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Haberkern appointed director of Aurora Public Library

Aurora – The Aurora Public Library (APL) board is pleased to announce the appointment of Michaela Haberkern as executive director. Haberkern, who has served as deputy director since January 2016, was appointed to the library’s highest post at the board’s monthly meeting on Tuesday...(read more)

Aurora Public Library West Branch to stay in its current location

The Aurora Public Library (APL) Board of Directors voted 6 to 0 Tuesday night to keep West Branch at its current location. The vote came after library administrators made a formal recommendation to the board at its January meeting. This recommendation was based on information gathered over a year of concentrated study of West Branch, including, usage, benchmarking of other libraries, community input, and operating costs. ...(read more)

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Weekly News Articles

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Culinary Curiosity exhibit at four libraries, including Santori

September 26, 2019

The Aurora Public Library welcomes Culinary Curiosity, an exhibit experience featuring cooking and food related artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries.  On public display for the first time on October 4 through January 5, this exhibit comes to us from the personal collection of Mel and Janet Mickevic and is made available to four powerhouse libraries, including Gail Borden Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Schaumburg Township Public Library, and the Aurora Public Library.  Sponsored by Kendall College Trust, Culinary Curiosity was originally featured at Kendall College in Chicago, IL as an education piece for students enrolled in their Culinary Arts School ... (read more)

Ofrenda deadline for fifth APL display October 1

September 19, 2019

The Aurora Public Library presents our 5th annual Ofrendas Competition, and you are invited to participate!  Local organizations, families, and community members are signing up to decorate an altar in the Santori Library Atrium to honor deceased relatives and welcome the spirits to All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. Deadline to participate is October 1 and spots are going fast! ... (read more)

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

September 12, 2019

Did you miss our Signing Storytimes last week? Looking for more early literacy initiatives for your little one? Stop by any of our branches to get started on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The Aurora Public Library is excited to introduce this nationally recognized, self-paced programdesigned to promote caregiver/child bonding and school success. ... (read more)

West Branch reopening celebration in Aurora September 3

August 29, 2019

A new school year is underway, and with a new year comes the grand reopening for West Branch. A lot of good changes have happened at West Branch this year and we want to showcase them! Join us on Tuesday, September 3starting at 9 a.m. to celebrate a new and improved West Branch ... (read more)

Signing Storytime at APL!

August 22, 2019

One of our goals at the Aurora Public Library is to promote early literacy among our community. Whether it is by having Parent’s Corners at all locations with valuable resources to help parents, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative that offers a self-paced program, or our popular storytimes! Each storytime is designed to specifically meet the needs of the ages in mind and include songs, activities and social time. Our storytimes are not only tailored for the age group, but designed for parents to be able to then practice at home... (read more)

Aurora United We Read Inaugural Season at APL site

August 15, 2019

Imagine what it would be like if everyone in Aurora was reading the same book. Imagine everyone coming together to discuss the content, celebrating the culture depicted in the book with fun programs, and events revolved around that same read. Bringing people together across our community is the goal of Aurora: United We Read, the Aurora Public Library’s fall 2019 community read. We chose Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World, to launch our Aurora: United We Read community read event, taking place September 10 through October 10 and we want you to join us! ... (read more)

Teacher Preparation can Include APL Resources,Services

August 8, 2019

As the summer is quickly coming to an end, the Aurora Public Library wants to make sure all our educators are prepared for a successful school year. Whether you’re the hero in a classroom at a public school homeschool, or private school we have helpful services and resources for you! ... (read more)

Aurora Library Bookmobile will Require Replacement Soon

August 1, 2019

The Aurora Public Library Bookmobile plays many different roles in Aurora. Whether it’s the big blue bus that brings smiles to people’s faces because it’s in parades, or the place you visit while stopping by the Farmer’s market, or your main library branch, the Bookmobile is something special to everyone. The Bookmobile brings a lot of meaning to the people who visit it: connecting the community, serving as a resource for many students and even changing lives. It’s time for a new Bookmobile which will be able to serve the community even better with more resources and 21st century technology ... (read more)

Meditation Presentation by an Expert at APL West Branch

July 25, 2019

With this fast-paced world we live in, it’s hard to unwind, relax and take care of our bodies. Whether it’s the phone buzzing because you received another notification or your mind racing about all the things you have to do and don’t want to forget, we all have a lot of distractions and stress. At the Aurora Public Library, we want to offer opportunities for our customers to not only have fun and discover new things, but to take care of mind, body and spirit. ... (read more)

Cesar Ortega Achieves goal: Teen Librarian at West Branch

July 18, 2019
The ultimate goal: to become a librarian. All because of the influence Aurora Public Library had on its community and customers. Can’t relate? Let me tell you about Cesar Ortega, the new teen librarian at West Branch... (read more)

Wings and Talons Provides Facts at Eola Road Branch

July 11, 2019

Did you happen to spot the Red-tail Hawk going down Eola Road the other day? How about the Barred Owl going into the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library? Did you know that many birds of prey and raptors are found in our area? On Saturday, July 6, customers from the Aurora Public Library became experts as they learned fascinating facts about these wild flying predators and met some owls, hawks and falcons live and up close! ... (read more)

It’s Showtime at the Aurora Public Library Summer Reading Challenge

July 4, 2019

It’s Showtime at the Aurora Public Library and for the month of July we are trying to make things extra exciting, extra special and extra engaging for everyone! Have you registered for the Summer Reading Challenge? No? For the month of July, we are offering an extra coupon prize for children, teens and adults who register (while supplies last)... (read more)

Celebrating the Wilkinson Family

June 27, 2019

Join the Aurora Public Library on Saturday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate the legacy of the Wilkinson Family. The festivities will include a day full of memories, artifacts, and unveiling of the iconic whip at the Santori Library. You will enjoy reminiscing with old friends, while feeling the impact of this important family on our shared communal experience. ... (read more)

Community Space at West Branch Scott Grotto,Manager

June 20, 2019

Have you noticed the changes happening at West Branch? Like the large desk in the middle of the living room that was removed, or the new eSports station? How about the new West Branch manager, Scott Grotto? ... (read more)

Tom Spicer joins bigger APL as Deputy Director

June 13, 2019

There’s a lot of new things happening at the Aurora Public Library from individual programs to library wide initiatives and more importantly the deputy director joining our team. Tom Spicer, our new Deputy Director, started with us on May 28, 2019, and we’re so excited to have him be part of APL! ... (read more)