Category Archives: Library services

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.

Do-It-Yourself Storytime

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Weekly storytimes will start again the week of September 9. Until then, you can find the do-it-yourself storytime cart in the Children’s Services Department. It has lots of picture books that are great for reading out loud, plus some folders you can take home filled with paper finger puppets and tips for enjoying books with your child. There are also flannel board pieces and finger puppets next to the cart that you can use in the library. Don’t forget to ask us for bubbles when you’re done!

As the Die Cuts: June 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.

As June begins and the warmer weather is finally here, we are featuring a picnic theme! We have this month’s featured dies watermelon slicehotdog, a dragonfly & a tree available in the Maker Lab in Studio 300.  The Maker Lab is open Tuesdays from 4-8pm. Of course at any time, you can request any of our dies through our educator Ellison request form for use at the Children’s Services Department. Please allow 36 hours for your request to be ready.

Check out a museum

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With Museum Adventure Pass, you can visit many Illinois museums for free or at a discounted rate! Simply stop by the 1st Floor Circulation Desk to check out a pass using your library card. Passes are first come, first served as we have a limited number of passes for each participating organization. Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or by phone.

One Museum Adventure Pass may be checked out per person per seven days. The pass will expire seven days after the date printed on the pass. Passes are for one-time use and are not transferable. Your name will be printed on the pass, and you may be asked to show identification at the museum. The museum will collect the pass when you visit.

Visit the Museum Adventure Pass website or view their brochure for a list of participating museums and details on each cultural destination.

Museum Adventure Pass Brochure (English)  Museum Adventure Pass Brochure (Spanish)

Admission offers vary per museum. For some, two or four people may be admitted free per pass, or by carload. If admission to the museum is free, another special discount will be offered.

Find something to read… online

24501857023_f3dd8c86e7_zMaybe a trip to the library doesn’t fit your schedule, maybe you don’t want to lose a library book or maybe you just don’t want to leave the house. Ebooks can be great for those situations! Ms. Wendy just shared a blog article with me about different ways kids can read for free online. I’m going to highlight my favorites here, but the article includes specialty sites for reading comprehension, books in languages other than English and more:

Storyline Online: Popular picture books read aloud by favorite actors

DOGOnews: Kid-friendly news (both articles and videos)

Sports Illustrated Kids: Sports articles from the children’s magazine

“YOUR local public library”: Our digital collection has popular new chapter books, comics and more things that you can only get for free through your library.

Want to find out more about eBooks available from your library? Come to the Digital Bookmobile Blast on Thursday, June 14. A special digital bookmobile from the OverDrive eBook service will be visiting Fountaindale to show you how to make the most out of your eReader and OverDrive’s digital collection. There will prizes and music and more!

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.