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May Family Book Club

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 3rd-6th grade level but both younger and older kids have enjoyed them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

This month we are reading “Just South of Home” by Karen Strong. Cousins Sarah and Janie, along with two friends, unearth a tragic event in their small Southern town’s history. With their new knowledge, it is up to them to heal their community. 
Please note: This novel contains religious themes as well as spooky moments involving ghosts (or haints). 
Genre: PARANORMAL MYSTERY

Chapters 20 (Family Meeting) – 28 (A Guilty Liar)

1. What is your favorite 4th of July tradition?
2. Janie and Sarah are learning what makes a real friend. Their old friends weren’t actually good ones. Have you had a similar experience?
3. People in town do not want to hear what Mrs. Whitney has to say. Why do you think they are uncomfortable?
4. Do you think Mrs. Green is so strict and (seemingly) unloving because of her family’s sad history?
5. If you were Sarah, would you forgive Jovita?
 
Next week read chapters 29 (Witching Hour) – 37 (Home)  
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, May 24 at 5 p.m. to meet the author! Register here to receive WebEx link.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's Reach Library. Please call 303.627.3050 if you'd like to put one on hold to be picked up at a different branch. Copies are also available through Prospector.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 17, 2021 at 3:09 PM
  
Mental Health Spotlight

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 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.

For our May Spotlight, we will be honoring Mental Health Awareness Month
 
Mental Health Awareness Month Display

Since 1949, May has served as Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a reminder that mental health is essential to our lives and those living with mental health issues or a mental illness are deserving of care, understanding, and recovery.

What is Mental Health?
Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. In simpler terms, mental health affects how we think, behave, and feel—which then can affect our daily lives, relationships, and physical health. Conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, and addiction (as a few examples), can turn a person’s daily life upside down. 

Mental Health Is and Isn't

 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” The WHO stress that mental health is “more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.” Peak mental health is about not only avoiding active conditions but also looking after ongoing wellness and happiness.
Read more about what mental health means here.


While Mental Health encompasses a lot, here’s a few topics that impact our daily lives:
Relationships:
Toxic vs. Healthy Friendships: What’s the Difference for Teenagers? 
8 Ways Setting Boundaries Improves Your Quality of Life 

Sleep:
Healthy Sleep Tips
The Relationship Between Sleep and Mental Health

Physical Health:
5 Ways an Active Lifestyle Supports Mental Health
How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Physical Health

Stress:
9 Quick Ways to Calm Down When You Feel Overwhelmed
Mindfulness for Teens

General Mental Health: 
Top 10 Self Care Hacks for Your Brain
5 Charts You Need If Identifying Your Emotions Is Hard
31 Tips To Boost Your Mental Health
Diet, Exercise, and Sleep Are Pillars of Mental Health, Study Finds
The Importance of Gratitude in Time of COVID
14 Top (Binge-Worthy) Podcasts About Mental Health
You Are Not Alone
10 Affirmations for When You Think You're Unlovable 
Forgiveness Can Improve Your Emotional and Physical Health
18 Invaluable Pieces of Advice I've Received From Therapists
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

Real People Share Their Story:
Make It Okay To Talk About Mental Illness
I Was Scared To Talk About My Mental Health 
10 Reasons Why I Talk About My Mental Health

Stay Connected:
15 Best Mental Health Blogs for 2021
Lisa Olivera
9 Instagram Accounts Changing the Conversations Around Mental Health
The Mighty
8 Inspiring, Young Mental Health Activists You Need to Know About
Self-Care is for Everyone
Liz & Mollie

Explore Young Adult novels & nonfiction that address Mental Health:



For more resources for all ages, visit the nonfiction department at your local library and look for call number 616.8527.
Resources are also available at Aurora Mental Health.

Check back in June for our next Mental Health Spotlight!  
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 13, 2021 at 8:34 AM
  
HELLO

Join us each week as we learn about the letter of the month, each week focusing on a different activity or skill! 

May's letter of the month is K and the word of the month is KANGAROO! In this video, learn how to sound out, spell and sign kangaroo!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 13, 2021 at 8:33 AM
  
Grab & Go Together

Grab & Go Together: Stress Bottles
with Julie

Destress during finals by making your own glitter stress bottle.

Need supplies? Grab & Go Together kits will be available from Tallyn’s Reach Library starting Monday, May 3 (while supplies last, limit one per person).

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 11, 2021 at 3:07 PM
  
This is your opportunity to learn something new! This week, Miss Tess shows how to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on piano!  

The order of the notes you play are: 
E D C D E E E D D D E G G E D C D E E E D D E D C

Feel free to watch as many times as you’d like to get the hang of it!

Join us every Tuesday in May as we share new things to learn! Kids ages 5 - 12, with parent's permission, can submit a photo or video of what they learned this month (a fun fact, a new song, a new language, a new dance - almost anything!) via social media or an email to APLReadingRocks@AuroraGov.org to be entered to win a prize! Last day to enter is Friday, May 28. Click here for more info.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 11, 2021 at 10:09 AM
  
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 Julie shares a fun game you can play with your child to practice their color knowledge and sorting using things you have around the house! 

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 11, 2021 at 8:53 AM
  
May Family Book Club

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 3rd-6th grade level but both younger and older kids have enjoyed them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

This month we are reading “Just South of Home” by Karen Strong. Cousins Sarah and Janie, along with two friends, unearth a tragic event in their small Southern town’s history. With their new knowledge, it is up to them to heal their community. 
Please note: This novel contains religious themes as well as spooky moments involving ghosts (or haints). 
Genre: PARANORMAL MYSTERY

Chapters 11 (Seed of Doubt) – 19 (The Deaconess)
1. Now we know for sure the church is haunted! Since Janie put the cameo back, do you think they’ll have any more trouble from the haints?
2. Janie stood up for Sarah and it helped to bond them. Has anything like that ever happened to you with someone you weren’t sure you liked very much? It definitely changes your relationship!
3. Sarah can’t find answers in her normal source of information – books. What or who would you go to for help if haints were after you?
4. Do you think Sarah was right to stand up for Mrs. Whitney? Mrs. Greene was embarrassed to be called out in front of her church group but I doubt she would have taken it better in private.
5. Janie is really disappointed her mom won’t be coming for her as planned. Do you think this will make her more difficult to be around now?
 
Next week read chapters 20 (Family Meeting) – 28 (A Guilty Liar)
 
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, May 24 at 5 p.m. to meet the author! Register here to receive WebEx link.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's Reach Library. Please call 303.627.3050 if you'd like to put one on hold to be picked up at a different branch. Copies are also available through Prospector.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 10, 2021 at 1:34 PM
  
Create It!

Create It! Spring Garland
with Karen

It’s Make It Monday! This week, Karen shares a fun and easy DIY that is sure to liven up any space – a beautiful spring garland!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 10, 2021 at 12:58 PM
  

On May 6th, 2021, at approximately 1:18 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a motorcycle crash on East Yale Avenue at South Truckee Street.

The initial investigation revealed an adult male motorcyclist was traveling northbound on South Ventura Street through a sharp westbound curve onto East Yale Avenue. While traveling in the curve, the motorcyclist attempted to pass a vehicle by entering the eastbound oncoming lanes of traffic of East Yale Avenue. The motorcyclist was then struck by an oncoming vehicle traveling eastbound on East Yale Avenue at South Truckee Street.

Neither the driver nor occupants of the vehicle were injured. The driver of the vehicle did remain on scene. Drugs, alcohol nor speed are considered factors leading to the crash by the driver of the involved vehicle. 

The overtaking of the vehicle on a sharp curve by the motorcyclist led to the crash. Additionally, the motorcyclist’s helmet was strapped to the motorcycle, and therefore not being worn at the time of the crash. At this time the investigation is still active and ongoing, and it is not yet known whether speed, alcohol or drugs were also contributing factors.

The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified. 

The cause of this crash is under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit. Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police.  

This is the second traffic fatality this month in Aurora involving a motorcyclist. Since 2015, nearly half of all motorcycle accidents in Aurora resulted in the motorcyclist sustaining injuries or worse.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the riding season is upon us. Please check your blind spots for motorcycles, look twice before pulling into the roadway, and remove all distractions while driving. Motorcyclists should do the same. Additionally, wearing glasses, helmets and gloves will help protect the body. If you are an inexperienced motorcyclist seek training schools to strengthen your ability to ride safe.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 07, 2021 at 3:26 PM
  
HELLO

Join us each week as we learn about the letter of the month, each week focusing on a different activity or skill! 

May's letter of the month is K and the word of the month is KANGAROO! 

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 06, 2021 at 9:15 AM
  
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