STEM Open House

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The Aurora Public Library District will be having a STEM Open House for children ages 8-12 years old on Friday July 26, 2019

Join us at the Aurora Public Library from 10:30-12  or at the Dillsboro Public Library from 1:30-3:00 pm

LittleBits Electronic Building kit

 

Scratch Jr. App for iPad

 

What exactly is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Makey Makey

Why is STEM important?

STEM boosts a child’s science literacy, helps improve a child’s critical thinking skills and helps students grasp a better understanding of math and science.  

Ozobots

 

At the STEM Open House children will use: Ozobots, Makey Makey, Scratch Jr on the iPad and build with the Little Bits Electronic Building Sets.  

No registration is required for this free event.  

 

Aliens: Escape From Earth

The Science Tellers will be presenting a show to the public at the Aurora City Park Pavilion on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

Science Teller

The Science Tellers offer an interactive science & storytelling program.  They will be presenting the program

Aliens: Escape From Earth.

Show Description:

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and soon find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, the two kids must risk everything to rescue the aliens and help them… Escape from Earth! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will get to discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy, explosions and so much more! Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It’s totally out of this world!

During this show Children will see chemical reactions, learn about Boyle’s law, how to make a rocket fly using ordinary household items, how to transfer energy and much more.  

This is a free event and there is no registration required.  

For more information about Science Tellers please visit their website.

Steve Harpster To Visit The Aurora Public Library

Professional Author and Illustrator Steve Harpster will be visiting the Aurora Public Library on Friday July 12, 2019 @ 10:30 am.  

Steve Harpster

During this hands-on drawing program, children will learn how to use their imagination to draw wacky dinosaurs.  Children who attend will receive paper and a Harptoons drawing pencil to take home with them after the program.

There is no registration required for this free event.  

Steve Harpster will have some of his drawing books available for purchase after the program.  

For more information about Steve Harpster and his Harptoons please visit his website  or  Youtube channel  

Family Yoga at the Library!

YogaPlease  join us for Yoga at the Library!  The B Inspired Yoga Studio will be bringing a family Yoga program to the Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries on June 28, 2019.  The times for the programs will be:  

10:30 am @ the Dillsboro Public Library

1:00 pm @ the Aurora Public Library

Child Yoga Pose

Yoga has multiple advantages for children and for families.  Some of the benefits found by families who have tried Yoga include:

Yoga helps strengthen family bonds

Yoga helps children in developing a healthy body image

Yoga helps to connect your mind and body

Children Yoga

No registration is required.  This is a free event and open to children and their families.  Just wear comfortable clothing. We hope to see you!

 

For more information about the benefits of Yoga please see the following sites:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/moms/article95590742.html

https://www.tipsonlifeandlove.com/fitness-and-exercise/benefits-yoga-children-families

https://www.appleseedyoga.com/blog/2019/2/21/5-reasons-your-family-will-love-saturday-yoga

https://www.appleseedyoga.com/blog/2017/11/21/the-benefits-of-family-yoga-part-2

Tour The Solar System At the Library!

Have you ever wondered what the distance is between planets?  Or wondered what kind of effects air pressure has? Have you wondered about asteroids, orbits or gravity?  If so, The Cincinnati Museum Center will be at the Aurora Public Library on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 10:30 am and at Dillsboro Public Library the same day at 1:30 pm.  

 

The Museum Center will present slides showing new images of Mercury, Neptune and the solar system.  Children will also have the unique opportunity to touch real meteorites and rocks that are like the ones that can be found on the earth’s moon.  Children will get to build a model of the solar system and use radio-controlled space shuttles to explore what could be beyond planet Earth.

Registration is required for this free event.  You can register your child by calling the Aurora Public Library at 812-926-0646 or the Dillsboro Library at 812-954-4151 

Oversized Nonfiction

At the Aurora branch, there is a special section upstairs for various oversized nonfiction books that many might have overlooked. These books have to be shelved separately from books over similar topics because they don’t fit on our regular shelves, so you’ll find a wide variety of topics included in this small section that encompass the nonfiction library as a whole. These books are so large that you’ll feel like a miniature person holding a giant-sized book from some kind of fairy tale!

The catch: you won’t be able to search the oversized nonfiction shelf from the catalog but instead will have to make an old-fashioned trip to the physical shelf to peruse.

But it’s so easy to lose yourself in the stack because these books are filled with large, glossy pages of photographs and information on all topics, ranging from animals and bugs to history and biographies. Something is bound to peak your interest!

Are you interested in panoramic views and photography? What about songbooks that are big enough that you won’t have to squint while you’re playing or singing? How about books on travel with full color-spreads that let you see every detail of the places you aspire to go? Do you like history and are interested in viewing photographs events like World War II and the September 11 terrorist attacks? What about ancient history? Do you like flipping through ancient timelines and seeing photographs of ancient relics? We have books over these subjects and more in the oversized nonfiction section!

Maybe you enjoy working with your hands and crafting? You’ll find titles about jewelry-making, art, sculpture, decor, style, design, paper-making, and how to make rugs and wall hangings. What about movies and movie trivia? Or sports like baseball, curling, the Olympics, and NASCAR? There’s bound to be something for you!

The next time you visit the Aurora branch, head on upstairs and make your way to the west wing, where we keep the magazines and community center. As you turn right when you come up the stairs, you’ll find the Oversized Nonfiction section to your right, right behind the last magazine shelves. Or just stop by the desk for directions!

Happy Reading!

Color Me Calm: Adult Coloring Program

Have you been feeling more stressed than usual lately? The Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library will be hosting an adult coloring program throughout the month of January to help relieve that stress and promote calmness.

“Color Me Calm” is a coloring program for adults to attend at the Aurora and Dillsboro branches. Coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided at both library locations for adults to come in and color at their own pace. There will be spots designated in the Libraries for “Chatty Color” and “Quiet Color” for guests to color and socialize as they wish.

Coloring as an adult promotes wellness, quietness, and  meditation. Coloring also reduces stress and anxiety. The act of coloring can spark your inner-child, imagination, and creativity. Each branch will hold a coloring contest that will be judged by an outside source. Prizes will be awarded to the winners at the end of the month. Participants are encouraged to leave their finished artwork to be displayed at both branches throughout the month of January.

The Aurora Public Library’s “Color Me Calm” program will be held on Mondays, January 9, 23, and 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Color Me Calm” at Dillsboro Public Library will be held on Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is not required. Come to color and stay as long as you like.

 

One of Indiana’s Oldest Street Festivals

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It’s that time of year again for one of Indiana’s Oldest Street Festivals, the Aurora Farmers Fair! This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.” I know that no one is more excited than I am for fair food, but there is so much more to the Farmers Fair than funnel cakes and rides. (Wait, is there??)

The Aurora Farmers Fair started out as an agriculture show for farmers to show off their produce in 1908. 108 years ago, the Farmers Fair was just a bunch of long tables placed along either side of Second Street, from Bridgeway to Judiciary Streets. Horses, wagons, buggies, and a few automobiles all the way from Kentucky and Ohio, as well as Dearborn and its surrounding counties, swarmed that first fair. And the rest is history.

It wasn’t until 1940 that the first building was purchased to house the exhibits. Concession stands and booths eventually replaced the long tables, and the midway expanded. Stages and shows were added to the agenda and the parade became an annual event. In February of 1959, the Aurora Lions Club assumed full sponsorship and management of the fair. Since then, the Lions Club (and countless others!) have worked tirelessly year after year to make the fair what it is today.

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The Aurora Public Library and Local History Library at the Depot are located on Second Street, which means that we’re right in the middle of all the fair action. In fact, the Aurora Public Library hosts the King and Queen contestants before the contest every year. The best part is, the Libraries remain open during fair week, so you can come early (And get a good parking spot!) to browse our collections before heading out to the midway, which opens on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

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1915 Aurora Public Library Float

The Aurora Public Library will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. during September 28-30. The Local History Library at the Depot will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m during September 28-30 as well. Both branches will be closed on Saturday, October 1 to enjoy the Farmers Fair. The Dillsboro Public Library hours will remain the same. For more information about the Aurora Farmers Fair, please visit the website.