Let’s get this party started with some music!

Do you need some festive music?  Here are some new CDs with songs for Hanukkah, Christmas, and wintertime:

Acoustic Jewish Holiday Collection
The Acoustic Jewish Holiday Collection by Mama Doni
You can listen to music from the album here: http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-acoustic-jewish-holiday-collection-mw0002562482

Heavenly Christmas
Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho
You can listen to samples of the songs at https://youtu.be/9m2y2mz8Ndo

His Kids Christmas
His Kids Christmas by His Kids United
Tailor made for kids ages 5-14, this Christmas CD features young voices bringing a renewed energy to holiday classics along with four contemporary originals.
Songs are available for listening at http://www.allmusic.com/album/his-kids-united-christmas-vol-1-mw0002717715

Little People Christmas toys
There are several new albums of Christmas music featuring the Fisher Price Little People characters
You can listen to Little People: Christmas Sing-along
at http://www.allmusic.com/album/little-people-christmas-sing-along-mw0000796172
You can listen to Little People: Jingle Bell Rock at http://www.allmusic.com/album/fisher-price-little-people-christmas-sing-along-mw0002440915
You can listen to Little People: Petit Papa Noel (this one’s in French!) at http://www.allmusic.com/album/petit-papa-noel-mw0000828814

Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party
Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party
Mama DonisJewish Holiday Party‘ is her debut DVD with a brand new bonus soulful, acoustic CD soundtrack. From a bluegrass ‘Chanukah Oh Chanukah’ medley sing-along to a fun instructional ‘Making Challah with Mama Doni‘ video throw-down in the kitchen, this DVD celebrates Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat like never before.  (There’s both a DVD and a CD!)
You can watch a trailer and read some reviews here: http://soundviewmediapartners.com/?p=1298

Meshugana by Joanie Leeds
Joanie Leeds is joined by her band The Nightlights for their seventh album. It’s made up of stories set in the Jewish context, embracing each holiday throughout the calendar year along with themes such as love and family.
You can listen to the Hanukkah song “Spinning” on YouTube:

Middle of Nowhere
Middle of Nowhere by Elska
Children’s character Elska is a young woman living on a secret volcanic island in the Arctic. Here, she releases electropop tunes taking children on a musical tour of her Arctic Island home and introduces them to her Arctic friends, including Arctic Fox and Winter Bear!
You can listen to samples of the record at http://islandofelska.com/

Mon Beau Sapin
Mon Beau Sapin: tubes de Noël pour les trout-p’tits
This is another collection of Little People Christmas songs in French, and you can preview it at http://www.allmusic.com/album/petit-papa-noel-mw0000828814

Saturday Special: Family Movie

box of mixed emotions
Drop in for a movie this Saturday at 1:30 or at 3:30!

Meeting Room A has a room capacity of 90; everyone can come in until the room capacity of 90 is reached. All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

Please keep in mind that the meeting room can be chilly– you might want to bring a sweater.

Which do you like best?


A panel of judges recently named a list of the best illustrated children’s books of 2015.  Here are a few of them that are currently available at the Fountaindale Public Library, with our thoughts:

A fine dessert : four centuries, four families, one delicious treat
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins & Sophie Blackall
“Sometimes teachers ask us for a title that illustrates the concepts continuity and change.  This book is a great example.  In each of the four centuries, a child is helping a parent make the dessert blackberry fool (made with fruit and whipped cream).  While those elements stay the same, the technology and the ways people interact relate to each other change a great deal.”  -Ms. Sarah
This title is also available to download as an ebook.

Leo: A Ghost Story
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
“I read Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett.  It was funny, sad, and happy all in one book.  Poor little Leo lived all alone and got excited when a family moved into his home.  The family was not accepting of his presence and he left his home knowing he was unwanted.  While wondering the streets of a busy city, everything turned around when he met his new best friend.  In the end, Leo becomes a hero and he find his place in his new home.  ‘Most people cannot see ghosts. Can you?’ Great story!”  -Ms. Ashley

Sidewalk Flowers
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
“This picture book is told only in pictures, no words. Mostly all the pictures are black and white with just some color pictures throughout the book. The young girl with her red hoodie is picking up flowers along the sidewalk and then giving them to various recipients along the way. I love the idea of this book about how important the little things in life are.”  -Ms. Nancy
This title is also available to download as an ebook.

Tricky Vic: the impossibly true story of the man who sold the Eiffel Tower
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
“You can’t blame the author for wanting to tell this true story: a con man, Al Capone, a prison escape, the Eiffel Tower, Alcatraz… all great story elements.  The illustrations are intriguing, too.  The author/illustrator of Number One Sam and The Watermelon Seed uses an old-fashioned style with a few unique touches.  Most of the characters in the story have cartoon faces, but the criminal main character has a mysterious fingerprint for a head.  One of the marks, surnamed Poisson, has a fish head.  There are a few collage elements (in the notes at the end, Greg Pizzoli mentions using photographs and rubber stamps).  You’re not exactly sorry to see Victor Lustig caught and punished at the end, but the character is a con man and he does make you want to like him.” -Ms. Sarah

No Toy Swap this year, but…

The library will not be holding the Toy Exchange this year so that we will be able to offer other special events such as the Star Wars Celebration.  If you would still like to swap your old toys for new ones, here are some local options:

Who will take my old toys?

Bolingbrook Freecycle
Bolingbrook Freecycle is an online group you can join to let people know about items you are offering for free.

Bolingbrook Operation Christmas
Contact Chair Lee Bush at (630) 373-9995 to volunteer or to drop off donations.

Organizations that offer home pickup

You can also check the list of resale and thrift stores below.

Where to find free things

Bolingbrook Freecycle
Once you have become a member of the online Bolingbrook Freecycle group and offered a free item to the group, you can also make requests for items you want.

Bolingbrook Operation Christmas
After November 30, Bolingbrook families in need can call 226-5589 to find out about opportunities to choose items for their families.


Resale and thrift stores


Once Upon a Child

POWER Connection Resale Connection


If you know of other opportunities to donate or find used toys in Bolingbrook, please let me know and I will be happy to share the information.

Video games: more choices, less waiting

IMG_0904[1]We recently moved the children’s video game collection to a different part of the room.  Why?  This section has more space, so now we can put ALL the games out at once.  Unless something was just returned, you won’t have to wait for library staff to get your game from the back.

We’ve moved some other things in the department, too.  Holiday DVDs (currently, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas) are where the video games used to be, to the side of the rest of the movies and TV shows.

Magazines and new nonfiction are in the World Park near the giant chess set.

Reference books are in the Secret Garden near the JSERIES section.

Best New Comics: Eisner Award Winners and Nominees

Best Limited Series
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez
“An all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)! Spinning out of Winsor McKay’s brilliant early 20th Century strip, Return to Slumberland sees King Morpheus’ daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, selecting her next-playmate – Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone’s playmate, dream or no dream!” (Diamond Comics Distributors)

Best New Series
Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)
Five friends attend a summer camp that just happens to be the home of yetis, talking statues, and other supernatural monsters. This title also won Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17), for which it shared a nomination with The Dumbest Idea Ever, by Jimmy Gownley (author of Amelia Rules!).

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

The Zoo Box
The Zoo Box, by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke

Left home alone for the evening, Erika and Patrick discover a mysterious box in the attic, and when they take a peek inside the box, animals begin to pour out, turning their world upside down. – (Baker & Taylor)

Other nominees in this category:

BirdCatDog, by Lee Nordling & Meritxell Bosch

“Tells the story of a bird, a cat, and a dog through wordless comics. Everyone is a hero in his own story and every story is connected”– – (Baker & Taylor)

A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories
A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories by John Martz
In Tim’s world, a cat can paint on the ceiling and a happy pig couple can wait months for the bus. A duck and a mouse love to go flying, in a plane, of course. Every page is an adventure and each character is colorful in this collection of comics.

Hello Kitty Hello 40
Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories edited by Traci N. Todd & Elizabeth Kawasaki

Featuring contributions by the creators of Babymouse, a 40th anniversary tribute collects stories and artwork by a range of comics artists, muralists and toy creators. – (Baker & Taylor)

“No one knows much about Mer, the underwater kingdom where Mermin the Merman was born, but due to a rising conflict with the people of Atlantis, Mermin is needed back home immediately. Which means that his human friends get to accompany him and see all the aquatic wonders of Mer. But once again, Mermin is tight-lipped about his past – even when it’s swimming right in front of him. And there are enemies lurking in the seedier depths of Mer who’ve got their sights set not only on Mermin, but on Pete and his friends!” –Amazon.com

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)


El Deafo
El Deafo, by Cece Bell
Based on Cece Bell’s own story, El Deafo tells the story of a rabbit girl making friends at school while dealing with the pros and cons of a large, awkward hearing aid. This title was also nominated for Best Reality-Based Work, along with Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood, by Nathan Hale.

Other nominees in this category:

Batman Li'l Gotham
Batman Li’l Gotham, vol. 2 by Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen
Tales of adventure through the holidays featuring favorite Gotham City characters. – (Baker & Taylor)

(You can find more of the series here, here, here, and here.)

I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin & Benjamin Dewey

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez (shown above)

Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse by Art Baltazar & Franco
“Superboy and Supergirl return to the treehouse to discover…IT’S MISSING! Or is it just…really small? Who could have done such a thing?! Find out as all your favorite Tiny Titans search for answers!” –Random House

Best Writer: Gene Luen Yang for Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar the Last Airbender: The Rift as well as The Shadow Hero, which was also nominated for Best Publication for Teens.

Best Writer/Artist: Raina Telgemeier for Sisters

Three weeks. Two sisters. One car. A true story.

Family Reading Night: Ben’s Bubble Show

Mr. Jimenez and fans

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

Date: Thursday, November 19
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 7:45 PM
Location: Fountaindale Public Library, Meeting Room A

Seating will be first come, first served for a maximum of 90 audience members. Open to all ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.