Libraries Rock! Music Rocks!

They say music soothes the savage beast, but we’re planning on bringing out all the wildness at Music Rocks! on Friday, June 22 at 2:00 at the Aurora Public Library. This Family Friday fun event will be filled with entertaining stories, singing, dancing, and games. But, we won’t stop there!

Have you ever played Mary Had a Little Lamb on bananas? You’ll get your chance to play a banana piano and other “interesting” musical instruments with the Makey Makey, so you won’t want to miss it.

Of course, the day won’t be complete without making musical instruments to take home. See you there!


Libraries Rock! Rock On!



Being “stuck between a rock and a hard place” certainly doesn’t bring about good feelings. Neither do the sayings —-“as dumb as a box full of rocks” or “your head is as hard as a rock.”  Rocks sure aren’t much fun, are they? WRONG! We think rocks are just getting a bad rap!

Join us on Friday, June 8 at the Aurora Public Library at 2:00 p.m. for Rock On!–a family fun afternoon, which includes some favorite “rock” stories and rock painting , plus learn how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors and join in our big tournament. You’re sure to have a Rockin’ good time!!



Bedtime Storytime

Our always popular Bedtime Storytime will be coming soon! All ages are welcome to attend this event and advance registration is not needed. Just bring the whole family (in pajamas!) and cuddle up for some great stories. There will also be a craft and, of course, milk and cookies. If you’re not there, Peggy will be singing the blues and that is something you don’t want to happen!

The Bedtime Storytime will be held at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, January 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, February 1st from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. See you soon!

Our weekly Storytimes for ages 3-6 will begin the following week on Tuesday, February 6th, at 10:30 AM (Dillsboro) and Wednesday, February 7th, at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (Aurora). Please register your children in advance for these programs.



Fun for Fall Break

The Aurora Public Library District has several events planned for Fall Break, the week of October 9-14. First, you should know that you are always welcome to bring your children ages 3-6 to the Storytime programs during school holidays. Especially at the Wednesday Storytimes at the Aurora Public Library, we will have fewer kids than normal, so we’ll be able to handle some drop-ins. The Dillsboro Storytime is on Tuesday, October 10th  at 10:30 a.m. and the Aurora Storytimes will be on October 11th at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The theme for the week will be “A Walk in the Woods”.

The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken BrownFor older, school-age children, the Dillsboro Library will be hosting “Pumpkins and Punch” on Tuesday, October 10th, from 2-4 p.m. This drop-in program will include stories, a pumpkin craft and a chance to decorate (and eat) pumpkin cookies.


On Thursday, October 12th, there will be a Family Fall Fun Day at the Aurora Public Library from 1-5 p.m. This is also designed as a drop-by event, but this event is open to all ages. We’ll have craft stations, food, stories, and more! The event will end at 5 p.m. with the judging of our Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

We are not decorating the pumpkins at the program, but drop your decorated pumpkin by the Library anytime before 5 p.m. to enter. We are asking for pumpkins to be decorated like book characters! Any age can enter the contest. We will be keeping the pumpkins on display until Friday the 20th of October. There will be prizes awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place pumpkins.


Meet the Wump Muckets!

The Wump Mucket Puppets are returning to the Aurora Public Library District for a special performance on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Moores Hill Senior Center at noon! Wump Mucket Puppets is a Cincinnati, Ohio based touring troupe featuring the original songs, skits, and silliness of puppeteer Terrence Burke. Terrence and his zany cast of puppet stars have been entertaining audiences of all ages since 2010. All ages are invited; it will be fun for the whole family! The Senior Center is located at 16610 N. Broadway, Moores Hill, IN 47032.

This lively performance features two new puppet skits that compliment the 2017 theme “Build a Better World”. We are sure that young audience members will be BUZZING about this all Summer. 

Bee Happy – Features puppet star Super Space Princess G’Wizzl visiting The Queen Bee, to learn how bees help us, and how we can help them.  This story will get kids up and dancing to a bee dance!

Coleman’s Green Team – Has Terrence’s furry friend Coleman the Sasquatch sharing simple things that the friendly puppet Witch Willie (and our young audience) can do to “be Green” by not being a litterbug, and take better care of our world.

The show is rounded out with our co-hosts Cyril and Coleman’s silliness, as well as some fun with Unka Unka the caveman planting a flower garden on the puppet stage!

Block Parties!

Building Blocks

We’re going to start out our summer programs with two “Block” Parties presented by Marcia Parcell of the Dearborn County Extension Office. This will be the featured activity for the first of our weekly Construction Zone activity times and will take place at both Library branches.

The Block Party at the Dillsboro Public Library will begin at 2 PM on Tuesday, June 6th, and the Aurora Public Library Block Party will be the following day, June 7th at 2 PM. Children of all ages are invited to attend the Storyhour which begins at 1 PM and to stay for lots of fun with a variety of building blocks.

During each Block Party, you will have an opportunity to play and interact with your children as they learn a variety of math, science and social skills. For more information about the skills gained through block play, you can go to the Purdue Extension Block Party web page.

Playing with wooden blocks

Come to the Construction Zone !

Kids building          Each week of the Summer Reading Program will feature a hands-on activity time where kids of all ages can work to “Build a Better World”. This Construction Zone event will take place immediately following the Storyhours at both Dillsboro and Aurora. So mark your calendars for Tuesdays at 2 PM at the Dillsboro Public Library and Wednesdays at 2 PM at the Aurora Public Library. Our programming is very flexible this year and there is no need to preregister for kids’ programs. Bring your family at 1 PM for the Storyhour and stay at 2 PM for the Construction Zone or choose one event to attend. You may attend some programs at Dillsboro and other programs at Aurora. This year, you can choose whichever events work for your family’s schedule.

Most weeks the Construction Zones will be the same at both Library Branches, but there are a couple exceptions. Here are the themes and special performers for each week.    

June 6 (Dillsboro) and June 7 (Aurora): The Purdue Extension Office presents a Block Party

June 13 (Dillsboro) and June 14 (Aurora): Building a Better World Through Art

June 20 (Dillsboro) and 21 (Aurora): The Storyhour and Construction Zone are replaced with a Community Celebration featuring hot dogs and lots of outdoor activities. This event will run from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Tom Sieling presents "Take a Stomp Through the Swamp" June 27 (Dillsboro): Tom Sieling, family musician, presents “Take a Tromp Through the Swamp.)

June 28 (Aurora): Build a Better World through Music

July 3 (Dillsboro) and July 5 (Aurora): Build a Better World through Service. Note that the Dillsboro event is on Monday this week, due to the 4th of July holiday.

July 11 (Dillsboro): Build a Better World Through Drama     Scene from A Midsummer's Night Dream

July 12 (Aurora): All ages are welcome to attend a performance by The Kentucky Shakespeare Company as they present interactive scenes from A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

July 18 (Dillsboro) and July 19 (Aurora): Build a Better world through Words

Mixed Media

Mixed Media in the art term refers to artwork that has more than one product used to create that piece of artwork.

(Picture Courtesy of Mixed Media May)

There is a distinction between ‘mixed media’ and ‘multimedia art’. Mixed media refers to visual art that combines different products. For example, a piece of artwork that would have paint, ink, and forms of paper stuck to it would be considered a mixed media. The term ‘multimedia art’ refers to a broad scope that combines visual art and non-visual art elements (for example: recorded sound), or with elements of the other arts (literature, drama, dance and/or motion graphics).


(Picture courtesy of Alexi Francis illustrations)

There are several different forms of mixed media art, but the best one in my opinion would have to be the altered book. An altered book is a form of mixed media art that changes a book from its original form into another form changing its appearance or meaning. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page or even as intricate as creating a folded book sculpture.

Another form of an altered book is known as an art journal. An art journal is simply a book. Art just refers to the decoration and items used within the book to decorate. You can use anything to decorate the book both inside and out. The limit? Your imagination!



Movie Days are Back!

The Aurora Public Library District will be hosting two family movies during the South Dearborn Spring Break weeks. Join us at the Dillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, March 21st at 2 PM for Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania. All ages are invited to come watch this family movie (rated PG). The following week, on Wednesday, March 29th, we will be showing Moana (PG) at the Aurora Public Library at 2 PM.

Jamming in our Jammies!

We are looking forward to seeing all our families for the 2017 Bedtime Storytime! Join us for stories, a craft and some milk and cookies. Bring the entire family and cuddle up for some quality time together. Peggy has some fun picture books picked out and there will be some additional activities for older siblings. Come in your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal along if you like. This event will be offered at both branches during Spring Week:

At the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 PM

At the Dillsboro Public Library on Monday, March 27th at 6:00 PM