Magic and music

Weekly storytimes continue!

Family Pet Photo Day – (Off site)
Bulldog Park – 351 Blair Lane
Sunday, July 15, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Bring your pooches, felines and other cherished family members for a free photo. Get a digital file to make copies and share online. Outdoor event, weather permitting. Pets not allowed in the library. Drop in.

Registration for the Stuffed Animal Sleepover on August 7 opens on July 17.

Mobile Maker Lab 
Fountaindale Public Library – Front Entrance
Tuesday, July 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something!

Morris, the Magic Man – (Off site)
Annerino Community Center Gym – 201 Recreation Drive
Tuesday, July 17, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us for an exciting afternoon of puppets, fun and of course magic featuring world-renowned magician Morris Taylor. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, July 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.

Wednesdays at Winston Woods – (Off site)
Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join our Outreach staff and Bookmobile for fun crafts and exciting maker activities at Winston Woods Park this summer! Studio 300 will host special activities on three dates: June 13, July 11 & 18. Drop in.

Board Game Blast! 
Wednesday, July 18, 2-3 p.m.
For children entering grades K–5
Make new friends and try out a board game that’s new to you! Drop in.

Jodi Koplin‘s Jigglejam – (Off site)
Indian Chase Meadows – 525 Pheasant Chase Drive
Wednesday, July 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Age group: children and tweens
Have fun wiggling, jiggling and giggling to Jodi’s catchy tunes and funny lyrics ranging from folk and country to rock & roll, calypso and boogie blues! Drop in.

Jim Gill’s Nationwide Campaign for Play Concert – (Off site)
Central Park Pavilion – 201 Recreation Drive
Thursday, July 19, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, July 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, July 20, 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 Parks with MOPs Puppet Shows – (Off site)
Champions Park – 1600 Firethorn Street
Friday, July 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join the Bookmobile and Bolingbrook Park District for MOPs puppet shows, a trackless train and climbing wall at different parks throughout the summer. (MOPs shows will run 10:30–11 a.m.) Drop in.

iMake 
Friday, July 20, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K–5; K with an adult
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, July 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 11–17
Learn the role and responsibilities of a babysitter from Joan O’Malley. Basic first aid and CPR techniques will be discussed. Please bring a baby doll to class (no stuffed animals).
Register.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, July 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, July 21, 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.

Family Movie
Saturday, July 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Paddington works odd jobs to earn money for a gift, but when it’s stolen the Brown family must help him find the thief. Runtime: 103 minutes. Drop in.

Peace and letter-writing

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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor
Desperate to keep her older brother from being drafted in the Vietnam War, eleven-year-old Reenie strikes up an unlikely friendship with MrMarsworth, an elderly shut-in, who helps her in her mission.

Quick Pick: Caminar

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Caminar by Skila Brown

Maybe the title makes people think this is a Spanish language book on the wrong shelf. Maybe 1981 isn’t on curriculum lists for historical fiction. Maybe the cover seems a little too abstract and weird. For whatever reason, the book has been mostly overlooked despite positive reviews.

It’s the story of a boy who lives when his village is massacred in Guatemala’s civil war. It’s told through poems: a poem in the shape of a gun (or other shapes), a mirror poem as two characters meet, poems in multiple voices. Emotionally the main character goes from shock to guilt over surviving to the hope that he may be able to save someone else.

The audiobook was a pick of the day: “Caminar” is a powerful tale of courage in Guatemala | Audio Pick

Caminar was also selected as one of School Library Journal‘s Top 10 Latino Books the year it was published.

You can find it in our current display of books featuring Central America.

Bubbles and Bears

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Craft Exchange 
Sunday, July 8, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Stop by the Craft Exchange on Sunday, July 8 to pick out some free craft supplies from the items other people have donated. Donations accepted Sunday, July 1–Saturday, July 7. Drop in.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Monday, July 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Spark your imagination with stories, songs, fun and a take-home craft. After storytime, stick around to explore the museum and learn more about our village. Storytime includes free museum admission. Drop in.

Rovin’ Robots 
Monday, July 9, 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
Grades 4–5
Discover all the amazing things robots can do. Program them to move, make music and much more! You must attend all three sessions. Register.

Ready, Set, Tech! Studio 300 Tween Summer Bootcamp – Make a Music Video
Fountaindale Public Library – Studio 300 – Group Collaboration Room D
Tuesday, July 10, 9:30-noon
Thursday, July 12, 9:30-noon
Grades 4–6
Film a music video from start to finish in this hands-on workshop. You must attend both sessions. We will meet in Children’s Creativity Park each day and end in Studio 300. Register.

Summer Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, July 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.

Wednesdays at Winston Woods – (Off site)
Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive
Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join our Outreach staff and Bookmobile for fun crafts and exciting maker activities at Winston Woods Park this summer! Studio 300 will host special activities on three dates: June 13, July 11 & 18. Drop in.

Board Game Blast! 
Wednesday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
For children entering grades K–5
Make new friends and try out a board game that’s new to you! Drop in.

Ben’s Bubble Show – (Off site)
Annerino Community Center – 201 Recreation Drive
Thursday, July 12, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages
Discover the wonder and amazement of soap bubble sculptures, including smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles and geometric bubbles. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Visit Your Local Parks with MOPs Puppet Shows – (Off site)
Wipfler Park – 549 Rockhurst Road
Friday, July 13: 10:00am – 1:00pm
All ages
Join the Bookmobile and Bolingbrook Park District for MOPs puppet shows, a trackless train and climbing wall at different parks throughout the summer. (MOPs shows will run 10:30–11 a.m.) Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time – Teddy Bear Playtime 
Friday, July 13, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special teddy bear playtime. Drop in.

Sounds of Music – “Mary Poppins” 
Friday, July 13, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
We will act out “Mary Poppins” and then make a craft that compliments our musical adventure. Drop in.

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

Build It! 
Saturday, July 14, 2-4 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.

Family Pet Photo Day – (Off site)
Bulldog Park – 351 Blair Lane
Sunday, July 15, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Bring your pooches, felines and other cherished family members for a free photo. Get a digital file to make copies and share online. Outdoor event, weather permitting. Pets not allowed in the library. Drop in.

What do you get when you cross a dog book and a science fiction book?

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Following Baxter by Barbara Kerley
When Professor Reese moves in next door, eleven-year-old Jordie enjoys helping her new neighbor take care of her dog and assisting in her laboratory, but she is not sure what to do when the professor goes missing.

We’re halfway through the Summer Adventure!

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Weekly storytimes continue! Donations are accepted from Sunday, July 1 through Saturday, July 7 for the Craft Exchange on July 8.

Ora Copiilor – Children’s Hour in Romanian
Sunday, July 01, 3-4 p.m.
Age group: Children
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Drop in.

Story Stroll in the Park – “Rattletrap Car” by Phyllis Root (Off site)
Bulldog Park – 351 Blair Lane
Monday, July 2, 10-11 a.m.
Read a story while you stroll! Enjoy activities and read pages from a picture book at each station along the path. Program will be moved inside the library in case of inclement weather. Please note: Come in your beachwear; you may get wet! Drop in.

Let’s Create: Summer Artist – Fireworks 
Monday, July 2, 1:30-3 p.m.
For children entering grades K–6
Join us to make a one-of-a-kind piece of art. This month we’ll make splatter and dot paintings. Drop in.

Mobile Maker Lab 
Fountaindale Public Library – Meeting Room B
Monday, July 2, 4-8 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something! Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, July 3, 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.

Register starting July 3 for Tween Summer Bootcamp – Code to Music on July 25.

The library will be closed for the Fourth of July.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, July 5, 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.

Registration opens July 6 for S’mores Book Club on July 27.

Visit Your Local Parks with MOPs Puppet Shows – (Off site)
Remington Lakes Sports Complex – 811 W. Remington Blvd.
Friday, July 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join the Bookmobile and Bolingbrook Park District for MOPs puppet shows, a trackless train and climbing wall at different parks throughout the summer. (MOPs shows will run 10:30–11 a.m.) Drop in.

Make-It Take-It 
Saturday, July 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us in Children’s Services to make a great craft to take home and keep! Drop in.

Craft Exchange 
Sunday, July 8, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Stop by the Craft Exchange on Sunday, July 8 to pick out some free craft supplies from the items other people have donated. Donations accepted Sunday, July 1–Saturday, July 7. Drop in.

New for your summer listening

Need an audiobook for the car? If you like realistic fiction, history or something with a hamster princess we have the book for you!

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Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon
When a fairy godmouse forces Whiskerella to wear glass slippers and attend balls night after night in search of a happily ever after, it’s up to Princess Harriet Hamsterbone to break the spell and save the day. Recommended for 8 years and up.

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Horrible Harry and the Field Day Revenge by Suzy Kline
Spurred on by the promise of a mystery prize, Harry and Doug are determined to win the most points on Field Day, but Harry’s sneaky tactics annoy their competition, making the two boys targets for revenge. Recommended for 7 years and up.

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The Player King by Avi
From Newbery Award-winning author Avi comes the gripping and amazingly true tale of a boy plucked from the gutter to become the King of England. England, 1486. King Henry VII has recently snatched the English Crown and now sits on the throne, while young Prince Edward, who has a truer claim, has apparently disappeared. Meanwhile, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is slaving away at a tavern in Oxford-until a mysterious friar, Brother Simonds, buys Lambert from the tavern keeper and whisks him away in the dead of night. But this is nothing compared to the secret that the friar reveals: You, Lambert, are actually Prince Edward, the true King of England! With the aid of the deceitful Earl of Lincoln, Brother Simonds sets out to teach the boy how to become the rightful English king. Lambert has everything to gain and nothing to lose, or so he thinks. Yet in this dangerous battle for the throne, Lambert is not prepared for what’s to come-or for what it really means to play at being a king. Recommended for 7 years and up.

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The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
Jason has just learned that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan. Although Jason was born in the US, it’s hard to feel American now when he’s terrified that his mother will be discovered, and that they will be separated. When he sees his mother being escorted from her workplace by two officers, Jason feels completely alone. He boards a train with the hope of finding his aunt in New York City, but as soon as he arrives in Penn Station, the bustling city makes him wonder if he’s overestimated what he can do. Recommended for 8 years and up.