The Aurora Public Library hosts many events each throughout the year.
For an early serving of turkey, tune in to hear Jamie and Olivia share their favorite Thanksgiving picture books. They’ll also be sharing some songs and you may even get a chance to dance! Gabbin’ & Gobblin’ is available now! You can find it here! Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you don’t miss out on any of our other upcoming virtual programs.
Our Dillsboro branch will be holding it’s $1-A-Bag Book Sale from November 20th through December 23rd. You’ll find something for everyone on your list – mysteries, thrillers, romance, classics, westerns, travel, crafts, DIY, DVD’s, audio books, CD’s, children’s books, large print, magazines, cookbooks and much, much more.
OR, if your shopping is complete, stop by to pick up something to get you through the cold, dark nights of winter. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book while the snow flies outside your window!
Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Shop early and often. New books are continuously being added to the selection.
Beginning on Monday, November 2, we will have a Thanksgiving Take It, Make It Activity 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!
Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library November 2nd through the 25th to pick up the supplies to make this tremendous turkey! All the paper pieces and the googly eyes will be provided in your packet, but you will need glue to put it all together.
If you want your turkey to be featured on our social media, send a picture to Ms. Stephanie at email@example.com. Please be sure to include if we have permission to share your picture and name on our Facebook page. Pictures must be submitted by November 30, 2020.
The Aurora and Dillsboro libraries are acting as drop off locations for donations for United States troops through We Care. Just bring your donations to either building November 2nd through the 14th and drop them off in our marked tubs! The donations will be collected, packaged, and shipped off to our troops!
We Care is specifically looking for:
Baby Wipes (packs of 100 or less)
Protein Bars (Nature Valley or Cliff)
Rice Krispy Treats
Hard Candy & Gum (Please no Candy Canes)
Powder or Liquid Drink Mixes to be Used in Water Bottles (Kool-Aid, Country Time, Crystal Light, Mio, etc.)
Foil Packs of Tuna
Tuna or Chicken Salad Kits
Small Cans or Bags of Nuts
Trail Mix/ Granola
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.