Get creative at the library!

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Tween DIY: Make Your Own Kite
Monday, May 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Make a kite from a kit. How high will yours fly? Register.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 22, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, May 22, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 22, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.

Spirits in the Wind Flute Circle
Tuesday, May 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Tweens through adults
Join our relaxing and creative flute and percussion circle. Don’t play the flute? We can teach you, or you can play a percussion instrument. Need a flute? Purchase one for $35 in class. Drop in.

S’mores Book Club – “Dog Man” & Other Graphic Novels
Wednesday, May 23, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Do you devour a book like a great after-school snack? If so, join us for a tasty treat, and let’s talk about books! Each month we’ll talk about a different topic. Register.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 24, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 24, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, May 25, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While the children have fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

TechnoKids – Digital Reader’s Theater
Friday, May 25, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics in this hour-long workshop. Register.

Family Movie
Saturday, May 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Watch a family of superheroes in their first incredible adventure. Runtime: 115 minutes. Drop in.

When I grow up and you grow down

CSD_Kid bookclubWe’ve noticed some new early chapter books by authors (or featuring characters) that are better known for a different age group.

The newest series is The Zach & Zoe Mysteries by Mike Lupica, better known for his middle grade and teen sports stories. The first two books combine mysteries with baseball and basketball. The mysteries are positive ones (instead of being stolen or even lost, a baseball is featured in a scavenger hunt). If you have a sports lover who needs to read a mystery and doesn’t want anything scary, this is a good choice.

Another series that’s been around a little longer is Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet. Calpurnia was previously featured in two historical fiction novels. Although she is a little older in the new series, the books are shorter and easier to read. Still interested in nature, Calpurnia helps animals that range from fuzzy newborns and wounded butterflies to an owl and the family dog (who is entirely too interested in porcupines).

The last series is the Amelia Bedelia chapter books. This started with Amelia Bedelia Means Business, in which the familiar adult character from the classic easy readers is now a contemporary girl. She is still causing minor mayhem by misunderstanding figures of speech. In the latest book, Amelia Bedelia Digs In, she searches for buried treasure.

Bouncy Babies and Fractured Fairytales

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iMake
Monday, May 14, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 15, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, May 15, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 15, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.

Fractured Fairytales Storytime & Craft
Wednesday, May 16, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, May 16, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Listen to some of your favorite fairy tales told with an unusual spin, and then make a matching craft. Drop in.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, May 16, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Stimulate your creativity for writing stories and poems! Drop in.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, May 17: 9:30am – 10:30am
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 17, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 17, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, May 18, 10:30-noon
Friday, May 18, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K–5 students
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering geography, stories, music and crafts using hands-on props and instruments. Drop in.

Teen/Tween Tech Homeschool Adventures – Year in Review Activities
Friday, May 18, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
For homeschool teens and tweens
Explore hands-on technology topics to complement your homeschool curriculum. In the final meeting of the school year we’ll revisit several past activities! Register.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Saturday, May 19, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Zapraszamy wszystkie dzieci od 2–6 lat, ale każdy jest mile widziany. Na czytanie bajeczek, spiewanie piosenek i uczenie się nowych wierszyków po Polsku wraz z Panią Martą. Drop in.

Make-It Take-It – Ramadan
Saturday, May 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
For children of all ages
Join us to make a special Ramadan craft to take home and keep! Drop in.

Mrs. C.’s Best of the Best Reading List

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Do you need something to read? Start your summer reading with Mrs. C.’s list of favorite books that she’s shared at local schools this year! Don’t forget, you can also find lots of cookbooks by looking under the number 641.

Do-It-Yourself Storytime

Last week a sad little face came up to the desk and asked, “Bubbles?” We don’t want to disappoint anybody, and we know you may be missing some of your favorite things while weekly storytimes are on break.

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We’re still getting everything together for the Summer Adventure (which starts June 1). Weekly storytimes will begin again on June 11. Until then, we’ve put together everything you need for a Do-It-Yourself Storytime!

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Just choose some stories or nursery rhymes from the cart and find a cozy spot to read. Does your reader always want to touch the shapes on the flannel board or try on the finger puppets? Now’s your chance! When you’re all done, please come to the desk to ask for bubbles.

All the books are available to check out. Please leave the cloth items for the next person. Feel free to take some paper finger puppets to use at home.

Looking for some inexpensive ways to repeat favorite storytime activities at home? Try:

  • Making a flannel board from a pizza box
  • Putting a spoonful of rice in a plastic Easter egg to make a shaker (use duct tape to make sure it stays closed)
  • Buying some scarves from a thrift store to wave or toss

For more ideas, you can visit some of our favorite websites with tips for enjoying books with your child and activities that will help children build their reading skills: Colorín, Colorado, Reading Rockets and Zero to Three (all produced by the same organization for slightly different audiences) and Reading is Fundamental: Literacy Central.

Music and Fun for All Ages

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Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Sunday, May 6, 3-4 p.m.
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita.
Please note, this storytime is presented entirely in Romanian. Drop in.

Noche de la Familia – Cha Cha Cha con Música
Monday, May 7, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Join us for music and bilingual songs for the whole family. Drop in.
Acompáñenos a una noche de música y canciones bilingües para toda la familia.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 8, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, May 8, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 8, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.

Spirits in the Wind Flute Circle
Tuesday, May 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Tweens through adults
Join our relaxing and creative flute and percussion circle. Don’t play the flute? We can teach you, or you can play a percussion instrument. Need a flute? Purchase one for $35 in class. Drop in.

Miss Jamie’s Farm
Wednesday, May 9, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Children accompanied by an adult
Join Miss Jamie with her puppet friends, Sweet Jen the hen and Prissy the pig, on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along musical tour of the farm. Drop in.

Chess Club
Wednesday, May 9, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Whether you’re just beginning or are a seasoned chess player, join us, meet people and play chess! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 10, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 10, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, May 11, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, May 11, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ to music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, May 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime and 15-minute multi-sensory playtime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Build It!
Saturday, May 12, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 with an adult for DUPLO®; Grades K–5, K with an adult for LEGO®
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes!
Saturday, May 12, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K–1
Do you like to read in your school shoes? COOL! Come in and read a book to us! All participants will earn a “Pete the Cat” reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

BHS Student Projects

Come take a look at the work of some local student authors! Students from the French and Spanish classes from Bolingbrook High School have created picture books that will be on display in Children’s Services until May 13. We also hope to add digital versions of some books to our Local Collection. Please take a look!

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