Holiday Closings

Happy Holidays!

This holiday season, the Aurora Public Library District will be closed for Christmas Saturday, December 24th, and Monday, December 26th. The library buildings will also be closed for New Year’s on Saturday, December 31st, and Monday, January 2nd.

We understand this may interfere with your checkout period for items. Please keep in mind that all items placed in the return drop boxes will be checked in according to the date the buildings were last open. If you would like to renew materials, you may visit or call during business hours at 812-926-0646. You can also renew your items while we are closed by visiting our website at eapld.org, selecting “My Account” at the top of the page, logging in using the ID number on the back of your card and the pin you set up, and selecting the items you would like to renew. As a reminder, DVDs are unable to be renewed.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

FREE Holiday Picture Books!

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa has dropped off some free books for you and your family this year with the help of the Aurora Public Library District! Visit Moores Hill during their Winter Walk on December 3rd to pick up your free holiday-themed picture book. Books will be available at the Moores Hill Senior Center from 5:30-8:00 pm. Stop by, say hi, and get something to read by the fireside this holiday season.

We hope to see you there! Make sure to bundle up!

The Aurora Public Library District is a proud sponsor of this event.

Show Off Your Cookie Skills!

It is the most wonderful time of the year. The snow is falling, the trees are twinkling, and the cookies are baking. The Aurora Public Library District is hosting a cookie contest! The contests will take place on Saturday, December 10 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Aurora Branch and on Wednesday, December 14, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. There will be three categories: Best Decorated, Best Tasting, and Best Overall. The best decorated and the best tasting will only have a first prize winner but the best overall will have a first and second place winner!

Dillsboro Town Manager Susan Greco will be judging the cookies entered for Dillsboro. Aurora Mayor Mark Drury will be the judge for the cookies entered for Aurora. The cookies can be dropped off up to an hour before the program officially begins. When you bring the cookies and enter them into the contest you must include the following: name, number, and if the cookie has nuts. Three cookies must be brought for each category, in case of a cookie mishap or if Santa gets hungry!

We can’t wait to taste your masterpieces!

Meet Santa’s Reindeer!

“What to my wondering eyes did appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer with a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment he must be Saint Nick.”

Have you ever seen Santa’s reindeer up close? Well, now is your chance! Santa’s reindeer are making their way to Aurora, Indiana this year for a test run of the sleigh and will be meeting kids just like you at the Aurora Lions Club on December 4th and 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Take pictures, pet and feed the reindeer, and maybe get a glimpse of Santa yourself! So be on your best behavior, because you don’t want to be put on the naughty list right before Christmas!

This event is proudly sponsored by the Aurora Public Library District. Check out these books today to get ready to meet the reindeer!

 

Gingerbread Baby Comes to Dillsboro!

On Saturday, December 3rd, Gingerbread Baby assists with storytime at Dillsboro Public Library as part of the Dillsboro Hometown Christmas. The fun begins at 1:00 pm and all attendees will enjoy listening to Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett followed by decorating their own gingerbread babies, participating in gingerbread activities, and enjoying a photo with the Gingerbread Baby. Attendees can get an entry for the library’s Hometown Christmas raffle which includes a pass to Reindeer Ridge, a $50 Larosa’s gift card, and assorted Jan Brett-themed items. The winner will be selected in the evening at Dillsboro’s Hometown Christmas but must be present to win.

The Gingerbread Baby can’t wait to meet you!

Winter Walkin’

 

Winter Walking picks up where our Purdue Extension Get WalkIN’ program left off! The last day with Marcia Stenger from Purdue is November 4th, but APLD is going to continue to offer a walking group during the same time slots! Join us Wednesdays at 8:30 am at DPL and Fridays at 8:30 am at APL and we will go off on a 35-40 minute walk, weather permitting. If SDCSC calls for a delay or a weather-related closure, the morning walk will be canceled automatically, but heavy rains might also cause a cancellation. Go to eapld.org to monitor closures. Help us help you stay healthy during the holiday season by joining us for walking each week. See you there!

A Muppet Christmas Carol!

On Saturday, November 26th, at noon, make the most of the start of the Christmas season by enjoying A Muppet Christmas Carol, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary as a Christmas tradition. At this free movie on the APL upper floor, attendees can bring their own pillow and blanket, enjoy free popcorn and pop, and take in the classic tale told by Kermit, Piggy, Fozzy, and the rest of the gang. Parents are welcome but not required for ages 8 and up. Please register so we know how many to expect. You may register by coming into the library and telling a librarian, or calling 812-926-0646. We hope to see you there!

Fill Your Bucket with APLD!

The Aurora Public Library District is bringing the Virginia Repertory Theatre to the students of South Dearborn and St. John Lutheran School! Virginia Rep is a nonprofit theatre company from Richmond, Virginia that specializes in creating exciting theatrical productions for young audiences. Since 1975 they have been bringing plays and musicals to hundreds of schools and other venues throughout the nation!

The Aurora Public Library District is providing transportation to the Aurora Park Pavilion for the second and third graders from Dillsboro, Manchester, and Aurora Elementaries and from St. John Lutheran School to see Virginia Rep’s performance of Have You Filled Your Bucket Today: The Musical! The musical is based on the concepts in Carol McCloud’s award-winning children’s books, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness and Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead’s book, The Bucket Filling Fairy. Have you Filled a Bucket Today: The Musical! relays the joys of friendship and compassion. The show is designed to promote healthy relationships and self-esteem and bring character education front and center stage.

The concept of “bucket filling” was created in the 90s by Carol McCloud. McCloud’s Bucket “Fillosophy” is to help all ages grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness, all leading to a happier life by teaching the three rules that lead to greater happiness: 1. Be a bucket filler. Be kind. 2. Do your best not to dip. Don’t be mean. 3. Use your lid. Protect your bucket and the buckets of others.

If space allows, these free performances will be open to the public. . Please watch the Aurora Public Library District Facebook page for updates on the performances and if there is space available. We hope to see you there!

November Storytimes!

Leaves, pumpkins, turkeys, scarecrows, pies, harvest, squirrels, orange, red, yellow, and brown are all things happening in our November Storytime. What did The Leaf Thief really steal? And If You Give a Moose a Muffin what does he do with it? Or why are there Too Many Pumpkins? But the true question is what did The Scarecrow do to help the crow? Activities galore surrounding this thankful month of Fall. We look forward to seeing you and your family there to learn all of the answers to the questions above. Maybe we will learn How to Catch a Turkey!

Aurora Public Library storytimes are Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 am.

Dillsboro Public Library storytimes are Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am.

We hope the entire family can join us to kick off the Holiday season on November 26th at 12:00 p.m. at APL to watch the movie “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” See you there!

Chapter Chat: Bring Your Own Book

Bring your own book, or B.Y.O.B., is the theme for the November Chapter Chat! Bring a favorite book from home or one you enjoyed reading at the library. We’ll participate in a few icebreaker games, have some snacks, and discuss our favorite books.

Chapter Chat is our tween book club, open to all young readers who are in fourth grade or older. Selections for the club will mostly be picked from our Juvenile Fiction selections at the Dillsboro and Aurora Public Libraries, but for this special meeting in November, you are welcome to bring your own favorite book!

We will be meeting at the Aurora Public Library on November 9th at 4:00 pm and the Dillsboro Public Library November 12th at 10:30 am. We look forward to seeing you there! Just bring yourself and your favorite book, or bring some of your friends!