Tough topics for any age

I can hardly imagine what it’s like to be a preschool-to-primary teacher right now trying to plan a lesson on some of the typical beginning of the year curriculum topics.

“All about me”: I describe myself.  My classmates describe themselves.  We talk about similarities and differences.

“Community helpers”: We learn about the people who work in our community, like the police.

Whether you’re a parent, a student, or a teacher you may be having a really hard time this week as you watch the news (or react to grown-ups watching the news).  I’m certainly seeing this among family and friends.  While I don’t have easy answers, I want to share what we have at the library.  We have some books to help you talk to children about scary things in the news, general resources for coping with stress, and old favorite books and movies if you decide to take a break from news or social media and just gather together as a family.

I really don’t know of any children’s books that talk about contemporary police shootings.  The Southern Poverty Law Center has an online collection of resources at to help with discussing the topic and help make students feel safe and supported so they can learn.  We have books at the library that can help you talk to children about race and racism.

We have also helped recommend books for a police officer who was visiting a classroom and wanted to read aloud to the students.  (He wanted funny books.  I asked if his feelings would be hurt if I suggested something with donuts?  The answer was no, and he did check out a doughnut story.)  We have funny picture books and simple factual books about police.  Whatever you need, we will do our best to help you find it.

What’s all the hoopla?

So, you want to check out music but you don’t actually own anything that plays CDs anymore.

Or maybe you want to borrow some videos but you’d rather not deal with scratches or mysterious sticky spots.

Or you want to check out a Rick Riordan book and some comics but they’re not on the shelf.

Or you want a title as an audiobook but you don’t see it available in that format.

Don’t go away– we have a new service, and it’s free with your library card!

Step 1: Go to the Digital Collection page at and look for the word hoopla


Step 2: Click “GET STARTED”

Step 3: Type in your email and create a password

Step 4: Choose Fountaindale from the list of libraries

Step 5: Enter your library card number and PIN

If you want to see just the children’s items, go to SETTINGS and turn on Kids Mode.

Click BROWSE and you can see a list of audiobooks, movies, music, comics, ebooks, and TV shows.

What are some of the items you can check out?

  • Browsing through music, you will see some of our most requested items, like Kidz Bop and Disney collections.
  • The audiobook collection includes picture books featuring the popular Pete the Cat, beginning readers, Minecraft titles, and chapter books ranging from Beverly Cleary to Neil Gaiman.
  • Comics has old favorites like Archie and Garfield and new favorites like Big Nate and My Little Pony.
  • Movies has kid favorites like The Land Before Time movies, old favorites like The Muppet Movie, adaptations of picture books like The Gruffalo and Mo Willem’s pigeon stories, and some new and popular options like Equestria Girls.
  • Television includes popular PBS Kids shows like Arthur and Super Why, and educational programs like Bill Nye the Science Guy and language learning Dino Lingo.
  • Ebooks include the previously mentioned Percy Jackson, BOB Books, Star Wars, and Disney titles.

Hoopla adds new content every week!

You can check out 6 titles a month.  Have more questions about how it works?  Visit for a list of FAQs and answers.


Events for big and little kids

050Whew!  Now that the movie’s over, what’s next?  Here’s everything (other than the weekly storytimes) going on for the rest of the week:

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesdays 9/20/2016-11/8/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids appreciate the math that’s all around them. Have fun with mischief making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions, and Toilet Paper Olympics. Some of the activities build from week to week so it is important not to miss a class.
Storytime Room
Please call 630-685-4181 to register.
For children in grades 3-5. Must be able to attend all 8 sessions.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, 9/21/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
We’ll have many exercises to stimulate your creativity for stories and poems!
Meeting Room A
For children in grades 2 – 5. Drop in.

Chick-fil-A Storytime
Thursday, 9/22/2016
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 10:30 AM
NEW storytime at west side Chick-fil-A, 245 N Weber Rd, Bolingbrook. NO registration required (drop-in)!

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Preschool Activity Time
Friday, 9/23/2016
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM
Meet your friends and have lots of fun in Meeting Room A with many games to play!  We will be having some ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ themed activities: Captain Hook bean bag toss, Neverland buckets, Walk the plank, a photo booth, Cannon ball toss,  the parachute finale and more! A very special preschool activity time.  For children ages 2 – 6 with an adult (come early, drop in to the capacity of the room, approximately 40 children).

Roald Dahl Movie
Friday, 9/23/2016
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM
Meeting Room A
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

On Saturday, join us for our Roald Dahl Turns 100 Celebration from 10:00-5:00.  The library is also hosting the Bolingbrook Fire Department for a Child Car Seat Safety Check from 9:00-1:00 in the library parking lot.  The Safety Check is free, and you do not need to live in Bolingbrook or in the library district.

Curious George is 75!

Did you know that the first Curious George book was published 75 years ago?  Kids still love the curious little monkey.  Here are some photos from our Curious George storytime last month:


Roald Dahl specials


Have you ever tried to drink a chocolate river?  You can at our Interactive Family Movie on Sunday, September 18.  When you enter,  you will receive a goody bag with treats to enjoy during the movie.

Saturday, September 24 is our big Roald Dahl Turns 100 Celebration.  You can stop in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for special activities:

You can also bring (or buy) a lunch and enjoy a movie at 12:30 that day!

No registration required; all Roald Dahl programs are drop in to the limit of the room.

For Children and Tweens

DSCN0060Storytimes have started, and Minecraft Club is continuing its Tuesday and Thursday schedule for the school year.  What else is going on this week for kids at the library?

Chess Club
Wednesday, 9/14/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
Friends face each other across the table and engage in challenging matches!
Grades 4 – 8, limit 12. Drop in at the World Park in the back of the Children’s Services Department.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, 9/16/2016
9:30 AM
10:30 AM
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun!  We will moving up and down and all around because we’re ready for FALL!  Badump-bump!
For children 8 months to 5 years, with an adult. Drop in until Meeting Room A is full.

Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics.  This month, kids will build a working speaker while learning about vibration, electronic signals, and electromagnetic radiation.
Please call 630-685-4181 to register.
For children entering grades 1-3. Registration begins three weeks in advance.

STEAM Family Workshop
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
Come explore our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) stations in the Creativity Park highlighting hands-on activities for the family to work together on.
For children in grades K-5; Kindergartners with an adult. Families welcome. Drop in until the limit of the space is reached.

Fall Storytimes

img_1226Don’t even worry about registration!  All of our weekly storytimes this fall will be drop in programs, so registration is not required.

All Together Storytime
Monday mornings 9/12/2016-12/12/2016
9:30 AM
10:15 AM
11:00 AM
We all have so much fun when we get together for songs, tales, and laughter!
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday evenings 9/12/2016-12/12/2016
7:00 PM
Diez deditos es una hora de cuento bilingüe presentada en español e ingles.
Diez deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English.
Todas las edades, niños en edad preescolar con un adulto. No hay ningún registro requerido.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday mornings 9/13/2016-12/13/2016
9:45 AM
10:30 AM
Our youngest patrons and their caregivers have so much fun together with stories, songs, and activities!  Ages 0 to 18 months with adult.

Family Storytime
Tuesday evenings 9/13/2016-12/13/2016
7:00 PM
The whole family gathers for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs, and laughter!

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday mornings 9/14/2016-12/14/2016
9:30 AM
10:15 AM
11:00 AM
Join our group of friends for great times with stories, songs, and fun! Ages 18 – 36 months with caregiver.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday evenings 9/15/2016-12/15/2016
6:30 PM
Our youngest patrons and their caregivers have so much fun together with stories, songs, and activities!  For ages 0 – 18 months with caregiver.

All weekly storytimes take place in the Storytime Room in the Children’s Services Department.  Children and caregivers can enter until the safety limit of the room is reached.