Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt!

Go on a safari and search for animals in the windows of local businesses for our Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt! Just pick up a recording sheet during our open hours to get started at the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Libraries. There will be a different scavenger hunt in Aurora and in Dillsboro, so make sure to pick up the correct recording sheet at the correct library! Prefer a night safari or an early morning hunt? You can start your scavenger hunt at any time of day on or after June 1st.

Images of animals will be posted in the windows of several local businesses for you to find along with a QR code that links you to books about the animal you found! Once finished, return the completed recording sheet back to the library to get the password into Beanstack to get your badge! Not using Beanstack? You can receive a sticker for your hard work once your recording sheet is turned in. Please hunt safely and responsibly!

Ready to get hunting? The scavenger hunt kicks off on June 1st and ends July 24th.

The Aurora Public Library District would like to thank participating local businesses for their support and cooperation for our scavenger hunt!





Story times will be starting in September.  The first story time at the Dillsboro Library  will be Tuesday, September 4 at 10:30. The first story times at the Aurora Library will be Wednesday, September 5 at 10:30 and 1:00.

NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You will be asked to complete a short form at your first story time.   Story times will continue every Tuesday (at Dillsboro) and Wednesday (at Aurora) through December 19.

During the month of September we will cover the topics of water, the five senses, seeds, and the season of fall. We look forward to seeing you at the library for story time.



Bedtime – try to keep the same bedtime for your child throughout the school year.  Start now by making bedtime a little earlier each night. By the time school starts, your child will be back to a bedtime that will make it easier to get up and going in the morning.

 As much as possible, try to keep the same bedtime over the weekend and during school breaks. Students need to be well rested in order to do their best at school. Make sure you tell your child what the bedtime will be during the school year.  Look at a clock and help your child to know what the clock will look like at the given bedtime (digital and analog clocks). Webmd ( ) recommends that children 6 to 13 years old get 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night and children 14 to 17 years old get 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night.

Most importantly, spend time reading a book together.  The library has a great selection of books you can read with your child. You can read a chapter book together with your older children and a picture book with younger children.


Check alarm clock
Lay out clothes for the next day
Take a bath
Brush your teeth
Read a Story
Get a drink
Go to the bathroom
Go to bed at the set bedtime




Again, routines are essential for keeping a household running smoothly. Routines are necessary and helpful for children.


After School – once your child is at home from school, there should be a routine.  Establish what order your child will do these things: snack, homework, play time, reading time, taking a bath, etc.  When it is time for homework, make sure your child has all the necessary supplies easily available for the homework, pencils and a small pencil sharpener, glue, scissors, and crayons.  Keeping an additional school box at home with these supplies will make it easier to complete daily homework or work that is missed when a child is absent from school.


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How can you make the transition of going back to school easier for your household?  Start with establishing routines. Kids really do need and like structure and routine. They may fight you on it, but they really do need and want it!


Morning – have your child set an alarm clock.  Keep the alarm set for the same time each morning.  Make sure the wake up time will allow enough time for your child to get ready in the morning.  Once your child is awake, have him/her follow the morning routine each day. For example: get dressed, brush teeth, comb hair, eat breakfast, go out for the bus with the backpack and lunchbox (if your child has packed a lunch for school).

It is helpful to make a sign for your child with the routines listed.



Get out of bed
Get dressed
Brush your teeth
Comb your hair
Eat breakfast
Get lunchbox out of fridge (if packing)
Gather your backpack (put on a coat if the weather is cold).
Watch for the bus

These books can be checked out at the library.







Online Resources: Back to School

Kids are already dreading going back to school in the fall while their parents have had a countdown since May. The Aurora Public Library District’s website has several helpful Online Resources to make the school year a little easier.

Aside from the list of links for local school libraries, there are also links to online encyclopedias. All you need is your library card number to log in in order to have full access to these encyclopedias all the time for free, whether you need them for a research project or you just want to know more about a subject. There are also links to Inspire and Morningstar, which are databases used to locate cited resources that you can also use for research. These links will come in handy when you have a big research paper due this year!

There is also a link to GoodCall Scholarship Engine, which makes it easier for prospective college students find scholarships based on individual preferences. You can research and apply for multiple scholarships without ever having to leave your computer. There is also a link to take Practice Tests for adults and students, like the SAT, ACT, GRE, and many career placement tests. If you’re a nervous test-taker like I am, you can never have too much practice!

Another Online Resource we have is the AR Bookfinder. There is information about every AR book, including how many points each book is worth as well as the reading level, a short synopsis of the book, reading interest levels, and skills that will be used on the quiz. While you’re in the Online Resources, be sure to check out Novelist and Novelist K-8, too, to find author and title read-a-likes for your next great read.

There is also a link to Live Homework Help, where you can get free one-on-one tutoring time from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Math was always a difficult subject for me, so I wish I would have known about this amazing tool when I was in school! It would have saved me a lot of tears.

You can always stop in the Library, too, with any questions and we’ll be happy to help you! If you have a valid library card and have access to the public computers and Internet, you can also use one of our public computers for any of these resources as well as to type papers, print, or anything else you need to do. We will be happy to help you make this school year the best one yet!

Young Hoosier Graphic Novels

The Young Hoosier Book Award is given yearly to one of twenty books nominated for each of the three categories (Picture Books, Intermediate, and Middle Grades) in the state of Indiana. I recently read two popular graphic novels that have been nominated for the Young Hoosier Book Award: El Deafo by Cece Bell and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, which have been popular among the younger patrons of the Aurora Public Library District. Both of these graphic novels are autobiographical, or true stories that happened to the authors. These books are perfect for intermediate readers.

El Deafo follows the story of Cece, who contracts meningitis when she is four and subsequently loses her hearing. She grows up during the 1970’s, before much was really known about Deaf culture, and so her doctors and parents try to help Cece be as “normal” as possible. She is fitted for “behind-the-ear” hearing aids as well as the “Phonic Ear,” which has cords and is attached to a device Cece wears on her chest that amplifies her hearing even more for school. However, Cece is self-conscious about her deafness as well as her Phonic Ear because people treat her and talk to her differently. Throughout the novel, Cece struggles to make and maintain friends who will treat her like a regular girl, often feeling lonely and out of place. To cope with being different and feeling alone, Cece creates an alter-ego superhero who uses her deafness and Phonic Ear as a way to be respected and included by her family and peers. This is a great read for anyone who has ever felt out of place, lonely, or who wanted a friend. You can find this book in the juvenile biography section at the Dillsboro and Aurora branches of the Aurora Public Library District.

Sisters is the companion novel to Smile, chronicling the story of Raina further. Raina, her mother, sister, and brother take a week-long road trip in a van for a family reunion. During the car ride, Raina and her sister, Amara, argue, fight, and dance around something ominously titled “The Incident,” which has something to do with why Raina won’t ride in the front seat of the van. Through a series of flashbacks interspersed throughout the road trip, the reader sees how the relationship between Amara and Raina has grown and changed over the years. Raina and Amara fight as hard as any siblings because they are polar opposites. Neither one has tried to understand the other until the last few pages of the book. This is a wonderful depiction of how sibling relationships change as they mature and age, as well as how those relationships can strain when siblings are trapped in a car together for long stretches of time. You can find this book in the juvenile biography section, as well, at the Aurora Public Library. However, the book can be placed on hold and brought to the Dillsboro Public Library if needed.

Thanks for a Great Summer!

What a Summer! Our theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” allowed us to interact with all ages in our community as we promoted literacy and an active lifestyle. Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who made the effort to get kids involved in programs, and who encouraged them to experience the joy of books. These photos only begin to show how much fun we had!

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Thanks also to all of our community sponsors who enabled us to provide quality programs.

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We will be taking some time to evaluate past programs and put plans in place for programs that will begin in the fall. Until then, there will be no LapSit, Toddler Time or Storytimes. Meanwhile, please let us know what you have enjoyed about our programs and what new programming you would like to see. You can stop by anytime to chat with Peggy about Children’s and Youth Services or send an email to Of course, I am always available to help you with book selection or literacy tips.