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(August 23) On Sunday, August 23, 2020, at approximately 12:30 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the area of East 22nd Avenue and North Airport Boulevard on reports of a vehicle crash.

Initial investigation reveals that a Mitsubishi sedan was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of N. Airport Blvd. This sedan then collided, head-on, with a Ford F-150 who was going northbound on N. Airport Blvd. Both the Mitsubishi sedan and Ford F-150 had a sole, adult male occupant. The driver of the Ford F-150 was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released. Tragically, the driver of the Mitsubishi sedan was pronounced deceased after being transported to an area hospital. At this time, it does not appear that speed nor alcohol was a factor for the driver of the Ford F-150. Those determinations for the Mitsubishi driver are still being investigated.

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 Adams 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
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Aug 23, 2020 at 5:30 PM
  
Read It!

Review of "Ink and Bone" by Rachel Caine
by Nicole S.

Hello! I was very excited to share this book club pick with you because I enjoyed it so much I had to get my hands on the rest of the series! I had suggested the book “Ink and Bone” by Rachel Caine to my friends for the virtual book club because it was one I had been wanting to read and had many fellow librarians highly recommend the book.  

The premise for this book was incredibly interesting to me because it revolved around the idea that the Great Library of Alexandria never burned down and now the Great Library holds all the power in society. What a concept! The Great Library is found in every city and they govern the knowledge and power. Through alchemy, the library shares knowledge and great works of history to the public however the personal ownership of books is considered forbidden. The story follows Jess Brightwell, who still believes in the value of the library despite his family’s business in the black market selling illegal books. Jess has been accepted to train at the library, which excites him, but his father wants to use it as an advantage to spy on the Great Library. Jess will have to decide where his loyalties lie – and even more so when its discovered that his friend has invented something that could change the world and the Great Library’s hold on knowledge.  

I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Having understood the library’s value at a young age, it was such an interesting idea to have the Great Library be the one to hold all of the knowledge of the world and the power as well. What was a little hard to grasp was the setting and description of the world in this story. We start out in London in the year 2030 however the technology and buildings are described as it is still only the start of 19th century. That sparked a long discussion in our book club about why they had a hard time picturing this book as in the future. Since knowledge isn’t equally distributed to the masses that means even the earliest inventions we were accustomed to learning about didn’t exist. Instead of these inventions there is the discovery of alchemy, which is used throughout the Great Libraries as a way to transmit messages, items and even people back and forth.  

I also could find myself relating to the main protagonist, Jess Brightwell. He views books not as commodity or black market value but for the content and knowledge held within the books. He highly respects the values of the Great Library, or at least the values the Great Library used to hold, in high regards. As time progresses we learn that the Great Library isn’t what we initially view it to be and how it has evolved into something. Better or worse? I will let you decide if you end up reading this book! If you end up enjoying this book as much as I did you are in luck because it is the start of a series! There are 5 books in total to “The Great Library” series.  

If you like having the library as a big setting in the story check out other books like “The Invisible Library” series by Genevieve Cogman and “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson

Look for my next post as I review our next book club pick “Nothing to See Here” by Kevin Wilson.   
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 21, 2020 at 1:13 PM
  
(August 21) On Friday, August 20, 2020, at approximately 10:55 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to  10693 East Jewell Avenue on reports of a shooting.

Officer's arrived and located two adults, one female and one male, each suffering from a gunshot wound. Both were transported to the hospital where they have since succumbed to their injuries.

The identity of the male and female will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after they have been positively identified, and their respective next of kin have been notified.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. A weapon was located on scene and we do not believe that there are any outstanding suspects.

Any witnesses to this incident are 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 $2,000.00.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Aug 21, 2020 at 1:29 AM
  
Draw It!

Grab a pencil and paper - it's time to Draw It! 📝 Our librarian Kristin shows how to draw a sea turtle!

Show us your sea turtle in the comments below and tell us what you'd like to draw next!



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 20, 2020 at 3:41 PM
  

(August 18, 2020) UPDATE: On August 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Aurora Police officers responded to a stabbing at 1635 South Mobile Street where tragically a man lost his life. 

Since then, the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit has continued investigation and are announcing the arrest of Craig James Kilgore Junior DOB 4-21-94.  Kilgore was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder on August 17th, 2020 in the afternoon.  Included with this updated press release is the Aurora Police Department booking photo of Mr. Kilgore. 

The 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office will be the prosecuting, and all additional media inquiries should be directed there.
Kilgore

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.432.5095


(August 17, 2020) This afternoon at 4:39 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a reported stabbing at 1635 South Mobile Street. 


Upon officer’s arrival they located one adult male suffering from apparent knife wounds and was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  
 

 All involved parties have been identified, and there is no threat to the community.  It is not yet known what occurred that led up to the fatal stabbing.


The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after 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 are actively investigating this as a Homicide.  


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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 18, 2020 at 6:21 PM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess 

August's Book: "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer


Chapters 9 - 17: "Inseperable - Big Red S"

1. Have you owned anything that was very precious to you, like Fern's doll?
2. Who are the Black Panthers? What do you think their goal is?
3. Do you think Cecile was right to change her name to be a new person? Or do you agree with Delphine about the importance of a name?
4. Would you be offended if you were named after an animal? For me, it would depend on the animal! I think dolphins are beautiful and amazing and Delphine is a cool name.
5. Do you have brothers and/or sisters? Do you fight or do you stand up for each other? Are you the oldest? Do you look out for your younger siblings?

Share your thoughts on the book so far in the comments below!

Join us in discussing "One Crazy Summer" live on Zoom! We'll be meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31. Sign up for the Zoom program here. 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 17, 2020 at 11:39 AM 1 Comment
  
Create It!

Make It Monday: Sea Shore Centerpiece
with Karen

It's another #MakeItMonday! Summer may be fading to fall, but you can keep summer vibes going year around with this sea shore centerpiece! Karen shares this easy DIY that brings a bit of the beach to Colorado!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 17, 2020 at 11:38 AM
  

Game on!
Game reviews by Brandon, Elizabeth, Kristin, Stacy, Justine, and Sue.

Hello everyone! We hope you’ll enjoy these reviews for free games to entertain you! These are a mix of browser and smartphone games, and none of them will cost you anything to play.
Today's theme
Tired of slime and bubble wrap? Check out these oddly satisfying games!

Game One
Little Alchemy 
A free game available on your app store (Apple/Android) and web browsers  

Little Alchemy

Nothing exists except the four elements- air, earth, fire, and water. By mixing two of these rudimentary ingredients at a time, you can create new objects from scratch. (For example: “water” + “earth” = mud.) You can discover over 500 different items! This game isn’t just about the finish line, but it’s about the journey, too! I didn’t expect to chuckle as many times as I did playing this game. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple yet elusive the combinations can be. You might have to think outside the box at times, but if you get stuck, Little Alchemy offers hints to help. You can play this charming, clever game at your own pace. Try making one of my favorite combinations: “bread” + “fire” makes... “toast”! - Sue

Game 2
Blendoku
A free game available on your app store (Apple/Android)
blendoku
Blendoku isn’t your average puzzle game: there are no numbers or letters. Instead, you get to play with colors! The level gives you a couple tiles to start with, and you’ve got to drag the remaining tiles onto the playboard. The colors must blend seamlessly to adjacent tiles. The result is an aesthetically pleasing color palette. I find the bright hues and mellow sound effects soothing. I prefer taking my time, but if you’re feeling competitive, you can solve the puzzles as fast you can and see if you can beat your own personal record. - Sue

Game 3
Soap Cutting
A free game available on your app store (Apple/Android)
Soap Cutting

If you’re like me, I can watch soap cutting video clips non-stop. While those videos can be uber gratifying, they result in lots of waste. Now, we can enjoy all the satisfaction of cutting soap without the waste or the mess! In this game, you get to slice colorful bars of soap into perfect, tiny cubes. The combination of crisp sound effects, smooth graphics, and just the right amount of haptic feedback brings this app to life. You might even discover some hidden prizes as you’re slicing away!

Tell us what you think!

 What game is your favorite? Tell us some of your other favorite games in the comments!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 13, 2020 at 2:33 PM 2 Comments
  
Let's Get Gardening with Tagawa Gardens: Planting a Fall Veggie Garden

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!

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean gardening has to stop! This week, Luan shares some tips on creating a late summer/early fall vegetable garden, featuring a variety of yummy veggies - and even herbs!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 13, 2020 at 2:30 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian traffic crash that occurred in the crosswalk on East Yale Avenue at South Abilene Street.

At 9:04 a.m. a vehicle traveling northbound on East Abilene Street, just South of East Yale Avenue, made a left turn onto westbound East Yale Avenue. At the same time, a 71-year-old female was jogging, with the right-of-way, in the crosswalk on East Yale Avenue.

The driver struck the jogger, who was in the crosswalk, fatally injuring her.  The driver did not flee the scene, and drugs or alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors.

This fatality marks the 21st life claimed in traffic related crashes this year in Aurora.  Among those 21 lives lost, eight were auto-pedestrian fatalities.  In seven of the eight auto-pedestrian fatalities, the pedestrian was not lawfully crossing the road. 

Drivers and pedestrians can help us prevent such tragedies by being extra vigilant when in the roadways we share.  Drivers should stop, check and proceed slowly into crosswalks, and yield to pedestrians in the roadway.  Pedestrians should use crosswalks and crosswalk buttons, obey pedestrian signals, and dress in a manner that illuminates you at night.

This investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash camera footage, or has any information about this incident, to please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 13, 2020 at 12:39 PM
  
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