Upcoming Events

To the Moon and Back: Rockets and Orbits

Have you ever wondered how NASA gets their equipment into outer space? Getting satellites and humans into orbit and beyond is not an easy feat. It takes Rocket Science!

Teens are invited to join us on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Aurora Public Library.

Dr. Wesley Ryle, a professor of Astronomy at Thomas More University will be presenting a program about the moon.  We will be looking at what it takes to reach orbit around the Earth, leave Earth and go to the Moon. Participants can test their skills using a rocket simulator/game. Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut?

Registration is not required for this free event.

StarLab Is Coming To The Aurora Public Library

Learn about the constellations in the night sky!  

 

The StarLab Dome will be at the Aurora Public Library on Friday, June 7, 2019

Registration is required for this free event.  We have the following times available.

10:30am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm

StarLab

 

The StarLab Dome offers a unique opportunity for children to view the star constellations as if they are viewing the nighttime sky.  We will have a presenter to explain what stars you can look for at home while looking up at the stars.  Children will also learn some history about the constellations.  

Night Constellations

 

The Star Lab is open to children ages 5-12  accompanied by an adult. You can register your child by calling the Aurora Public Library at 812-926-0646. Please be on time, because people cannot be admitted to the StarLab after the program begins.

 

Happy Stargazing!  🙂

The 2019 Summer Reading Program is Here!

Get ready to blast off into A Universe of Stories this summer! The Aurora Public Library District has so much stuff planned for you and your family, from a first person’s living history of life on the Ohio River,weekly Storytimes, StarLab Dome, a tour of the solar system, Daytime Sky Viewing, a Harry Potter Essential Oils class, teen movie nights, cupcake decorating, tween book discussions, and more! Be sure to check the blog, social media, and the newsletter for all of the information about programs.

Stop in anytime on or after May 23 to sign up. Everyone gets a book bag for free, and children eighteen and under will also get a book in their bags to keep. In your bag, you’ll find your summer Tic-Tac-Toe sheet. As you complete three-in-row, you’ll get a prize and also a chance to put your name in for a prize drawing of your choice. On top of that, every time you come into the library, you’ll also get to put your name in for prizes. There will also be door prizes featured at programs this summer, so be sure to come to as many of those as you can!

We can’t wait to see what this summer has in store for everyone! Remember, a some of our programs require advanced registration, so be sure to get your spot early before they’re all gone.

Happy Reading!

The Moon: Craters and Impacts

Have you ever looked at a picture of the Moon and wondered why it has so many craters on it?

 

If you observe the Moon, you will notice that it has more craters than the Earth, which has relatively few.  Have you ever wondered why?

The Earth

If the answers above are yes, please join us for a special “Fun Friday for Families” program on:

 Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10:30 am at the Aurora Public Library.

We will be welcoming Dr. Wesley Ryle, Professor of Astronomy at Thomas More University.  

Dr. Ryle will show us how craters are formed via violent impacts. 

Moon Crater

The program will also include hands-on creations of our own craters.

This is a free event and is open to all agesNo registration is required. 

Hope to see you there!  🙂

 

“With Every Good Wish,” Save the Date!

The Aurora Public Library District Board of Directors and staff would like to cordially invite you to attend a statue dedication ceremony in honor of longtime Director Mary Alice Horton. Please join us at the Aurora Public Library’s lower level entrance on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. for the statue’s unveiling. Executive Director of Main Street Aurora Nancy Turner will be speaking.

Mary Alice was the Director of the Aurora Public Library District for 35 years, from 1982 to 2017. Under her administration, the Library expanded to include the additions of the East and West Wings at the Aurora Public Library, the acquisition and absorption of the Dillsboro Public Library and building, and the purchase of the old train depot to house the Local History Library @ the Depot. She was extremely involved in the community, participating in various community events over the years while promoting the Library. Chances are, if you lived in Aurora or Dillsboro, you knew Mary Alice.

“Mary Alice’s love and passion for the Aurora Library and its patrons and her town are evident throughout our community, and will be for years to come.  It is under her leadership and dream that we have this great library to provide life-long learning for all.” ~Rose T.

 

The statue has been commissioned from the Randolph Rose Collection, which is the same designer of the statues featured near the entrances of both the Aurora and Dillsboro branches. The statue will be installed and uncovered on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend the unveiling ceremony followed by a butterfly release.

You Are Invited

In 2004, the Aurora Public Library District launched its “Talk About Aurora History” series under the late Director Mary Alice Horton.  Talk About Aurora History is a roundtable discussion held at the District’s Local History Library @ The Depot.  For the last fifteen years, Roy Lambert, local history librarian, has been the one who prepares and conducts each talk.  Various topics have been discussed, including churches, doctors, schools, ferries, businesses, wars, caves, and the Underground Railroad.  This is an interesting event for those who are local history buffs and is also helpful to those new to the community searching for details of their new home town.  The 2019 program on May 28 will be a milestone for Mr. Lambert.  On this date, he will present his 100th program.  The Talk About Aurora History series has been extraordinarily successful through the years due to Mr. Lambert’s knowledge of his home town.

You are cordially invited to our 100th celebration of Talk About Aurora History.  The celebration will be Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00 PM.  The Library is relocating this Talk to The Aurora Lions Club Building due to the number of guests expected.  Refreshments will be provided.  Roy’s topic this month will be “Lower Second Street:  The Tim Miller Building Renovation“.  Please come early to ensure a good seat!  Parking is located behind the Lions’ building.  See you there.

Continued success, Roy!

Medicare 101

You may be counting on it, but do you really understand Medicare? What are your benefits? What are Part A vs. Part  B vs. Part C? How much does it cost? The Aurora Public Library District has an opportunity for you to learn more about this important government program!

Chantel Lang will be conducting informational programs for the community at two different times and locations in April. These presentations are not “sales pitches”, but are a chance for you or your family members to learn more about your options, so you can have a better plan for your retirement years. Spread the word to anyone who might be interested, but advance registration is required.

The dates and times for these programs are:Health Care Insurance graphic

Dillsboro Public Library – Saturday April 27th from 11 am – noon

Aurora Public Library – Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm

You can register to attend one of these programs by calling the library at 812-926-0646.

Dads and Donuts

Coffee and Donuts

Join us for a morning of fun at the Aurora Public Library!  Children and adult male caregivers can come to the library on Saturday, May 4th from 10:30 a.m. until noon to enjoy donuts, juice, milk, and coffee. In addition to the donuts, there’ll be time to read books together, play games, and make a simple craft.

What’s even sweeter than a donut? Just hanging out together!  Make plans to join us for some great family time.  

There is no registration required for this free event, and this event is open for children up to age 12.

Donut with sprinkles

We hope to see you there!  🙂

Aurora Night Sky Viewing

Night Sky and Telescope

Did you know that Cincinnati is called “The Birthplace of Astronomy?” Cincinnati’s Observatory is home to the oldest working telescope still in public use today.  On Thursday April 11, 2019 the Cincinnati Observatory will be bringing telescopes to the library to view the night sky. The community is invited to stop by the Aurora Public Library between 8:30 -9:30 pm.  

Telescope

This is a free event and is open to everyone.  There is no registration required to attend. Viewers may come and go as they wish.  This will be an outside event.  If there is rain or if the sky is cloudy there will be an indoor program provided by the Cincinnati Observatory.  We hope to see you there!

 

Happy Stargazing 🙂

Crafting Is For The Birds

Crafting Is For The Birds

With spring just around the corner, the birds will be returning to southeast Indiana.  The adult April craft will offer an opportunity to make a bird feeder out of a teacup and saucer.  We will be adding a Macrame rope to hang the tea cup feeder with.  Fill the feeder with bird seed of your choice and hang it outside. The birds will be attracted to your yard.

This event is for adults and teens, and the dates for the crafting program will be :

Tuesday April 23 for Dillsboro Public Library

4-5:30 pm

Thursday April 25 at the Aurora Public Library

6-7:30 pm

Teacup Bird Feeder

Space for the craft program is limited.  Please stop by the desk and register. You may also call 812-926-0646 to register for either of the library locations.  

Happy Crafting 🙂