Saturday Special: Cookie Mouse

Cookie Mouse and fan
Saturday, July 30
11:00 AM
11:30 AM

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

Fountaindale Public Library
Meeting Room A

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

Beatrix Potter at 150

When Ms. Wendy wrote recently that the Winnie-the-Pooh stories hold her mother’s voice, the stories and voice I thought of were my grandpa reading the tales of Beatrix Potter.  Somewhere between 3 children and 4 grandchildren he memorized Peter Rabbit, although I enjoyed the stories most when I could look at the beautiful pictures.

You can find a special display in the library of books by and about Beatrix Potter, to mark 150 years since she was born.  Here are a couple of recommended books about her from the children’s collection:

My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter by Jane Johnson
A letter from Beatrix Potter to a young friend who is ill marks the origin of her famous tales.

Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Borrowed Guinea Pig by Deborah Hopkinson and Charlotte Voake
A neighbor lets a guinea pig model for Beatrix Potter, but the unfortunate pet does not survive an attempt to eat her art supplies.

Beatrix: Various Episodes from the Life of Beatrix Potter by Jeanette Winter
This simple biography of Beatrix Potter, best known for writing The Tale of Peter Rabbit, includes excerpts from her published letters and journals and reveals why she drew and wrote about animals.

Beatrix Potter by John Malam
This short biography of Beatrix Potter is especially notable for its photographs and examples of Potter’s writing and drawing.

Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner
An appealing picture book biography illustrated in a folk art style

Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box by David McPhail
An introduction to Beatrix Potter as a child features illustrations by another artist known for cuddly-looking animals


Saturday Special: Family Movie


Saturday, July 23
Start time 1:30 PM

Enjoy a feature movie with the family! This month we will be showing Kung Fu Panda 3. The movie will run for 95 minutes.

Fountaindale Public Library
Meeting Room A

Drop in until the limit of the room is reached. All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

Eve Merriam at 100

Poet Eve Merriam would have been 100 years old today.  She is known for writing everything from children’s picture books to poems for adults.  Here are some of her books that you can find at the library; her poems are also included in several poetry collections.

Goodnight to Annie: An Alphabet Lullaby
In alphabetical order, creatures all over the world fall asleep, from alligators dozing in the mud to zebras asleep on their sides.

On My Street
This book is a good example of how families can make rhymes out of the ordinary people, places, and activities they see around them, like “Mr. Sklar washing his car” or “Pat at the laundromat.”

Ms. Merriam’s poems for older children are often playful.  Here’s one from Blackberry Ink:

Cat cat cat on the bed,
Bed’s too soft, it jumps on my head.
Head head, head’s too hard,
Cat wriggles out into the yard.
Yard yard, cat slips away
Over to the playground where the children play.
Playground seesaw, who wants to ride?
Cat’s all ready on the other side

Chortles: New and Selected Wordplay Poems

The Singing Green: New and Selected Poems for All Seasons features some poems that are about poetry– I could see these coming in handy for an English teacher.

Spooky ABC features spooky illustrations by Lane Smith (you probably recognize his style from books like The Stinky Cheese Man).
A poem for each letter of the alphabet introduces a different, spooky aspect of Halloween.


All Together Storytime

15.12.16 storytimeMondays, July 18 and July 25
9:30-10:00 AM
10:30-11:00 AM

We all have so much fun when we get together for songs, tales, and laughter!

Fountaindale Public Library
Storytime Room

All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in until the room limit is reached.

Sign up for Stuffed Animal Sleepover


Children ages 4 to 7 years can bring in a stuffed animal and a caregiver. The stuffie will spend the night at the library. When the lights go out, the toys will be having fun adventures in the dark! The children will pick up their toy friends the next day at Snack Time and see what mischief happened in the night!

Thursday 8/4/16

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Stuffed Animal Sleepover


Friday 8/5/16

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Snack Time & Stuffed Animal Pickup

Please call 630-685-4181 to register.

Family Coloring Party


Saturday, July 16
2:00-3:00 PM

Join us for a fun, relaxing and creative family coloring event. Coloring isn’t just for kids! All ages can enjoy the benefits of coloring which generates quietness, less stress, and stimulates motor skills.

Fountaindale Public Library
Meeting Room A

Coloring sheets and coloring utensils will be provided. Drop in until the limit of 90 is reached. All ages, preschoolers with an adult.