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


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.


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.

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.