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APL Reader's Corner
with Nicole & Tessy

**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 10, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "If She Knew" by Blake Pierce (available instantly on hoopladigital.com).





Discussion Questions for "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin
· Consider the setting. Why do you think the author chooses to set the book on an island? How does the island setting reflect A.J.’s character?
· Lambiase moves from an occasional or nonreader, to a reader, to a bookseller. How do you think becoming a reader changes him? Consider the scene where he decides not to confront Ismay about the backpack. Do you think Lambiase’s reaction is different than it would have been if he hadn’t taken up reading?
· When did you become aware that Leon Friedman might be an imposter? What did you make of Leonora Ferris’s reasons for hiring him?
· What do you think the future holds for physical books and bookstores?
· Contemporary literature often has relatable storylines and characters. Did any of the characters or aspects of the book resonate with you?


Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 05, 2020 at 9:24 AM
  
Check it out!

Board Games at Home
by Elizabeth
Board games make for a great boredom buster! Check out these games you can play with friends and family while practicing social distancing. Tell us your favorite game and share more recommendations in the comments below!



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 03, 2020 at 1:43 PM
  
Draw It!

Draw It! â€‹by Kristin

Grab a pencil and piece of paper - it's time to Draw It! Our APL staff member Kristin shows step-by-step how to draw an adorable sheep!



Let us know how your sheep turns out in the comments below and tell us which drawing tutorial you'd like to see next! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 01, 2020 at 10:23 AM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club
by Tess

The votes are in and the winner for April is "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd! You can check out a copy here on HooplaDigital with your library card! 

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 
Leave your answers in the comments below!

How did you feel about Runner Bean's accident? Who did you think did it? Were you worried about him?

How did Emma (Emilia) wake up? Remember your guess about how they were going to do it -- were you right?

Why do the Bloors want Emma (Emilia) to stay asleep?

How did you feel about the Ruin Game? Were you worried for Charlie?

How did Uncle Paton help make things work out for Emma (Emilia)? 

What did you think of the book? Please share your thoughts and bring up anything else you'd like to talk about!



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 30, 2020 at 3:02 PM 3 Comments
  
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
  
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