It’s International Make Music Day!

June 21st is International Make Music Day! This holiday began in 1982 when France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed of a musical holiday. A day where free live music would be everywhere; street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops would all be filled with the sound of music. And thus, Fête de la Musique, was born. A festival featuring free concerts in locations all around the city of Paris. Since then, the festival has become an international phenomenon. Make Music Day is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 countries, including China, Germany, Greece, Brazil, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Performers of any age and skill level are encouraged to join in on the music-making. The only caveats for these festivals are that the concerts must be free to the public, and all performers are to donate their time free of charge.

In North America

Twelve years ago, the Fête de la Musique crossed the Atlantic with the debut of Make Music New York. The event began as a grassroots initiative by a team of volunteers and quickly became a city-wide event. Today, around 5,000 New York musicians perform in more than 1,000 free outdoor concerts every year. The festival was so popular in New York that it soon spread throughout North America. In 2019, 85 North American cities organized free concerts at 1,862 locations. All on a single day.

Locally, the closest Make Music Day festival is located in Cincinnati. Last year, Make Music Cincinnati held concerts in over 100 locations throughout the city.

2020 Festival

Due to the threat of COVID-19, Make Music Day will look a little different this year. Make Music is exploring new ways to continue the tradition of making music, while also following all the appropriate guidelines. One of the ways they are doing this is by changing their Sousapalooza event (an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sight-read the music of John Philip Sousa), to the World’s Smallest Marching Band. In this event, individual brass and wind players will parade through cities, by themselves, playing band repertoire to people listening from their homes or workplaces.

The organization is also encouraging musicians to utilize social media, and post videos of themselves making music. “In this time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever,” said Make Music Alliance President Aaron Friedman. “While physical public gatherings may not be currently accessible, we can still stay connected and celebrate music with people around the world on June 21.”


Are you a musician? It’s your time to shine! You can participate in Make Music Day by posting a video or going live on social media with the hashtag #MakeMusicDay

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It’s National Best Friends Day!

June 8th is National Best Friends Day! This lighthearted holiday began in 1935 when the US Congress decided to devote a day to close friends. National Best Friends Day has given rise to other national holidays such as Friendship Day, Women’s Friendship Day, and an entire week called Old Friends, New Friends Week. The holiday has gained popularity over the last 5 years due to the rise of social media, and even has its own hashtag to go with it. Don’t forget to show your friends some love on social media today with the hashtag #nationalbestfriendsday

 

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“With Every Good Wish,” Save the Date!

The Aurora Public Library District Board of Directors and staff would like to cordially invite you to attend a statue dedication ceremony in honor of longtime Director Mary Alice Horton. Please join us at the Aurora Public Library’s lower level entrance on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. for the statue’s unveiling. Executive Director of Main Street Aurora Nancy Turner will be speaking.

Mary Alice was the Director of the Aurora Public Library District for 35 years, from 1982 to 2017. Under her administration, the Library expanded to include the additions of the East and West Wings at the Aurora Public Library, the acquisition and absorption of the Dillsboro Public Library and building, and the purchase of the old train depot to house the Local History Library @ the Depot. She was extremely involved in the community, participating in various community events over the years while promoting the Library. Chances are, if you lived in Aurora or Dillsboro, you knew Mary Alice.

“Mary Alice’s love and passion for the Aurora Library and its patrons and her town are evident throughout our community, and will be for years to come.  It is under her leadership and dream that we have this great library to provide life-long learning for all.” ~Rose T.

 

The statue has been commissioned from the Randolph Rose Collection, which is the same designer of the statues featured near the entrances of both the Aurora and Dillsboro branches. The statue will be installed and uncovered on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend the unveiling ceremony followed by a butterfly release.

Build a Better World Through Art Journals

What is an Art Journal?

An art journal is taking an old book and recycling it into a new one. Basically, you’re taking the old book you have and you’re giving it a new cover. An art journal doesn’t just have to be for art, it can be used as a scrap book, a recipe book, a journal, and even a story book. Posted in the picture below is just one example of the covers of Art Journals.

What does this have to do with the Aurora Public Library?

On June 15 and June 29 from 2-5, we are offering a FREE Art Journal program for teens and adults. We will be offering two different types of art journals to choose from.

Is the program just for teens and adults?

The program is strictly for teens and adults, aged 13 and up.

What about materials?

Everything for the program will be provided. All you need to do is bring yourself and any unique items that you wish to place within your art journal.

How do we participate?

In order to create an Art Journal, you’ll need to call or venture into either one of our libraries and register for the program. We only have eight available spaces along with a waiting list.

What do you mean waiting list?

A waiting list is a list of names of people who wish to join the program, but joined after we already had our eight people. If we have a person that doesn’t show then the first person within that list will be called and asked if they are still interested in the program.

How long do we have to register?

Registration will start June 1 and it will end on June 10.

Posted in the picture below is just one of many examples of the inside of an art journal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to call 812-926-0646 and register for a spot today! We can’t wait to see you there!

Below are more examples of art journal covers and pages.