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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.

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.