Between the Lines Reads “The Age of Innocence”

If you like to read a variety of books, and if you like to discuss the books you read, you should join one of the Aurora Public Library District’s book groups. There will be afternoon groups that meet at the Aurora Public Library on September 22nd @ 1:00pm and at the Dillsboro Public Library on September 23rd @ 1:00pm. Both will be discussing The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Pick up a book today to join our club and get reading!

This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it.

CLOSED for Labor Day


The Aurora Public Library District will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day. If you would like to renew an item or place a hold, you can do so with your library card number and pin on our website. If you would like to return items, you can place them in the book drop at either the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Libraries before the buildings open at 10:00 am Tuesday, September 6th. The items will be checked in according to the last date the buildings were open on Saturday, September 3rd.

Have a fun and safe holiday!

Chapter Chat Reads “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Sorcerer's Stone' US children's edition — Harry Potter Fan ZoneCalling all Witches and Wizards! We are excited to announce our Chapter Chat for the month of September.

Our book will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Our club is for children 9 years of age and up. You will be sorted into your houses and then we will be making a craft and discussing the book.

You can pick your book at the lower level desk at Aurora. Hope to see you there!

September Storytimes!

Get ready for teddy bears (Winnie-the-Pooh and Corduroy are excited), dots (green, red, purple, blue, any color you choose), pirates (don’t worry, we won’t make you walk the plank) and apples (we are so glad Johnny planted all those trees) to start off our September Fall Storytime Programming. Rhymes, songs, dances, activities and crafts will have your little ones waiting for the next adventure here at the library.

Bloomers from our local daycare/preschools will have their special time on Mondays. Sprouts will be getting ready to grow in our program on Tuesdays (DPL) and Wednesdays (APL). Seedlings will start to sprout and then bloom into wonderful listeners and avid goers to the library on Thursdays (DPL) and Fridays (APL).

All times for our programming start at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing all of you here. Just a reminder that our session plans are geared towards each groups age; Bloomers (preschool/kindergarten visits only), Sprouts (3-6) and those Seedlings (ages 0-2 years old). See you soon!

Oh yeah, teddy bears, pirates and apples are welcome to join you!

Get WalkIN!

Looking for a way to develop a healthy habit of walking—or want some company on your walking journey? The Purdue Extension Office and the Aurora Public Library District have teamed up to provide this additional support.

  1. Join the Purdue Extension Get Walkin’ program by emailing You will get a couple of emails each week through early November encouraging you. The email might also ask you to complete a survey to help track participants progress.
  2. Walk! You can walk independently or you can join Marcia Parcell or Leslie Sutherlin at Dillsboro Public Library at 8:30 am on Wednesdays and at Aurora Public Library at 8:30 am on Fridays, starting August 17. Marcia will also be at North Dearborn Library on Mondays at 8:30 am. Walks will be about 2 to 2.5 miles, but you can go as far or as short as you would like.
  3. APLD participants will get an insulated cup.  Contact the library at 812-926-0646 to reserve your cup and spot to walk.

See you there!

Local History Library Update

Aurora Train Depot, painted by Marlene Livingston

Have you been missing the Local History Library at the Depot? We miss you too! The Local History Library has been closed indefinitely for the summer of 2022. While we miss your visits and questions about Aurora history, we’ve been making some BIG changes! The main room at the Local History Library is getting a massive makeover. We are painting the interior of the depot to restore it to its original color scheme of Indian Red and Brown to match the colors of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, on which our depot was a stop. We are also installing shelving handmade by local woodworkers Iron Timbers for our various paintings and photographs to be proudly displayed on our walls. There are plans to make the building more accessible for our handicapped patrons in the coming year. One of the most exciting updates to our building is the installation of model train tracks and trains along the walls. This will add to the ambience of our space and serve as a reminder of the original purpose of our beloved depot.

We have received many inquiries from our dedicated patrons about the Local History Library and its eventual reopening. Due to the changing nature of the situation, we cannot provide a concrete date at this time, but we are now setting our sights on January 2023 for our grand reopening. Once the depot is opened to the public, expect some changes in our services and approach to local history. We will always provide assistance with genealogy and family history, but our focus will be shifting towards a community-centered approach. The Local History Library will become a space where members of the community can gather and share ideas and experiences in our hometown. We want you to think of the Local History Library as a classroom, presentation space, and extension of the main library branch, providing you with the proper space to learn and grow in Aurora.

So, we hope to see you soon at the depot! If you have any questions about local history, genealogy, or the depot, please speak to a librarian or give us a call at 812-926-0646. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Fall Children’s Programming

Our Summer Reading Program was quite the success. What a wonderful time we had this summer learning about different modes of transportation. Thank you to everyone who took the time to let your child attend these storytimes.

We are now getting ready for our Fall children’s programming which will be starting Tuesday, September 6, 2022. To say we are excited about the Fall Programming is an understatement. Listed below are brief descriptions of each program being offered.

Bloomer Time is a program for visiting preschools in the area. This program will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis from each preschool. We have tentatively set the time for these preschools to visit at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Aurora Public Library. If there is a Dillsboro area preschool that would like to visit our Dillsboro Branch, we will set a time that would work for them also on Mondays. These programs last around 45 minutes. Again, all preschool directors will be contacting either Leslie Sutherlin, Director, or Tammy Wohlfrom, Children’s Library, directly for these dates.      

Sprout Time will be designed for children ages 3-6 to come in with an adult. Our program will consist of stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and/or learning activities. This age will blossom in no time to fantastic book lovers as we introduce age-leveled books geared to them. All caregivers will need to be present in the children’s area or right outside of our area. Our scheduled days are as follows for Sprout Time: Tuesdays at Dillsboro Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at Aurora Public Library at 10:30 a.m. This program will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Seedling Time will be a program for our infants/toddlers from the ages of 0-2 years old. We are excited to offer this program and watch how these age groups react to our library time for them. Simple songs, nursery rhymes, fingerplay (easy motions/movement), sensory activity and of course a story is being offered to this age group. Of course, all caregivers are involved in this program which lasts around 20 minutes. The following days will be for our Seedling Time program: Thursdays at Dillsboro Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and Fridays at Aurora Public Library at 10:30 a.m.   

And lastly, we are offering 4th grade on up ages (9+) to join us for our Chapter Chat Book Club which will be on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Dillsboro Public Library. The date for the Aurora Public Library location will be the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will be introducing our first Chapter Chat participants to Harry Potter. Discussion of the book, games, activities and snacks will round out our Chapter Chat meetings. Who knows, the next book we introduce may be decided by our participants in the club!   

As you can see from all of the programming being prepared, we will be taking off the month of AUGUST to prepare for these events. Look out for our newsletter/calendar that will be listing dates of all of our programming events. We look forward to getting all the kids EXCITED ABOUT THE LIBRARY!

**Please note we realize there are siblings that may need to be in attendance as long as everyone understands that all program activities are geared towards the ages listed above.  

Thank You for a Great StoryWalk®

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The Aurora Public Library District would like to thank the following community partners for helping to host our first StoryWalk®!

The Dillsboro StoryWalk® was hosted by Dillsboro Community Park and the Town Manager, Susan Greco, graciously promoted it during their summer Munch-a-Lunch program.

The Aurora StoryWalk® included signs here at the Aurora Public Library, as well as the following parks and businesses:

The 1819 Boutique 
The Aurora Diner
Big Indian Woodworking
Bottom Line Services
Denmure Law Office
Distinctive Knits
Fusion Salon
Gabbard Riverfront Park
Gambles Furniture
Norwood Custom Glass
Plug’s Sweet Tooth
Second Time Around
Southeastern Indiana Art Guild
St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular – Aurora
Wellington’s Ice Cream Palace

We would also like to thank Nancy Turner from Main Street Aurora for loaning us enormous scissors for our ribbon cutting events.

Stay tuned for another StoryWalk® opportunity in October 2022!

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Between the Lines Reads “Island Queen”

If you like to read a variety of books, and if you like to discuss the books you read, you should consider joining one of the Aurora Public Library District’s book groups. There will be afternoon groups that meet at the Aurora Public Library on August 25th @ 1:00pm and at the Dillsboro Public Library on August 26th @ 1:00pm. Both will be discussing Island Queen by Vanessa Riley.

Pick up a book today to join our club and get reading!

From the bustling port cities of the West Indies to the forbidding drawing rooms of London’s elite, Island Queen is a sweeping epic of an adventurer and a survivor who answered to no one but herself as she rose to power and autonomy against all odds, defying rigid eighteenth-century morality and the oppression of women as well as people of color. It is an unforgettable portrait of a true larger-than-life woman who made her mark on history.