Paper snowflakes are great for home or gift decorations. Join Jessica on December 10th from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Aurora Public Library to learn how to make three-dimensional snowflakes. All materials will be provided, and you’ll come away with a new skill you can put to use right away!
Experience the magic of Christmas with this new musical from the Virginia Repertory Theatre! This play is free for all community members, and three performances makes it possible to fit this in with all the wonderful Miracle on Main events in downtown Aurora. Thanks to St. John’s Lutheran School for letting the Aurora Public Library District use their building!
The Aurora Public Library District will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 28th, but will reopen on Friday, November 29th.
If you like this Thanksgiving painting by N.C. Wyeth, check out the book at the Library!
The illustrations are from Wyeth’s 14-panel mural created in the 1940s at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York City.
Why not start off your holiday season with a stop by one of our library branches on Saturday, December 7th? Both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library will have Christmas cookies to ice and sprinkle, and Peggy will be sharing some of our newest Christmas picture books. (One book is from a favorite tri-state children’s author.) The stories will be at 10:30 am at the Aurora Branch and at 11:30 am at the Dillsboro Branch. Cookies will be waiting for you between 10:30 am and 1 pm. The towns of Aurora and Dillsboro will have lots of “holiday happenings” that day, so you’ll be able to put cookies and books on your list of fun things to do!
Happy holidays from the staff at the Library!
Who doesn’t like fairy tales? Thanks to Disney, most children know at least one or two fairy tales! Disney often begins with a traditional story and edits it to tell a different version. The same can be said about children’s fairy tale books. Many authors have chosen to rewrite fairy tales in their own unique and creative way. These retellings are often referred to as “fractured fairy tales”. Whether it’s Cinderella, Thumbelina, or Rapunzel, we have many versions you will enjoy sharing with your favorite children!
Cinderella is probably the most popular retelling with so many different versions.
In the last few weeks, changes have been made to the Aurora Branch’s collection. For quite some time, we’ve had issues with crowded shelves. This creates issues when you search for your next great read. No one wants to grab one book from the shelf, only for two or three to come out with it. Now, you don’t have to worry about the crowded shelves! We’ve rearranged many areas in the library to make it more user-friendly for everyone. Most of the changes have taken effect on the upper level.
Instead of now beginning our upstairs nonfiction collection at 590, we now begin our upstairs nonfiction at 600, located in the main room where our biography collection was housed near the top of the stairs. The nonfiction on the upper level wraps around the shelves until reaching the “New Book” area and then continues into the West Wing until it ends. This change was to simplify the nonfiction collection.
Teens have been moved to a whole new area. They are no longer in the East Wing near the elevator. They’ve been moved to the West Wing behind the magazine section. This is to give teens a more private area. We have more changes in store for the teen area that will hopefully be taking effect in the coming months.
The adult fiction collection has grown. There will be more space on the shelves for new books and the shelves will be less crowded. (James Patterson, we’re looking at you!)
Basically, all these changes create more space on the shelves for more books, reduce overcrowded areas, and make the collection more user-friendly. While it will take some time getting used to the new locations of your favorite authors, eventually, it’ll be as if they’ve been there this whole time!
If you are having trouble locating an item, please seek assistance at the desk!