Fun for all ages, all languages

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We have lots of special events for preschool-aged children this week as part of the Week of the Young Child, but there are fun things for older kids, too! This is the last week for our weekly Spring Storytimes. Minecraft Club will take place on Tuesday and Thursday.  We will conclude the week with special activities and performances for El día de los niños/El día de los libros.  Join us!

Tons of Trucks
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bring the family to kick off the “Week of the Young Child” with us at the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center (BRAC)! We will provide storytimes and have a vendor table inside with giveaways. Stop by the bookmobile to check out books, DVDs and more.

Family Chess
Sunday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
All ages

Pit your chess skills against those of other players in open play. Drop in

iMake
Monday, April 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5; Kindergarteners must be accompanied by an adult
Visit Creativity Park in the Children’s Services Department to try out our newest technologies. Drop in.

Miss Carole PJ Night Singalong
Tuesday, April 25, 6-7:00 p.m.

Warm up your vocal cords, and join us for a pajama singalong at the Annerino Center during the “Week of the Young Child.” Be sure to visit our table and get a library card.

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, April 26, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after-school snack? If so, join us for our S’mores Book Club where we will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. Register now.

STEAM Night at Annerino
Wednesday, April 26, 4:30-6 p.m.
Join us at Annerino Community Center for “Week of the Young Child’s” STEAM Night. Stop by to see what STEAM and maker technologies the library has to offer, and sign up for a library card.

Chick-fil-A Storytime
Thursday, April 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Join us for a free story at Chick-fil-A on Weber Rd. and meet the Chick-fil-A cow! No registration required. Call 630.685.4230 for questions or more information.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, April 28
10:30 a.m.-noon OR 1:30-3 p.m.
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering the geography, stories, music and crafts of the United States of America in this hands-on program for K–5 homeschool teachers and their students.

El Día de los Niños Celebration: Groovin’ Around the World
Saturday, April 29: 10:30am – 5:00pm
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate diversity in languages and cultures with stories, crafts, music and dancing. See the full list of activities and special performances for more information.

Foxes are the new owls

Ever since the popular chapter book Pax was published, we’ve been seeing lots of books about foxes!  Here are some new picture books and nonfiction titles:

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All Ears, All Eyes
by Richard Jackson; illustrated by Katherine Tillotson
As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.

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Faraway Fox
by Jolene Thompson illustrated by Justin K. Thompson
A lonely fox roams the forest where he grew up, searching for his family and finding only strange creatures who stand on their hind legs, until, at last, he finds himself at home.

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How to Find a Fox
by Nilah Magruder
Equipped with a camera and determination, an adventurous little girl tries to track down an elusive red fox, which proves more difficult than she thought.

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Little Fox in the Forest
by Stephanie Graegin
A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

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Pandora
by Victoria Turnbull
Pandora the fox lives alone in a junk yard. She’s depressed and has no contact with the outside world. Then, she rescues a blue bird. As she nurses him back to health, the bird collects seeds and trinkets for her. One day, the bird grows strong enough to fly away, but the garden seeds he brought begin to transform Pandora’s landscape.

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Watersong
by Tim McCanna; illustrated by Richard Smythe
A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia.

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The Secret Life of the Red Fox by Laurence Pringle; illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
The life of a red fox is a mystery to most people. You might catch a glimpse of blazing red fur or hear a far-off bard, but the fox‘s daily activities are know to few. Filled with fascinating facts and illuminating details, this nonfiction book invites readers on a yearlong journey with a red fox named Vixen.

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Sniffer and Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship
by Berit Helberg; photography by Torgeir Berge
A fox and a German Shepherd living in a small Norwegian town become best friends.

Writing and Coding and Movin’ and Groovin’

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Weekly storytimes are back! Minecraft Club will also meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  We also have these special events planned for you:

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, April 19, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12
Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register now.

This program has been cancelled due to a death in the family.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, April 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Stimulate your creativity for writing stories and poems! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, April 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, April 21
9:30-10:15 a.m. OR 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months to 5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ to music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in.

TechnoKids
Friday, April 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3

Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics. Register now.

Family Movie
Saturday, April 22, 1:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family to watch a movie. Runtime 105 minutes.

Keep in mind, next week’s Week of the Young Child celebrations will kick off with Tons of Trucks on Sunday, April 23. Stop and say hi!

Alex made something amazing!

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Alex made a model of the Titanic that won 2nd place at the science fair at Woodview Elementary School! He brought it in to display at the library. Come take a look! While you’re here, you can check out some of our books about the Titanic to learn more.

Rescue Cats

Did you know that two Fountaindale librarians volunteer at the animal shelter, taking care of cats? Here are some new stories about rescuing and bringing home cats and kittens.

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Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats.

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A Cat Named Swan by Holly Hobbie
After surviving on the streets, a homeless cat discovers the joys of living with a human family.

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Cat on the Bus by Aram Kim
Using onomatopoeia, this almost wordless story tells of a homeless cat who finds shelter on a bus where she meets a cat-loving Asian grandfather.

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Little Night Cat by Sonja Danowski
When Tony, a little boy, bravely offers his stuffed animals–including his favorite toy cat–to the animal shelter to raise money for the needy dogs and cats, it touches his mom’s heart. Later that night when Tony misses his toy, she gives him her old stuffed cat. He embraces it with such care and devotion that his mom rewards him in a way that he never imagines.

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Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
More than anything Lola would like a cat, but first she must learn how to care for it.

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Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes; illustrated by Sue Cornelison
A family of refugees is accidentally separated from, and then reunited with, their pet cat.

Rovin’ Robots and More

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30-ish Second Video Book Review Contest
April 9-15, All day
Tweens-Adults
Tell us about your favorite book or any book you’ve read with a 30-ish second video book review for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card! Need help with your video? Stop by Studio 300 for assistance! Check our online calendar for how to enter and more details.

Food for Fines as part of National Library Week
April 9-15
Do you owe any money for fines on your library card? Bring a donation of food to the Check-Out desk  and we will remove $2 in fines (up to $20) per account for each unexpired, non-perishable food item you donate. All food will be donated to the DuPage Township Food Pantry.
You can also return overdue or lost books the week of April 9-15 without paying fines. Returned materials must be in good condition.
Please note: Collection agency fees, billed items that are not returned and billed equipment from Studio 300 and lost eReaders do not qualify.

There will be no weekly Storytimes this week, but Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Our special Spring Break Week Rovin’ Robots programs include video gaming, chances to try out our new robots, drawing classes, a stuffed animal sleepover, making art bots, Preschool Activity Time, and a Make-it Take-it craft program. See the Spring Break Week Rovin’ Robots page for details and to register for programs.

National Bookmobile Day
Wednesday, April 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit the Bookmobile in front of the library to celebrate National Bookmobile Day. We’ll have giveaways, crafts, drop-in storytimes—including a puppet story—and gift card drawings!

McStory Time
Thursday, April 13, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Join us for a free story and a treat at McDonald’s. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, April 15: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Grades K-1
Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Please remember that the library will be closed April 16 for Easter. See you on Monday!

Have a Creative Week at the Library!

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We have lots of good programs to kick off the month of April!  Storytimes continue, along with Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.  This is the final week of Crazy 8s. You can also enjoy:

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, April 5, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4–12

Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register now.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, April 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5

Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! This month’s craft is water color and crayon art. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie at Panera Bread while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Arts & Fables
Friday, April 7
9:30-10:15 a.m. OR 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Join us for a storytime, and then move with us to the Creativity Park for a fun craft! This time we will make a paper chick hatching out of a decorated egg. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, April 8, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Build It!
Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with an adult for DUPLO®
Grades K-5, K with an adult for LEGO®

Build something with bricks! Stay for a little bit or a long time. Drop in.

Don’t forget that National Library Week starts next week! We won’t have storytimes April 9-15, but we have scheduled lots of special programs. This is also the time for Food for Fines: If you have fines on your library card, you can clear up to $20 by bringing donations to the food drive.  See the current issue of The Fountain for details.