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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
  
Draw It!

Draw It! ​by Kristin

Grab a pencil and piece of paper - it's time to Draw It! Our APL staff member Kristin shows step-by-step how to draw an adorable sheep!



Let us know how your sheep turns out in the comments below and tell us which drawing tutorial you'd like to see next! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 01, 2020 at 10:23 AM
  
Read It!

Family Book Club
by Tess

The votes are in and the winner for April is "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd! You can check out a copy here on HooplaDigital with your library card! 

In this club we read middle grade fiction appropriate for ages 6 - 12, but anyone is welcome if you enjoy children's literature! I will be posting discussion questions weekly based on the book we are reading and I will also provide activities that relate. Please comment on the discussion questions so we can stay connected through reading! 

March's book: "Midnight for Charlie Bone" by Jenny Nimmo

Midnight for Charlie Bone

Questions for "Midnight for Charlie Bone" by Jenny Nimmo 
Leave your answers in the comments below!

How did you feel about Runner Bean's accident? Who did you think did it? Were you worried about him?

How did Emma (Emilia) wake up? Remember your guess about how they were going to do it -- were you right?

Why do the Bloors want Emma (Emilia) to stay asleep?

How did you feel about the Ruin Game? Were you worried for Charlie?

How did Uncle Paton help make things work out for Emma (Emilia)? 

What did you think of the book? Please share your thoughts and bring up anything else you'd like to talk about!



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 30, 2020 at 3:02 PM 3 Comments
  
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