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Do-It-Yourself Storytime

Last week a sad little face came up to the desk and asked, “Bubbles?” We don’t want to disappoint anybody, and we know you may be missing some of your favorite things while weekly storytimes are on break.

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We’re still getting everything together for the Summer Adventure (which starts June 1). Weekly storytimes will begin again on June 11. Until then, we’ve put together everything you need for a Do-It-Yourself Storytime!

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Just choose some stories or nursery rhymes from the cart and find a cozy spot to read. Does your reader always want to touch the shapes on the flannel board or try on the finger puppets? Now’s your chance! When you’re all done, please come to the desk to ask for bubbles.

All the books are available to check out. Please leave the cloth items for the next person. Feel free to take some paper finger puppets to use at home.

Looking for some inexpensive ways to repeat favorite storytime activities at home? Try:

  • Making a flannel board from a pizza box
  • Putting a spoonful of rice in a plastic Easter egg to make a shaker (use duct tape to make sure it stays closed)
  • Buying some scarves from a thrift store to wave or toss

For more ideas, you can visit some of our favorite websites with tips for enjoying books with your child and activities that will help children build their reading skills: Colorín, Colorado, Reading Rockets and Zero to Three (all produced by the same organization for slightly different audiences) and Reading is Fundamental: Literacy Central.

As the Die Cuts: May Edition

Attention educators: 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 have new dies in our collection!  Added to the collection was a trumpet, cauldron, crab, beehive, robot, polar bear, 4 different superheros and a tree. For a full list of what dies we have click here. If you would like to request the use of our Ellison please fill out this online form at least 36 hours in advance.

As the Die Cuts: March Edition

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Attention educators: 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. This month we are featuring our large puzzle die cut. Print off a picture of 8×10 size, paste to a sheet of colored construction paper and place in the die machine using our puzzle die. Try using a favorite photo, a student picture (as a take home project) or picture from a magazine. We also have die cuts available of chicks, eggs, flowers and shamrocks. For a full list of what dies we have click here. If you would like to request to use the Ellison Die cut machine please email us at ellisondiecuts@fountaindale.org. Please allow at least 36 hours notice.

If you are not an educator and would like to try out the Ellison, we have an Ellison machine along with a few dies in the Maker Lab inside Studio 300 Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon thru April 12. Please check with Studio 300 for more information.

As the Die Cuts: February Edition

Attention teachers and youth leaders, The Children’s Services Department of Foutaindale Library has an Ellison Die Cut machine available for public 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. For President’s Day we have heads of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and a small outline map of Illinois. For Valentine’s Day we have a large two piece heart plus a 4” heart die. There is also a die that has four tiny hearts. For a full list of what dies we have click here. If you would like to request to use the Ellison Die cut machine please email us at ellisondiecuts@fountaindale.org. Please allow at least 36 hours notice.

Special storytimes and more

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Tween Special – Day of the Dead Craft
Monday, October 30, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Try making traditional crafts for Día de los Muertos like migajon (bread dough) skulls and papel picado. Register.

Teeny Tiny Halloween – (Drop in)
Tuesday, October 31, 10-11 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Want to enjoy the fun of Halloween without the scares? Join Mary Jane Haley for seasonal stories, rhyme and creative dramatics. Come in costume for added fun.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site/Drop in)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Wednesday, November 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Age group: Children
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.

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers
Wednesday, November 1, 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.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, November 2, 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 – (Drop in)
Thursday, November 2, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information.

Arts and Fables – (Drop in)
Friday, November 3, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
Friday, November 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Join us for a story, and then make a craft about it!

Stories and Signs: ASL Storytime – (Drop in)
Saturday, November 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Try your “hand” at signing! Learn basic American Sign Language signs such as the alphabet, numbers and colors followed by stories and activities presented with an ASL interpreter.

Saturday Special: Imagineers Club
Da Vinci Inspired STEAM Activities
Saturday, November 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. Register.

Get ready to be scary!

trick or treatersThere’s less than one week left until Halloween! Are you ready? One thing people always ask for this time of year is recordings of spooky sound effects. Did you know that the library not only has CDs, we also have albums for streaming and downloading? Visit Freegal or Hoopla and search keywords like “Halloween sound effects” to find what you need. If you haven’t used these services before, scroll to the bottom of our Digital Collection page for tips on what to do.

Don’t forget, we also carry books on making costumes, face painting and special effects for haunted houses. We can help you find plenty of scary (and not-so-scary) stories, too!

Music and Discovery

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Weekly storytimes resume this week (please see the previous article for details)!

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, September 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.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, September 14, 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.

Native American Flute Class
Thursday, September 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up
Learn the basics of playing the Native American flute in this four-week class. You’ll learn basic scales, how to create melodies and how to play in a group. Flutes are available to purchase for $35.
Registration opens on Thursday, August 24 2017 at 9 a.m.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, September 15
9:30-10:15 a.m.
or
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.

TechnoKids – Computer Animation
Friday, September 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics.
Registration opened on Friday, August 25.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, September 16, 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.

Library Discovery Day
Saturday, September 16, 1-4 p.m.
All ages
Do you think libraries are just for books? THINK AGAIN! Stop by to get a glimpse of all the amazing things your library has to offer. Don’t miss the Bookmobile, cookie decorating and a scavenger hunt! Drop in.