Sharks, TV, sweet treats and other things worth signing up for


S’mores Book Club – “Shark Attack!” & Other Shark Books
Wednesday, April 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Join us for an after-school snack, talk about books and make your own video book review in Studio 300. Register.

TechnoKids – TV Production Game Show Part 2
Friday, April 26, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics in this hour-long workshop. Register.

Tween DIY – Brownie in a Mug
Monday, April 29, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Make a microwave mug-sized chocolate brownie from scratch in just minutes. Register.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, May 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior.

Imagineers Club – Imagine Creating Together
Saturday, May 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Play games, use new technologies and/or explore science in this fun and educational program based each month on an exciting book series. Register.

As the Die Cuts: April Edition

April dies

Attention teachers and youth leaders, The Children’s Services Department of Fountaindale Library has an Ellison Die Cut machine available for your use. All you have to do is provide the paper and the manpower. We can show you how to use the machine if you are unsure or a first-time user.

It’s April and spring has finally sprung! April is National Poetry, National Kite and National Humor Month. To help with classroom projects we have a book cover, a book pages, speech bubbles and a kite die cut. Some other special dates during April are Earth Day on the 22nd , Arbor Day on the 26th and Superhero Day on the 28th . We have a fun set of four Superhero dies, a Superhero Paper Pal die, a Superhero mask die, trees, flowers, a flower pot, leaves, and numerous other outdoor themed dies. Please see our
Nature and Outdoors category for other ideas.

You can request any of our Ellison dies from our new page using our educator Ellison request form for use at the Children’s Services Department. Please allow 36 hours for your request to be ready.

Join us for an undersea adventure

OWOO_Whales_(Liv_Sea)_wJoin us for a Spring Break 2019: Undersea Adventure (April 15–19)

Join us during Spring Break week for movies, crafts, scavenger hunts and special programs celebrating life under the sea!

Make a Difference This Spring Break

Participate in the Students Rebuild Ocean Challenge all month by making undersea creatures. At the end of April, we will submit images of the projects you created. The Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 for each object that Students Rebuild receives—up to $500,000—towards youth-focused, science-based programs aimed at developing a new generation of citizen-conservationists who can help restore the ocean to health.

Don’t Miss These Special Events

Family Movie Double Feature
Monday, April 15
10:30 a.m.: Finding Nemo
12:30 p.m.: Finding Dory
Enjoy these two under the sea favorites in our own ocean-themed Storytime Room. Bring your own lunch and a snack if you like! Drop in; no registration required.

Noche de la Familia: Under the Sea/Bajo el Mar
Monday April 15, 7–8 p.m.
Enjoy fun activities for the whole family in this bilingual program. Drop in; no registration required.

Minecraft Open Play on Tuesdays in April and May beginning on April 9–May 14, 3 to 5 p.m. each day. This will take place in the 2nd floor computer lab.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Tuesday, April 16, 3 p.m. (Sleepover)
Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. (Snacktime)
Ages 4–7, with stuffed toy and adult
After the children say “Goodbye,” their toys will go on wild escapades at the library. All is revealed when they are reunited the next morning at snack time. Registration required; you must attend both sessions.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, April 17, 2–3:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Get together with fellow writers for activities and fun designed to foster creativity, self-expression and excitement. Drop in; no registration required.

Pokémon Party
Thursday, April 18, 1–3 p.m.
Grades K–5
Gotta catch ‘em all! Celebrate all things Pokémon, enjoy games and make crafts with your friends on your way to becoming the greatest Pokémon trainers. Drop in; no registration required.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, April 19, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While the children have fun, they are practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in; no registration required.

You can also find our librarians out in the community for these storytimes:

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, April 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior.

IKEA Storytime – (Off site)
IKEA – 750 E. Boughton Road
Friday, April 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Join us for our newest storytime at IKEA! Enjoy juice and cookies while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Storytimes take place on the 2nd floor near the restaurant. Drop in.

We also have the following special events on Saturday. Please note, the library will be closed Sunday, April 21 for Easter and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 22.

Family Movie – “Peter Rabbit”
Saturday, April 20, 1:30-3 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Based on the books by Beatrix Potter, a rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden. Runtime: 95 minutes. Drop in.

Make-It Take-It – Easter
Saturday, April 20, 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.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, April 20, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K–1
Do you like to read in your school shoes? Cool! Come in and read a book to us to earn Pete the Cat prizes! Drop in.

Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary

BC birthday note

In 1981, children at Fountaindale Public Library sent Beverly Cleary best wishes for a happy 65th birthday. She sent us the above note in return, saying

“Dear Friends,

How pleased I was to receive your enthusiastic letters wishing me a happy birthday! I am delighted to be remembered and to know that you enjoyed my books and filmstrip. Thank you. My next book, which will be published in August, is Ramona Quimby, Age 8. I thought you might like to know because several of you mentioned that you enjoy Ramona.

With love,
Beverly Cleary”

You can visit our Fountaindale Corners Author Archive to see more letters (and a few drawings) that authors sent us for the 1984 summer reading program. There is a special section for Beverly Cleary, who the children voted their favorite author.



Practice your math with board games


We’re playing board games at the library on Wednesday, April 10! Did you know that board games can be a good way to practice your math skills outside of school? In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, education professor Janine Remillard gave examples of common board games and math skills children practice as they play:

Candy Land: sequencing, matching

Chutes and Ladders: counting, number recognition

Connect Four: spatial reasoning, graphing points on a grid

Strategy games like checkers and chess: pattern recognition, thinking ahead and cause-and-effect

Clue: deductive reasoning

In addition to our Board Game Blast! program, you can also borrow board games to play while you are in the library. We have a book that lists the games available. Bring your library card and ask for a game at the Children’s Services desk!


New discounts for Illinois museums


You might have already used the Museum Adventure Pass program to visit local museums at a discount. Now we are adding a new program so you can enjoy discounts at even more museums in northern Illinois! The video above will give you an introduction to how it works. Please visit our Museum Passes page to find the link to the new Explore More Illinois program (the Museum Passes page will also have information about the Museum Adventure Pass, which we will continue to keep offering).

Is your favorite museum not included in this program? Here is a list of free days at popular Chicago museums.




Hop to the library


This is our final week for Spring weekly storytimes!

Please note, you can bring in Food for Fines this week (April 7-13) and return billed items. Please visit the National Library Week page for details.

Friends Spring Book Sale
Sunday, April 7, noon-3 p.m.
All ages
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and more. Don’t miss our Bag Sale all day on Sunday! Proceeds from the sale directly support Fountaindale programs and materials. Drop in.

Ora Copiilor – Romanian Storytime
Sunday, April 7, 3-4 p.m.
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. (Please note, this storytime is presented entirely in Romanian.) Drop in.

Minecraft Open Play on Tuesdays in April and May beginning on April 9–May 14, 3 to 5 p.m. each day. This will take place in the 2nd floor computer lab.

Number Ninjas
Tuesday, April 9, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Boost critical and creative thinking skills, collaborate with friends and discover how to have fun with math by participating in activities, games and projects. Register.

National Bookmobile Day Open House
Wednesday, April 10, 3-5 p.m.
All ages
Celebrate National Bookmobile Day! Visit the Bookmobile and Library Express Van to win prizes, make crafts, dance to music and much more! Drop in.

Board Game Blast!
Wednesday, April 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Make new friends and try out a board game that is new to you! Drop in.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Friday, April 12, 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.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips: Haiti
Fountaindale Public Library – Meeting Room A
Friday, April 12, 10:30-noon
Friday, April 12, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K–5 students
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering geography, stories, music & crafts using hands-on props and instruments. Drop in.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, April 13, 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, April 13, 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.

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