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Post By: Elizabeth B

 

Deck the Halls:
Educational Family Games
Fun and Games

The holidays are here! That means nights are longer, the world is colder, and Great-Aunt Gertrude is packing her bags for her annual visit. Whether you have eight celebrations planned or are foregoing all holidays in favor of naps, you may be getting calls from loved ones asking when you can get together. Don't spend your winter dreading another conversation about politics over pie. Your local library has your back with six awesome, educational, and family-friendly games to fill those gaps in conversation with good memories instead.  

Each one is:  

  • Playable in 30 minutes
  • Builds important literacy skills
  • Available at Aurora Public Library to try!


1) For Kids Who Pore Over Picture Books: Dixit 

Dixit

Whether your kids can read yet or not, they'll love Dixit, a cheerful card game filled with fairy-tale imagery. One player names a prompt, like "music" or "The Little Mermaid." Everyone then chooses one of their cards that they think best represents the theme. Afterwards, all players try to guess what card the prompt-giver picked. With rabbit-shaped game pieces and lush illustrations, Dixit will leave you marveling at cuteness instead of stressing over winning.  

Recommended Ages: 6 and older 

Playtime: 30 minutes 

Literacy skills: Creativity, story-telling, communication 

 

2). For Your Niece Who Sleeps in a Tutu: Sparkle Kitty 
Sparkle Kitty

Cross Candy Land with Uno and you have this sugar-sweet game. The evil Queen Sparkle Kitty has locked the princesses of the land in towers! To escape, players must match cards and shout silly phrases to free themselves. Younger kids will love the bright colors and princess theme, while adults will enjoy the deck's diverse representation and vocabulary. (Plus, who says adults won't laugh over magic phrases like "Otter Devastation?")  

Recommended Ages: 6 or older. Younger kids may need a parent's help to read the words. 

Playtime: 15-20 minutes 

Literacy Skills: Colors, shapes, vocabulary 

 

3). For the Artist who Doodles in Notebooks: Tsuro 
Tsuro

Game play is marvelously simple: each player builds a path for their token, winding across the board. Players must avoid bumping into other players or falling off the edge of the board...but, as the board fills with paths, this gets harder and harder to do! Play it once and you'll know the rules. Play it twice and your friends will be placing tiles down with a conniving glint in their eyes.  

Recommended Ages: 8 and older. 

Playtime: 15-20 minutes 

Literacy skills: Strategy, spatial reasoning 

 

4). For Ralph the Reptile Lover: Coloretto 
Coloreto

Match colorful chameleons to win in this award-winning German card game. Players want to match one color with another, but beware: you don't want more than three different chameleon colors! Wordless and bright, the whole family will like this fast-paced card game. 

Recommended Ages: 8 and older 

Playtime: 30 minutes 

Literacy skills: Colors, counting 

 

5). For the Teen Who Loves to Yell: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking

Want to scratch that “spy” itch and strengthen communication skills at the same time? Teens at Mission Viejo and Iliff Square can’t get enough of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. The game’s premise is simple: only one player can see the bomb. They must explain what they see to anyone else playing, who desperately scour a rulebook looking for ways to defuse the bomb. Fail three times, and a loud explosion signals that it’s “Game Over.” Players can focus on reading, asking questions, or describing symbols, depending on their skills and confidence level.

 Recommended Ages: 12 and older, though younger kids can play with help.

Playtime: 5 minutes for a quick game, though I promise no one will quit after the first round

Literacy skills: Communication, advanced vocabulary, Morse code (yes, really)

 

6). For Anyone Who Won't Wash Dishes: Overcooked  
OverCooked

Everyone could stand to help a little more with household chores. And what better way to prompt that than by turning work into a fun game? In Overcooked, players must work together to cook various meals for their restaurant, passing burger patties and dirty dishes across the counters. The trick? You might be cooking on a moving truck, on an iceberg, in a spaceship, or with a flamethrower. Overcooked won multiple game awards for "Best Cooperative Game" in 2016, and after testing it with teens, young adults, and moms, I can confirm it's fun for video game addicts and novices alike.  

Ages: 12 and older.  

Playtime: 5 minutes for a quick game, though finishing every stage might take all winter. 

Literacy skills: Cooperation, time management 

 

Want more games? Or want to give these a test drive before committing?
 Check out our Tabletop Gaming Clubs at Mission Viejo and Iliff Square: 

Mission Viejo: Wednesdays, 4:30 PM: December 13, January 10, January 24
Iliff Square: Saturdays, 3 PM: December 2, December 16, January 6, January 20

Posted by behrhart@auroragov.org  On Dec 11, 2017 at 12:03 PM
  

Paper snoflakes

Craft Time! Paper Snowflakes


Post by Justine C

With winter here and snow days waiting to happen, you might be wondering how you can keep kids occupied when it’s too cold for them to play outside. It certainly won’t do to put them in front of the TV or computer screen for hours on end. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun crafts you can do in the comfort of your own home with materials you most likely already own. All you need to make your own snowflakes is a white sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, some tape or glue, and yarn!

Materials:

  • A white sheet of paper cut into a square (try coffee filters if you don't have a piece of paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • A ball of yarn or string

Instructions (see below for a visual of each step):

  1. Fold your sheet of paper in half diagonally until it’s in a triangle shape.
  2. Fold it in half again so the pointed ends meet and it makes an even smaller triangle.
  3. Now fold the triangle into thirds. You’ll want them to be even, so make sure to do your adjustments before creating the creases.
  4. Cut across the bottom of the paper to create a triangle.
  5. Cut patterns into the newly formed triangle. Be creative! Just don’t cut it clean across - you’ll need to be able to unfold it.
  6. Unfold the paper completely and carefully. Now you have a unique snowflake of your very own!
  7. Cut a piece of yarn at least a foot long.
  8. With tape or glue, attach the yarn to one of the edges of your snowflake.
  9. Hang up your snowflake from the ceiling, in the window or somewhere else that could use some winterizing!

Snowflake Craft Visual How-To

This fun and easy craft is suitable for any child who’s comfortable using scissors and is something every member of the family can get in on! Once you’ve tried the way described here, try and make specific designs such as hearts or moons, or search the internet for extreme patterns that you can follow. Try starting with this Google search! Don’t take my word for it - try it out and be sure to share your results on Instagram or Twitter @APLReadingRocks!

Happy crafting!

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Dec 06, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  

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This Blog is for You

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Post by Brittni E. 

Do you ever get that feeling of when you finish a book and feel so emotionally drained that you cannot even fathom reading a new book or series? That is a feeling I get all the time. I always feel incredibly invested in all of the characters that line the pages of the book I am reading that when I finally finish that last page-I can barely handle not having them in my life anymore. Recently, I re-read a Young Adult series that I had read when I was a teenager by Meg Cabot-the Mediator Series-and I devoured all 7 books within days. I instantly felt myself lost inside the words and characters of this series that when I finished-it felt impossible to not know what else Jesse and Susanna (trust me, read this series) were up to next. There was a hole in my world-which certainly only the characters of this series could fill-I NEEDED MORE. 

Nevertheless-the series was done and I knew I had to move on. But how do you start a new book-standalone or series-just like that. How could any other book possibly be as good and as invigorating? Of course, we all know this feeling eventually subsides right? We succumb to the fact that we must move on and start the search for our next great read. Do you struggle finding your next great read? Because honestly, I do. I’m a librarian and love books but I often find myself in a book rut-not knowing what to read next. 

This feeling-this fleeting, awful, disgusting feeling is something this blog aims to help you lose all together. Looking for your next great read? Look no further than our blog. Not only will our blog encapsulate family fun, book recommendations, author profiles, and all things library but it will (we hope) be a great avenue and forum for you and others to enjoy sharing, commenting, and growing through shared connections with others. 

Welcome to Aurora Public Library’s Blog. We are pleased to offer this site that showcases posts written and created for you by our library staff. Each week, expect to read new posts that will not only captivate you as a reader but also engage your family as well. This blog is for you-we hope you enjoy it. 

Posted by behrhart@auroragov.org  On Dec 04, 2017 at 1:22 PM
  

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No Clowning around with
IT

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Post by Brandon F. 

What could possibly be worse than a clown? How about a multi-dimensional entity that can take on the form of whatever you fear most? I would say that just about takes the cake. If you recently took a visit to theaters to see Stephen King’s IT directed by Andrés Muschietti, then you probably have a few questions about the true nature of IT. While Pennywise the Clown may be the most favored form for IT to take, there is certainly so much more to the story.  In order to tell you the full backstory of IT, you need to know the story of the Stephen King Universe.

Yes that is right, there is a Stephen King universe, much alike you’re Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Cinematic Universe and etc. To the casual Stephen King reader it may seem as if all of his franchises are separate entities, however there is one ultimate series that brings all of his writings together. This would be the Dark Tower universe and it is here where we find out more about where the ancient evil IT actually comes from.  

When I say ancient, I’m talking millions of years. When I say evil, I’m talking about a reality between dimensions where only darkness and monsters reside. In IT, this area is referred to as the Macroverse and was later referred to as the Todash Space within the Dark Tower series. It is from this dreaded space which IT originates. Now with knowing that, I’m sure you can see that IT is most certainly not just a clown. But then you ask “So what is IT?” To that I say “oh boy”.

Describing a creature that is beyond human comprehension is a tricky task, but it is one that Stephen King was up for. In one of the final confrontations between IT and the protagonists, IT takes the form of a giant spider. This however, is not the true form but merely the closest thing the human mind can relate to and grasp. The true form can be found in a realm outside of the ordinary known as the Deadlights. When one looks into IT’s eyes, it is possible to see through to the Deadlights and the true form of this being. After a certain character came dangerously close into looking into the eyes for too long, it was able to see what could only be described as a horrible hairy creature made of orange writhing lights that seemed to stretch on forever with no end. It was fortunate that this time of eye contact was cut short as nearly all of the victims who have looked into the Deadlights have succumbed to insanity with no hope for recovery.

So for those keeping count; that is 7 average preteen children versus 1 shape shifting, malevolent creature that has thrived for millions of years in darkness and terror that is incomprehensible by both size and form. Sure, I say those sound like good odds! Oh, and the more fear it instills in IT’s prey, the more delicious it taste before it feasts.

It is for that reason, that IT takes so many different forms and tends to favor it’s Pennywise persona. So many individuals have an ingrained fear of clowns, that Pennywise is the perfect go to for conjuring up fear. Driving your prey insane just doesn’t cut it when it comes to feeding time. Whether it be an unsettling clown, leper, mummy, werewolf or a massive spider, IT’s objective is to scare you as much as possible. 

For those of you who have seen the new film, you are probably wondering why you haven’t seen any of this. With the combination of the cosmic nature of IT and the limited budget of 30 million dollars, it was far too much of a box office risk to include the origin story of IT. Now that the film has brought in over 600 million dollars the director has ensured that the sequel will delve into the cosmic and very weird aspects of IT. You can look forward to seeing this sequel in September of 2019. With what will most certainly be a larger budget, we can hope for a spectacle for the eyes when it comes out.

We have already delved into spoiler territory quite a bit, but to tell you any more about IT would be a disservice to both Mr. King and you the reader. I highly recommend you pay a visit to your nearest Aurora Public Library and check out a copy of IT and read on for a far better story that one I can tell. I promise that a fantastic and compelling read awaits you. You can also be sure that you will be able to check out IT when it comes out on home media.

Citations
King, S. (1986). IT. New York, NY: Viking Penguin.

Butler, T. (2017, September 01). 'It' sequel to explore book's 'cosmic dimension,' and return to 1989, says director (exclusive). Retrieved October 13, 2017, from https://www.yahoo.com/movies/sequel-explore-books-cosmic-dimension-return-1989-says-director-exclusive-195252661.html
Osborn, A. (2017, September 25). IT Sequel Release Date Announced. Retrieved October 13, 2017, from http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/09/25/it-sequel-release-date-announced 

Posted by behrhart@auroragov.org  On Dec 04, 2017 at 1:21 PM
  

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December New Releases and Bestsellers! 

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Post by Kristin S. 

As we head into the cold, but cozy month of December, take a look at the recent bestsellers, newly released DVDs, and timely series recommendations below! Follow the links in each post to find the item in our catalog for you to check out. Let us know what you think of each book or DVD in the comments section. Enjoy!


Recent New York Times Bestsellers:

Fiction

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Words of Radiance, from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Janet Evanovich's #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her latest captivating thriller where mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey.

End Game by David Baldacci

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

When their handler takes a rare vacation and disappears, Will Robie and Jessica Reel are sent to investigate, but after arriving in the small town of Grand they encounter a vicious adversary.

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it. He fights through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster, following the trail of the ring to the emptiness of Wyoming, in search of Major Sanderson. Is she OK?

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Three students who have borrowed heavily to attend a third-rate law school realize they have been caught in a scam when they discover that the school's owner also owns a bank specializing in student loans, and plot to expose the scam.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook]

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

Origin by Dan Brown

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." 

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook]

An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando's detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription-drug abuse at the same time that an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD returns to haunt him.

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

When they are hired to track down a valuable art collection, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon find themselves sailing into a perfect storm involving a Filipino insurgency, a Japanese developed super-warrior drug, and a South African mercenary.

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The fifth collaborative novel in the Under Suspicion series by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, takes place at the Met Gala in New York City.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A collection of seventeen short stories includes three tales featuring a small-town newspaper column called "Our Town Today with Hank Fiset."

 

Quick & Dirty by Stuart Woods

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When a beautiful new client seeks out Stone Barrington, he becomes entangled in the rarefied and intricate world of the art business, where mistakes are costly and trouble lurks beneath the exclusive veneer.

Fairytale by Danielle Steel

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

When her life on her family's vineyard is shattered by her mother's death, Camille finds herself at the mercy of a cold-hearted stepfamily at the same time she bonds with her stepmother's mother and a friend from her childhood.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.

Nonfiction

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza

Borrow: [Print]

Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller--with a foreword from the President himself.

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?
The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Bobby Kennedy by Chris Matthews

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC's Hardball.

Hacks by Donna Brazille

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

The former Democratic National Committee chair presents a revealing look at the 2016 election, discussing the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

 

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

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The fraternal twin daughters of the 43rd U.S. president share personal stories and reflections from their lives within a political dynasty, from their grandfather's presidency through their subsequent upbringing under the eyes of the Secret Service, public, and paparazzi.

 

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A portrait of the seventh American president focuses on his formative military prowess during the War of 1812 and his pivotal contributions to the capturing of New Orleans from the British.

Grant by Ron Chernow

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Killing England by Bill O'Reilly

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-bestselling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War.

God, Faith, and Reason by Michael Savage

Borrow: [Book]

The conservative radio host shares his experiences with faith and spirituality, as well as his thoughts on religion and the Judeo-Christian basis of American culture that he has committed himself to preserve.

 

What Unites Us by Dan Rather

Borrow: [Book] [eBook]

A collection of essays that define the historical changes and essential institutions of America to suggest ways to overcome divisions within the country.

 

Endurance by Scott Kelly

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

A memoir by the retired astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.

 

 DVD New Releases (Nov-Dec):

Dunkirk

Borrow: [DVD]

Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces facing a fierce battle in World War II.

Stronger

Borrow: [DVD]

A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.

Mayhem

Borrow: [DVD]

Just after being fired, Derek's office is put into quarantine for a virus that causes people to act out their wildest impulses. As chaos erupts, he makes his way to the top-floor executives to settle the score once and for all.

Detroit

Borrow: [DVD]

A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States' history.

The Trip to Spain

Borrow: [DVD]

Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon continue their hit series with a hilarious culinary road trip through Spain, featuring breathtaking locales and to-die-for cuisine.

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Borrow: [DVD]

When Bradley (Vince Vaughn) is sent to prison, he is forced to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.

 

Logan Lucky

Borrow: [DVD]

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Tulip Fever

Borrow: [DVD]

An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

 

Rememory

Borrow: [DVD]

When an inventor turns up dead, a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage) steals his latest invention: a device able to extract, record and play a person's memories.

 

M.F.A.

Borrow: [DVD]

Francesca Eastwood gives a breakout performance as an art student who is sexually assaulted at a party. After struggling to receive any support from her college to find justice and cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker - a decision that has deadly repercussions. As she tracks down fellow rape survivors, an unlikely vigilante is born.

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Borrow: [DVD]

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard

Borrow: [DVD]

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in this outrageous action comedy as an elite bodyguard and renowned hitman forced to work together. In order to succeed, they don't just have to avoid getting killed...they have to avoid killing each other.

 

Acts of Vengeance

Borrow: [DVD]

A fast-talking lawyer (Antonio Banderas) transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.

 

Good Time

Borrow: [DVD]

Robert Pattinson stars in this fast-paced heist thriller about a bank robber who will stop at nothing to free his brother from prison, launching him into a night-long odyssey through New York's dark and dangerous criminal underworld.

 

Birth of the Dragon

Borrow: [DVD]

The legend of Bruce Lee begins in 1960s San Francisco, when Lee fights Shaolin monk Wong Jack Man in a battle for the ages.

Beach Rats

Borrow: [DVD]

Frankie (Harris Dickinson), a teenager on the edges of Brooklyn, struggles to reconcile his competing sexual desires, leaving him hurtling towards irreparable consequences.

California Typewriter

Borrow: [DVD]

Cultural historians, collectors, and various celebrity obsessives, including Tom Hanks and John Mayer, launch us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved-but-dying technology, the typewriter, faces extinction.

 

Want to read the Dark Tower series before you watch the movie? Here are the books:

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

 

Book 1: The Gunslinger (1982)

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Roland, the world's last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic Man in Black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest.

 

Book 2: The Drawing of the Three (1987)

Borrow: [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The second volume in Stephen King’s #1 bestselling Dark Tower Series, The Drawing of the Three is an “epic in the making” (Kirkus Reviews) about a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

 

Book 3: The Waste Lands (1991)

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Roland, the last gunslinger, and his companions--Eddie Dean and Susannah--cross the desert of damnation, drawing ever closer to the Dark Tower, a legion of fiendish foes, and revelations that could alter the world.

 

Book 4: Wizard and Glass (1997)

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Roland, the last gunslinger, and his band of followers escape one world only to slip into the next where Roland reflects upon past adventures and about his one true love.

 

Book 5: Wolves of the Calla (2003)

Borrow: [Print] [Audiobook] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Wolves of the Calla continues the adventures of Roland, the Last Gunslinger and survivor of a civilized world that has "moved on." Roland's quest is ka, an inevitable destiny -- to reach and perhaps save the Dark Tower, which stands at the center of everywhere and everywhen.

 

Book 6: Song of Susannah (2004)

Borrow: [Print] [Audiobook] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

While Jake, Father Callahan, and Oy struggle to free Susannah Dean, whose body is possessed by a demon-mother named Mia, Roland and Eddie find themselves swept by magic to East Stoneham, Maine, in the summer of 1977.

 

Book 7: The Dark Tower (2004)

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The final installment in the epic series completes the quest of Roland Deschain, who works to outmaneuver the increasingly desperate acts of his adversaries and confronts losses within his circle of companions.

 

Book 8: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)

Borrow: [Print] [Audiobook] [eBook]

Mid-World's last gunslinger Roland Deschain hunts down a murderous shape-shifter. Finding the site of the creature's latest killing, Roland discovers a single surviving witness--a terrified boy named Bill Streeter--and calms him with a story from the Book of Eld.

 

Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, New DVD Release Dates

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Dec 04, 2017 at 1:20 PM
  

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Meet your Bloggers! 

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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 e-content and public programming are made possible through the generosity of our Friends of the Aurora Public Library.

 A library is so much more than books. While we may still house those beloved volumes of Dostoyevsky and Orville, we also house and curate young minds via our STEAM programs, or via our weekly storytimes. We are a place to gather, to join community, to make new friends, to learn a new skill or trade, to finish high school, or learn a new language-and in this vain, our blog strives to continue this ideology. We hope that when you are in search of something new, something old or even something exciting for you or your family to enjoy, Aurora Public Library comes to mind. Our blog explores books you may want to read, authors you may want to know more about, and even fun crafts for your family to enjoy.

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.

 To find out more about our librar
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Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth Bernhardt is a Library Assistant at the Iliff Square Branch of Aurora Public Library, conveniently located near the Friends of the Aurora 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. 

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Justine C.

 Justine graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College in 2015 and has been working at the Central Branch of Aurora Public Library for nearly two years. In her natural habitat she can be found reading, playing video games, writing, and binging TV shows or movies with her grandfather. She is also fond of the outdoors and possibly too fond of cats, especially her cat daughter, Sassy.

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Brittni E.

Brittni Ehrhart is the Programming and Outreach Librarian for Aurora Public Library. She enjoys cuddling with her cat Rue, going on extended roundtrips with her boyfriend Wes, hiking our beautiful state, photography, and drinking lattes.

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Brandon F. 

Brandon is a Library Assistant with the Central Branch of Aurora Public Library. You will usually find him hiking in the beautiful Rockies or enjoying one of my many nerdy hobbies. My reading interests are horror, sci-fi and fantasy.

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Chris G.

You may recognize Chris as the director of a series of 2011 YouTube videos starring his cat Clancy, as founder of the Houston-based bookmobile The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library, or, more recently, as that guy who works at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of Aurora Public Library. His passions are literature, music, TV, food, beer, and making lists about literature, music, TV, food, and beer. He lives in Northwest Denver with his wife Kelly, the aforementioned Clancy, and another, less picturesque cat, Nora.

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Steven K.

Steven K. is a Library Assistant II at the Central Branch of the Aurora Public Library. He has earned degrees in political science, anthropology, and English literature and has the caffeine addiction to prove it. Someday he aspires to procrastinate writing fantasy novels, but for now he’ll stick to reading them.

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Leigh R.

Leigh is a Youth Services Supervisor who grew up devouring books, especially those that whisked her away to magical worlds. She still loves visiting fantastical places through the fun and imaginative programs she leads for children at the Aurora Public Library. Favorite books for children and teens include: Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon for littles, Charlotte’s Web, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wonder, and anything by Roald Dahl for the school-age crowd, Maggie Stiefvater’s novels for teens, and of course…all things Harry Potter. Always.

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Laura R.

Laura is a Youth Services Library Assistant at the Central Branch of Aurora Public Library. You can usually find her reading, writing poems, riding bikes, or eating ice cream.

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Kristin S.

Kristin 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.

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Zach S.

Zach is a Programming & Outreach Library Assistant for Aurora Public Library. His passions are mountains, skiing, pretending to be crafty or handy, exploring the world with his wife, long adventures with their fluffy dog, and adding cappuccinos or wine to all of those activities. 

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Julie S.

Julie is a Library Assistant at the Tallyn's Reach Branch of Aurora Public Library who 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.

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Sara V.H.

Sara  is a Programming & Outreach Library Assistant II for Aurora Public Library. An (almost) lifelong resident of Aurora, Sara is proud to call Aurora home and serve her fellow Aurorans at the library! She loves to travel and explore new places with her husband Joe (especially if a beach is involved). She is a lover of all things Disney, football and cats – especially her Russian Blue Charlie – and usually has an Elton John or Taylor Swift song stuck in her head. Sara loves to read all kinds of books, but Young Adult is one of her favorite genres.

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Tessy W.

Tessy is a Reference Library Assistant at the Central Branch of Aurora Public Library. Focusing on computer literacy and unearthing the right book for that last minute research paper, she also presents classes at the library ranging from crafty do-it-yourself to financial literacy presentations.

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We hope you enjoy!

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Dec 04, 2017 at 1:08 PM