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APL How-To: Make Your Own Video Game with Twine
by Elizabeth

Hi there! So you want to make a Twine game? Great! Let’s get started.

Twine is a free website that allows you to make a choose-your-path game. It’s easy to use, and to make a
basic game, you only have to know two buttons on your keyboard. We’ll cover how to use those buttons, then
move on to cover two ways to surprise your readers.

Watch a tutorial here, or read on to learn more!

The Basics
First, go to and click “Use it online.” You can download it, too, if you prefer.

If it’s your first time using Twine, Twine will give you a message telling you the basics: Twine saves its stories
in your browser, it’s free to use, and there’s a website full of detailed information you can go to if you need
more help.

For now, let’s click on the new story button on the right side of the screen:


Come up with a name for your story! I named mine “Library Story,” but you can name yours whatever you like.

After you name your story, you’ll be directed to a blue grid with a box in the center.


Double-click the box, or passage, to get started. Think of this as a page in your choose-your-path book: you’re
writing a page with a few choices for your reader.

Write whatever you want the reader to see when they click on your passage.

When you want to include a choice, place it in [[double brackets, like this]].

Click on “Test” or “Play” in the bottom corner whenever you’re ready to test it out.



When you test the game, the words you put in double brackets should show up in blue. You can click them
now, and they’ll take you to new pages.

Each of the links is a title of a new page, so anytime you type the words [[Let’s go]] or [[Wait, no]], it’ll take your
readers to the exact same page.

That’s it! That’s all you need to know to make a basic choose-your-path Twine game. Congratulations! If you
want to get a little more complicated, though, here are two tricks to surprise your reader.

Getting More Involved
Again, the steps above are all you need to know. But what if you want something more complicated? What if
you want to add new words to a page someone’s already reading?

Easy! Here are two simple ways to add new words. You’ll make two kinds of links. One will change a word into
another word when the reader clicks on it, and one will add words to another part of the story.

Changing a Word
To change a word, we’re going to add two new concepts: single brackets and parentheses.

First, let’s turn a dragon into a lizard:

      I have to fight a (link: “dragon”)[lizard] today.


In the above picture, “dragon” is the word we want to change. Put the word you want to change in quotes after
Then, put one bracket and write what you want to appear instead. Don’t put two brackets! That’ll take you to a
new page.

The end result should look like this:

      (link: “word you want to change”)[new word]

When your readers click the link, the words will change.


Surprise! New Words
If you want to add words somewhere else in the passage after people click on a link, without deleting your
original words, you can also do that. Let’s try this with a paraphrase of Cabin Pressure’s “Surprising Rice.”

      “Behold! Surprising Rice.”
      [“What are those bits?”]<text| Martin asked.
      (click: ?text) [“Ah, you see, Skipper, if you don’t mind me saying so, that question is
      entirely against the spirit of Surprising Rice.”]


First, we have to write the words someone has to click on.

[words to click]<text|

When words are in brackets, you don’t have to put them in quotes.

Next, let’s write the words that will appear:

(click: ?text)[words that will appear]

You can put these words anywhere on the page you want!

The end result should look like this: once your reader clicks on the link, it will change from a blue link into plain
text, and the words will appear.


Thank you for making a video game with Twine! Let me know if you have any questions. If you make your own game in Twine, let us know! We'd love to hear about it!
Posted by  On Dec 11, 2020 at 10:25 AM
Create It Pets

Time for presents! Gift a handmade toy to your favorite furry friend or a shelter animal. In partnership with the Aurora Animal Shelter.

Spread the joy this season with pets waiting for their forever homes at Aurora Animal Shelter through Presents for Shelter Pets! 🐈 🎁 ❄ 🐕 Visit for a list of needed items (including an Amazon Wish List) & info on how to donate

Posted by  On Dec 10, 2020 at 12:20 PM

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 eagle!

Posted by  On Dec 10, 2020 at 11:44 AM
A Yarn About the World: Paris
with Tyler

Our resident globetrotter Tyler shares his travel experiences. This time, take a trip to the City of Lights - Paris! Learn about Paris and its history while taking in the beautiful sights!

Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

Posted by  On Dec 08, 2020 at 9:18 AM
Read It!

Family Book Club Year in Review: "Mimus" by Lilli Thal
by Tess

On Monday, Dec. 28 at 5p.m., Family Book Club will be meeting to discuss our favorite book(s) from this year! Each Monday of December I will be posting a short book recommendation for four of my favorite novels that I read in 2020.
"Mimus" by Lilli Thal


Originally written in German and translated to English by John Brownjohn, this a fantasy novel set in a fictional country with a medieval time period setting. King Philip and King Theodo have been at war for years yet peace looks within reach. King Philip agrees to a meeting with King Theodo to sign a peace treaty. King Philip's son, Prince Florin, follows a few days behind his father. Yet, they are betrayed. Upon reaching King Theodo's court, Prince Florin sees his father in chains and he himself is forced to become the jester's apprentice.

Mimus, the jester, must entertain King Theodo with witty jokes, songs, and acrobatics. Reluctantly he takes Prince Florin in and, just as reluctantly, Florin learns the jester's tricks. Throughout the story, Prince Florin, who is now reduced to a slave, must try to find a way to escape with his father and seek revenge on the evil King Theodo. He also forms an interesting relationship with Mimus, his jester master.

This is one of my favorite children's books of all time and I re-read it this year. I know I will read it again in the future! It is well-written, dark, humorous, and readers will eagerly read to find out what happens to Prince Florin, his father, and Mimus. 

Parts of the story are unpleasant as Prince Florin and King Philip are not treated well. It is also suspenseful in places. I recommend for ages 9+.

Order a copy of "Mimus" by Lilli Thal through Prospector with your Aurora Public Library card.
Posted by  On Dec 07, 2020 at 1:17 PM
Create It!

Create It! Christmas Cactus
by Karen

It's Make It Monday! Christmas trees are a common decoration - but how many people can say they have a Christmas cactus?! Karen shares a DIY this week to make a unique piece of holiday decor that brings the southwest to Aurora!

Posted by  On Dec 07, 2020 at 12:33 PM

(December 7) On Sunday, December 6, 2020, at about 5:05 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash at East 18th Avenue and Chambers Road.

The initial investigation has revealed a Ford Ranger was struck by a Dodge truck while the Ford Ranger was making a left turn from westbound East 18th Avenue to southbound Chambers Road.  Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident, but speed is possibly a factor. This investigation remains active and ongoing.

The 68-year-old male driver of the Ford Ranger was transported to an area hospital where he was later succumbed to his injuries. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and his 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

Posted by  On Dec 07, 2020 at 8:44 AM
Made in a Mug

Made in a Mug: Gingerbread Mug Cake
by Tessy

Need a sweet treat? A savory mouthful? Join us for "APL Made in a Mug" for your next bite-sized recipe!

December’s recipe is Gingerbread Mug Cake from Nibble and Dine! Thank you to Kate for letting us share this sweet treat! Check out the full recipe here and discover more delicious treats at Nibble and Dine!

Posted by  On Dec 04, 2020 at 12:48 PM
Welcome to Make & Learn!
with Julie

Make & Learn

Welcome to Make & Learn! In this program, our librarians will be sharing easy-to-make games and activities that support cognitive development and practicing early literacy skills. In this video, Miss Julie shares a fun and easy way to practice writing and strengthen fine motor skills.

Posted by  On Dec 03, 2020 at 11:03 AM
Create It!

Create It! Mandalas
by Karen

In this video, Karen shares how to make a beautiful mandala wall hanging - perfect to spruce up any space! #LibrariesCOnnect

Posted by  On Nov 30, 2020 at 1:28 PM
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