Wombat Poop (why it’s square)

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-wombats-poop-cubes

Dinosaurs Make a Movie

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Ora Copiilor – Children’s Hour in Romanian 
Sunday, November 18, 3-4 p.m.
Age group: Children
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Drop in.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Tuesday, November 20, 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.

NEW! Mini Math Monsters
Tuesday, November 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–2
Make new friends and have fun with math through hands-on activities, games and projects involving early math concepts. Register.

Make-It Take-It – (Part of DiNovember)
Wednesday, November 21, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us in Children’s Services to make a great craft to take home! Drop in.

Computer and Stop-Motion Animation Bootcamp
Wednesday, November 21, 1-4 p.m.
Tweens through Adults
Learn to make basic animated videos in this three-hour, hands-on workshop. There will be opportunities for traditional stop-motion techniques and software-based animated videos, too. Tweens welcome. Register.

The library closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and is closed November 22 for Thanksgiving. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 23.

Preschool Activity Time 
Friday, November 23, 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.

Dino Forest – (Part of DiNovember)
Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m.-noon
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Take a trip back in time when dinosaurs ruled the earth in our Dino Forest. Stay to watch a movie at 1:30 p.m. Drop in.

Family Movie (Part of DiNovember)
Saturday, November 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family together for a movie. This month we’re watching the 80s classic about young dinosaur friends. Runtime: 69 minutes. Drop in.

As the Die Cuts: Get ready for December

Attention teachers and youth leaders, The Children’s Services Department of Fountaindale Library has an Ellison Die Cut machine available for your use. All you have to do is provide the paper and the manpower. We can show you how to use the machine if you are unsure or a first-time user.

This month we are featuring many of our holiday and winter themed dies. We have different sizes of Christmas trees (LG and XL) and lights (LG, XL and TY), many types of snowflakes in our LG collection and even a 3-D snowflake in the XL collection. There is a sled (LG), snowman (LG and XL), mitten (LG and XL), a lacing mitten (XL), and Gingerbread man (LG and XL). As featured in the video you can have the kids make gift boxes with our cube XL die or gift bags with our double cut (DC) or XL die. We even have a tag die (XL) that has three sizes of tags. There are more holiday videos for you to get cool ideas from on Ellison’s website. If you see something on the videos that you are interested in just call our desk and ask if we have a die that will work for you. We have a Challah bread die also for the holidays. We also have circle dies (LG and that can be made into ornaments or card dies (XL) for kids to make homemade cards for family and friends.

You can request any of our dies from our Teacher Services page using our educator Ellison request form for use at the Children’s Services Department. Please allow 36 hours for your request to be ready.

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Dinosaurs Meet Technology

Weekly storytimes continue!

T-Rex Storytime & Tea Party – (Part of DiNovember)
Sunday, November 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Children and families are cordially invited to a storytime and tea party with a special guest dinosaur! Drop in.

Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt – (Part of DiNovember)
Monday, November 12, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Find all the dinosaurs that are hiding in Children’s Services to win a prize! Drop in.

iMake 
Monday, November 12, 2-3 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.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Tuesday, November 13, 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.

NEW! Number Ninjas
Tuesday, November 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Boost critical and creative thinking skills, collaborate with friends and discover how to have fun with math by participating in activities, games and projects. Register.

Board Game Blast 
Wednesday, November 14, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Make new friends and try out a board game that is new to you! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, November 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each event date.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Thursday, November 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, November 16, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, November 16, 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.

TechnoKids – Virtual Reality Dinosaurs (Part of DiNovember)
Friday, November 16, 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.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Saturday, November 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Age group: Children
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.

Indie Filmmaker’s Day 
Saturday, November 17, 1:00-5:30 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy workshops, screenings and more led by experts who will walk you through the stages of indie filmmaking: screenwriting, pre-production, production, post and distribution. Drop in.

STEAM Family Workshop 
Saturday, November 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult
Join us for a variety of STEAM activities! Drop in.

Next week, join us for

Ora Copiilor – Children’s Hour in Romanian 
Sunday, November 18, 3-4 p.m.
Age group: Children
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Drop in.

As the Die Cuts: November Edition

Attention teachers and youth leaders, The Children’s Services Department of Fountaindale Library has an Ellison Die Cut machine available for your use. All you have to do is provide the paper and the manpower. We can show you how to use the machine if you are unsure or a first-time user.

It is DiNovemeber here at the Fountaindale Children’s Services Department and its all about the Dinosaurs! We have five different dinosaurs in the large (LG) dies; Brontosaurus, Pterodactyl, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and a basic dinosaur design. We also have a dinosaur bookmarker design. Not to leave turkey day out, we also have a LG and extra large (XL) turkey for the kids to decorate. Most of the dinosaurs and the turkeys can be made to stand-up, just ask us how!

You can request any of our dies from our Teacher Services page using our educator Ellison request form for use in the Children’s Services Department. Please allow 36 hours for your request to be ready.

Fossils for the Family

 

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Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt – (Part of DiNovember)
Tuesday, November 6, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Find all the dinosaurs that are hiding in Children’s Services to win a prize! Drop in.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Tuesday, November 6, 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.

NEW! Mini Math Monsters
Tuesday, November 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–2
Make new friends and have fun with math through hands-on activities, games and projects involving early math concepts. Register.

Let’s Create – (Part of DiNovember)
Wednesday, November 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Explore art and create your own masterpiece each month. Drop in.

Family Reading Night: T-Rexplorers – (Part of DiNovember)
Wednesday, November 7, 7-8 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Learn all about dinosaurs from the T-Rexplorers! Go on a mini-expedition by handling authentic dinosaur fossils and meet Ranger, the T-Rex. Drop in.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Thursday, November 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.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Friday, November 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Age group: Children
Spark your imagination with stories, songs, fun and a take-home craft. After storytime, stick around to explore the museum and learn more about our village. Storytime includes free museum admission. Drop in.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, November 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Friday, November 9, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K–5 students
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering geography, stories, music and crafts. This month we’ll explore Russia. Drop in.

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

Build It!
Saturday, November 10, 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.

Stay tuned next week, we start with:

T-Rex Storytime & Tea Party – (Part of DiNovember)
Sunday, November 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Children and families are cordially invited to a storytime and tea party with special guest dinosaurs! Drop in.

Native American Resources


November is Native American Heritage Month (also sometimes worded as National American Indian Heritage Month or American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month). Are you looking for good materials to share with your students?

If you’re looking for children’s books, two great places to start are the organization Oyate and the blog American Indians in Children’s Literature. Both websites offer reviews from a Native American perspective as well as additional resources.

Sometimes these perspectives are very different from ones you find elsewhere. For example, you can read the reactions of Native American children to Newbery Award winners and Newbery Honor books like Caddie Woodlawn and The Courage of Sarah Noble. For a more contemporary example, blogger Debbie Reese has a critical review of Stolen Words (which had a starred review from Kirkus and a positive review in the Horn Book Guide).

What can you offer readers instead? Both of these websites also suggest all kinds of books that they highly recommend (also here), many of them by Native American authors and featuring the art of Native American illustrators. There are also tools you can use as you consider books that might not be listed on either website, commentary on current events and more.

Another source for good books is the website for the American Indian Youth Literature Award.

You might want to also take a look at the library’s online resources including FreedomFlix and TrueFlix, or some of these online resources and places to visit:

American Indian Center (Chicago, IL)

Field Museum (Chicago, IL)

Isle a la Cache Museum (Romeoville, IL)

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (Evanston, IL)

National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.)

(The books depicted at the top of the article are In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III, Mission to Space by astronaut John B. Herrington and When We Were Alone by David Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett.)