Patron Perks!

Do you want to be rewarded for simply walking into the Library? During the Summer Reading Program, you’ll have five opportunities for just that!

At the beginning of the Summer Reading Program, you will have received a green rubber bracelet with the Aurora Public Library District’s name on it. If you wear this bracelet for the duration of the Summer Reading Program, there’s a great chance you’ll win some prizes on our Patron Perks days:

The table above shows which days are Patron Perks days, what the prize is, and which branches are participating on that particular day. You can also find a copy in the newsletter as well as on the Summer Reading Program calendar, which can be picked up from any branch.

The first fifty people in the doors will be eligible to win the prize for the day, but only if you’re wearing your bracelet; you might as well wear your bracelet all summer! Library doors open at 10 a.m. We can’t wait to see you!

Block Parties!

Building Blocks

We’re going to start out our summer programs with two “Block” Parties presented by Marcia Parcell of the Dearborn County Extension Office. This will be the featured activity for the first of our weekly Construction Zone activity times and will take place at both Library branches.

The Block Party at the Dillsboro Public Library will begin at 2 PM on Tuesday, June 6th, and the Aurora Public Library Block Party will be the following day, June 7th at 2 PM. Children of all ages are invited to attend the Storyhour which begins at 1 PM and to stay for lots of fun with a variety of building blocks.

During each Block Party, you will have an opportunity to play and interact with your children as they learn a variety of math, science and social skills. For more information about the skills gained through block play, you can go to the Purdue Extension Block Party web page.

Playing with wooden blocks

Summer Storyhours

Children reading a book

Mole Music by David McPhail    Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis

Everyone likes a great story, right? All ages are welcome at our Storyhours during the months of June and July.  Bring your whole family and share in the fun as you listen to stories selected around the theme “Build a Better World.” Each week will feature a different twist as we explore how we can bring positive change to our world through Art, through Music, through Service, and other activities. The Storyhour will include lots of movement and music as well as great books, so the younger kids will have ways to get their wiggles out.

Storyhour will be at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday afternoons at 1 PM. Please note this new time, since we have offered morning programs at Dillsboro in the past. On Wednesdays, the program will be repeated at the Aurora Public Library at 1 PM. Advance registration will not be needed during the summer, so come as often as you can fit it into your family schedule!

Each Storyhour will end in time for your family to check out books and still make it to our Construction Zone events (2 PM at the same locations).

Franklin's Big Dreams by David Teague     Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy

Come to the Construction Zone !

Kids building          Each week of the Summer Reading Program will feature a hands-on activity time where kids of all ages can work to “Build a Better World”. This Construction Zone event will take place immediately following the Storyhours at both Dillsboro and Aurora. So mark your calendars for Tuesdays at 2 PM at the Dillsboro Public Library and Wednesdays at 2 PM at the Aurora Public Library. Our programming is very flexible this year and there is no need to preregister for kids’ programs. Bring your family at 1 PM for the Storyhour and stay at 2 PM for the Construction Zone or choose one event to attend. You may attend some programs at Dillsboro and other programs at Aurora. This year, you can choose whichever events work for your family’s schedule.

Most weeks the Construction Zones will be the same at both Library Branches, but there are a couple exceptions. Here are the themes and special performers for each week.    

June 6 (Dillsboro) and June 7 (Aurora): The Purdue Extension Office presents a Block Party

June 13 (Dillsboro) and June 14 (Aurora): Building a Better World Through Art

June 20 (Dillsboro) and 21 (Aurora): The Storyhour and Construction Zone are replaced with a Community Celebration featuring hot dogs and lots of outdoor activities. This event will run from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Tom Sieling presents "Take a Stomp Through the Swamp" June 27 (Dillsboro): Tom Sieling, family musician, presents “Take a Tromp Through the Swamp.)

June 28 (Aurora): Build a Better World through Music

July 3 (Dillsboro) and July 5 (Aurora): Build a Better World through Service. Note that the Dillsboro event is on Monday this week, due to the 4th of July holiday.

July 11 (Dillsboro): Build a Better World Through Drama     Scene from A Midsummer's Night Dream

July 12 (Aurora): All ages are welcome to attend a performance by The Kentucky Shakespeare Company as they present interactive scenes from A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

July 18 (Dillsboro) and July 19 (Aurora): Build a Better world through Words

We’re Popping Up With Books!

Peggy reading outdoors    

This summer, the Aurora Public Library District is going to be out in our community in many ways. Keep your eyes open for our “Pop-Up With Books” events. On four days during June and July, we will be at local parks for informal, drop-by story-times. We want everyone in the Library District to have an opportunity to share in some great stories! Limited seating will be available on area rugs, but you can also bring your own lawn chairs. If you have a favorite picture book you’d like me to include, email me at and let me know when you’ll be attending. The times and locations are listed below. We hope to see you around the community as we work together to “Build a Better World.”

“Pop-Up With Books” Events: All events are from 10 AM until 12 noon.

Friday, June 2nd at Mary Stratton Park in Aurora

Friday, June 9th at Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro

Monday, July 10th at the Aurora City Park, across from the pool

Friday, July 14th at Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro

Build a Better World through Art with a Fused Glass Pendant!

If you enjoy crafting, jewelry, or learning a new skill, then this program is perfect for you! We’re Building a Better World through Art with this adult program!

On Thursday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at the Dillsboro Public Library, a Fused Glass Pendant program courtesy of the Framery will take place. Adults 18 and older will have the opportunity to create a pendant out of different pieces of glass. The pendants will then be taken back to the Framery and kiln-fired to fuse the glass pieces together to create a unique, one-of-a-kind necklace just for you.

Registration is required for this event, and as there are only fifteen spots, make sure you call or stop in and sign up early! This program comes at no cost to the patron which means that it’s absolutely free for you!

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Call the Library today for more information, or check out our newsletter!

Build a Better World

The Aurora Public Library District is ready to welcome everyone to a fantastic summer program! You may pick up information about the June and July programs beginning on May 25th at any of our branches. The 2017 theme is “Build a Better World”, and our programs and book suggestions will revolve around how we, as a community, can do this. Some of the programs you can look forward to are:

  • Pop-Up with Books programs in community parks
  • Programs for children of all ages at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday afternoons and at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday afternoons
  • Teen programs at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday evenings
  • Patron Perk Days, where you get a prize for wearing the bracelet you will be given at the beginning of the summer
  • A Community Concert by Matthew Ball at the Local History Library @ the Depot

Matthew Ball at a piano     Scene from Midsummer's Night Dream by the Kentucky Shakespeare Company

  • A performance by the Kentucky Shakespeare Company
  • Children’s musician Tom Sieling
  • Block Parties presented by the Purdue Extension Service
  • A Community Celebration at both Dillsboro and Aurora
  • Bi-Okoto Music and Movement Workshop for teens
  • The Wump Mucket Puppet Show









In addition to these programs which are open to everyone, we will also be offering four programs which will require advance registration. We anticipate these programs filling up quickly, so don’t delay in calling to reserve your spot!

June 15th at the Dillsboro Public Library: Create a fused glass pendant. This will be presented by The Framery and is open to adults only.

June 15th and June 29th at the Aurora Public Library: Create a Mixed-Media Art Journal, presented by Librarians Kim and Ashton. This program is open to both teens and adults and is a two day project, so please plan on attending both days.

July 13 at the Local History Library @ the Depot: Roy will be presenting an Introduction to Open to adults only.

July 21 at the Aurora Public Library: Marge Beinkemper will be presenting a Paint Party for adults only. Marge will lead you through the creation of a beautiful riverscape.

Each day that you visit the library from May 25 until the end of the Summer Reading Program, you will get a ticket to enter a drawing for one of our terrific prizes. Make sure to stop by often to increase your odds of winning a prize! Prizes will be on display at both the Aurora and the Dillsboro Branches throughout the program.

Keep checking the web page and the Library Facebook page for more information and pick up a copy of our newsletter at any branch. We hope that you will build your summer around our programs as we work together to “Build a Better World”.


Coming Soon!!

Our Library Staff is hard at work “Building” a great Summer Library Program for 2017. Look for a major makeover as we focus more on family programs and reaching outside of the library walls to meet the needs of the entire community. Beginning in June, there will be many opportunities for your family to read, explore and contribute as we work together to Build a Better World. So get ready to grab your hard hat and join in the fun. Details for all our Summer Programs will be available around the middle of May, so watch for your Library newsletter and keep checking the web page. Together, we can make a difference! Together, we can “Build a Better World.”