Aurora Library Visit, A Library Card & Introduction

Aurora Library Visit, A Library Card & Introduction

Aug 3, 2011
I made plans to visit the Aurora Public Library, and we did on Tuesday, day after the long weekend (Civic Holiday). Honestly, I was surprised how busy it was. Parents with children, teenagers, adults, and seniors were everywhere we turned.

Our library has everything, including state of the art equipment to do research. The librarians were very attentive. I came mainly because my library card was expired, and I also needed access to the e-book downloads. We still don’t have a second car so the virtual library access is well suited for my needs.

I think for a small town we are very fortunate to have this great resource available here in Aurora.

Aurora Public Library Books

Secondly, I also wanted to introduce my 3 year old son to the concept of library. We brought him few times to the Chapters in Newmarket, but that is not the same. He already has a collection of over 200 children’s book and the library is the next step for him and for us to step away from buying more books.

I don’t know if we did well on the first visit. When I came home all I wanted to do is to rest and laugh. I shall share my laughs with you here today.

Aurora Public Library

His eyes went big at the entrance. He saw children, and I know what he was thinking then, a playground and more children.

First, Matthew noticed a little girl holding a very popular children’s book Chicka Chicka Bum Bum, a Spanish version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, book by Bill Martin Jr. He came up to her and asked ‘What are you reading girl?‘. She said ‘funny book‘ and shared with him for few seconds. She took the book back and left.

For the next hour in the library his goal was to find this book again, and I think mainly because he has one at home and this one also said ‘bum bum‘. While getting the library card I kept telling Matthew to whisper, as he kept being exciting about things around and pointing and telling me all about it out loud. I sounded like a broken record, Matthew that, this, and that, shhhhhhhh, whisper please. Soon as we got the card he was on the mission – elevator first, which sometimes he forgets and calls it an ‘alligator‘.

In the last minute we sneaked into the elevator. Inside there was a father with little girl, probably Matthew’s age, 3. Again, Matthew tries to make friends. ‘Hi, hi‘ – he kept greeting them. Then he followed them to the children’s section. This is were he again started to coming up to every child in the room and asking questions and talking. ‘Matthew we whisper here, please keep your voice down‘ – I kept repeating.

Now Matthew spotted a girl with another book he knows, The Little Engine That Could. She had a nice pile of books on the shelf ready to take out along with the Engine book. So my dear Matthew comes up to her and takes the pile of books away and starts to walk away. ‘Matthew put that down, these are not yours‘ – I had to explain.

The father with girl left the room. Matthew spotted them outside the door, ran away and started to follow them to the elevator. I was able to convince him to stay on this floor by showing him different Dr. Seuss books, the one he does not have yet. We were able to sit for a bit and enjoy a busy traffic on the Yonge Street from library window. But not for long. He remembered that he needed to find the Chicka Chicka Bum Bum book.

View of Yonge Street from the Aurora Public Library Window

I told him to ask for it at the information desk, and he did. Unfortunately all the books were checked out. At this point I was exhausted and had to bribe him that he can get a treat outside the library. I gave him Aurora 1945-1965, An Ontario Town at a Time of Great Change book by Elizabeth Hearn Milner to carry. He carried to the check out. Same lady that signed me up with the library card checked the book out for us.

So not only he checked every corner of the library, got a ride in the elevator, greeted and talked to almost every child that passed by him, made some noises and was loud, asked questions; he also made himself popular as the lady at the checkout said ‘Bye Bye Matthew’. He waved back, smiled at her, and charged outside the door for the treat.

At home we repeated all he did in the library, and I ensured that next time when he goes to the library he will be walking slowly, he will be whispering and he will not take books away from other children. He can have different books, take them out, read them and must always bring them back.

‘I understand’ – was his reply.

We shall see next time.

Aurora Public Library Books

On the side note, the Aurora 1945-1965, An Ontario Town at a Time of Great Change book by Elizabeth Hearn Milner published not very long time ago (2007) turned out to be interesting book. I will talk about it another time.

About the Author

Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.


  1. I used to love going to the Aurora Library when I was three years old. One of my fondest memories was visiting one day a week with my mom in the mornings. We would arrive for Story Time (where a librarian would read a book) followed by a movie in the basement of the old library building (the large brown building behind the current library next to Church Street School is the old library building). Following that my Mom and I would go upstairs to check out the children’s section followed by the adult section for my Mom’s weekly reading.

    I would check into the children’s programmes at the Aurora Public Library and perhaps you and Matthew could have a weekly date with books.

  2. Thanks Michael for sharing your story.
    That is good idea especially for hot summer days,
    long walks to the pond or Arboretum don’t work very well.
    Anna :)