Fall Fun around Bolingbrook

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Halloween Happenings at Fountaindale Library
Explore Goosebumps and other scary books with S’mores Book Club, drop in for a day of Halloween Happenings for children on October 28, make traditional crafts for Day of the Dead, or bring your preschoolers to a Teeny Tiny Halloween. You can see the full listing of programs for every age on the Halloween Happenings page.

Here are some other events going on nearby (please follow the links for details):

Ongoing:

Johansen Farms
Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Amazing Corn Maze, and other attractions.

Storytimes at Barnes and Noble

Special dates:

October 21 Pioneer PTO Family Fun Fall Festival – Trunk or Treat

October 21-22 and 27-31 Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event

October 27 Parkie’s Pumpkin Patch

October 29 Trick-or-Treat at IKEA

October 31 Boardman Cemetery Halloween Open House

October 31 Bolingbrook Trick-or-Treat Hours

October 31 Candypalooza at Living Water Church

November 4 Pumpkin Pitch at Lewis University in Romeoville
Shred Documents & Catapult Jack-O-Lanterns

Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level

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Are you curious about reading levels? Would you like to read what the creators of the A-Z leveling system used in local schools have to say about them? Take a look at this recent article from School Library Journal: Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level

1 Tech, 2 Tech, Old Tech, New Tech

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Fiesta de la Familia
Sunday, October 15, 2-3 p.m.
Enjoy musical activities for the whole family in this bilingual program. Drop in.

iMake
Monday, October 16, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5, kindergartners with an adult
Try out a variety of different technologies every month including robots, building sets, Cubelets and weaving. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, October 17, 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, October 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Have fun with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions and Toilet Paper Olympics in our after-school math club.

Silent Movie New Music – Charlie Chaplin in “The Kid”
Tuesday, October 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy popular silent films accompanied by all-new original music scores by Renee Baker of Wabi House Media and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Register.

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers
Wednesday, October 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Is there a novel in your head just waiting to be written? Here’s your chance to write it! Attend these five mandatory, one-hour sessions for tips, inspiration and time to write.

Chess Club
Wednesday, October 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Are you a chess enthusiast? Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, October 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, October 19, 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.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, October 20, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
The library meeting room becomes a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While your preschooler has fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

TechnoKids Mini Series – Now You’re Talking!
Friday, October 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
This three-part workshop series about radio waves and sound will culminate in the creation of a podcast by the children who participate. Register.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, October 21, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ and groovin’ to music, rhythms, songs and more! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, October 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Tim discovers his new suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby brother is actually a spy on a secret mission. Runtime: 97 minutes.

Imagineers at the Library

Be sure to sign up for the next Imagineers program taking place on Saturday, November 4!

Nights at the Museum

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I’m not alone. This month marks 50 years since the book was published, and many people are writing tributes— including some new children’s books.

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Ban This Book: A Novel by Alan Gratz
“A fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship.”

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One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman
“Frankie and Walter aren’t really running away. Just like the kids in their favorite book, they are running to somewhere. Specifically, a massive furniture store. They’ve been obsessed with the Ikea catalog for years. So they make a plan, pack their backpacks, give their parents the sleepover switcheroo . . . and they’re in.”

As you can see by the big gold sticker on the cover, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal. Mrs. Konigsburg also won a Newbery Honor for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and me, Elizabeth the same year. I’m not sure anyone else has managed to do that with two books in one year, and it’s even more impressive when you find out that these were the two books she wrote and illustrated! The book has also been turned into a movie under the title The Hideaways, which you can check out on DVD.

Virginia Lee Burton

Virginia Lee Burton was awarded the Caldecott Medal for The Little House (published 75 years ago today), but it’s not her most famous book. You can read more about her in this new biography:

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Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illustrated by John Rocco
Desribes the life of the children’s book author and illustrator, conveying her life at Folly Cove, her love of dance, and how she was able to create images of machinery, including those used in her book, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.

 

Your favorites: Pokemon and LEGOs

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Friends of Fountaindale Fall Book Sale
Sunday, October 8, noon-3 p.m.
All ages
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, movies, audiobooks and more! Proceeds from the sale directly support library programs and materials. Drop in.

Story Stroll in the Park – “Fall is Not Easy” by Marty Kelley (Off site/Drop in)
Bulldog Park (behind Fountaindale Library) – 351 Blair Lane
Monday, October 9, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
All ages
Stroll down the trail while reading Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley on signs posted along the path. At each station, enjoy activities such as puppet plays, flannel stories, songs and more.

Pokémon Party!
Monday, October 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Gotta catch ‘em all! Celebrate all things Pokémon, enjoy games and make crafts on your way to becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer. Register.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, October 10, 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, October 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Have fun with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions and Toilet Paper Olympics in our after-school math club.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, October 12, 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, October 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
Friday, October 13, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ and groovin’ to music, rhythms, songs and more! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, October 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Includes a 15 minute multi-sensory playtime. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m.-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.

We also have a special family program coming up on Sunday:

Fiesta de la Familia
Sunday, October 15, 2-3 p.m.
Enjoy musical activities for the whole family in this bilingual program. Drop in.