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Into the Unknown with Brandon F.

A repetitive day-to-day routine can be great for some, but quite mundane for others. Some people want mystery and intrigue. Some people want lively debate and to be challenged. Finally, some people want to delve, Into the Unknown.

Join your local Aurora Public Library librarian Brandon as he brings his club to the virtual space for the very first. Some of you may have already attended a session in person but for many, this is an exciting first-time experience. If you have an interest in the paranormal, extraterrestrial, unsolved and all things fantastic, then this club is for you. Enjoy a narrated presentation from Brandon with visual material and links to fascinating video footage.

Brandon does not claim to be an expert in any of these fields, but he is a dedicated fan going on 15 plus years of all these subjects. He values an open-mind mixed with an analytical approach. Debate and discuss with Brandon and fellow members. This is not a program to prove or disprove any subject. This is a program to discuss the merits of both sides and to see the perspective of others. 

Brandon will first be presenting recaps of his previous in-person sessions, and will then go into new material for those long time club members at home.

See below links for additional footage (video matches title of related slide)
- What’s in the mist
- Fallen Angel 
- Slowdown
- Julia
- That’s a big fish
- Rumble in the Jungle
- Icy Waters 
- 8 out 10 for form
- Get them doggies rolling 
- Thunderbird
- Ocean Noodle

Share your thoughts in the comments and let us know what other topics you would like to explore!
Posted by  On Apr 23, 2020 at 4:10 PM
Create It!

Library Assistant Stacy demonstrates two methods for making watercolor art without using watercolors!

- Thick paper (cardstock, sketch paper, etc.)
- Water
- Washable markers
- Sponges
- Q-tips

Stay tuned for part two!

Show us your watercolor creations in the comments!
Posted by  On Apr 22, 2020 at 4:05 PM
"A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd
Chapters 11 - 19

Want to read along and join the discussion? Check out "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd on Hoopla Digital!

A Snicker of Magic

Discussion Questions:
- Felicity’s talent is to see words; Frannie Jo seems to hear music around her; Mama used to paint and Uncle Boone can see color in music. Do you think Aunt Cleo has a talent? Can you guess what it could be? 

- We now know what "a snicker of magic" means. Do you remember what Jonah said it is?

- Can you think of someone in your life that could use some help from the Beedle? How could the Beedle make a difference? 

- Now that we know Felicity is related to the Threadbare Brothers, do you think her family is cursed? Do you think she’ll be able to figure out how to break the curse?

- Jewell Picket’s Lube & Dye is a mechanic shop AND a beauty parlor. What a weird combination! What kind of combo shop can you think up (two of your passions put together)?

- Make a prediction - do you think Felicity will be able to persuade her mother to paint the Gallery?
Posted by  On Apr 20, 2020 at 9:37 AM 1 Comment

**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 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 24, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "Truth or Beard" by Penny Reid (available instantly on

Discussion Questions for "Wuthering Heights"
- Why does Emily Bronte have so many different people telling this story? What is the effect of hearing the story filtered through so many different narrators? Are there characters that never get to tell their points of view?
- Do you continue to root for Heathcliff even knowing all of the horrible things he does? Why or why not? Do you think he is cruel? Is his cruelty justified?
- Are there any characters who are truly likable or sympathetic?

Posted by  On Apr 19, 2020 at 8:50 AM
Check It Out!
a movie review by Kristin S.

Featured movie

Ex Machina
What's the basic plot?
A programmer wins a mysterious contest and is taken to his eccentric CEO's remote mansion to complete a challenge. The challenge? To prove whether an android is sentient or not, using whatever questions he can devise.
Ex Machina scene
Why you might like it
This visually stunning sci-fi piece is both fast-paced and introspective. Like most good science fiction, it centers on the question, "What makes us human?" However, the further down the rabbit hole the movie draws you, the more you aren't sure what to expect from its answer. There's a tension in the dynamics between the three main characters that quickly leads you to wonder if something else is happening behind the scenes. 

The cinematography is stunning. Frequent wide shots leave the characters feeling lost in an environment that is both vast and uncertain. The movie makes use of visual language just as often as spoken to tell its story by framing shots on things like the cracked glass in the corner of Ava's room that allude to a darkness beneath the bright facade. The mansion's architecture is a mixture of futuristic and natural, with large slabs of stone and lush trees paired with glass walls and diffuse floor lighting, and this backdrop gives the film a distinct visual flavor. The CGI used to create Ava is both interesting and well executed, but it's used with a subtlety that doesn't overshadow the acting within the scenes.   

Overall, this movie does an excellent job of balancing philosophy and suspense, and keeps the viewer guessing throughout. If you're a fan of shows like "Westworld", definitely give this a shot. 
Ex Machina scene
Reasons you  might not like it
This movie can be dark and tense at times, which isn't everyone's cup of tea. It addresses sexuality and adult themes in ways that can be brash or vulgar. There is a creeping feeling of danger and distrust throughout the film. Don't go into this if you need a happy ending. 

There's also a painfully awkward dance scene. 
Ex Machina scene
Who's in it?
Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson
Where to watch it
Every title I recommend is available for you to watch instantly, for free, using our digital library services. "Ex Machina" can be accessed using our Hoopla service, with a direct link here:

Don't have a library card? Don't worry! You can sign up for a virtual library card from home by following these instructions.

Let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments below!

Posted by  On Apr 17, 2020 at 11:51 AM
Check It Out! hoopla digital
by Kristin S. 

hoopla digital

hoopla digital is a free library service that lets you check out materials on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Hoopla has a wide range of content, including:
Digital audiobooks
Television shows

Everything on Hoopla is available instantly, meaning no hold lists. There are no fees or fines. When an item is due, it simply disappears off your device. 

Aurora Public Library patrons can check out up to 14 items each month. Your checkout limit resets to max on the first day of a new month, even if you still have items from the previous month checked out.

Watch the video or check out the steps below to get started with hoopla!

 1) If you are using a computer, visit If you are using a smartphone or tablet, search your App Store or Play Store for the Hoopla app and download it. 
Getting Started on Hoopla - Step 1

2) Choose "Get Started Today" on a computer, or "Sign Up" on a phone or tablet.
Getting Started on Hoopla - Step 2

3) Enter your email and choose a password
Getting Started on Hoopla - Step 3

4) Choose Aurora Public Library (CO) - Be sure to select Aurora, Colorado
Getting Started on Hoopla - Step 4

5) Enter your library card number
Getting Started on Hoopla - Step 5

And you're done!

To find an item, choose the category you'd like to browse from the menu. You can also search for a specific item by typing the title in the white search bar beside the word "Everything" (on a computer), or by touching the magnifying glass and typing your search there (phones or tablets).
How to use Hoopla

To check out an item, simply select it and hit "Borrow".
How to use Hoopla

It will say beneath the item how long you may borrow the item for. Books and audiobooks you will have access to for 21 days, music for seven days, and movies for three days.
How to use Hoopla

To view the items you have checked out, click "My Hoopla" then "Currently Borrowed" (on computer) or use the back arrow to return to the home screen (phone or tablet).   
How to use Hoopla

If you have any questions, please visit hoopla's help page or click here for information about how to connect with APL staff.

Tell us in the comments what your currently enjoying from hoopla!
Posted by  On Apr 15, 2020 at 3:41 PM

On April 14th at 14:15 PM, Aurora Police and Fire-Rescue responded to a crash at E. Mexico Ave and S. Chambers Rd. There they found two vehicles collided into each other. The at-fault driver veered into a light pole at the location and was found unconscious at the scene .  The adult female driver was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Unit responded for the investigation.  Evidence indicates that the deceased female was not wearing a seatbelt,  

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash. Her identity will be released at a later time. 

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will assist in determining the identity after family notifications have been made.

Sergeant Greg Garcia
Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigations
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011

Posted by  On Apr 14, 2020 at 5:52 PM

(April 14th, 2020) UPDATE:  The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office issued a press release today, April 14th, 2020 identifying the deceased as Sir'Sedric Donavan Gregg DOB 12/10/2001.  

Donovan Anthony Brown DOB 04/28/1999 was arrested on April 12th 2020 at the scene of the incident for Second Degree Murder (Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-103(1).  The homicide will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office and we ask that any further media inquires related to this investigation be directed to their office.  

The investigation remains ongoing and as such, we will not be releasing the booking photograph at this time.  We continue to urge anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide to please call Aurora Police Agent Ingui at 303-739-6067.  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.

Agent Faith Goodrich
Media Relations Unit

Information previously released on April 13th, 2020

On April 12th, 2020 at around 8:26p.m. the Aurora Police Department Public Safety Communications Center received several reports of an unknown problem and then a shooting at the Sonoma Resort Apartments (22300 Block of East Ontario Drive) which is located in the Saddle Rock Neighborhood in Southeast Aurora. 

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male inside of an apartment suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The suspect, who had originally fled the crime scene, later returned and was taken into custody. 

The is still an active investigation and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are working to determine what lead to the shooting and death of the victim.  His identity will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. The name of the suspect and his charges will be released at a later time.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Matt Ingui at 303.739.6067.  

Lt. Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit

Posted by  On Apr 14, 2020 at 4:15 PM
Family Book Club with Miss Tess

"A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd
Chapters 1 - 10

Want to read along and join the discussion? Check out "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd on Hoopla Digital!
A Snicker of Magic

Discussion Questions

1. From the mother’s story, what kind of magic would you want? (I would want to bake some magic into pies and cakes!)

2. Have you ever been the new kid(s) at school? Can you relate with Felicity and Frannie Jo?

3. Chocolate chip pork rind ice cream?? Yuck! What flavors would YOU create at Dr. Zook’s Ice Cream Parlor?

4. A boy in Felicity’s class asked why they called themselves the Brothers Threadbare. Later, Aunt Cleo tells Felicity “threadbare” means shabby, worn-out, well-used… Felicity’s teacher (Miss Lawson) tells the students they’ll need to figure out why the brothers called themselves that on their own. Do you have any guesses?

5. What would your talent be at a talent show?

6. What do you think of Jonah (the Beedle)?

7. Do you think Roger Pickle will come back?

8. What do you think of Oliver Weatherly, owner of Dr. Zook’s and original Beedle?

9. If Oliver offered you Blackberry Sunrise ice cream, would you take it? Why or why not?

10. Do you think the last sentence in chapter 10 is foreshadowing? That means when something is stated early in the book and comes true later on. 

11. What are you enjoying most about this book so far? Any predictions you would like to make?

Comment from Miss Tess: I love the silly words used in this book. Like Felicity says, “Why the hayseed you call yourself a Beedle…?” and “too spindiddly an offer to pass up.” It would be fun to be like Felicity and write down all the words we like from this novel!
Posted by  On Apr 13, 2020 at 8:59 AM 2 Comments
**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 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 17, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte (available instantly on

Dicussion questions for "If She Knew" by Blake Pierce
- Do you think Kate’s judgements/actions would be any different if she was still an agent?
- Why do you think Kate’s daughter Melissa wants to follow in her footsteps?
- How did the death of Kate’s husband Michael impact her job as an agent?
Posted by  On Apr 12, 2020 at 8:10 AM
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