All Aboard!

polar express storytime at the depot

All aboard at the Old Aurora Train Depot for a special storytime of Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Kids will cozy up with hot cocoa and a story. Of course, your most comfy jammies are encouraged, but not required. Who knows, maybe that train whistle will be coming around the corner! We hope to see all of your kids there for this magical storytime at the Depot on December 16th at 1 pm!

Chapter Chat Reads Willowdeen

Chapter Chat Meets in December

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 Cover

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

Polar Bears Take Over the Library!

polar bear storytime at the dillsboro library

Storytime Saturday at the Dillsboro Public Library on Saturday, December 2nd will feature a fun theme of talented swimmers who paddle with their front paws, a coat of fur that does not soak up water, and a love for snow and VERY cold weather. What could it be? A friendly polar bear is visiting the library to say hello, make some COOL crafts, and read a story or two with you! Come join us for this amazing animal storytime at the Dillsboro Library on December 2nd at 2 pm. Families of all ages are welcome!

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!

Chapter Chat Reads Escape at 10,000 Feet!

Chapter Chat Meets in November


Chapter Chat is back with a little twist.

Each week a kid can pick up each month’s book with interactive elements that go along with the story. As you read, there are items in the book bag that have page numbers on them and when you reach that page then you will open that item.

November’s book is Escape at 10,000 Feet: DB Cooper and the Missing Money by Tom Sullivan. We will be meeting at the Dillsboro Public Library on November 21st at 3:30 pm (after school) and at the Aurora Public Library on November 29th at 3:30 pm.

Escape at 10000 feet book cover

NOVEMBER 24, 1971

2:00 P.M.
A man in his mid-forties, wearing a suit and overcoat, buys a ticket for Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 bound for Seattle.

3:07 P.M.
The man presents his demands: $200,000 in cash and four parachutes. If the demands are not met, he threatens to detonate the explosive device in his briefcase.

So begins the true story of the man known as D.B. Cooper, and the only unsolved airplane hijacking case in the United States.

Bags can be picked up at Aurora at the lower level desk and at Dillsboro.

Snacks and Drinks will be provided.  Ages 7 to 12 only.

Teen Book Club Reads The Raven Boys

Teen Book Club Meets November 28

Do you love to read? Are you looking for peers who share that love? Look no further than our Teen Book Club at the Aurora Library! We meet once a month to eat snacks and chat about our latest book pick. This month, join us for a discussion of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater at the Aurora Public Library on November 28th at 4 pm! Pick up your book at the library today.  This program is open to anyone ages 13-19.

Raven Boys Cover

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.” -Scholastic

Join the #BigLibraryRead!

Libby Big Library Read November 2 through 16

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!

Artie and the Wolf Moon Book Cover

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.

Be Thankful with Us

Special Storytime in November

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!

November Storytimes

storytime is back

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.

Between the Lines Reads The Fifth Child

BTL Meets in October

If you like to read a variety of books, and if you like to discuss the books you read, check out one of the Aurora Public Library District’s adult book groups, Between the Lines!

There will be afternoon groups that meet at the Aurora Public Library on October 26 @ 1:00 pm and the Dillsboro Public Library on October 27 @ 1:00 pm. There will also be an evening meeting at the Local History Library on October 31 @ 6:30 pm. We will be discussing The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing.

In the unfettered atmosphere of the late 1960s, a couple builds a life based on their belief in the superior value of tradition and normalcy. A large house, a large family, all the expected pleasantries convince them they can remain untouched by dark events–until the birth of their fifth child, a gruesome, insatiably hungry, violent child.

This FREE program does require registration. If you would like to register, please speak to a librarian at the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Library to pick up a book and reserve your spot today.

As a reminder, this will be the last Between the Lines meeting of 2023. The club will start meeting again in January of 2024.

We can’t wait to see you there!