This week starts and ends with toys

lego bricksCome to our Toy Exchange today (Sunday, December 4).  If you received vouchers for donating toys last week, you can choose toys from 2-3 p.m.  The room will be open to all from 3-3:30.  All toy choices are first come, first served while supplies last.

Storytimes continue this week.

This Tuesday, Minecraft will not meet so kids can attend the Tween Hour of Code.  Sign up to learn coding basics in this one-hour introductory class.  Children must be in grades 4-6 and have a Fountaindale library card.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, December 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5
Drop in to make a craft.

Minecraft Club meets on Thursday only this week.

Please be aware that on Friday the library will open at 1 p.m. due to a staff inservice during the morning.

TechnoKids
Friday, December 9, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Learn about a science topic with a hands-on project.  Register.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, December 10, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult.
Drop in and enjoy a storytime especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Build It!
Saturday, December 10, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with an adult for DUPLO
Grades K-5 (kindergarteners with an adult) for LEGO
The library has many DUPLO and LEGO blocks for you to use to build your fantastic structures! Drop in any time between 2:00 and 4:00 and make something.

Monarch Reading Club starts today!

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Monarch Reading Club
December 1, 2016-February 15, 2017
Grades K-3

Read or listen to all 20 Monarch Award nominees to earn a free paperback book!  Pick up our Monarch butterfly coloring page or chart from Children’s Services to track your progress (Color in a title or cut out a picture and glue it in the chart after you’ve read or listed to a book).  Bring your your fully colored Monarch butterfly coloring log or completed chart to the Children’s Services Desk to claim your prize.

You can start your reading now, and we have the following special events coming up in 2017:

  • Monarch Read-In: Monday, January 16, 2-3 p.m. No school today! Spend an hour listening to the nominees.  Be sure to log these books on your Monarch coloring page or chart
  • Voting: February 1-February 15. If you’ve read or listened to at least five nominees, you can cast your ballot at the Children’s Services Desk.
  • Monarch Award Pizza Party: Friday, February 24, 2-3 p.m. Any Fountaindale cardholders who voted for a favorite nominee may register for the party. Be there when we reveal the library winner!

So much to do at your library

photo 8Minecraft is back this Tuesday and Thursday!  Our weekly storytimes continue.  And there’s more!

Starting Sunday, November 27, you can drop off gently used toys at the library for the upcoming Toy Exchange on Sunday, December 4.

Sound Tech
Tuesday, November 29, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6, participants must have Fountaindale library card
Experiment with technology to make music in Studio 300! Register now.

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, November 30, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after school snack? If so, sign up for our first Smores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. This month’s topics are mystery and adventure. Register now!

Monarch Reading Club
Thursday, December 1-February 15
Grades K-3
Pick up a reading log at the Monarch Award display in the Secret Garden and check out some of the books. Readers can vote for their favorites and even earn a free paperback book. There will be more Monarch activities in 2017.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Thursday, December 1, 3:30-5 p.m.
Fountaindale cardholders and residents in grades 4-12

Join our new coding club! Learn programming while working on cool projects. Drop in until the program limit of 16 participants is reached.

Arts & Fables
Friday, December 2, 9:30 or 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Hear a story, then make a craft about it! What a great way to spend some time at the library in the morning! Drop in until the room is full.

Mini Movin’ & Groovin’
Saturday, December 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months – 5 years with an adult

Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in until the room is full.

Boo! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Spooky, Fun, Educational! This is a fun program based on exciting book series where you will play games, use new technologies and/or explore science. Register now.

Top 10 Arts Books for Youth: 2016, by Sarah Hunter | Booklist Online

Booklist Online Book Review: Top 10 Arts Books for Youth: 2016.Hunter, Sarah (author).FEATURE.First published November 1, 2016 (Booklist).Books For Youth – Nonfiction – Arts

Source: Top 10 Arts Books for Youth: 2016, by Sarah Hunter | Booklist Online

Thankful for games, toys, movies, and reading!

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Our weekly storytimes continue this week, but Minecraft Club will not meet.  The Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and be closed for Thanksgiving through Thursday, November 24. The library will reopen on Friday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m.  Minecraft Club will return next week.

Family Game Party
Sunday, November 20, 2-3 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.
Have fun with games for the whole family in this bilingual (English and Spanish)! Drop in.
Fiesta de juegos en familia
Domingo, 20 de noviembre, 2-3 p.m.
Todas las edades, niños en edad preescolar con un adulto.
¡Diviértanse con juegos para toda la familia en este programa bilingüe (inglés y español)! No hay ningún registro requerido.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, November 25, 10:00 a.m.
For children ages 2 – 6 with an adult.
Meet your friends and have lots of fun in our carpeted meeting room with many games to play! Drop in!

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, November 26, 1:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.
Enjoy a feature movie with the family! Drop in until the room is full.

Pete the Cat: I’m reading in my school shoes!
Saturday, November 26, 3-5 p.m.

Are you in Kindergarten or First Grade? Can you read all by yourself? If you’ve answered yes to these questions then you can participate in this Pete the Cat Reading Club for new readers. Come in and read a book to us! Students who participate earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Bilingual Family Fun

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Family Game Party
Sunday, November 20, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult
Have fun with games for the whole family in this bilingual (English and Spanish) program! Drop in.

Fiesta de juegos en familia
Domingo, 20 de noviembre, 2-3 p.m.
Todas las edades, niños en edad preescolar con un adulto.
¡Diviértanse con juegos para toda la familia en este programa en la biblioteca!
No hay ningún registro requerido.

Learn and have fun!

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iMake
Monday, November 14, 4:15 p.m.
For children grades K-5, Kindergartens with an adult
Visit the Creativity Park to try out the library’s newest technologies. Drop in.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, November 16, 4:15 p.m.
For children in grades 2 – 5
We’ll have many exercises to stimulate your creativity for stories and poems! Drop in until the room is full.

In Your Own Backyard
Friday, November 18, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students
Enrich your homeschool experience by joining us in discovering the geography, stories, music, and crafts of Illinois. This hands-on program will use props and instruments to enhance the experience. Drop in until the room is full.

TechnoKids
Friday, November 18, 4:15 p.m.
For children in grades 1-3

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

STEAM Family Workshop
Saturday, November 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
For children in grades K-5; Kindergartners with an adult. Families welcome.
Come explore our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) stations highlighting hands-on activities for the family to work together on. Drop in until the room is full.

Pete the Cat: I’m reading in my school shoes!
Saturday, November 19, 3-5 p.m.
For children in kindergarten through 1st grade

Are you in Kindergarten or First Grade? Can you read all by yourself? If you’ve answered yes to these questions then you can participate in this Pete the Cat Reading Club for new readers. Come in and read a book to us! Students who participate earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.