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.


Solar Eclipse 2017

You might have heard about the total solar eclipse that has been reported for Monday, August 21, 2017 in North America. According to USA Today, the “path of totality” will occur in 12 states, beginning in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and ending in South Carolina. Any given part of the eclipse will last about two or three minutes, but the entire path of the moon across the sun will take about an hour and a half to reach from one end of the country to the other. You will not see any part of the eclipse unless you are in path or close to it, so make sure you plan accordingly!

Here’s how the Aurora Public Library District can help:

Plan your trip across the country with the help from our Online Resources; more specifically, plan your trip with “A to Z the USA,” which you can access through the Online Resources page. All you’ll need to have handy is your library card and pin number. You can find information by state to state to plan your trip across the United States for the best viewing of the eclipse. You can also check out a copy or peruse a road atlas from one of our branches, or even log onto one of our public computers to print directions.

You can also check out the book Eclipses by Nick Hunter to learn more about solar eclipses. Impress your friends with facts as you’re waiting to see the phenomenon yourself. You can find out more information by reading the entry on eclipses in one of our reference encyclopedias. Or if you’d rather, you can go the Online Resources on the website and visit either the Britannica or the World Book websites for free to find out more information. You’ll just need your library card number to log on.

If all this eclipse talk has peaked your interest in all things outer space, check out our collection of non-fiction books beginning in section 520. We also have astronaut memoirs and true accounts of space missions beginning in section 629. We also have non-fiction DVD’s about space, like Cosmos. And don’t forget to check out the online Indiana Digital Download Center for more titles. If there’s a title you want that we don’t have, we’ll also be happy to get it for you via Interlibrary Loan.

It’s Officially Summer Time!

summer field - Sunset in the Park

Have you checked out our calendar to see all the fun summer activities we have planned for the Aurora Public Library District? Click here or the Events link in menu at the top of the page to see our calendar. We’ve got something for everyone from fun summer themed story times to adult educational programs. Or come in and find your next great summer read it’s not too late to join our Summer Reading Programs!

Stop in and enjoy the summer with your friends at the Aurora Public Library District!

Game of Chess, Anyone?

Saturday, May 7, 2016 marks the beginning of something new at the Aurora Public Library. Ryan Britton has volunteered to lead an open chess time each Saturday in May from 10 AM until noon. The chess sets will be provided; you just need to show up! This game time is for players of all ages and experience levels, and Ryan will be happy to show you the basics if you are interested in learning. Bring a friend or just find a partner when you get here!

If you’ve never played chess before and don’t know your bishop from your rook, here’s a website with very easy to understand instructions to help you get started.

You can also pick up one of the books the library has.

chess rules   juniors

Chess has been played by kings and other rulers for hundreds of years. In the past, chess was referred to as “The King’s Game” and was used to teach war strategies, but it is actually a great game for everyone. Playing chess is an activity that can be enjoyed anywhere and is a wonderful way to meet new people. It helps with problem-solving skills and increases creativity because it uses both sides of your brain. There are numerous benefits to the game for both children and seniors. Check out this link to find out what playing chess can do for you and your family.