Visit Faraway Egypt

Come and join us Friday, April 29th, in Meeting Room A, for our ‘Faraway Places at Your Fingertips: an Adventure for Homeschoolers’.  We will be making our final stop of the year in Egypt! Come and enjoy fun, games, a story from the region and a craft!  Parents can stay busy in meeting room B reviewing the year and planning for our end of year activity in May.

We can’t wait to see you Friday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm!

For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students. Drop in until the room limit is reached.

El día de los niños, El día de los libros

2016 Día Celebration

Saturday, April 30
Join the Fountaindale Public Library for our sixth annual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, commonly known as Día! Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. This will be our first year hosting a show at the Bolingbrook Park District featuring two performances perfect for the whole family to enjoy!
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Día: Chinese Zodiac Craft
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
At Fountaindale Public Library
Celebrate culture with our special Chinese craft. Based on the book “The Great Race” by Dawn Casey, we will have a zodiac craft the whole family will enjoy.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Día: Geography Bee
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
At Fountaindale Public Library
Do you know what the largest country in the world is? Come join us to find out and discover new fun facts! We will split up into teams and answers questions about local and world geography. Everyone’s a winner!
Location: Meeting Room A
For children in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Drop in.

brazilianDía: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Join us for this featured show as part of our 6th annual El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) celebration! Mr. Gideon Ray will share the background of the gentle martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He and his students will provide a demonstration for the audience members. Don’t miss this exciting show which will be fun for the whole family!
Offsite at Annerino Community Center Gymnasium, 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Día: Trick Rope Show with Los Hermanos Escamilla

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Join us for this featured show as part of our 6th annual El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) celebration! Our highlighted Día de los niños performance will be an authentic Mexican Charreada (Rodeo) show which highlights the most exciting rope tricks. By 1975 “Los Hermanos Escamilla” had become the best “Floreadores” (Lariat or Trick Ropers) of México City.
Offsite at the Annerino Community Center Gymnasium, 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Two Great Authors

April 23 is a day for remembering two great authors, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare.  They both died 400 years ago on this day.  People mark the day in different ways around the world.  In Spain, it’s a romantic holiday when women give men books and men give women roses.  The United Nations observes both English Language Day and World Book and Copyright Day.  Readers in different parts of the world also celebrate World Book Night on this night by giving away books, especially to people who don’t usually read.

Here are a few options for enjoying both writers with young readers:

Don Quixote and the Windmills retold and adapted by Eric A. Kimmel; from The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; pictures by Leonard Everett Fisher
“Immersed in tales of knights and dragons and sorcerers and damsels in distress, Señor Quexada proclaims himself a knight and sets out on his first adventure against some nearby windmills that he thinks are giants.”

Don Quixote retold by Martin Jenkins; illustrated by Chris Riddell
“An illustrated retelling of the exploits of an idealistic Spanish country gentleman and his shrewd squire who set out, as knights of old, to search for adventure, right wrongs, and punish evil.”

r zot
Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon
This story of a tiny robot and his sidekick is quietly dedicated to “Don Q. and Sancho P.”

walls of c
The Walls of Cartagena by Julia Durango
A teenaged boy who loves Don Quixote has his own experiences with heroism working with a fellow Cervantes fan and St. Peter Claver.

c prince
The Chosen Prince by Diane Stanley
“Prince Alexos, the long-awaited champion of the goddess Athene, follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria and faces the greatest challenge of his life. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s The Tempest”– Provided by publisher.

s verse
The Orchard Book of Classic Shakespeare Verse
A selection of verse and poetry by William Shakespeare, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark.

secrets sg
Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave by Deron R. Hicks
“Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family’s literary legacy and Shakespeares tomb before it’s too late?”– Provided by publisher.

s secret
Shakespeare’s Secret
by Elise Broach
“Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.”  This title is also available as an audiobook on CD.

s zoo
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue presents Macbeth written by Ian Lendler; art by Zack Giallongo; colors by Alisa Harris; [originally] written by Willy Shakespeare
The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo… until the gates shut at night. That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails” — from publisher’s web site.

total t
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
by Erin Dionne
Hamlet‘s attempts to be a “normal” eighth grader become increasingly difficult when her genius seven-year-old sister and her eccentric Shakespeare scholar parents both begin to attend her school. ”

wwww desk
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
“During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.”  This title is also available as an audiobook on CD or Playaway, and as an ebook to download from eRead Illinois.

wicked w
Wicked Will by Bailey MacDonald
“Performing in the English town of Stratford-on-Avon in 1576, a young actress (disguised as a boy) and a local lad named Will Shakespeare uncover a murder mystery.”

life for me
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Shakespearean Actor!  Some Roles You Might Not Want to Play written by Jacqueline Morley; illustrated by David Antram; created and designed by David Salariya
Another in the continuing series about times and places in history that you can be glad you’re only reading out.



More Passover Books

Are you past picture books?  We have chapter books and nonfiction, too:

Penina Levine is a Hard-Boiled Egg by Rebecca O’Connell
With only her best friend to lean on, forthright Penina celebrates Passover while she contends with a bratty younger sister and a seemingly unsympathetic sixth-grade teacher.

Scarlett and Sam: Escape from Egypt by Eric A. Kimmel
Grandma Mina’s Persian carpet sends twins Scarlett and Sam to Egypt in the time of Moses, where they come to understand that every Jew was part of the first Passover, and just what made it different from all other nights.  This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.

Celebrate Passover by Deborah Heiligman; consultant, Shira Stern
The most celebrated holiday in the Jewish year, Passover commemorates the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt to freedom over 3,500 years ago. This colorful book explores the many forms that this weeklong celebration takes worldwide. Deborah Heiligman’s rich text details the long lavish meals called seders, at which Exodus is recalled in ritual, prayer, song, and story. The historical significance of the food at these Passover feasts is also explained, and delicious recipes encourage readers to experience the full flavors of this internationally observed holiday. Rabbi Shira Stern’s informative note provides parents and teachers with a historical and cultural background of the celebration of Passover.

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook
Tales retold by Jane Yolen
Recipes by Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Traditional stories and foods highlight different meals and holidays.

Moses by Margaret Hodges
Retells the story of Moses, from his birth and trip in a boat of bulrushes to his bringing of the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai.

Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then by Harriet Ziefert
A joyous celebration of Passover‘s meanings, history, symbols, and traditions.

Passover: Festival of Freedom by Monique Polak
“There’s more to Passover than prayers and matzo. Celebrate Passover with personal stories from people who keep the ancient traditions of Passover alive in the modern world”–Cover.

The Story of Passover by David A. Adler
Tells the story of the enslavement of the Children of Israel by the pharaoh, the coming of Moses, the ten plagues that struck Egypt, and the delivery of the Children of Israel from slavery.

With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah adapted by Amy Ehrlich
An adaptation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible presents the stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, and other primary figures in a continuous narrative that upholds the complexities of the original text.

dia_logo_ 20 percent size

New Passover Picture Books

Here are some new picture books for Passover, that range from sweet to silly to reverent.

Is It Passover Yet? by Chris Barash
One family prepares for the traditional seder that ushers in Passover.

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman
Oy gevalt! The Little Red Hen likes baking matzah, but she’s not so crazy about doing everything herself. Would it be too much to ask her friends Dog, Horse, and Sheep to help plant and harvest some wheat for the delicious Passover treat? Couldn’t they at least help schlep the wheat to the mill? A recipe for matzah, a glossary of Yiddish words, and a note on Passover traditions is included.

The Longest Night: A Passover Story by Laurel Snyder
A child in Egypt tells what the Jews are experiencing in the days leading up to their flight from Egyptian slavery.

Max Makes a Cake by Michelle Edwards
Max finds the perfect way to make a unique Passover surprise birthday cake for his mother.  This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.

More than Enough by April Halprin Wayland
Illustrations and simple text portray children and their family as they prepare for, then celebrate, a Passover seder with foods, games, songs, and even a sleepover.

The Passover Lamb by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Miriam has especially looked forward to the Passover seder at her grandparents’ home because it is her first year to ask the four questions, but the unexpected arrival of triplet lambs complicates her family’s plans.

A Place for Elijah by Kelly Easton Ruben
“A family celebrates Passover, making sure they lay an extra place setting for the prophet Elijah. But when their neighbors lose power and stop by to get out of the cold, Sarah is worried that there won’t be a seat left for Elijah”– Provided by publisher.

Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls: A Passover Tale in Chelm by Linda Glaser
In this version of the familiar tale, an old man tricks the townspeople of Chelm into contributing the necessary ingredients for making a Seder feast for all to share.

A Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman
Miriam learns the meaning of Passover when her grandfather makes a special matzah dish. Includes recipe for matzah brei (similar to French toast, but with unleavened bread), and a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish words used in the text.
dia_logo_ 20 percent size

Saturday Specials April 23


Saturday Special: Corduroy Bear Drop-in Storytime

Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM

Stories, songs, and fun are the order of the day when we get together in our Storytime Room. This month Corduroy Bear will be here! Come meet him in person, hear stories, and have your picture taken with him! Corduroy will make a brief appearance during the Storytime, courtesy of Barnes & Noble at Bolingbrook Promenade.

All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached. Please arrive on time as Corduroy will only make a brief appearance. Don’t forget your camera!

Saturday Special: Make-It Take-It

Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Make a great craft in Children’s Services and take it home to keep!

All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Scare your children (just a little)

Did you know you that some audiobooks are read by famous actors?  April 19 is Tim Curry’s 70th birthday, which seems like a great time to point out some of the audiobooks he’s narrated for kids.  This is Tim Curry, so we’re talking about stories with villains, crocodiles, pirates, and other scary stuff.

eye bb
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
“After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.”  This is the beginning to a darkly funny series with lots of fantastic wordplay.

Despicable Me: The Junior Novel by Annie Auerbach
“Despicable Me chronicles the hilarious misadventure of Gru, the self-proclaimed ‘world’s greatest super villain’. ”  Also funny.  Also has orphans.

I, Crocodile in Harry the Dirty Dog and other Animal Stories
Five favorite picture books about animals include a crocodile’s story in his own words.

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
“In the 1930s, all is not well. Nightmares are leaking out of Neverland. Fearing for Peter Pan‘s life, Wendy and the Lost Boys go back to Neverland — with the help of the fairy Fireflyer — only to discover their worst nightmares coming true! Peter Pan and his friends eventually restore Neverland to rights.”  This title is available on CD and as a Playaway.

Sabriel by Garth Nix
“Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.”  This is the first book in a trilogy by the favorite Australian fantasy author.  It is also available as a downloadable e-audiobook.