Library Nature Programs for Kids

We are offering two great programs this week for kids who love nature (especially animals!).

wolvesTomorrow (Thursday, July 17) animals from the Big Run Wolf Ranch will be visiting the Central Park Pavilion behind the Annerino Community Center from 2:00-3:30 p.m.


bee pollinatingSaturday, July 19, we will be showing a Disneynature movie all about how birds, bees, butterflies, and bats help pollinate flowers.  The movie starts at 1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.  Stay after the movie to plant a seed in a CD case.  It’s a great way to see what happens as a seed grows, giving you a view underground (kind of like an ant farm).

Both programs are free and for all ages and do not require registration.  Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.

Chess Club starts this week!

chess boardOn Wednesdays in July, children entering grades 4-8 can drop in to play chess from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  We will meet in the Children’s Services Department.

Fizz, Boom, ACTION! Movie this Saturday

We will be showing a movie this Saturday, July 5, at 1:30 p.m.  We can’t name the movie on the blog, but we can tell you if you call (630) 685-4181.  Imagine what would happen if food fell from the sky, and then what would happen next if the food started turning into animals!  All ages can drop in to Meeting Room A until the room capacity of 90 is reached.  Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.  Stay afterwards to make a craft!

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog book jacketCome to the library on Saturday, June 28, to see your favorite big red dog!

Coloring pages will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Storytime is from 11:00-11:30 a.m.  Clifford will appear at storytime, so bring your camera!

Drop in between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. to make a Clifford Craft.

Clifford appears courtesy of Barnes & Noble at the Bolingbrook Promenade.

No registration is necessary.  All ages are welcome, but preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.


Writers’ Workshop

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Are you an aspiring young writer? Would you like to become one? Join us for the Young Writer’s Workshop and release your creative side. We will put away our inner editors, explore our creativity and discover the writer in us all.

Children going into grades 3-5 can join us for this series of four workshops Monday July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

“But Miss Chris” you say “it is summer…I don’t want to do anything  like school work…”

Well I know it says Writers’ Workshop but perhaps we really should change the name because it’s a lot more fun than it is work. Cloud watching, mystery writers CSI, writer’s charades and writing and performing a short plays are just a few of the things we’ve “worked” on.

Here’s a fun example of one of our warm up games you can try yourself.

“What if….”

Where do writers come up with such wonderful ideas?  What made them think up the story in the first place?  There are as many different ways of writing and getting ideas for writing as there are writers.  One of my favorites is just to think “What if…”

What if a boy found out on his birthday that he was a wizard?

What if there was a magical land where animals could talk?

What if you woke up one day and found that you were invisible?

All these ideas might have sounded silly when the authors first thought of them but they became some of the most memorable stories of all time.  Take some time and write your own list of “what ifs”. The sillier they are the better.  You’ll be on your way to your own amazing story in no time.

So come join us and see how much fun creative writing is in the Writers’ Workshop.  Bring your list of “what ifs” if you like.

Hope to see you there.

- Miss Chris

Light Painting Program

Use light and imagination to paint  and conquer the dark with amazing designs.  A brave and enthusiastic group of tweens recently came to Studio 300 to create and capture images on camera. In order to do that the group used a professional Cannon Rebel Ts4i camera with a tripod. Light patterns were created by using different light sources like glow sticks, flash lights, table tops, and party rings etc.


The special effect was achieved by setting the camera for 8 or 15 seconds exposure to capture the moving light patterns. We have set the lens opening and the ISO ( inside sensitivity sensor) to 200 and the focal length was set to F8.
Take a look at our creations and try to make your own: /fplstudio300/

Mrs. Andreea

Fizz! Boom! Read! programs away from the library

We’re bringing each of these programs to a big Park District site.  That means there will be plenty of space and you don’t need to register or get tickets!  The programs are designed to be fun for all ages when preschoolers are accompanied by an adult.

Ben’s Bubble Show

Come to a magical show with Ben Jimenez that is all about soap bubble sculptures! You will see smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles, and geometric bubbles.

Day: Thursday

Date: June 26

Time: 2:00-2:45 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center



Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park

Come see an interactive musical about the life and creations of Thomas Edison, who said, “Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Presented by Face to Face Productions, Inc.

Day: Tuesday

Date: July 15

Time: 2:00-2:45 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center


Big Run Wolves

Don’t miss this fantastic program! The magnificent animals of Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, Illinois, will visit Bolingbrook. What beautiful creatures you will see!

Day: Thursday

Date: July 17

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm

Location: Central Park (201 Recreation Drive, behind the Annerino Community Center)


test tubes
Getting Excited About Science

Scientist Steve Belliveau presents a show based on physics, with many unexpected happenings! The principles of static electricity, weight distribution, air and water pressure, friction, and others are presented in unique ways. Children will be invited to participate in the program.

Day: Tuesday

Date: July 29

Time: 2:00-2:45 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center


Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show

This show is unique, rollicking entertainment that features magic, slapstick comedy, and the world’s biggest balloon props!

Day: Thursday

Date: July 31

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center