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December 2020 - Posts
Read It!

Family Book Club Year in Review: "Mimus" by Lilli Thal
by Tess

On Monday, Dec. 28 at 5p.m., Family Book Club will be meeting to discuss our favorite book(s) from this year! Each Monday of December I will be posting a short book recommendation for four of my favorite novels that I read in 2020.
"Mimus" by Lilli Thal


Originally written in German and translated to English by John Brownjohn, this a fantasy novel set in a fictional country with a medieval time period setting. King Philip and King Theodo have been at war for years yet peace looks within reach. King Philip agrees to a meeting with King Theodo to sign a peace treaty. King Philip's son, Prince Florin, follows a few days behind his father. Yet, they are betrayed. Upon reaching King Theodo's court, Prince Florin sees his father in chains and he himself is forced to become the jester's apprentice.

Mimus, the jester, must entertain King Theodo with witty jokes, songs, and acrobatics. Reluctantly he takes Prince Florin in and, just as reluctantly, Florin learns the jester's tricks. Throughout the story, Prince Florin, who is now reduced to a slave, must try to find a way to escape with his father and seek revenge on the evil King Theodo. He also forms an interesting relationship with Mimus, his jester master.

This is one of my favorite children's books of all time and I re-read it this year. I know I will read it again in the future! It is well-written, dark, humorous, and readers will eagerly read to find out what happens to Prince Florin, his father, and Mimus. 

Parts of the story are unpleasant as Prince Florin and King Philip are not treated well. It is also suspenseful in places. I recommend for ages 9+.

Order a copy of "Mimus" by Lilli Thal through Prospector with your Aurora Public Library card.
Posted by  On Dec 07, 2020 at 1:17 PM
Create It!

Create It! Christmas Cactus
by Karen

It's Make It Monday! Christmas trees are a common decoration - but how many people can say they have a Christmas cactus?! Karen shares a DIY this week to make a unique piece of holiday decor that brings the southwest to Aurora!

Posted by  On Dec 07, 2020 at 12:33 PM
Made in a Mug

Made in a Mug: Gingerbread Mug Cake
by Tessy

Need a sweet treat? A savory mouthful? Join us for "APL Made in a Mug" for your next bite-sized recipe!

December’s recipe is Gingerbread Mug Cake from Nibble and Dine! Thank you to Kate for letting us share this sweet treat! Check out the full recipe here and discover more delicious treats at Nibble and Dine!

Posted by  On Dec 04, 2020 at 12:48 PM
Welcome to Make & Learn!
with Julie

Make & Learn

Welcome to Make & Learn! In this program, our librarians will be sharing easy-to-make games and activities that support cognitive development and practicing early literacy skills. In this video, Miss Julie shares a fun and easy way to practice writing and strengthen fine motor skills.

Posted by  On Dec 03, 2020 at 11:03 AM
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