughter.

Toxic Game
GhostWalker Series, Book 15

by Christine Feehan

Toxic Game A Ghost Walker Series Book 15 by Christine Feehan

While trying to help the sick, Dr. Draden Freeman is infected with a deadly virus that has been spread by a terrorist.  He does not want to risk exposing anyone else to the deadly virus so he forces his team to go home without him.  Freeman goes off on an adventure to find who is responsible.

Firefly–The Magnificent Nine
by James Lovegrove

Firefly the Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove

The second novel in the Firefly series.  Bandits are trying to gain control over the water supply on Temperance McCloud’s property.   She is the only thing standing in their way from being ruined.

Pre-release: Expected March 19, 2019

The Last Second
Brit in the FBI

by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison

The Last Second Brit in the FBI by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are on a case involving a a French space agency that is set on ending the world.  

Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019

Fatal Reckoning
by Marie Force

Fatal Reckoning by Marie Force

Marie Force’s novel is about the cold case of the shooting of a Washington Metro Police lieutenant.  His daughter is determined to figure out who the killer is, and if he will strike again.

Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019

 

Have you tried OverDrive yet?   If you are unsure of how to do this or need help setting this up please stop by the Aurora or the Dillsboro library and we would be happy to assist you with setting this up.

Please make sure you signed in using your library card and pin number. Signing into Overdrive will give you an accurate estimation of wait times for books.

 

As Always, Happy Reading!  🙂

 

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!

National Read an E-Book Week

I know it seems like there are holidays celebrating everything under the sun, but, to me, that means there’s always an excuse for a party and cake!

March 4-10 is National Read an E-Book Week, and the Indiana Digital Download Center has everything you’re looking for and more! What better way to celebrate than by holing yourself up in the comfort of your own home and plowing through as many e-books as you can throughout the week?

Sometimes you don’t want to leave the house; you don’t want to make yourself look presentable, put on real pants, and drive to the library. I get it. All of the staff at the Aurora Public Library District get it. It doesn’t offend us at all! But sometimes you need a book to read, and you need it now.

If you have a smartphone, computer, e-Reader, or tablet (like an iPad, or something like it), you can download the free app OverDrive right to your device. While you’re downloading apps to your device, you might as well find the free Kindle reading app, too; many books available through OverDrive and the Indiana Digital Download Center are formatted for the Kindle, so having the reading app makes it easier for you to download books to your device without you having to continually read in your browser, which eats up your data or can deter you from reading at all, if you don’t have WiFi.

Once your app is downloaded, you’ll be able to find us under the Aurora Public Library District. It is important that you select this option. Next, you’ll type in your library card number located on the back of your library card, and your pin number. Your pin number is a four-digit number that you would have set up when you applied for a library card. If you’re unsure as to what your pin number is, or if you believe you never set one up, just give us a call or stop in. We can’t see what you set your pin number from our screens, but we can reset it for you.

Then, you’re ready to browse! Browse the collection by what’s available now, search for specific titles, and even browse specific reading levels, like teen, children, and mature adult. When you’ve made a selection, just click to borrow the title or put it on hold. You can download the title as a PDF to your computer to transfer to your other devices, read from your Internet browser, or download the title directly to your device with the Kindle reading app or as an ePub with iBooks. In your settings, you can customize your lending period for 7, 14, or 21 days. The best part about that? After your lending period is up, the title automatically disappears, which means no late fees!

Despite the convenience offered to you with OverDrive, this process can be a little confusing. If you get stuck, please feel free to give the library a call and we can walk you through the process. Or stop in and bring your device and we’ll go through each step together. We would love to help you!

Happy Reading!

Tech Tip Tuesday #11

TechTipTuesday

Free & Open Source Software For Creatives.

Open Source software refers to software that is free to use, change, or share. Open Source projects are usually made by many people and often help push the boundaries of software development. For example the Linux kernel.

Today I want to share with you some Open Source Software to help creatives. We have all heard of Adobe, Photoshop & Illustrator, the design industry standard but this software can be a little steep for those who are just starting out or who have an idea they would like to try. Here are some free alernatives to check out

1. Gimp is an alternative to Photoshop. It will allow you to edit images and put together graphics.

2. Inkscape is an alternative to Illustrator a vector based drawing software. This means you can create scalable graphics without loosing quality.

3. Audacity allows you to record and edit sounds making it really easy to get your podcast up and running.

 

 

Tech Tip Tuesday #9

TechTipTuesday

SXSW is a festival that occurs each year and one set of the festivals is all about interactive media and it just ended on March 20. Even though we didn’t get to go out ourselves this year there were some exciting new technologies that made their debut at SXSW. One that really caught my eye was Brain Power.

Brain Power is a set of applications that utilize wearable technology like Google Glass for assisting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Unlike other assistive devices where children and adults are looking at a device screen Google Glass gets them looking up and at the world around them.

If you are unfamiliar with Google Glass you should really check it out. You wear them similar to a pair of glasses but but display shows you all kinds of notifications from your device as well as allows you to make calls and even utilize these apps in cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders to help decode emotion, make eye contact, and language.

It is an exciting time in the wearables industry with new technology being developed all the time that can help people who suffer from specific disorders or just to help keep track of the amount of activity you get in a day.

Tech Tip Tuesday #8

TechTipTuesday

Hello readers,

Today I have something very exciting to share with you! Chances are at some point you’ve thought it might be cool to have a robot companion like R2D2 or BB-8. You’ll be surprised to find how cheap and easy it is to get started building your own robot. If you obtain some basic components, a little bit of knowledge, and utilize your imagination you’ll be on your way.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Get your basic components. My recommendation is to either start with Arduino or Raspberry Pi.
  2. The parts in all these kits can be bought individually just keep in mind you’ll want the main board, wires, resistors, and some LEDs in your basic kit.
  3. There are two main differences between Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, with the Arduino Platform your going to be programming the robot with the C Programming Language it’s old and has quirks but the Arduino has analog pins, this means you can connect advanced types of sensors and motors to it. Another advantage of Arduino is Shields (which are easy to add components that give you more functionality).
  4. Raspberry Pis are a completely different beast. First of all no they don’t do analog connections. You can get add-ons to enable this later, but you’re going to need to know a bit before taking that step. The two biggest advantages to starting here is Wifi is easy right off the bat and you can use about any programming language imaginable.
  5. Goolge some tutorials, you wont have any trouble find these.
  6. Think of your own project. Maybe you have a garden, make it tweet when it needs water… you can do that. Perhaps you’re going on vacation and need an automated cat food dispenser, well guess what, you can do that too.

Eventually your imagination will be the only limitation, if you become good it at it it can become a career.

Some other tools you may find useful are:

  1. A variable DC power supply
  2. Multimeter
  3. Wire strippers

Tech Tip Tuesday #7

TechTipTuesday

Hello readers,

Today I’d like to bring to your attention TED Talks. “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks”. This is a great website to visit if you feel like relaxing and also thinking about some intriguing issues. They typically cover anything from cancer research, killer robots, and space can be talked about. These stories often strike emotions in me, that can be personal, inspiring, and can provoke feelings foreboding when discussing topics like robots or the environment. The talks are always fresh and relevant to current events, I also find many new and interesting ideas to consider.

I recommend starting here, with humanity’s recent discovery of gravitational waves.

Some more of my favorite TED Talks are here

 

Tech Tip Tuesday #6

TechTipTuesday

Today I thought I would bring to you a list that details some of my all time favorite video games from growing up. Almost all are still purchasable and playable today. Some are even free. You can’t go wrong with any of these so give them a try, hopefully you’ll get as much out of this list as I did.

Morrowind – An awesome role-playing game (RPG). I still play this game today. It’s not free but it’s one of the few games that can be played on Windows, Mac, and Linux by utilizing an open source project called OpenMW. This game has a bit of a learning curve and many people will find it frustrating early on.

Battlezone – A first person tank shooter game, in space, with some real-time strategy components. It’s free! This game is simple but yet has so much depth because it’s not just a bunch of tanks in a death-match. You have to lead your army, build your base, and manage resources.

Total Annihilation – Incredible real-time strategy. In my opinion the best. The sheer number of units, community mods, and components to this game will keep you enjoying it for a long time to come.

Descent – A wonderful space flight sim / fighter game. This one will really raise your pulse when the clock is ticking. Unfortunately, I don’t know where you can obtain a copy.

Fantastic Contraption – This game really teaches you to think outside the box, and it’s a free browser based game. Honestly, this is a great game for kids or adults who like puzzles and building. People have come up with some really brilliant solutions to these problems, it’s amazing to see what can be built.