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emojis surrounding blog title post

Post by Sara V.H.

It's World Emoji Day! party popper

When words just aren't enough, emojis are there to help you really say what you mean!
World Emoji Day is celebrated each year on July 17 because that is the date shown in the calendar emoji. 

calendar of July 17






To celebrate World Emoji Day, let's play a game of "Guess that Book: Emoji Style!" Guess the titles below portrayed by emojis (scroll to the bottom of the post for answers). Leave a comment with how many you were able to accurately guess!

Ready...go!

emojis depicting book covers

 




























































The answers are below...







Answers:
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2. Dragons Love Tacos
3. Turtles All the Way Down
4. Holes
5. Grapes of Wrath
6. Water for Elephants
7. The Scarlet Letter
8. War and Peace
9. Frankenstein 
10. Twilight
11. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 
12. The Secret Garden
13. The Time Travelers Wife
14. A Tale of Two Cities
15. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Thanks for playing! Please comment with how many you got correct and which one was the hardest.

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Jul 17, 2018 at 9:39 AM
  

Girl in a flower crown reading on while sitting on the ground
Post by Sara V.H. 

While any form of shared reading and exposure to books is beneficial to a young child, dialogic reading is a form of shared reading that can greatly assist in the development of a young child’s language skills. Dialogic reading “involves reading with, rather than to, the child” (Atkinson, 2013). With dialogic reading, the adult involves the child in the book, encouraging them to participate through prompts, providing feedback to the child, and adapting the way they read to the child based on their developing skills (Atkinson, 2013). While there are a number of ways to engage a child while reading, literacy initiative Reading Rockets uses the acronym CROWD as a guide for parents to engage their children.

  • Completion prompts - having a child finish a sentence in a rhyme scheme to help them learn the structure of language
  • Recall prompts - asking a child to tell you what happened in the story to help them understand plots, either at the beginning of a familiar story or at the end of a new story
  • Open-ended prompts - asking a child to explain what is happening, especially when there are strong images, to help develop their expressive abilities
  • Wh- prompts - asking a child the “5 W’s and H” - who, what, where, when, why, and how - to help develop the child’s vocabulary
  • Distancing prompts - asking a child to relate an aspect of the story to something outside of the story, such as an aspect in their own life
    (Whitehurst, 2017)

These simple prompts can help a child engage more in the story and gain more from storytime.
  
To see dialogic reading in action, visit your local Aurora Public Library for a storytime! A complete schedule can be found at AuroraLibrary.org or here.

Below is also video showcasing dialogic reading.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8jetjDEF4w

Resources

Atkinson, A. (2013). Critical review: Does dialogic book reading improve overall language skills in preschoolers? University of Western Ontario: School of Communication Science and Disorders. Retrieved from https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/lwm/teaching/EBP/2012_13/Atkinson_A.pdf

Whitehurst, G. J. (2017). Dialogic reading: An effective way to read to preschoolers. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/article/dialogic-reading-effective-way-read-preschoolers
Rx for Success (2016, Sept. 14). Rx for success: Dialogic reading. [Video file]. Retrieved from
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8jetjDEF4w

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Jun 12, 2018 at 9:53 AM
  

Brew Tour seal

Cold brews, great books – enjoy both with the Aurora Craft Brews Tour!

Back for its third year, the Aurora Craft Brews Tour gives participants a chance to explore the city’s great craft brews scene, support local businesses and earn prizes from the Aurora Public Library! 

To start your adventure, pick up a passport at any Aurora Public Library or participating business, or print it off from AuroraLibrary.org. Take your passport to participating locations, make a purchase and receive a stamp. Collect four stamps to receive your first prize – a commemorative glass – and collect all eight stamps to receive your second prize – a growler! Prizes are available while supplies last at all Aurora Public Library locations through Wednesday, Nov. 7. 

Participating locations:

We’re making this year’s tour bigger and better than ever! In addition to the passport portion, Aurora Public Library is partnering with local breweries to host fun, free events at the breweries during the tour! Below are a list of Aurora Craft Brews Tour events. All events are free and for adults 21 and older. Please note registration via AuroraLibrary.org is required for some events.

  • Disney Trivia
    Wednesday, May 16, Launch Pad Brewery, 884 S. Buckley Road
  • Craft Night
    Monday, May 21, Peak to Peak Tap & Brew, 16701 E. Iliff Ave.
  • Book Scene Book Club* (Registration required)
    Sunday, June 10, Cheluna Brewing Co., 2501 Dallas St.
  • Adult Spelling Bee
    Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 p.m., Ursula Brewery, 2101 N. Ursula St. #10
  • Netflix Trivia
    Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Launch Pad Brewery, 884 S. Buckley Road
  • Beer & Cheese Pairing* (Registration required and space is limited)
    Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., Two22 Brew, 4550 S. Reservoir Road
  • Books & Brews (Library Costume Party & Book Drive)
    Saturday, Oct. 20, Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Earn a bonus prize for attending any of the above programs! Also, visit the City of Aurora booth at local events and show us your passport to receive a bonus prize!

Show us your tour and share your Aurora pride by using the hashtags #AuroraCraftBrews and #ThisIsAurora on social media!
For more information about the Aurora Craft Brews Tour, visit AuroraLibrary.org.

Cheers!

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Jun 08, 2018 at 2:29 PM 2 Comments
  

June New Releases and Best Sellers
Post by Kristin S.

Books that recently premiered on the New York Times Bestseller List:

New Fiction

 

The Fallen by David Baldacci

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Amos Decker, known as the Memory Man, puts his talents toward solving a string of murders in a Rust Belt town.

 

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A woman marries a widower and reunites with her teenage daughter who is murdered soon after, and the husband is put on trial for it.

 

Noir by Christopher Moore

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

In the summer of 1947, a woman and an Air Force general attract the attention of a San Francisco bartender while a suspicious flying object is spotted near the coast.

 

Circe by Madeline Miller

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

Zeus banishes Helios' daughter to an island, where she must choose between living with gods or mortals.

 

I've Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A high school guidance counselor tries to uncover the identity of her sister’s murderer.

 

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

Nine people drawn to trees for different reasons fight for the last of the remaining acres of virgin forest.

 

The Thief by J. R. Ward

Borrow: [Print] [eAudiobook]

The 16th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Sola Morte falls for a man who sells weapons to a group of vampire warriors.

 

Shoot First by Stuart Woods

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook]

Stone Barrington searches for the person who plotted to kill the woman behind a cutting-edge software startup.

 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Ten years after her daughter disappears, a woman tries to get her life in order but remains haunted by unanswered questions.

 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The relationship between a college freshman and a famous feminist reveals the challenges of intergenerational feminism.

 

The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook]

The fifth book in the A Brit in the F.B.I. series. After the German vice chancellor dies, special agents investigate one of Dracula’s descendants.

 

Red Alert by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The fifth book in the NYPD Red series. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald investigate the death of a documentary filmmaker and an explosion at a charity benefit.

 

The Disappeared by C. J. Box

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook]

A Wyoming game warden teams up with his daughter to find a missing British businesswoman.

 

Varina by Charles Frazier

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

As the Confederacy and her marriage to Jefferson Davis fall apart, a woman flees Richmond with her children.

 

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

In this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, police in a 1970s industrial town take on a pair of drug lords.

 

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

Borrow: [Print]

Tribal police officers search the Navajo Nation for a missing instructor and investigate a troubled girl’s story of finding human remains.

 

To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear

Borrow: [Print] [eAudiobook]

In 1940, months after Britain declared war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of an apprentice working on a government contract.

 

The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print]

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs track a killer who targets engaged couples.


New Nonfiction

 

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The former F.B.I. director recounts cases and personal events that shaped his outlook on justice, and analyzes the leadership styles of three presidents.

 

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Borrow: [eAudiobook]

The former secretary of state examines the legacy of fascism in the 20th century and its potential revival.

 

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

A look at our biases and the argument for why the world is in a better state than we might think.

 

Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]  

A look at aging, the ways people try to control the inevitable and strategies for accepting mortality.

 

God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]  

An exploration of the history, politics and economics of the Lone Star State.

 

This is Me by Chrissy Metz

Borrow: [Print] [eAudiobook]

A star of “This Is Us” describes her journey toward self- acceptance.

 

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri

Borrow: [Print] [eAudiobook]

The director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Obama White House prescribes a new model of leadership.

 

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

Borrow: [Print]  [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A memoir by the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and former labor organizer.

 

Killing the Deep State by Jerome R. Corsi

Borrow: [Print]

The conservative commentator describes a secret conspiracy to undermine the Trump presidency. From the author of "The Obama Nation." 

 

Our 50-State Border Crisis by Howard Buffett

Borrow: [Print]

An Illinois sheriff describes the close connection he sees between national security and the opioid crisis.

 

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

A deeper look at the personal and professional triumphs and disasters of the champion golfer.

 

Faith by Jimmy Carter

Borrow: [Print]  [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The former president discusses the broader meaning of faith and its effect on our lives, including its religious aspects.

 

Unified by Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy

Borrow: [Print]

Two Republican lawmakers from South Carolina use their relationship as a model for overcoming differences.

 

Pretty Mess by Erika Jayne

Borrow: [Print]

A memoir by a star of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

 

 DVDs - New Arrivals:

 

The Greatest Showman

Borrow: [DVD]

Hugh Jackman stars in this bold and original musical - inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum - celebrating the birth of show business and dreams coming to life.

 

Sweet Virginia

Borrow: [DVD]

The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal stars in this neo-noir crime thriller where hitman and troubled small-town motel owner collide in an unsettling tale of sex and violence.

 

All the Money in the World

Borrow: [DVD]

After the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, in a race against time, his mother works to convince his wealthy grandfather to pay the ransom. Inspired by historical events. Certain scenes, characters and dialogue have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes.

 

Father Figures

Borrow: [DVD]

Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.

 

Beast of Burden

Borrow: [DVD]

Pilot Sean Haggerty (Daniel Radcliffe) must deliver cocaine across the US-Mexico border for his final run as a smuggler to save his wife

 

Molly's Game

Borrow: [DVD]

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

 

The Phantom Thread

Borrow: [DVD]

Set in 1950s London, a renowned designer and dressmaker finds his fastidiously planned life disrupted by the love of a young, strong-willed woman.


DVDs - Coming Soon:
 

 

Black Panther

Borrow: [DVD]*

When young King T'Challa is drawn into conflict with an old foe that puts his homeland Wakanda and the entire world at risk, he must release Black Panther's full power to save them.

 

The Last Movie Star

Borrow: [DVD]*

Burt Reynolds stars as an aging screen icon who gets lured into accepting an award at a rinky-dink film festival in Nashville, launching him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past.

 

The Strange Ones

Borrow: [DVD]*

Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.

 

Thoroughbreds

Borrow: [DVD]*

Two upper-class teenage girls rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. They hatch a plan to solve both of their problems -- no matter what the cost.

 

The Little Hours

Borrow: [DVD]*

Italy, 1347: Bored, volatile nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) live in a monastery under the watchful eye of Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly). The arrival of a handsome new groundskeeper (Dave Franco) - introduced to the sisters as a deaf mute to discourage temptation - soon leads to a frenzy of hormones, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.

 

I Kill Giants

Borrow: [DVD]*

Barbara is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, she begins to question everything shes always believed to be true.

 

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Borrow: [DVD]*

From the director of When Marnie Was There, comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl who discovers a flower that grants her magical powers - but only for one night.

 

Peter Rabbit

Borrow: [DVD]*

Peter Rabbit and family wreak havoc in hopes to win back the Manor House of Old McGregor and the affections of their neighbor, Bea.

 

Please Stand By

Borrow: [DVD]*

Wendy is an independent and brilliant young woman with autism. To submit her script on-time for a Star Trek screenplay competition she sneaks out of her group home and travels hundreds of miles not letting anything stop her from achieving her goals.

 

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Borrow: [DVD]*

Based on Peter Turner's memoir, tells the story of the actor's passionate relationship with aging Gloria Grahame, who finds support in her younger lover when she is diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

In the Fade

Borrow: [DVD]*

Golden Globe® Winner for best foreign language film. Katja's family is killed in a terrorist attack and her life falls apart. The killers are set free and Katja can do nothing else but seek justice.

 

The Insult

Borrow: [DVD]*

In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court.

 

Red Sparrow

Borrow: [DVD]*

Jennifer Lawrence is Dominika, a former ballerina forced to join Sparrow School, a secret government program that transforms her into an agent who can manipulate, seduce and kill.

 

Braven

Borrow: [DVD]*

Jason Momoa stars in this intense action-thriller about a logger fighting for survival against drug traffickers who have stashed heroin in his hunting cabin.

 

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds

Borrow: [DVD]*

In the wake of his heroic death, a firefighter experiences the afterlife with the help of three guides.

 

7 Guardians of the Tomb

Borrow: [DVD]*

7 Guardians of the Tomb follows a team of scientists in search of a colleague that disappeared in an ancient cave. To save him, the group must battle a swarm of deadly man-eating spiders and discover the elixir - before it's too late.

 

Fifty Shades Freed

Borrow: [DVD]*

Newlyweds Christian and Ana embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. However, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

 

Winchester

Borrow: [DVD]*

Believing her house is haunted, firearms heiress Sarah Winchester decides to keep building onto her home in order to appease the spirits of people killed by the Winchester rifle.

 

The Post

Borrow: [DVD]*

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep team for the first time in this exhilarating true story about how the Washington Post exposed a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades.

 

Paddington 2

Borrow: [DVD]*

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt's 100th birthday. Hilarity ensues when the gift is stolen.

 

12 Strong

Borrow: [DVD]*

Weeks after 9/11, U.S. Special Forces go to Afghanistan ordered to take the city of Mazar Sharif. To survive, the U.S. must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers

 

Hostiles

Borrow: [DVD]*

In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

 

Forever My Girl

Borrow: [DVD]*

A country music super-star returns to his hometown after leaving his love behind 8 years ago.

 

The Commuter

Borrow: [DVD]*

Liam Neeson stars as a man who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home and works against the clock to stop a deadly attack to save the lives of his fellow train passengers.

 

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Borrow: [DVD]*

In the epic Maze Runner conclusion, Thomas leads the Gladers on their final mission - they must break into the legendary Last City, which turns out to be the deadliest maze of all!

 

Proud Mary

Borrow: [DVD]*

Mary is a hit woman working for an organized crime family, whose life is turned around when she meets a boy during a professional hit.

 

Den of Thieves

Borrow: [DVD]*

A gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.

 *Caution: Once DVDs are released, the links above may stop working.

Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist, DVDs Release Date

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Jun 04, 2018 at 3:47 PM
  

Animal Books



Post by Justine C

When you think of great animal literature, you probably think of Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows. It’s very likely you’ve also heard of Marley & Me and A Dog’s Purpose, but there are so many more stories featuring animals (fiction and non) that you may not have had the pleasure of reading yet.

It’s not just a dog’s world anymore as Americans are turning to a larger variety of animals for companionship, from tropical fish to owls! 


I’ve devised a list of a few lesser known titles featuring animals that might pique your interest. I’m hoping that you’ll be so eager to check them out, you’ll run straight to your closest branch of the Aurora Public Library!

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
by Stacey O’Brien

Wesley the Owl


It was the title of this book that caught my eye, as the only book I’ve ever read featuring an owl was Hoot back in the fifth grade. Owls are beautiful and mysterious creatures that we rarely interact with due to their nocturnal nature and tendency not to live in areas highly populated by people. It’s even rarer to encounter a book like this about them, especially as pets or companion animals. Biologist Stacey O’Brien recounts in this semi-autobiographical tale her two-decade adventure with a barn owl named Wesley, whom she rescued when he was a newborn injured owlet. While I don’t recommend you go out and try to adopt an owl (as I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to own owls in Aurora!), you can have the next best thing by reading this touching story of an owl and his human. 


Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of AnimalIntelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
by Irene Pepperberg
Alex and Me

Another book featuring a beloved bird, Alex & Me tells the story of an African Gray parrot and the special bond he shares with psychologist Irene Pepperberg. If you’ve heard of the famous African Gray parrot Einstein, you know how intelligent and fun this particular breed of bird can be and will love reading about Alex and Irene’s shenanigans as they proved that some animals have the ability to communicate and understand complex ideas. 

A Street Cat Named Bob
by James Bowen

Cat Bob


Cats are one of the most popular pets in the United States. Due to their small stature and independent nature, cat owners tend to own multiple cats in the household which is why statistically they are more popular than dogs, with 88.3 million cats as pets versus 74.8 million dogs. Whether you’re a dog lover or a cat lover, it goes without saying that there aren’t enough books out there featuring felines, which is why the next title on our list is A Street Cat Named Bob​. London-based author James Bowen writes about his special bond with a stray cat he saves off the street--and how Bob in turn saved him. In the UK alone this book has sold over 1 million copies and has even been turned into a feature-length film, which we also have for you to check out here at the library! And wouldn’t you like to know the real Bob played himself in the movie?Talk about a smart cat! 

If you have a child or young adult in your life who would love to read about Bob but without the more graphic backstory involving the author’s difficult life, you can check out My Name is Bob, which tells the story from Bob’s perspective in this beautifully illustrated book for children! 

Maxi’s Secrets (Or What You Can Learn from a Dog)
by Lynn Plourde

Maxi


Yes, this one is about a dog. But I would be remiss to exclude all literature featuring pooches. They’re popular and beloved for a reason, and it can be even harder to find books about them when you’re trying to find something new to read because of how many classics are out there. This 2016 book, unlike the others on our list, is suitable for younger ages, isn’t based on a true story, and features a female companion animal for a change. It isn’t your typical “a dog and his boy” tale either, although it is about a dog and her boy. The catch is, Maxi is deaf. Timminy is determined to help his special needs dog, but as dogs often do, Maxi ends up helping him navigate the difficulties of fifth grade and learn that life isn’t all that bad. 

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland

Friends


Unlikely Friendships is a bit different from the others on our list as it doesn’t feature just one animal and its bond with a human, but rather several animals and their bonds with other species. This in-depth look into interspecies animal friendship is sure to tug at the heartstrings and features beautiful full color candid photographs of the odd pairs. From cats and dogs to calves and leopards, all the notable odd couples of the animal kingdom are explored expertly by National Geographic writer Jennifer S. Holland. 
Posted by behrhart@auroragov.org  On May 18, 2018 at 11:19 AM 2 Comments
  
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