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Create It!

Create It! Trick or Treat Boxes
by Karen

It's Make It Monday! This week, Karen shares a fun and easy DIY to make a festive doorhanger - perfect decor for fall!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM
  
(November 22) On Sunday, November 22, 2020, at about 5:22 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to an auto-pedestrian accident at East Colfax Avenue and Clinton Street.

Upon arrival officers discovered a 75-year-old woman suffering from multiple injuries after being struck by a newer model black Yukon. The woman was transported to an area hospital where tragically she succumbed to her injuries.

The initial investigation has revealed the woman did not use a crosswalk when crossing the roadway when she was struck by the Yukon. The adult male driver of the Yukon remained at the scene. Neither Drugs, alcohol nor speed are believed to be contributing factors to the accident. This investigation remains active and ongoing

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and her next-of-kin has been notified.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash cam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 22, 2020 at 10:18 PM
  
Read It!

Read It! "The Little Shop of Found Things" by Paula Brackston
by Nicole

Hello there! Like I said before, I am giving my reviews on the books that have been chosen to read in my virtual Wisconsin book club group! Once a month, we all get together on videochat and discuss the book we picked for that month. It’s been great to catch up with them since we moved out here, and even better being able to discuss books! Our next book we picked to read was “The Little Shop of Found Things” by Paula Brackston.

The Little Shop of Found Things

This was actually the book I recommended to the group because I had read other novels by Paula Brackston such as “The Witch’s Daughter” and “The Winter Witch”. She mostly writes historical fantasy novels which is why I was excited to read another book by her. “The LIttle Shop of Found Things” was published in 2018 and categorized as a historical fiction, romance and fantasy novel. All good genres rolled into one! This book is about a young woman named Xanthe (pronounced Z-an-thee) and her mother Flora who move from London to a tiny town named Marlborough for a fresh start. Xanthe has a unique gift, when she touches an antique they “sing” to her. Meaning she senses the stories they hold and where they might have come from. Xanthe and her mother open up an antiques shop, with the hopes of Xanthe’s gift will help them flourish. As they are preparing to open the shop, Xanthe finds an intense connection to a silver chatelaine. As she tries to examine it more, Xanthe is transported back to the chatelaine’s origins, the 17th Century. An unkown spirit also appears seeking Xanthe’s help by saving her daughter, who was wrongly accused. As Xanthe tries to save this girl in 1605, she also meets an architect named Samuel Appleby. Can he help her succeed in her quest or will he become the reason she can’t bear to leave?

I loved this concept of having a gift like that where you can touch objects and learn their past and stories, and some be able to visit the time of their origins. Xanthe is an admirable and loveable character who wants to help her mom succeed with their antique shop, while also wanting to help pure strangers such as the spirit and her daughter. Not only is there time-travel but also a budding romance. Xanthe finds herself desperately attempting to fit into the seventeeth century but also keeping to her true personality in the presence of Samuel. While we did enjoy the story, there were times we did feel that is a slower developing story than most. It takes some time for us to learn the chatelaine’s importance and why it’s so imperative that the spirit’s daughter must be saved. However if you enjoy a slower paced storytelling with a hint of romance, you will enjoy this book. And bonus: it’s part of a series! The sequel, “Secrets of the Chocolate House”, was published in 2019. And expected sometime this year will be the third installment of the series, “The Garden of Promises and Lies”.

Secrets of the Chocolate House

For books similar to the "Little Shop of Found Things", check out “The Book Charmer” (Dove Pond, #1) by Karen Hawkins, “Midnight at the Blackbird Café” by Heather Webber and “The Witch's Kind” by Louisa Morgan.

Check back for my review of our next book club pick - “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.
 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 20, 2020 at 9:12 AM
  
Draw It!
Grab a pencil and paper - it's time to Draw It! 📝 Our staff member Kristin shows how to draw an adorable polar bear!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 19, 2020 at 12:53 PM
  
HELLO

HELLO stands for Hand-on Early Literacy for Little Ones. In this program children will sing songs, work on fine and gross motor skills, learn about letters, numbers and science and develop early literacy skills. Ages 0-6.

This week's video is all about the letter E, as in elephant!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 19, 2020 at 12:52 PM
  

(November 17, 2020) On Tuesday November 17, 2020 at approximately 7:32 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a parking lot in the 1900 block of South Havana Street on multiple reports of a shooting. 

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital.  Tragically, the adult male has since succumbed to his injuries. 

Abdikarim Mumin DOB: 07/22/1997 (as shown in attached Aurora police booking photo) has been arrested and charged with the following crimes into the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office:

18-3-103 Murder in the Second Degree

18-12-108 Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his next of kin have been notified.  

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. At this time it is not clear what the relationship between the two is. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Mumin Abdikarim

 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 18, 2020 at 9:39 AM
  

(November 17) On November 16, 2020 shortly after noon, the Aurora Police Department arrested Romeo Desean Thompson DOB: 03/25/2001, for the November 16th homicide at East Yale Avenue and East Brown Drive.  Thompson, as shown in the attached Aurora police booking photo, has been charged with the following:

 

18-3-102(1)(a) Murder in The First Degree

18-12-108(1)   Possession of Weapons by A Previous Offender

 

Prosecution will be conducted by the 18th District Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  No further information will be released at this time, and all additional media inquiries should be directed to the prosecuting office.

Officer Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Romeo Desean Thompson



(November 16) On Monday, November 16th, 2020, at approximately 11:40 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to East Yale Ave and East Brown Drive on reports of a shooting.  

Officer's arrived and located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he has since succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his respective next of kin has been notified.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. Initial information is that this started as a possible road-rage incident. A person of interest has been identified in this case. Investigators are very early in their investigation which includes interviewing numerous witnesses and processing the physical evidence on scene. At this time, no one has been charged in this incident.

Any witnesses to this incident are encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 17, 2020 at 5:18 PM
  
NaNoWriMo

The Dreaded Writing Bog: How to Overcome Writer's Block
by Justine

Can you believe you’re already over halfway through with NaNoWriMo?! I know it snuck up on me. At this point, logic would dictate that you should have written over 25,000 words by now. If you’re like me, you may not be anywhere close, and that’s okay. Sometimes, it seems the further you get into your story, the harder it can be to conjure words. Your character is at Point A, you want them to get to Point C, but Point B eludes you. You are stuck in the dreaded writing bog known as writer’s block. It is the bane of all writers and bound to strike at the least convenient time, like when you’re 10,000 words into a 50,000 word novel with time running out (a completely arbitrary and randomly chosen number—not from personal experience, oh no). The good news is, this is National Novel Writing Month. It’s not National Best Novel Writing Month or even National Good Novel Writing Month. Your only goal this month is to write a novel! It doesn’t have to be your best work, it doesn’t have to be good, and you don’t have to share it with anybody. That’s the beauty of it! Once you get past that and accept that your only goal is to churn out words until the cows come home, you will have a much easier time overcoming writer’s block. Just in case you’re still feeling freaked out and unsure, though, I have some tips for you as a fellow treader of the bog.  

When In Doubt, Deus Ex Machina
Roughly translated from the Latin for “god from the machine,” this plot device is an author’s best friend. Deus ex machina comes in handy when you’ve got a problem in your story that your characters just can’t overcome. Maybe she just unwittingly stepped into quicksand, is sinking rapidly, but you already established eight pages ago that her compatriots are days away and she’s in the middle of nowhere with nothing to grab onto to save herself. “Uh oh. Now what?” you may ask. Well, with deus ex machina, nothing is impossible! Maybe a friendly and freakishly strong eagle happens to fly overhead and drop a vine so she can pull herself out. Perhaps her friends’ trip is cut down by a magical shortcut they found miraculously and they save her in the nick of time. You could suddenly just decide the quicksand drags her down not to her death, but into another dimension, and the story could take a wild turn! It can be as ridiculous as you want it to be. Don’t get wrapped up in the details and just have fun getting your characters out of whatever impossible bind you’ve wrapped them in.  

Accept Imperfection
This is going to be a tough one for you perfectionists out there (trust me, I’m one of them!), but one thing to keep in mind is this is only a first draft. You may develop writer’s block because you’re so overwhelmed by all the grammar, spelling, and syntax errors staring back at you. The squiggly red and green lines under your words and the inelegant prose might hurt to think about, but try not to get discouraged! Again, the beauty of NaNoWriMo is the fact that no one has to see your work if you don’t want them to. It isn’t for a grade and you are your own harshest critic. If you find that you’re bumming yourself out over all the imperfections in your writing, it might help to stop looking at it. I know that sounds strange, but hear me out. Think about it like the rearview mirror in your car. If you keep looking behind you, you can’t focus on what’s ahead. You could get in an accident if you obsess over what’s back there. Instead, focus on looking forward out the windshield. Occasional glances back to make sure the story is progressing the way you want to is fine, but don’t keep your eyes there. Right now your goal is quantity, not quality, so if it hurts to look at all those errors just don’t look at them and simply write! Writing badly is better than giving up and not writing at all. Accept the imperfection, love it, and laugh about it later.  

Seek the Root
Do you know why you’re suffering from writer’s block? It might be an obvious problem like your neighbor blasting loud music during your writing time, or it could be something harder to pin down, like being intimidated by other writers’ success or the fear of writing poorly. Whatever the problem is, getting to the root of it could be helpful in your pursuit of the motivation to continue writing. Sometimes it’s something you can fix and sometimes it isn’t. You may not be able to convince your neighbor to turn down the music, but you could choose to write another time of day or use earplugs or noise-canceling headphones while writing. It can be hard to write when you feel like other writers would do so more skillfully, or if you feel like your writing isn’t up to anyone’s standards, but reminding yourself that it isn’t a competition and that literary recognition isn’t the bottom line can help you feel a little bit better. Remember: writing anything is a huge accomplishment! Find the root of the problem, uproot it, tell it to shoo, and let the words flow freely.

Stop Writing
Call me crazy, but it really works. Sometimes you’re so stuck that nothing seems to help. Maybe you already deus ex machina’d the heck out of your story, you accepted your imperfect writing, you sought the root of your block, and you’re still at a loss for words. When you’ve reached this point, taking a step back might be just what you need. Go take a shower, get some fresh air, grab a snack, or even take a nap. The motivation to write is an elusive beast and one best tamed by occasionally ignoring it, as counterproductive as it may sound. As they say, a watched pot never boils. Walk away for a little while and come back fresh and ready to write. If you’re anything like me, some of your best thinking might occur when you’re away from the computer or typewriter; they even make waterproof notepads for the shower now so you never lose your revelatory shower thoughts! Even if you have to stop writing for a day or two, it’s better than giving up altogether. Your story will be patiently waiting for your return!  

These are just a few tips for overcoming writer’s block, but I hope they’ve given you a little bit of solace if you’re starting to feel the pressure. There are so many things that can land you in the bog, but like in the deus ex machina example, I aim to be your freakishly strong eagle friend and help you find a way out of it. Whatever you write will be wonderful no matter what you put on the page, so please don’t give up! In the words of Sylvia Plath: “Every day, writing. No matter how bad. Something will come.” Keep writing, my friends. I’ll see you at the finish line. 

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 17, 2020 at 8:52 AM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club


Out of My Shell

"Out of My Shell" by Jenny Goebel is our Family Book Club pick for November!

Out of My Shell: Chapters 6-11   
- If you could get a personalized donut, what would you put on it?
- After meeting Mr. Shaw, do you think Olivia will have much luck when she gets to speak to him about the turtle?
- Lanie and Olivia have fun creating "cross animals" like the squidopus. Come up with your own combination animal!
- Did you think Olivia's dad would visit for her birthday?
- Have you ever had such a disappointing birthday? Do you think things will turn around for Olivia?

Copies of "Out of My Shell" are available at Tallyn's Reach Library and Jefferson County Public Libraries and unlimited eAudiobooks are available via hoopla digital - free with your library card!

Join Aurora Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library for a live Q&A with author Jenny Goebel on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. via Zoom! Register here.

Virtual Visit with Author
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 16, 2020 at 2:33 PM
  
Create It!

Create It! Turkey Decoration
by Karen

It's Make It Monday! With Turkey Day right around the corner, Karen shares a fun DIY decoration that includes some natural elements!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 16, 2020 at 12:28 PM
  
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