Patron Perks are Back!

Your Library District is a great place to spend time with your family this summer! Don’t miss out on our three Patron Perk Days in June and July. What do you need to do to get a Patron Perk? The first step is to stop by one of our buildings to pick up your information about the Libraries Rock summer programs. Get a calendar of events and a book bag, along with an “I Love Reading” wristband. On June 14th, June 25th and July 13th, be one of the first 50 people to come into one of our buildings to win a prize.

     

In addition, each day you visit the Library between May 29th and July 24th, you can enter to win one of our big summer prizes.

Make the Library one of your regular stops around town this summer. We have AC, Wi-Fi, lots of books, friendly staff, and loads of special programs.

Libraries Rock Summer Programs

Are you looking for fun activities for your family during the summer months? Are you eager to keep your kids reading during their school break? The Aurora Public Library District will be the place to be during June and July because “Libraries Rock!” We will have lots of activities and programs for ages 0-100 and, as always, all of our programs are free to members of our community!

The Library District will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day, but beginning on May 29th, you can stop by any of our branches to get information about all the upcoming fun. Be sure to also pick up a bag and a “I Love Reading” bracelet. Kids and teens will find a free book inside their bags, with 3 different choices of books to appeal to all ages and reading abilities.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen   Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein   

There will be three days in June and July when you could win a small prize for being one of the first 50 people to enter the library with your bracelet!

All kids enjoy listening to stories, so check out one of our three weekly Story Hour times, beginning on June 5th and June 6th. The Dillsboro Story Hour will be on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and the Aurora times will be on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Be sure to check your calendar, because there are lots of other family programs as well.

Jim Gill

 

Some of the things you can look forward to are: music and play for kids with Jim Gill, a teen Zumba class, digging for dinosaur bones with presenters from the Cincinnati Museum Center, Hexbugs, Jazz pianist Craig Brenner, and a special guest from the Newport Aquarium. There are lots of other programs as well! Judy CookYou’ll need to pick up a calendar at the Library and keep checking our web page, so you don’t miss anything.

We’ll wind down the Summer Reading Program on July 24th and 25th with an Open House at each location, concluding with the drawing of winners for our summer prizes. For books, activities, crafts, and music, make the Aurora Public Library District your first stop for learning and entertainment!

Dillsboro in Bloom

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, the town of Dillsboro will have a variety of activities planned around town. Dillsboro in Bloom will feature a Spring shopping extravaganza, gifts for Mothers Day, a Plant Sale, a Pop-Up Boutique, children’s activities and more! Plan to make the Dillsboro Public Library one of your stops around town. From 11 – 1:30, the Library will have a fun tulip craft available for kids to either make at the Library or take home. (It would make a great Mother’s Day card!)

Why You Should Join Our New YA Book Club.

 

The Aurora Public Library District wants to encourage you to join out new High School Book Club! Below are some reasons why you should join.

1.Book clubs introduce you to books you wouldn’t normally read.

2. You’ll meet people who enjoy the same books as you.

3. You get to freely give your opinion without being judged for it.

4. It’s Free!

5. Everyone is welcome!

6. You’ll become more confident in yourself.

7. You have a legitimate excuse to read all the time.

8. Every book has the power to change you.

9. It cuts out that dilemma of what book to read next.

10. It gives you a chance to visit your local library once a month!

 

 

 

The registration deadline for May’s meeting is on April 24th! If you are wanting to join or have any questions about joining, call us or come in and ask! Be sure to register and pick up our May Selection: The Night CircusIf you have already read the book, great! You’re still able to join!

 

If you still are questioning about joining this amazing group, follow the links below to be persuaded:

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/5-reasons-to-join-book-club

https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/10-reasons-why-you-should-join-book-club

 

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.

 

 

Christmas Programs for Tweens and Teens

We have Christmas craft programs to offer for all our patrons who are Teens or Tweens (10-12 years old). Advance registration is required for these programs; please call and let us know you’re coming so we have plenty of supplies on hand. The programs will also feature snacks!

The Tween event will be offered at both branches on the following dates:

Dillsboro Public Library: Tuesday, December 5th from 4-6 p.m.

Aurora Public Library: Friday, December 8th from 4-6 p.m.

Our Tweens will be making votive candle holders and will get battery-operated tea lights to use with them. These will be great to have on hand for the holidays and would also make nice gifts!

The Teen craft will be a wine glass candle holder. Peggy and Cathy will be stepping teens through the process of creating these at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, December 7th from 6-8 p.m. Again, please sign up ahead, because we have a limited number of spaces available.

 

Christmas Books and Cookies

The sprinkles are ready! The new Christmas books are here! All we still need is for you to mark this event on your calendar. We’ll be kicking off the holiday season with the Library District’s annual Christmas Cookies and Books program on Saturday, December 2nd. This program will be available at both branches and is open to all ages, whether you have children or not!

Jingle Bells by Susan Jeffers  One Cozy Christmas by M. Christina Butler

At the Aurora Public Library, Peggy will be reading Christmas stories beginning at 10 a.m. and cookies will be available to decorate until 2 p.m. This is also the first weekend that Main Street Aurora will be offering the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa. Make sure to stop by the Library after you share a meal with the guy in the red suit!

Patty will be hosting at the Dillsboro Public Library with activities available between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Little Santa by Yoko Maruyama

 

Pumpkin Contest!

Who is your favorite book character? Now is your chance to get creative and turn a pumpkin into your favorite character. Paint it! Dress it! Glue things on it! When your pumpkin looks like a book character, bring it to the Aurora Public Library for our Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Pumpkins will be judged on Thursday, October 12th at 5 p.m., so make sure you get your entry to the Library on time. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. All ages are invited to enter the contest as we celebrate some of our favorite books. If you need inspiration, just look on-line or come in and browse through our books. Lots of schools have done this activity, so there are many examples out there.

   

We are going to ask participants to leave their pumpkins at the Library until October 20th so all our patrons can enjoy them. At that time, you may pick up your pumpkin to enjoy at home for the rest of the season.

 

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.

 

Featuring the Books of Lois Ehlert

Our Fall Storytime programs will be featuring three picture book authors; we began on September 12th and 13th with Lois Ehlert. Ehlert is the author and illustrator of over 20 children’s books and has also illustrated books by other authors, including the iconic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. Coming from a graphic design background, Ehlert creates illustrations from cut paper, cloth, feathers, rocks and much more.

Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert

Many of her books are written about plants and animals and are the perfect starting point for discussions or lessons about science. Others of her books use simple shapes and numbers and are wonderful for reinforcing math concepts. Educators love her books because they are so easy to adapt for classroom use, but kids love them for the bright colors and sly sense of humor. Some of the subjects addressed in her books include:

Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Color Farm by Lois Ehlert   Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Ehlert attributes her success to parents who encouraged her creativity and who kept her supplied with tools and materials. Her parents’ influence is discussed in her autobiography The Scraps Book which is located in our juvenile biography area.

The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert

If any teachers would like me to share some Lois Ehlert books with your classroom, just give me a call. I love to share these amazing books with kids!