Hillforest Book Lovers Tea

A relaxing springtime afternoon, spent listening to the written word and enjoying an extravagant three-course teatime in one of Indiana’s most beautiful historic mansions…

If this sounds like your ideal afternoon, purchase your tickets today to attend the Hillforest Book Lovers Tea! In partnership with the City of Aurora and the Aurora Public Library District, the lovely staff at Hillforest invites you to sip on your favorite tea, enjoy delicious teatime snacks, listen to some literature, and take a private tour of the mansion. Feel free to dress up, especially as your favorite literary character!

Tickets cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members and are available to purchase today. Please click here to reserve your spot. The Hillforest Book Lovers Tea will take place at the Hillforest Mansion in Aurora on Saturday, April 9th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Published in Your Birth Year: 2021-2010

Welcome to a new series, “Published in Your Birth Year”!  We’ll be starting with 2021 and working backward in time, with each book being appropriate to the age of the reader born that year.  For this initial post, we’re covering the years from 2021 back to 2010, and subsequent posts will cover 10 years each.

A Day On the Farm with The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by: Eric Carle

A Day On the Farm with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Wake Up, Let’s Play!
by: Marit Törnqvist

Wake Up, Let's Play! by Marit Törnqvist

Hey Diddle Diddle: Touch and Trace Nursery Rhymes
by: Emily Bannister

Hey Diddle Diddle: Touch and Trace Nursery Rhymes by Emily Bannister

Zoogie Boogie Fever!: An Animal Dance Book
by: Sujean Rim

Zoogie Boogie Fever!: An Animal Dance Book by Sujean Rim

Imagine That!
by: Yasmeen Ismail

Imagine That! by Yasmeen Ismail

A Tiger Tail: (Or What Happened to Anya On Her First Day of School)
by: Mike Boldt

A Tiger Tail: (Or What Happened to Anya On Her First Day of School) by Mike Boldt

Pete the Cat’s Train Trip
by: James Dean

Pete the Cat’s Train Trip by James Dean

Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page
by: Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant

The Notebook of Doom: Attack of the Shadow Smashers
by: Troy Cummings

The Notebook of Doom: Attack of the Shadow Smashers by Troy Cummings

by: Mike Grinti

Claws by Mike Grinti

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
by: Jonathan Auxier

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Touch Blue
by: Cynthia Lord

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

You can place any of these books on hold through your online library account or by calling the library at (812) 926-0646 for APL or (812) 954-4151 for DPL.

Feed Your Brain About Feeding Your Body

Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts National Nutrition Month® as a time to learn about healthy eating.  Throughout March 2022 at both the Aurora Public Library and Dillsboro Public Library, you can find displays of nutrition-related books in the juvenile non-fiction and easy books sections of our collection.  Here are just a few of the books you might find, which you can place on hold through your online library account or by calling the library at (812) 926-0646 for APL or (812) 954-4151 for DPL.

Juvenile Non-Fiction:

Going Vegetarian: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch by Dana Meachen Rau  Powerful Protein by John Wood Eat Right: Your Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Diet by Allyson Valentine Schrier

Easy Books:

Showdown at the Food Pyramid by Rex Barron Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise! by Leo Landry Let's Go Nuts!: Seeds We Eat by April Pulley Sayre

Let’s Get Crafty!

In 1994, the organization then known as the Craft & Hobby Association declared March to be National Craft Month.  In 2017, the organization rebranded to the Association for Creative Industries, and just last year they merged with the International Art Materials Association.  Despite the changes, National Craft Month is still going strong as a time for people to get creative with materials such as fabric and yarn…beads and jump rings…paper and paint…clay and glaze…or just plain found objects.

The adult, teen, and juvenile nonfiction areas at the Aurora Public Library District contain books on a variety of crafts from knitting to origami to pottery to rubber band looms, and everything in between.  Throughout March 2022, a selection of craft books is on display in the upper level of the Aurora Public Library.  You can also search our Online Catalog for the craft of your choice and place items on hold, stop in at either the Aurora Public Library or Dillsboro Public Library to browse the nonfiction sections (arts & crafts are in the 700s in the Dewey Decimal System), or request books we do not own through the Interlibrary Loan Form.

Here is a small sample of the craft books you can find at APLD:

Quillwork: the Craft of Paper Filigree by Janet and Alex D'Amato Steampunk Emporium: Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Other Curios by Jema Hewitt Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines: Patterns, Stories, Pictures, True Confessions, Tricky Bits, Whole New Worlds, and Familiar Ones, Too by Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne


Loom Magic!: 25 Awesome, Never-Before-Seen Designs for an Amazing Rainbow of Projects by John McCann & Becky Thomas Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects by Christine Schmidt DIY Guide to Tie Dye Style: the Basics & Way Beyond by Liz Welker & Sam Spendlove


Rockin' Crafts: Everything You Need to Become a Rock-Painting Craft Star! by Diana Fisher DIY Box Creations: Fun and Creative Projects to Make Out of Really Big Boxes! by Courtney Sanchez Crayola Create It Yourself: 52 Colorful DIY Craft Projects for Kids to Create Throughout the Year


Whether you’re learning a new skill or further developing an old one, we would love to see your crafts this month!  You can submit pictures to jamie@eapld.org to be posted to our Facebook page, Aurora Public Library District.

Vital Information About Vital Records

You may have several questions when reading the term “vital records”.  What is a vital record?  Why might I need to see one?  How do I get a copy if I do?

Vital records are documents pertaining to the birth, marriage, divorce, or death of an individual.  Typically, we think of these as government documents maintained at the county and/or state level, but they may also include documents maintained by organizations such as the individual’s church.  For now, let’s focus on the government records.

You may need a copy of a vital record in many situations, such as:

* Using a birth certificate to prove your identity when applying for a driver’s license or passport, enrolling in school, or getting married.

* Using a marriage license to change your marital status for health insurance or taxes, change your name on financial accounts and contracts, or make arrangements for property succession and child custody changes.

* Using a divorce decree to change your name, remove your spouse from joint contracts, or remarry.

* Using a death certificate to access life insurance and pensions, cancel financial accounts, transfer car and house titles, learn about medical conditions that run in your family, or many more reasons.

* Using any of these records to conduct genealogical research.

Government vital records are maintained at the county level, so you will need to know the county in which the birth, marriage, divorce, or death occurred.  Since the Aurora Public Library District is in Dearborn County, let’s use this county as an example.

The first step would be to find the correct office to contact.  Birth and death certificates in Dearborn County are maintained by the Vital Records section of the county’s Health Department.  This is often the source of records in other locations as well, so reaching information on how to request the records is usually as simple as doing a Google search for “Dearborn County Indiana Health Department”.  You can change the county and state names to the location in which you are interested.

In Dearborn County, marriage and divorce records are maintained by the Clerk of Courts, so a great search term would be “Dearborn County Indiana Clerk of Courts”.  In other counties, the sources for any of these records might be different, so you could also try combining the county and state names with some of the following terms: “Vital Records”, “Birth Certificates”, “Death Certificates”, “Marriage Licenses”, or “Divorce Decrees”.

When requesting any document, you will need to know how many copies you want and whether or not they need to be certified.  Certified copies are more expensive.  In some cases, such as proving someone’s death to settle their estate, it is more effective to order certified copies unless you are absolutely certain that the agency requesting proof of death does not require the death certificate to be certified.  There can be large delays if you find that you needed a certified copy and have to wait for more copies to be sent.  Statements from funeral directors across the United States indicate that the average number of death certificates needed is 10, and that a funeral director should be able to provide a checklist of all the possible assets the deceased person may have which will each require their own copy of the death certificate.

In the case of death certificates, there is often both a long form and a short form version, with the long form providing more personal details than the short form.  You will also need to verify whether the company requesting the documentation needs the long form or if the short form is sufficient.  Again in this instance, the long form is more expensive, but advisable if you are unsure which you need.

In order to request your own birth, marriage, or divorce records, you will need to provide proof of your identity.  Requesting any of these or a death certificate for someone other than yourself will also require proof of your relationship to that person, and there may be limits on what relationships are allowed to request the information.

When in doubt, calling to ask questions is a helpful approach, whether it is questions for a company about what type of proof they require, or questions for a government agency about the process of requesting the needed information.

Any of these government records can provide a wealth of information when researching your family’s genealogy, and many more records exist that can either corroborate that information, or provide information in the absence of more official documents.  One of the Aurora Public Library District’s buildings is the Local History Library @ The Depot, located at 510 Second Street in Aurora.  Staff there can provide further information on using records, both vital and otherwise, in genealogy research.  At the time of this writing, the Local History Library is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 am to 3 pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Current hours can be found on the About page of the APLD website.

We also have both physical books and e-books with instructional materials about genealogical research.  You can find these items and place physical books on hold by searching for “genealogy” in our Online Catalog, or request other items we do not own through the Interlibrary Loan Form.