Ghosts, Here?

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When I first told a friend that I had started working for the Aurora Public Library District, she asked if I had seen “The Ghost.” Ghost? What ghost? I have volunteered for several years at Aurora’s own Hillforest Victorian House Museum, so I feel I am no stranger to talk of ghosts! But, I have yet to encounter a library ghost. So, to find out just who might want to haunt the library property, I asked our Local History Librarian, Roy Lambert.

Roy told me that as a youth growing up in Aurora, he often heard stories of the ghosts in the Library.  In 1913, the Siemental Property on Second Street was purchased with monies of Georgiana Sutton in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Sutton, and construction of the new library commenced. Originally, the basement was mostly a storage area, not open to the public, as it is now. This dark solitary basement, mostly off limits to the public, increased the possibility of ghosts. According to Roy, an archaeological publication states there was a large Indian mound in downtown Aurora that was partially destroyed when the streets were originally graded. The only mounded area in the historic district of Aurora is the mound that our library now occupies. Dr. George Sutton, Aurora’s revered early physician and amateur relic hunter had accumulated a vast collection of Indian artifacts and most likely some bones. These were eventually stored in the library basement. Indian bones were also found when grading was done on Mechanic Street many years ago.

In 1937, the Ohio river flood was nearing the library and all the contents of the lower level were removed for safe keeping, including the collection of Dr. Sutton. This collection, however, was never, never seen again–no one knows what happened to the collection. In 2015, a paranormal group did some investigating after hours at the Library. They detected possible spirit presence, as if trying to contact the investigating group, in the basement area were the artifact collection had been stored many years ago.

Incidentally, Roy mentioned that the door to the Local History Library (The Depot) opens quite often for no apparent reason. Also, when opening the upper level doors to the Aurora Public Library building, one door opens eerily by itself when the other is opened. Coincidence?  Are there spirits living in the Library? Anywhere in Aurora?

If you are interested in paranormal activity, there are several books you may find interesting:

Hoosier Folk Legends, by Ronald L. Blake, gathers Indiana legends about premonitions, death, ghosts, haunted houses, special powers, witches, monsters, famous people, local heroes, outlaws, bottomless lakes, and local place names.

“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, something weird that don’t look good,” who would you call?  Residents of southern Indiana and Kentucky know the answer—SIGH, Southern Indiana Ghost Hunters—that’s who! Inside Southern Indiana Ghost Hunters Chronicles by C.C. Thomasyou can read the weird, the strange, and the downright spooky. This is not your normal ghost story book, though. Each case is approached scientifically and you are given a final analysis of whether or not ghosts actually exist.

Although these tales are not from our own backyard, Seeking Spirits, by TV’s popular Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, reveals all-new, never-before-told stories from their spooky early investigations. They also offer essential tips for budding paranormal investigators — including how to use an electromagnetic field (EMF) meter and an infrared camera, determine if a supernatural phenomenon is good or evil, and deal with spirits. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, these fascinating and frightening true stories will keep you up at night!

 

Additionally, on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m., AURORA MAIN STREET is hosting the Aurora Ghost Tour, where eerie tales will be told while strolling through the historic downtown, a tour of Hillforest, witches brew and treats. Who knows who (or what) you might run into!! Perhaps, you’ll encounter the Library spirit!

Thank You, Community!

The Aurora Public Library District loves our community! But what, exactly, is a community, besides the familiar buildings, neighborhoods, and surroundings we see or interact with on a regular basis?

My favorite definitions are (from the Merriam-Webster dictionary):

“a unified body of individuals;” “people with common interests living in a particular area.”

Communities band together in times of great crisis and need, as well as in times of happiness and celebration. Those in communities lend a helping hand where it’s needed and work together for the greater good. The Aurora Public Library District’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Building a Better World,” and what better place to start building that world than the community in your own backyard?

The Aurora Public Library District would be lost without our patrons and the wonderful community we have. We are thankful that you have let us be a part of your lives, and we are so happy to be a part of yours! We are also thankful for our wonderful community sponsors, who have donated money and prizes for the Summer Reading Program!

The Aurora Public Library District would like to extend our thanks to:

           Aurora Lions Club                                                     Fraternal Order of Eagles #2022

Baker and Taylor                                                           Friendship State Bank

           Deville Pharmacies                                                           Rullman Hunger Funeral Home

United Community Bank

What better way to celebrate our wonderful community than by attending a Community Celebration at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, June 20 from 1-2:30 p.m. and at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday, June 21 from 1-2:30 p.m?

We can’t wait to see you there!

Community Concert with Matthew Ball!

Join the Aurora Public Library District on Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Local History Library @ the Depot for a free outdoor Community Concert. Bring your own lawn chair or a blanket for a night of great music by pianist Matthew Ball.

Matthew Ball is a pianist and songwriter specializing in music from the ’20’s, ’30’s, and ’40’s. He plays a variety of genres, including jazz, swing, ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie. He’s sure to get your toes tapping and your spirits soaring!

The concert is free for everyone and for all ages, and no registration is required. Bring the whole family! Let’s Build a Better World through Community!

Build a Better World with Community Celebrations!

Join the Aurora Public Library District as we Build a Better World through Community during the third full week of June! This week, instead of Storyhour and Construction Zone, the Aurora and Dillsboro branches will be hosting Community Celebrations!

The Community Celebration will take place at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, June 20 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Community Celebration will take place at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday, June 21 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rain or shine, we will have games, hot dogs, chips, and a fire truck to check out at both branches! Registration is not required for this family-friendly event.

Bring the whole family and stay for the whole time, or feel free to come and go as you please.

Newsletter

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Did you know that the Aurora Public Library District sends out a regular newsletter? The newsletter is full of all sorts of helpful information, such as new fiction titles, upcoming programs and events taking place, and so much more! Stay as up to date as you can with the Aurora Public Library District by subscribing to the newsletter today. You can always pick up a current copy of the newsletter at any of our branches as you need it, too! Start the New Year off by subscribing to our newsletter so you can always be up to speed on the goings on of the Aurora Public Library District!

Library Services You Should Be Aware Of

Library Services

Did you know the Library offers more than books and movies for you to check out? We have put together some awesome online resources, fun community events, as well as really knowledgeable staff to help you out.

The Library has several online databases chalk full of information! If you need car repair information check out the Auto Repair database. Have questions about products before you buy them? Take a look at Consumer Reports to make your buying decisions easier all while finding the best prices around. See the full list here.

We also have several educational resources to help with homework, research, or even information on AR Bookfinder!

Our staff provides great service for our patrons with their wide and varied knowledge. We have some local history buffs in the Local History Library @ The Depot who can help you find all the things you ever wanted to know about the area. They are also very passionate about genealogy and can help you navigate archives or our Ancestry.com subscription. Check out more of our librarians’ interest on our Meet Your Librarians page.

The library also provides wonderful programming throughout the week and some weekends all year long. Check out our Events Calendar to plan your next visit in!