Library and Fire Museum: Community gems that work together

I wrote about the Imagine…the possibilities Art and Artifacts event a couple of weeks ago to give a small idea on how the event went, and to thank those who made it possible.

Now, all the figures have been tallied and most every item has been delivered to its purchaser. So it’s time to really take stock, and to again thank the community members who attended and supported the library.

The November 13 event was a success in many ways. First, it gave the Aurora community the opportunity to spend an evening in the current Main facility — our Carnegie Library – even though they may not have come into the library for years. It also brought our staff together for a common cause: to help the Aurora Public Library Foundation raise funds for technology for the Santori Library.

The event also helped the library make some new friends. A number of people attended because they were curious about the items that were being offered in the silent auction. Faithful library patrons wanted to take home a piece from the grand old building.

And money was raised – the Foundation grossed $25,000 and sold 50 book namings and 10 shelf namings. Anyone who would like to name a book or a shelf, or perhaps something in The Juvenile Protective Association Nature Garden, is invited to go to this website to find out more: Click on NAMING OPPORTUNITIES.


While the new building is being built, life goes on at all the Aurora Public Library locations. On Monday, Nov. 24, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum hosted Family Reading Night, as it has done for a number of years. This year, Mz. Ginger (Ginger Pebelske) from the library’s Outreach Services department, led the program. Children made their own fire hats to wear, heard stories with firefighter themes, and made fire engine and bookmobile crafts. They also learned a new song with a very catchy tune! The fire museum’s Executive Director, Debby Davis, was kind enough to supply and serve cookies and juice boxes to the children before they and their parents roamed the museum on self-guided tours. Curator David Lewis was on hand to challenge kids to go on a treasure hunt for firefighter patches that were decorated with various animals.


The Aurora Public Library’s winter newsletter should have arrived in your mailbox by now if you are an Aurora resident. If you didn’t receive yours, you can pick one up at any library location, including the Bookmobile!

Although it doesn’t list absolutely EVERY program the library is hosting, it sure gives a good sampling of what’s going on during December, January and February. Truly, there is something for everyone, whether it’s learning a computer skill or joining a book group or writing your own book.

To see all programs at a glance, go to and click on EVENTS.

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