Your favorites: Pokemon and LEGOs

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Friends of Fountaindale Fall Book Sale
Sunday, October 8, noon-3 p.m.
All ages
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, movies, audiobooks and more! Proceeds from the sale directly support library programs and materials. Drop in.

Story Stroll in the Park – “Fall is Not Easy” by Marty Kelley (Off site/Drop in)
Bulldog Park (behind Fountaindale Library) – 351 Blair Lane
Monday, October 9, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
All ages
Stroll down the trail while reading Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley on signs posted along the path. At each station, enjoy activities such as puppet plays, flannel stories, songs and more.

Pokémon Party!
Monday, October 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Gotta catch ‘em all! Celebrate all things Pokémon, enjoy games and make crafts on your way to becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer. Register.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, October 10, 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, October 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Have fun with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions and Toilet Paper Olympics in our after-school math club.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, October 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, October 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
Friday, October 13, 10:30 a.m.-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.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, October 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Includes a 15 minute multi-sensory playtime. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 with an adult for DUPLO; Grades K–5, K with an adult for LEGO
Use DUPLO and LEGO blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

We also have a special family program coming up on Sunday:

Fiesta de la Familia
Sunday, October 15, 2-3 p.m.
Enjoy musical activities for the whole family in this bilingual program. Drop in.

What to do when kids are scared & worried

Here are a few tried-and-true books for kids and resources for parents to help deal with violence and upsetting news.

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The Moon Came Down on Milk Street by Jean Gralley
You’ve probably seen a quote attributed to Mr. Rogers about his mom telling him, when he saw something scary, to “look for the helpers.” That’s this book in a nutshell, as firefighters and rescue dogs and other helpers put things right after a disaster.

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Sometimes Bad Things Happen by Ellen Jackson
Mentions some of the bad things that happen in the world and presents some positive ways to respond to them.

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And God Cried, Too: A Kid’s Book of Healing and Hope by Marc Gellman
The angel Gabriel helps Mikey, an angel-in-training, to understand why bad things happen for what seems to be no reason and how to hold on to hope and faith during difficult times.

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What to Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids by James J. Crist
This self-help guide has lots of practical and specific advice about how kids can handle their fears.

Someone also shared an article from PBS Parents that was new to me, How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy, which is a quick read and has simple, practical suggestions.

Get your imagination going at the library

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Minecraft Club
Tuesday, October 3, 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, October 3, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Have fun with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions and Toilet Paper Olympics in our after-school math club.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, October 4, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, October 5, 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
Thursday, October 5, 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, October 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Learn the basics of playing the Native American flute in this hands-on class. You’ll learn basic scales, how to create melodies and how to play in a group. Flutes are available to purchase for $35. Register.

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

Saturday Special: Imagineers Club – Cryptozoology
Saturday, October 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Play games, use new technologies and explore science in this fun and educational program. Each month we focus on an exciting book series.
Register.

Friends of Fountaindale Fall Book Sale
Friday, October 6, 4-5:30 p.m. (Friends Members Only Sale)
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, noon-3 p.m.
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, movies, audiobooks and more! Proceeds from the sale directly support library programs and materials. Drop in.

 

Happy birthday, dear Underpants…

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I first became aware of Captain Underpants during the presidential election of 2000, when a student at my college sent out an email reporting on the results of putting the presidential candidates’ names through Professor Poopypants’ Name Change-O Chart. But the series is actually a little older than that– it came out 20 years ago this month!

We have lots of Dav Pilkey books to help you mark the occasion, and you can also enjoy reading an interview with the author.

 

My school is weirder than your school

glowing.pngWeekly storytimes continue!

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, September 26, 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, September 26, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Have fun with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions and Toilet Paper Olympics in our after-school math club. Must be able to attend all eight sessions (no event on 10/31).
Registration opened on Tuesday, August 29.

All About Bolingbrook: Project Music
Tuesday, September 26, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Learn how to share your original music via our new initiative and online platform.
Registration opened on Tuesday, September 5.

S’mores Book Club – “Wayside School” and Other Books About School
Wednesday, September 27, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Do you devour a book like a great after-school snack? If so, sign up for the S’mores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month.
Registration opened on Wednesday, September 6.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, September 28, 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.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, September 29, 10:30-12 noon
or
Friday, September 29, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K–5 students
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering geography, stories, music and crafts using hands-on props and instruments. This month we will focus on Iceland. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Storytime and Craft – Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin
Saturday, September 30, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Will Old Man Fookwire be able to keep those clever squirrels from stealing the bird seed from his feeders? Come find out, then make a bird feeder of your own. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, September 30, 1:30-3:15 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
The Smurfs embark on an exciting adventure through the Forbidden Forest! Will they find the lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel? Runtime: 89 minutes. Drop in.

Heroes, artists and a little girl

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The Hiding Game by Gwen Strauss, illustration by Herb Leonhard

The main heroes are two men: Varian Fry (sometimes called the American Schindler) and Danny Bénédite (the author’s great uncle). They are working to help refugees escaping from the Nazis.

The artists are some famous people you would study if you took a class on modern art: Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp.

The little girl is Aube, hiding with her father the poet and her mother the painter.

Younger readers can follow along from Aube’s point of view to see life in the safe house (a mixture of art games and spycraft, hunger and danger).

As she is escaping to safety, Aube remembers “how the artist Marcel Duchamp once visited the Villa with a small suitcase. When he opened it, there was a collection of all his favorite artworks, like a miniature museum.” You can see a box like this at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago.

In Chicago, you can also see art created by Chagall including the outdoor mosaic The Four Seasons and his America Windows at the Art Institute.

 

 

 

Go back to magic school (no, not that one)

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Do you love the “School for Good and Evil” series? A new book, Quests for Glory, comes out today. Fans can enjoy an interview with the author as well as a book trailer: