The Aurora Public Library District received exciting news recently—we have been selected to host a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street exhibit at our Dillsboro Branch location. The exhibit will be open for viewing whenever the Dillsboro Library is open, between September 7, 2019 and October 20, 2019. It is particularly exciting to us, as we are one of only six locations in the state of Indiana to be hosting the exhibit and the only public library among the six.
The mission of Museum on Main Street is to provide access to the Smithsonian for small-town America. This exhibit, entitled Crossroads: Change in Rural America, will include interactive displays exploring the themes of community, identity, land use, and managing change. The Library District will be adding local content and will be hosting programs of local interest during the six-week period. There will be lots of work to do before we will be ready for the exhibit, but we will share the progress over the next several months. As the time grows nearer, we will also share more information about the exciting programs that will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit.
There’s a new movie release of The Grinch this month, but I can’t help it if I still love the original version, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This 1966 animated TV film was the first adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ book of the same name, and starred Boris Karloff as both the narrator and the wonderfully wicked voice of the Grinch.
The Grinch has certainly become an icon of Christmas since the book was released in 1957, despite the character’s hatred of the season. We know that the Grinch, annoyed by the noisy Christmas festivities that take place in Whoville, decides to devise a wicked scheme to steal the Who’s presents, trees, and food for their Christmas feast. When the Grinch hears the residents of Whoville singing a joyous song, rather than lamenting over the loss of their Christmas goodies, he realizes that “maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Who can resist watching the original version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas just one more time, enjoying Grinch treats, playing games and making a Grinch ornament to take home? Tweens and Teens (ages 11-18) are invited to spend an evening at the Aurora Branch Library, on Thursday, December 13, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, for A Not-So-Merry GRINCHmas, to celebrate all things Grinch-y.
Register now by calling 812-926-0646 to save your spot in Aurora Branch Library’s own Whoville.
All Aboard the Polar Express!
The Local History Library @ The Depot invites you to a celebration of the book, “The Polar Express” written by Chris Van Allsburg.
Parents and children alike can enjoy the movie presentation of this classic on Saturday, December 8, at 1:00 PM while enjoying Polar Express treats and crafts. The event is free of charge and all are welcome. Who knows…..perhaps we will have a special visitor from the North Pole! Pajamas are perfect for this adventure but are not necessary! The doors will open at 12:30 PM. To ensure seating, please come early.
We’ve got the Christmas spirit here at the library and we are ready to Celebrate the Season! Join us at Aurora or Dillsboro to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, December 1, from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, to make ornaments, listen to stories and enjoy refreshments. There will be plenty of holiday cheer to get you in the mood. No reservations are necessary—just bring your holiday spirit!
Aurora Public Library District is kicking off the holidays in late November with a fun make it-take it workshop at the Dillsboro Branch. Join us on Tuesday, November 27, from 4 pm – 6 pm for an afternoon of fun as we make a decorated gift jar of Christmas-themed soy wax melts. We’ll make mini wax melts in fun shapes and wonderful scents. While they are setting up, we will decorate a jar to hold the melts and make a gift tag. You’ll have one adorable gift checked off your gift-giving list by the end of the workshop! Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling the Dillsboro Branch Library at 812-954-4151.
Glenn Cunningham will be visiting the Local History Library @ The Depot on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Many have requested another visit from Glenn and the Library has listened. Glenn visited The Depot as a guest speaker with his collection of Indian artifacts two years ago.
Glenn is a retired Navy veteran whose hobby is the history of local Indian tribes, Indian mounds and their relics. He will share his vast knowledge with you along with part of his very own collection of relics. If you wish to bring your own, he will try to identify them for you. Take a moment to locate your calendar and mark the date. On the 23rd, grab a friend and come spend the evening with us @ The Depot.
The Aurora Farmers Fair is fast approaching! Yay! Fair food! This is just a reminder that the Aurora Public Library and the Local History Library @ the Depot will be operating under different hours during the fair.
The Dillsboro Public Library’s hours of operation will remain the same. The entire Aurora Public Library District will also be closed on Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day, so make sure you plan accordingly. If you have any questions, stop in or give one of the branches a call!
Folk musician Spook Handy will be returning to the Library District for a performance at the Aurora Public Library on September 13, 2018. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is free for everyone in the community. The performance will focus on the use of music to build and nurture community and will highlight the songs of Pete Seeger.
Spook Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 – 2013 learning firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Even more, he learned who Pete Seeger was and what he stood for. Spook is now traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and soon Europe with his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, keeping alive Pete’s tradition by sharing a few songs by Woody Guthrie (Pete’s most notable mentor), plenty of songs by Pete Seeger and a healthy handful of new songs Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.
Spook’s 2016 album, “Pete Woody & Me – Keep the Flame Alive,” held the No. 3 position on the International Folk Radio Charts for two months with his original songs reaching as high as No. 2. Recorded with his backup band “The Seed Planters,” the CD is more than just a tribute to Pete. It is a work that, as John Weingart of WPRB Radio says, “certainly rests on the shoulders of the past but is unmistakably steeped in the present.”
Spook hopes the concert will demonstrate that the tradition of singing songs with social value is alive and well TODAY!! “While the concert will have a nostalgic quality to it, it will also present a look at the world we live in today and the world we can create for tomorrow.”
Bring your friends and family to enjoy this celebration of how music can change the world!
Story times will be starting in September. The first story time at the Dillsboro Library will be Tuesday, September 4 at 10:30. The first story times at the Aurora Library will be Wednesday, September 5 at 10:30 and 1:00.
NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You will be asked to complete a short form at your first story time. Story times will continue every Tuesday (at Dillsboro) and Wednesday (at Aurora) through December 19.
During the month of September we will cover the topics of water, the five senses, seeds, and the season of fall. We look forward to seeing you at the library for story time.
What an awesome summer! Celebrate by attending the Libraries Rock! Open Houses at the Dillsboro Public Library on Friday, July 20 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Walk around the buildings and view pictures from the Summer Reading Program, crafts, and enjoy some refreshments. The prize drawing will take place at 2 p.m. in both buildings as well as at the Local History Library @ the Depot on Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. We can’t wait to see you there!