Chapter Chat is back with a little twist!
Pick up this month’s book with interactive elements that go along with the story at the Aurora or Dillsboro library today! As you read, there are items in the book bag that have page numbers on them and when you reach that page, you will open that item and interact with the story!
December’s book is Willodean by Kathrine Applegate.
Willodeen, an eleven-year-old girl, loves all animals, but her favorites are the weird creatures known as “screechers,” who are among the least endearing in the world. Although the residents of Perchance regard the creatures as pests or even monsters, Willodeen thinks they play an important part in the intricate natural system. But lately, nature has become very agitated, not a single Hummingbear has made it back to Perchance this year, and nobody knows why. Willodeen is resolved to speak out for the animals she loves and maybe even solve the mystery of the disappearing hummingbears when a homemade birthday gift brings unexpected magic to her and her new buddy, Connor.
Bags can be picked up at Aurora at the lower level desk and at Dillsboro.
Snacks and Drinks will be provided.
This program is open to children ages 7-12. Please register in advance by calling us at 812-926-0646 or visiting the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Libraries to speak to a librarian
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!
This month, Libby is giving you the chance to read Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens with thousands of others across the country! Libby, the Aurora Public Library District’s app for downloading and reading eBooks and eAudiobooks on the go for free offers a #BigLibraryRead every year, which offers free, no-holds, no-waitlists access to one of today’s most popular reads! This November, log onto the Libby app with your library card number and pin using your computer or mobile device to read Artie and the Wolf Moon for free between November 2nd and 16th! Post pictures of your participation on social media with the hashtag #BigLibraryRead to be entered for a chance to win cool Libby swag!
After sneaking out against her mother’s wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf―then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything―including the story of Artie’s late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom recruits some old family friends.
Artie thrives in her new community and even develops a crush on her new friend Maya. But as she learns the history of werewolves and her own parents’ past, she’ll find that wolves aren’t the scariest thing in the woods―vampires are.
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!
Fall, fall, and more fall in November has our kids exploring things that fall. What do fall leaves, pumpkins, turkeys and Humpty Dumpty have in common? They all fall down in this month’s storytimes. Bring your kiddos!
Storytimes are open to families of all ages and take place at the Dillsboro Public Library Tuesday and Thursday and at the Aurora Public Library Wednesday and Friday. All storytimes start at 10:30 am.
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 “The Boy Who Drew Monsters” by Keith Donohue.
Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.
Registration is recommended, but not required for this FREE program, open to anyone ages 18 or older. We will be meeting at Hankering Southern Kitchen in Downtown Aurora on October 26th at 6 pm.
As a reminder, this will be the last meeting of NYMBC in 2023. The club will resume in January 2024.
We can’t wait to 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 September 28 @ 1:00 pm and the Dillsboro Public Library on September 29 @ 10:00 am. There will also be an evening meeting at the Local History Library on October 3 @ 6:30 pm. We will be discussing This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.
This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.
When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.
Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.
This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
Pick up a book today to join our club and get reading!
Chapter Chat is back… with a little twist!
Children can pick up each month’s book with interactive elements in a bag that go along with the story. As you read, there are items in that bag that have page numbers on them. When you reach that page, you will have a fun, interactive element paired with the story to play with!
September’s book is “Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero” by Saadia Faruqi.
Yusuf Azeem is thrilled to attend middle school, but he is upset to see a letter that reads, “You suck.” He is passionate about robots and hopes to compete in the Texas Robots Competition and make the middle school robotics team. However, as the 20th anniversary of September 11th approaches, life for Muslim families and their friends in this small Southern town is becoming increasingly stressful.
Bags can be picked up at Aurora at the lower level desk and a Dillsboro. Meeting times are as follows:
Aurora: September 20th @ 4:30 pm
Dillsboro: September 19th – After School Hours (3:30 pm)
Snacks and Drinks will be provided. Ages 7 to 12 only. Please register in advance by picking up a book today!