Remembering Nat Hentoff

Wendy asked me the other day if I had heard that the author Nat Hentoff died.  I didn’t realize at first that this was the same person I heard memorialized on the radio as “an outspoken advocate of free speech and a prolific jazz writer.” The old, recorded interview didn’t even mention his success as a young adult author among his other accomplishments.

Back in 1984, children at Fountaindale had an opportunity to vote for their favorite author during the Summer Reading Program. Authors were invited to write to the children and make their case for the children’s votes.  Here is Nat Hentoff’s response, on his Village Voice notepaper:

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It reads, “I am honored to have been selected as one of Fountaindale Corners’ favorite authors. Here is my campaign speech: I write, first of all, to widen my own imagination because the act of fiction is the act of constant surprise. Then, I try to surprise my readers into breaking out of their familiar responses to themselves by feeling what it is to be inside other people’s heads + vulnerabilities + strengths. I write to spread the sense of wonder at how various we all are.”

If you search his name in our catalog, some of his young adult fiction is available from another Pinnacle library. You will also see notes on many jazz albums and opinion pieces on issues important to him.

Storytimes and stuff

007The new season of storytimes starts this week! Minecraft Club continues on Tuesday and Thursday.

Monarch Read-in
Monday, January 16, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K-3, Kindergarteners with an adult
Get comfy on our bean bags and hear some of the Monarch 2017 nominees. For children in grades K-3, this would be a great opportunity to bring your reading logs from our Monarch Reading Club! Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, January 18, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12
Join our new coding club! Learn programming while working on cool projects. This club is intended for Fountaindale cardholders. Drop in until the program limit of 16 participants is reached.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, January 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
We’ll have many exercises to stimulate your creativity for stories and poems! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, January 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side Panera, 714 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Registration is required.

Preschool Activity Time Special: Frozen
Friday, January 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
or
Friday, January 20, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult.
Meet your friends and have lots of fun in our carpeted meeting room with many games to play! This month will be a Frozen theme. Registration required.

TechnoKids
Friday, January 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics. Registration required.

STEAM Family Workshop
Saturday, January 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades K-5, Kindergarteners 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 limit of the room is reached.

Sign up now!

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Space is still available in these upcoming children’s programs:

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, January 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side Panera, 714 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Registration is required.

Preschool Activity Time Special: Frozen
Friday, January 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
or
Friday, January 20, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult.
Meet your friends and have lots of fun in our carpeted meeting room with many games to play! This month will be a Frozen theme. Registration required.

TechnoKids
Friday, January 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics. Registration required.

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, January 25, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after school snack? If so, sign up for the S’mores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. This month’s topic is books that were turned into movies. Registration required.

Starting January 14, you can also sign up for our February 2 Saturday Special: Boo! Ha! Ha! This is a fun program based on the Harry Potter book series where you will play games, learn some magic tricks and explore science.

January-April Weekly Storytimes

blowing bubbles in storytimeOur new season of weekly storytimes runs from January 16-April 27 (no storytimes April 10-14).

All Together Storytime
Mondays
9:30-10 a.m.
10:15-10:45 a.m.
11-11:30 a.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

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Mondays
7-7:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesdays
9:45-10:15 a.m.
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult. Drop in.

Family Storytime
Tuesdays
7-7:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesdays
9:30-10 a.m.
10:15-10:45 a.m.
11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18-36 months with an adult. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursdays
6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult. Drop in.

Want to know more about Hamilton?

alexander-hamiltonAre you taking your kids to see the Hamilton exhibit?  The blog for The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) had a great list of suggestions of kids’ and young adult books to help encourage a love of history (and musical theater):

alsc.ala.org/blog/2016/04/hamilton-and-the-childrens-library/

Visit Children’s Services and see our display with books from this list, plus more titles that highlight interesting people from Alexander Hamilton’s time.

This exhibit was brought here by the Gilder Lehrman Institue of American History.

After school, preschool, and Saturday specials

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Minecraft Club resumes this week on Tuesday and Thursday!  The Discover Winter Wonders Reading Challenge ends Saturday, January 14!

Chess Club
Wednesday, January 11, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8
Come practice your chess skills! Beginners can also learn the basics. Drop in.

McStory Time – East Side
Thursday, January 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side McDonald’s, 100 N Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook. Registration is required.

Tween Make Your Own Window Decal
Thursday, January 12, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Create and cut a custom vinyl window cling in Studio 300 using Illustrator and the Zing Air cutting system. Participants must register with a Fountaindale Public Library Card.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, January 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
or
Friday, January 13, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months to 5 years with an adult

Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun!

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, January 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2 – 6 with an adult
Drop in to this special Storytime, especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, January 14, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2 – 5 with adult for DUPLO; grades K – 5, K with adult, for LEGO
The library has many DUPLO and LEGO blocks for you to use to build whatever fantastic structures you want. Drop-in.

Pete the Cat: I’m reading in my school shoes!
Saturday, January 14, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1
Can you read all by yourself? 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!

Remembering Joseph Medicine Crow

You may have seen the news yesterday about the death of Joseph Medicine Crow. He was described as “the Crow’s last war chief… an activist, an author, a Medal of Freedom recipient and a vital chronicler of the history of his tribe.” He fought in World War II and “heard stories of the Battle of Little Bighorn from people who were there.” He was the first Crow to earn a master’s degree (in anthropology), and became the tribal historian and anthropologist.

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Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow with Herman Viola

Couting Coup, one of his many books, won the 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award.  Reviewers praised his autobiography for its “absorbing, humorous style” and as an “informative yet entertaining read” that “brings the past to life.”

Here are some other books available in our library system that he wrote or contributed to:

From the Heart of the Crow Country: The Crow Indians’ Own Stories by Joseph Medicine Crow (a book for adults)

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Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird story by Joe Medicine Crow; illustrations by Linda R. Martin

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The Earth Made New: Plains Indian Stories of Creation by Paul Goble; foreword by Joe Medicine Crow

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Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, June 25, 1876 told & illustrated by Paul Goble; foreword by Joe Medicine Crow