Find the Gingerbread Man!

Hunt the Gingerbread Man at the library this december

Put your detective skills to the test this December! Come to the library and see if you can find Gingeremy Clark, a wanted gingerbread man who escaped from the oven. He was last seen hiding somewhere in the library and is wearing a disguise… If you find our gingerbread fugitive, talk to a report your findings to a librarian for a sweet treat!

Holiday Closings

The library will be closed for the holidays

The Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, December 25th for Christmas Day and Monday, January 1st for New Year’s Day.

If you would like to return items on this day, please place items in the return boxes out in front of each library. We will check them in according to the last day we were open.

If you would like to renew items, please visit the Aurora or Dillsboro Library and speak to a librarian or call us at 812-926-0646 during our business hours before the holiday on Saturday. You can always renew online using your online account at Just use the number on the back of your library card and the PIN you have set up on your account.

As a reminder, the Aurora Public Library District has recently gone fine-free and will not charge fines for overdue materials.

We hope you have a happy and restful holiday season and we can’t wait to see you in the New Year!

APLD Holiday Events

Celebrate the Holidays with the library

Happy Holidays from your hometown library, the Aurora Public Library District! Looking for something fun to add to your holiday calendar? There will be a little of the library sprinkled in these special occasions across Southern Dearborn County, thanks to the Aurora Public Library District Foundation! Check it out!

On Saturday, December 2nd, visit the Moores Hill Winter Walk in downtown Moores Hill, where a special guest may be in attendance! Who could it be? Do I hear jingle bells and the hooves of reindeer? I bet he may have a fun treat for good girls and boys (and teenagers too!), courtesy of APLD! For more information, follow the Moores Hill Indiana Winter Walk Facebook page.

Visit us on Saturday, December 2nd at Dillsboro’s yearly holiday festival, the Dillsboro Hometown Christmas, on the Dillsboro lawn to enter in a raffle prize, including a Reindeer Ridge visit, courtesy of APLD! For more information, follow the Dillsboro Main Street Facebook page.

Looking for some more holiday fun? Visit the LIVE reindeer and other cool animals from Silly Safaris from 1-4 pm on December 3rd and 17th at the Lions Club in Downtown Aurora, brought to you courtesy of APLD! For more information, follow the Aurora Main Street Facebook page.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Discover Dickens with Us

the secrets and surprises of a christmas carol talk at the depot

Join Between the Lines Book Club leader Ron Nicholson as he shares “The Secrets & Surprises in A Christmas Carol,” discussing the story’s origins and background, how it impacted how we celebrate Christmas today, and share some “insider” information. For example, did you know Tiny Tim’s name was originally planned to be Little Dick, that Dickens’ first idea for the book was to include “Ignorance” and “Want” as symbols against the so-called Poor Laws, or that Scrooge’s name came from a misreading of a tombstone in Scotland? Meet us at the Local History Library in the Old Aurora Train Depot on Second Street for a lively talk at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Merry Macramé Trees!

Macrame craft at the depot

The retro craft of macramé is making a comeback! Celebrate the season and decorate your home with this macramé tree wall hanging.

Registration is required for this program and all participants must be 18 years of age or older. Space is limited to 12 people per session. There are two sessions available:

Aurora Public Library: December 12th @ 6 pm

Dillsboro: December 6th @ 4:30 pm

Please call 812-926-0646 or stop by the library to reserve your spot today!

CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

All library branches will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.

During this time, all materials you wish to return must be placed in the drop boxes on front of the Aurora Public Library on the lower level or on the front of the Dillsboro Public Library building. All library books returned during our closed period will be checked into the library according to the date we were last open, Wednesday, November 22nd.

If you would like to renew any items, you may do so by renewing them on our website by logging in with your library card and pin, or calling the library for a renewal on Wednesday, November 22nd or Saturday, November 25th during business hours. As a courtesy reminder, the library district no longer charges late fees.

If you have any questions about this closure, please call the library at 812-926-0646 or visit one of our branches during business hours.

Have a safe holiday!

Be Thankful with Us

Special Storytime in November

While celebrating giving thanks this November, we are having a special “Gather Together” storytime to celebrate Native American Heritage month. Our Dillsboro Branch will hold this storytime at 10:30 a.m. on November 18th. The Aurora Library will continue this themed storytime celebration at 10:30 a.m. on 1November 25th.  Kids will enjoy learning about traditions, cultures and create Native American surprises during this center-based storytime.

We look forward to gathering together with you this festive holiday!

The Library is HAUNTED!

Library Haunted House October 27

Shriek freely and pardon the screams… the library is HAUNTED!

The Aurora Public Library is hosting a haunted house! After closing at 6 pm on Friday, October 27th, the library will be open again at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm for some frightening fun. This walkthrough might be too scary for younger ghouls, so recommended age is 3rd grade and up.

Registration is required by 1 week before the event. To register, speak to a librarian or call 812-926-0646.

Who knows what might be lurking in the library!

Show Off Your Spooky Look!

Costume Party APL October 29

Show off your costume, play some spooky trivia, and win prizes at our Halloween Costume Party! We’ll vote for the scariest, funniest, and most original costumes! Winners will receive a secret spooky surprise!

Anyone ages 13-19 is welcome to attend! Dressing up is highly encouraged, but not required.

We’ll be showing off our costumes for the spookiest season of the year at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, October 26th at 6 pm! We’ll have light refreshments available.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Afterschool Spooky Movie!

Showing Goosebumps at DPL

Get Goosebumps before you head out to trick or treat!

Join us to watch Goosebumps, based on the spooky books series by R.L. Stine, and eat popcorn and pizza with us at the library!

We’ll start our movie showing at the Dillsboro Public Library on October 31st at 3:30 pm.

Did you know? The Dillsboro Public Library offers an afterschool program for all students ages 7-12 at Dillsboro Elementary School! This program, as well as our Lego Club, Chapter Chat, Crafternoons, and Coding Club are a part of the weekly afterschool programs offered to DES students. Catch a ride on the bus after school and arrive at the library for some fun!

Want to sign up? Get a parent or guardian to speak to a librarian today or call 812-954-4151 to save your spot!

We’ll see you there!