Category Archives: Library services

As the Die Cuts: January Edition

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.

The colder weather brings dreams of snowmen and snow angels to children of all ages. The kids are returning from winter break and may be sharing what they did over the holidays. Help them share by using cuts outs from our Ellison Die collection. With many types of snowflakes in our LG collection and even a 3-D snowflake in the XL collection and a sled (LG), snowman (LG & XL), mitten (LG & XL) and lacing mitten (XL) among our extensive collection.

We have new dies added to our collection this month! We have four community helper dies: a firefighter (Sizzix), fire truck (Sizzix L), police officer (Sizzix) and police car (Sizzix). We added a Martin Luther King Jr. (LG) die, along with a trophy (Sizzix), sports balls (Sizzix) and a sock monkey (Sizzix XL). These dies are so new we haven’t added them to the online list, so please ask for them by name on the form.

You can request any of our dies from our Teacher Services 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.

New tablets to try

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Have you tried checking out a Playaway Launchpad tablet? They come pre-loaded with apps, and you don’t need wi-fi to play! When the Launchpads were new several patrons asked about apps in Spanish, but at first there wasn’t much available. Now there are 5 new tablets in the collection with all content available in Spanish (the language can be adjusted in settings for the individual apps):

For preschool to kindergarten: Learning Station! (Spanish)

For kids in kindergarten to second grade:

For kids in grades 3 to 5: Wide world of thoughts! (Spanish)

The previously available Launchpads with content in Spanish were:

Sí! Yes! Sí! Spanish
I’m ready! (This tablet includes the app Learn Spanish with Zoe)
I’m here. I’m there! (This tablet includes the app Monki Hide & Seek 2 (Spanish))

As the Die Cuts: Get ready for December

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.

This month we are featuring many of our holiday and winter themed dies. We have different sizes of Christmas trees (LG and XL) and lights (LG, XL and TY), many types of snowflakes in our LG collection and even a 3-D snowflake in the XL collection. There is a sled (LG), snowman (LG and XL), mitten (LG and XL), a lacing mitten (XL), and Gingerbread man (LG and XL). As featured in the video you can have the kids make gift boxes with our cube XL die or gift bags with our double cut (DC) or XL die. We even have a tag die (XL) that has three sizes of tags. There are more holiday videos for you to get cool ideas from on Ellison’s website. If you see something on the videos that you are interested in just call our desk and ask if we have a die that will work for you. We have a Challah bread die also for the holidays. We also have circle dies (LG and that can be made into ornaments or card dies (XL) for kids to make homemade cards for family and friends.

You can request any of our dies from our Teacher Services 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.

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As the Die Cuts: November Edition

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 is DiNovemeber here at the Fountaindale Children’s Services Department and its all about the Dinosaurs! We have five different dinosaurs in the large (LG) dies; Brontosaurus, Pterodactyl, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and a basic dinosaur design. We also have a dinosaur bookmarker design. Not to leave turkey day out, we also have a LG and extra large (XL) turkey for the kids to decorate. Most of the dinosaurs and the turkeys can be made to stand-up, just ask us how!

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

Vote early at the library

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Starting today, early voting begins at the library! Do you want to talk to the children in your life about voting? In addition to books, we have online resources you can access for free through the library website. FreedomFlix has eBooks and videos for older students in the category Our Democracy. TrueFlix has materials for younger students in the U.S. Government category. For the youngest kids, look under Reading & Fun for BookFlix and the perennial favorite Duck for President!

As the Die Cuts: October Edition

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.

Now that the days are getting shorter the weather has started to cool down and the kids are thinking Halloween! That means pumpkins, ghosts and witches are all around and we have just the dies for you. We have two sizes of pumpkins (LG & XL) (plus a pumpkin patch!), a witch on a broom (LG), a cauldron (LG), ghost, spider (LG) and a cat (LG). We also have a clothespin critter bat and spider for your kids to make. Or how about a large skeleton (XL) for them to decorate and put together with brads. Another idea is masks, in our double cut collection we have a basic mask and a superhero mask. Or in the extra-
large collection we have a larger basic mask, also one with mouse ears and one with antlers. Both basic masks can be embellished with your own items or other dies from our collection. We also have a tree trunk (XL) with branches that if you cut out in black, would look very eerie.

You can request any of our dies from our Teacher Services 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.

As the Die Cuts: September Edition

leavesAttention 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.

September is Harvest time and Pumpkin Spice is showing up everywhere! We have a large assortment of leaves in various sizes (TY, LG & XL); large and tiny apples; and even an apple with a worm die. We have 3 dies in our extra large (XL) collection that together form a tree with branches. All you need to do is add leaves or your own artistic touch. Other ideas are our squirrel, acorn, clouds or wind dies. You could even combine the clouds and wind to blow the leaves off the tree branches!

You can request any of our dies from our Teacher Services 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.