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Welcome to Aurora Public Library’s blog. A place where our library staff share their thoughts, insider knowledge and overall love of all things book and community.

At Aurora Public Library we strive to meet the needs of the citizens of Aurora with books, information and other resources in a positive and proactive manner. Our programming is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Aurora Public Library.

A library is much more than books! While we still have stacks to wander and eBooks to download anytime, we are also a place to join together as a community – to make new friends, learn new skills, try a new hobby and so much more! Our blog follows this ideology. On this blog we will explore new books and discuss some of our favorites; share craft and activity ideas, from STEAM experiments to art projects for all ages; share fun facts; and learn more about our world together!

Feel free to comment on posts (let us know what you think of the book we discuss, or show us your finished art project), re-blog and share on social media and – most of all – enjoy!

To ensure a civil and focused discussion, comments will be held for a brief period before being published.

To find out more about the staff who contribute to this blog, read below.


 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth Bernhardt is a Librarian at the Iliff Square Branch of Aurora Public Library, conveniently located near the Friends of the Aurora Public Library bookstore to enable all of your reading cravings. She loves all aspects of library work, from dancing badly at Toddler Storytime to teaching computer lessons and making adorable lopsided crafts. When not at work, Elizabeth likes playing video games and board games, reading five books at once and curling up under fuzzy blankets with giant mugs of tea. 


Julia
Julia D. 
Julia is an Outreach Librarian at Aurora Public Library. Her hobbies include cross-stitch, hiking, and of course, reading - anything historical (fiction and non-fiction), dystopian or young adult is fair game! 

 
Brandon
Brandon F.

Brandon is a Librarian at our Martin Luther King Jr. Library. You will usually find him hiking in the beautiful Rockies or enjoying one of his many nerdy hobbies. His reading interests are horror, sci-fi and fantasy.


Adam
Adam G.

Adam is a Programming & Outreach Library Assistant with Aurora Public Library. He is usually found outside the library at schools, senior homes and local events running outreach programs. When not making projects for programs, he is avidly following anything and everything that can almost be called a sport and spending time with his family and friends.   


Stacy
Stacy H.

Stacy is a Library Assistant at Aurora Central Library. She has been with Aurora Public Library for two years. She likes to spend her free time with her friends playing board games, video games and painting and crafting group cosplays. Her favorites books are "The Jungle Book", "Coraline", "Life of Pi" and "Jurassic Park."



Tess
Tess J.

Tess is graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master's in Library & Information Science. She currently works as a Library Assistant at Tallyn’s Reach Library. She loves to create engaging literacy programs for all ages. Tess is a wife and mother, enjoys reading and the outdoors. 

  
Kristin
Kristin S.

Kristin is a Library Assistant at our Mission Viejo Library. She has worked at Aurora Public Library since 2013 and specializes in teen programs, adult programs and computer tutoring. Her hobbies include video games, digital painting and designing Excel spreadsheets for fun.

 
Julie
Julie S.

Julie is a Library Assistant at our Tallyn's Reach Library. She loves to spend her days dancing with toddlers and chasing teenagers with Nerf guns. She enjoys watching Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Star Trek with her family. Julie's favorite book is “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell.

 
Nicole
Nicole S.

Nicole is a Library Assistant at Aurora Central Library. A Wisconsin native, she recently relocated to Colorado and is thrilled to be part of a library staff again! Her hobbies include any and all things Disney (especially “Beauty and the Beast”), volleyball, board games with friends, walks in the dog park with her puppy Lyla and snuggles on the couch with her cat Hades. She loves to read fantasy and fairy tale retellings, especially "Splintered" by A.G. Howard.


Sara
Sara V.H.

Sara is a Programming & Outreach Librarian with Aurora Public Library. An (almost) lifelong resident of Aurora, Sara is proud to call Aurora home and serve her fellow Aurorans at the library! Her hobbies include travel, gaming, cooking and reading and she loves all things Disney and cats. One of her favorite book series is “The Selection” by Kiera Cass.


Tessy
Tessy W.

Tessy is a Librarian at our Hoffman Library. She can sometimes be found in her office brainstorming modern art out of paper straws (among other DIY projects), or browsing Goodreads for diversity-focused and feminist literature for books clubs and reader advisory. She spends her free time quilting, playing video games and playing with her niece. Reading interests range from space operas to modern political nonfiction.  

Tyler W.
Tyler W.

Tyler is a Library Assistant at our Hoffman Library. He loves to troubleshoot all things at the branch, from computers to sewing machines. Born and raised in Colorado, he spends his weekends enjoying city walks with his husband admiring local architecture. Travel plays a big role in their lives and they are always looking forward to the next big trip.

 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 07, 2020 at 10:56 AM
  
(04-06-2020) On March 17th, 2020, Officer Jaired Dozier was involved in an off-duty crash where alcohol was involved in Colorado Springs. Since this time, Officer Dozier has been on restricted duty. An internal affairs investigation was initiated into the incident.

Today, I have made the decision to terminate Officer Dozier, effective immediately. Officer Dozier began working at the Aurora Police Department in February of 2019. He graduated the academy in August of 2019. He was a probationary employee, which means my decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Officer Dozier’s actions do not reflect the professionalism of those who wear this uniform and someone who should represent this organization. Since taking over as Aurora’s Interim Police Chief, I promised that I would not stand for or allow behavior like this in our agency. Our officers continue to be out in our community, every single day, during this unprecedented time. Their hard work and dedication should not be overshadowed with this one officers decisions he made while off-duty.

Thank you,

Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson
Aurora Police Department
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 06, 2020 at 3:05 PM
  
Read It!
Family Book Club 
by Tess


The April book pick is A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. 
A Snicker of Magic

'Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was before the curse drove the magic away. Felicity and her nomadic mother arrive in Midnight Gulch and feel their luck may be about to change. Felicity must figure out how to bring back the magic by breaking the spell that's been cast over the town and her mother's heart.' 

Log on to HooplaDigital.com to borrow a copy online, instantly, with your library card.
Don't have a library card? Click here to get a virtual one!

Reading schedule:
April 1-12: Chapters 1-10 (Questions posted on Monday, April 13)
April 13-19: Chapters 11-19 (Questions posted on Monday, April 20)
April 20-26: Chapters 20-27 + epilogue (Questions and activity posted on Monday, April 27)

I hope you enjoy this book! Let's read! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 06, 2020 at 12:47 PM
  
APL Reader's Corner
with Nicole & Tessy

**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! (See discussion questions below - questions may contain spoilers!)

The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on April 10, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "If She Knew" by Blake Pierce (available instantly on hoopladigital.com).





Discussion Questions for "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin
· Consider the setting. Why do you think the author chooses to set the book on an island? How does the island setting reflect A.J.’s character?
· Lambiase moves from an occasional or nonreader, to a reader, to a bookseller. How do you think becoming a reader changes him? Consider the scene where he decides not to confront Ismay about the backpack. Do you think Lambiase’s reaction is different than it would have been if he hadn’t taken up reading?
· When did you become aware that Leon Friedman might be an imposter? What did you make of Leonora Ferris’s reasons for hiring him?
· What do you think the future holds for physical books and bookstores?
· Contemporary literature often has relatable storylines and characters. Did any of the characters or aspects of the book resonate with you?


Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 05, 2020 at 9:24 AM
  
Check it out!

Board Games at Home
by Elizabeth
Board games make for a great boredom buster! Check out these games you can play with friends and family while practicing social distancing. Tell us your favorite game and share more recommendations in the comments below!



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 03, 2020 at 1:43 PM
  
Draw It!

Draw It! â€‹by Kristin

Grab a pencil and piece of paper - it's time to Draw It! Our APL staff member Kristin shows step-by-step how to draw an adorable sheep!



Let us know how your sheep turns out in the comments below and tell us which drawing tutorial you'd like to see next! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 01, 2020 at 10:23 AM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club
by Tess

The votes are in and the winner for April is "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd! You can check out a copy here on HooplaDigital with your library card! 

In this club we read middle grade fiction appropriate for ages 6 - 12, but anyone is welcome if you enjoy children's literature! I will be posting discussion questions weekly based on the book we are reading and I will also provide activities that relate. Please comment on the discussion questions so we can stay connected through reading! 

March's book: "Midnight for Charlie Bone" by Jenny Nimmo

Midnight for Charlie Bone

Questions for "Midnight for Charlie Bone" by Jenny Nimmo 
Leave your answers in the comments below!

How did you feel about Runner Bean's accident? Who did you think did it? Were you worried about him?

How did Emma (Emilia) wake up? Remember your guess about how they were going to do it -- were you right?

Why do the Bloors want Emma (Emilia) to stay asleep?

How did you feel about the Ruin Game? Were you worried for Charlie?

How did Uncle Paton help make things work out for Emma (Emilia)? 

What did you think of the book? Please share your thoughts and bring up anything else you'd like to talk about!



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 30, 2020 at 3:02 PM 3 Comments
  
Welcome to APL Reader's Corner!
with Tessy and Nicole

**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! (See discussion questions below - questions may contain spoilers!)




The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on April 3, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "The Stored Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin (available instantly on hoopladigital.com).



Discussion Questions for Octavia E. Butler's "Wild Seed"
- Is Doro’s world-view understandable due to his powers? Are they moral?  

- Where/how do you think Doro got his powers? Are all the other “wild seeds” linked to him? Where is he from? Where are they from?  

- What do you think about Anyanwu staying and marrying Isaac in the village of Wheatley?  

- What are your likes/dislikes of the main characters? Their flaws and strengths?

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 29, 2020 at 8:32 AM
  
Create It!

Stomp Rockets
by Adam




Supplies Needed
· 2 liter or similar-sized plastic bottle
· Bike tire inner tube (demo one is 26 inches but most sizes will work)
· Small piece of 1 inch PVC pipe (Size can vary)
· Duct Tape
· Scotch Tape (Masking and electrical will work as substitutes)
· Scissors
· Paper
· Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils

Launcher
1. Take out the inner tube and cut it with the scissors just above the valve. Do not cut off the valve.
2. Pull one end of the tube over the mouth of the bottle and use the duct tape to anchor it in place.
3. Pull the other end of the tube over one side of the PVC pipe and duct tape in place

Rocket
1. Personalize a sheet a paper by drawing a picture, writing your name etc. Roll the paper around the pipe, making sure that it is snug but not tight. Tape the seam.
2. Slide the paper up and down the pipe to make sure that it moves freely and adjust tightness as needed.
3. Make a cone by cutting out a baseball diamond from a different sheet of paper and joining the straight edges with tape. Use additional tape to seal the cone as airtight as possible.
4. Place the cone over the rocket body. It will overhang so taping will be easier if you reinsert the pipe to give yourself a solid surface to tape on to.
5. Tape down the edges of the cone.
6. Create fins by cutting out triangles and then taping them to the body of the rocket.

Launch
1. Place your rocket on the pipe and aim it skyward away from people, animals and trees. Never launch directly into a tree, you will have a hard time getting your rocket back in one piece 😉
2. Stomp on the bottle to launch the rocket. 
3. Retrieve the rocket and re-inflate the bottle (either with a bike air pump or by blowing into the pipe – if you use this method, be sure to sanitize the pipe!)
4. Have fun!

Tips & Tricks
1. Fins help with stability and aerodynamic flight. Consider different numbers of fins and shapes of fins. Notice how each combination affects the flight of the rocket.
2. Change the launch angle of the pipe. Track how far each launch goes and see which angle is the best.
3. Do not underestimate the range of your rocket. It will go farther than you think.

Tell us how your rocket flew in the comments below! How far did it go? What type of fin worked best?

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 27, 2020 at 8:56 AM
  
On March 26, 2020 at approximately 8:19p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the area of East 30th Avenue and North Xanadu Street in the Morris Heights Neighborhood.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the roadway who had been shot.  He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injury. 

This case is still an active investigation and at this time there is no additional information to share. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the general public. 

The name of the victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once the victim has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Agent Lampson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6013. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using crime stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 26, 2020 at 11:10 PM
  
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