Celebrate Día!

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Join the Fountaindale Public Library for our fifth 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.  On April 25, 2015 we will have a full day of events highlighting some of the different cultures in our community.

To start the day we will be hosting Stories and Signs: ASL Storytime.  Learn basic American Sign Language signs such as the alphabet, numbers, and colors, followed by stories and activities presented by Jill Boice from the Valley View School District.  Designed for a preschool storytime audience (child plus adult) but all ages are welcome!  Try your hand at signing!  The event will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in our Storytime Room.

Musica y Movimiento Storytime will have music in Spanish and English, instruments and props for the children to dance and play with, interactive songs to sing along and move to, and short story time.  This program will be from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. in Meeting Room A.

Celebrate the Arabic language through stories, dance, music and more with our Discover Arabic program.  This program will be from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. in our Meeting Room A.

Nrithyanjali School of Dance will be here for a program called Storytelling through Indian Classical Dance!  The school, based in Bolingbrook, presents a visually stunning and traditional dance form originating from southern India called Bharatanatyam, which is nearly 2,500 years old.  This storytelling comes to life using a language of unique hand gestures and distinctive movements, extravagant costumes and rhythmic patterns enhanced by ankle bells and intricate footwork.  Dancers depict stories from Hindu Mythology and introduce Indian dance, Hindu culture and spirituality to all.  Join us 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. in our Meeting Room A.

Map Your Language will be from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in our Children’s Services Department.  What language do you speak at home?  Come to the library to fill out a slip and place it on our map of the world.  Let’s see how many different languages our library patrons speak!

In honor of Día, make a special craft in the Creativity Park from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

Our programs for the day are all Drop in.  All ages are welcome; preschoolers must be with an adult. Seating will be first come, first served for a maximum of 90 audience members.

If you have any questions about our Día event please call the Children’s Services Department at 630-685-4181.

Sign up for Chess Club

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Registration is now open for Chess Club. Tweens in grades 4 through 8 can sign up to play chess at 4:15 on Wednesday afternoon, April 22.

Who needs Poetry Month?

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Fans of Greg Heffley probably already know about wimpykid.com, but if you haven’t visited the site in a while you may not know that April is Wimpy Kid Month!   Kids and teachers can find fun things like posters, games, and trivia.  The website is also featuring daily giveaways during the month of April.  You can also sign up to see a live webcast with author Jeff Kinney on April 27, during which he will reveal the cover for book 10 (coming out November 3).  (Just keep in mind– due to legal requirements, a parent or guardian needs to enter for prizes for kids under 18 and register for the webcast for kids under 13).

Saturday Special: Family Movie

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Drop in at 1:30 p.m. on April 18 for a free family movie.  We can’t name the movie on the blog, but I will tell you that it’s a classic animated film with lots and lots of puppies!  You can also call the Children’s Services desk at (630) 685-4181 for details.

Preschool Music Fun

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Come see a music show with Miss Jamie on the Farm.  Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that’s fun for kids and grownups alike.

Age Group(s): All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Date: Monday, April 20
Start Time: 10:15 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A

Drop in until the limit of the room (90) is reached.

If you have any questions about the Jamie on the Farm event please call the

Children’s Services Department at 630-685-4181.

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Quick Pick: Lady Day

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Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her by Amy Novesky

A kid-friendly introduction to a famous singer, and her dear pet.

Still room in this week’s programs

There’s still room in two of this week’s children’s programs, the Bedtime Math Pajama Party on Tuesday, April 7, and the Tween Photo Class on Wednesday, April 8.  Sign up using our online calendar or call (630) 685-4181.