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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 4 Comments
  
On Saturday March the 21st at approximately 5:45p.m, District 1 Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, which are located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora. 

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in an apartment who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

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 he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Agent Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. 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 21, 2020 at 9:41 PM
  

Aurora Public Library's Blog


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.  

 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 20, 2020 at 4:04 PM
  

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
  
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