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Summer of Imagination: Shared Stories

Summer of Imagination: Shared Stories kicks off May 30
Posted on 05/30/2023

Aurora Public Library invites residents to experience Summer of Imagination: Shared Stories, presented by Bellco Credit Union. Participants in the summer reading program receive a free book, while supplies last, as well as prizes during the summer when registered for Summer of Imagination beginning Tuesday, May 30.

After registering, participants can grab a BINGO-style story card from any Aurora Public Library branch and cross out a square after completing the listed activity. A story is complete when five squares in a row are crossed out, whether it is diagonal, top to bottom or left to right. Participants can then turn in their Story Card at any Aurora Public Library branch for a chance to win any of the exciting prizes! Raffle prizes will be drawn beginning Monday, Aug. 7.

“Summer reading programs have several benefits for students, not only helping with the summer learning loss but actually the whole school year by enhancing reading skills, comprehension, etc.,” said Library and Cultural Services Director Midori Clark. “Best of all, Summer of Imagination helps ignite a passion for reading and life-long learning.”

To register for Summer of Imagination, a library card is not needed. However, all libraries will offer library cards for those who would like to sign up. Participating in all the Summer of Imagination activities is free.

Families are also invited to participate in one of the free kick off events happening at different library locations from May 30 to June 10.

Tuesday, May 30, all day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Mission Viejo Library
Explore the library in our summer scavenger hunt!

Wednesday, May 31, 4 to 6 p.m., Iliff Square Library
Come dive into summer reading as we fish up new library finds, create our own stories and sign up for this summer's learning adventure.

Friday, June 2, 4 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Get inspired with performances from the Aurora Poet Laureate Ahja Fox, and the award-winning musical group Gamelan Tunas Mekar, with traditional and new music and dance of Bali.

Saturday, June 3, all-day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Tallyn's Reach Library
Kick off begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Mo Willems Pigeon-themed storytime. Take photos with Pigeon and explore a school bus! Local storyteller Hugo Jon Syles will share African American tales at 1 p.m. and the Spellbinders storytellers will take the stage at 4 p.m. Craft and activity stations will be available between the stories.

Saturday, June 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Central Library
Discover new ways to share your story with special performances from Aurora Poet Laureate Ahja Fox, Ballet Folklorico Sangre de Mexico and the city’s own Aurora Dance Hearts troupe. Bring the whole family for outdoor fun on the Great Lawn, located between the Aurora Municipal Building and Aurora Central Library.

Saturday, June 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Think Like a Scientist will provide a hands-on, family-oriented, come-and-go event. Enjoy building your own brain cell activity. Also play video games in the FIVE-O gaming trailer hosted by the Aurora Police Department Community Relations team.

Saturday, June 10, 3 to 5 p.m., Hoffman Heights Library
Party in the park! Start your summer off right with food, games and community booths. Sign up for summer reading and get a free book while you’re at it!

Adults can also have a great time while building a love of reading and libraries in their families. To check out the full listing of summer fun for all ages, visit the Aurora Public Library Explore guide.

Learn more about Summer of Imagination: Shared Stories and register at

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