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Weekly storytimes continue.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Tuesday, October 2, 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.

NEW! Number Ninjas
Tuesday, October 2, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Boost critical and creative thinking skills, collaborate with friends and discover how to have fun with math by participating in activities, games and projects. Register.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, October 3, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Explore art and create your own masterpiece each month. This month we have a spider web craft. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, October 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each event date.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Thursday, October 4, 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.

Arts and Fables – Fall Painting
Friday, October 5, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, October 5, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Join us for a story, and then make a craft about it! Drop in.

Friends Fall Book Sale – Members Only Early Access
Friday, October 5, 4-5:30 p.m.
All ages
Join the Friends and gain early access to hundreds of gently used books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and more. Membership is available for as low as $2/year. Visit fountaindale.org/friends for more info. Drop in.

Friends Fall Book Sale – Members Only Early Access
Saturday, October 6, 9-10 a.m.
All ages
Join the Friends and gain early access to hundreds of gently used books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and more. Membership is available for as low as $2/year. Visit fountaindale.org/friends for more info. Drop in.

Friends Fall Book Sale
Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and more. Don’t miss our Bag Sale all day on Sunday! Proceeds from the sale directly support Fountaindale programs and materials. Drop in.

Imagineers Club – Imagine Cave Paintings
Saturday, October 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Play games, use new technologies and/or explore science in this fun and educational program based each month on an exciting book series. Register.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes!
Saturday, October 6, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K–1
Do you like to read in your school shoes? Cool! Come in and read a book to us! All participants will earn “Pete the Cat” prizes. Drop in.

Don’t forget, the Friends Book Sale continues on Sunday:

Friends Fall Book Sale
Sunday, October 7, noon-3 p.m.
All ages
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and more. Don’t miss our Bag Sale all day on Sunday! Proceeds from the sale directly support Fountaindale programs and materials. Drop in.

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.

Try a new program or an old favorite

Tween DIY: Ice Cream in a Bag
Monday, September 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Make ice cream without the ice cream maker. Register.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Tuesday, September 25, 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.

NEW! Mini Math Monsters
Tuesday, September 25, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–2
Make new friends and have fun with math through hands-on activities, games and projects involving early math concepts. Register.

S’mores Book Club – “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” and other stories about school
Wednesday, September 26, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Join us for an after-school snack, talk about books and make your own video book review in Studio 300. Register.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Thursday, September 27, 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.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, September 28, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While the children have fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

Flu shots
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages
Walmart Pharmacy is having a flu shot clinic. Walmart will bill insurance company directly; most insurance carriers are accepted. Please bring insurance card or pay cash for the cost of the shot. Drop in.

Hooray for Bollywood – Let’s Dance!
Saturday, September 29, 11 a.m.-noon
Ages 5 and up
Enjoy the beauty of the Indian music and dance with an interactive Bollywood Dance class. Dance experts will demonstrate how easy and fun it is to dance to Bollywood beats.
Register.

Parent & Child DIY: Fairy Lantern
Saturday, September 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Ages 5–11 with an adult
Parents and children team up to create an enchanting project from start to finish. To register, please visit the Children’s Services Desk or call 630.685.4181.

A real house that may or may not have a clock in its walls

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The House With a Clock In Its Walls has always been a good, scary read, but I think I might have been much more freaked out as a kid if I knew that it was inspired by a real house in my own state of Michigan.

In fact, the whole town that John Bellairs lived in (Marshall, Michigan) was an inspiration for places in his books; the owner of a local bookstore even created a tour. One of the places you can visit is the American Museum of Magic, with a collection that includes thousands of books. Its focus is on stage magic, so need to worry about the kind of trouble Lewis gets into with his uncle’s books.

Fans might also enjoy poking around Bellairsia, a website about John Bellairs, his books and related topics (like news stories about the new movie). Trailers for the movie prompted me to read the book all over again, and I highly recommend it as an exciting book with wonderful language.

If you liked A Fiery Friendship…

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A Dark Descent by Lisa Fiedler
The Ages of Oz series continues following the adventures of young Glinda in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

Language and Learning

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Ora Copiilor – Children’s Hour in Romanian
Sunday, September 16, 3-4 p.m.
Age group: Children
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Drop in.

iMake
Monday, September 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Tuesday, September 18, 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.

Unleash and Nurture Your Creativity
Tuesday, September 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Age group: Tweens through Adults
Pick up tips and tools for generating, reawakening and growing your creativity. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso. Register.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, September 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Get together with fellow writers for activities and fun designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, September 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each event date.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Thursday, September 20, 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, September 21, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, September 21, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ to music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in.

TechnoKids – Stop-Motion Animation
Friday, September 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics in this hour-long workshop. Register.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Saturday, September 22, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Age group: Children
Zapraszamy wszystkie dzieci od 2–6 lat, ale każdy jest mile widziany. Na czytanie bajeczek, spiewanie piosenek i uczenie się nowych wierszyków po Polsku wraz z Panią Martą. Drop in.

STEAM Family Workshop
Saturday, September 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult
Join us for a variety of STEAM activities! Drop in.

Weird and Wacky Audiobooks

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Demon Dentist by David Walliams
The UK’s #1 bestselling children’s author, David Walliams, hailed as “the heir to Roald Dahl” by the Spectator, bursts onto the American market with Demon Dentis–and this is one dentist appointment you don’t want to miss. Something strange is happening in Alfie’s town. Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, kids are waking up to dead slugs, live spiders, and other icky, terrible things under their pillows. Who would do something so horrific? Alfie is sure that Miss Root, the new dentist in town, is behind it all. There’s nothing Alfie hates more than going to the dentist, but to solve this mystery, he may have to book a dreaded appointment. . . . (downloadable or available on Playaway or CD).

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Mutant Bunny Island by Obert Skye
en-year-old Perry Owens has learned everything he needs to know from comic books. So when Perry receives a troubling message from his favorite uncle, Zeke, he knows exactly what’s wrong. Obviously, evil newts wearing trench coats must have kidnapped Zeke. Now they’re holding him hostage somewhere on Bunny Island, the remote vacation destination that Zeke calls home. On his own, Perry travels to Bunny Island, where dozens of bunnies are running wild. One in particular doesn’t seem quite right. A creature this cute shouldn’t exist in nature. Are there truly evil newts on the loose, or something much stranger…and more disturbingly adorable? (Available on CD)

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The Revenge of the Beetle Queen by M.G. Leonard
(This book is the sequel to Beetle Boy, so to quickly catch you up: One day Darkus finds a large and unusually intelligent and self-aware beetle, and soon he and his two friends are caught up in a struggle to protect an intelligent super species of beetles. Got that?)
In the second book, cruel beetle fashionista Lucretia Cutter is at large with her deadly yellow ladybug spies — and she has a devious plan. When Darkus, Virginia, and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they’re determined to stop her. (Downloadable or on CD)