The 2019 Summer Reading Program is Here!

Get ready to blast off into A Universe of Stories this summer! The Aurora Public Library District has so much stuff planned for you and your family, from a first person’s living history of life on the Ohio River,weekly Storytimes, StarLab Dome, a tour of the solar system, Daytime Sky Viewing, a Harry Potter Essential Oils class, teen movie nights, cupcake decorating, tween book discussions, and more! Be sure to check the blog, social media, and the newsletter for all of the information about programs.

Stop in anytime on or after May 23 to sign up. Everyone gets a book bag for free, and children eighteen and under will also get a book in their bags to keep. In your bag, you’ll find your summer Tic-Tac-Toe sheet. As you complete three-in-row, you’ll get a prize and also a chance to put your name in for a prize drawing of your choice. On top of that, every time you come into the library, you’ll also get to put your name in for prizes. There will also be door prizes featured at programs this summer, so be sure to come to as many of those as you can!

We can’t wait to see what this summer has in store for everyone! Remember, a some of our programs require advanced registration, so be sure to get your spot early before they’re all gone.

Happy Reading!

“With Every Good Wish,” Save the Date!

The Aurora Public Library District Board of Directors and staff would like to cordially invite you to attend a statue dedication ceremony in honor of longtime Director Mary Alice Horton. Please join us at the Aurora Public Library’s lower level entrance on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. for the statue’s unveiling. Executive Director of Main Street Aurora Nancy Turner will be speaking.

Mary Alice was the Director of the Aurora Public Library District for 35 years, from 1982 to 2017. Under her administration, the Library expanded to include the additions of the East and West Wings at the Aurora Public Library, the acquisition and absorption of the Dillsboro Public Library and building, and the purchase of the old train depot to house the Local History Library @ the Depot. She was extremely involved in the community, participating in various community events over the years while promoting the Library. Chances are, if you lived in Aurora or Dillsboro, you knew Mary Alice.

“Mary Alice’s love and passion for the Aurora Library and its patrons and her town are evident throughout our community, and will be for years to come.  It is under her leadership and dream that we have this great library to provide life-long learning for all.” ~Rose T.


The statue has been commissioned from the Randolph Rose Collection, which is the same designer of the statues featured near the entrances of both the Aurora and Dillsboro branches. The statue will be installed and uncovered on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend the unveiling ceremony followed by a butterfly release.

Stuck Between the Pages

Are you in high school and looking for something to do this summer? Do you love to read and discuss books with people who love to read just as much as you do? Do you like snacks? Join Stuck Between the Pages! Stuck Between the Pages is the high school age book discussion that takes place once a month at the Aurora Public Library. Call or stop by to sign up and pick up your copy of the book today!

The next discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library. We’ll be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. There is a copy waiting just for you to check out! We can’t wait to discuss it with you!

Books to Catch Up On This Summer

It’s summer! It’s time for vacations, campfires, relaxing by the pool, and spending time with family! The summertime is also a great time to catch up on your reading! Here are some titles that you might not have had time to read yet, but will be great for you to catch up on this summer:

Here are some titles that are being made or have been made into movies this year:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Shack by William Paul Young

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

It by Stephen King

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Here are more titles being made or that have been made into TV shows:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris

Here are some series titles with new releases coming out or that have already come out this year that you might have already been “patiently” waiting for:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan

Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan

Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Page

Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny

Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

And here are some fun, new standalone titles to read this summer:

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Miss You by Kate Eberlin

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Grace Notes: My Recollections by Katey Sagal

On Second Thought by Kristin Higgins

The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

And many more! Check out these titles and more from the Aurora Public Library District and the Indiana Digital Download Center.

Happy Reading! Enjoy your summer!