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Let's Get Gardening

Let's get gardening! We have partnered with our friends at Tagawa Gardens for a series of gardening videos showing tips and tricks to get your garden growing!

In this week's video, Luan shares the basics for beginners. These include prepping the soil, how to pick the prefect plants for your space, tips and tricks for planting, the benefits of mulch and how to care for your garden, including watering, feeding and fertilizing, use of pesticides and maintaining your beautiful space. Let's get gardening - together! 

Posted by  On Jul 24, 2020 at 9:16 AM
On July 23, 2020, around 10:50 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of Gun Club Road and South Picadilly Street on reports of a vehicle crash.

When officers arrived on scene, they located 2 people who had been ejected from an SUV. Both of those individuals, one whom is an adult female and the other an adult male, were pronounced deceased on scene. Their identities will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroners Office after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

Initial investigation shows that the SUV was traveling westbound on Gun Club Road, at a high rate of speed, when it lost control. The vehicle then began to roll, ejecting both occupants, and eventually comes to rest after striking a power line and causing damage to that pole.

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) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Posted by  On Jul 24, 2020 at 2:46 AM
On July 23, 2020, at 9:12 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a crash at East Hampden Avenue and South Kalispell Street.

Initial investigation reveals that a black Ford Mustang was traveling westbound on East Hampden Avenue. An adult male was riding his bicycle and was going northbound on South Kalispell Street. It is unknown at this time who had the right-of-way. The bicycle was struck while in the crosswalk area and the driver and vehicle involved remained on scene. At this time, it does not appear that speed or alcohol was a factor.

Investigators for our Traffic Unit will attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors of the crash. The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notification.

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) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Posted by  On Jul 23, 2020 at 10:44 PM
Create & DIY for adults

Learn the tips and tricks of assembling amazing papercraft creations! This week we'll be making Japan's Himeji Castle using Cannon's Creative Park papercraft template! #LibrariesCOnnect

Himeji Castle template and instructions available via Canon Creative Park at
Visit and search "Himeji Castle" to download the template and explore other fun crafts from Canon.

Posted by  On Jul 22, 2020 at 9:23 AM
Draw It!

Grab a pencil and paper - it's time to Draw It! 📝 Our staff member Kristin shows how to draw a magical unicorn!

Show us your in the comments and tell us what you'd like to draw next! 
Posted by  On Jul 21, 2020 at 1:05 PM
The city of Aurora will adopt the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC) on Aug. 1, 2020. All plan submittals on or after this date will be reviewed against the 2020 NEC.
Posted by  On Jul 21, 2020 at 9:02 AM
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess

July's book is "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by Julie Andrews Edwards. Need a copy? Call 303.627.3050. 

 The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

Part 2 (Chapters 1 - 8) Questions 
- Would you like to meet the Whiffle Bird?
- After the Sidewinder scare, would you want to go back to Whangdoodleland?
- What jokes would you tell to get aboard The Jolly Boat?
- What would you order from the soda fountain?
- When the High-Behind Splintercat came into Lindy's room, did you think he was friendly or that he would turn out to be trouble?
- Lindy was smart to sing along to the Splintercat's song. That way the Professor and her brothers could find her. What would you do to try to escape?
- Make a prediction! The third part of the book is called "Conquer". What do you think will happen next?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 
Posted by  On Jul 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM 1 Comment
Making Magic

Fire Breathing Dragon 
by Sara

So many of our favorite fairy tales feature fierce, fire-breathing dragons - so let's make one of our very own!

- Toliet paper tube or paper towel tube (cut in half)
- Construction paper
- Tissue paper
- Pom poms
- Googly eyes
- Glue
- Glitter glue or markers (optional)

This craft is inspired by the craft "Fire Breathing Dragon Craft" from One Little Project. Thanks to Debbie for letting us share this craft! Be sure to visit for more fun ideas!

Posted by  On Jul 20, 2020 at 1:03 PM
Read It!

**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 each Friday at 1 p.m. (MST) and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on July 24, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "The Goblin Emperor" by Katherine Addison (available instantly on

Other upcoming titles, all available instantly from hoopla digital, include:
 - July 31, "FantasticLand" by Mike Bockoven
Posted by  On Jul 19, 2020 at 11:39 AM
Check It Out!
a movie review by Deana

Featured movie

What's the basic plot?
Tim, an orphan in London who is afraid of the dark, has just learned that his star Adhara has disappeared from the night sky. An adventure through the night takes him on a journey of strange happenings that he never knew existed. Tim learns that he has a guardian cat name Tobermory who is up through the night protecting him while he sleeps. Tim knows all about the stars, so why is his star suddenly gone. As he investigate about what happen to his star, he meets strange creatures of the night that helps him find the truth behind his most beloved night star. 

Why you might like it
Tim is a little shy and awkward around the other children at his orphanage home. They all know that he is afraid of the dark and when they do mean things to him like hide his favorite stuff animal, Tim goes to his secret place where he knows that he is loved. Soon Tim sets off through the night and meets strange creatures like Cat Sheperd, Mr. Pee, Sr. Moka, Pastor de Gatos and so many more. As he travels on an adventure through the night with Cat Shepherd, the North Star and his guardian cat Tobermory to find out who cause his star Adhara to disappear, Tim has to overcome his fears from what is causing the Nocturna creatures and Adhara his star to disappear. With daylight coming too soon, will Tim be able to save the Nocturna creatures and his star - or will they be lost forever? 
Reasons you  might not like it
You might not like this film for some children because the animation characters are a little dark (no pun intended by the title). I would not recommend this film to young children, but every child is different. It is a great film if you have a youth trying to overcome their fear of the dark.  
Who's in it?
Cat Sheperd played by Robert Paterson

Pastor de Gatos played by Imanol Arias

Moka played by Roger Carel

Sr. Moka played by Carlos Sobera

Tim played by Lloyd F. Booth Shankley

Mr. Pee played by Joshua Zamrycki
Where to watch it
Every title I recommend is available for you to watch instantly, for free, using our digital library services. 

”Nocturna” can be accessed using Kanopy , with a direct link here:

Don't have a library card? Don't worry! You can sign up for a virtual library card here. 

Posted by  On Jul 17, 2020 at 3:27 PM
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