Traditional Christmas Tales

 

The Aurora Public Library District has wonderful holiday stories to share with children of all ages, from The Night Before Christmas to newer books like Santa’s Story by Will Hillenbrand. When you’re choosing the stories you want to share or the stories you want to read, don’t forget to include some of these classic stories. They range from a few pages long to a story that will require several sittings to complete, but they are guaranteed to help you think about Christmas in a new way. Who knows? You might start a new holiday tradition with your family.

Before it was a ballet, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was a story written by E.T.A. Hoffman. We have several retellings of this at the library, including ones illustrated by Maurice Sendak and Mary Englebreit. For adults, there is a Nutcracker origin tale written by Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked.

Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker    Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

You probably know Pearl S. Buck as the author of the Pulitzer-winning novel The Good Earth. Did you know she also wrote a lovely Christmas short story called Christmas Day in the Morning? Another great read-aloud is The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomeya touching story of the power of kindness.

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck  The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

For many of us, Christmas is not complete without some version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Read it, or perhaps watch the DVD. We have  the George C. Scott version as well as Disney and Muppet versions. Another Christmas classic is The Gift of the Magi, complete with O. Henry’s signature ironic twist.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens  The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Other books in the Library offer collections of holiday stories and poems. You can find tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Henry Van Dyke, Madeleine L’Engle, Lois Lenski, and others. You’re sure to enjoy old favorites and discover new timeless tales to brighten your holiday season.

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old A Newbery Christmas A Christmas Treasury of Yuletide Stories & Poems

 

Where Do the Animals Go?

The days are shorter, temperatures are colder, and a common question for children is “Where do the animals go when it’s cold?” Of course there are many answers to this: they dig under, they fly away, they hibernate, and they grow thicker coats, for example. If your child is curious, why not check out a book to read together? Here are some great choices from the library’s collection. So cuddle up, stay warm, and share the joys of reading and learning together!

When Winter Comes by Pearl Neuman   Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner  Animals in Winter by Bancroft and Gelder

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart   Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Experience the magic of Christmas with this new musical from the Virginia Repertory Theatre! This play is free for all community members, and three performances makes it possible to fit this in with all the wonderful Miracle on Main events in downtown Aurora. Thanks to St. John’s Lutheran School for letting the Aurora Public Library District use their building!

 

Holiday Stories

We hope you’re on the nice list, because Santa has dropped off a whole bag of holiday novels at the Aurora Public Library District. We know what it’s like this time of year! With some much to get done for the holidays, it’s nice to sit back and enjoy a lighter read while sipping your hot cocoa. We have lots of new stories from many of your favorite authors, but they’re flying off the shelves, so call us or go online to get your name on the waiting list. You can also download many of these titles, plus more titles from the Indiana Digital Download Center.

Soirit of the Season by Fern Michaels    Owl be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews    A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer    It's a Christmas Thing by Janet Dailey    Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White    Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella    Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

A Christmas Gathering by Anne Perry    Christmas From the Heart by Sheila Roberts    The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Aurora Public Library District will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 28th, but will reopen on Friday, November 29th.

If you like this Thanksgiving painting by N.C. Wyeth, check out the book at the Library!

N.C.Wyeth's Pilgrims, text by Robert San Souci

 

 

The illustrations are from Wyeth’s 14-panel mural created in the 1940s at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York City.

Celebrate with a Cookie!

Why not start off your holiday season with a stop by one of our library branches on Saturday, December 7th? Both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library will have Christmas cookies to ice and sprinkle, and Peggy will be sharing some of our newest Christmas picture books. (One book is from a favorite tri-state children’s author.) The stories will be at 10:30 am at the Aurora Branch and at 11:30 am at the Dillsboro Branch. Cookies will be waiting for you between 10:30 am and 1 pm. The towns of Aurora and Dillsboro will have lots of “holiday happenings” that day, so you’ll be able to put cookies and books on your list of fun things to do!

Dasher by Matt Tavares

Happy holidays from the staff at the Library!

Comic Book Craze

While comic books aren’t quite as popular as they were in the 40s, they are still loved by an ever loyal fan-base. With Marvel making movies based on their superheroes every year and DC following behind, comic books are slowly making a more popular comeback. The evolution of comic book illustrations and characters have grown to be more gender inclusive and LGBT aware. Just like everything in our world, comic books are evolving to fit our ever-changing world. The Aurora Public Library District has a section called “graphic novels” which includes many popular comic books and heroes. We have some comic books about the most popular heroes and some who may be new to you!

Stop by and check out the comics in our teen ‘graphic novel’ area!

Want to read one that we don’t have? You have two options: if the comic is older than 6 months, you can inter-library loan it (borrow it from another library in Indiana for free) or if the title is new than 6 months you can ask to place it as a collection request (a database of titles that we consider to buy for patrons).