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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 I, as in iguana!

Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 25, 2021 at 8:04 AM
(February 24, 2021) On Monday February 22, 2021, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Aurora Police officers responded to assist Aurora Fire Rescue on a medical call at 17221 East Walsh Way.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound inside the residence. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene to investigate a suspicious death. This investigation has since been upgraded to a homicide and is active and ongoing. At this time no arrests have been made, and it is believed this is an isolated incident posing no immediate risk to the general public.

The identity of the deceased was announced in a news release by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday February 24th, 2020 after he was positively identified, and his next-of-kin were notified. We have included their news release here.

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Metro Denver 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


Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 24, 2021 at 4:22 PM
Dewey Match?

Looking for books about love? We can help you make a match!

Love comes in all forms! From romantic to platonic; from passionate to love lost; from self-love to putting logic over feelings - there's a book about it!

Check out some suggested reads and even more below!

(Or click here to check them out!)

Check out more from Hoopla Digital - available to borrow instantly with no wait for free with your library card!

Bridgerton (Netflix) Romance | Paranormal Romance | Romantic Comedy | Young Adult Rom Coms

Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 24, 2021 at 12:01 PM
Readers' Realm

Reader's Realm: Fantasy
with Lisa

OK, this is it; we’re finishing up FANTASY.  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 SPORTS next.

As you finish your book, did you like the ending?  Did the magical creatures and humans work together or against each other?  Did magic/fantasy play a real part in how the problem worked out? Please include the title and author of the book you’re reading in your post. 

In my book, "The Goblin’s Puzzle" by Andrew S. Chilton, the goblin stays true to his goblin self – he has said before that goblins and humans can never become friends.  But he still manages to help the boy get out of a sticky situation.  Even though fantasy is a big part of the story, I mean there are goblins and dragons, the problem is really solved through logic.  The goblin always finds a way to think his way out of problems and guides others, sometimes by telling them the opposite – as goblins often do.  I like how the goblin is such a real character with a lot of sides to him. 

Remember we’ll start next week with SPORTS! The choice of book is totally up to you - what will you read?
Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 24, 2021 at 8:57 AM
(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
Posted by [email protected]  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 [email protected]  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 [email protected]  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 [email protected]  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 [email protected]  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
Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 17, 2021 at 4:32 PM
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