Happenings at APLD

Storms & Stories

Join Jamie & Olivia as they read some of their favorite books about the weather! They’ll be singing some fun songs, doing yoga, making crafts, and teaching the sign for Wind! Storms & Stories will be available on our YouTube Channel on April 14th! Make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss out on any of our other upcoming virtual programs.

Check out these other weather books! Click on a cover to place a hold!

                

                

Become a Citizen Scientist for Earth Day!

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 stephanie@eapld.org 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 stephanie@eapld.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.

 

Spice Up Your Life!

This month we’re offering a “Take Home” activity for adults! Beginning April 1st, you can stop by the Dillsboro Public Library or the Aurora Public Library to pick up your “Spice Up Your Life” information. April’s featured spice is paprika, and you’ll receive a sample of three different types of paprika, along with recipes to try. Then read all about paprika (and check out more recipes) by using our online resource AtoZ Food America. You’ll just need your library card number to sign into the resource.

If you try one of the featured recipes, send a copy to stephanie@eapld.org, and we’ll show your creation on one of the library’s social media pages. You can also learn much more about the variety of spices in these three books which are available in the library’s print collection.

The Spice & Herb Bible by Ian Hemphill The Flavor of Spices by Fabienne Gambrelle The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

Take It, Make It: April

Beginning on Thursday April 1st, 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! You can also request curbside pick up. Just call 812-926-0646 (Aurora) or 812-954-4151 (Dillsboro) and let us know how many of the activities you need for your family!

Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library anytime in April to pick up these fun flipbooks! The pictures in the flipbooks are all drawn by artist, Steve Harpster! You can find more of his work on his Facebook or Instagram. Color in the pictures and have fun creating different, silly faces by flipping the pages!

If you want your flipbook to be featured on our social media, send a picture to Ms. Stephanie at stephanie@eapld.org. Please be sure to include if we have permission to share your picture and name on our Facebook and Instagram. Pictures must be submitted by April 23, 2021.

Take It, Make It: March

Beginning on Monday, March 1st, we will have a spring inspired 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! You can also request curbside pick up. Just call 812-926-0646 (Aurora) or 812-954-4151 (Dillsboro) and let us know how many of the activities you need for your family!

Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library anytime in March to pick up the supplies to make this cute spring scene! All the pieces are included in your packet, but you will need glue to attach everything, and markers to color in the banner.

If you want your craft to be featured on our social media, send a picture to Ms. Stephanie at stephanie@eapld.org. Please be sure to include if we have permission to share your picture and name on our Facebook page. Pictures must be submitted by March 24, 2021.

Literature & Leprechauns

Join Jamie & Olivia as they read some of their favorite St. Patrick’s Day stories! They’ll be singing some fun songs, doing yoga, making crafts, and teaching the sign for Leprechaun! Literature & Leprechauns will be available on our YouTube Channel on March 10th! Make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss out on any of our other upcoming virtual programs.

Check out these other St. Patrick’s Day Books! Click on a cover to place a hold!

                

            

 

February $1 a Bag Book Sale

 

Stop by the Dillsboro Public Library on Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th for our $1 a Bag Book Sale! We have a large variety of used books available for purchase, including a considerable amount of teen and children’s books!

The sale is located in the basement of the Dillsboro Public Library and is open during regular business hours. We have bags waiting for you to fill!

Have some used books you’d like to donate? You can drop them off at Aurora or Dillsboro, though we ask that large donations be taken directly to Dillsboro.

Virginia Rep Presents Harriet Tubman

The Aurora Public Library District has been missing the opportunity to watch performances by the Virginia Repertory Theatre , since they have been unable to travel during the Covid pandemic. Now you have the opportunity to watch one of their most popular performances from the comfort of your home. Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad will be a perfect activity for you and your family to watch, especially during this month when we celebrated African American History.

To watch Harriet Tubman, just go to https://vimeo.com/477784116. You’ll need to sign in using the Pass Code: D#sp5M 

This link and pass code will be active through the month of June, so watch as many times as you like.

You can also watch the Cast’s question and answer session at: https://va-rep.org/show_harriet_extras.html

harriet Tubman with a lantern

 

Don’t forget to learn about some of the great library books we have on the Underground Railroad, by checking out my previous blog.

 

Love Monsters in the Library??

It’s time to pick up your February Take-It Make-It craft kit. The kits are available at both the Dillsboro and the Aurora Public Library.

We’d love to share your creation on the Library’s social media pages. If you’re willing to share, just send a photo of your completed craft to stephanie@eapld.org and tell her it’s OK to post this picture!

“Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement” Program

Are you a Jazz aficionado, or are you interested in learning more about this uniquely American form of music? Here’s your chance to learn not only about how Jazz evolved, but about the contributions of jazz musicians during the Civil Rights Movement. Join us on Zoom for this virtual program on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 PM.

Galen Abdur-Razzaq is a master flute player who has performed around the U.S. sharing both his love of jazz and his knowledge of how this art form became an integral part of American culture. During the program, Galen will be performing and discussing the contributions of jazz musicians in the struggle for equal rights.

Because this program will be presented using Zoom, it’s necessary for each person to register in advance. A Zoom invitation will be sent to your email a few days prior to the performance. If you are not familiar with Zoom, feel free to call the Library and ask for Peggy. I’ll be happy to talk you through it or even do a practice session for you. You can Zoom from a computer, tablet, or smart-phone.

Spread the word and invite your friends to join also! There’s no limit on audience size. Just call 812-926-0646 to register and provide an email address for the invitation.

 

You can preview some of Galen’s music at: https://flutejuice.net/downloads

Galen Abdur-Razzaq