Magic School Bus Week

Looking for some fun during Spring Break?  Come to the library for our Magic School Bus Week for activities exploring science fun and other STEM concepts.

The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition
To kick off the week we will be hosting a Magic School Bus Celebration.  Drop in on Monday, April 6th for this Frizztastic event.  Dress like your favorite character, come try out our science tables set up with experiments, so a fun craft, and play Magic School Bus Trivia!  This program is for children in grades K-5; kindergartners must be with an adult.  The event will be from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in our Meeting Room A.

On Tuesday, April 7th we will be introducing a new program called iMake.  This is your chance to come try out the library’s newest technologies which include:

This program will be in the Creativity Park from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and is for children in grades K-5; kindergartners must be with an adult.

Put on your pajamas Tuesday evening and come to our Bedtime Math Pajama Party at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  We’ll enjoy snacks, wacky math problems, and a math toy called pentominoes you can take home.  This is a registered program and is for children ages 6-9.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
What kind of mischief will your stuffed animal get into at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover?  Children ages 4-7 will leave their stuffie, on Wednesday, April 8th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., to spend the night at the library.  The children will pick up their toy friend the next day at a Snack Time on Thursday, April 9th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and enjoy a presentation of pictures showing all the fun their animals had during the night! This is a registered event.

Dave and his reptiles
Don’t miss Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles!  Come see an entertaining, up-close animal show!  Audience members may even pet the fascinating creatures.  Learn what reptiles make good pets and what ones do not. Drop in until the limit of 90 is reached on Thursday, April 9, at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  This program is for all ages, but preschoolers must be with an adult.

Other fun programs during the week include:

Tween Photo Class
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
For children in grades 4-6.  Register (must have a Fountaindale library card).

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, April 10, 2015
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
For children ages 2-6 with an adult.  Drop in.

Scavenger Hunt
Friday, April 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
For all ages; preschoolers with an adult.  Drop in.

If you have any questions about our Magic School Bus Week please call the Children’s Services Department at 630-685-4181.

Bunny Storytime

Hippity Hop Hop to our Bunny Storytime!

Drop in on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. for a spring storytime for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are some fun Bunny books to check out:

Magic Bunny
Magic Bunny by Sue Bentley
Julia has been looking forward to her school camping trip for weeks, but when her best friend can’t join her, Julia worries the trip won’t be any fun at all.  But when Julia meets magical bunny Arrow, her camping trip is soon filled with a whole world of magical fun!

Knuffle Bunny
Knufle Bunny by Mo Willems
A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

The Runaway Bunny
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.

Preschool Activity Time

Preschool Activity Time
Looking for something to do on Friday, March 27?  Children aged 2 to 6 can drop in to Preschool Activity Time from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning and enjoy free play with other children the same age!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Monarch and Bluestem news

I just got the word from Mrs. C. on the bookmobile!

The 2015 Monarch Award Winner is

The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt

The 2015 Bluestem Award Winner is

The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Thanks to all the children who read books and voted!

Illinois Children’s Choice Award Winners

The winner of the 2015 Rebecca Caudill Award has been announced and it is

Legend by Marie Lu

Follow this link to watch the live broadcast of the 2015 Monarch and Bluestem  Award Winners:

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’

Sign up for Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ on Friday, March 20.  We’ll be enjoying a Luck of the Irish theme from 9:30-10:15 and 10:30-11:15.

Irish dance

Best. Pi Day. Ever.

When I was shopping for birthday gifts for my brother (a math major), I started coming across T-shirts for Ultimate Pi DayPi Day is celebrated on March 14 (that is, 3.14).  This year, you can take it even further because the year makes it 3/14/15 (five digits of pi).  Some people are even making special plans for 53 seconds past 9:26 (3.14.15 9.26.53 or 3.141592653, 10 digits of pi).  Here are a couple of books to help children learn about the number pi and why it’s important:

Why Pi?
Why Pi? by Johnny Ball
All about the number pi, from a beloved math expert.

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander
When Sir Cumference drinks a potion which turns him into a dragon, his son Radius searches for the magic number known as pi which will restore him to his former shape.  This is the sequel to Sir Cumference and the First Round Table, the first in a series called Sir Cumference Math Adventures.

We recently had a Tween Tech Week program that introduced the Raspberry Pi computer.


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Of course, lots of people use Pi Day as an excuse to make and eat pie!

Cool Pies and Tarts
Cool Pies and Tarts by Pamela S. Price is a kid-friendly guide to making pies.

Here are some favorite stories that feature pie:

Pecan Pie Baby
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson
Gia is feeling a lot of things about the baby on the way, but she’s ultimately reassured that she and her mom and the baby will love each other, like they share a love for pecan pie.

Easy as Apple Pie
Easy as Apple Pie by Karen Gray Ruelle
In this early chapter book, the family is making apple pies.  Emily thinks apples are yucky, but she learns that she really likes pie crust!

Pie by Sarah Weeks
After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice’s friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly’s secret pie crust recipe.   Includes fourteen pie recipes.  If you liked this book, be sure to check out the author’s new book, Honey.