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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Read It!

Family Book Club
by Tess Jones

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

How did you feel about Charlie and his friends wandering around the school at night? Did you think they would get caught?

Who does Charlie think the lost baby is? Was he right?

Who is Emma Tolley? What is her special power? Would you like to have this power or a different one?

How did the boys get the case hidden?

What is Fidelio's house like? Would you like to live in a house like that?

What came out of the case when Charlie pressed the letters?

What is their plan for getting Emma Tolley to wake up?

Help us choose our next Family Book Club book!

Aurora Public Library is closed until further notice. To make getting the next title easier while we are closed, we have selected a few titles from Hoopla Digital – one of our online services where readers can easily download the title and start reading immediately, no wait or restrictions! Please read the about the three books below and comment on which you would like to read in April. Parents – you can vote too!

“A Boy Called Bat” by Elana K. Arnold
For Bixby Alexander Tam (BAT), life tends to be full of surprises. One day Bat's mom (a veterinarian) brings home a baby skunk to care for until it is ready to return to the wild. The minute Bat sees the kit, he knows they belong together and he has one month to prove to his mom why the skunk is a perfect pet. 

“A Snicker of Magic” by Natalie Lloyd
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. 

“The Green Ember” by S.D. Smith
Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives when calamitous events overtake them. They discover their own story is bound up in the tumult to overwhelm the wider word. Kingdoms are falling and tyrants are ascending. Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?




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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.  

 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 20, 2020 at 4:04 PM
  

Barnes and Noble bookfair
Books, crafts and an author meet-and-greet – all for a good cause!

Barnes & Noble Aurora is hosting a bookfair in support of Aurora Public Library on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the City Center location, 170 S. Abilene St. A portion of purchases made with the below voucher will be donated to Aurora Public Library in support of Info2Go, a mobile library that visits schools, retirement communities, community events and more.

The bookfair will also include the opportunity to meet nine children’s book authors and to get creative with fun crafts with Info2Go staff. Books will also be available to purchase as a donation to the Info2Go collection.

The below voucher can be used to support Aurora Public Library through purchases at Barnes & Noble Aurora, 170 S. Abilene St., or online atwww.barnesandnoble.com May 11 – May 16, 2019. Vouchers will also be available at Barnes & Noble Aurora Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Voucher: Barnes&Noble Bookfair - May 2019.pdf

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 08, 2019 at 11:00 AM
  

april bestsellers and new releases

Recent New York Times Bestsellers:

Fiction

 

Run Away by Harlan Coben

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

A family is torn apart when the daughter becomes addicted to drugs and goes missing.

 

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

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

The 25th book in the Dirk Pitt series.

 

Wolf Pack by C. J. Box

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

The Wyoming game wardens Joe Pickett and Katelyn Hamm take on killers working for the Sinaloa cartel.

 

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

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

The journalist Marshall McEwan returns to his hometown, which is shaken by two deaths and an economy on the brink.

 

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

A fictional oral history charting the rise and fall of a ’70s rock ’n’ roll band.

   

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

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

The friendship over many decades of two female divers from the Korean Island of Jeju is pushed to a breaking point.

 

Silent Night by Danielle Steel

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

After tragedy strikes, a child TV star loses her memory and ability to speak.

 

The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry

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

The 14th book in the Cotton Malone series. The former Justice Department operative tangles with a rogue cardinal and an ancient sect of knights.

 

The Border by Don Winslow

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The third book in the Power of the Dog series. Art Keller’s fight to keep drugs out of the country has taken a complicated turn.

 

Toxic Game by Christine Feehan

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

The 15th book in the GhostWalker series. Dr. Draden Freeman and Shylah Cosmos must find a cure to a deadly virus.

 

Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

The 28th novel in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The Italian detective uncovers the secrets of a deceased family friend.

 

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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

Hannah Swensen teams up with a former lover to find out who left a dead body in her bedroom.

 

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from a dragon.


Nonfiction

 

The Right Side of History by Ben Shapiro

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The conservative political commentator reflects upon what he considers most impactful to Western civilization. 

 

Doing Justice by Preet Bharara

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York describes some of his career highlights and gives insights into our legal system.

 

Kushner, Inc. by Vicky Ward

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The HuffPost editor at large gives her perspective on Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s agenda inside the White House.

 

Mama's Last Hug by Frans de Waal

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

The death of a chimpanzee matriarch frames a broader look into the world of animal and human emotions.

 

First: Sandra Day O'Conner by Evan Thomas

Borrow: [Print]

A biography of the first female Supreme Court justice.

 

The Case for Trump by Victor Davis Hanson

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A defense stating that the current president adopted several traditional conservative positions.

 

The Moth Presents Occasional Magic by Catherine Burns

Borrow: [Print]

Storytellers from around the world spin tales about facing formidable situations.

 

Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

A 31-year-old French mother led an intelligence organization that worked against Hitler and the Gestapo.

 

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

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

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

 

Mostly Sunny by Janice Dean

Borrow: [Print

The "Fox & Friends" meteorologist describes overcoming sexist bosses and health issues. 

 

Don't Stop Believin' by Olivia Newton-John

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

The Grammy Award-winner discusses her success in music and movies, and how she contended with recurrent breast cancer.

 

The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

Borrow: [Print]

An exploration of the meaning of Jesus Christ. 

 

IM by Isaac Mizrahi

Borrow: [Print] [eAudiobook]

The designer and witty television personality describes some of his lifelong struggles.

 

DVD - New Releases (April):

Caution: Catalog links below are for preorder/placeholder records and may give 'record not found' errors once DVDs are released. DVDs may still be found using a keyword/title search.

 

Bumblebee

Borrow: [DVD]

After Bumblebee is forced to flee to Earth and hide out, he is discovered by a teenage girl and together they set out to save the world from the Decepticons.

 

The Mule

Borrow: [DVD]

Earl Stone takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates.

 

Vice

Borrow: [DVD]

Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in the epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice President to George W. Bush.

 

Rust Creek

Borrow: [DVD]

A young woman trapped in a nightmare odyssey deep in the Kentucky woods must summon extraordinary courage in order to make it out alive in this harrowing survival thriller.

 

Seven in Heaven

Borrow: [DVD]

After being pressured into playing Seven Minutes in Heaven, two teenagers find they've been transported to a strange reality where everyone is a cruel version of themselves.

 

The Man Who Killed Hitler & Then The Bigfoot

Borrow: [DVD]

An American war hero who secretly assassinated Adolf Hitler has now been called upon to take out another global threat - Bigfoot.

 

A Dog's Way Home

Borrow: [DVD]

A Dog's Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

 

Holmes & Watson

Borrow: [DVD]

The Step Brothers are reunited - this time playing the world's greatest detective and his loyal sidekick & biographer.

 

On the Basis of Sex

Borrow: [DVD]

Felicity Jones stars as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who brings a groundbreaking case to the U.S. Court of Appeals that overturns a century of gender discrimination.

 

Welcome to Marwen

Borrow: [DVD]

Welcome to Marwen is a miraculous true story, starring Steve Carell, about one broken man's fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

 
 

Mirai

Borrow: [DVD]

When four-year-old Kun encounters his new baby sister, Mirai, as a teenager from the future, they go on a journey through time, uncovering their family's incredible story.

 

Berlin, I Love You

Borrow: [DVD]

Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Jim Sturgess, and Diego Luna head an all-star cast in this sparkling film that weaves ten stories of romance set against the backdrop of Berlin.

 

We Die Young

Borrow: [DVD]

In this action thriller, Jean Claude Van Damme stars as a veteran with PTSD who helps two boys get revenge on a cruel drug lord that rules a dangerous barrio of Washington, D.C.

 

Glass

Borrow: [DVD]

M. Night Shyamalan continues Unbreakable and Split in this explosive comic book thriller starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Borrow: [DVD]

Goku is back to training hard so he can face the most powerful foes the universes have to offer, and Vegeta is keeping up right beside him. But when they suddenly find themselves against an unknown Saiyan, they discover a terrible, destructive force.

 

The Kid Who Would Be King

Borrow: [DVD]

In this epic adventure, when a bullied kid discovers Excalibur, the legendary Sword in the Stone, he and his friends (and enemies) join the wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart) to fight evil!

 

Replicas

Borrow: [DVD]

Keanu Reeves leads this suspenseful sci-fi thriller about a neuroscientist who secretly tries to clone and create replicas of his family after a tragic car crash.

 

Escape Room

Borrow: [DVD]

When a group of strangers are given black boxes with tickets to an escape room with a chance to win money, they discover that the room has more extreme conditions than expected, and must fight for survival.

 

Destroyer

Borrow: [DVD]

The moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results.

 

Miss Bala

Borrow: [DVD]

Gloria is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness and strength.

 

Serenity

Borrow: [DVD]

A fishing boat captain's life is shattered when his ex-wife tracks him down with a desperate plea for help, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

 

Arctic

Borrow: [DVD]

A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown.

 

Mission of Honor

Borrow: [DVD]

Mission of Honor is the story of Hurricane Squadron 303, a group of brave pilots who fought in the skies over England in WW2 during the Battle of Britain.

 

Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist, DVDs Release Date

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 02, 2019 at 3:43 PM
  
Happy Tolkien Reading Day 2019

Happy Tolkien Reading Day 2019!
By Steven Kelly

March really is a delightful month. Winter's icy grip starts to thaw, which I am more than ready for. The greatest sports event of the year - the NCAA D-I basketball tournament - unleashes its madness, making temporary kings out of underdogs and ruining midterm GPAs and Q1 sales reports across the country. And best of all - at least for fantasy nerds like myself - at the end of the March there is Tolkien Reading Day

On March 25, readers around the globe will pay homage to J.R.R. Tolkien, author of literary marvels like "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," by reading some of their favorite passages from his works. The organizers of the event, The Tolkien Society, chose March 25 because - spoiler alert - it's the same day in the story that the Ring of Power is destroyed, the Dark Lord Sauron is defeated and the free peoples of Middle-earth, including those lovable little hobbits, are saved. 

If you've managed to miss this cultural phenomenon and words like "hobbit" and "Sauron" are gibberish to you, then you're in for a real treat - that is, should you accept this quest and delve into one of these modern classics. Or maybe you've seen the wildly popular movies and enjoyed them, but haven't yet cracked open the books. This could be your chance to experience what those book super-fans have been raving about all these years.

But if you're running low on time and can't make the 20-hour commitment to read one of his books cover-to-cover, we have another option for you - come to our Tolkien Reading Day on March 25 at 5 p.m. at Aurora Central Library! Join us in the Small Community Room for a short presentation, select readings, and a lively discussion.

No matter what your experience with Middle-earth may be, why not make like a Ringwraith and take a stab at it! Aurora Public Library has a wealth of Tolkien-related resources so we can help you get your fix. Also, come check out our display at Aurora Central Library, where you'll find many of these books and movies ripe for the taking borrowing.

Tolkien Reading day display

If you're still on the fence, keep reading below to find some suggestions, whether you're a newbie or the most dedicated Tolkien fanatic. Happy reading, and namárië!

For Hobbits (Beginners):
"The Hobbit" - Go on an adventure with Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit homebody who gets swept into a quest to help a company of dwarves steal back their gold from the ferocious dragon Smaug. Along the way, meet some trolls, a horde of goblins, a vegetarian were-bear, some elves with a serious bone to pick with the dwarves and a nasty little creature with a penchant for riddles. It's a light and lovely read, originally marketed as a children's book but suitable for event the most discriminating adult reader.

"The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" - If you're looking for something smaller, or if poetry is more to your tastes, try this short collection of whimsical poems, many of them written in the style of fairy tales or nursery rhymes. While we don't have it in our collection, this is a great opportunity to use Prospector and learn how to borrow books from all over Colorado. 

For Humans (Intermediate):
"The Lord of the Rings" - This is Tolkien's masterpiece. Expanding on the world he created in "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings" is a tale of truly epic proportions. Meet Frodo Baggins, Bilbo's nephew, who discovers that the magic ring he inherited is actually the One Ring, the Ring of Power, and as such he holds the fate of Middle-earth literally in his hands. It's got war, it's got romance and it's packed with moments of both tenderness and hilarity. Originally published in three volumes, you'll often find this book in its 1,000+ page gargantuan form. Don't plan on finishing the whole thing on the 25th, but you can put a serious dent in it. And trust me - it's absolutely worth it. 

"The Children of Hurin" - Do you like tragedy? Brooding, grief-stricken heroes with vendettas to satisfy? Crafty dragons who can cast wicked spells with their eyes and scorch entire forests to ash with their fiery breath? If so, this book will speak to your soul. I'd describe it best as a kind of diet-"Silmarillion" (see below), as it's an expanded novelization of one of its chapters, but still totally digestible as a stand-alone tale. It also loosely alludes to the Norse sagas and the great Finnish epic "Kalevala", so it's a great choice if you're into those. 

For Elves (Advanced):
"The Silmarillion"  - Though not for the faint of heart or the easily distracted, "The Silmarillion" is a shining gem in Tolkien's mythos. Published posthumously by his son Christopher, the book gives us the ancient history underpinning the events of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" - the creation of the world, the awakening of the elves and humans (and dwarves), the marring of creation by a fallen god who makes Sauron look like a playground bully and the constant battle to prevent the aforementioned bad guy from ruining everything. It reads like ancient mythology - alien in some ways and deeply familiar in others, but always beautiful and poetic. There are lots of new names and places, which can be overwhelming at first, but give it some time (and take several long looks at the appendices) and before you know it names like Fingolfin and Thangorodrim will be like those old friends. 

"Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary" - Also publish posthumously, this 2014 book can offer you a glimpse into Tolkien's academic work. After all, he was first and foremost a professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at Oxford, though he's certainly better known for his fiction. In this book, Christopher Tolkien gives us his father's personal translation of the great Old English epic of a mighty warrior who battles monsters for kith and kin and no small amount of glory. What makes this work tricky is that Tolkien did his best to preserve the syntax  of the original language, which can be challenging for modern readers. It's still a delightful read, and you might notice some interesting similarities between it and "The Hobbit," with a stolen cup arousing the anger of dragon...



Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 12, 2019 at 11:06 AM
  
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