Between the Lines Reads “The Family Chao”

Do you LOVE to read? Do you love trying new books and discussing them with friends? Pick up your book for the next Between the Lines Book Club today!

This February, BTL is reading The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang, a a family succession drama staged in a small-town Chinese restaurant.

The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao Restaurant’s delicious Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, happy to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners. But when brash, charismatic, and tyrannical patriarch Leo Chao is found dead―presumed murdered―his sons discover that they’ve drawn the exacting gaze of the entire town.

The ensuing trial brings to light potential motives for all three brothers: Dagou, the restaurant’s reckless head chef; Ming, financially successful but personally tortured; and the youngest, gentle but lost college student James. Brimming with heartbreak, comedy, and suspense, The Family Chao offers a kaleidoscopic, highly entertaining portrait of a Chinese American family grappling with the dark undercurrents of a seemingly pleasant small town.

Follow this fast-paced family legal thriller along with your fellow readers this February.

We have added a new meeting to our schedule to better suit your life! In addition to our February 23rd meeting at 1:00 pm at the Aurora Public Library, we will also be meeting on February 28th at 6:30 pm at the Aurora Public Library! As always, we will be meeting at the Dillsboro Public Library on February 24th at 1:00 pm. Please feel welcome to attend any meeting that you wish, and keep an eye out for some delicious themed treats coming to your meeting this year!

We cannot wait to see you there! You can check out a BTL book at the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Libraries with a library card.

Presidents’ Day Closing

The Aurora Public Library District will be closed on Monday, February 20th, 2023 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Patrons may turn in materials in our book drops in front of the libraries. If patrons would like to renew items, please call the library on or before Saturday, February 18th at 812-926-0646. Patrons may also renew items using their library card number and pin to access their account on our website.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday! If you would like to learn more about our presidents, please take a look at some of our titles about them below.

     

Crafty Creations – A LOVEly Wreath!

Oh, love is in the air… and hanging on your front door, thanks to the Aurora Public Library District!

Crafty Creations, the adult crafting program series at the Aurora Public Library District, is excited to present a workshop on a Heart Wreath to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day! This adult program will be offered at both the Dillsboro and Aurora branches! Aurora’s workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 pm and Dillsboro’s will be held on Thursday, February 9th at 4:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

We would love to see you there! Registration is required. Please call the library at 812-926-0646 or visit the library to reserve your spot today!

February Teen Advisory Board Session

What do YOU want to see at your library? Make your voice heard by attending our monthly Teen Advisory Board meeting this February.

This month, our attendees will brainstorm ideas for programming based off of the asset maps from last month, change the display over to whatever theme you decided on at the previous meeting and decide a display theme for the following month.

Snacks and drinks will be provided as always! Get the details on all our upcoming teen programs coming up while snacking on free food with us.

We will be meeting at the Aurora Public Library on February 2nd at 6:00 pm. Registration is recommended, but not required. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Mean Girls Take Over the Library

Grool! Spend your Valentine’s Day with the Aurora Public Library for a showing of the 2004 cult classic Mean Girls!

Is butter a carb? No need for all-carb diets here. We’ll provide the drinks and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Oh, you’re wondering if it’s free, aren’t you? It’s like I have ESPN or something. Of course it is!

So get in loser, we’re going to watch Mean Girls at the library. It is so fetch. We’ll see you there. And yes, you can sit with us, just don’t forget to wear pink.

Teen Book Club – Fangirl

Do you end up saying “just one more chapter” every night? Or maybe you haven’t read a book in forever. Either way, our new Teen Book Club is perfect for all young adult readers!

This month, we will be reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This coming-of-age story introduces Cath, the quintessential, modern-day fanatic, and her journey through college, growing up, and worst of all, real-life boys who aren’t Simon Snow.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Our next book will be selected by YOU, the reader! Our meeting will be at the Aurora Public Library on February 28th at 4 pm. Everyone ages 13 to 19 is welcome to attend. Registration is recommended but not required.

Books will be available for pickup at the library soon! We hope to see you there.

February Storytimes

Hearts, love, red, and penguins usher in our February Children’s Storytime.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day stories will have your child’s creativity flowing with hearts and the colors red. R-E-D red, we can all spell red, but can we find books where the covers and spines are red or have the word “red” in the title of the book?

What better way to wind up our February Storytime than with those cute little fellows in tuxedo-looking feathers! That’s right: penguins! Look for further details on our upcoming Penguin Pals show on February 25th at the Aurora Public Library. We don’t mean the stuffed ones either! Real live penguins will be stopping by the library, so come to our penguin storytime to get ready to meet these feathered friends!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

Penguin Pals at the Library! *FULL*

**THIS PROGRAM HAS HIT THE LIMIT FOR SIGN-UPS AT BOTH LOCATIONS! READ BELOW TO JOIN THE WAITLIST.**

Penguins are slipping and sliding into the library! Join us with the Cincinnati Zoo to learn more about their African Penguin ambassador.

This program will be held at the Aurora Public Library on February 21st at 5:30 pm and at the Dillsboro Public Library on February 23rd at 5 pm.

Only 50 people can attend each date so registration is required. Please call us at 812-926-0646 or come to the library to be added to the waitlist today! We also will have a station with books about penguins available to checkout. We hope to see you there!

Chapter Chat Reads “Drama”

So you love reading, but have no one to gush about books with… Look no further! The Aurora Public Library has the answer for you: The Chapter Chat Book Club at the Aurora Public Library, meeting every month to talk books with kids just like you.

In January, Chapter Chatters are reading Drama by Raina Telgemeier! This story follows Callie, a theatre fan who wants to put on the best production her middle school has ever seen, but drama on and off-stage creates chaos aplenty.

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department’s stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget.

But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen.

And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

We are meeting in February at the Dillsboro Public Library on February 11th at 10:30 am and at Aurora Public Library on February 15th at 4:00 pm. Snacks, drinks, and fun, themed activities will be provided.

Registration is recommended for everyone ages 9 and up! You can pick up your book at either location. We look forward to seeing you there!

CLOSED for MLK, Jr. Day

The Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries will be closed Monday, January 16th, 2023 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Patrons may turn in materials in our book drops in front of the libraries. If patrons would like to renew items, please call the library on or before Saturday, January 14th at 812-926-0646. Patrons may also renew items using their library card number and pin to access their account on our website.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday! If you would like to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, please take a look at some of our titles about his life below.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Clayborne Carson: 9780446676502: Amazon.com: Books Martin Luther King, Jr. | SpringerLink Why We Can't Wait eBook by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - EPUB | Rakuten Kobo United States King In The Wilderness (2018) - IMDb I Have a Dream (Book & CD): King Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Nelson, Kadir: 9780375858871: Amazon.com: Books