Featured Library: Aurora Public Library

This month we’re highlighting the Aurora (Ill.) Public Library for its wealth of Civil War programming. This year marks the beginning of the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration, and this October, the library is offering a variety of related programs for adults and children:

  • Civil War Spies for Kids: Children ages seven to twelve can participate in a spy activity and find out who was doing the spying during the Civil War.

  • Civil War Storytime: Kids in grades K–3 can come to a storytime and then tour the museum’s Civil War exhibit.

  • Welcome to Addy’s World: Peek into the life of American Girl Addy during the Civil War. Children ages seven to twelve can bring their dolls for stories, games, and crafts.

  • History Alive—Civil War: Attendees will witness a hands-on presentation on Civil War dress presented by Cantigny 1st Division Museum staff. The event will also include a craft.

  • An Afternoon with Dara Horn: Author Dara Horn will discuss her research into the Civil War and how she used it to write All Other Nights, the 2011 Fox Valley Reads title. A book signing will follow the presentation.

  • Illinois in the Civil War: Although no major battles of the Civil War took place in Illinois, the state played a significant role in the war and felt its effects. This slide lecture will discuss Lincoln, Grant, and other heroes who led the country through the war, and also the role of Illinois regiments active in the Western theater.

  • Fire Zouaves—Firemen in the Civil War Infantry: Learn how the volunteer firefighters of New York City were recruited and joined the Civil War en masse to form two infantry regiments know as the 1st and 2nd New York Fire Zouave Regiments.

The library is also celebrating the spooky, scary, and thrilling in October:

  • Murder They Write: Thrillers, whodunits, cozies: who can resist a good mystery? Mystery readers and writers will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the facets of mystery writing with local authors. A book signing will follow the presentation. Enter a drawing for a free signed book.

  • Make and Take Halloween Costume for Kids: Is your Halloween costume ready? If not, come to the library to create an easy costume. Each parent/child team will make one costume. For all ages.

  • Boris Godunov Lecture presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Hear the story of Boris Godunov, haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar and threatened by a pretender to his throne. Musical excerpts will be included.

  • Zombie Survival Training for Teens: Join the Main Library’s Teen Advisory Board as they: 1) Tell how to survive a zombie attack; 2) explain the history of zombies and why they bite; 3) quiz you on what you have learned; and 4) turn you into a zombie.