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Three on a Theme: Double Double Toil and Trouble

Votes have been counted and it's time for October’s Three on a Theme recommendations!

October’s options were DOUBLE DOUBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE vs. FALL IN LOVE and the winner was... DOUBLE DOUBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE! Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the magical fun has to end! Check out our below recommendations for books featuring witches, wizards and magic!

Let us know in the comments which ones you've read, which are your favorites and what's on your to-read list!

Adults
Cover of Bait and Witch
“Bait and Witch” by Angela M. Sanders (Witch Way Librarian Mystery Series)
Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities-and a killer on the loose-she's leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble ... Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress's leather-scented stacks-until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon's new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn't as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods ... Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she's descended from a long line of witches-and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie's thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library-and her life! Check out the whole series here.



Young Adults
Cover of The Scapegracers“The Scapegracers” by Hannah Abigail Clarke
An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process. Skulking near the bottom of West High's social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she's had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now-unbelievably-Sideways' best friends. Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole 'having friends' thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated? Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series. 

Kids
Cover of the Worst Witch“The Worst Witch” by Jill Murphy
Catch up on Mildred Hubble's magical adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches with these reissued editions featuring energetic new covers. Mildred Hubble is starting her first year at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches—and making a mess of it! She can't ride her broomstick without crashing, she's always getting her spells mixed up, and worst of all, the teacher's pet, Ethel, has just become her sworn enemy. Check out the whole series here.

Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 01, 2021 at 10:36 AM
  
(October 31) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash on South Chambers Road that tragically left one teenage boy deceased.

On October 31, 2021, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to a crash involving a pedestrian on South Chambers Road near East Hampden Circle. Officers located a 15-year-old boy who had been struck by a Subaru Forester. The teenage boy was transported to the hospital where he later died. The driver of the vehicle, an adult female, remained on scene.

Aurora Police Traffic Investigators determined the Subaru was traveling northbound on South Chambers Road just south of East Hampden Circle. Initial investigations indicate that the teenage boy stepped into the pathway of the vehicle and was struck. Aurora Police Traffic Investigators do not believe that the Subaru was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Drugs or alcohol also do not appear to be additional contributing factors.

The identity of the teenage boy will be released the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once a positive identification has been made and next-of-kin have been notified.

This remains an active investigation. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the incident, and have not yet spoke to police, to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 31, 2021 at 10:36 PM
  
(October 31) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating after a man was shot and killed in northwest Aurora.

On October 31, 2021, at approximately 6:15 a.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to 1592 North Boston Street on reports of a shooting. Officers located a man in his 50's suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was transported to a local hospital where he has since been pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be responsible for this investigation. Initial information is that an argument between the victim and the suspect occurred prior to the suspect pulling out a firearm and shooting the victim. Detectives are actively working to positively identify the suspect, who left the scene prior to police arrival, but no arrests have been made.

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

Detectives will continue interviewing witnesses but are asking anyone that may have observed this incident, and have not yet spoken to police, to please reach out to the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit or the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867, where tipsters can remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 31, 2021 at 11:00 AM
  
(October 29) The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on the 1700 block of Peoria Street, leaving one pedestrian dead.

On October 28, 2021, at approximately 07:51 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to a crash in the 1700 block of Peoria Street. Officer located a 38-year-old male who was struck by a vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, where he later died from his injuries.

The initial traffic investigation revealed that the male was crossing the 1700 block of Peoria Street, not in a designated crosswalk, when a vehicle struck the male. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident.

The Adams County Coroner's Office will release the identity of the pedestrian once a positive identification has been made and the next-of-kin has been notified.

This remains an active investigation. We ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash and has not yet spoken to police to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 29, 2021 at 1:32 PM
  
The book is usually better – but what’s scarier? Check out these horror titles that made their way to the silver screen! 

Which one is your favorite? 

Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 26, 2021 at 10:27 AM
  
(October 22) One juvenile has died following a shooting in the area of East 12th Avenue and North Ironton Street.

On October 22, 2021, at 7:07 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the area of East 12th Avenue and North Ironton Street on reports of a shooting into a vehicle. Officers arrived on the scene and located a 16-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound seating in the driver’s seat. The juvenile was transported to the hospital, where he later tragically died from his injuries.

A short time later, officers were notified that a 16-year-old, the passenger in the vehicle, showed up at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. He is expected to survive. The shooter left the scene before police arrival.

Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit detectives responded and are conducting the investigation. At this early stage in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to the death, to include suspect information, are still being determined.

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

Anyone with information that has not yet spoken to police is asked to reach out to the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit or the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867, where tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 23, 2021 at 12:29 AM
  
(October 20) One man has died following a shooting in the 1700 block of North Tower Road.

On October 20, 2021, at 9:20 a.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the area of North Tower Road and East 19th Avenue on reports of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located a 51-year-old adult male suffering from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle. The shooter left the scene prior to police arrival. The adult male was transported to the hospital where he tragically died from his injuries.

Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit detectives responded and are conducting the investigation. At this early stage in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to the death, to include suspect information, are still being determined.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office after the victim has been positively identified and next-of-kin notified.

Anyone with information that has not yet spoken to police is asked to reach out to the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit or the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867, where tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 20, 2021 at 1:40 PM
  
On October 18, 2021 at approximately 7:50p.m. Aurora Police responded to a call of a person struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of Village Green Park which is located at 1300 South Chambers Circle.  It was reported that the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene on foot.

Upon arrival first responders located a 14-year-old male trapped underneath a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country Mini-van.  The Aurora Fire Rescue Department had to extricate the male from under the vehicle. Sadly, the young man did not survive the crash and was pronounced at the scene.  

Investigators from the Traffic Section believe that the mini-van, which was a stolen vehicle, was being driven by a juvenile female at the time of the crash.  The victim was hanging on the front of the vehicle when he slid off, fell underneath, and was then run over.  

The driver of the vehicle eventually returned to the scene of the crash and spoke with investigators. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is on-going.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. It will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 18, 2021 at 9:59 PM
  
At approximately 3:45p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of the Sable Cove Townhomes. Upon arrival they located a 18-year-old man in the parking lot of 14581 East Ford Place who had been shot.  The man was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.  

Investigators believe that the shooting victim and another man were involved in an altercation in the parking lot when the other man produced a gun and shot him. 

A person of interest called police a short time later and is speaking with investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. At this time no arrests have been made.  

The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.  It will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.  

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 18, 2021 at 6:21 PM
  
On October 15, 2021 at approimxately 12:16a.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a two car injury crash in the Intersection of East Iliff Avenue and South Havana Street.

The initial investigation reveals that a white minivan was traveling eastbound on East Iliff Avenue. The van failed to stop for a red signal light and struck a blue Jeep Compass that was traveling southbound on South Havana Avenue.

When first responders arrived at the scene they found the 25-year-old male driver of the minivan injured and unresponsive. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.  The driver of the Jeep was not injured during the crash.

The Aurora Police Traffic Section responded to the scene and is handling the investigation of this crash.  They will be looking into whether or not alcohol, drugs and/or speed were contributing factors.

The indetification of the driver is not being released at this time.  It will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identifed and his next of kin have been notified.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 15, 2021 at 2:28 AM
  
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