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Family Book Club

Welcome to Family Book Club! This is an exciting club for families who love to read and is appropriate for ages 8-15. The books chosen are always within the 3rd-6th grade level but both younger and older kids have enjoyed them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

This month we are reading "Book Scavenger" by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. When Emily moves to San Francisco, home of her literary hero Garrison Griswold, she soon becomes involved with a mystery involving one of his books. With the help of her new friend, James, they must solve puzzles in order to find the hidden prize but must be beware of others after the same thing! 
Please note: There is gun violence in chapters 1 & 39. The details Edgar Allan Poe’s short horror story, "The Black Cat", is described in chapter 20.  
Genre: MYSTERY.

Chapters 22 - 32
1. At this point in the story, are you more interested in Mr. Griswold’s game or the cipher competition between James and Maddie? 
2. How did you feel after Maddie had stolen James’ Baconian cipher?
3. Do you agree with James or Emily about the importance of the game?
4. Did you expect Mr. Quisling to be Babbage??
5. Do you think James will forgive Emily?
 
Next week read chapters 33-42!
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, July 26 at 5 p.m.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 eAudiobooks are available via HooplaDigital, free with your library card! Copies are also available through Prospector.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 19, 2021 at 11:58 AM
  
Family Book Club

Welcome to Family Book Club! This is an exciting club for families who love to read and is appropriate for ages 8-15. The books chosen are always within the 3rd-6th grade level but both younger and older kids have enjoyed them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

This month we are reading "Book Scavenger" by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. When Emily moves to San Francisco, home of her literary hero Garrison Griswold, she soon becomes involved with a mystery involving one of his books. With the help of her new friend, James, they must solve puzzles in order to find the hidden prize but must be beware of others after the same thing! 
Please note: There is gun violence in chapters 1 & 39. The details Edgar Allan Poe’s short horror story, "The Black Cat", is described in chapter 20.  
Genre: MYSTERY.

Chapters 11 - 21
1. Have you ever had to start at a new school in the middle of the year? Were you as nervous as Emily?
2. Have you ever had a teacher like Mr. Quisling?
3. Do you think Maddie could be Babbage?
4. Have you read any Edgar Allan Poe stories?
5. Do you think Mr. Remora is an imposter or really Mr. Griswold’s book collector? Would you give him The Gold-Bug to save his job or would you keep it to finish the game first?
 
Next week read chapters 22-32!
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, July 26 at 5 p.m.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 eAudiobooks are available via HooplaDigital, free with your library card! Copies are also available through Prospector.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 13, 2021 at 12:25 PM
  
Family Book Club

Welcome to Family Book Club! This is an exciting club for families who love to read and is appropriate for ages 8-15. The books chosen are always within the 3rd-6th grade level but both younger and older kids have enjoyed them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

This month we are reading "Book Scavenger" by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. When Emily moves to San Francisco, home of her literary hero Garrison Griswold, she soon becomes involved with a mystery involving one of his books. With the help of her new friend, James, they must solve puzzles in order to find the hidden prize but must be beware of others after the same thing! 
Please note: There is gun violence in chapters 1 & 39. The details Edgar Allan Poe’s short horror story, "The Black Cat", is described in chapter 20.  
Genre: MYSTERY.

Chapters 1 - 10
1. Have you ever moved to a new house? Have you ever moved to a different state? Did you think of your move (local or not) as a new adventure or were you less than happy about it?
2. Would you rather meet the Willy Wonka of candy-making or, as Emily compares Garrison Griswold, the Willy Wonka of book publishing? 
3. If you were a Book Scavenger, what name would you use on your cards?
4. When Matthew went down into the BART station, did you expect them to find The Gold-Bug? What do you think will happen now that they have it?
5. Would you participate in the Book Scavenger game if it were real? I know I would!
Next week read chapters 11-21!
 
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, July 26 at 5 p.m.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 eAudiobooks are available via HooplaDigital, free with your library card! Copies are also available through Prospector.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 07, 2021 at 11:44 AM
  
Make & Learn

Welcome to Make & Learn! Help prepare your child for kindergarten with activities that focus on early literacy skills you can make and play at home.

In this video, Miss Sara shares how to make story stones – a fun activity that uses the early literacy practice of talk to support vocabulary and narrative skill development. These skills help a child practice and understand language and how we use it to tell stories and communicate, which in turn helps them get ready to read!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 07, 2021 at 10:44 AM
  
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? 
 
Each month the Aurora Public Library focuses on a different topic related to mental health. Swing by the Central branch teen area to browse YA novels and nonfiction. Whether you or someone you know is living with a mental health issue, or you merely are interested in the topic, APL has information, resources, and reading materials for you. 
 
Remember, your mental health matters. 
 
This month’s Mental Health Spotlight is on ADHD.  

Photo of Teen Resources book display at Central Library; titles include young adult titles about ADHD
 
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition marked by patterns of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning.  

The National Institute of Mental Health describes the three categories of symptoms: 
“Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension. 
Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity. 
Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have a high potential for harm, or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.” 
 
About ADHD:  
ADHD in Teens
Everything You Need to Know About ADHD
 
Relatable + Helpful Articles:  
Sometimes ADHD has an unfortunate stigma attached with it. Here’s a handful of common misconceptions regarding ADHD: it only impacts children, it isn’t a real disorder, people who have ADHD are just lazy or easily distracted, ADHD is overly and recklessly diagnosed, you can grow out of ADHD… to name a few.  
This is NOT true! ADHD is a real medical condition that can severely impact a person’s life.  

Check out these relatable and helpful articles regarding ADHD: 
19 Truths People With ADHD Wish Others Understood
23 Times Tumblr Nailed What It's Like To Have ADHD
What is EFT Tapping, and Can It Calm the ADHD Brain 
35 Things People With ADHD Want Everyone Else To Know 
17 Unfortunate Realities Of Having ADHD
What is EFT Tapping, and Can It Calm the ADHD Brain
TikTok Creators Show the “Real” ADHD
29-Year-Old Artist With ADHD Explains This Mental Disorder In 23 Comics
ADHD Coping Strategies You Haven’t Tried Yet
 
Explore Young Adult novels that address ADHD: 

For more resources for all ages, visit the nonfiction department at your local library and look for the call numbers 616 & 618. Resources are also available at Aurora Mental Health
 
Check back in August for our next Mental Health Spotlight! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jul 06, 2021 at 11:42 AM
  
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