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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
  
Read It!

Family Book Club
by Tess Jones

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

How did you feel about Charlie and his friends wandering around the school at night? Did you think they would get caught?

Who does Charlie think the lost baby is? Was he right?

Who is Emma Tolley? What is her special power? Would you like to have this power or a different one?

How did the boys get the case hidden?

What is Fidelio's house like? Would you like to live in a house like that?

What came out of the case when Charlie pressed the letters?

What is their plan for getting Emma Tolley to wake up?

Help us choose our next Family Book Club book!

Aurora Public Library is closed until further notice. To make getting the next title easier while we are closed, we have selected a few titles from Hoopla Digital – one of our online services where readers can easily download the title and start reading immediately, no wait or restrictions! Please read the about the three books below and comment on which you would like to read in April. Parents – you can vote too!

“A Boy Called Bat” by Elana K. Arnold
For Bixby Alexander Tam (BAT), life tends to be full of surprises. One day Bat's mom (a veterinarian) brings home a baby skunk to care for until it is ready to return to the wild. The minute Bat sees the kit, he knows they belong together and he has one month to prove to his mom why the skunk is a perfect pet. 

“A Snicker of Magic” by Natalie Lloyd
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. 

“The Green Ember” by S.D. Smith
Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives when calamitous events overtake them. They discover their own story is bound up in the tumult to overwhelm the wider word. Kingdoms are falling and tyrants are ascending. Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?




Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 23, 2020 at 1:43 PM 7 Comments
  

On March 10th at 11:54 PM, Aurora Police and Fire-Rescue responded to a crash on the 1300 block of South Chambers Circle.  There they found a 2008 Saab sedan had crashed into a parked cable company work van.  The adult female driver and male occupant of the Saab self-extricated after the crash.  Both parties were transported to a local hospital. The male later died from injuries sustained in the crash.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Unit responded for the investigation.  Evidence indicates that the Saab was southbound on S. Chambers Cir., when it swerved off the right side of the road and into the parked van. 

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash.  As a result, the driver was arrested for Vehicular Homicide.  Her identity will be released at a later time. 

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will assist in determining the exact cause of death of the victim and release his identity after family notifications have been made.

Sergeant Chris Carleton
Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigations
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
303-739-6243
ccarleto@auroragov.org

Posted by ccarleto@auroragov.org  On Mar 11, 2020 at 6:46 AM
  

A motorcycle was eastbound E Quincy Ave in the right lane when a Westbound Quincy Ave Hyundai sedan made a left turn to southbound Pitkin St. The motorcycle impacted the passenger side of the Hyundai ejecting the adult male rider of the motorcycle.  The adult rider of the motorcycle was pronounced at the scene.

 The adult male driver of the Hyundai was not injured and remained on scene for the investigation.

 The roadway was closed for eastbound Quincy traffic and both northbound/southbound Pitkin at Quincy traffic for the investigation.
Speed appears to be a factor
We are not releasing the name of the deceased until family is notified.  Further inquiries should be made to the Arapaho County Coroner's Office. 

Sgt. Gregory Garcia
Aurora Police Dept.
Traffic Section
720-675-8915

Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Mar 10, 2020 at 3:03 PM
  
(02-24-2020) Upon numerous requests, the officer who was terminated is Officer Levi Huffine. Officer Huffine began working at the Aurora Police Department in November of 2012. 

It should be noted that this incident is not related to the critical incident involved Mr. Elijah McClain nor the case of Nate Meier.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Aurora Police Department
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095


Information previously released ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
(02-24-2020) From the moment I took over as Aurora’s Interim Police Chief, I promised transparency to our residents to help build back the trust within our community. Continuing with that promise, I wanted to let you know of my decision today to terminate one of our police officers, over what I believe to be severe misconduct. This officer’s conduct was completely out of character with the mission, ideals, and expectations of the Aurora Police Department.

It should be noted that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident but that neither excuses nor defends the officer’s actions.

Due to a pending appeals process that is given to civil service employees, I am unable to provide additional details or information about this incident until that process has been completed. At such time, I will make the body worn camera footage available and address questions from our community members.

Thank you,

Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson
Aurora Police Department
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 24, 2020 at 4:45 PM
  

(February 19, 2020) On Wednesday February 19, 2020 at about 11:20 a.m., Aurora Police Department Officers in the area of East Mississippi Avenue and North Sable Boulevard saw a pickup truck and recognized that it was stolen in a burglary yesterday.  The keys were taken from an unsecured locker at the Morehead Recreation Center.  

Officers in an unmarked patrol vehicle observed a stolen vehicle in the area.  As officers were investigating the stolen vehicle it was involved in a crash.  Officers had not yet initiated a traffic stop, nor were they in pursuit.
The officers began to follow the vehicle without turning on their lights and sirens because they were in an unmarked car.  The driver of the stolen pickup, a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, ran the red light at East 6th Avenue and North Sable Boulevard.  The pickup truck struck an RTD bus, another pickup truck, and an Aurora City Parks and Recreation vehicle.    The Aurora Officers did not turn on their lights and siren to make a traffic stop before the driver accelerated.  

The stolen pickup truck rolled, striking a power box, and came to rest in the ditch just north of E. 6th Avenue and N. Dillon Way.  There were seven juvenile passengers in the stolen pickup truck.  Aurora Fire Rescue and Falk Ambulance responded to the scene.  Multiple people had to be extricated from the stolen pickup truck.  In total, there were nine people injured: seven minor injuries, one serious, and one critical.    

The damage to the power box has caused power outages in the area.  

The intersection was closed for a period of time while officers were investigating this incident.  

Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigators are handling this investigation which is ongoing.  It will be some time before appropriate charges are determined.  The names of those involved are not being released at this time. 

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2020 at 4:35 PM
  
(February 12, 2020) On February 10, 2020, Public Safety Communications Division received a 911 call at approximately 10:51 A.M. about a male shot in the area of 359 North Potomac Circle. Aurora Police Officers quickly arrived on scene and located an adult male who had been shot. Officers applied a tourniquet to this male that likely saved his life. This male was then transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

Officers gathered descriptions of additional individuals seen running from the scene and relayed this information over the radio. Responding officers observed two additional males matching that description near the intersection of East 2nd Place and North Potomac Street. These males were contacted, and both were armed with firearms when detained. While speaking to these individuals, one was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. The other male was suffering from a different health issue but was not shot. These two adult males were both transported to the hospital in non-critical condition.

While checking the immediate area near 359 North Potomac Circle, officers located an additional male that had been shot inside of a black vehicle. This male was rushed to the hospital in extremely serious condition, where he currently remains. The only information we are releasing currently about the male’s identity is that he is 17 years old.

Two of the people involved have since been released from the hospital and both have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Due to the ongoing investigation, and needing to complete additional interviews and photo lineups, their names and booking photos are unavailable.

A third adult male is still admitted into the hospital in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries. Once discharged, this male will be arrested and charged with attempted murder. Additionally, because of the active investigation, his name and booking photo will not be available for release at this time.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. If you have any information or video of the crime, please contact Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 303-739-6710. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further inquiries about this case will need to be directed to their office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2020 at 10:42 AM
  

(February 5th, 2020) In July of 2019, the Aurora Police Department Economic Crimes Unit began investigating a forgery scam that targeted a 16-year-old high school student.  The suspects in this scam used social media to contact the victim and enticed him to provide his banking information.  They would then deposit forged money orders into the victim’s account.  As soon as the money was deposited into the account, the suspects would withdraw the money before the money orders were discovered to be forgeries.  The victim was promised a small portion of the cash in exchange for the use of their account. Instead, the victim was held financially responsible for the returned lost funds.

Through an extensive investigation, APD Investigator Myshell Bolton was able to identify the three suspects and locate additional victims.  The suspects were identified as Hussein Farah, 23-year-old male (shown in image below with a black shirt), Abdihakiin Hassan, 19-year-old male (shown in image below with a grey Nike shirt), and a 16-year-old male.  No further information will be released on the juvenile suspect.

On 01/10/2020 Investigator Bolton filed criminal charges of Money laundering, Identity Theft, Forgery, and other crimes with the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office issued warrants for all three suspects and will prosecute the case.  Hassan turned himself in on 01/25/2020.  The juvenile male was arrested on 02/02/2020 by Aurora Police Department.  Farah has not yet been arrested.  Any further inquiries regarding this case should be directed to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Aurora Police Department urges parents to speak with their children because we believe there may be other victims of this scheme. Victims may be hesitant to come forward due to a fear of being criminally charged.  However, the APD and District Attorney’s Office will review each case and may take the stance, as they did in this case, that these are innocent victims that have been coerced by the suspects into the scheme.

If any members of the public have information about this case, please contact Investigator Myshell Bolton at 303.739.6142.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). 

The below photograph of Farah is a previous booking photograph provided by Denver Police Department.  

A. Hassen   H. Farah

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
303.739.6038


Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 05, 2020 at 10:37 AM
  
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