February Storytimes

Hearts, love, red, and penguins usher in our February Children’s Storytime.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day stories will have your child’s creativity flowing with hearts and the colors red. R-E-D red, we can all spell red, but can we find books where the covers and spines are red or have the word “red” in the title of the book?

What better way to wind up our February Storytime than with those cute little fellows in tuxedo-looking feathers! That’s right: penguins! Look for further details on our upcoming Penguin Pals show on February 25th at the Aurora Public Library. We don’t mean the stuffed ones either! Real live penguins will be stopping by the library, so come to our penguin storytime to get ready to meet these feathered friends!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

Chapter Chat Reads “Drama”

So you love reading, but have no one to gush about books with… Look no further! The Aurora Public Library has the answer for you: The Chapter Chat Book Club at the Aurora Public Library, meeting every month to talk books with kids just like you.

In January, Chapter Chatters are reading Drama by Raina Telgemeier! This story follows Callie, a theatre fan who wants to put on the best production her middle school has ever seen, but drama on and off-stage creates chaos aplenty.

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department’s stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget.

But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen.

And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

We are meeting in February at the Dillsboro Public Library on February 11th at 10:30 am and at Aurora Public Library on February 15th at 4:00 pm. Snacks, drinks, and fun, themed activities will be provided.

Registration is recommended for everyone ages 9 and up! You can pick up your book at either location. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fly Guy Celebration!

Bzzzzz… Bzzz… Bzzzzz…

What’s that sound? It must be FLY GUY!

Are you ready for Buzz, Fly Guy, and Tedd Arnold? Tedd Arnold is the famous children’s author of the book series Fly Guy. Our Aurora Public Library District will feature a special storytime on Tuesday, January 17th at 5:30 p.m.! Fly Guy stories, crafts, and activities as well as snacks will be “buzzing” around for the kids to enjoy.

The Dillsboro Branch will also be holding a special storytime on Thursday, January 19th at 4:30 p.m. featuring Fly Guy books. We look forward to having all kids help us celebrate Tedd Arnold and his famous Fly Guy books!

        

January Storytimes

Welcome, 2023!
Our storytime for children in January will start off with fun activities using the numbers in 2023. What do the words hibernation, arctic, and nocturnal all have in common? Why, animals of course! We cannot forget about snow, ice, and the color white to fit into our January storytimes also. There is going to be SNOW much fun! We hope you don’t miss out on this! There may be a surprise author study also on 2 special dates!
We hope to see all the kiddos at our storytime! Happy New Year!
January storytime has all kinds of cold-themed activities. We will start off the first week of January by celebrating our new year and incorporating the numbers 2, 0, 2, and 3 into our storytime. Books with numbers in their titles will be featured this week as well as New Year books… maybe books that just came out! Kids will enjoy making party poppers as well as participating in challenges involving building with 2 or 3 items. Imaginations will soar in this first-week challenge.
Happy New Year to everyone and we look forward to seeing you at our storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Dillsboro Public Library and Wednesdays and Fridays at the Aurora Public Library at 10:30 am!

Special Holiday Storytime!

Sugar cookies, frosting, sprinkles, PJs, robes, and slippers, oh my! Children will not want to miss our special storytimes on Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 p.m. located at our Dillsboro Library Branch, and Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 p.m. at our Aurora Library Branch. “Cookies for Santa” is our agenda for both of these dates. Stories and activities will feature children decorating two cookies; one for themselves to enjoy and then one to keep and put out for Santa on his special night. Don’t worry, we have a special box to keep that special cookie for you know who!

We cannot wait to see you there! Please wear your coziest, warmest, snuggliest pajamas and get ready to read and eat!

FREE Holiday Picture Books!

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa has dropped off some free books for you and your family this year with the help of the Aurora Public Library District! Visit Moores Hill during their Winter Walk on December 3rd to pick up your free holiday-themed picture book. Books will be available at the Moores Hill Senior Center from 5:30-8:00 pm. Stop by, say hi, and get something to read by the fireside this holiday season.

We hope to see you there! Make sure to bundle up!

The Aurora Public Library District is a proud sponsor of this event.

25 Days of Giveaways on Facebook!

Follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss a single day of our 25 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway! Beginning on Thursday, November 24th (Thanksgiving), we’ll be giving away a picture book on our Facebook page every day for 25 days! You’ll have 24 hours to comment on our daily post for a chance to win! A winner will be randomly selected from the comments. Winners will be able to pick up their prize from the Aurora or the Dillsboro Library!

Gingerbread Baby Comes to Dillsboro!

On Saturday, December 3rd, Gingerbread Baby assists with storytime at Dillsboro Public Library as part of the Dillsboro Hometown Christmas. The fun begins at 1:00 pm and all attendees will enjoy listening to Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett followed by decorating their own gingerbread babies, participating in gingerbread activities, and enjoying a photo with the Gingerbread Baby. Attendees can get an entry for the library’s Hometown Christmas raffle which includes a pass to Reindeer Ridge, a $50 Larosa’s gift card, and assorted Jan Brett-themed items. The winner will be selected in the evening at Dillsboro’s Hometown Christmas but must be present to win.

The Gingerbread Baby can’t wait to meet you!

Fill Your Bucket with APLD!

The Aurora Public Library District is bringing the Virginia Repertory Theatre to the students of South Dearborn and St. John Lutheran School! Virginia Rep is a nonprofit theatre company from Richmond, Virginia that specializes in creating exciting theatrical productions for young audiences. Since 1975 they have been bringing plays and musicals to hundreds of schools and other venues throughout the nation!

The Aurora Public Library District is providing transportation to the Aurora Park Pavilion for the second and third graders from Dillsboro, Manchester, and Aurora Elementaries and from St. John Lutheran School to see Virginia Rep’s performance of Have You Filled Your Bucket Today: The Musical! The musical is based on the concepts in Carol McCloud’s award-winning children’s books, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness and Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead’s book, The Bucket Filling Fairy. Have you Filled a Bucket Today: The Musical! relays the joys of friendship and compassion. The show is designed to promote healthy relationships and self-esteem and bring character education front and center stage.

The concept of “bucket filling” was created in the 90s by Carol McCloud. McCloud’s Bucket “Fillosophy” is to help all ages grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness, all leading to a happier life by teaching the three rules that lead to greater happiness: 1. Be a bucket filler. Be kind. 2. Do your best not to dip. Don’t be mean. 3. Use your lid. Protect your bucket and the buckets of others.

If space allows, these free performances will be open to the public. . Please watch the Aurora Public Library District Facebook page for updates on the performances and if there is space available. We hope to see you there!

November Storytimes!

Leaves, pumpkins, turkeys, scarecrows, pies, harvest, squirrels, orange, red, yellow, and brown are all things happening in our November Storytime. What did The Leaf Thief really steal? And If You Give a Moose a Muffin what does he do with it? Or why are there Too Many Pumpkins? But the true question is what did The Scarecrow do to help the crow? Activities galore surrounding this thankful month of Fall. We look forward to seeing you and your family there to learn all of the answers to the questions above. Maybe we will learn How to Catch a Turkey!

Aurora Public Library storytimes are Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 am.

Dillsboro Public Library storytimes are Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am.

We hope the entire family can join us to kick off the Holiday season on November 26th at 12:00 p.m. at APL to watch the movie “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” See you there!