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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
  
A Yarn About the World - Iceland
with Tyler

Our resident globetrotter Tyler shares his travel experiences. This time, take a trip to Iceland. Tyler shares the history of the country and some of its highlights, both man-made and natural, including Aurora Borealis! 

Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 12, 2020 at 9:22 AM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess 

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

One Crazy Summer


Chapters 1-8: "Cassius Clay Clouds" to "Glass of Water"

1. Do you know who Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali was? Look him up! Why would Delphine describe the bumpy airplane ride as a "Cassius Clay-left-and-a-right jab"?
2. Have you ever been to California? What would you want to do if you could go?
3. Have you ever flown in a plane? How did you like it?
4. The girls' mother, Cecile, is cold and mean. Do you think she will change by the end of the book?
5. What do you think Cecile is hiding in the kitchen?
6. Remember that this novel takes place in 1968 - 52 years ago! With your parents' permission, look up some history of that year. What was going on in America? Why did the sisters feel they needed to be on their best behavior? Why were there so few other African Americans on the flight? Even the term "Negro" is a word we would not use today. What other differences have you noticed?

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 10, 2020 at 3:03 PM 1 Comment
  
Create It!

It's #MakeItMonday! Today, Karen shows how to create your own fruit wreath - the perfect decor for the end of summer!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 10, 2020 at 1:16 PM
  
Check It Out!
a movie review by Deana



 
Featured movie

Eleanor's Secret
 
What's the basic plot?
Nathaniel and Angelica are moving into their Great-Aunt Eleanor’s house after their parents inherit it. Nathaniel who everyone calls Nat doesn’t know the secret from the books that his great-aunt left him. When he finds out that his dad needs money to repair the house, he offers the books that he never wanted in the first place to pay on the repairs. Little does Nat knows that the books have a special magic that only he can protect.  This French film has also been translated into English, with both versions available on Kanopy. 

Why you might like it
Nat and his sister Angelica have just moved into their great aunt’s house near the beach. We find that Nat isn’t interested in reading books since he can barely read, yet his great-Aunt has just left him all of her fairytale book collection. Nat cherished these books when she read them to him on their summer visits. Angelica his sister has been given a special doll that she thinks has no value or use for in her life. As we journey through the secrets of the fairytale books, Nat and Angelica will race against time to keep their great Aunt’s secrets in the family. Just when their dad decides to sell the books to Mr. Pickles, a neighbor who has always tried to get Eleanor’s prize fairytale collection, Nat, Angelica and a few friends go on an adventure through wonderland. Will their great aunt Eleanor’s secret disappear or can Nat, Angelica and friends save the day? You may enjoy this movie if you like animated films, family adventures and fairytales. It's a heartwarming story of adventure. 

Reasons you  might not like it
If you’re not a fan of family animated films, this may not be the movie for you. This movie isn’t a high tech 3-D animated version that so many of us are used to watching. The colors aren’t as brightly vibrant and the visual graphic art designs can be quite simple. But it’s a film that will warm your heart as you take an adventure through the looking glass of fairytale characters trying to save the day.  
 
Who's in it?
This film features the voice over talents of:

Paul Bandey                                  Jeanne Moreau  

Pascal Berger                                Julie Gayet  

Christine Flowers                         Lilane Rovere  

Joanne Forrest                              Pierre Richard  

David Gasman  
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: https://aurorapl.kanopy.com/video/eleanors-secret-0

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

 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Aug 07, 2020 at 2:15 PM
  
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