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Winter Reading Adventure

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Play BINGO with us and earn a special prize when you complete 5 activities in a row!

How to participate:

  1. Register online OR pick up a BINGO sheet at any APLD location starting December 1, 2022

    • If you've never used Beanstack before, you can create an account now!

  2. Complete activities on your BINGO sheet. When you complete 5 activities in a row, return to the library and collect your prize!

  3. For an added challenge, see if you can complete ALL the activities! (No extra prize awarded)

Download your paper BINGO sheet HERE

-Starting December 1-

 REGISTER FOR BEANSTACK

www.aurorapubliclibrary.beanstack.com

You can also log your activities on the Beanstack Tracker app. Download the app
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Events

Events for Children

Events for Teens

Events for Adults

For Children

Disguise the Gingerbread Man (Again!) 
Thursday, December 1-Tuesday, December 20  
All locations 
Help create a disguise for our Gingerbread Man for the chance to win a copy of a gingerbread man book. Return your disguise to any of the Aurora Public Library District locations or Bookmobile by Tuesday, December 20 for the chance to win your own copy of a Gingerbread Man picture book. 

Winter Wonderland Storywalk  
Friday, December 2 – Thursday December 22 (Weather permitting) 
Santori Children’s Garden (When garden is open) 
Looking for a fun outdoor activity? In the Children’s Garden you can follow along and read the interactive book Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Available when weather permits the opening of the garden. 

An Afternoon with The Nutcracker  
Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch - Children's Department 
Join members of the cast of The Nutcracker for a fun-filled afternoon of music, dance, and even a craft! There will also be a drawing for your chance to win two tickets to the show!   

Winter Storytime  
Monday, December 5 at 10 a.m. 
Thursday, December 15 at 10 a.m. 
Tuesday, December 20 at 10 a.m. 
Santori Library-Hurrell Storytime Room 
Join us for a fun-filled storytime that could touch on any aspect of the winter season. Stories, songs and more. All ages welcome. 

Christmas Ornament Craft
Tuesday, December 6 at 5 p.m.  
West Branch – Meeting Room  
Join us to make your own Christmas ornament out of various craft supplies. Ages 6 and up. 

Family Movie Night!  
Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Home Alone (1990, Rated PG) 
Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Rated G) 
Eola Road Branch – Large Meeting Room 
Join us for a fun family movie night. We'll provide snacks and drinks or bring your own.  

Paper Plate Llama Craft  
Friday, December 9 at 4 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch- Children's Program Room 
Celebrate National Llama Day by creating your own paper plate llama! For ages 6-12.Ticketed program.  Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the program.  

Kids Art Series 
Saturday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. 
Santori Library – Hurrell Storytime Room 
Come and join us to learn different artwork every month. December will be ornament making. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Movie and Craft  
Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m.
West Branch- Meeting Room 
Join us for the original movie (1966, Not Rated) and a fun craft. Ages 5-12.

Holiday Gift Wrap Making!  
Monday, December 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch- Large Meeting Room  
Make your family's gifts extra special by decorating your own gift bags or wrapping paper. We will provide all the supplies. Drop in and get creative at this family friendly event!

Bilingual Christmas Storytime 
Wednesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. 
West Branch- Meeting Room 
Join us for a fun Christmas storytime filled with stories, music and a craft. For ages 0-5 with a caregiver.

*Pretend & Play!  
Wednesday, December 14 and Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. 
Santori Library - Hurrell Storytime Room 
Join us for this fun program where we will test our imaginations! Books, crafts, and games included. Ages 2 - 5.

  • December - Cookie Bake Shop
  • January - Pizza Parlor

Winter Elf Storytime  
Friday, December 16 at 10 a.m. 
Eola Road Branch- Large Meeting Room 
Join us for a magical storytime with Crystal the Winter Elf! We'll read stories, sing songs, and stay to take photos with Crystal. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol: Movie and Craft (1992, Rated G)  
Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. 
Santori Library- Hurrell Storytime Room 
Cozy up and enjoy provided snacks while you watch an old school holiday favorite with the kids. Wear festive pajamas, bring pillows and blankets, and get ready to have some fun! Stay for a holiday craft or take it home.

Sensory Snow Play  
Tuesday, December 20 at 2 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch- Children's Program Room 
The weather outside may be frightful, but the indoors are quite delightful! Babies and toddlers will be able to enjoy playing with cold snow from the comfort of the library! Ticketed program. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the program.  

Mosaic Snowman Craft  
Tuesday, December 27 at 2 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch- Children's Program Room 
Come make your own mosaic snowman craft out of construction paper and stay warm doing it! For ages 7-12. Ticketed program. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the program.  

*Wonder Clubs
Wednesday, December 28 & Friday, December 30 at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Wednesday, January 4 & Friday, January 6 at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Santori Library - Teen Program Room
In partnership with DuPage Children's Museum and SciTech, Wonder Clubs empower children to explore their curiosity and foster a sense of wonder.Grades PreK-5.

Noon Year’s Eve Party  
Thursday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m.  
Santori Library-N125/126 
It’s almost 2023! Countdown to “Noon Year’s” with stories and games. Ages 0-5 with a caregiver. 

Winter Bingo  
Thursday, December 29 at 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, January 3 at 11 a.m. 
Santori Library – Hurrell Storytime Room 
Join us for a few games of Bingo. All families with children are welcome. 

A Day at the Movies!  
Friday, December 30 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. 
West Branch- Meeting Room 
Join us for a day of holiday-themed movies! See website for movies. Popcorn and cookies will be provided. All ages. 

Snowy Stories with Novel Effect  
Tuesday, January 3 at 7 p.m.   
Eola Road Branch-Children's Program Room 
Come experience this special winter-themed storytime featuring books enhanced by interactive music, sound effects, and character voices with Novel Effect. For all ages. 

The Art Box
Wednesday, January 4 at 4 p.m.
Santori Library – Hurrell Storytime Room 
Join us for some interesting art projects and show off your creativity. January session will be a surprise! Ages 6-11 years old. 

DIY Mug  
Thursday, January 5 at 2 p.m.
Eola Road Branch - Children's Program Room 
Personalize your own mug! Color the insert for the plastic mug and thaw out with a warm beverage. Grades 3-6. Ticketed program. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the program.  

*Backyard Birding for Beginners
Saturday, January 7 at 2 p.m. 
Santori Library - Hurrell Storytime Room 
Learn from DuPage Birding Club what kinds of birds you might see all winter long and how to identify them. Listen to bird calls, make your own binoculars, and search for birds right here at the library! Ages 5-9.

George and the Dragon – Puppet Show Presented by Roz Puppets  
Saturday, January 14 
10:30 a.m. Santori Library – 125/126 
OR
2 p.m. Eola Road Branch – Children's Department 
Join us for another Roz Puppets performance! George and the Dragon is a whimsical retelling of a classic tale set in the times of dragons and enchanted creatures. 

Crafting is SNOW Much Fun!  
Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m.  
West Branch - Meeting Room 
Join us for snow themed crafts. Ages 5 - 12.

Puzzle Day  
Saturday, January 28 – All Day 
Santori Library Kiwanis Children’s Center AND West Branch 
Stop in any time during the day to celebrate National Puzzle Day with us. We will have giant floor puzzles as well as mazes, ciphers and more. Come join the fun!

For Teens

Gingerbread House Challenge 
Monday, December 5 at 4 p.m. 
West Branch – Meeting Room 
Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. 

Eola Road Branch – Large Meeting Room 
Thursday, December 15 at 4 p.m. 

Santori Library – Teen Program Room 
Build your own dream gingerbread house and/or build one with a group for a friendly competition between library branches! All skill levels are welcome, and all materials will be provided! Grades 6 – 12.  

Service Saturday – No Sew Fleece Blankets for Project Linus 
Saturday, December 10 at 3 p.m. 
Santori Library – Teen Program Room 
Come make help make fleece blankets for Project Linus and children in need! All materials will be provided, and volunteer credit is available.  Grades 6 – 12.  

Sledding with the Teen Advisory Board 
Friday, January 6 at 2 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch – Outdoors 
Join the Teen Advisory Board for a fun afternoon of sledding and hot cocoa at the Eola Road Branch! Bring your own sled, hot cocoa will be provided. The hill is behind the community center.  

DIY Touchscreen Gloves* 
Thursday, January 19 at 5 p.m. 
Santori Library – Teen Program Room 
Cold making it hard to use your phone? Come join us to make your own touchscreen gloves. The ability to sew is a plus, however, we can also teach you! All materials will be provided. Grades 6 – 12.  

For Adults

Favorite Holiday Books Show and Tell* 
Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch – Room 108 and Virtual via Zoom 
Come share your favorite holiday-themed books! Library staff will share their favorites with themes from Diwali through Valentine's Day, and participants are encouraged to share their suggestions. 

Service Saturday for Adults 
Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. 
Eola Road Branch – Large Meeting Room 
Are you an adult interested in volunteering your time? This holiday season, we'll be creating greeting cards and crafts for senior living centers in our community.    

Midwest Baking with Shauna Sever* 
Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. 
Virtual via Zoom 
Shauna Sever, author of Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland, joins us to celebrate baking this holiday season.    

Holiday Make-a-Thon 
Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. 
Santori Library – Rooms 125/126 
Join us for a day of merry crafting! We will have a wide range of projects to make, including DIY lip balm and laser-cut ornaments. (Great gift ideas!) All materials will be provided. This program is open to adults and teens. 

Inciting Joy: A Conversation with Ross Gay* 
Wednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m. 
Virtual via Zoom 
Ross Gay, American poet and New York Times best-selling essayist, kicks off a new year with his forthcoming book, Inciting Joy.    

 

Service Saturday for Adults 
Saturday, January 14 at 3 p.m. 
Eola Road Branch – Room 108 
Join us for Service Saturday for Adults! We'll be creating no-sew fleece blankets to help keep animals in local animal shelters warm and cozy this winter.  

 

Home Energy Savings 
Saturday, January 21 at 12 p.m. 
Santori Library – Rooms 125/126 
Join Citizens Utility Board (CUB) for a webinar focusing on saving money and making your home more comfortable. Attendees will also meet one-on-one with a CUB representative to discuss utility bills.  

Build a Snowman 
Monday, January 23 at 4 p.m. 
West Branch – Outside 
Join us for an outdoor program where we build a snowman (weather permitting)! No snow? No problem! We have an indoor contingency plan if the weather is not on our side...   

The Local Impact of Climate Change* 
Tuesday, January 24 at 6 p.m. 
Santori Library – Rooms 125/126 and Virtual via Zoom 
Join us to learn about how climate change affects the Aurora community. This program is presented by the Aurora Area League of Women Voters.   

Seed Swap 
Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Santori Library – Atrium 
West Branch -  
Eola Road Branch – Large Meeting Room 
Free seeds available! Bring seeds to share if you have them. We'll meet in the Atrium at Santori, and master gardeners will be here to answer questions.