Summer Reading Foam Finale Party!

Get psyched for suds at our big Summer Reading Program Finale Party!

Our finale party will feature a HUGE foam machine, music, games, and tons of delicious snacks and drinks! We will have cotton candy and Gatorade for everyone in attendance! Didn’t participate in our Summer Reading Program this year? Not to fear, you’re still welcome at our huge library bash! We love to see new faces and we want to celebrate with you too! So bring your friends and family down to the Aurora Public Library on July 25th or the Dillsboro Public Library on July 26th at 11:30 am for a spectacular end-of-summer send-off like never before!

You are sure to get wet at this event, so make sure you dress accordingly or bring an extra set of clothes to change into after our bashes end at 2:30 pm!

We will also be drawing for our Summer Reading Program prizes for each branch at their parties, so if you want to pick up your prize pronto, make sure to be in attendance! Can’t make our party? Don’t worry! If you win a prize but aren’t in attendance, we’ll give you a call to let you know you’ve won a prize and hold it for you until you can pick it up.

Got any questions? Call 812-926-0646 or stop into any library branch today and a librarian can help you out. We can’t wait to see you there!

Charcuterie ME!

Charcuterie program will be July 18th and 20th.

Join Jordan from Madison’s The Crepêrie to learn about the fine art of charcuterie! Each participant will learn the basics of creating their own charcuterie board—perfect for enjoying on some beautiful summer evening. All participants will take food home with them.  Registration is required; all interested will be put into a lottery and participants will be selected and contacted two weeks before the event.

This event is courtesy of the Aurora Public Library District. We can’t wait to see what delicious creations you make!

Mellow Yellow Family Yoga

Mellow Yellow Family Yoga on July 11th and 12th.


Breathe in… Breathe out… Feeling mellow? Practice some calming family yoga during yellow week at the library!

Visit the Dillsboro Public Library on July 11th or the Aurora Public Library on July 12th to practice some calming techniques and stretch all your sillies out with the whole family after storytime! This program will start at 11:30 am at both locations, but feel free to come to our storytimes beforehand at 10:30 am too! We will have activities for the older kids during storytime too.

We can’t wait to zen out with you at the library! See 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!

Tween Crafting!

Tween crafting at 10:30 am.

Tweens, come to storytime with your younger siblings! During storytime on Tuesday and Wednesday for summer reading we will have activities for our tween patrons, ages 6-12. After storytime, we will continue with the scheduled summer reading program event. These will be at both libraries: Dillsboro and Aurora.

The activities are:

  • T-shirt bracelets
  • Spongebob Spongebombs
  • Plantable Planter
  • Kindness Rocks
  • American History Trivia
  • Bath Bombs
  • Sand Art

All materials will be provided. We can’t wait to see you and the whole family there!

Take Flight with APLD!

Take Flight at Dillsboro at 6 pm

Take wing and join in a WILD adventure at the Dillsboro Public Library on June 20th at 6 pm!

Take Flight: Wildlife Encounters is visiting Dillsboro this summer for our summer reading program and they’re bringing a living aviary with them! Meet all kinds of birds of prey, ask experts questions about the animals, and learn about these cool birds at this event!

Have any questions? Call 812-954-4151 or speak to a librarian today. We look forward to seeing you there!

Life-Size Clue Returns!

One murder… 6 suspects. Find out who’s responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion in his own home. Was it Plum with the wrench in the library? Or Green with the candlestick in the study? We need your help to solve the mystery and make it out alive! We will study the crime scene on Friday, June 16th @ 1 pm at the Dillsboro Library. Anyone ages 8-17 is welcome to attend! Registration is required. Please call 812-954-4151 to register. FREE pizza and drinks will be provided. We’ll see you there!

Blue Splash Days: Water Experiments!

Splash into the library with our blue week for summer reading!

This week, our summer reading theme is the color Blue. Join us after storytime with some cool water experiments and finish it off with outside water play to cool off in the hot sun. You might get a little wet!

Blue Splash Day will be held at Dillsboro on June 13th and Aurora on June 14th at 11:30 am.

All materials will be provided! We can’t wait to see you there!

Summertime Story Walk®!


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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.

Purple Haze Days: Tie-Dye Bucket Hats!

This summer, we’re having family programs after some of our morning storytimes! Our first family program is for our first color-themed week: Purple! We will be tie-dyeing bucket hats so you can stay cool in the heat while looking cool too! The program begins immediately following storytime at Aurora on June 7th or at Dillsboro on June 6th!

All ages are welcome to attend. We can’t wait to see what you create! Don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Program while you are here to enter for a chance to win huge prizes! Ask a librarian to sign up today!