Aurora Public Library Blog

Welcome to Aurora Public Library’s blog. A place where our library staff share their thoughts, insider knowledge and overall love of all things book and community.

Feel free to comment on posts, re-blog and enjoy. To ensure a civil and focused discussion, comments will be held for a brief period before being published.



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A Yarn About the World - Barcelona
with Tyler

Our resident globetrotter Tyler shares his travel experiences. This time, take a trip to Barcelona, Spain! Learn about the city and its history while taking in beautiful views!

Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!



 Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  at 10:57 AM
  

Aurora Public Library's Blog


Welcome to Aurora Public Library’s blog. A place where our library staff share their thoughts, insider knowledge and overall love of all things book and community.

At Aurora Public Library we strive to meet the needs of the citizens of Aurora with books, information and other resources in a positive and proactive manner. Our programming is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Aurora Public Library.

A library is much more than books! While we still have stacks to wander and eBooks to download anytime, we are also a place to join together as a community – to make new friends, learn new skills, try a new hobby and so much more! Our blog follows this ideology. On this blog we will explore new books and discuss some of our favorites; share craft and activity ideas, from STEAM experiments to art projects for all ages; share fun facts; and learn more about our world together!

Feel free to comment on posts (let us know what you think of the book we discuss, or show us your finished art project), re-blog and share on social media and – most of all – enjoy!

To ensure a civil and focused discussion, comments will be held for a brief period before being published.

To find out more about the staff who contribute to this blog, read below.


 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth Bernhardt is a Librarian at the Iliff Square Branch of Aurora Public Library, conveniently located near the Friends of the Aurora Public Library bookstore to enable all of your reading cravings. She loves all aspects of library work, from dancing badly at Toddler Storytime to teaching computer lessons and making adorable lopsided crafts. When not at work, Elizabeth likes playing video games and board games, reading five books at once and curling up under fuzzy blankets with giant mugs of tea. 


Julia
Julia D. 
Julia is an Outreach Librarian at Aurora Public Library. Her hobbies include cross-stitch, hiking, and of course, reading - anything historical (fiction and non-fiction), dystopian or young adult is fair game! 

 
Brandon
Brandon F.

Brandon is a Librarian at our Martin Luther King Jr. Library. You will usually find him hiking in the beautiful Rockies or enjoying one of his many nerdy hobbies. His reading interests are horror, sci-fi and fantasy.


Adam
Adam G.

Adam is a Programming & Outreach Library Assistant with Aurora Public Library. He is usually found outside the library at schools, senior homes and local events running outreach programs. When not making projects for programs, he is avidly following anything and everything that can almost be called a sport and spending time with his family and friends.   


Stacy
Stacy H.

Stacy is a Library Assistant at Aurora Central Library. She has been with Aurora Public Library for two years. She likes to spend her free time with her friends playing board games, video games and painting and crafting group cosplays. Her favorites books are "The Jungle Book", "Coraline", "Life of Pi" and "Jurassic Park."



Tess
Tess J.

Tess is graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master's in Library & Information Science. She currently works as a Library Assistant at Tallyn’s Reach Library. She loves to create engaging literacy programs for all ages. Tess is a wife and mother, enjoys reading and the outdoors. 

  
Kristin
Kristin S.

Kristin is a Library Assistant at our Mission Viejo Library. She has worked at Aurora Public Library since 2013 and specializes in teen programs, adult programs and computer tutoring. Her hobbies include video games, digital painting and designing Excel spreadsheets for fun.

 
Julie
Julie S.

Julie is a Library Assistant at our Tallyn's Reach Library. She loves to spend her days dancing with toddlers and chasing teenagers with Nerf guns. She enjoys watching Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Star Trek with her family. Julie's favorite book is “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell.

 
Nicole
Nicole S.

Nicole is a Library Assistant at Aurora Central Library. A Wisconsin native, she recently relocated to Colorado and is thrilled to be part of a library staff again! Her hobbies include any and all things Disney (especially “Beauty and the Beast”), volleyball, board games with friends, walks in the dog park with her puppy Lyla and snuggles on the couch with her cat Hades. She loves to read fantasy and fairy tale retellings, especially "Splintered" by A.G. Howard.


Sara
Sara V.H.

Sara is a Programming & Outreach Librarian with Aurora Public Library. An (almost) lifelong resident of Aurora, Sara is proud to call Aurora home and serve her fellow Aurorans at the library! Her hobbies include travel, gaming, cooking and reading and she loves all things Disney and cats. One of her favorite book series is “The Selection” by Kiera Cass.


Tessy
Tessy W.

Tessy is a Librarian at our Hoffman Library. She can sometimes be found in her office brainstorming modern art out of paper straws (among other DIY projects), or browsing Goodreads for diversity-focused and feminist literature for books clubs and reader advisory. She spends her free time quilting, playing video games and playing with her niece. Reading interests range from space operas to modern political nonfiction.  

Tyler W.
Tyler W.

Tyler is a Library Assistant at our Hoffman Library. He loves to troubleshoot all things at the branch, from computers to sewing machines. Born and raised in Colorado, he spends his weekends enjoying city walks with his husband admiring local architecture. Travel plays a big role in their lives and they are always looking forward to the next big trip.

 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  at 10:56 AM
  
Read It!
Family Book Club 
by Tess


The April book pick is A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. 
A Snicker of Magic

'Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was before the curse drove the magic away. Felicity and her nomadic mother arrive in Midnight Gulch and feel their luck may be about to change. Felicity must figure out how to bring back the magic by breaking the spell that's been cast over the town and her mother's heart.' 

Log on to HooplaDigital.com to borrow a copy online, instantly, with your library card.
Don't have a library card? Click here to get a virtual one!

Reading schedule:
April 1-12: Chapters 1-10 (Questions posted on Monday, April 13)
April 13-19: Chapters 11-19 (Questions posted on Monday, April 20)
April 20-26: Chapters 20-27 + epilogue (Questions and activity posted on Monday, April 27)

I hope you enjoy this book! Let's read! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 06, 2020 at 12:47 PM
  
APL Reader's Corner
with Nicole & Tessy

**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 Facebook.com/AuroraLibrary each Friday at 1 p.m. (MST) and leave your thoughts in the comments below! (See discussion questions below - questions may contain spoilers!)

The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on April 10, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "If She Knew" by Blake Pierce (available instantly on hoopladigital.com).





Discussion Questions for "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin
· Consider the setting. Why do you think the author chooses to set the book on an island? How does the island setting reflect A.J.’s character?
· Lambiase moves from an occasional or nonreader, to a reader, to a bookseller. How do you think becoming a reader changes him? Consider the scene where he decides not to confront Ismay about the backpack. Do you think Lambiase’s reaction is different than it would have been if he hadn’t taken up reading?
· When did you become aware that Leon Friedman might be an imposter? What did you make of Leonora Ferris’s reasons for hiring him?
· What do you think the future holds for physical books and bookstores?
· Contemporary literature often has relatable storylines and characters. Did any of the characters or aspects of the book resonate with you?


Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 05, 2020 at 9:24 AM
  
Check it out!

Board Games at Home
by Elizabeth
Board games make for a great boredom buster! Check out these games you can play with friends and family while practicing social distancing. Tell us your favorite game and share more recommendations in the comments below!



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 03, 2020 at 1:43 PM
  
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