Stories and Crafts at Arts & Fables Friday, September 19

seed craft

How does your garden grow? How does a little seed turn into a plant? Join us at Arts & Fables Friday, September 19 from 9:30-10:15  a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m. for stories and a craft to find out. Children ages 2-6 with an adult can register now!

Hope to see you there! We’ll have a “growin” good time!

Passport to Sixth Grade!


Calling all students ENTERING sixth grade!

 Did you know that Fountaindale has a teen room called the Vortex?

Did you know that sixth graders can use the Computer Commons?

Learn all the new and exciting resources students entering sixth grade have access to with the Passport to Sixth Grade!

What is the Passport to Sixth Grade?

The “Passport to Sixth Grade” is a guide to help children entering sixth grade become familiar with our teen resources, areas, and programs now available to them.

We’ve extended the date to complete the passport until September 30, 2014.

Students who complete four tasks will receive a Fountaindale flash drive (while supplies last).  Those who complete at least five tasks will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $50 gift card to Target.

Winners will be announced after September 30, 2014.

Come to the Children’s Services Desk and pick up your passport today!

Amistad Anniversary

August 29 is the 175th anniversary of the day when a man named Cinque led a group of Africans to take control of a slave ship that was transporting them.  But they also had to go through an unusual legal battle before their freedom was guaranteed.  Read more in one of these books:

Africa is my home
Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger

Based on the story of one of the four children on the Amistad, describing her capture, her witness to a mutiny, and the Supreme Court trial that prompts her return to Africa.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.  (The author recommends more books in her Horn Book article, Books About Africa.)

amistad the story
Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship by Patricia C. McKissack

A nonfiction book for younger readers, recommended for ages 7 to 8.

freedoms sons
Freedom’s Sons: The True Story of the Amistad Mutiny by Suzanne Jurmain

This version pays special attention to the actual words of the people involved, and what happened to them after the trial.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

amistad mutiny
The Amistad Mutiny: From the Court Case to the Movie by Melissa Eisen Azarian

From the series Famous Court Cases that Became Movies, recommended for middle school students.

amistad long road
Amistad: The Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

Traces the 1839 revolt of Africans against their Spanish captors aboard the slave ship Amistad, their landing in the United States and arrest for piracy and murder, and trials which ended in their acquittal by the Supreme Court.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

rebals against slavery
Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts by Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack

For more context, this Coretta Scott King Honor book tells the stories of other slave rebellions (both well-known and less familiar).  Recommended for middle school students.

Interactive telling time – Nook App

tell timeLearning to tell time on analogical clocks could be a challenging process for young children. If you check out one of our Nooks you will find this fun and interactive app that will help them immensely to understand the concept. When they master successfully the skills, the  children are rewarded for their progress with a creature in a digital aquarium.  How fun! The graphical interface and the clocks have been hand drawn by artists, while the content and the learning process has been developed by educators with input from school teachers and moms’ groups. The result is a highly educative app that teaches kids concepts like o’clock, midnight, half past, quarter to, past to, the 12 hour and 24 hour notation and many other time related concepts. Five difficulty levels make this app appropriate for a wide range of ages from 4 to 12.

From the settings the app can be set to work in various languages English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Children will learn how to set time on an analogical clock when given a digital time, solve puzzles and quizzes or adjust a fast clock at the right time.

I really enjoyed the section “Learn clock” because the information is well structured and presented very clearly. I would recommend parents to start with this section first because it eliminates any confusion kids might have and then continue with the games for a great success.

Mrs. Andreea




Nooks for toddlers

Did you know that the library has Nooks available for checkout?  I checked one out for my two-year-old daughter and she loved it!  We took the Nook on our trip to Florida and it was a life saver in the car.  She loved the story Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin (My husband and I can sing the whole book now).  She also really enjoyed an app that involved placing a shape in its right place.  She knows her shapes now, too!  What a fabulous learning tool!  There are tons of books and apps your toddler will enjoy.

girl with nookCome to the Children’s Services Department or call (630) 685-4181 for more information on how to check out a Nook today!

-Mrs. Ashley

Quick Picks: Panama Canal

100 years ago the Panama Canal officially opened.  Read all about it!

The new title:

Silver People
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Poems tell the stories of young people working to build the canal, and the conditions they endured.





The old favorite:

locks crocs and skeetersLocks, Crocs, & Skeeters: The Story of the Panama Canal by Nancy Winslow Parker

A mixed-media work of nonfiction introduces some of the individuals involved in the canal with a bit of humor and plenty of maps.

Quick Pick: The Man Who Walked between the Towers

The Man Who Walked between the Towers
The Man Who Walked between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers, which were under construction at the time.  We hardly need to point out that he did NOT ask permission first!  The Caldecott medal-winning book mixes humor (Petit keeps walking away from the police, who are hardly going to come out after him) and poignancy for anyone who knows that the towers will later be lost.