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 January 27th @ 2:00pm and at the Dillsboro Public Library on January 28th @ 1:00pm. There is also an evening group that will meet at Carnegie Hall in Moores Hill on February 7 @ 7:00pm.
Beginning on Monday, January 3rd, we will have a brand new Take-It, Make-It craft available at the Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries! Take-It, Make-It activities are crafts that can be done at home with materials you can pick up at the library! Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library anytime in January to pick up the supplies to make your very own Paper Bag Snowman Puppet!
“Where’s Waldo?” We’ve been hearing a lot of that question lately. Waldo is a popular guy, and we often have to answer that he is out visiting with other patrons.
Waldo, our hero in the red-and-white striped shirt and hat, made his debut in September 1987 in the book Where’s Waldo? Known by a variety of names throughout the world, such as Wally in many other English-speaking countries, Waldo is a creation of British illustrator, Martin Handford. Over the course of seven primary books and numerous activity books, Waldo has traveled through time and space, visiting pirates and pyramids, film sets and fantasy worlds.
The collection at the Aurora Public Library District contains three Waldo books:
If you’d like to wait for Waldo to return, you can place any of these books on hold through your online library account, or request other books in the series through the Interlibrary Loan request form. Both of these options can also be done by speaking with a staff member in person or by phone.
In the meantime, we also have several other series of hidden picture books that may interest you. There are multiple books in each series at both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library. Here is a peek at some of the options:
The Spot It, Learn It! Series:
The Look and Find Series:
The I Spy Series:
The Can You See What I See? Series:
The Look-Alikes Series:
The Can-You-Find-It Series:
These hidden picture books will be on display in the children’s areas at both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library throughout December 2021. There also will be a hidden picture activity to participate in at each location – on the bulletin board in Aurora and on the wall in Dillsboro. Happy hunting!
Beginning on Monday, October 4, we will have a brand new Take It, Make It Activity available at both branches! Take It, Make It activities are projects that can be done at home with materials you can pick up at the library! Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library anytime in October to pick up the supplies to make a spooky ghost or a menacing mummy!
Come out to the Dillsboro Public Library and join us for some fun in the sun with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, water tables & more!!! All ages welcome!
This event will take place at the Dillsboro Public Library on Friday, July 9 from 10:30am – 1:30pm
No registration is necessary for this event.
Our library’s Tales and Tails Summer Reading Program is all about reading about the animals around us! While animals are a lot of fun to read about, some of them need some extra help. Animals that are endangered are close to becoming gone forever unless we do what we can to help them recover.
One of the most endangered animals in the world is the vaquita. These are small, marine mammals, related to dolphins, and they are classified as critically endangered. It is estimated that there are less than 10 of them left in the world, and they are still declining. This is because of fishing in the Gulf of California where they get tangled in illegal gillnets and are unable to surface for air.
Another critically endangered animal is the kakapo. These are nocturnal, green parrots found solely in New Zealand. These cute birds are flightless and live in the ground. This unfortunately put them in danger when new and invasive predators were brought to New Zealand. Unable to fly and escape these predators, they are at a severe disadvantage and have trouble surviving on their own.
There are currently five existing species of rhino. However, three out of the five are classified as critically endangered and the other two are classified as near threatened and least concerned. They are constantly poached for their horns and need protection from further poaching if we want them to continue living alongside us.
To find out more about endangered animals, check out some of these books from the Aurora Public Library or Dillsboro Public Library, and join in on our summer reading program!
Endangered Animals by Pierre de Hugo
Endangered Animals by Lynn M. Stone
Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink by Jane Goodall
Our Dillsboro branch will be holding its Dollar-A-Bag Book Sale on June 18th & 19th. You’ll find something for everyone on your list – mysteries, thrillers, romance, classics, westerns, travel, crafts, DIY, DVDs, audio books, CDs, children’s books, large print, magazines, cookbooks and much, much more.
The sale takes place in the Dillsboro basement on Friday the 18th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday the 19th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. New books are added to the collection every week, so shop early and often! Bags will be provided.
Our Dillsboro branch will be holding its $1-A-Bag Book Sale on May 14th & 15th. You’ll find something for everyone on your list – mysteries, thrillers, romance, classics, westerns, travel, crafts, DIY, DVDs, audio books, CDs, children’s books, large print, magazines, cookbooks and much, much more.
Hours are Friday the 14th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday the 15th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Shop early and often. New books are continuously being added to the selection.
Our Dillsboro branch will be holding it’s $1-A-Bag Book Sale from April 16th-17th. You’ll find something for everyone on your list – mysteries, thrillers, romance, classics, westerns, travel, crafts, DIY, DVD’s, audio books, CD’s, children’s books, large print, magazines, cookbooks and much, much more.
OR, if you’re preparing for spring cleaning, pick up some books about home organization and tidiness! Maybe add some fresh, new titles to your collection!
Hours are Friday the 16th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday the 17th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Shop early and often. New books are continuously being added to the selection.
Have you heard the term “Citizen Scientist”? A citizen scientist is an ordinary person, just like you, who observes, or measures, or identifies and who sends the information to actual scientists doing research around the world. Become a citizen scientist and help support your community for Earth Day by taking part in our tree-planting program! It’s simple and easy to do!
Children ages 3-8 can pick up a coloring sheet from the Citizen Science displays at the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Libraries and color a beautiful Earth Day scene. Once finished, write your name in the space provided and email a picture of your finished coloring sheet to hello@BlueDotKidsPress.com AND email@example.com by April 26th and One Tree Planted will plant a tree for you! Children ages 9 and up can take a photo of a tree in your neighborhood an upload the picture to the free Tree Snap App. Email your photo to hello@BlueDotKidsPress.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org by April 26th and One Tree Planted will plant a tree for you!
Pick up a book on our Citizen Science displays to read about trees and Earth Day to gain some Citizen Scientist skills! You can also scan the QR codes on the display to learn about more citizen science opportunities.