Category Archives: Library services

New Spanish books and new Spanish blog



Thanks to a tip from a wonderful teacher, we were able to stop at a local book fair and pick up a box full of great new children’s books in Spanish!  They will be added to the collection soon.  If you would like to stay up-to-date on library programs and new books in Spanish, check out Fountaindale’s new OYE blog.  This Spanish language blog will have information for children and adults on library services, events, and new items in our collection.

New Launchpad SuperPacks

img_1530We recently added a dozen Playaway Launchpads to the library collection. Compared to the originals these are supersized, with 20 apps per tablet instead of the usual 10! You can read descriptions on the Findaway World website or visit our catalog to place holds:

All your Harry Potter reading in one place

Are you waiting for your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  Did you want to read J.K. Rowling’s new short stories about Hogwarts?  Or did you just want to check out all the Harry Potter books without having to carry all that weight?

You can get all that by checking out a Fountaindale Children’s Services nook.  The NOOK eReaders are currently loaded with 184 apps and more than 400 books or short stories including:

      • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
      • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
      • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
      • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
      • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
      • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
      • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
      • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
      • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
      • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
      • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
      • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
      • Animales fantasticos y donde encontrarlos
      • Los Cuentos de Beedle el Bardo
      • The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: 10 Summertime Treats

If you have not checked out a NOOK before, please take a look at the information on the Checkout a Nook page.  Parents will need to sign a waiver, and it is also required to have a photo on your library card record.

Cut it out

Leaves Lets createAttention educators!

Did you know you can use the Ellison die-cutting machine at the library to cut shapes for classroom crafts or bulletin board decorations?

  • We have Halloween shapes like a ghost, spider, witch on a broom, skeleton, and masks
  • We have fall shapes like an acorn, leaves, pumpkins, apples, turkey, and squirrel
  • Looking ahead, we have winter and holiday shapes like snowflakes, snowmen, gingerbread men, mittens, Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and a sled

How can you use them?

Please email at least 36 hours in advance.

Include in your email your name, organization (i.e., Girl Scouts if this is for your troop), list of dies requested (up to 20) and date and time you would like to come.

Bring your own paper or other materials (such as thin foam) for cutting.

Hours for use are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1-5 p.m.

You can see the available shapes at

Questions?  Please call Children’s Services at 630.685.4181.

It’s the first day of early voting!


Are you talking about the election in your family or classroom? We have many online resources you can access with your Fountaindale library card that you might enjoy sharing with your children. These can be found in alphabetical order by going to and clicking on Find It! Select Online Resources and scroll down for each of the following.

BookFlix pairs classic animated storybooks with related nonfiction. A Read Aloud feature enables children choose whether to listen to the stories or read the books themselves. Books are aimed at preschool through the primary grades. Three sets of books introduce youngsters to the democratic process: Duck for President and Election Day; Madam President and What Does the President Do?; Otto Runs for President and Let’s Vote on It.

The books on TrueFlix are aimed at third through fifth grades. They, too, have the Read Aloud feature. Each includes a video, follow up activities, and projects. Among the titles in the U.S. Government section are several of particular interest in this election year: The Presidency, Voting, The Congress, The Supreme Court, and The Bill of Rights.

Upper elementary and middle school students will find the FreedomFlix eBooks useful. Each title is accompanied by video, a project, and related websites. Our Democracy books include: The Branches of U.S. Government, Citizenship, The Democratic Process, Forms of Government, The Supreme Court, The U.S. Constitution, Women’s Right to Vote, The Bill of Rights, and American Capitalism.

At Scholastic Go! find a wealth of material on Election 2016 from the latest news to a section on the road to the White House and an Electoral Challenge game. The developers of the site state, “Our engaging news articles get kids hooked on the nonfiction reading they’ll do their whole lives as they become informed, active citizens. There is no bigger news story in the Unites States than the election of a president. And there is no better opportunity to engage kids in our democratic process.”

What’s all the hoopla?

So, you want to check out music but you don’t actually own anything that plays CDs anymore.

Or maybe you want to borrow some videos but you’d rather not deal with scratches or mysterious sticky spots.

Or you want to check out a Rick Riordan book and some comics but they’re not on the shelf.

Or you want a title as an audiobook but you don’t see it available in that format.

Don’t go away– we have a new service, and it’s free with your library card!

Step 1: Go to the Digital Collection page at and look for the word hoopla


Step 2: Click “GET STARTED”

Step 3: Type in your email and create a password

Step 4: Choose Fountaindale from the list of libraries

Step 5: Enter your library card number and PIN

If you want to see just the children’s items, go to SETTINGS and turn on Kids Mode.

Click BROWSE and you can see a list of audiobooks, movies, music, comics, ebooks, and TV shows.

What are some of the items you can check out?

  • Browsing through music, you will see some of our most requested items, like Kidz Bop and Disney collections.
  • The audiobook collection includes picture books featuring the popular Pete the Cat, beginning readers, Minecraft titles, and chapter books ranging from Beverly Cleary to Neil Gaiman.
  • Comics has old favorites like Archie and Garfield and new favorites like Big Nate and My Little Pony.
  • Movies has kid favorites like The Land Before Time movies, old favorites like The Muppet Movie, adaptations of picture books like The Gruffalo and Mo Willem’s pigeon stories, and some new and popular options like Equestria Girls.
  • Television includes popular PBS Kids shows like Arthur and Super Why, and educational programs like Bill Nye the Science Guy and language learning Dino Lingo.
  • Ebooks include the previously mentioned Percy Jackson, BOB Books, Star Wars, and Disney titles.

Hoopla adds new content every week!

You can check out 6 titles a month.  Have more questions about how it works?  Visit for a list of FAQs and answers.


Meet the Magazines

IMG_0830[1]Are you looking for ways to help your children enjoy reading?  Did you know that in addition to books, the library also has magazines for children?  There are children’s versions of popular magazines like National Geographic Kids and Sports Illustrated for Kids, children’s magazines enjoyed for generations like Cricket and Ranger Rick, and new offerings like Disney Junior Magazine.

Nowadays you can even download digital versions of magazines through the Zinio for Libraries app.  The service is free, just like checking out a physical magazine.  The library is even able to offer some titles digitally that we don’t have on the shelf, like Iguana and Spanish language editions of Ask, Babybug, and Ladybug.

The Parents’ Choice Foundation has an online guide to magazines they have recognized with awards.  It provides a nice summary of each magazine’s appeal (and occasionally an evenhanded look at its weaknesses).

UPDATE: This just in!  In the past, you might have tried to check out the newest issue of a magazine and found that it did not circulate.  Children’s magazines will now all be available to check out and take home, including the latest issues.