Summer Storyhours

Children reading a book

Mole Music by David McPhail    Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis

Everyone likes a great story, right? All ages are welcome at our Storyhours during the months of June and July.  Bring your whole family and share in the fun as you listen to stories selected around the theme “Build a Better World.” Each week will feature a different twist as we explore how we can bring positive change to our world through Art, through Music, through Service, and other activities. The Storyhour will include lots of movement and music as well as great books, so the younger kids will have ways to get their wiggles out.

Storyhour will be at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday afternoons at 1 PM. Please note this new time, since we have offered morning programs at Dillsboro in the past. On Wednesdays, the program will be repeated at the Aurora Public Library at 1 PM. Advance registration will not be needed during the summer, so come as often as you can fit it into your family schedule!

Each Storyhour will end in time for your family to check out books and still make it to our Construction Zone events (2 PM at the same locations).

Franklin's Big Dreams by David Teague     Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy

Come to the Construction Zone !

Kids building          Each week of the Summer Reading Program will feature a hands-on activity time where kids of all ages can work to “Build a Better World”. This Construction Zone event will take place immediately following the Storyhours at both Dillsboro and Aurora. So mark your calendars for Tuesdays at 2 PM at the Dillsboro Public Library and Wednesdays at 2 PM at the Aurora Public Library. Our programming is very flexible this year and there is no need to preregister for kids’ programs. Bring your family at 1 PM for the Storyhour and stay at 2 PM for the Construction Zone or choose one event to attend. You may attend some programs at Dillsboro and other programs at Aurora. This year, you can choose whichever events work for your family’s schedule.

Most weeks the Construction Zones will be the same at both Library Branches, but there are a couple exceptions. Here are the themes and special performers for each week.    

June 6 (Dillsboro) and June 7 (Aurora): The Purdue Extension Office presents a Block Party

June 13 (Dillsboro) and June 14 (Aurora): Building a Better World Through Art

June 20 (Dillsboro) and 21 (Aurora): The Storyhour and Construction Zone are replaced with a Community Celebration featuring hot dogs and lots of outdoor activities. This event will run from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Tom Sieling presents "Take a Stomp Through the Swamp" June 27 (Dillsboro): Tom Sieling, family musician, presents “Take a Tromp Through the Swamp.)

June 28 (Aurora): Build a Better World through Music

July 3 (Dillsboro) and July 5 (Aurora): Build a Better World through Service. Note that the Dillsboro event is on Monday this week, due to the 4th of July holiday.

July 11 (Dillsboro): Build a Better World Through Drama     Scene from A Midsummer's Night Dream

July 12 (Aurora): All ages are welcome to attend a performance by The Kentucky Shakespeare Company as they present interactive scenes from A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

July 18 (Dillsboro) and July 19 (Aurora): Build a Better world through Words

We’re Popping Up With Books!

Peggy reading outdoors    

This summer, the Aurora Public Library District is going to be out in our community in many ways. Keep your eyes open for our “Pop-Up With Books” events. On four days during June and July, we will be at local parks for informal, drop-by story-times. We want everyone in the Library District to have an opportunity to share in some great stories! Limited seating will be available on area rugs, but you can also bring your own lawn chairs. If you have a favorite picture book you’d like me to include, email me at and let me know when you’ll be attending. The times and locations are listed below. We hope to see you around the community as we work together to “Build a Better World.”

“Pop-Up With Books” Events: All events are from 10 AM until 12 noon.

Friday, June 2nd at Mary Stratton Park in Aurora

Friday, June 9th at Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro

Monday, July 10th at the Aurora City Park, across from the pool

Friday, July 14th at Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro

Build a Better World Through Art Journals

What is an Art Journal?

An art journal is taking an old book and recycling it into a new one. Basically, you’re taking the old book you have and you’re giving it a new cover. An art journal doesn’t just have to be for art, it can be used as a scrap book, a recipe book, a journal, and even a story book. Posted in the picture below is just one example of the covers of Art Journals.

What does this have to do with the Aurora Public Library?

On June 15 and June 29 from 2-5, we are offering a FREE Art Journal program for teens and adults. We will be offering two different types of art journals to choose from.

Is the program just for teens and adults?

The program is strictly for teens and adults, aged 13 and up.

What about materials?

Everything for the program will be provided. All you need to do is bring yourself and any unique items that you wish to place within your art journal.

How do we participate?

In order to create an Art Journal, you’ll need to call or venture into either one of our libraries and register for the program. We only have eight available spaces along with a waiting list.

What do you mean waiting list?

A waiting list is a list of names of people who wish to join the program, but joined after we already had our eight people. If we have a person that doesn’t show then the first person within that list will be called and asked if they are still interested in the program.

How long do we have to register?

Registration will start June 1 and it will end on June 10.

Posted in the picture below is just one of many examples of the inside of an art journal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to call 812-926-0646 and register for a spot today! We can’t wait to see you there!

Below are more examples of art journal covers and pages.


Build a Better World through Art with a Fused Glass Pendant!

If you enjoy crafting, jewelry, or learning a new skill, then this program is perfect for you! We’re Building a Better World through Art with this adult program!

On Thursday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at the Dillsboro Public Library, a Fused Glass Pendant program courtesy of the Framery will take place. Adults 18 and older will have the opportunity to create a pendant out of different pieces of glass. The pendants will then be taken back to the Framery and kiln-fired to fuse the glass pieces together to create a unique, one-of-a-kind necklace just for you.

Registration is required for this event, and as there are only fifteen spots, make sure you call or stop in and sign up early! This program comes at no cost to the patron which means that it’s absolutely free for you!

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Call the Library today for more information, or check out our newsletter!

Memoirs for Teens & Young Adults

Teens and Young Adults (Millennials) are constantly being chastised for checking out of reality by being on their phones, but sometimes Milennials are being caught up in great stories posted on Twitter or Instagram, stories that give us hope that humanity still exists out there in this world. If you enjoy reading about the human existence, then you’ll love this blog post; the Aurora Public Library District has dozens of memoirs for teens and young adults that will speak to their own experiences in life.

There are plenty of classic memoirs that you’ve undoubtedly had to read for school at one time or another, but what would your reading experience be like the second time around, when you aren’t forced to read in order to take a test or write a paper? Here are some classic memoirs you can check out today:

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells

Night by Elie Wiesel

We also have memoirs from contemporary people who are probably more familiar to you. You would probably enjoy reading these memoirs for the entertainment they will provide:

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin

Unfiltered:No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. by Lily Collins

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice by Keke Palmer

The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Ziegler

Of course, we have plenty of empowering memoirs by individuals whose experiences can teach us as well as touch us:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie by Rachel Corrie

A Stolen Life and Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard

Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

Positive: Surviving my Bullies, Finding Hope, and Changing the World by Paige Rawl

Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

It might come as a surprise to you that we have memoirs in the form of graphic novels, too:

March by John Lewis

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

And, of course, we can’t forget the memoirs on the Indiana Digital Download Center:

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda

Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance by Simone Biles

This Book is Gay by Jame Dawson

Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas

This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

Unslut by Emily Lindin

Have you read any great memoirs lately? What are some of your favorites? I recently read Scrappy Little Nobody, Talking as Fast as I Can, and The Maddie Diaries. I would definitely recommend!

Happy Reading!

Series Starters: The Mediator Series

The Mediator series by Meg Cabot is by far one of my most favorite series for young adults. There are seven books and a two short stories in the series, with the most recent book having been published last year.

The series starts out with sixteen-year-old Susannah Simon moving from New York City to California, where her mother has relocated after remarrying. Suze is already unhappy about the move, but she is hoping for a fresh start in sunny California after her struggles in New York with the undead. Suze is a mediator; she can see, hear, and touch ghosts, and it’s her job to help the dead with their unfinished business so they can move on to the afterlife. She hopes the ghosts won’t follower her to her new house, but she’s sorely mistaken when she finds out her new bedroom is haunted by a 150-year-old ghost.

Throughout the series, Suze makes friends and enemies who are dead and alive, meets fellow mediators who are both benevolent and evil, and falls more in love with Jesse de Silva, the ghost who haunts her bedroom. She has typical teenage issues, like friend and boy drama, but with the added twist of being able to talk to the dead. First published in 2000, the conclusion of the series takes place years later with (spoiler alert) the happily ever after fans had been rooting for all along.

If you’re looking for a quick young adult series to read that will make you laugh out loud or cry in despair, The Mediator series is perfect for you.

Strange = Terrific !

When you’ve read as many children’s books as I have, you come to deeply appreciate books that are truly unique and even very strange. Strange is often terrific, because it challenges us to think about things in a different way. Here are some of my favorite and most unusual books from our collection.

I’ll begin with some picture books which are certainly appropriate for any age, but might be best appreciated by kids old enough to enjoy the strangeness and to interpret visual clues. David Wiesner is a master of the unusual picture book. Wiesner is the winner of three Caldecott Medals, an annual award for most distinguished illustrated book. Tuesday is an almost wordless book that shows the unusual events of one night. Like many of Wiesner’s books, Tuesday leaves room for differing interpretations. In Mr. Wuffles,  a cat encounters a tiny spaceship of aliens.


Carson Ellis’s book Du Iz Tak? is written entirely in an imaginary language, so part of the fun is in figuring out what the insects are saying. Stay tuned for an “interpretive challenge” with this book as part of the Summer Program.

Part of the challenge of working in a library comes with deciding where each book should be placed in the collection. Books that look like picture books may have enough text that we decide to place them in the juvenile fiction area. In making our decision, we usually default to the question, “Where will the most people find the book and appreciate it?” The next two “strange” books are located with the other children’s chapter books.

Aviary Wonders Inc. blew me away when it was published in 2014. Imagine a time in the future when birds have become extinct. Now imagine that you could order a mechanical bird. Aviary Wonders Inc. is the catalog you would order from and includes instructions on how to assemble and care for your bird. I stand in awe of the creativity on display in this book!

J. Patrick Lewis is better known as  writer of children’s poetry, but The Last Resort tells the story of an artist who has lost his imagination. A very nice “Afterword” explains all the literary references from Treasure Island to Don Quixote.


Most people probably know Chris Van Allsburg as the author/illustrator of The Polar Express and Jumanji, although he has a very extensive list of books to his credit, with many of them falling into the strange (intriguing?) category. Harris Burdick first came into being with the publication of The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of 14 thought-provoking drawings and captions by Van Allsburg. Teachers across the country began to use the illustrations as writing prompts, and in 2011, best-selling authors created short stories to accompany the pictures. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick is the collection of these short stories. It’s fascinating to decide for yourself what one of the illustrations might be about and then read the author’s version. Don’t forget to also check out our other books by Van Allsburg; we have some in the Easy area, some in the Juvenile Fiction area and even one with the Juvenile Biographies. If you like the concept of writing a story to match an illustration, you should also take a look at Twice Told Tales.


The last title, Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond is a mash-up of creation myth, graphic novel and chapter book. It is probably best for upper elementary and up, and it may even find fans among teens who are familiar with other books by Almond. It’s a bit reminiscent of “The Glunk That Got Thunk“, one of my children’s favorite Dr. Seuss stories.

Does you have other “strange” books that you love? Let me know so I can spread the word!