December Take-It Make-It

Beginning on Monday, November 29th, we will have a brand new Take-It, Make-It craft available at the Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries! Take-It, Make-It activities are crafts that can be done at home with materials you can pick up at the library! Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library anytime in December to pick up the supplies to make a sparkly holiday ornament to decorate your home this season!

$1 Per Bag Sale All November Long

Get ready to stock up on all of your reading essentials and gifts this November! The Book Sale at the Dillsboro Public Library will feature the $1 Per Bag Sale all month long! Fill up as many bags as you want with items and only pay $1 for each bag! You can’t beat that!

Browse the Book Sale for adult fiction, nonfiction, teen fiction, children’s fiction, picture books, large print, magazines, paperbacks, and so much more! You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Happy Reading!

Animation Christmas Celebration

Everyone loves a good Christmas animation movie! Whether you’re 2 and can’t fully understand what’s going on or whether you’re 65 with your grandchildren! A good Christmas animation is good for the soul! Below is a list of some of my top favorite Christmas Animation movies available here at the library!

Shrek the Halls

Shrek and his group of rascals put their own spin on Christmas traditions! Just a little laughter to start off my Christmas season. Shrek is perfect for every season, but he’s even more amazing for the Christmas season!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

A mailman tells the origin story of Santa Claus. Everyone has to watch this the second Christmas season comes! It’s a classic and is definitely one of my most beloved.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas and tries to bring it to his town! This movie is perfect for Halloween and Christmas, my two favorite Holidays!!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch who lives on the outskirts of Whoville, thinks to teach the Whos a lesson by stealing Christmas! I only like the one with Jim Carrey in it just because of his portrayal of the Grinch! He did such a wonderful job!!

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

The misfit Reindeer Rudolph journeys to find himself with a group of misfit friends. This classic tale has always been one of my favorites because who doesn’t love the tale of Rudolph!?

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

The classic animated tale of a scrooge on a tale of redemption. I only like Disney’s version, not any other kind, mainly because of how Disney took the story and made it wild and wonderful!

Christmas Movies That Aren’t Full of Christmas Cheer

We all like Christmas movies. The cheer and the festivities in them bring us all happiness, but sometimes there’s only so much cheer we can take. Sometimes, watching Christmas movie after Christmas movie gets old. Don’t feel bad about it! 

Below is a list I compiled for those people tired of the same Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movies! The movies generated below aren’t your typical Christmas movies, but they do revolve around Christmas!

The Family Stone

Starring Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, and Dermot Mulroney, this Christmas movie is filled to the brink with dysfunctional family drama. (APL)

Four Christmases

Starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, not only is the family dysfunctional (is there a theme here?) but it’s a comedy as well! (BOTH APL AND DPL)

The Holiday

Starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black. Two women needing a break from their lives, decide to switch houses and lives during Christmastime.  (BOTH APL AND DPL)

Little Women

An iconic movie based on the classic written by Louisa May Alcott. This movie is filled with Christmas cheer as well as Christmas Tragedy. (APL)

Love Actually

Follows the lives of nine very different people whose lives intertwine because of one emotion: LOVE. (APL)

The Family Man

A workaholic gets the chance to see what his life could have been if he’d stayed with his college sweetheart Kate. (APL)

Any movies I missed that you think should be on here? Feel free to comment below!!

Locations of the movies are located at the end of their description in bold

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Holiday Cookbooks

The winter holidays are fast-approaching, and with them come the business of family gatherings, shopping, and parties. And of course, where there’s more than one person gathered, there are mountains and mountains of food waiting to be devoured. The Library’s collection of cookbooks can help you find that perfect recipe.

For Thanksgiving gatherings, the Aurora Public Library District has several cookbooks dedicated to the holiday. These books are filled with traditional recipes that your family will love (and come to expect!), as well as new twists on old classics. The Library also has a few Thanksgiving craft books, too, that your family will enjoy when they’ve eaten too much dinner and can’t move. Nancy Hathaway’s Thanksgiving Crafts and Cookbook is an excellent place to start.


The Library has other holiday cookbooks to offer, too. Al Roker’s Hassle-Free Holiday Cookbook, Paula Deen Celebrates, Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook, and the Jewish Holiday Cookbook are just a few titles we have to offer. And if you’re looking for the perfect side dishes to go with your traditional main course, Choosing Sides by Tara Mataraza Desmond is a wonderful resource. We also have great cookbooks dedicated entirely to desserts, like Anita Prichard’s Complete Candy Cookbook and Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Desserts.


The Aurora Public Library District has cookbooks specifically for entertaining guests in your own home as well as what to bring to parties, such as Bite by Bite, Relax, Company’s Coming!, Entertaining with Southern Living, and The Church Supper Cookbook. Get the kids involved, too; we have plenty of cookbooks with kid-friendly recipes, like I Can Cook, Cool Sweets & Treats to Eat, and the Better Homes and Gardens Step-By-Step Kids’ Cookbook. They’ll love helping you in the kitchen and you can make some great memories along the way.


We also have several volumes of special dietary cookbooks on our shelves, like The Best Gluten-Free Family Cookbook, The Complete Step-By-Step Diabetic Cookbook, The American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook, and The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook. And if there’s a specific cookbook you’re looking for that we don’t have, we can always try to get it through Inter-Library Loan.

This time of year can be stressful enough without having to worry about cooking, so let the Aurora Public Library District help you. Stop in today with your questions, or visit the Indiana Digital Download Center for more cookbooks.

Happy cooking!

The Aurora Library is Decorated for the Holidays

Aurora Public Library Christmas Decor

It is Christmas time and the Aurora Public Library is decorated. Come in and check out our decorations, the holiday programs we are offering, and your next good book. Come visit one of your local librarians and ask them to help you find a great book to cozy up with this holiday season!

Aurora Public Library Christmas Decor

Check out some awesome holiday favorites like Eloise at Christmastime, A Christmas Promise, The Polar Express, Southern Living: Christmas in the Kitchen.

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