It’s Getting UGLY!

ugly sweater party at the aurora library

It’s about to get UGLY at the library! Break out your sweaters because we’re hosting an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party at the Aurora Public Library on December 15th at 4 pm. Whoever has the ugliest sweater will win an Amazon gift card!

No sweater? No problem! Anyone 13-19 is welcome with or without a sweater.

Free snacks and drinks will be provided! We hope to see you there!

Newspapers Are Now Digitized!

newspapers digitizedBIG NEWS from our Local History Library @ The Depot… Literally!
All of our microfilm newsreels are now DIGITAL! You can now look through 184 years of local history as it was written in the news all those years ago. We now have digital access to the following titles:
  • Indiana Signal
  • Dearborn Democrat
  • Democratic Register
  • Indiana Whig
  • Western Republican
  • Independent Banner
  • Western Commercial
  • Aurora Standard
  • Aurora News
  • Aurora Commerical
  • Peoples Advocate
  • Saturday Bulletin
  • Dearborn Independent
  • Saturday News
  • Aurora Spectator
  • Aurora Bulletin
  • Aurora Journal
  • Aurora Journal-Bulletin
  • The Lawrenceburg Press
  • The Journal Press
  • The Dearborn County Register
See something you want to keep while scrolling through history? You can use the clipping feature to save an article or picture.
This entire service is completely free to all Aurora Public Library District patrons! For the first three years of this service, patrons can only access newsreels on our database in a library building when connected to the library’s wifi, but after the copyright embargo is lifted, all newsreels we have scanned will be available on any internet-capable device anywhere in the world! If you already have a paid subscription, you can access them right now anywhere for free! The Aurora Public Library District would like to thank for their assistance in this project and their generosity in helping to make this service free to our patrons.
Check out the site today on any internet-capable device in the Dillsboro, Aurora, or Local History Library in the Old Train Depot! Visit to get started.
Looking for local history outside the news? The Local History Library @ The Depot is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 pm-8 pm and Wednesdays 2 pm-6 pm. Come see us on the third Saturday of each month 10 am-3 pm too.

Meet Santa’s Reindeer!

“What to my wondering eyes did appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer with a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment he must be Saint Nick.”

Have you ever seen Santa’s reindeer up close? Well, now is your chance! Santa’s reindeer are making their way to Aurora, Indiana this year for a test run of the sleigh and will be meeting kids just like you at the Aurora Lions Club on December 4th and 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Take pictures, pet and feed the reindeer, and maybe get a glimpse of Santa yourself! So be on your best behavior, because you don’t want to be put on the naughty list right before Christmas!

This event is proudly sponsored by the Aurora Public Library District. Check out these books today to get ready to meet the reindeer!


History in Your Own Backyard in Aurora

History in Your Own Backyard, a project created by Cincinnati native Satolli Glassmeyer to document and showcase historic locations across the Midwest, recently made a stop in Aurora to show off all our historic treasures in Aurora! The Aurora Public Library District is a proud sponsor of this installment of the History in Your Own Backyard video series.

Watch Aurora’s video below to learn about 17 different things you may have never known about Aurora.

Have any questions or would like to suggest another idea for HIYOB’s project? You can email Satolli at or call 812-623-5727.

Hillforest Book Lovers Tea

A relaxing springtime afternoon, spent listening to the written word and enjoying an extravagant three-course teatime in one of Indiana’s most beautiful historic mansions…

If this sounds like your ideal afternoon, purchase your tickets today to attend the Hillforest Book Lovers Tea! In partnership with the City of Aurora and the Aurora Public Library District, the lovely staff at Hillforest invites you to sip on your favorite tea, enjoy delicious teatime snacks, listen to some literature, and take a private tour of the mansion. Feel free to dress up, especially as your favorite literary character!

Tickets cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members and are available to purchase today. Please click here to reserve your spot. The Hillforest Book Lovers Tea will take place at the Hillforest Mansion in Aurora on Saturday, April 9th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

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!