June Storytimes will be having you solve the mystery of what purple, blue, green, and orange have in common! You’ll have to come to our Storytimes at 10:30 a.m. to try to solve the June mystery. What could a rabbit and a bird have in common? Or, how about a cat and a fish? Then, throw in a hedgehog and a dog! Or, how about an elephant and a boy? I do not have a clue! Do you?
We can’t wait to see you there with your thinking caps on! Don’t forget to bring the whole family with you to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! We will have fun, engaging programs after some of our storytimes during June and July! We will also be offering programs for older children during storytime hours so the whole family can enjoy the library! Check our newsletter or read our blog posts for more information on each one!
Take a stroll and read a story with the whole family at this fun outdoor event!
The Aurora Public Library District has created two Story Walks® for the 2023 Summer Reading Program! Starting June 8th, you can stroll through the Dillsboro Community Park and read “When Pencil Met Eraser” by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr. You can read “I Am You: A Book About Ubuntu” by Refiloe Moahloli at Lesko Park starting June 9th! We will have ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the start of each Story Walk on June 8th and June 9th, respectively, at 11:30 am. Bring the whole family and read with each other to meet your Summer Reading goals!
A Story Walk® is an exciting, interactive storytime for the whole family that encourages literacy and outdoor activity. Pages of a story are posted on signs in order around a path in a park or by a walking trail for families to follow along. Each sign features a question that encourages critical thinking and discussions about the story among family members and friends.
These Story Walks® will be up until July 21st, so you have tons of time to read and walk and do it all over again! As always, this time spent reading our Story Walks® count towards your Summer Reading goals, so don’t forget to start your reading timer on the Beanstack app or keep track of the minutes to write it on your paper reading tracker to earn more prize tickets at the library!
The Story Walk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Story Walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Want some excitement in your book club? Check out “Not Your Mother’s Book Club” from the Aurora Public Library District, where you’ll get to read today’s hottest books from Booktok and beyond and discuss them with readers just like you! Olivia, our resident “edgy” book lover, will be there to lead the discussion and take recommendations from attendees. Remember, this is your book club, and your reading opinions matter!
This month, we will be reading “Verity” by Colleen Hoover.
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
This book includes themes of child abuse. Please read at your discretion.
We will be meeting at Great Crescent Brewery at 6 pm on June 15th. You can pick up your book TODAY at the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Library. We’ll see you there!
If you like to read a variety of books, and if you like to discuss the books you read, you should join one of the Aurora Public Library District’s book groups. There will be afternoon groups that meet at the Aurora Public Library on May 25 @ 1:00 pm, Dillsboro Public Library on May 26 @ 1:00 pm, and an evening group at the Local History Library on May 30 @ 6:30 pm. This month’s title is Theatre of Marvels by Lianne Dillsworth.
Crowds gather at Crillick’s Variety Theatre, where curiosity is satisfied with displays of intrigue and fear. They’re here for the star of the show – the Great Amazonia warrior. They needn’t know this warrior is in fact Zillah, a mixed-race actress from the East End fooling them each night with her thrilling performance.
But something is amiss, and when Crillick’s new act goes missing Zillah feels compelled to investigate, knowing the fates that can befall women in Victorian London.
From the bustle of the West India Docks to the coffee houses of Fleet Street to the parlours of Mayfair, Zillah’s journey for answers will find her caught between both sides of her own identity, and between two men: her wealthy white admirer, and an African merchant appalled by her act.
Will Zillah be forced to confront the price of her own performance? And in risking everything can she also save herself?
Pick up a book today at the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Library to join our club and get reading!
Hold your horses! The Horse Derby is heading to our children’s storytime in May. Create, name, and then race your horse to the finish line! After all that racing, your horse will be ready to head home to your stable.
We also have our “Tot Prom” storytime the 2nd week of May on May 9th at 10:30 am located at APL and then on May 10th at 10:30 am located at DPL. Roll out the red carpet and see the stars in your child’s eyes! Music, dancing, sensory, crafts, snack, and photo ops will make your tot feel like a star!
Since we will learn the Cool Cat Boogie at the prom let’s just wind up our May storytimes with the coolest cat in the library…Pete the Cat activities for all.
We can’t wait to see you at storytime! Don’t forget, storytime is every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am at Dillsboro and Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am at Aurora. The only week without regular storytime this month will be the week of Tot Prom, May 8-12. There will also be no storytime May 30th or 31st.
Meet up with book lovers just like you for a discussion of Renegades by Marissa Meyer on Tuesday, May 23rd @ 4 pm. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library to pick up your copy today!
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
Everyone ages 13-19 is welcome to attend! We can’t wait to see you there!
Do you LOVE to read? Do you love trying new books and discussing them with friends? Pick up your book for the next Between the Lines Book Club today!
This April, BTL is reading French Braid by Anne Tyler, a family drama about the ties that bind, for better or worse.
The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family’s orbit, for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts’ influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.
Follow this family’s foibles along with your fellow readers this April.
We have added a new meeting to our schedule to better suit your life! In addition to our April 27th meeting at 1:00 pm at the Aurora Public Library, we will also be meeting on May 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Aurora Public Library! As always, we will be meeting at the Dillsboro Public Library on April 28th at 1:00 pm. Please feel welcome to attend any meeting that you wish, and keep an eye out for some delicious themed treats coming to your meeting this year!
We cannot wait to see you there! You can check out a BTL book at the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Libraries with a library card.
Spring is in the air and you know what that brings… baby animals! Our story times will be featuring cuteness overload of baby farm animals. Who can’t resist a fluffy bunny, or those cute little ducklings swimming on the pond? Wobbly legs are fun to watch as a colt is trying to walk and those adorable little pink noses of baby pigs. Your kiddos will be squealing with delight at all the baby animal activities we have planned.
Earth Day will also play a big part of our April story times as well. Take a trip through nature with Miss Tammy and the fun stories she has picked out for you!
We can’t wait to see all of those wiggly, squirming, smiling faces at our weekly story times. Happy Spring!
Meet up with book lovers just like you for a discussion of One of us Lying by Karen M. McManus on Tuesday, April 25th @ 4 pm. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. Stop by the Aurora or Dillsboro Library to pick up your copy!
We will be meeting on Tuesday, April 25th @ 4 pm at the Aurora Public Library. Anyone 13-19 is welcome to attend!
Pay close attention and you might solve this:
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention:
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. He died on a Monday. But that Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates. Now, all four of them are suspects in his murder. Are they guilty? Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
They all have a motive. They all have something to hide. They all have a history with Simon. And one of them is definitely lying.
Join Ron Nicholson, leader of our Between the Lines Book Club, as he shares 10 poems that permanently altered not only literary history but the world itself.
This program is part of a regional tour honoring National Poetry Month: April. Ron is thrilled to share his favorite famous poems with you as you venture into the world of creative writing.
This program will be held at the Aurora Public Library on April 11th at 6 pm. We hope to see you there, maybe with a pen and a pad of paper. You never know when inspiration may strike!