Short Story Collections for Teens

Do you ever feel like you don’t have the time or desire to plunge into a hefty novel? Try reaching for a short story collection instead. We have a growing number of short story collections available in the Teen area of our libraries. You can also check on the Indiana Digital Download Center (IDDC) to find many of these titles available as an e-book. Just go to the Digital Downloads link on our web page.

Some of these story collections are used by the authors to fill in gaps between books in a series or to tell a story from a different character’s perspective.

The Bane Chronicles  Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver  Blue Bloods: Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs was written after the completion of the Miss Peregrine’s Home series and is written as the fantastical book which plays such an important role in the series.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Others of these anthologies are created around a common theme such as steampunk, dystopian literature, or paranormal tales.

Steampunk: an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories  Shards & Ashes  The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories

Titles like Black Juice by Margo Lanagan feature stories all written by one author. Other titles may include stories by multiple authors and are a great way to find a new favorite writer. Zombies vs. Unicorns includes stories by Garth Nix, Maureen Johnson, Cassandra Clare and others.

Black Juice by Margo Lanagan  Zombies vs. Unicorns

We even have 2 collections of holiday stories for teens!

Let It Snow: 3 Holiday Romances  My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Give a short story collection a try, and let us know which books you enjoy!

Pumpkin Contest!

Who is your favorite book character? Now is your chance to get creative and turn a pumpkin into your favorite character. Paint it! Dress it! Glue things on it! When your pumpkin looks like a book character, bring it to the Aurora Public Library for our Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Pumpkins will be judged on Thursday, October 12th at 5 p.m., so make sure you get your entry to the Library on time. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. All ages are invited to enter the contest as we celebrate some of our favorite books. If you need inspiration, just look on-line or come in and browse through our books. Lots of schools have done this activity, so there are many examples out there.

   

We are going to ask participants to leave their pumpkins at the Library until October 20th so all our patrons can enjoy them. At that time, you may pick up your pumpkin to enjoy at home for the rest of the season.

 

Fun for Fall Break

The Aurora Public Library District has several events planned for Fall Break, the week of October 9-14. First, you should know that you are always welcome to bring your children ages 3-6 to the Storytime programs during school holidays. Especially at the Wednesday Storytimes at the Aurora Public Library, we will have fewer kids than normal, so we’ll be able to handle some drop-ins. The Dillsboro Storytime is on Tuesday, October 10th  at 10:30 a.m. and the Aurora Storytimes will be on October 11th at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The theme for the week will be “A Walk in the Woods”.

The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken BrownFor older, school-age children, the Dillsboro Library will be hosting “Pumpkins and Punch” on Tuesday, October 10th, from 2-4 p.m. This drop-in program will include stories, a pumpkin craft and a chance to decorate (and eat) pumpkin cookies.

 

On Thursday, October 12th, there will be a Family Fall Fun Day at the Aurora Public Library from 1-5 p.m. This is also designed as a drop-by event, but this event is open to all ages. We’ll have craft stations, food, stories, and more! The event will end at 5 p.m. with the judging of our Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

We are not decorating the pumpkins at the program, but drop your decorated pumpkin by the Library anytime before 5 p.m. to enter. We are asking for pumpkins to be decorated like book characters! Any age can enter the contest. We will be keeping the pumpkins on display until Friday the 20th of October. There will be prizes awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place pumpkins.