Teens Rock!

Teens ages 13-18 can mark their calendars for some great events at the Library district in June and July! We’ll be learning about Hip Hop, playing games, discussing books, painting and more. Come by the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Library to pick up a calendar of events, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

 

Rocking’ with Zumba 

June 14 from  6-8 p.m.

at the Aurora Public Library

Wear comfortable exercise clothes!

 

 

 

Teen Hip Hop

June 19 at 4 p.m. at the Dillsboro Public Library

June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

Learn about the Hip Hop movement and try your hand at creating some graffiti art!

 

 

Teen Game Night    

June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

All kinds of board games and card games.

Bring some friends and just chill out!

 

 

 

Tile Painting for Teens

July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

Local artist Chris Campbell will lead the teens in painting ceramic tiles with alcohol paints.

**Registration is required by July 6th and is limited to 16 teens.**

 

 

 

Celebrate Musicals

July 17 at 4 p.m. at the Dillsboro Public Library

July 19 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

If you’re a fan of musicals, this is the program for you! Show off your knowledge in a Musical Trivia Contest. (There will be prizes!)   Then enjoy a snack while you let the lyrics inspire you to create an art masterpiece.

 

Stuck Between the Pages     

For high students only, we will have two book discussions this summer. You may register andThe Book thief by Markus Zusak pick up a copy of the books at either the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Library.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library (The Book Thief)

July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library (The Secret Life of Bees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patron Perks are Back!

Your Library District is a great place to spend time with your family this summer! Don’t miss out on our three Patron Perk Days in June and July. What do you need to do to get a Patron Perk? The first step is to stop by one of our buildings to pick up your information about the Libraries Rock summer programs. Get a calendar of events and a book bag, along with an “I Love Reading” wristband. On June 14th, June 25th and July 13th, be one of the first 50 people to come into one of our buildings to win a prize.

     

In addition, each day you visit the Library between May 29th and July 24th, you can enter to win one of our big summer prizes.

Make the Library one of your regular stops around town this summer. We have AC, Wi-Fi, lots of books, friendly staff, and loads of special programs.

Libraries Rock! Family Fridays

Are you ready for the Summer Reading Program?

This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! Libraries especially rock when the whole family gets involved.

That’s why there will be Family Fridays throughout the Summer Reading Program beginning on June 8! No registration is required for any of these family-friendly events, and there’s no age limit, either.

Come out and listen to stories, make crafts, and get involved with hands-on projects, like building an obstacle course for a hexbug, digging for dinosaur fossils, or designing a safe landing spot for a raw egg.

Be sure to pick up a calendar and a newsletter from one of the branches so you’ll know which branch to go to for Family Friday programs. We can’t wait to see you at these programs!

New Young Adult Book Series Starters

We’ve gotten so many new young adult books that the shelves are overflowing! Most of the books that we’ve gotten over these past two months are new series starters and ready to draw you in! Below are the two that has drawn my eye!

 

Song of Blood and Stone is the first book in L. Penelope’s Earthsinger Chronicles.

A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart. Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps. Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.


The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

 

Furyborn, the first book in Claire Legrand’s new series, Empirium.

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first. A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

 

The Queen’s Rising, the first book in Rebecca Ross’ debut series, The Queen’s Rising.

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron. Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes. With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

 

Isle of Blood and Stone, first book in Makiia Lucier’s the Isle of Blood and Stone Series. 

Ulises asked, “How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers.”
Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. “It’s bound to be a goose chase. You know that?”
“Or a treasure hunt,” Ulises countered, “and you’ve always been good at those.”

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear. The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

The books currently are being held in the teen area on the New Books Display and will later be added to the shelves.

 

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Libraries Rock! Summer Story Hour

 

You’re never too old to enjoy a good story! That’s why we will be featuring a story hour program each week beginning June 5 thru July 18. The whole family is invited to come and enjoy stories, activities, and crafts. These programs will coincide with the times our regular preschool storytime programs are usually scheduled, but we are welcoming older siblings to join in the fun!

Story hour will be at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The story hour program will also be provided at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.and 1:00 p.m. No registration is needed during the summer, so drop in as often as you can!

Libraries Rock Summer Programs

Are you looking for fun activities for your family during the summer months? Are you eager to keep your kids reading during their school break? The Aurora Public Library District will be the place to be during June and July because “Libraries Rock!” We will have lots of activities and programs for ages 0-100 and, as always, all of our programs are free to members of our community!

The Library District will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day, but beginning on May 29th, you can stop by any of our branches to get information about all the upcoming fun. Be sure to also pick up a bag and a “I Love Reading” bracelet. Kids and teens will find a free book inside their bags, with 3 different choices of books to appeal to all ages and reading abilities.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen   Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein   

There will be three days in June and July when you could win a small prize for being one of the first 50 people to enter the library with your bracelet!

All kids enjoy listening to stories, so check out one of our three weekly Story Hour times, beginning on June 5th and June 6th. The Dillsboro Story Hour will be on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and the Aurora times will be on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Be sure to check your calendar, because there are lots of other family programs as well.

Jim Gill

 

Some of the things you can look forward to are: music and play for kids with Jim Gill, a teen Zumba class, digging for dinosaur bones with presenters from the Cincinnati Museum Center, Hexbugs, Jazz pianist Craig Brenner, and a special guest from the Newport Aquarium. There are lots of other programs as well! Judy CookYou’ll need to pick up a calendar at the Library and keep checking our web page, so you don’t miss anything.

We’ll wind down the Summer Reading Program on July 24th and 25th with an Open House at each location, concluding with the drawing of winners for our summer prizes. For books, activities, crafts, and music, make the Aurora Public Library District your first stop for learning and entertainment!

Stuck Between the Pages

Are you in high school and looking for something to do this summer? Do you love to read and discuss books with people who love to read just as much as you do? Do you like snacks? Join Stuck Between the Pages! Stuck Between the Pages is the high school age book discussion that takes place once a month at the Aurora Public Library. Call or stop by to sign up and pick up your copy of the book today!

The next discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library. We’ll be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. There is a copy waiting just for you to check out! We can’t wait to discuss it with you!

Outsider by Stephen King

 

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Outsider – Coming May 22, 2018.

Stephen King is a ‘New York Times’-bestselling novelist who made his name in the horror and fantasy genres with books like ‘Carrie,’ ‘The Shining’ and ‘IT.’ Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV.

Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine and later worked as a teacher while establishing himself as a writer. Having also published work under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King’s first horror novel, Carrie, was a huge success. Over the years, King has become known for titles that are both commercially successful and sometimes critically acclaimed. His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide and been adapted into numerous successful films.

excerpts are taken from stephenking.com and biography.com

 

 

 

Get Caught Reading!

 

Get Caught Reading

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader with support from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation.

Because of research indicating that early language experience actually stimulates a child’s brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school, we hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives.

We are honored to have the support of well known figures including First Lady Laura Bush, Drew Carey, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Donald Duck, Patty Duke, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Graham, Derek Jeter, Vernon Jordan, Jake Lloyd, Rosie O’Donnell, Dolly Parton, The Rugrats, Jane Seymour, Sammy Sosa, Spider Man, Erik Weihenmayer, and Robin Williams, who have all been “caught reading” their favorite books and magazines for print ads and posters seen by millions of people across the country.

 

 

http://www.getcaughtreading.org

Dillsboro in Bloom

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, the town of Dillsboro will have a variety of activities planned around town. Dillsboro in Bloom will feature a Spring shopping extravaganza, gifts for Mothers Day, a Plant Sale, a Pop-Up Boutique, children’s activities and more! Plan to make the Dillsboro Public Library one of your stops around town. From 11 – 1:30, the Library will have a fun tulip craft available for kids to either make at the Library or take home. (It would make a great Mother’s Day card!)