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Readers' Realm: Adventure!
with Lisa

OK, this is it; we’re finishing up ADVENTURE!  Keep commenting or join in now. 
A new genre/category will begin next week, so you can start looking for a book.  Let’s go to FANTASY next. Check out some suggested books below, but remember - the choice is totally yours. 

As you finish your adventure book, did you find it to be a page turner (you know, the book you can’t put down)?  Did they characters actually finish the adventure or are you the reader left hanging?  Did it end like you wanted it to?  If so GREAT!  If not, what could have made it better? Please include the title and author of the book you’re reading in your post (some of us want to add to our reading list!) 

In my book, "The Tomb" by S.A. Bodeen, I was left with a cliff hanger.  Another unknown spaceship had pulled the Tomb to them with a tractor beam, and now Kiva and Seth are faced with a similar decision to the one they had before; they are not both going to get to leave.  The ship is ruled by the Witch, so staying onboard is not a good option.  Only one escapes, but what will happen to the other?  I guess we need a sequel to find out! 

Remember we’ll start next week with Fantasy!  Here are some suggested titles, but, of course, the choice is yours!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 27, 2021 at 9:21 AM
  

(January 26, 2021) On Monday January 25, 2021, at approximately 9:34 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to the 1300 block of Alton Street on a report of a man who had been shot.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot. The male was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating to gain more information on a suspect(s) and what led up to the fatal shooting. At this time the information is still being gathered and there is no additional information to provide.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his next-of-kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5096

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 26, 2021 at 12:26 PM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club: "The Green Ember" by S.D. Smith
 
TODAY: Aurora Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library welcome S.D. Smith, author of "The Green Ember" for a virtual visit on today at 5 p.m. Register for the event here

The Green Ember

Chapters 31 (Jupiter's Crossing) - Chapter 44 (The Beginning)
1. After Heather and Picket learn about their family's betrayal, did you imagine them doing something heroic to earn back the other rabbit's trust?
2. Helmber tells Picket that the rabbit's cannot win against their enemies and the Mended Wood is a fantasy. Do you agree with him?
3. How do you feel about Kyle? Is he telling Heather the truth?
4. It's not fair to accuse Heather and Picket of being disloyal just because their uncles were. Why do you think the other rabbits cannot trust them/attack them in the Savory Den?
5. Were you expecting all that happened at the end? (Jupiter Smalls, Kyle betrayal, etc.)
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 25, 2021 at 2:10 PM
  
Create It!

Create It! Troll
by Karen

In folklore, trolls are mischievous creatures who bring good luck. In this Create It, Karen shares a DIY to make your own lucky troll and a wintery scene for the troll to play in!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 25, 2021 at 9:42 AM
  
Harry Potter Book Week

No need to use the Floo Network to get to Hogwarts this year...we're using Muggle Tech!
Lessons at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have gone virtual! Join us for a week full of DIYs, trivia, discussions, contest & more celebrating the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for the fun! Click here for a full schedule more details.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 22, 2021 at 11:10 AM
  
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 Karen shares a fun and easy way to help your child understand and practice categories and sorting. 

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM
  
Readers' Realm

Readers' Realm: Adventure!
with Lisa

The adventure continues! Keep commenting or join in now. 

A new discussion topic will be posted each week from now through January 27. Then on to a new genre/category.   
Feel free to post as much as you like.  You’ll have to click on the title to get to the comment page. Be sure to read others’ comments and respond to them.  Let’s get to it!

What’s an adventure without a little life or death?  Have the characters in your book had to face any life or death situations?  Have they had to make any sacrifices to keep going on their adventure?  Please include the title and author of the book you’re reading in your post (some of us want to add to our reading list!) 

In my book, "The Tomb" by S.A. Bodeen, Kiva has a difficult decision to make.  Her friend, Seth, has been knocked out with some poison and can’t walk or talk.  Should she leave him with the evil caretaker of the spaceship and take the much needed spare part back to her ship or leave the part, which could cause everyone on her ship to die, and save Seth?  What a decision!  She has to do something to get away from the evil guy, but neither choice is good.  Maybe she can come up with a third choice? 

What’s happening in your book? 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 20, 2021 at 9:32 AM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club: "The Green Ember" by S.D. Smith
 
Aurora Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library welcome S.D. Smith, author of "The Green Ember" for a virtual visit on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. Register for the event here

The Green Ember

Get ready for this special event by reading "The Green Ember" throughout January! Free copies (that you can keep) are available at Aurora Public Libraries, while supplies last. Please call your branch to see if there are copies remaining. Unlimited copies of the eAudiobook are available free with your library card via HooplaDigital
For JCPL patrons, "The Green Ember" is available for checkout and online as an eAudiobook via HooplaDigital and Axis360.
 
Below is a suggested reading schedule. Every Monday, there will be a new blog post related to the chapters we read that week! 
- Monday, Jan. 4 - Sunday, Jan. 10: Prologue - Chapter 14 (Forest Flight)
- Monday, Jan. 11 - Sunday, Jan. 17: Chapter 15 (Picket's Check) - Chapter 30 (The Green Ember)
- Monday, Jan. 18 - Sunday, Jan. 24: Chapter 31 (Jupiter's Crossing) - Chapter 44 (The Beginning)

Chapters 15 (Picket's Check) - 30 (The Green Ember)
1. Do you think Picket and Heather will be safe at the Savory Den?
2. Who are some of the rabbits they meet there?
3. What was the point of the swinging birds on ropes hanging in the tree? What went wrong when Helmer was fighting them?
4. Why are some of the rabbits are not very friendly toward Heather and Picket?
5. Did you expect the news that Heather and Picket are told about their family?

Don't forget to register to virtually meet S.D. Smith on Jan. 25!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 19, 2021 at 11:44 AM
  
(January 16, 2021) Investigators have made an arrest in the case of two explosive devices that were recently detonated in Southeast Aurora. 

Last night at around 11:00 p.m. the Aurora Police Department SWAT team arrested Scott Alan Campbell at his residence (3563 South Uravan Street) for the following criminal offences: 
  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  • 1st Degree Arson
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
Campbell was transported to the City of Aurora Detention Center where he is currently being held on a one million dollar bond.  This case remains and open and active investigation and no additional details are being released at this time. The case will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office for formal charging. 

The explosions, which occurred on December 25th and January 7th each caused damage, but no injuries were reported. The incidents occurred within one mile of each other. 

This case was a joint investigation between the multi-jurisdictional Regional Anti-Violence Enforcement Network (R.A.V.E.N.); the Aurora Fire Rescue Department Fire Investigations Bureau; the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.) and the Aurora Police Department.

Scott Campbell
Scott Alan Campbell (Date of Birth: 3/2/1976)


Information previously released by the Aurora Fire Rescue Department on January 7, 2021:

Investigators are asking for public assistance in two separate incidents involving explosions.

Aurora Fire Rescue and Aurora Police Department investigators are currently working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate two separate explosive devices and the circumstances leading up to their detonations. The explosions each caused damage, but no injuries were reported. These incidents occurred within one mile of each other. Investigators are interested in any information about these explosions, including security camera footage, doorbell camera videos or photos that local area residents may have around the time of the incidents could be helpful. 

Incident 1: An explosive device was detonated on Dec. 25 at approximately 5:30 a.m. and was reported by residents nearby. The explosion caused damage to 2 homes in the 18000 block of E. Mansfield Ave.

Incident 2: At approximately 4:45 a.m. today, Thursday, January 7, a 911 caller reported the sound of shots fired in the area of their home. Responding officers from the Aurora Police Department found a detonated explosive device which caused damage to one home in the 4600 block of S. Pagosa Circle. 

Both events are under investigation and the publicly available details are limited at this time.

If you have any information or recordings in the area during the dates and times below, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or www.MetroDenverCrimeStoppers.com 

December 25 between 5:00-6:00 a.m.
Area of E. Mansfield Ave. and E. Loyola Drive

January 7 between 4:00 and 5:30 a.m. 
Area of S. Pagosa Way and S. Pitkin St.


Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jan 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM
  
Building Healthy & Delicious Meals
with Natural Grocers

We have partnered with Natural Grocers for a series of videos focusing on healthy living to start the new year! To start, let's get back to the basics! Discover the importance of getting off the blood sugar roller coaster using high-quality proteins, fats & carbohydrates to build healthy & delicious meals.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 16, 2021 at 8:37 AM
  
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