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  • Aurora library’s Express Center celebrates anniversary Sep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Aurora Public Library’s Express Center will celebrate its anniversary with cake and giveaways from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 1100 Church Road. Staff will be cutting birthday cake and giving away bookmarks, pencils and stickers.

     
  • Aurora Public Library Foundation, partners, offer library card scholarshipMay 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Aurora Public Library Foundation and three other partners have created a scholarship for Aurora Township residents who are not able to afford a library card.

     
  • The groundbreaking for the new main branch of the Aurora Public Library is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets in downtown Aurora. The three-story, 92,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in early 2015.

    Aurora library strives to remain 'vital resource' with new buildingApr 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Aurora library officials say the city has needed a new main library since 2000 — something larger with better technology and more space for public gatherings, independent reading and small group study. The facility they will be building starting with a May 1 groundbreaking has been designed to provide technology relevant today and flexibility for the future, library Director Eva Luckinbill said. "We just have to be ready to adapt and do what it takes to keep this a vital resource," Luckinbill said.

     
  •  The Aurora Public Library is seeking a zoning change to downtown fringe so the property on which it soon will be constructing a new main branch can be free of setback requirements.

    Aurora library seeks downtown zoning for new building Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Library officials in Aurora want to make sure the new main branch they soon will be building in the city's downtown fits in with the area's urban feel. They're seeking a zoning change for the property at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets to ensure the building can be constructed up to the street, similar to the Waubonsee Community College building that opened in 2011 at 18 S. River St.

     
  •  Librarian Magan Szwarek explains the Aurora Public Library’s new online catalog, which began operation Thursday. Among other things, patrons can reserve books and audio books online and keep track of items they’ve read.

    Aurora library launches new tech, prepares for groundbreaking Apr 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Technology improvements and building plans are picking up speed at the Aurora Public Library, as a new card catalog system purchased with funding approved last year went live Thursday. The system, called Polaris, integrates the card catalog, patron records and interlibrary loan systems and also offers the ability to search library materials, periodicals and databases all at once, said Eva Luckinbill, library director. “It was part of having a more state-of-the art, modern, integrated system,” Luckinbill said.

     
  • Aurora budgets to fund library, canine unit Dec 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    Funding for a new main library is bumping up expenditures in Aurora's proposed 2013 budget, which officials say otherwise holds the line on spending, maintains city services and adds a few new programs and employees. The $396 million budget includes $21.5 million to be spent on a library building and technology project; $260,000 for a canine unit in the police department; $150,000 for the first year of a city branding campaign; $107,500 for a forensic examiner and $95,000 for a grant writer.

     
  •  Local children wait for the doors to open at the new Aurora Public Library’s Express Center Friday. It’s been open since Sept. 17, but Friday was a special event to welcome the public.

    Express Center brings Aurora library services to neighborhood Sep 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    Families who plan to become regulars at the Aurora Public Library’s new Express Center crowded outside the facility’s doors Friday afternoon awaiting its grand opening ceremony. “We’re very excited; we live right down the street,” said Candi Vizcarra of Aurora, who walked to the grand opening Friday with her 6-month-old in a stroller and her other three children ages two to 11 by her side.

     
  • Grant funding debate delays Aurora vote on library loan Sep 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    An Aurora City Council vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11 about borrowing $22.4 million to finance construction of a new main library has been postponed, officials said Friday. The matter, which sparked debate among aldermen earlier this week, now is likely to be brought for a vote Tuesday, Sept. 25.

     
  • Aurora library funding plan generates debateSep 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    When the Aurora Public Library gained approval in April of $30 million in city bond funding to finance a new main library, officials promised all grant money would be used to lessen the tax burden. Now, the library is likely to receive $10.8 million in state grant funding, but says only $7.6 million can be put toward decreasing the city's debt. Some aldermen are crying foul, asking why the library is not sticking to its promise of putting all grant money toward decreasing the bonds that must be sold.

     
  • Aurora library taking precautions against TB spreading Aug 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    Aurora Library officials are cautioning residents and employees that two people who regularly visited the city's Main Library have been diagnosed with TB. Kane County Health Department officials were at the library Monday testing employees, but officials say they don't believe there's anything to fear.

     
  •  Library employees enjoy a mini-concert by musician Jim Peterik during his visit Friday to the Eola Road Branch Library in Aurora.

    ‘Eye of the Tiger’ singer visits Aurora Public Library Aug 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    When Maggie Perez auditioned for the Aurora Public Library's Teen Talent Show, she sang Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" while wearing a pink flower in her hair. She could never guess that a short while later singer Jim Peterik, who wrote hits like "Eye of the Tiger," would be watching part of her audition and telling producers of his upcoming music video, "That's our girl." "It's just crazy how it all happened," the West Aurora High School sophomore said. "I auditioned to be in a talent show and about a month later, I got a call to be in a music video."

     
  • Aurora Public Library seeks memories of bookmobile Jul 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Aurora Public Library invites patrons to submit their memories and photographs of the Bookmobile for a photo album to be published later this year. The album, to be called "Bookmobile Memories," will include photographs of the many bookmobiles employed by the library over the years along with patrons' recollections and facts about the library's "traveling branch."

     
  • After tax increase, Aurora library cuts nonresident fee Jul 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    Aurora residents will pay higher property taxes for the next 30 years to support construction of a new downtown library. But for this year, at least, folks living outside the city actually will pay less to use Aurora's library services — and one alderman isn't happy about it. "The library sits there and tells us why they have to spend $30 million (for a new library and technology) and raise taxes and then turns around and smacks taxpayers in the mouth," Alderman Rick Lawrence said.

     
  •  Architects Cordogan Clark & Associates, along with technology and interior design consultants, are helping Aurora Public Library staff and board members finalize plans for the $28 million downtown library. Shown here in a preliminary rendering, the building could be finished by as early as May 2014.

    Aurora library plans technology, space for new building Jun 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    Aurora residents this fall may begin to notice visible progress toward the $28 million downtown library that received funding approval in April. Work on the building's foundation at River and Benton streets is expected to begin in October or November in hopes of completing construction in May 2014, library board member John Savage said.

     
  • Spike in online book downloads challenge libraries Dec 30, 2010 12:00 AM
    Library patrons across the region were experiencing slower download times this week thanks to a post-Christmas rush to gobble up free e-books from library websites. The craze hit suburban library cardholders from Aurora to Arlington Heights and from Lombard to Lincolnshire, resulting in slower download times as excited readers looked for material for their new iPads, Nooks or other electronic reading devices known as e-readers.

     
  • Discussion on ‘Nayeli: Her Identity and Immigration’ at Oswego library 00010102
    Auroran Denise Hatcher will present “Nayeli: Her Identity and Immigration” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Oswego Public Library’s Montgomery campus, 1111 Reading Drive in Montgomery.

     
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