Happenings at APLD

Hoosier Book Challenge on Beanstack!

 

Join us for our Hoosier Reading Challenge on Beanstack! Now through December 31st, every time you read or listen to a book by an Indiana author you can track it on the Beanstack app to earn chances to win our prize giveaway! There will be four challenges: ages 0-7, ages 8-13, ages 14-18, and ages 19+. There will be one winner per age group.

How to Sign Up

Account Set-Up Instructions

If you already have a Beanstack account from Summer Reading, skip to the Tracking and Challenge Instructions.

1. Download the Beanstack Tracker app from your app store or visit eapld.beanstack.org.

2. If using a desktop computer, skip to step 6, otherwise tap Let’s Go!

3. Choose the School, Library, or Bookstore option

4. Tap on Find a Site

5. Search for Aurora Public Library. Make sure to select the one in Indiana!

6. Click Sign Up and follow the prompts to create your account and add readers.

* You may add more than one reader to the same account. For example, one account may include a parent and two children, two parents and one child, two adults with no children, etc.

*Parents who do not wish to participate in the challenges should register themselves as Nonreaders and add their children as Readers. This will allow the parent to track their children’s reading, but will not give them the option to track their own.

Tracking and Challenge Instructions

1. Once you are registered, the correct challenge will automatically populate based on the participant’s age. Click or tap on the challenge to join it. Once you join a challenge, you will see all the badges as well as instructions on how to earn them. There are two types of badges.

        a. Logging Badges: These are earned by logging your reading. To log, tap on the + Button and select Reading. Choose the correct Reader or multiple Readers if everyone read together. You can search by the book title, scan the ISBN, or enter the information manually.

        b. Challenge Badges: These two badges are earned at the beginning and end of the challenge. You will automatically earn the first badge when you join the challenge and the second one when you earn all the logging badges.

2. Every time you earn a badge, you will automatically be entered into the prize drawing. The Beanstack app will randomly choose a winner from the entries accumulated over the course of the challenge.

*If you have multiple Readers on the account you can switch between Readers by tapping on the circle in the top right-hand corner.

Please see a staff member if you have any questions or need assistance with the app.

Adult Recommendations

       

Find more adult recommendations here.

Teen Recommendations

      

Find more teen recommendations here.

Juvenile Recommendations

       

Find more juvenile recommendations here.

Children’s Recommendations

            

Find more children’s recommendations here.

 

Take It, Make It: October

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!

Join One of Our Book Groups

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 is an evening group that meets at Carnegie Hall in Moores Hill on the first Monday of each month (second Monday, if the first Monday is a holiday). There are also afternoon groups that meet at the Aurora Public Library on the fourth Thursday and at the Dillsboro Public Library on the fourth Friday each month. The Aurora and Dillsboro groups are led by Ron Nicholson of Ivy Tech. All three groups meet monthly in January through October, and the Library provides the books a month in advance. Call the Library at 812-926-0646 to sign up for any of these groups!

Here are some of the upcoming selections for 2020. You can view past selections at: https://eapld.org/programs/.

      For the Moores Hill Group                            For the Aurora and Dillsboro Groups

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell                         The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce                          All Adults Here by Emma Straub

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger                        Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

June Dollar-a-Bag Book Sale

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.

Father’s Day Book Giveaway!

Beginning on Monday, June 14th we will be giving away copies of Time Together: Me and Dad in honor of Father’s Day! Stop by Aurora or Dillsboro to pick up your free copy! We will be giving away one copy per family while supplies last!

Time Together: Me and Dad features snapshots of a father and child enjoying every day moments together. From reading a book to playing outside, these small moments are the ones that create big memories. Don’t miss out on your chance to pick up this heartwarming book!

Summer Programs 2021

We are once again holding in-person programming! Check out the list below for all the fun things we’re doing this summer! To register for any of the programs, call 812-926-0646 or speak to any staff member!

Storytimes with Miss Stephanie

Mondays at 10:30 AM at Aurora Public Library

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM at Dillsboro Public Library

Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM at Aurora Public Library

Registration is required.

Join Miss Stephanie for Storytime and a craft!

 

Tales with Penelope

June 28th at 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Aurora Public Library

Ages 5-12

Registration is required.

Penelope the bull dog loves Summer Reading! Sign up for a 10-minute slot to read her your favorite book.

 

Build-a-Gnome

July 8th at 10:30 AM

Aurora Public Library

Ages 8-12

Registration is required.

Join Mike from Distinctive Knits to build your very own gnome! All supplies will be provided.

 

Outside Fun Day

July 9th from 10:30 to 1:00

Dillsboro Public Library

All ages

No registration required.

Have some fun in the sun with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and water tables!

 

Printmaking with Heather

July 15th at 4:30 PM

Dillsboro Public Library

Ages 8-12

Registration is required.

Join local artist Heather Tackitt in making your own prints! All supplies will be provided.

 

Origami for Teens

July 16th at 2:00 PM

Aurora Public Library

Ages 13-18

Registration is required.

Join Mike from Distinctive Knits as he teaches you how to make an origami star! All supplies will be provided.

 

Beginners Knitting

July 20th & 22nd at 6:00 PM

Aurora Public Library

Ages 18+

Registration is required.

Join Mike from Distinctive Knits as he teaches you how to knit a hat. All supplies will be provided. You must attend both sessions and visit Distinctive Knits at your convenience to complete your project.

 

Silly Safaris Animal Show

July 23rd

Dillsboro Public Library (10:30 AM) & Aurora City Park Pavilion (1:00 PM)

All ages

No registration required.

Meet some cool and kooky real live animals to celebrate the end of Summer Reading 2021!

Rockets & Reading: Virtual Storytelling

Join Jamie & Olivia as they blast off into the stars with this space themed storytelling! They’ll be singing some fun songs, making crafts, and of course, reading some books! Rockets & Reading will be available on our YouTube Channel on June 9th! 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 interstellar books! Click on a cover to place a hold!

         

Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt!

Go on a safari and search for animals in the windows of local businesses for our Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt! Just pick up a recording sheet during our open hours to get started at the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Libraries. There will be a different scavenger hunt in Aurora and in Dillsboro, so make sure to pick up the correct recording sheet at the correct library! Prefer a night safari or an early morning hunt? You can start your scavenger hunt at any time of day on or after June 1st.

Images of animals will be posted in the windows of several local businesses for you to find along with a QR code that links you to books about the animal you found! Once finished, return the completed recording sheet back to the library to get the password into Beanstack to get your badge! Not using Beanstack? You can receive a sticker for your hard work once your recording sheet is turned in. Please hunt safely and responsibly!

Ready to get hunting? The scavenger hunt kicks off on June 1st and ends July 24th.

The Aurora Public Library District would like to thank participating local businesses for their support and cooperation for our scavenger hunt!

Spice Up Your Life with Chile Peppers!

You’ve seen our Take It, Make It activities for children, but have you checked out our take home activity for adults? Every other month we have Spice Up Your Life packets available at both Aurora and Dillsboro. June’s packet includes three different kinds of chile pepper spices, recipes, and the history of the different spices! Once you pick up the packet, check out our online resource AtoZ Food America for more information about the spices and for more recipes to try! All you need is your library card number to sign into the website.

If you try one of the featured recipes, send a photo of your completed cuisine to stephanie@eapld.org, and we’ll show your creation on one of the library’s social media pages.