Happenings at APLD

Stuck Between the Pages

The Aurora Public Library is excited to announce a new monthly book discussion group called Stuck Between the Pages for high schoolers within our community. The Stuck Between the Pages group will meet every second Tuesday at the Aurora Public Library at 6 p.m. Anyone interested will need to call one of the branches to register, as well as pick up their books by April 24th. Our first meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 8th at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library.

Our book selection for May is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

We hope to see you there!



Bedtime Storytime

Our always popular Bedtime Storytime will be coming soon! All ages are welcome to attend this event and advance registration is not needed. Just bring the whole family (in pajamas!) and cuddle up for some great stories. There will also be a craft and, of course, milk and cookies. If you’re not there, Peggy will be singing the blues and that is something you don’t want to happen!

The Bedtime Storytime will be held at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, January 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, February 1st from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. See you soon!

Our weekly Storytimes for ages 3-6 will begin the following week on Tuesday, February 6th, at 10:30 AM (Dillsboro) and Wednesday, February 7th, at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (Aurora). Please register your children in advance for these programs.



Recipes for Holiday Book Gift Baskets

Are you struggling to figure out what to get your mailman, your secret Santa, your new neighbor, or that one friend who is more like an acquaintance but insists on exchanging gifts during the holidays who you don’t really know all that well? How about the gift that keeps on giving: BOOKS!

You’re in luck because all during the month of November, the Book Sale at the Dillsboro Public Library is promoting the $1 Per Bag Sale. Fill up as many large paper grocery bags as you want with books and only pay $1! There are picture books, children’s books, young adult books, magazines, paperbacks, adult fiction, cookbooks, travel guides, religious books, large print books, and so much more! Get all of your shopping done in one place!

To add a more personal touch to your selections, put together a unique gift basket for everyone on your list!

For the person who likes to travel from the comfort of their easy chair:

One Northern Italy Travel Guide + +

= A Fun Dinner!


One Switzerland Travel Guide + 

= A Cozy Movie Night!


For the person who loves to cook and bake, or for the person just starting out on their own:

Dessert Cookbook + 

= Baking Day!

Cookbook + Marked Recipe + Ingredients From the Recipe = Dinner on You!


For your loved one who prefers large print:

Thriller Book +  = Night of Suspenseful Reading

Favorite Author +  = Cozy Night of Reading

Browse the Book Sale and see what great gift basket ideas you can come up with! Show us what you made!

Happy Reading!

$1 Bag Sale All November Long!

You’re in luck! The Dillsboro Public Library is having its $1 Bag Book Sale throughout the whole month of November! Fill up as many large paper grocery bags as you want with books and only pay $1 per bag! Stock up on all of your winter reading or peruse the sale for holiday gifts for your family. At the Book Sale, you’ll find adult fiction, paperbacks, nonfiction, cookbooks, children’s fiction, teen fiction, magazines, DVD’s, audiobooks, picture books, and more! But you better hurry to get your pick before everything is gone!

Happy Reading!

Dillsboro’s New Telephone Number

The Aurora Public Library District has adopted a new district-wide telephone system. The Aurora Public Library’s phone number will remain the same (812-926-0646), as well as the phone number at the Local History Library @ the Depot (812-926-4363).

However, the phone number at the Dillsboro Public Library is changing to 812-954-4151. Telephone numbers and hours of operation will always be located on our website under the About tab.

Open Houses!

We’re nearing the end of the Summer Reading Program which means we’re getting closer to drawing your name for the prizes!

All summer long, you’ve been putting your name and telephone number in for the drawing to win the prize of your choice every time you’ve come into one of our branches, whether it’s the $100-worth of books from the New York Times Bestseller List, the family pack with tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo, giftcards to Steak ‘N’ Shake and Greendale cinema, and more, the bicycle, the set of building blocks, or the prize pack with the Cincinnati Red’s tickets, iTunes giftcards, and more.

Join us for the end of the Summer Reading Program Open Houses at all three branches throughout the Aurora Public Library District to hear your name called for a prize! Starting at 1 p.m. you can stroll around the branches and look at pictures from programs and events that took place during the Summer Reading Program while enjoying refreshments or painting rocks for Dearborn County Rocks. At 2 p.m. the prize drawings will begin!

The Dillsboro Public Library’s Open House will take place on Tuesday, July 25 beginning at 1 p.m. The Aurora Public Library’s Open House will take place on Wednesday, July 26 also beginning at 1 p.m. Open House at the Local History Library @ the Depot will take place on Tuesday, July 25 beginning at 1 p.m. as well.

You can come and go as you please or come at 1 and stay the whole time! You do not have to be present if your name is called to claim the prize.

We can’t wait to see you!

Meet the Wump Muckets!

The Wump Mucket Puppets are returning to the Aurora Public Library District for a special performance on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Moores Hill Senior Center at noon! Wump Mucket Puppets is a Cincinnati, Ohio based touring troupe featuring the original songs, skits, and silliness of puppeteer Terrence Burke. Terrence and his zany cast of puppet stars have been entertaining audiences of all ages since 2010. All ages are invited; it will be fun for the whole family! The Senior Center is located at 16610 N. Broadway, Moores Hill, IN 47032.

This lively performance features two new puppet skits that compliment the 2017 theme “Build a Better World”. We are sure that young audience members will be BUZZING about this all Summer. 

Bee Happy – Features puppet star Super Space Princess G’Wizzl visiting The Queen Bee, to learn how bees help us, and how we can help them.  This story will get kids up and dancing to a bee dance!

Coleman’s Green Team – Has Terrence’s furry friend Coleman the Sasquatch sharing simple things that the friendly puppet Witch Willie (and our young audience) can do to “be Green” by not being a litterbug, and take better care of our world.

The show is rounded out with our co-hosts Cyril and Coleman’s silliness, as well as some fun with Unka Unka the caveman planting a flower garden on the puppet stage!

Thank You, Community!

The Aurora Public Library District loves our community! But what, exactly, is a community, besides the familiar buildings, neighborhoods, and surroundings we see or interact with on a regular basis?

My favorite definitions are (from the Merriam-Webster dictionary):

“a unified body of individuals;” “people with common interests living in a particular area.”

Communities band together in times of great crisis and need, as well as in times of happiness and celebration. Those in communities lend a helping hand where it’s needed and work together for the greater good. The Aurora Public Library District’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Building a Better World,” and what better place to start building that world than the community in your own backyard?

The Aurora Public Library District would be lost without our patrons and the wonderful community we have. We are thankful that you have let us be a part of your lives, and we are so happy to be a part of yours! We are also thankful for our wonderful community sponsors, who have donated money and prizes for the Summer Reading Program!

The Aurora Public Library District would like to extend our thanks to:

           Aurora Lions Club                                                     Fraternal Order of Eagles #2022

Baker and Taylor                                                           Friendship State Bank

           Deville Pharmacies                                                           Rullman Hunger Funeral Home

United Community Bank

What better way to celebrate our wonderful community than by attending a Community Celebration at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, June 20 from 1-2:30 p.m. and at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday, June 21 from 1-2:30 p.m?

We can’t wait to see you there!

Build a Better World Through Art Journals

What is an Art Journal?

An art journal is taking an old book and recycling it into a new one. Basically, you’re taking the old book you have and you’re giving it a new cover. An art journal doesn’t just have to be for art, it can be used as a scrap book, a recipe book, a journal, and even a story book. Posted in the picture below is just one example of the covers of Art Journals.

What does this have to do with the Aurora Public Library?

On June 15 and June 29 from 2-5, we are offering a FREE Art Journal program for teens and adults. We will be offering two different types of art journals to choose from.

Is the program just for teens and adults?

The program is strictly for teens and adults, aged 13 and up.

What about materials?

Everything for the program will be provided. All you need to do is bring yourself and any unique items that you wish to place within your art journal.

How do we participate?

In order to create an Art Journal, you’ll need to call or venture into either one of our libraries and register for the program. We only have eight available spaces along with a waiting list.

What do you mean waiting list?

A waiting list is a list of names of people who wish to join the program, but joined after we already had our eight people. If we have a person that doesn’t show then the first person within that list will be called and asked if they are still interested in the program.

How long do we have to register?

Registration will start June 1 and it will end on June 10.

Posted in the picture below is just one of many examples of the inside of an art journal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to call 812-926-0646 and register for a spot today! We can’t wait to see you there!

Below are more examples of art journal covers and pages.