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Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess

It's a new month and time for our next Family Book Club read!

 The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

"The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by Julie Andrews Edwards

Reading Schedule
- Week 1 (July 6-12): Read Part 1 (5 chapters); Discussion blog posted on Monday, July 13
- Week 2 (July 13-19): Read Part 2 (8 chapters); Discussion blog on Mon, July 20
- Week 3 (July 20-26): Read Part 3 (8 chapters) & epilogue; Discussion blog and activity on Mon, July 27

To put a copy of the book on hold to be picked up during Curbside Pickup hours, please call 303.627.3050.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 06, 2020 at 1:33 PM
  
Making Magic
Make your own elf homes from toilet paper tubes, small cardboard boxes, branches, pebbles and a little bit of magic. Have paint and your glue gun ready!

Place your completed elf hut outside - maybe an elf might just move in!
Share a photo of your hut in the comments beow.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 06, 2020 at 1:16 PM
  
Read It!

**Video may contain spoilers**
Join APL staff each week for a discussion of some of their current reads! Each week they will discuss a book from a different genre. Join the discussion live on at Facebook.com/AuroraLibrary each Friday at 1 p.m. (MST) and leave your thoughts in the comments below!



The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on July 10, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "Desperadoes" by Ron Hansen (available instantly on hoopladigital.com).

Other upcoming titles, all available instantly from hoopla digital, include:
- July 17, "Commute" by Erin Williams
- July 24, "The Goblin Emperor" by Katherine Addison
- July 31, "FantasticLand" by Mike Bockoven
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 05, 2020 at 9:32 AM
  
On July 2, 2020, at 2:43 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a crash at South Sable Boulevard and East Centrepoint Drive.

Investigation found that a Buick sedan had crashed into a Chevrolet Suburban then ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The adult male driver of the Buick died as a result of injuries sustained from crashing into the tree. The occupants of the Suburban were uninjured. At this time, it appears the Buick had just been involved in another non-injury crash, a few miles away, and was fleeing the scene of that crash. Our initial investigation revealed that the Buick was traveling at a very high rate of speed when it rear-ended the Suburban.  Additionally, the driver of the Buick was not wearing their seatbelt.

The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notification.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 02, 2020 at 7:47 PM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess

It's a new month and time for our next Family Book Club read!

 The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

"The Whangdoodle was once the wisest, the kindest and the most extraordinary creature in the world" but it, along with many other splendid and strange creatures, have disappeared, creating for themselves a secret land to live in peace away from people. Most humans have forgotten them but, with the help of Professor Savant, three children discover the way to Whangdoodleland. 

Join the Family Book Club (all online!) and read this exciting fantasy/adventure written by the great Julie Andrews! To put a copy of the book on hold to be picked up during Curbside Pickup hours, please call 303.627.3050. 

We will have discussion questions every Monday on our blog and, in the final week, a fun activity!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 01, 2020 at 11:11 AM
  
Create & DIY for adults

Ever wanted your own dragon? Make a mystical, magical dragon egg with push-pins and a little creativity!

Thanks to Lucinda with Swish and Stitch for letting us share this craft with you! Visit her website swishandstitch.com for more crafts!


Music: BenSound 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 01, 2020 at 10:12 AM
  
Making Magic: Crafts for Kids

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang by making this wooden star wreath!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 29, 2020 at 3:43 PM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club 
with Tess

"The Turnaway Girls" by Hayley Chewins
Chapters 32 - 41

The Turnaway Girls

- Were you surprised by what Mother Nine said to Delphernia? Were you surprised by Delphernia's reaction to her?
- How did you feel when Delphernia founds out her mother is still alive and that the Childer-Queen and Bly are her family?
- How do they save Linna and change Blightsend?
- Did you like this novel? What were your favorite things?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Activity: Follow these instructions to make clay birds. When you come to the painting part, paint them gold 🙂
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 29, 2020 at 1:42 PM 1 Comment
  
Read It!

**Video may contain spoilers**
Join APL staff each week for a discussion of some of their current reads! Each week they will discuss a book from a different genre. Join the discussion live on at Facebook.com/AuroraLibrary each Friday at 1 p.m. (MST) and leave your thoughts in the comments below! 



The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on July 3, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "Reclaiming Home" by Lesego Malepe (available instantly on hoopladigital.com).

Other upcoming titles, all available instantly from hoopla digital, include:
 - July 10, "Desperadoes" by Ron Hansen
- July 17, "Commute" by Erin Williams
- July 24, "The Goblin Emperor" by Katherine Addison
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 26, 2020 at 2:35 PM
  
Benefits of Storytime

Storytime-at-Home: The Benefits of Storytime
by Tess J. 

Most public libraries host multiple storytimes per week for different age groups. Families attend, not only because it is fun and engages the children for 30-60 minutes, but because parents/guardians know that their children will learn. With our model of Read, Write, Sing, Talk and Play, children will be exposed to numerous skills that go beyond the basics of numbers and colors.

The list is endless but here are a few skills children learn at storytime:
- Letter/Word Recognition (both visual and auditory)
- New Vocabulary
- Fine and Gross Motor Development
- Imagination and Storytelling 
- Listening skills

These are just a few in the long list of early literacy skills children will take away from storytime, plus the added bonuses of learning how to sit still, use quiet voices, follow directions and more! I love storytime for all that it provides for children's development in a fun and interactive way. 

While storytime at the library is a great place to learn and practice these skills, it's important to practice them at home too! That is why I created these Storytime-at-Home activity sheets. Parents and caretakers are children's first teachers and children learn more from parents and caregivers than anyone else, especially 0-5 year olds. You have the opportunity to foster their early literacy development! These activity sheets will help you read, sing, play, talk and write with your child(ren)!

Storytime-At-Home: General
Storytime-At-Home: Bedtime
Storytime-At-Home: Dinosaurs
Storytime-At-Home: Fairy Tales
Storytime-At-Home: Lions, Tigers & Bears

Print them out or request one of our themed Curbside Surprise bundles via our library catalog to get a copy!
We've compiled suggested titles for storytime-at-home too. Visit our Pinterest page for recommended reads, songs, activities and crafts to try at home!

Looking for more early literacy tips? Check out our Read, Write, Talk, Sing and Play handouts here! 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved our storytimes online! Join us on Facebook at the below times for storytime!
-
All Ages - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m.
- American Sign Language (signed in ASL & read in English) - Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
- Pajama Storytime - Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 26, 2020 at 2:04 PM
  
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