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Library Card Sign-Up Month

Do you have a library card with APLD yet? No? Well, why not! September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so there’s no better time than the present! A library card with the Aurora Public Library District gives you access to books, audiobooks, movies, eBooks, and so much more! Stop by our Aurora or Dillsboro branch to sign up for a library card today!


Who Can Get a Card With Us?

Library cards are free to anyone who meets any of the following criteria:

  1. Anyone who resides in, or owns property in our district. This includes Caesar Creek, Center, Clay, Hogan, Manchester, Sparta, and Washington Townships in Dearborn County, Indiana.
  2. A member of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.
  3. A member of a home library that participates in the Indiana State Reciprocal Program.
  4. An Ivy Tech student presenting their current student ID.
  5. PLAC cards can be purchased for a fee by anyone living in Indiana who holds a library card from their home library.
  6. Don’t meet these criteria?  Don’t worry. You can purchase a paid membership with the Library for an annual fee.  APLD membership cards in 2020 cost $55.00 and are good for a calendar year.

How Do I Get a Card?

Getting a card is easy! Here’s how:

  1. Meet one of the criteria for membership listed above.
  2. Provide photo ID and proof of your current address. This can be any piece of mail, utility bill, lease agreement, or another official document which states your address and postmarked date. If your photo ID has your current address, that is all you need.
  3. Come see us at Aurora or Dillsboro with this information and fill out a membership form.*

*Patrons under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian with them to sign their Library agreement for a full juvenile membership.  The patron must be able to print their name. The parent or guardian is responsible for materials checked out on this juvenile card.


What Can I Access With My Card?

Physical Materials

Your library card allows you to check out 10 books from each section of the library. That means you can check out 10 Adult Fiction, 10 Juvenile Fiction, 10 Easy Books, etc! That’s a lot of reading materials! We also have a collection of both adult and juvenile audiobooks if you’d rather listen. If you’re more into movies, we have an extensive collection of DVDs (about 4000!). Our selections include movies, TV series, documentaries, and foreign films. Our Dillsboro DVDs contain a number of unique titles! Your library card allows you to check out two DVDs at a time.

E-Materials

Your library card gives you access to over 60,000 eBooks, 8,000 eAudiobooks, 1,000 videos, and 1,000 magazines through the Indiana Digital Download Center. All you need is your library card number and a pin number on your account. Ask a staff member about adding a pin to your account. You can read and listen through the OverDrive or Libby app on your phone and other devices.

Online Resources

APLD has many online resources available for our patrons, including databases like A to Z World Travel, Consumer Reports, and Small Engine Repair; educational resources like AR Bookfinder and Tutor.com; reading resources like Novelist and eSequels; and online encyclopedias. These are all available on any computer with just your library card and pin number. We also have genealogy resources such as Ancestry and Heritage Quest. Due to licensing restrictions, access to Ancestry.com is only available from Library owned computers. You can find a complete list of our online resources here.

Local History Library

Do you need assistance with genealogy? Are you looking for a marriage certificate or obituary? Or are you just curious about the history of Aurora and the surrounding towns? Come see our staff members at the Local History Library at the Depot. The Local History Library gives you access to local newspapers on microfilm, yearbooks, cemetery records, Sanborn maps, Robinson’s City Directories, periodicals, and telephone directories.

Technology

APLD has public computers at both Aurora and Dillsboro branches for patron use. We do not currently offer wireless printing, but printing is available from our public computers. Prints are $.10 per page for black and white and $.50 per page for color.

Both branches have a portable scanner that can be used with our public computers.

Both branches have a public copy machine that costs $.10 per copy.

Services

Book Sale: We have an ongoing book sale in the basement of our Dillsboro branch! Come check it out!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): ILL is a service that allows patrons of APLD to borrow books, DVDs, audiobooks, and music that are owned by another library system. To make an ILL request you must be a patron in good standing and have all the pertinent information on the material you are requesting. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form here or ask any staff member to place a request for you.

Teacher’s Box of Books: Patrons with a teacher’s library card can request a box of books for their classroom! Just fill out the Teacher’s Box of Books form here and our Children’s Librarian will pick out fun books for your classroom!

Traveling Book Sets: Do you lead a library book discussion? Are you a teacher who needs a book for your entire class? Or maybe you’re just a regular person who hosts an informal gathering of friends each month to discuss the same book. If this describes you, then APLD can help! The Library District can supply your Reading Club, Class, or Group with multiple copies of the same title through our Traveling Book Sets Program. Just fill out the Traveling Book Set form here. The Library staff will send the books to local schools or public libraries. Individuals can pick up the books at either the Aurora or Dillsboro Library. See the list of available titles here.


Still have questions about getting a card? Check out our FAQ page, send us an email, or give us a call at 812-926-0646 (Aurora) or 812-954-4151 (Dillsboro).

 

 

Take It, Make It: Bubble Cup

Beginning July 20, 2020, our fourth Take It, Make It activity will be 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!

This week’s activity is a bubble cup! Follow these instructions to make your cup!

  1. Insert the straw into the pre-punched hole in the cup.
  2. Have a grown-up put some liquid dishwashing soap on the felt on the top of the cup.
  3. Have the grown-up put a little bit of water on the felt on the top of the cup.
  4. Blow into the straw.
  5. Be amazed by the bubbles on the top of the cup!

If you want your bubble fun to be featured on our social media, send a picture to Ms. Stephanie at stephanie@eapld.org. Make sure to include if we have permission to share your picture and name on our socials. Pictures must be submitted by August 1, 2020.

You can download and print the entire summer schedule here, or you can pick one up at either branch.

Take It, Make It: Salt Dough

Beginning July 6, 2020, the third Take It, Make It activity will be 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!

This week’s activity is salt dough! Stop by either branch to pick up your bag of dough to take home! Follow these instructions to create a sculpture!

  1. If you wish, use food coloring to create different colored dough, or you can paint your sculpture once it is complete.
  2. Find a clean surface to work with your dough.
  3. Create your sculpture! Use cookie cutters, roll it out and make a rainbow, create an animal- let your imagination run wild!
  4. Once your sculpture is complete you can leave it to air dry (this will take up to a week), or have an adult dry your sculpture in the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the adult should tap the sculpture to make sure it doesn’t “yield” to touch. If it yields, it should be cooked longer.

If you want your creation to be featured on our social media, send a picture to Ms. Stephanie at stephanie@eapld.org. Make sure to include if we have permission to share your picture and name on our socials. Pictures must be submitted by July 18, 2020.

You can download and print the entire summer schedule here, or you can pick one up at either branch.

Don’t forget! There’s still time to get started on your summer reading log! If our patrons collectively read 1,500 books, one lucky patron gets to throw a pie in Ms. Stephanie’s face! You can find more information on reading logs and the pie contest here.

Virtual Activity: Mason Jar Experiments

It’s time for Sizzlin’ Summer Virtual Activity #3! Virtual Activities are challenges for you to complete at home with whatever you have around your house! We’ll be giving you activities all summer long, so make sure to check back on our website every week for a new challenge!

Break out your lab coat because we’ve pulled together some science experiments just for you! All these projects can be done with items around your house! Once you complete your experiments, take a picture of your results and send them to stephanie@eapld.org. Be sure to include the child’s name and if we have permission to post the picture on our socials.

You can download and print the entire summer schedule here.

Don’t forget about your reading logs! If our patrons collectively read 1,500 books, one lucky patron gets to throw a pie in Ms. Stephanie’s face! You can find more information on reading logs and the pie contest here.

Let’s do some experiments!

How Do Seeds Sprout?

Supplies: Zip-Lock Bag*, Paper Towel, Seed**, Water

Directions: 

  1. Put some water on the paper towel (make it damp, but not soaking wet). Fold the paper towel and put it in the bag.
  2. Put the seed in the bag so you can see it.
  3. Seal the bag. Put it in a sunny place like a window ledge or taped to a window or door that gets a lot of sunlight.
  4. Wait for a few days.

 

What happened to the seed? Write about what you see or draw a picture of what has happened to the seed.

*A jar or a clear cup can be used in place of the zip-lock bag. You will need to add soil to the cup. Place the seed in the cup along the outside edge so that it can be seen.

**You can stop in the library to pick up a seed if you need one.

Science Behind the Experiment

Will Water and Oil Mix?

Supplies: Jar with a Lid, Food Coloring, Oil, One Egg

Directions:

  1. Fill the jar half full with water.
  2. Put a few drops of food coloring in the jar.
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with oil.
  4. Close the lid tightly and shake the jar.
  5. Set the jar down and watch what happens. Write down your results.
  6. Open the lid, and crack open an egg in the jar.
  7. Close the lid tightly and shake the jar.
  8. Set the jar down and watch what happens. Write down or draw your results.

Are the results the same or different from from the first time that you shook the jar? Why do you think that happened?

Science Behind the Experiment

How Do Trees Breathe?

Supplies: Freshly Picked Leaves From Plants or Trees, Clear Jars or Cups, Water

Directions:

  1. Fill the jars or cups with water.
  2. Put the leaves in the jars or cups. Put some leaves face up and some face down.
  3. Put the jars in sunlight.
  4. Wait several hours.

Look at the surface of the leaves. What do you notice? Write about it or draw a picture.

Science Behind the Experiment

How Do We See?

Supplies: Jar or Clear Cup, Water, Colored Markers, Paper

Directions:

  1. Fill the jar or cup with water.
  2. Use the markers to draw a horizontal row of colors in a rainbow on your paper.
  3. Place the paper behind the jar or cup. Move your head around the jar until you can get the rainbow to flip. That means the purple line will be on the left instead of the right.

Science Behind the Experiment

Capillary Action

Supplies: Paper Towels, 6 Jars or Clear Cups, Food Coloring

Directions:

  1. Fill 3 jars full of water. Put red food coloring in the first jar, blue in the second, and yellow in the third.
  2. Put all six jars in a circle. Put one empty jar in between each full jar.
  3. Drape a paper towel between each empty jar and the full jar next to it. Make sure the paper towel is touching the water. Each jar should have two paper towels in it.
  4. Wait 24 hours.

What happened in each of the jars? Write down your observations or draw a picture.

Science Behind the Experiment

Want more experiments? We have a book for that!

                              

 

Take It, Make It: Chalk

Beginning June 22, 2020, the second Take It, Make It activity will be 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!

This week’s activity is sidewalk chalk! Stop by either branch to pick up your chalk to take home. Please ask an adult where the best place is to use your chalk. Use your imagination and create a picture! If you want your creation to be featured on our social media, send a picture to Ms. Stephanie at stephanie@eapld.org. Make sure to include if we have permission to share your picture and name on our socials. Pictures must be submitted by July 11, 2020.

You can download and print the entire summer schedule here, or you can pick one up at either branch.

Haven’t started on your summer reading log yet? That’s okay! There’s still time!  If our patrons collectively read 1,500 books, one lucky patron gets to throw a pie in Ms. Stephanie’s face! You can find more information on reading logs and the pie contest here.

 

Library Programs Canceled

Aurora Public Library District Response to Coronavirus

In addition to canceling our public programs in March, the Library District is following all Department of Health guidelines and is maintaining rigorous cleaning procedures at all our buildings. If you have Library items checked out and cannot return them, please call 812-926-0646 to renew the items. In addition, if you or a family member has been ill, please notify us when you return your items, so we can clean them.

Love Your Library and Love Your Community

February is National Library Lovers Month, and we’re asking you to show your love by donating cans of food to the Aurora Public Library District. For each item you bring in, we’ll reduce any outstanding fines on your library account by $1.00. Then, we’ll spread the love by donating the food to a local food pantry. Food items must not be expired, and cans must be undented and have a label.

As most of you know, outstanding fines or fees in excess of $5.00 prevent you from checking out Library materials. That makes us sad, so this is a great way to clear some of those pesky fines and to get back the ability to make full use of the Library’s wonderful resources. Fines for late, lost, or damaged items can be reduced through this program. Fees for printing, earbuds, Inter-Library Loans, PLAC cards, or non-resident cards cannot be reduced by bringing in food items.

Please pass the word to anyone you know who may have outstanding fines, so they can start using the library again!

We will be accepting donations through Saturday, February 29th.

2020 Hours of Service

In order to better serve the community, some of our operating hours will change, beginning on January 2, 2020. The changes are shown in red.

The Aurora Public Library

Monday 10 am – 6 pm

Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm

Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday 10 am – 8 pm

Friday 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

The Dillsboro Public Library

Monday 10 am – 6 pm

Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm

Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday 10 am – 6 pm

Friday 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

 

The Local History Library
@ the Depot

Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm

Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday 10 am – 6 pm

1st & 3rd Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

(closed each day 12:30-1 pm)

 

 

Notice Any Changes?

In the last few weeks,  changes have been made to the Aurora Branch’s collection. For quite some time, we’ve had issues with crowded shelves. This creates issues  when you search for your next great read. No one wants  to grab one book from the shelf, only for two or three to come out with it. Now, you don’t have to worry about the crowded shelves! We’ve rearranged many areas in the library to make it more user-friendly for everyone. Most of the changes have taken effect on the upper level.

Instead of now beginning our upstairs nonfiction collection at 590, we now begin our upstairs nonfiction at 600, located in the main room where our biography collection was housed near the top of the stairs. The nonfiction on the upper level wraps around the shelves until reaching the “New Book” area and then continues into the West Wing until it ends. This change was to simplify the nonfiction collection.

Teens have been moved to a whole new area. They are no longer in the East Wing near the elevator. They’ve been moved to the West Wing behind the magazine section. This is to give teens a more  private area. We have more changes in store for the teen area that will hopefully be taking effect in the coming months.

The adult fiction collection has grown. There will be more space on the shelves for new books and the shelves will be less crowded. (James Patterson, we’re looking at you!)

Basically, all these changes create more space on the shelves for more books, reduce overcrowded areas, and make the collection more user-friendly. While it will take some time getting used to the new locations of your favorite authors, eventually, it’ll be as if they’ve been there this whole time!

If you are having trouble locating an item, please seek assistance at the desk!

 

Stuck Between the Pages Final Meeting

The YA Book Discussion Group: Stuck Between the Pages will have it’s final meeting on November 12, 2019 at 6pm. We will be discussing the book: Pay it Forward by: Catherine Ryan Hyde and its movie adaptation that we will be watching on November 5, 2019 at 5:30pm. While we have been happy to see young adults enjoying the book club, we do not have enough interest to continue the book discussion group for next year.

About the Book:

The story of how a boy who believed in the goodness of human nature set out to change the world.

Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better — and to put that plan into action.

The idea that Trevor comes up with is so simple and so naïve that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his “pay it forward” plan seems to founder on a combination of bad luck and the worst of human nature.

In the end, Pay It Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child. In the tradition of the successful and inspirational television show Touched by an Angel, and the phenomenally successful novel and film Forrest GumpPay It Forward is a work of charm, wit, and remarkable inspiration, a story of hope for today and for many tomorrows to come.