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Reader's Realm: Fantasy
with Lisa


Welcome to the Readers’ Realm.  This month’s genre:  FANTASY! Plan to read your book in about a month.  A new discussion topic will be posted each Wednesday 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: 

We know fantasy most times has magical or mystical creatures.  From your book’s cover and title, what kind of creatures do you think will be in the story?  If no creatures, what kind of magical elements do you think you’ll find?  
Please include the title and author of the book you’re reading in your post. 

I’m reading "The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice" by Andrew S. Chilton. Obviously, a goblin will be in the story as it’s in the title.  A dragon is also pictured on the cover.  There’s also a castle and a small village, so it seems as if it’s going to take place in a fairy tale type land.  Maybe the kids have to solve the Goblin’s Puzzle to save someone/something?  I’ll have to find out! 

What’s happening in your book? 
Need help finding a book? Check out some of these recommendations!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 03, 2021 at 8:23 AM
  
(February 2, 2021) On Sunday July 5th, 2020 at 1:45 a.m., a 31-year-old man was shot to death on East Colfax Avenue at North Beeler Street

Today, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Dontavious Hetzel (9/13/1992) for Accessory to 1st Degree Murder for his role in the murder on July 5th, 2020. 

Dontavious was arrested by local law enforcement in Georgia yesterday and is awaiting extradition to Colorado.

We want to thank our law enforcement partners in Georgia for their work and our Major Crimes Detectives for their continued dedication to this case.

We should also mention that Master Titus Uriah Martin (4/19/2000) was arrested September of 2020 for his warrant of 1st Degree Murder.

Both booking photos are provided below. 

Any additional details about this case will need to be obtained by the prosecuting office, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

Hetzel, Dontavious 
  Dontavious Hetzel

Master Martin
Master Martin


information previously released

On Sunday July 5th, 2020 at 1:45 a.m., a 31-year-old man was shot to death on East Colfax Avenue at North Beeler Street.  The identity of the deceased can be confirmed by the Adam’s County Coroner’s Office. 

Today, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing they have obtained a First-Degree Murder warrant for the arrest of Master Titus Uriah Martin born April 19th, 2000, in relation to the July 5th homicide.  In an effort maintain the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation, and the subsequent prosecution, the Aurora Police Department will not be publicly releasing a photo of Master Martin at this time.  

Master Martin is believed to be armed, and a danger to our community.  While the Aurora Police Department continues to work tirelessly to locate and safely apprehend Master Martin, we are also hopeful he will turn himself in.  

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP where your tips will remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095


(July 5th, 2020) Early this morning at approximately 1:45 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were called to the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Beeler Street on reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a 31-year-old on the ground who had been shot. The male was transported to an area hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.

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

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and actively investigating. At this early stage in the investigation, it is unknown what led up to the incident and there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 02, 2021 at 3:45 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.

Below is a suggested reading schedule. Every Monday in February, a new blog post will be available to help guide your reading!

Monday, Feb. 1 - Sunday, Feb. 7: Chapters 1-10
Monday, Feb. 8 - Sunday, Feb. 14: Chapters 11- 21
Monday, Feb. 15 - Sunday, Feb. 21: Chapters 22 - 32
Monday, Feb. 22 - Sunday Feb. 28: Chapters 33-47
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 01, 2021 at 1:40 PM
  
Create It Pets

Welcome to Create It: Pets! Each month, in partnership with the Aurora Animal Shelter, we will be sharing a fun, easy DIY to make for furry friends! 

Create a safe and cozy pouch for shelter staff and cat fosters to use to help socialize kittens - an important step in their journey to finding a forever home! Instructions from Foothill Animal Shelter. Video made in partnership with Aurora Animal Shelter. 

For more information about the Aurora Animal Shelter or how to donate, please visit AuroraAnimalShelter.org.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 28, 2021 at 12:24 PM
  
HELLO

HELLO stands for Hand-on Early Literacy for Little Ones. In this program children will sing songs, work on fine and gross motor skills, learn about letters, numbers and science and develop early literacy skills. Ages 0-6.

This week's video is all about the letter G, as in gorilla!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 28, 2021 at 9:31 AM
  
Readers' Realm

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
  
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