Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Paws to Read" Children's Summer Reading Program 2014

June 2-July 18, 2014

  • Sign up!
  • Receive a sign up packet with a bookmark, calendar, activity booklet, reading log, and Bingo sheet.
  • Earn a small prize from the treasure chest each time you complete a Bingo.
  • Report your total reading at the end of the program.  Top readers in each age group will receive a top reader "Paws to Read" t-shirt.
  • Mesabi East is planning a special event in the Fall for elementary students who set and reach a reading goal.
  • Enjoy story times, story clubs, special programs, and Discovery Table activities throughout the summer.

All events are at the Aurora Public Library unless otherwise noted.

June 2--Summer reading program begins--but participants may sign up at any time throughout the program.

June 6, 11:00 am:  "Paws to Read" preschool story time, followed by a small craft

June 9-13:  Drop in and discover pets!  Books and a small activity and craft will be available at the Discovery Table all week.

June 12, 6:00 pm:  "Stubby the Elephant" play--presented by Climb Theater

June 17, 2:00 pm:  "Paws to Read" elementary school-aged story club (books & a small craft)

June 19, 3:00 pm at the Aurora Community/Senior Center:  KidStuff Program--presented by Jack Pearson, Mr. Song-Strummin' StoryMan

June 24, 2:00 pm:  Iron Range History Players present "Cuyler and His Dog Una"

June 27, 11:00 am:  "Puppies and Kitties" preschool story time, followed by a small craft

June 30-July 3:  Drop in and discover "Tracking It Down!"  Books and a small activity and craft will be available at the Discovery Table all week.

July 1, 2:30 pm: Animal Signs: Moving Beyond Tracks--presented by Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park (songs, activities, and looking at animal artifacts).

July 3, 1:00-3:30 pm:  Drop-in Craft: Puppy Christmas Ornament (while supplies last--a different craft will be substituted if supplies run out)

July 7-11:  Drop in and discover: "Paws to Laugh!"  Books and a small activity and craft will be available at the Discovery Table all week.

July 10, 2:00 pm:  "Kids for Kids" concert--presented by the Northern Lights International Music Festival

July 15, 2:00 pm:  "Animal Adventures" elementary school-aged story club (books & a small craft)

July 18, 10:00 am, at the Aurora Community/Senior Center:  KidStuff program--presented by The Zinghoppers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Upcoming Events at the Aurora Public Library

  Christina Cotruvo: Harpist

Love Songs From the Shores

and Oars of Lake Superior

May 6, 3:30 pm

at the Aurora Public Library 

Join musician Christina Cotruvo as she plays love and folk songs from the shores and oars of Lake Superior, and shares the history and stories behind the songs.  The program will include a mix of folk and love songs with a Scandinavian influence, as well as some Celtic Harp music.

JUNGLE PORTRAITS:  with photographer Frederick Blanch

May 14, 6:00 pm at the Aurora Public Library

 Breathtaking and beautiful: the photography of exotic
          birds, flowers, and scenes from around the
 world plus
          hints on turning your photos into artistic masterpieces. 
          Questions are encouraged during a fascinating program
          exploring the capture of nature with a camera, presented by writer/photographer, Frederick Blanch.


author of the Cork O'Connor mysteries and more, and 2014 Minnesota Book award winner

Coming to Aurora on Thursday, June 19

5:30 pm:  Potluck dinner in his honor

At the Aurora Community/Senior Center
Bring a small dish to share and come enjoy a community dinner!

6:30 pm:  Author presentation

Come and hear about his upcoming book, and more!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

What is your fiction/fantasy/dystopian book or movie?

Escape to a different world with a science fiction or fantasy novel!  What is one of your favorites in this (or in the dystopian) category?  Use the comments to share some of your favorites--and to see what others have enjoyed.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Now available at the Aurora Public Library....

  • 50 museum passes, good at participating regional museums through June 30.  There are two new participants this quarter:  the Moose Lake Depot and Fires of 1918 Museum and the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center (Grand Marais).
Event tickets and museum passes are funded with money from the Legacy Fund: a part of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment approved by the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Check It Out! Selected new titles at the Aurora Public Library

Check out what's new on the shelves at the Aurora Public Library!


All Joy and No Fun--Jennifer Senior
A Sliver of Light--Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal & Sarah Shourd
Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts--Judy Martin
Making Pipe Cleaner Pets
Taste of Home Freezer Pleasers Cookbook
Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast Weeknight Meals
The Sibley Guide to Birds (2nd edition)--David Allen Sibley
Hyperbole and a Half--Allie Brosh
Ahound the World--Joanne Lefson


Tempting Fate--Jane Green
Sisters--Nancy Jensen
The Dancing Master--Julie Klassen
Blossom Street Brides--Debbie Macomber
Sweet Sanctuary--Kim Vogel Sawyer
The Wounded Heart--Adina Senft
Power Play--Danielle Steel


Destroyer Angel--Nevada Barr
Stone Cold--C.J. Box
Missing You--Harlan Coben
The Cold Nowhere--Brian Freeman
Blue Monday--Nicci French
The Weight of Blood--Laura McHugh
NYPD Red 2--James Patterson & Marshall Karp
The Accident--Chris Pavone
Concealed in Death--J.D. Robb
Keep Quiet--Lisa Scottoline
A Lesson in Secrets--Jacqueline Winspear


Crucifixion River--Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini
Ambush Valley--Dusty Richards
Once a Ranger--Dusty Richards


Night Broken--Patricia Briggs
A Winter's Tale--Mark Helprin


How Smart Are Animals?
Dogs Decoded
Through a Dog's Eyes
Dogs and More Dogs
Too Cute Puppies


Inventions and Sinfonias--J.S. Bach
The Outsiders--Eric Church
Disney's Frozen
3 Cellos--Luka Sulic & Stjepan Hauser
World of Joy--Howler
Now That's What I Call Music! 49
Now That's What I Call Country Ballads 2
Bible Songs: 16 Classic Christian Songs for Kids
Sunday School Songs
Grammy 2014 Nominees
Emerald Music Gems--Celtic Woman


Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome--Robert Harris
Keep Quiet--Lisa Scottoline


Allegiant--Veronica Roth


Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath--Lauren Child
The Children of the King--Sonya Hartnett
Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike--Lincoln Peirce
Shelter Dog Blues--Jamie White


Boom! Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog--Mary Lyn Ray
Ladybug Girl Says Good Night--David Somar


The Answers Book for Kids v. 1--Ken Ham with Cindy Malott

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Centennial Celebration Photos

 Aurora Public Library

Centennial Celebration 

Open House

Friday, January 10, 3:00-600



Library News

What's new and news at the Aurora Public Library?


The Arrowhead Library System now subscribes to Brainfuse's HelpNow and JobNow services.

HelpNow connects students (elementary through adult) online with live tutors to provide homework help and skills-building tutoring sessions.  It also offers  a writing lab where students can submit a paper and receive a one-business-day analysis giving suggestions for improvement, practice standardized tests with results that provide not only the correct answer but also an analysis of how that answer was derived, a Spanish-learning language lab, flashcards (which can be used, created, and played with through various games), and more.  Tutors will not provide answers to homework, but will help students learn what they need to know to effectively complete the homework.

JobNow provides job seekers with resources for career assessment, resume-writing, interviewing, and job-searching, and additionally connects job-seekers online with live job coaches to assist with each step of a job search.  It also provides a resume lab where job-seekers can submit their resume and receive, within one business day, an analysis and suggestions for any needed improvements.

Tutors and job coaches are available daily from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm. 

For remote use outside of a public library, go to and click on HelpNow or JobNow.  You will need to enter your library card number.


State and federal tax forms have started coming in.  The forms and booklets we have received are out on the spinning rack and counter to the right of our front door.  (We now have instruction booklets for the 1040, 1040A, and 1040 EZ.)


The Arrowhead Library System now subscribes to 87 downloadable magazine titles through Zinio! If you have a library card from an Arrowhead Library System library, you can access these titles online. Go to and click on "Create a New Account" to get started. Let us know if you need help.


Is it sometimes hard to find time to pick out books for your active preschoolers?  The library has put together 6 "Quick Pick" bags.  Each bag contains 10 picture books chosen around a particular theme.  The themes of the bags are "Board Books for Babies," "All Early Readers," "Animals," "Dinosaurs," "The Pink Bag" (princesses and fairies and Fancy Nancy and more), and "Trucks and Boys and More" (books with boys as the main characters, or about trucks or bugs and more). 

and a 5th one (letters and colors and numbers) is on the way

The Aurora Public Library now has four circulating “Story Time in a Bag” kits.  Each bag has several books, along with puppets or other story telling aids, a music CD, a brochure about early literacy, and a tip sheet on how the contents of the bags can be used by parents and caregivers to read, write, sing, play, and talk with young children.  The bags may be checked out for 3 weeks, and are intended to be used by parents and caregivers to enjoy story times with their children.  Thanks are due to the Aurora Friends of the Library, who funded and/or made the bags and their contents.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

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Teens Talk Books: A Teen Forum

Share reviews and comments on what you have been reading with other teens through the "Teens Talk Books" forum! To share a review or to comment on a previously mentioned title, click on the "Comments" button. Detailed instructions appear below. To read additional posts and comments, click on the number of comments at the bottom of the post.

Some recently ordered titles of possible interest include:

Naomi's Song--Selma Kritzer Silverberg
A novel based on the biblical story of Naomi and Ruth.

Emily Smucker
A biographical account of a teen's diagnosis of
and learning to live with chronic illness.

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