Learn about Laura and more

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Craft Exchange
Sunday, July 23, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Pick out some new-to-you crafting supplies from the items other people have donated. Drop in.

All Together Storytime
Monday, July 24
9:30-10 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Enjoy a fun–filled half hour of stories and songs. Aimed at 2–6 year–olds, but siblings are welcome. Particularly good for families and groups with multi–age children. Drop in.

Ready, Set, Tech! Tween Summer Bootcamp – Animation
Monday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4-6
Learn to make basic animated videos in this 2.5–hour, hands–on bootcamp. We will meet in the Children’s Creativity Park and end in Studio 300.
Registration opens on Monday, July 3.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, July 24, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, July 25:
9:45-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months.
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 25, 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, July 25, 7-7:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.
Gather the family together for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs and laughter! Drop in.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, July 26
9:30-10 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months.
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 26, 1:30-3 p.m.
Grades 3–5.
Explore the creative writer in you during this four-week stimulating summer workshop. Must be able to attend all four sessions.
Registration opens on Wednesday, June 14.

Moving Day for Laura Ingalls Wilder
Thursday, July 27, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages
Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday! Learn how Laura’s family prepared to move to Missouri, the challenges of life on the frontier and more from presenter Laura Keyes. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, July 27, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months.
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Central Park)
Friday, July 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stop by Central Park for a fun MOPs show, ride a trackless train and scale the climbing wall. Visit the Bookmobile to check out materials and enjoy hands-on STEAM activities. Drop in.

STEAM Rollin’
Friday, July 28, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Join us for an action–packed session of STEAM–based stories, activities, and crafts. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Drop in Storytime
Saturday, July 29, 11-11:30am
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.
Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! Drop in.

DuPage Township Family Fun Fest – (DuPage Township – 241 Canterbury Lane)
Sunday, July 30, noon-4 p.m.
Visit the Bookmobile at DuPage Township Family Fun Fest! Check out library material, sign up for a library card and much more! There will be a special MOPs show and activities starting at 1:30 p.m.

Read the book before you see the movie!

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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

I have to wait how many months?

So if you’re like my family, you might be captivated by a certain trailer that came out over the weekend:

It looks like a beautiful adaptation of a much-loved book. A lot of people watching and commenting on the trailer are surprised and excited to see an African American girl in the role of Meg.

I started thinking about what I might recommend to patrons who were excited about the movie. Madeleine L’Engle had a notoriously hard time finding a publisher for the manuscript, saying “It didn’t categorize. … ‘They’ like books that fit into pigeonholes, and Wrinkle didn’t.”

Novelist is a tool available in the online resources on the library’s website. It can provide book suggestions for fans of a certain book (in this case it recommends What Came From the Stars, When You Reach Me, Coraline, and the Missing series). You can also do an advanced search to find a books with certain characteristics.

I recently listened to a piece on the radio in remembrance of Octavia Butler, described as “one of the world’s premier science fiction writers, the first black female science fiction writer to reach national prominence, and the only writer in her genre to receive a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.” I was curious what African American authors might currently be writing science fiction and fantasy for kids. Searching NoveList produced Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes, the Kulipari fantasy novels by Trevor Pryce, the futuristic Robyn Hoodlum adventures by Kekla Magoon, and the Christian fantasy series The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Evans Shirer (among others).

If you’re looking for kids’ science fiction movies with diverse characters, you might enjoy Earth to Echo or Home (based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday). Alternatively, if you’d like to find more movies that re-imagine a story with an African American woman or girl playing the main character– something like the most recent remake of Annie— you might like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella or one of the versions of The Wiz. If you’d like a sneak preview of Storm Reid (who plays Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time) you might also want to check out the American Girl movie Lea to the Rescue, in which she plays Aki.

Quick pick: Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors?

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
An introduction to the life and achievements of the first American female doctor describes the limited career prospects available to women in the early nineteenth-century, the opposition Blackwell faced while pursuing a medical education, and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women.

Juggling and Jim Gill

Craft Exchange Donation Week
Sunday, July 16-Saturday, July 22
Drop off your leftover yarn, fabric and other crafting supplies at the 1st floor lobby collection box. Then pick out some new-to-you crafting supplies at the Craft Exchange on Sunday, July 23.

All Together Storytime
Monday, July 17
9:30-10 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Enjoy a fun–filled half hour of stories and songs. Aimed at 2–6 year–olds, but siblings are welcome. Particularly good for families and groups with multi–age children. Drop in.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, July 17, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime – (Drop in)
Tuesday, July 18,
9:45-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn!

See the Show! Become the Pro! – (Annerino Community Center)
Tuesday, July 18, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Juggler Jason Kollum will put on a fun, interactive show culminating with participants performing amazing juggling feats of their own. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 18: 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, July 18, 7-7:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.
Gather the family together for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs and laughter! Drop in.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, July 19
9:30-10 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months.
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Ready, Set, Tech! Tween Summer Bootcamp – Photography
Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4-6
Learn to capture the perfect shot in this 2.5–hour, hands–on bootcamp. We will meet in the Children’s Creativity Park and end in Studio 300.
Registration opens on Wednesday, June 28.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 19, 1:30-3 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Explore the creative writer in you during this four-week stimulating summer workshop. Must be able to attend all four sessions.
Registration opens on Wednesday, June 14.

Jim Gill’s Nationwide Campaign for Play Concert – (Central Park Pavilion)
Thursday, July 20, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along with award-winning musician and author Jim Gill! Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, July 20, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, July 21
9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
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.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Champions Park)
Friday, July 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
All ages
Stop by Champions Park for a fun MOPs show, ride a trackless train and scale the climbing wall. Visit the Bookmobile to check out materials and enjoy hands-on STEAM activities. Drop in.

STEAM Rollin’
Friday, July 21, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Join us for an action–packed session of STEAM–based stories, activities, and crafts. Drop in.

Street Art Competition – Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages
Create a chalk masterpiece on the library’s entryway sidewalk. Photos will be placed on the library’s website for voting. The artist with the most votes in each age group will win a prize! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, July 22: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Giants eat children, but the one who kidnaps Sophie quickly becomes her close friend in this film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book. Runtime is 115 minutes. Drop in.

Craft Exchange
Sunday, July 23, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Pick out some new-to-you crafting supplies from the items other people have donated. Drop in.
Donations are accepted from Sunday July 16 through Saturday, July 22.

Two generals and a dog

Ms. Wendy encountered this ad while enjoying Fourth of July fireworks on TV, and shared it with the rest of the Children’s Services Department:

As librarians, we all enjoyed that the letter about the dog is in the Library of Congress! (Follow the link above and click on “original document” to see it.)

When we hear a good story, one of our first thoughts is usually to ask “Is there a children’s book about this?” In this case, it turns out that there is!

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George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy
Recounts events in the life of George Washington which focus on his fondness for animals.

Science, Ballons, Reptiles and More!

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Story Stroll in the Park – “Nugget and Fang” by T. Sauer & M. Slack (Off site/Drop in)
Monday, July 10, 10-11 a.m.
Read the story posted along the path and enjoy activities at each station. Meet at the Bookmobile before the event. Story Strolls count as an hour of reading towards your Summer Adventure!

iMake
Monday, July 10, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K–5; kindergartners with an adult.
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, July 10, 7-7:30 p.m.

Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, July 11, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months.

Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Getting Excited About Science with Steve Belliveau – (Central Park)
Tuesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-noon

Who says science can’t be fun and funny? Learn the basics about science and laugh while you do! Drop in.

Balloon Show – (Annerino Community Center)
Tuesday, July 11, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages.
Enjoy light comedy and awe-inspiring balloon art with magical balloon-dude Dale Obrochta. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 11, 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, July 11, 7-7:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

Gather the family together for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs and laughter! Drop in.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, July 12,
9:30am – 10:00am

OR
10:30am – 11:00am
Ages 18–36 months.

Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 12, 1:30-3 p.m.
Grades 3–5.

Explore the creative writer in you during this four-week stimulating summer workshop. Must be able to attend all four sessions. Register.

Cold Blooded Creatures – (Central Park Pavilion)
Thursday, July 13, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.

Learn about reptiles, their native habitats, myths, superstitions and more with Jim Nesci.
Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, July 13, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months.

Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Vinyl Design & Computer Cutting Basics
Thursday, July 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm,
Tweens

Create and cut custom designs that can be applied to different surfaces. Register.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Wipfler Park)
Friday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Stop by Wipfler Park for a fun MOPs show, ride a trackless train and scale the climbing wall. Visit the Bookmobile to check out materials and enjoy hands-on STEAM activities. Drop in.

STEAM Rollin’
Friday, July 14, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Join us for an action–packed session of STEAM–based stories, activities, and crafts. Drop in.

Street Art Competition – Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages.
Create a chalk masterpiece on the library’s entryway sidewalk. Photos will be placed on the library’s website for voting. The artist with the most votes in each age group will win a prize! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, July 15, 1:30-3:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Drop in to see a movie with the family.