The Best Books of 2018

Are you looking to give your favorite bibliophile a gift they’ll never forget this holiday season? How about one of the best books of 2018?

Here is a list of some of the best books (fiction and nonfiction) published this year that would make perfect gifts for the book lovers in your life:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

French Exit by Patrick DeWitt

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristen Harmel

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zynab Joukhadar

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity by Sally Kohn

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

There There by Tommy Orange

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

You can never go wrong with the gift of a book! Follow the links to check out certain titles from the Aurora Public Library District yourself!

If you’re looking for a bargain, then look no further than the Dillsboro Public Library Book Sale! For the rest of November, fill up as many bags as you want with books and only pay $1 per each bag! The Book Sale is ongoing whenever the Library is open, so be sure to stop in and browse even if you miss the November deadline. The third Friday and Saturday of every month is also the $1 Per Bag Sale, but you better hurry in now before everything is gone!

What books would you add to this list? We’re always looking for recommendations to add to our own collection!

Happy Reading!

May the Fourth be with You.


May the 4th is  Star Wars day!

Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. 5/4/2018 is the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together. The Aurora Public Library District has amassed a great many Star Wars movies and books  in both fiction and non-fiction. You’ll find plenty on the shelves for your youngest Jedi to your Jedi master.

Here are the top five lines from the Star Wars saga according to The Guardian:

5. “It’s a trap!”
Admiral Ackbar works out the obvious during the final space battle, in Return of the Jedi.

4. “I have a bad feeling about this!”
Spoken in all of the first seven Star Wars movies, and almost in Rogue One, in which K-2SO is interrupted just before he can utter the line.

3. “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Yoda encourages Luke to stop messing about and make with the telekineses already, in The Empire Strikes Back.

2. “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”
Leia’s hologramatic introduction, in Star Wars.

1. “No, I am your father!”
The greatest twist in Hollywood history. Vader reveals to Luke that his daddy is a terrifying, shiny black death-cyborg, in The Empire Strikes Back.

So hop in your x-wing fighter,TIE fighter, or even your old sandspeeder and come visit the library for everything STAR WARS.

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National Holidays in October


Did you know that there is at least one national holiday for every day of the year in America, and sometimes there are several holidays on the same day? Just think how much celebrating we’ve been missing out on by only observing the “big” national holidays, like Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day! In October alone, there are fun holidays like Be Bald and Be Free Day, whatever that means, (October 14) and National Bologna Day (October 24) to celebrate. Here is just a small sample of obscure holidays the Library can help you celebrate this month:

October 1 National Vegetarian Day
October 9Leif Eriksson Day
October 10Columbus Day
October 15Sweetest Day
October 16National Dictionary Day
October 22National Make a Difference Day
October 26National Pumpkin Day
October 29National Cat Day
October 30National Candy Corn Day
October 31Halloween

Be sure to check out our catalog or stop in to see how the Library can help you celebrate these holidays and any others you might find on

Unsung July Holidays

July is FULL of surprising and quirky holidays that you have probably never celebrated. Below is a list of some of my favorite. You’re welcome.


1. National Ice Cream Day- July 17th

Ice Cream DEFINES summer, especially as hot as this one has been. In my humble opinion, we have some of the best ice cream shops around. Take advantage of this day, whether you’re out getting ice cream with friends, or sobbing into a quart of your own watching your favorite chick flick.

2. Rat-Catcher’s Day- July 22nd

Yes, that’s right, July 22nd is a day to celebrate the real heroes of society: pest control. Inspire by the Pied Pier of Hamelin, this day is truly all about the rats. Even with the success of the Pixar Film Ratatouille, and the meme that swept the nation “Pizza Rat,” rats are still seen as the pest of all pests. We take this day to thank the brave men and women who wake up everyday to take care our pest problems.

3. Take Your Plants for a Walk Day- July 27th

Leash up- your plant’s going for a walk! On this day, people around the nation take their plants for a walk- really! If you’re too self conscious to provide your plant with all the benefits of being in the fresh air, maybe take it for a walk around your house. Move it from one room to another. The happier your plants, the happier your home.


4. National Milk Chocolate Day- July 28th

Don’t be fooled- this isn’t chocolate milk day (that’s September 27th)- this is MILK. CHOCOLATE. DAY. Creamy, delicious, milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is far superior than dark chocolate (YES- I said it) in all of it’s forms and fashions. It’s dairy, it’s delicious, it’s worthy of a holiday.

5. National Cheesecake Day- July 30th

OKAY- no other July holiday is as important as this one (besides July 4th, duh). But in all honesty, cheesecake takes the cake in this competition. Use this day as an excuse to splurge on all things cheesecake, and if anyone asks you why you’re eating so much cheesecake, tell them you’re simply executing your right to celebrate the creamiest, sweetest, cheesecakiest holiday of the year.


Need Valentine’s Inspiration?

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday! I’m so excited that we have a whole day to celebrate Valentine’s day, and that we aren’t limited to just an after work dinner. If you need some ideas on activities for the day, I’ve got you covered.

Make some Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentines Crafts

Valentine’s Day crafts

Read a Valentine’s Day Book

Nate The Great and the Mushy Valentine

Nate the Great and the mushy valentine

Check out a Romantic Movie


27 Dresses

Cook up something special

Al Roker's Hassle Free Holiday Cookbook

Al Roker’s hassle-free holiday cookbook : more than 125 recipes for family celebrations all year long


Family, traditions and great writing

In the midst of the holiday rush, one of the treasures of the season is the time spent with family members, celebrating traditions and also creating new memories. Patricia Polacco has written dozens of books for children and many of these are about the special bonds within extended families. On her web page (about Patricia) she talks of the joys of being raised in households that included her grandparents, the reason she incorporates relationships between children and the elderly in much of her writing.

During this holiday season, find the time to share one of Patricia Polacco’s seasonal titles. These tend to be a bit wordier than some picture books, so they work best for children who can snuggle in and listen. Don’t forget to include older kids and grandparents as well! Older children often say they miss being read to by their parents, and including extended family members may open up some great opportunities for sharing recollections of their past holiday experiences.


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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