1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Aurora Public Library District. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children with essential early literacy skills. 

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years and is totally free! Registration is open. For more information, call the library at 812-926-0646 or visit our website at https://eapld.org/programs/ When you register, you’ll receive a free book bag and a Reading Log. Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to get a reward! We’ll celebrate with you as your child takes these first steps toward literacy.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

 

Temporary Building Closure

The Dillsboro Public Library will be closed from Monday, July 23rd through Wednesday, July 25th for the installation of our new air conditioning unit. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope that you will be able to come to the Aurora Public Library during this time. The Dillsboro book drop will still be in operation and will be checked daily. You may also call the Aurora Public Library at 812-926-0646 to renew any items on your account.

The Dillsboro Open House that was previously scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th has been rescheduled for Friday, July 20th from 1-2 pm. Stop by on the 20th to view pictures from all our Libraries Rock programs. July 20th at 2 pm will also be the last time to enter the prize drawing at the Dillsboro Branch. The Aurora Public Library and Local History Library will be accepting prize entry slips until 2 pm on Wednesday, July 25th.

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 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!

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!)

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?

Kids of all ages (and adults) are fascinated with dinosaurs! That’s why I was so excited to see a new book of children’s poetry by David Elliott. In the Past is a large format picture book with a short dinosaur poem on each double-page spread; it’s perfect for sharing in one sitting or for reading in small bits.

In the Past by David Elliott

This latest book by Elliott only takes a slight turn from his previous books of poetry featuring animals in different habitats. Those of you who have attended our children’s programs in the past know that I love to share poems. It’s more than just a personal preference; there is firm research that shows poetry is a great way for kids to develop early literacy skills. Poems provide great examples of rhyme, rhythm and figurative language and also encourage us to look at the world around us in creative ways.

In the Sea by David Elliott    In the Wild by David Elliott

Pick up a David Elliott book to share with your family this April for National Poetry Month. For older readers, you might want to try Elliott’s book Bull, a novel written in verse that explores the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. You can find Bull in the teen area at the Aurora Public Library or on OverDrive.

On the Farm by David Elliott   Bull by David Elliott

Young People’s Poet Laureate

What is a Poet Laureate? Did you know we have 2 in the United States? Poet Laureates are designated by nations or groups and are frequently expected to compose poems for special occasions. The Librarian of the United States Congress designates a poet annually to work toward increasing our nation’s appreciation of poetry. This position is currently filled by Tracy K. Smith.

The Poetry Foundation, since 2006, has selected a Young People’s (or Children’s) Poet Laureate for two-year terms. The chosen poet works on a variety of projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry among the nation’s developing readers.

Margarita Engle has held this position since 2017. Previously this position was filled by Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, J.Patrick Lewis, Kenn Nesbitt, and Jacqueline Woodson.

I love this excerpt from her poem “Tula”, found in the book The Lightning Dreamer.

Books are door-shaped 

portals

carrying me

across oceans

and centuries,

helping me feel

less alone.

Engle may be best known for her novels in verse, especially those focusing on different aspects of Cuban history. If that doesn’t grab your attention, I will tell you that you need to give these books a try! Engle has a true gift for highlighting episodes in history that are not well-known.

The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle   The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle

The Poet Slave of Cuba by Margarita Engle   The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle

We also have some books for younger kids that feature poems by Engle.

Orangutanka by Margarita Engle  Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

Bravo: Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

I am very excited about Bravo: Poems About Amazing Hispanics, our newest addition by Engle. This book is located in our juvenile biography area and is perfect for families and classrooms!

Diversity is a huge focus in children’s literature and there was so much in this book that was new to me!

You can read more of Engle’s poetry on the Poetry Foundation’s web page.

Indiana Author April Pulley Sayre

South Bend resident April Pulley Sayre has turned a lifetime fascination with biology into an amazing career researching and writing non-fiction for children. Her latest release, Warbler Wave, is available at both Library locations and features Sayre’s stunning photographs of a variety of warblers. Did you know that warblers migrate thousands of miles each year? I didn’t know that – until I read Warbler Wave! Sayre also shows off her photographic skill in Best in Snow and Full of Fall, as well as 3 food based books photographed at her local farmer’s market.

Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre   Go, Go, Grapes by April Pulley Sayre

Rah, Rah, Radishes by April Pulley Sayre   Let's Go Nuts by April Pulley Sayre

Sayre is also well-known for her other “Chant” books: Trout, Trout, Trout, Bird, Bird, Bird, and Ant, Ant, Ant.

Trout, Trout, Trout by April Pulley Sayre   Bird, Bird, Bird by April Pulley Sayre

Books by Sayre have been illustrated by some amazing illustrators, including the award-winning Steve Jenkins who uses cut paper collage. I have been a huge fan of Steve Jenkins books for many years and I love the work he did in Eat like a Bear , Woodpecker, Wham!, and Vulture View.

Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre   Woodpecker Wham! by April Pulley Sayre

If your family is interested in learning more about animals or in studying how we relate to the world around us, you should definitely check out the Library’s books by April Pulley Sayre!

Splish, Splash, Animal Baths by April Pulley Sayre   Meet the Howlers by April Pulley Sayre

Here Come the Humpbacks by April Pulley Sayre   Dig Wait Listen: a Desert Toad's Tale by April Pulley Sayre

Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre   Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Pulley Sayre

 

 

We Need You!

We are looking for friendly people with  great customer service skills!

Are you an innovative, service-oriented person who enjoys working in a dynamic, challenging environment that offers a diverse and exciting range of responsibilities, projects and opportunities?  We’d like to encourage you to consider joining the staff of the Aurora Public Library District.  Our Librarians wear a lot of hats including technology expert, information detective, reader’s advisor, program provider, literacy builder, community linker and more.

Job Application

Fill out the application, attach a resume and a cover letter, and get it to us in one of the three ways outlined below.

In person:

Drop off your paperwork at the Circulation Desk at either the Aurora Public Library or the Dillsboro Public Library.

Email to:

peggy@eapld.org with the Subject line: Employment Application

Send to:

AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
414 Second Street
Aurora, IN 47001