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.

Tiny Art Show!

Do you find yourself doodling or sketching randomly? Do you see the beauty in a brush stroke and love playing with all kinds of media such as paint, colored pencils, or crayons? Then you need to stop into the Aurora Public Library District and pick up one of our Tiny Art Kits!  

The kits include a tiny canvas, brushes, and paint pots. Everything you need to bring out your inner Da Vinci or Picasso! We just ask that you return your finished art and the supplies provided by August 20th. The Tiny Art Show will be broken up into three age categories (0-12, 13-19, and Adult). There will be a prize given to one lucky artist of each age range both at the Aurora Branch and the Dillsboro Branch. Winners will be announced on August 25th!


Teen Advisory Meeting!

Calling all Teens! The Library needs your help in deciding programs and activities that the library should plan for high school and middle school students.  Though we love programs that connect to books, we are looking for all ideas! Crafts? Gaming? Stranger Things Escape room? Movie night? We have a lot of ideas but we want to select the best for your age group!

Join us Tuesday, July 19 at 6 PM. We will provide the pizza and pop, you bring the ideas!

Fire Time Storytime!

Get ready to STOP, DROP and ROLL into our Fire Time Storytime with Miss Tammy and Miss Emily!

Meet us July 13th at the Aurora Branch or July 14th at the Dillsboro Branch. Each program begins at 11:00 a.m. Registration is not required, but is helpful for planning purposes. Please call 81-926-0646 to register.

Our feature story, of course, will be all about fires. After the story, we will break out into our “fire” themed stations which consist of movement games, sensory bins, and creativity stations. You will not want to miss the Take It, Make It Craft where spots are plentiful. As always, we will have our “field trip” outside to see our featured transportation. Photos and inspecting the vehicle will be our top priority while outside. But, wait…before you leave, you’ll have to “fuel up” with a grab-a-snack bag. We wonder who the lucky winner of our door prize will be this time? We look forward to seeing all you kids there!

Aurora Public Library District Presents: StoryWalk®!

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Please join the Aurora Public Library District in our StoryWalk® event between July 10 and July 24, 2022!  Take a walk at your leisure along Second Street in Aurora or around the Dillsboro Community Park in Dillsboro.  As you walk, you will encounter the pages of a picture book to read and questions to discuss.  Complete the story and scan a QR code with your smartphone or tablet to register for entries in the prize drawings for our Reading Moves You summer reading program.  Registration for summer reading is NOT required to earn prize entries!  Prizes will be drawn during the Summer Reading Sled Dog Finale on July 28, 2022.

The Aurora StoryWalk® will start outside the Aurora Public Library lower-level entrance and feature the book The Little Engine that Could, written by Watty Piper and reimagined by Dan Santat.  The Dillsboro StoryWalk® will begin by the soccer pavilion playground at Dillsboro Community Park and feature the book The Littlest Airplane, written by Brooke Hartman and illustrated by John Joseph.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, reimagined by Dan Santat      The Littlest Airplane by Brooke Hartman, illustrated by John Joseph

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

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Bleak Books with Olivia: Verity by Colleen Hoover

Have you ever read a book all the way through just to close it for the last time and say “wow, that was bleak”? Well, I’m here to make the case for those dark, dreary, haunting, and disturbing reads that keep you up at night long after you put them down. Welcome to Bleak Books with Olivia, your resident creepy book lover at the Aurora Public Library District.

I believe I am well overdue to hop on the Hoover Train. Her books have been flying off the shelves at our branches, and film rights have even been purchased already for some of her novels. Verity came to me in a peculiar way: I was in a long-distance book club with friends and we had already read It Ends With Us, another one of Hoover’s standalones. Although I wasn’t a massive fan of that book, my book club convinced me to give Colleen another try with Verity, and boy, I did not know what I was getting myself into.

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Verity introduces us to Lowen Ashleigh, a down-on-her luck author barely scraping by in New York City. She is about to be evicted when a wonderful opportunity caused by tragic events presents itself: fellow author Verity Crawford, who has experienced a James Patterson-level of success, was in a car accident and is catatonic, but her bestselling series remains unfinished. Jeremy, Verity’s husband, meets Lowen and asks her to take on the reins and ghostwrite for her to make the fans satisfied. Lowen hesitantly agrees, doubting her abilities, but is still whisked away to the Crawford estate, where she is meant to go through Verity’s notes and finish her series. She moves in with the family, including the couple’s son, Crew, and finds herself falling for Jeremy, the kindhearted pseudo-widow.

But, just up the stairs, Verity lies unconscious, but alive. Lowen can’t seem to shake the feeling that Verity is more aware and awake than first understood. This, paired with a frightening and disturbing manuscript found by Lowen that is seemingly written by Verity before her accident, slowly convinces Lowen that all is not as it seems.

This novel was stunningly unhinged. It was everything that modern Gothic fiction should be: terrifying, shocking, and a little absurd at times. Sure, there were some parts in this novel that made me roll my eyes at the sheer ridiculousness of the situation, but for the rest of the novel, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. The end was breathtaking, to say the very least. I would recommend this book just based on pure shock value. Stick with horror, Colleen!

Thank you for joining me on this dissection of one of my favorite Bleak Books. I hope to see you again sometime soon! Please take a look in the Adult and Teen Fiction section at the Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries for my favorite Bleak Books, or check out our e-books on Libby. If you are looking for this specific title, you can use our catalog to locate it or ask a librarian for help! If you meet me in the library and have any Bleak Books suggestions, please let me know! I’m always looking for a new book to disrupt my life for a couple of weeks.

Summer Reading Storytimes

Join us for our Surprise on Wheels story time. Our time will start off with our story for the day, then after we will break off into our stations, where we will be having some exciting crafts and games. We will then head on out to see the Surprise vehicle that we have planned! You will also be able to take home a yummy snack and a craft to bring more of the fun with you. We will be at Aurora on July 6th at 11 am and at Dillsboro on July 7th. Both programs start at 11 am. Hope to see you there!

Free Patriotic Patron Perk!

Let FREEdom ring! Stop in to either the Aurora or Dillsboro Branch this Friday, July 1st, to grab your FREE patriotic Patron Perk! We will have multiple items to choose from that include glow sticks, glow bracelets, glow necklaces, star wands, and light up glowstick star necklaces. Feel FREE to take them with you to all of your Fourth of July celebrations!

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