The Aurora Public Library hosts many events each throughout the year.
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.
The Virginia Repertory Theatre will be in Aurora on October 24th and 25th performing Han Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina. Many of the performances are reserved for local school groups, but the 11 am performance on Friday, October 25th is open for anyone in the community. The play will last approximately 50 minutes, so it’s appropriate for younger kids, as well as grown-ups. It would be a wonderful opportunity for homeschool families and retirees.
The performance will be held at the Aurora Lions Club (228 Second Street) and is free for everyone.
The tale of Thumbelina is a story of a young maiden no larger than a person’s thumb. The story’s characters are mostly animals, and include a frog, a bird, a mouse, and a mole. Thumbelina lives inside of a beautiful flower, but is soon stolen away to become the wife of a frog. This play is one of many adaptations of the Thumbelina story. After the performance, you can check out different versions of Thumbelina at the Aurora Public Library.
Do you love creepy stories? Do mysteries make your heart race, especially when mixed with a bit of paranoia? Edgar Allen Poe may be just the author you’ve been looking for! Poe is one of America’s best-loved authors and, of course, is perfect for Halloween.
Join us on Tuesday evening, October 22nd for selected readings from Poe’s short stories and poems. The program will begin at 7 pm at the Aurora Public Library and will be led by Ron Nicholson of Ivy Tech. We’ll also get to hear some about the latest theories of Poe’s mysterious death. After the program, you’ll want to check out our books related to all things Poe, including poetry, short stories and modern retellings.
Deep into that darkness peering,
long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. (from “The Raven”)