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!

The Perfect Holiday Place Card

Craft a placeholder at the library in november

Spice up your dining table at the next family gathering with these pumpkin pie placecards that look good enough to eat!

The paper may not be palatable, but you can fill them up with nuts, mints, or another tasty treat.

This program will be offered at the Local History Library @ the Depot on November 9th at 4 and 6 pm and at the Dillsboro Public Library on November 14th at 4 pm.

Space is limited to 8 participants at each session, so please register for this program by visiting any branch of the Aurora Public Library District during business hours to speak to a librarian or give us a call at 812-926-0646. To register, you must be age 18 or older.

Ancient Aurora at the Depot!

Ancient Aurora September 13th at the Depot

Discover your hometown through the lens of a world before humankind with the Archaeological Research Institute! Bring the whole family to learn about the stories the river valley’s land can tell us and the mysteries that hide in the land that surrounds us. Then, put your thinking caps on and participate in some archaeological investigations to solve the mysteries of Ancient Aurora and what roamed the land before us!

This program will take place at the Local History Library @ The Depot on September 13th at 3:30 pm. Families of all ages are welcome to attend, though most subject matter and activities will be aimed at elementary-age children. Have any questions? Please call 812-926-4363 or visit the library to speak to a librarian.

Check out these books from the library to prepare for your ancient investigation!



Paint with DIAMONDS!

Diamond Painting Gnomes in September

Give yourself the freedom to gnome! Join us in diamond painting a gnome keychain to put on your keys for a little bit of luck and a whole lot of sparkle as you explore the world. Each location has 12 gnomes waiting to be decorated, so we do require registration for this event. If the spaces fill up, our gnomes will pull random names for participation and call everyone 2 weeks before the program.

There’s gnome place like the Dillsboro Public Library on Wednesday September 13th at 4 pm or the Local History Library @ The Depot on Thursday, September 14th at 6 pm. We can’t wait to see your crafty creation!

C.R. Patterson and the Automobile

Join us for an evening of transportation history as historian Christopher Nelson discusses the life and legacy of C.R. Patterson.

C.R. Patterson, part of one of the first automobile companies in America, C.R. Patterson and Sons, developed precursors to some of the first working automobiles while also championing civil rights in post-Civil War America. Patterson became a transportation entrepreneur as an African American during an unkind time in America. He, along with a business partner, established their carriage business in Greenfield, OH, which was a stop on the same Baltimore & Ohio train line as Aurora’s depot. Hear more about this extraordinary man’s fascinating history at this FREE event! Light refreshments will be provided.

This historical talk will be at the Local History Library at the Depot on July 13th at 6 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Crafty Creations Makes Mosaics!

This month, Crafty Creations, our adult crafting program, will be making a FREE beautiful mosaic coaster for your home!

Get crafty this month making a mosaic tile coaster perfect for that cold summer beverage. Crafty Creations will be meeting at the Dillsboro Public Library on July 6th at 4 pm and at the Local History Library @ The Depot on July 11th at 6 pm. All supplies will be provided; please wear clothes ready for crafting.  Registration for the attendance lottery is required and attendees will be notified 2 weeks before the event. This program is only open to individuals aged 18 or older. Speak to a librarian to register today!

Library BINGO Night!

BINGO! I got a BINGO at the Library!

Come to the Dillsboro Public Library on June 27th at 4 pm or the Local History Library @ The Depot on June 29th at 6 pm for your chance at fabulous prizes! We will be giving away books and gift cards to local businesses!

Refreshments will be provided. We can’t wait to see you there!

The Local History Library is opening April 29th!

Welcome back to the new and improved Local History Library @ the Depot! We are so glad to be opening back up and we can’t wait to answer all your questions and see all your curious faces!

In order to welcome you back properly, we will be holding a grand reopening event on April 29th at the depot! Your new local history library assistant, Olivia, will be showing you around the building and sharing our new projects with you! Sarah, our resident genealogy hobbyist, will be showing you the ropes of Ancestry. We will also feature a special guest from the Lawrenceburg Public Library District: Rachael Scott! Rachael will give you some tips and tricks about local history research and share some information about her own local history room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library Main Branch.

Snacks and drinks will be available. All ages are welcome to attend. No registration is required. We can’t wait to see you back in your depot!

Local History Library Grand Reopening!

The Aurora Public Library District has big plans in store for the Local History Library! We know you miss the Depot, but the building needs to remain closed for the next three months to put our plans into action. So don’t worry, because we’ll be back before you know it!

Some projects we have planned for the Local History Library include reorganization of reference items for easier patron access, added shelving for reference items, added tables and chairs for programs and meetings, a fresh coat of paint, and an overall rearrangement of shelves, desks, and tables to make the most of the space. Our main goal is to increase the usability of the building and make the space more user friendly and versatile for you, our patrons! So stay tuned, because in August the Local History Library is reopening for all your research, local history, and genealogy needs. If you need assistance before then, please feel free to reach out to us by phone (812-926-0646) or in person at the Aurora or Dillsboro Libraries.

The Local History Library will be re-opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays  and the third Saturday of the month beginning in August. Be sure to check out our events page or our Facebook and Instagram pages in the upcoming months for programs scheduled at the Local History Library once the building reopens. We can’t wait to see you again!