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(February 23) On Monday, February 22, 2021, at about 2:54 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on East Exposition Avenue and South Havana Street.

The initial traffic investigation has revealed a commercial trash collection vehicle was stopped in a westbound lane of East Exposition Avenue waiting to make a turn into the northbound South Havana Street lanes of traffic. As the traffic light turned green the commercial trash collection vehicle made the right-hand turn. At this time an 85-year-old male on a bicycle began to cross South Havana Street westbound using the crosswalk and was struck by the commercial trash collection vehicle. The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries today, February 23, 2020.

The driver of the commercial trash collection vehicle remained on the scene and was cooperative. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe 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
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Feb 23, 2021 at 5:31 PM
  
Read It!    

Family Book Club: "Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers" by Shauna Holyoak
with Tess

Welcome to Family Book Club! This is an exciting club for families who love to read and is appropriate for ages 8-15. The books chosen are always within the third to sixth grade level but both younger and older kids will enjoy them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

Kazu Jones

In February, we will be reading "Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers" by Shauna Holyoak. This is a fun mystery set in Denver, Colorado! Kazu Jones sets out on a mission to discover who is dognapping all the pooches of the city!

We will be having a special virtual event on March 1 at 5 p.m. to meet the author, Shauna Holyoak, on WebEx! Register here to receive the WebEx link.

This event is in collaboration with Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and their Young Reader's Book Club.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at Tallyn's Reach Library. If this is not your home branch, please put the book on hold via the catalog or give us a call at 303.627.3050. Copies are also available through JCPL and Prospector.

Chapters 22-32
1. In the lunchroom, Kazu calmly told Madeleine that she was being unkind. Do you think this was the right thing to do? 
2. What is your favorite Halloween tradition?
3. Would you let Madeleine help with the investigation?
4. Do you understand why Kazu's mom is upset? Do you agree with her or not?
5. Did you think Genki would be taken? Do you think this will push Kazu to be even more focused on cracking the case?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! Next week, we'll be reading chapters 33-47!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 22, 2021 at 3:32 PM
  
We have partnered with Natural Grocers for a series of videos focusing on healthy living to start the new year!
Just like the rest of our body, the immune system requires optimal nutrition to work at its best. Keeping your immune system fed with the right stuff will ensure that your body is ready to handle whatever comes its way during the winter months.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2021 at 12:38 PM
  
Read It!

APL Reader's Corner
with Tessy & Nicole

Welcome to APL Reader's Corner! This month we are reading “Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict.
Let us know what you think about the book in the comments! Check it out instantly as an eBook from hoopla digital here.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2021 at 12:26 PM
  
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 DIY using recyclable materials! Make your own cardboard snake that can be used to help practice measuring (and makes for a fun pet too!).

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 18, 2021 at 10:40 AM
  
This afternoon Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson terminated the employment of Officer Robert Lyons for untruthfulness and theft of city time.

Between August 3, 2020 and September 22, 2020, Officer Lyons left work early a total of nine days (34.25 hours) without receiving authorization from his supervisor. He also failed to document his time in the department's time management system as required by department directives.  When he was questioned by a supervisor about taking time off he was untruthful and stated that he had not taken any time off during that period.  

An Internal Affairs Bureau investigation was initiated and during his interview with investigators Officer Lyons admitted to being untruthful when he was questioned by his supervisor about the time off. 

During the discipline review process Officer Lyons was sustained for violating the following Department Directives:

14.2.15 Unsatisfactory Performance
8.2.3 Request for Leave
14.2.2 Making a False or Untruthful Declaration

Chief Wilson's Statement:

“A police officer who chooses to be dishonest forfeits their credibility and becomes ineffective to the judicial system, our police department and the community we serve.

My commitment to rebuild trust with our community will not tolerate such deceptive conduct of an officer who has been given the privilege to wear this badge.

It is disappointing to learn an officer has betrayed their oath. I want to reassure the community I will continue to hold our members accountable for their actions while also recognizing the majority who display unwavering integrity each and every day.”

Officer Lyons was hired in 2017 and was last assigned to District 2 Patrol.  He has had no previous formal discipline. 

Internal Affairs Investigation Summary of Evidence
Disciplinary Order

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Feb 17, 2021 at 4:32 PM
  
Readers' Realm

Reader's Realm: Fantasy
with Lisa


The fantasy continues! Keep commenting or join in now. 
A new discussion topic will be posted each week from now through February 24. Then, on to a new genre/category!



Feel free to post as much as you like.  You’ll have to click on the title of the post to get to the comment page. Be sure to read others’ comments and respond to them.  Let’s get to it!

The group traveling together in my book, the boy, Princess Anne, Plain Anne, and the goblin have  a lot of adventures.  What adventures or difficulties are your characters facing?  Does it fit with the fantasy idea?  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 "The Goblin’s Puzzle" by Andrew S. Chilton the group faces many trials, both independently and as a team.  The boy and the goblin escape slavery, Plain Anne escapes a dragon, the boy bests an ogre, the team saves Princess Anne from that same dragon, and now they are in a terrible position with the Duke, who may be a sorcerer,  who wants to marry the princess, take control of the lands, and just get rid of the boy, Plain Anne, her father, and the goblin.  I like the different fantasy creatures that have entered the story; it keeps it lively.  How will they get out of this jam?  I guess I’ll have to keep reading. 

What’s happening in your book? 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 17, 2021 at 11:05 AM
  
Read It!    

Family Book Club: "Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers" by Shauna Holyoak
with Tess

Welcome to Family Book Club! This is an exciting club for families who love to read and is appropriate for ages 8-15. The books chosen are always within the third to sixth grade level but both younger and older kids will enjoy them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

Kazu Jones

In February, we will be reading "Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers" by Shauna Holyoak. This is a fun mystery set in Denver, Colorado! Kazu Jones sets out on a mission to discover who is dognapping all the pooches of the city!

We will be having a special virtual event on March 1 at 5 p.m. to meet the author, Shauna Holyoak, on WebEx! Register here to receive the WebEx link.

This event is in collaboration with Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and their Young Reader's Book Club.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at Tallyn's Reach Library. If this is not your home branch, please put the book on hold via the catalog or give us a call at 303.627.3050. Copies are also available through JCPL and Prospector.

Discussion Questions for Chapters 11-21
1. The evidence March finds on Mr. Crowley's computer is suspicious. Do you think he's involved with the dognappings or just interested in the case? 
2. Do you think Mr. Crowley knows what Kazu and March did?
3. Kazu has been lying and keeping secrets, which makes her tummy hurt. Has this ever happened to you?
4. Do you think doing wrong things (computer hacking, garbage looting) makes up for a good thing (potentially stopping the dognappings)?
5. Are you more or less convinced that Mr. Crowley is involved after their conversation at the bus?

Share your thoughts in the comments below and read chapters 22-32 for next week's discussion!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 16, 2021 at 1:52 PM
  
Mental Health Spotlight

Mental Health Spotlight: Addiction

Resources listed are for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat a condition without the guidance of a mental health professional. If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please call 911 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1.844.493.TALK.

Hey teens! Interested in mental health?

Each month the Aurora Public Library focuses on a different topic related to mental health. Swing by the Aurora Central Library's teen area to browse YA novels and nonfiction related to the monthly topic. Whether you or someone you know is facing a mental health issue, or you are just interested in the topic, APL has information, resources and reading materials for you.
Remember, your mental health matters. 

This month’s Mental Health Spotlight is on addiction. 

ad·dic·tion: the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing or activity.
- When Does Something Become an Addiction
- Concerned you may be abusing substances? Take a self-assessment quiz to see how your habits and usage may be influencing your life.

Having an addiction does not make you a bad person. 
- What does addiction feel like?
- Many people think of addiction in terms of substances, like drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. These substance addictions are severe and very common. This article breaks down the top 10 in this category.
- However, behavioral addictions, while often overlooked, can seriously impact a person’s life. Some examples include gambling, shopping, food, sex, internet/social media. Check out this article for more examples of behavioral addictions.

Recovery is possible.
- Are you struggling with an addiction? Support groups can be helpful. Learn about different types of support groups here. 
Find a support group meeting.
- Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Aurora for teens & online Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Is someone you know struggling with an addiction? 
Parents, significant others, family members and friends who are battling an addiction can cause stress, anxiety, fear and isolation to those who love them. You are not alone. Al-Alon and Ala-Teen offer resources and support groups to those affected by someone who is addicted. Visit their website for more information.

Real teens share their stories of addiction
Meet Hailey
Meet Michael
Meet Savannah
Meet Tyelur

Substance use resources for teens 
7 Things People in Addiction Recovery Wish You Knew
- 23 Recovering Addicts Share The One Thing They Wish People Understood About Their Addictions
- How to Talk About Addiction with a friend or loved one
- How to Help an Addicted Friend or Relative

Explore Young Adult novels that address addiction


For more resources for all ages, visit the nonfiction department at your local library and look for call number 362.292. Resources are also available at Aurora Mental Health.

Check back in March for our next Mental Health Spotlight!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 16, 2021 at 1:28 PM
  
Bookworms Nature Book Club

Aurora Public Library is happy to announce Bookworms Nature Book Club - a new book club, made possible through a partnership with the city of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space Naturalist Team and the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

Just like the pages of a book, our natural world is full of wonder! Join us each month as we share stories, explore natural phenomena and discuss our monthly book selection. This book club meets virtually once a month, with occasional, safe in-person gatherings - so we can discuss while enjoying the beauty of nature firsthand!

Soul of an Octopus

This month, Bookworms will be meeting on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. to discuss "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery. Click here for a reading guide

Why read about octopus? While they don’t live in Sand Creek, they do open our understanding of the intelligence and capabilities of animals. It is a great read!

Bookworms is free to attend, but registration is required to receive the link to log on. Register here.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 16, 2021 at 10:05 AM
  
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