Aurora Library to Host Magic Show Promoting Literacy

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The Aurora Free Library will host a magic show this weekend to encourage young adults to visit the library more.

Host Cris Johnson will present “Horror in the Library” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 at the Library, 370 Main St., Aurora.

Johnson will use spooky subject matter, “scary and gruesome magic,” mind reading, audience participation and more to promote reading, the library said in a press release. It is suitable for ages 11 and up.

“The show will feature macabre magic tricks showcasing the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, Stephen King and many more,” said library director Sandy Groth. “It’s part Criss Angel, part Derren Brown, and it’s giddy fun!”

Johnson said he has been performing at libraries and schools across the country for nearly 20 years.

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“With ever increasing budget cuts, we as a community really need to support our local libraries, encourage teens and adults to read more, watch less TV and protect our children’s future,” did he declare.

Admission to the show is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at (315) 364-8074 or visit

Brian L. Hartfield