The Aurora Public Library hosts many events each throughout the year.
The Book Sale in the Dillsboro Public Library Basement will reopen on Tuesday, September 1st. This sale is open whenever the Dillsboro Public Library is open. However, we ask you to please observe the following precautions:
- Access to the Book Sale will be by the library elevator to the basement. The elevator is small, so everyone should ride the elevator separately, unless you are from the same household.
- Please use the hand sanitizer provided and keep your mask on while in the library building.
- Within the book sale area, you must use social distancing. If there are more than 4 people already in the book sale room, just take a seat in the open area or browse the local history room until someone leaves the book sale.
- Select your books for purchase and take them to the circulation desk upstairs to pay.
- Bags are available for your use. Both paper and plastic bags are located on the desk in the book sale room.
- Children under the age of 10 should be accompanied by an adult.
Books will be $1 per bag on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th.
The Library District is also accepting donations of used books again. If you have a large quantity, we ask that you please drop them off at the Dillsboro Public Library.
School’s about to start, so you know what that means! Summer is almost over! But don’t worry, we have one final Sizzlin’ Summer Activity just for you! Beginning July 27, 2020, the final 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!
Get ready for the transition from summer to fall with this week’s activity! Stop by the library to pick up the supplies to make your very own scarecrow! Check out the scarecrow Ms. Stephanie made!
Thanks for spending your summer with us! We had a lot of fun and we hope you did too! We hope to be able to meet safely in the fall for in person programs!
The building known today as the Aurora Recreational Community Center began its history as the Aurora High School. Construction began in 1934 and the first class to graduate was 1935. Through the years as a school this building had two new additions and two major fires.
*Have you ever wondered why the ball fields next to the school were called Taylor’s Fields?
*Who was the last person to graduate from the school?
*Why were there dead spots in the school’s gym?
These and many more answers will be revealed in the new season of the 2020 Talk About Aurora History when the history of the Aurora High School will be the topic of discussion.
Due to an expected larger than normal attendance, the Aurora High School program will be held at the Aurora High School Museum, 232 Main Street in Aurora.
Talk About Aurora History is a roundtable discussion held several times a year at the Local History Library @ The Depot located at 510 Second Street. This very successful program is free, begins at 6:00 and is open to the public. This program has become an interesting event for those who are local history buffs and is also helpful to those new to the community searching for details of Aurora. In addition, it provides humor as the attendees share their own folklore. New topic suggestions are always welcome.
Aurora High School
Tuesday March 24, 2020
Please, come and join us for an educational and entertaining evening.
You’re invited to a FREE public performance of Sweet Chariot, presented by the Virginia Repertory Theatre on Tour. The play will be held at the Aurora City Park Pavilion on Thursday, February 27th at 11:00 AM.
Virginia Rep’s production of Sweet Chariot shares the narratives of the ex-enslaved, as told to WPA writers. These stories were compiled in the‘Slave Narrative Collection’. Over two thousand interviews with former enslaved people were conducted in seventeen states during the years 1936-38. Virginia Rep combines these first-hand accounts of life as an enslaved person and emancipation with enslaved spirituals to recreate a world of longing and hope in Sweet Chariot.
The spirituals not only held religious meaning for African-American enslaved people, they also served as a means of communication, especially along the Underground Railroad. Through spirituals that served as coded messages, enslaved people could issue a warning to others or communicate plans for escape or uprising. The play asks, “Did you make history today?” Enrich your history by experiencing the rich historical narratives and spirituals that tell the stories of African-American enslaved people in Sweet Chariot.
Paper snowflakes are great for home or gift decorations. Join Jessica on December 10th from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Aurora Public Library to learn how to make three-dimensional snowflakes. All materials will be provided, and you’ll come away with a new skill you can put to use right away!
Why not start off your holiday season with a stop by one of our library branches on Saturday, December 7th? Both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library will have Christmas cookies to ice and sprinkle, and Peggy will be sharing some of our newest Christmas picture books. (One book is from a favorite tri-state children’s author.) The stories will be at 10:30 am at the Aurora Branch and at 11:30 am at the Dillsboro Branch. Cookies will be waiting for you between 10:30 am and 1 pm. The towns of Aurora and Dillsboro will have lots of “holiday happenings” that day, so you’ll be able to put cookies and books on your list of fun things to do!
Happy holidays from the staff at the Library!
The Aurora Public Library District and the YA Book Discussion Group: Stuck Between the Pages will be presenting a movie presentation of Pay it Forward (PG13), the movie adaptation of the SBTP November book selection. The movie presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:30pm. There will be refreshments served. You don’t have to be part of the book discussion group to come see this movie!
Seventh grader Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) has every reason to believe that life is harsh and painful. His parents are alcoholics and his father is either absent or abusive. He walks into school every day through a metal detector. Outside his classroom window is an endless expanse of desert. And his mom works two jobs in a city filled with despair, Las Vegas. But then his teacher Eugene (Kevin Spacey) encourages his students to “backflip” the world into something better. He doesn’t expect much — maybe a clean-up of some graffiti. But Trevor decides to do three important favors for people who need them. Then, instead of allowing them to pay it back, he will ask each of them to “pay it forward,” doing three favors for other people, and asking them to do the same. One of Trevor’s favors is to bring his mother Arlene and Eugene together, though it turns out that it’s not just to make them happier. Arlene and Eugene put all of their effort into making sure they don’t get hurt again until they learn that it’s risking hurt that makes us alive.
The movie is PG-13.