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June 2021 - Posts
Mental Health Spotlight

Resources listed are for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat a condition without the guidance of a mental health professional. If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please call 911 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1.844.493.TALK. 

Hey teens! Interested in mental health?

Every month, Aurora Public Library has a Mental Health Spotlight. For June’s spotlight, we’re celebrating Pride! A lack of support and understanding from community, family, and friends can impact the health of LGBT+ teens at a higher rate than their peers. Check out your local Aurora Library’s display for stories celebrating queer identity and LGBT+ voices, and visit Aurora Central Library’s Teen Resources display for additional community resources if you or someone you know is dealing with prejudice and hate.
Remember, your mental health matters.

For our June Spotlight, we will be celebrating PRIDE Month!  

Teen Resources - Pride Month
Pride Month is celebrated a celebration of LGBTQIA+ Americans! Each June, PRIDE serves to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQIA+ Americans. Learn more about PRIDE Month here.

LGBTQIA+ teens face mental health challenges at higher rates than their peers. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this, including stress regarding sexual orientation, bullying, feelings of isolation, etc. While many LGBTQIA+ teen struggle with their mental health, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Many teens have similar challenges and help is available. Read more here.

Celebrate Pride
The Trevor Project | CenterLink: The Community of LGBTQ Centers Q Chat Space It Gets Better Project We Are the Youth  | Rainbow Alley       
The Top 10 LGBTQ Social Media Influencers to Follow Right Now 
LGBTQ Youth and Mental Health  
20 Affirmations and Readings for Folks Raised in Anti-LGBTQIA+ Church Families

Here’s What It Means to be A Demi-Romantic Asexual Agender Teen 

5 Mental Health Takeaways From a Panel of Queer Asian Voices  

Inspiring Stories of LGBTQ High School Teens 
Supporting the LGBTQ Community 

What It’s Like to be Out as LGBTQ at School  

Pride Display

Explore more Young Adult novels & non-fiction focusing on queer experiences below.

For more resources for all ages, visit the non-fiction department at your local library and look for call number 306.76.
Resources are also available at Aurora Mental Health Center.

Check back in July for our next Mental Health Spotlight!   

Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 10, 2021 at 4:21 PM
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 Sara shares how to make the game Feed the Kitty - a fun and easy game that helps support letter knowledge, print motivation and phonological awareness.

Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 09, 2021 at 11:50 AM
Van EekHout

This month we are reading COG by Greg Van Eekhout. Cog (short for Cognitive Development) looks like a normal kid but is actually a robot. When he gets damaged and is returned to the lab for repairs, he discovers his creator has disappeared. With the help of four robot friends, Cog sets out on a mission to find her. Genre: SCIENCE FICTION.

Chapters 12 - 22
1. What did Cog realize about how uniMIND treats robots? 
2. Cog does not want to treat others the way uniMIND has treated him. What does Cog do differently when re-programing Car with the X-module?
3. Did you expect their brain-switching plan to work? 
4. Did you like how the book ended? How did you like the novel overall?
5. Who was your favorite robotic character?
We will be having a special virtual event next Monday, June 14 at 5 pm to meet the author! Please register here.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's Reach Library. Please call 303.627.3050 if you'd like to put one on hold to be picked up at a different branch. Unlimited copies of the eAudiobook and eBook are also available through HooplaDigital.

"The Magic in Changing Your Stars" by Leah Henderson 

Leah Henderson

Suggested reading schedule:  
Monday, June 7 – Sunday, June 13: Chapters 1 (If I Only Had a Brain) – 14 (A Deal is a Deal is a Deal)
Monday, June 14 – Sunday, June 20: Chapters 15 (Chicken’s Not My Name) – 29 (Spilling Truth)
Monday, June 21 – Sunday, June 27:  Chapters 30 (Truth Rings True All the Way to Your Toes) – 43 (A Smidgen of Your Own Magic)

We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, June 28th at 5:00pm MT to meet the author! Please register here.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's Reach Library. Please call 303.627.3050 if you'd like to put one on hold to be picked up at a different branch. Copies are also available through Prospector.
Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 07, 2021 at 4:17 PM
Need a sweet treat? A savory mouthful? Join us for "APL Made in a Mug" for your next bite-sized recipe!

June's recipe is Strawberry Vanilla Mug Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Glaze from Averie Cooks! Thank you to Averie for letting us share this yummy recipe! Visit her website for this and many more recipes!
Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 04, 2021 at 1:01 PM
Cat toys have never been so easy! Make these fun cat toys for your favorite feline or donate them to Aurora Animal Shelter for cats to play with as they await their forever homes! 
Grab & Go craft kits available at Hoffman Library (1298 Peoria St.) while supplies last (limit one per person). 

In partnership with the Aurora Animal Shelter. Visit for more information and to donate. 

Thank you to Cat Toy Lady letting us share DIY Fuzzy Tail Ring Toy. Follow Cat Toy Lady for more feline fun!

Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 03, 2021 at 10:54 AM
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