Special Saturday – Back to School

ischool busSaturdays are always special at the library.  Join us this Saturday, August 29th for a “Back to School” themed storytime at 11:00 am.


Kids will also have a chance to use their creativity and make a craft from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Come and complete our scavenger hunt  which will exercise your library skills and win a prize. It will take place from 11:00 – 4:30.

Welcome Back to Homeschool Party

a drawing of the house from Up
We hope that you will join us in celebrating our first not-back-to-school event! Homeschooled Kindergarteners through 5th graders are invited to meet, play games, make some cool crafts and get to know the library. Homeschool educators will have a space to connect, learn about library resources and share their thoughts and ideas as we gear up for the beginning of another wonderful homeschooling year! We will also introduce our monthly homeschool program “Faraway Places at your Fingertips:  An Adventure for Homeschoolers”.

For:         Homeschooled students in Grades K-5 and their parents

When:     Friday, August 28th

Time:      1:00-3:30 PM

Where:    Fountaindale Public Library- Meeting Room A

Jacob Lawrence

Wendy saw this new book in our collection and pointed it out to me:

Jake Makes a World

Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem
by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

It reminded her of an article she had seen about a series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence (usually housed in two different locations) on display for a limited time at the Museum of Modern Art:
(The article has a lot of interesting information about the artist and includes a slide show of some of the paintings).

MOMA has some fantastic online content to go along with the exhibit, both for general audiences and especially for students and teachers.

You can also take a virtual visit through a library book:

The Great Migration
The Great Migration: An American Story
by Jacob Lawrence
Here, the full series of 60 paintings is paired with a poem by Walter Dean Myers and an introduction by the artist himself.

Pretend you’re visiting a different exhibit with these two books:

Harriet and the Promised Land
Harriet and the Promised Land
by Jacob Lawrence

John Brown: One Man Against Slavery
John Brown: One Man Against Slavery
by Gwen Everett, paintings by Jacob Lawrence

You can learn more about the artist’s life, and see a wide range of his paintings in:

Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence
Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence
by John Duggleby

Weird (and wonderful)

August 20 is the 125th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, author of “The Call of Cthulhu.”  So, let’s celebrate with children’s books!

Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

From the moment I saw Julia Keller’s review of Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, I knew I would have to get my hands on it.  It took a while to find (you’ll see, if you click on the link, that the review several years old) but it is well worth the time of comics readers who like a good, scary book.  I’d recommend it for approximately age 10 and up.

Troll Hunters
Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl is dedicated “To H.P. Lovecraft, speleologist” and is partly inspired by Lovecraft’s works.  An ancient evil awakens underground and four friends discover they have powers to fight it.  The story was originally published as four shorter books, starting with Skyfall.

Lastly, a series that reminds me of my own rodent-infested school days watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer is Tales from Lovecraft Middle School.  In book one, Robert Arthur enters the school as a new student suddenly separated from his elementary school friends.  Strange things are definitely going on, which his science teacher attributes to the plans of the “Great Old Ones”– in between outbursts of disturbing gibberish.  The first three books in the series are also available for download from Overdrive.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’

childrenChildren from 0-6 years  old are invited to join us for a fun program Friday, August 21. We are offering two sessions:


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. or

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

This is a 45 minutes class full of music, instruments and fun.

Drop in.

Saturday Special: Family Movie

Saturday, August 15
Movie starts at  1:30 and lasts 119 minutes
Drop in and enjoy a feature movie with the family!
Meeting Room A
All ages, preschooler with adult. Seating until room
capacity of 90 is reached in Meeting Room A. Drop in.

Saturday Specials

story time

Drop in and join us for Sensory Story time on Saturday, August 8th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. We read stories, sing songs and do interactive activities. This program focuses on children with sensory integration issues but all children, ages 2 to 6, are welcome with a caregiver.

red brick

You can also drop in between 2:00 and 4:00 for Build It!  Children ages 2 to 5 (with an adult) can build with DUPLO blocks and students in kindergarten through grade 5 can build with LEGO bricks.  Kindergarteners should be accompanied by an adult.