Wednesday, June 03, 2020

SUMMER READING PROGRAM: DIG DEEPER!

Click on the links for the pages on the right for more details about the summer reading programs for preschoolers, school-age children, and teens!

There here are several activities you can participate in this summer.  Since this summer’s activities are grant-funded; we encourage you to share a photo of your completed craft to include in our grant report!  You may email them to paula.chapman@alslib.info or send them as a Facebook message to the Aurora Public Library, Minnesota.

CRAFTS:  Pick up take-and-make craft packs from the library during the designated week.  Craft packs will be available on a first-come/first-served basis while supplies last.  They will include a picture, instructions, and supplies needed to make the craft with the exception of common household items (scissors, etc.).  All crafts may not be geared toward all ages.

HIDDEN PICTURES:  Find the picture hidden around town, and email or call the library during the designated week.  Tell us your name and where you found the picture(s) to have your name entered in a drawing to win the book or dinosaur!  A sample hidden picture and a clue will be posted on the picture window to the right of the library’s front door.

SCAVENGER HUNTS:  Pick up the scavenger hunt sheet from the library, or print it off from the “Dig Deeper” page linked from the Aurora Public Library, Minnesota web page—and return the completed sheet—during the designated week to have your name entered in a prize drawing!

SIDEWALK ART:  Pick up a chalk pack (while supplies last) from the library during the designated week and create a masterpiece following the given theme in front of your home.

CITIZEN SCIENCE:   Help scientists around the world do research by playing online games, sharing your observations and photos of nature, requesting free kits to take and submit soil or water samples, helping to transcribe historical documents and more.  With the help of your parents, visit SciStarter.org to search the suggested project, or to find your own.  See brief project descriptions on the summer reading program pages to the right.

ACTIVITIES THE WEEK OF JUNE 15-21

Virtual Preschool Story Time:  visit the Aurora Public Library, Minnesota page on Facebook
Children's Craft: Patriotic Windsock
Teen Craft: Tie dye coffee filter flower/snowflake
Scavenger Hunt: Get the Big Picture, Aurora (open to teens and adults as well as children)
Citizen Science:  iNaturalist



Wednesday, May 06, 2020

NEW BOOK (AND MOVIE, AUDIO BOOK, & MUSIC CD) SHELVES

The following items recently arrived at the Aurora Public Library.  Keep scrolling to learn how you can borrow them through our no-contact door drop check-out process.

MINNESOTA

Duluth: An Urban Biography--Tony Dierkins (nonfiction)
Tourney Time--David LaVaque and L.R. Nelson (nonfiction)
A Woman's War Too--Virginia Wright-Peterson (nonfiction)
Secrets of the Loon--Laura Salas Purdie (picture book)

NONFICTION

Why Did I Come Into This Room--Joan Lunden
Estate Planning Basics--NOLO
Elephants--Hannah Mumby
Simple Farmhouse Life--Lisa Bass
Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers--Erin Benzakein et al
No Place Like Home: Fishing and Hunting Adventures Across Canada-- Ken Bailey
The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told--Lamar Underwood
When the Tempest Gathers--Andrew Milburn

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Walk the Wire--David Baldacci
The Boy From the Woods--Harlan Coben
The Guest List--Lucy Foley
Hideaway--Nora Roberts
Hit List--Stuart Woods

FICTION

A Week at the Shore--Barbara Delinsky
The Sun Sister--Lucinda Riley
The Sea Glass Cottage--RaeAnne Thayne

LARGE PRINT

Camino Winds--John Grisham
The Love Story of Missy Carmichael--Beth Morrey
The Splendid and the Vile--Erik Larsson

MOVIES

1917
Emma
Sonic the Hedgehog
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BOOKS ON CD

Long Range--C.J Box
The Night Watchman--Louise Erdrich
Masked Prey--John Sandford

TEEN TITLES

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes--Suzanne Collins

CHAPTER BOOKS

A Ceiling Made of Eggshells--Gail Carson Levine
Big Nate: Blow the Roof Off!--Lincoln Peirce

PICTURE BOOKS

A Parade of Elephants--Kevin Henkes
Roy Digs Dirt--David Shannon
Celebrate Feelings!--Sophia Day

JUVENILE NONFICTION

Backyard Biology--Donna Lathan
The Physics Book--DK

Friday, May 01, 2020

No-contact door drop pick-up


The Aurora Public Library is pleased to offer no-contact door drop pick-up service.  Here is how the process will work:

·         HOURS:

No contact door-drop pickup will be available during the following hours:

o   Monday and Friday:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
o   Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:  1:00 – 5:30 pm

·         LIMITS

o   There will be a limit of 10 items per person per request.


·         HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST

o   Your request must be made at least 24 hours in advance of when you would like to pick your items up.
o   Place a request for an item from the Aurora Public Library catalog, send us an email (paula.chapman@alslib.info) or give us a call (218-229-2021).  If we are not here, please leave a message.
o   You must include your library card number and your name OR both your full name and birthdate.   
o   Let us know the title, author, and format (book?  Audio book?  Movie?) of each title you are looking for.  If you have internet access, please FIRST check our online catalog to confirm that the Aurora Public Library owns the title AND that it is checked in. 
o   If you don’t know what you want, please give us some ideas of what you like and how many items you would like, and ask us to choose for you.
o Items may also be requested from other libraries within the Arrowhead region.  Most libraries are now filling holds.  Received items will be quarantined for 3 days.  Holds are not yet available from libraries outside the Arrowhead Library System.

·         HOW TO RECEIVE YOUR ITEMS

o   We will check the items out to you and respond to your phone call or email when they are ready. 
o   Come to the library and give us a call when you are at the curb.  If you don’t have a cell phone, please knock loudly on the door, tell us your name, and step back to the curb.
o   We will put a bag with your requests in on the sidewalk, or in a bin on the sidewalk, outside the front door. 
o   When we have stepped back inside, you may come pick up your bag.

·         RETURNING ITEMS:

o   At this time, due dates will be extended until the library re-opens.
o   You are welcome to return items you have read/viewed in the bookdrop.  We will set items aside for 3 days before checking them in. 
o   All returned items will be checked in exempt from late fees at this time.



Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Frequently asked questions these days


    When will the library re-open?  At this point, the library is indefinitely closed. It is up to the East Range Emergency Response Team as to when city buildings will be re-opened.

   How can I get internet access?  The library and City are both leaving wi-fi on during closed hours.  If you are unable to access it, please call.  We will reset the route when we are next in the building. 

What services are available?  No-contact curbside pickup of library items from the Aurora Public Library and most other libraries within the Arrowhead Library System; downloadable audio books, ebooks and magazines through OverDrive and eBooks Minnesota; summer reading programs for children and teens, reference assistance.

 I need tax forms!  The state of Minnesota has extended the deadline until July 15, 2020, for taxpayers to file and pay 2019 Minnesota Individual Income Tax without any penalty and interest.  State tax forms may be downloaded at https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/.  Minnesota Department of Revenue phone numbers are: 651-556-3000 and 800-657-3666.  The federal income tax filing due date has been extended to July 15, 2020.  Federal tax forms may be downloaded at: https://www.irs.gov/.  According to the IRS web site, IRS live phone assistance is not available at this time.  The IRS’s National Distribution Center is closed until further notice and is not accepting any orders for forms or publications to be mailed during this time.  Federal tax forms that the library has on hand may be requested following the no-contact door-drop pick-up procedures outlined above.

 What about library programs and events?  At this point, special programs and events have been cancelled or postponed through the end of August.  We will, however, be offering summer reading programs for children and teens.  See the pages on the right side of this site for details.

have another question.  How can I ask it?  You are welcome to call the library (229-2021).  If we do not answer, please leave a message with your question and contact information.  Staff will return your call as soon as possible.  You may also email your questions (paula.chapman@alslib.info) and staff will respond as soon as possible.