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.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration and more

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Weekly storytimes will resume the week of June 11

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 1, 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.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, May 2, 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 Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, May 3, 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. Register.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 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.

Arts and Fables – May Flowers
Friday, May 4, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, May 4, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, May 5, 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.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 5, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
All ages
Join our Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring crafts, games, light refreshments and a special showing of Disney’s “Coco” at 3:30 p.m. Drop in.

Imagineers Club – Genetics Lab
Saturday, May 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Play games, use new technologies and explore science in this fun and educational program. We’ll focus on a different book series each month. Register.

Don’t forget, on Sunday there will be Family Storytime in Romanian!

Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Sunday, May 6, 3-4 p.m.
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita.
Please note, this storytime is presented entirely in Romanian. Drop in.

And in conclusion…

Recently I’ve noticed books being published that conclude or continue a series that started several years ago. Pick up a story that’s new to you!

The series: Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

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Starting with Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, this was the first popular middle grade series to feature a boy who has ADHD. Joey’s stories are realistic and funny, told with lots of empathy. The newest book in the series is The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza.

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The series: Tiffany Aching by Terry Pratchett

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Beginning with The Wee Free Men, this series features Tiffany (who starts as a nine-year-old girl and grows to be an accomplished young adult witch) and the tiny blue Pictsies (AKA the Wee Free Men, who keep stealing her sheep). In the first adventure, she has to rescue her little brother after fairies kidnap him. This is a great choice for families who want to share the Discworld (and its wacky humor, wordplay and occasional deep thoughts about the real world) with preteens and teens. It also has lots of appeal for readers who love Hermione and other smart witches.

The series: Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan

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In Surviving the Applewhites, Jake arrives at the Applewhite family’s Creative Academy after having been expelled from everywhere else. Each book goes back and forth between his point of view and E.D.’s (she’s the practical daughter of the eccentric, artsy Applewhite family). The funny, realistic stories will grab your attention. The whole school takes a cross-country road trip in Applewhites Coast to Coast.

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A week full of special events for children

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This is our final week of weekly storytimes!

Tons of Trucks – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center (BRAC) – 200 Lindsey Lane
Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages
Kick off the Bolingbrook Park District’s Week of the Young Child with Tons of Trucks! Explore the Bookmobile, Library Express Van and many different vehicles of all types and sizes. Drop in.

Tween DIY: Make Spirograph Designs
Monday, April 23, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Use Raspberry Pi to create intricate designs. Register.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, April 24, 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.

Pajama Party Singalong with Miss Carole – (Off site)
Annerino Community Center – 201 Recreation Drive
Tuesday, April 24, 6-7 p.m.
For children
Join us for a pajama singalong with Miss Carole during the “Week of the Young Child.” Visit our table to say hello and get a library card. Drop in.

Spirits in the Wind Flute Circle
Tuesday, April 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
For tweens to adults
Join our relaxing and creative flute and percussion circle. Don’t play the flute? We can teach you, or you can play a percussion instrument. Need a flute? Purchase one for $35 in class. Drop in.

S’mores Book Club – “Wonder” & Other Friendship Stories
Wednesday, April 25, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Do you devour a book like a great after-school snack? If so, join us for a tasty treat, and let’s talk about books! Each month we’ll talk about a different topic. Register.

Family STEAM Night at Annerino – (Off site)
Annerino Community Center – 201 Recreation Drive
Wednesday, April 25, 4:30-6 p.m.
For children
Join us at Annerino Community Center for “Week of the Young Child” STEAM Night. Stop by to see what STEAM and maker technologies the library has to offer, and sign up for a library card. Drop in.

Independence Elementary School STEM Night – (Off site)
Independence Elementary School – 230 Orchard Drive
Wednesday, April 25, 6-8 p.m.
For children and tweens
Visit Fountaindale Outreach Services staff during Independence Elementary School’s STEM night. See what STEM activities and resources the library has to offer and sign up for a library card.

Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project – 2018 Winner Announcement
Thursday, April 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
All ages
Meet the finalists and learn who will become the 2018 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author. In its fifth year, this exciting, library-driven initiative brings emerging authors and libraries together. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, April 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.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, April 27, 10:30-noon
Friday, April 27, 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. Drop in.

Teen/Tween Tech Homeschool Adventures – Custom Fidget Spinner
Friday, April 27, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
For homeschool teens and tweens
Explore hands-on technology topics that complement your homeschool curriculum. This month we conclude our Maker explorations by crafting custom fidget spinners. Register.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ – Part of Día de los Niños
Saturday, April 28, 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.

Multicultural Crafts – Part of Día de los Niños
Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us to make great crafts to take home and keep! Drop in.

Super Stolie Guacamole – Part of Día de los Niños
Saturday, April 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
All ages
Celebrate Día de los Niños with Super Stolie! This bilingual performance includes traditional and original songs, a family dance party and a guacamole-making demonstration. Drop in.

Ciencia para Niños – Part of Día de los Niños
Saturday, April 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Enjoy stations with various hands-on experiments and participate in one-minute challenges! Drop in.

Books for Autism Awareness Month

When Wendy asked if I was writing an article for Autism Awareness Month, I turned to a resource that I recently learned about from other children’s librarians. Disability in Kidlit is a website “dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature” written by people who have disabilities. Their Honor Roll includes two children’s chapter books featuring boys with autism, one a fantasy and one a realistic fiction story:

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The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

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A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

You can find reviews of several more chapter books there, including some mixed ones by reviewers who feel that the authors did some things well but also got other things wrong. Another interesting feature is interviews with authors.

Another resource I have used in the past is the Schneider Family Book Award. This award is for “an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.” The page for the award also includes a bibliography of some recommended children’s books that feature characters who have disabilities. The list of award-winners and the bibliography both include some picture books for younger readers, which is outside the scope of Disability in KidLit. The jury that decides the award is supposed to be made up of people with “knowledge of disability experiences,” but they might not all have disabilities themselves. Looking through those lists, I only identified one picture book that featured a character with Autism:

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Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say

New Things to Read for Earth Day

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All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy

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The Animal Book: Over 100 Incredible Creatures and How we Share the Planet with Them by Ruth Martin

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Dark Matters: Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution by Joan Marie Galat

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Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World by Nikki Tate

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The Frog Scientist by Pamela Turner

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Let’s Eat: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet by Kimberley Veness

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Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Greening Up Spaces by Megan Kopp

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Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade

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Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman

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What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling by Elise Moser

Do something creative at the library!

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Weekly storytimes resume this week!

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, April 17, 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.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, April 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Stimulate your creativity for writing stories and poems! Drop in.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, April 19, 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, April 19, 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.

TechnoKids – Techno Artist
Friday, April 20, 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 (Drop in)
Saturday, April 21, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
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.

Make-It Take-It – Earth Day
Saturday, April 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
For children
Join us to make a special Earth Day craft to take home and keep! Drop in.

Don’t forget to visit the bookmobile at Tons of Trucks on Sunday, April 22!