Upcoming Events

Christmas Programs for Tweens and Teens

We have Christmas craft programs to offer for all our patrons who are Teens or Tweens (10-12 years old). Advance registration is required for these programs; please call and let us know you’re coming so we have plenty of supplies on hand. The programs will also feature snacks!

The Tween event will be offered at both branches on the following dates:

Dillsboro Public Library: Tuesday, December 5th from 4-6 p.m.

Aurora Public Library: Friday, December 8th from 4-6 p.m.

Our Tweens will be making votive candle holders and will get battery-operated tea lights to use with them. These will be great to have on hand for the holidays and would also make nice gifts!

The Teen craft will be a wine glass candle holder. Peggy and Cathy will be stepping teens through the process of creating these at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, December 7th from 6-8 p.m. Again, please sign up ahead, because we have a limited number of spaces available.


Christmas Books and Cookies

The sprinkles are ready! The new Christmas books are here! All we still need is for you to mark this event on your calendar. We’ll be kicking off the holiday season with the Library District’s annual Christmas Cookies and Books program on Saturday, December 2nd. This program will be available at both branches and is open to all ages, whether you have children or not!

Jingle Bells by Susan Jeffers  One Cozy Christmas by M. Christina Butler

At the Aurora Public Library, Peggy will be reading Christmas stories beginning at 10 a.m. and cookies will be available to decorate until 2 p.m. This is also the first weekend that Main Street Aurora will be offering the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa. Make sure to stop by the Library after you share a meal with the guy in the red suit!

Patty will be hosting at the Dillsboro Public Library with activities available between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Little Santa by Yoko Maruyama


Pumpkin Contest!

Who is your favorite book character? Now is your chance to get creative and turn a pumpkin into your favorite character. Paint it! Dress it! Glue things on it! When your pumpkin looks like a book character, bring it to the Aurora Public Library for our Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Pumpkins will be judged on Thursday, October 12th at 5 p.m., so make sure you get your entry to the Library on time. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. All ages are invited to enter the contest as we celebrate some of our favorite books. If you need inspiration, just look on-line or come in and browse through our books. Lots of schools have done this activity, so there are many examples out there.


We are going to ask participants to leave their pumpkins at the Library until October 20th so all our patrons can enjoy them. At that time, you may pick up your pumpkin to enjoy at home for the rest of the season.


Fun for Fall Break

The Aurora Public Library District has several events planned for Fall Break, the week of October 9-14. First, you should know that you are always welcome to bring your children ages 3-6 to the Storytime programs during school holidays. Especially at the Wednesday Storytimes at the Aurora Public Library, we will have fewer kids than normal, so we’ll be able to handle some drop-ins. The Dillsboro Storytime is on Tuesday, October 10th  at 10:30 a.m. and the Aurora Storytimes will be on October 11th at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The theme for the week will be “A Walk in the Woods”.

The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken BrownFor older, school-age children, the Dillsboro Library will be hosting “Pumpkins and Punch” on Tuesday, October 10th, from 2-4 p.m. This drop-in program will include stories, a pumpkin craft and a chance to decorate (and eat) pumpkin cookies.


On Thursday, October 12th, there will be a Family Fall Fun Day at the Aurora Public Library from 1-5 p.m. This is also designed as a drop-by event, but this event is open to all ages. We’ll have craft stations, food, stories, and more! The event will end at 5 p.m. with the judging of our Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

We are not decorating the pumpkins at the program, but drop your decorated pumpkin by the Library anytime before 5 p.m. to enter. We are asking for pumpkins to be decorated like book characters! Any age can enter the contest. We will be keeping the pumpkins on display until Friday the 20th of October. There will be prizes awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place pumpkins.


Storytime is Coming to the Library!

I’ve missed all my young friends and will be happy to see them again when the Library District kicks off the Fall session of Storytime! There has been a change in the time for two of our Storytime programs. The Dillsboro Storytime will still take place on Tuesdays, but will now begin at 10:30 AM. The Aurora Storytimes will be on Wednesdays with sessions at 10:30 AM or 1 PM. Each week’s program will be filled with stories, poems, songs, and a craft or activity. This program is for ages 3-6 and we do ask that you register your child in advance, so I know approximately how many crafts to prepare.

Storytimes are a great chance for your child to get comfortable listening to stories in a group and to interact with other kids. I plan the programs using the principles of the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read Program which emphasizes the following activities: Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing. These programs also provide a time for you to connect with other parents of young children.

We’ll be getting started on September 5th and 6th with a PIG theme!

Piggy and Dad Go Fishing by David Martin

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert

Other September themes will include books by Lois Ehlert, Boats, and Apples. Storytimes will run through the middle of December.

Toy Boat by Randall de Seve   The apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

You can register your child for Storytime at any circulation desk, by calling us at 812-926-0646, or online at https://eapld.org/programs/

See you in September!

Build a Better World with Bi-Okoto!

Calling all teens! Join us at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, July 6 at 6 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind teen program with Bi-Okoto!

Bi-Okoto is a professional African drum and dance ensemble, and the only one of its kind in the tri-state area. They will be here to teach a music workshop to teens, those who are ages 13-18.

No registration is required for this program! You don’t want to miss it!

Adult Paint Party!

You’re invited to an Adult Paint Party! On Friday, July 21, the Aurora Public Library will host an adult program at 2 p.m., presented by Marge Beinkemper!

Marge Beinkemper is a member of the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild. She will walk through this painting step-by-step to turn your blank canvas into a Riverscape. You’ll want to display your painting where everyone can see, so make sure you register early! There are only fifteen spots for the program, so call or stop by the Library today to secure your place!

The Paint Party will take place during the last full week of the Summer Reading Program, when we’ll be Building a Better World through Words!

Build a Better World through Drama with Kentucky Shakespeare!

We’re Building a Better World through Drama with Kentucky Shakespeare! The company will be coming to the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday, July 12 in lieu of Construction Zone time.

Kentucky Shakespeare is a professional and non-profit organization that has brought Shakespeare’s works to life through interactive adaptations in the tri-state area for decades. The company uses audience participation in their productions, which means that you could be chosen for a part!

Kentucky Shakespeare will be performing an adaptation of A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Aurora Public Library. This event is free for the public and no registration is required.

If you would like to brush up on the play to prepare, you can check out a copy from the Library today!

The 2017 Indiana State Fair is Almost Here!

This year, the Indiana State Fair will take place during August 4 through 20 and the theme is “The Wonderful World of Food,” and if that doesn’t catch your attention, I don’t know what will. Each day, for the endurance of the fair, will celebrate specific foods important to the state of Indiana, like Deep Fried Food on August 4, Cheese on August 11, and Honey on August 20. The fair will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on over 250 acres with 20 venues, where the fair has been held every year since 1892.

There are plenty of promotional days and deals, like “$2 Tuesday” on August 15, where admission is only $2, “AAA Day,” where AAA cardholders receive free admission on August 17, and more! There will be games, rides, and, of course, food for all ages along the Midway and plenty of parking options.

Performances will include Blue October on August 11, Danny Gokey on August 13, Dashboard Confessional with The All-American Rejects on August 16, and much more! There will be a Cheerleading Competition, “Monster Truck Madness,” and a Demolition Derby, not to mention all of the exhibits and activities planned, like Go-Karts, Hendrick’s Racing Pigs, Purdue University Interactive Exhibits, livestock, and Watermelon Seed Spitting, just to name a few.

There is something for everyone at the Indiana State Fair! You can pick up a free brochure from the Aurora Public Library or Dillsboro Public Library today for a day-by-day information guide, sponsor information, and parking and ticket information. The brochure also includes a map of the grounds that you can use.

You can purchase tickets and parking at the gates or online, but if you purchase online, it is a few dollars cheaper. The fair will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information on ticket prices and hours, pick up a brochure from the Aurora or Dillsboro branch today. By the way, be sure to like us on Facebook; there might be a surprise contest or two that you might be interested in winning between now and the end of the Summer Reading Program. (And you don’t want to miss the surprise!)


Build a Better World through Music with Tom Sieling!

We’re Building a Better World through Music with Tom Sieling! Tom will be at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, June 27 during Construction Zone at 2 p.m.

Tom Sieling, widely acclaimed singer and songwriter from Newfield, New York, will perform a free family/children’s program called “Take a Tromp Through the Swamp!” This show consists of the most fun, humorous, and participatory kids’ songs Tom knows, along with cool facts about area animals and pictures of them and the homes they build.

Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a drum machine, and all songs include parts for the whole family, which means that the audience gets to participate, too!

All ages are invited and registration is not required for this event.