Oversized Nonfiction

At the Aurora branch, there is a special section upstairs for various oversized nonfiction books that many might have overlooked. These books have to be shelved separately from books over similar topics because they don’t fit on our regular shelves, so you’ll find a wide variety of topics included in this small section that encompass the nonfiction library as a whole. These books are so large that you’ll feel like a miniature person holding a giant-sized book from some kind of fairy tale!

The catch: you won’t be able to search the oversized nonfiction shelf from the catalog but instead will have to make an old-fashioned trip to the physical shelf to peruse.

But it’s so easy to lose yourself in the stack because these books are filled with large, glossy pages of photographs and information on all topics, ranging from animals and bugs to history and biographies. Something is bound to peak your interest!

Are you interested in panoramic views and photography? What about songbooks that are big enough that you won’t have to squint while you’re playing or singing? How about books on travel with full color-spreads that let you see every detail of the places you aspire to go? Do you like history and are interested in viewing photographs events like World War II and the September 11 terrorist attacks? What about ancient history? Do you like flipping through ancient timelines and seeing photographs of ancient relics? We have books over these subjects and more in the oversized nonfiction section!

Maybe you enjoy working with your hands and crafting? You’ll find titles about jewelry-making, art, sculpture, decor, style, design, paper-making, and how to make rugs and wall hangings. What about movies and movie trivia? Or sports like baseball, curling, the Olympics, and NASCAR? There’s bound to be something for you!

The next time you visit the Aurora branch, head on upstairs and make your way to the west wing, where we keep the magazines and community center. As you turn right when you come up the stairs, you’ll find the Oversized Nonfiction section to your right, right behind the last magazine shelves. Or just stop by the desk for directions!

Happy Reading!

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.

Travel to Section 910

Are you planning a trip sometime soon? Let the Aurora Public Library District help! Let’s take a short trip to the 910’s in the Nonfiction section of the Library.

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Section 910 is the beginning of the Geography and Travel section of the Library. In this section, you’ll find books on the geography of our world and the cultures of peoples living in certain areas of the world, such as Great Lakes Island Escapes by Maureen Dunphy and Peoples and Nations of the Far East and Pacific by Sheila Fairfield. This would be a great section to start if you are interested in the culture of the people of the region of which you are traveling.

Section 911 contains Historical Geography. This area includes titles about the history that took place in a certain region, such as Where History Was Made by Ben Dupre and London: A Life In Maps by Peter Whitfield. If you want the historical significance of where you’re traveling to, this would be the spot for you.

Section 912 holds books about the Graphic Representations of the Surface of the Earth. In other words, this section is filled with atlases. In this area, you’ll find the National Geographic’s Atlas of the World and more. We also have several road atlases that can be checked out, or we can help you copy certain pages and print them out, too.

Section 913 is Geography of and Travel in the Ancient World. In this area, you’ll find a few different items pertaining to the geography of the world in years past. Some titles include Ancient Ruins and Archaeology by L. Sprague De Camp, Red Land, Black Land: The World of Ancient Egyptians by Barbara Merz, and An Archaeological Survey of Dearborn County, Indiana by Cindy K. Parish.

Sections 914-919 pertain to traveling the world as we know it now. 914 includes DK Eyewitness travel guides from Amsterdam to Warsaw and everywhere in between. This part of the Library collection is the best place to begin as you plan your vacation. Travel and information books on specific continents are also easy to locate because they are separated by call number and location by continent:

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914: Europe

915: Asia

916: Africa

917: North America

918: South America

919: Australia, Pacific Ocean islands, Arctic islands, and Antarctica

Stop in the Library today to check out some of these great travel resources. Books check out for two weeks, but you can always call and have them renewed if you are unable to stop in. And if you don’t have time to stop in and browse our physical travel collection, be sure to check the Indiana Digital Download Center to view our digital travel collection (and cut down on the weight of your luggage to save you some money!). You can also check out our different online travel resources, too, on our website. We have several links to travel databases, like A to Z in the USA, A to Z World Travel, and Global Road Warrior. These resources are great to use when you’re on the go and need to plan activities, look at maps, and learn information about where you’re traveling to. All you need to log on is your library card and pin number! And if you’re unsure about your pin number, call the library today for more information.

Happy Traveling! Also, do you have room for one more?