Jean Fritz


We recently got the news about the death of another favorite author, Jean Fritz. I read biographies she had written while I was in grade school (such as Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? and Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?). We studied a more recent title, Around the World in a Hundred Years, in library school. Her most recent book was Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider. Reading the obituary, she would have been about 95 years old when it was published.

If you like this, try that

We’re All Wonders is the newest book by R.J. Palacio that features Auggie, the protagonist of Wonder. Unlike the previous books about Auggie and his classmates, this one is a picture book about the boy and his dog, Daisy.

Fans of R.J. Palacio’s books may also enjoy The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco.
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be “Junkyard Wonders.” Patricia Polacco is known for stories (sometimes based on her own life, like this one) that are in a picture book format but appeal to older children.


Kick off your Summer Adventure!

Cavalcade of Planes at Clow Airport (130 Clow International Parkway)
Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages
Visit the Bookmobile at Clow Airport’s annual air show, Cavalcade of Planes. Check out books, movies and more. Get a new library card, renew your account or return your borrowed materials. More information is available at

Story Stroll in the Park (Winston Woods, 200 Winston Drive)
Monday, June 5, 10-11 a.m.
Ideal for ages 8 and under

Read the story (Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash) posted along the path and enjoy activities at each station. Meet at the Bookmobile before the event. Story Strolls count as an hour of reading towards your Summer Adventure! Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, June 6, 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.

Chess Club
Wednesday, June 7, 2-3 p.m.
For kids entering grades 3–8.
Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Summer Adventure Kickoff at the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex (200 Lindsey Lane)
Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind
Wednesday, June 7, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy electrifying displays of fire and liquid nitrogen and experiments featuring color changes, a mysterious genie, gooey gak, springy superballs and more! Drop in.

Song Writing Workshop with Amy Lowe
Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Write your own song and record it in Studio 300! Please bring a lunch and a flash drive to get a copy of the song you created. Register.

Heartbeat of Japan Presented by Urban Gateways
Thursday, June 8, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Grades 4–12; Adults welcome
Discover the rich history of Japan through the dynamic roaring of Taiko drums and grace of classical dance performances. Register.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs (Indian Chase Meadows 525 Pheasant Chase Drive)
Friday, June 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
MOPS Shows: 10:30-11 a.m.
All ages

Stop by Indian Chase Meadows for a fun MOPs puppet show, ride a trackless train and scale the climbing wall. Visit the Bookmobile to check out materials and enjoy hands-on STEAM activities. Drop in.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 11–17
Learn the roles and responsibilities of a babysitter as well as basic first aid and CPR techniques in this three-hour course. Please bring a baby doll (no stuffed animals). Register.

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

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, June 10, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 for DUPLO®; grades K–5 for LEGO®
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Free summer meals for children and teens

summer meals

Printable .pdf version: 2017 MOBILE MEALS

Ramadan Reading


Due to a generous donation from a patron, our library received a Ramadan READy Kit with books and decorations! Stop by to see the decorations in the display case near the juvenile World Languages collection. The kit also included books, which are being processed and added to the collection.

It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan

Ilyas & Duck and the Fantastic Festival of Eid-Al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja

The Shapes of Eid According to Me by Samia Khan; illustrated by Maria Ahmed

Check out our Ramadan and Eid display in the holiday section for more books, or ask us for help finding books about religion, holidays and celebrations.

Ramadan paper lanternsThe kit also included materials for making Happy Ramadan paper lanterns. This will be one of the crafts available at our Make-it Take-it craft program on Saturday. Drop in any time between 1:30 to 3:30 to make a craft while supplies last. We will also have materials for making a paper mosaic peace picture or an origami crane.

Help, I need something to read!


The summer reading program is just about to start! What if you can’t figure out what you want to read? Don’t worry, we have some tools for you to use!

When you’re in the library, you’ll see some brochures with suggestions for different grade levels. We also have a list of staff favorites.

Already read all of those? The Association for Library Service to Children creates lists of recommended books all the time. This includes new lists of suggested summer reading every year.

Print their lists for

Birth-Preschool: 170426_ALSC_SummerReading17_Birth-PreK

Kindergarten-2nd grade: 170426_ALSC_SummerReading17_K-2

3rd through 5th grade: 170426_ALSC_SummerReading17_3-5

6th through 8th grade: 170426_ALSC_SummerReading17_6-8

Or search our catalog:


Kindergarten-2nd grade

3rd through 5th grade

6th through 8th grade

Since these lists were created by an outside group, there might be some books on the list that are not in our collection. If you place a hold, the library that owns the book will send it to Fountaindale and you can pick it up here. There is no charge for this service– just be sure to pick the book up within 5 days after we let you know it has arrived. You can also use the fill-in form on our website to ask us to purchase an item.

If that’s still not enough books, you can also look at the nominees for the Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards.

Bluestem in OPACIf you type in “Bluestem” or “Monarch” or “Caudill” as a keyword search in our online catalog, at the top of the results you will get a “You might also like” box. When you click on the first sentence, the catalog will do a search for the 2018 nominees of the corresponding award. All of the different formats that we own are included. You can then sort by title or author to look at the results.
Don’t forget that your librarians are also a great resource for finding books you want to read! Just stop by and ask. We’ll talk to you about what you like and what you’re in the mood to read and help you come up with suggestions. The library has something for everybody, even kids (and parents) who tell you they don’t like reading.

Are you ready to create, explore & connect?

Summer-Adventure-sm_0It’s almost time to start your summer adventure!

Sign up!

Use your Fountaindale Public Library Card to register online, at the library or on the bookmobile from June 1 through July 24. All ages can participate!

Earn points!

Read or listen to a book for 30 minutes, attend a library program or complete and record other activities from the list by July 31.

Get prizes!

Collect your prizes and earn entries into our grand prize drawings when you reach 25 and 50 points (while supplies last). Prizes will be available beginning Monday, June 12.

Looking for more to do this week?

Kidz Fest at DuPage Township 
Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages
The Bookmobile will be at 241 Canterbury Lane for checking out books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks and getting a new library card! Outreach staff will also present a special MOPs puppet show with activities at 12:30 p.m. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Make-It Take-It
Saturday, June 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult. 
Join us in Children’s Services to make a great craft to take home and keep! Drop in.