Putting the M in STEM

Crazy8sLogoWeekly storytimes continue!

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, February 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, February 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–2
This popular math-based series of programs returns for the younger age group. Children must attend all eight sessions.  Register.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, February 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, February 8, 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, February 9, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While your preschooler has fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

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

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

The Black History Month Awareness Club & Valley View District 365U Proudly Presents
The 20th Annual Community Wide Black History Month Celebration
Bolingbrook High School Auditorium, 365 Raider Way
Saturday, February 10, 1-5 p.m.
Free and open to the public
This year’s highlights include a Step Show Competition and College and University Fair.

We will also have storytime in Polish at the library on Sunday!

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Sunday, February 11, 1:30-2:15 p.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. Drop in.

Free Resource for Teachers and Students


Are you studying any of the Coretta Scott King Award books in your classroom? TeachingBooks.net has a great collection of resources related to nearly 300 books that have won the award. Usually you need an account to access TeachingBooks.net, but “This Curriculum Resource Center was created by TeachingBooks.net with the support of the Coretta Scott King Book Award 40th Anniversary Public Awareness Campaign Committee” and you can access them without an account.

You can watch a meet-the-author video (maybe the one for Bryan Collier, who illustrated the Monarch Award nominee Trombone Shorty), listen to interviews with authors or listen to them read their books aloud. You can look for lesson plans or book discussion questions to go with a title. Teachers can even search for books to match a particular grade level, school subject, or type of reading (for example, poetry or realistic fiction).

Save the date! Sunday, February 25

The Poetic Storyteller: Oba William King – Part of The Great Read
Sunday, February 25, 2-3 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate Black History Month with stories, songs and drums from storyteller Oba William King. This lively presentation will delight your whole family. Drop in.



Enjoy The Great Read and other great programs!

Great Reads 2018

Weekly storytimes continue!

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, January 30, 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.

S’mores Book Club – “Who Was…?” Series and Other Biographies
Wednesday, January 31, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6

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. Register.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
New venue Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, February 1, 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.

Thursday, February 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.
White Oak Library – 201 Normantown Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446
Thursday, February 1, 6-8 p.m.

All ages
Professional storyteller Linda Gorham will share the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s youthful experiences with segregation that gave him the impetus to march, write and speak out. Drop in.

Arts and Fables – “Elmer the Elephant”
Friday, February 2, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, February 2, 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.
Imagineers Club – Kids’ Spa Day
Saturday, February 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5

Play games, use new technologies and 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, February 3, 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 to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Wintry Wordless Books


We have a wonderful collection of wordless picture books. They can be found in the book bins labeled Concepts. When I was browsing there recently, I was struck by the variety of stories with winter themes. Everyone can enjoy wordless books. Readers get to tell the story in their own words in any language. Try these.

Pancakes for Breakfast
by Tomie de Paola
With a smile on her face a woman imagines pancakes for breakfast. Off she goes to collect eggs from her hens and milk from her cow. After churning some of the milk into butter, she discovers she has no maple syrup! What to do? Tomi dePaola’s illustrations are good-humored and charming.

Flora and the Penguin
by Molly Idle
Flora steps out on the ice. A penguin appears through a hole in it. Their duet is elegant, comical and dramatic as they first glide together harmoniously and then fall out over a little fish caught by the penguin. Flaps help move the story forward to a satisfying conclusion.

Fox’s Garden
by Princesse Camcam
Why does a fox come out of the woods on a winter night, and why does it go into a greenhouse? Follow the child who trails the fox to solve the mystery. The enchanting papercut illustrations capture the frostiness of the night and the warmth of the child’s home. Tell this story in a whisper.

Wolf in the Snow
by Matthew Cordell
A human child and a wolf pup get lost in a snowstorm – and come face to face. Will they find their way home to their families? The expressive paintings of this page-turner emphasize the drama of the situation and the emotions of the characters.

by Scott E. Franson
What would happen if the sun shone under your umbrella onto the snowy ground? Flowers would bloom, snow would melt, and the frozen pond would become a swimming pool! This cheerful adventure explores an imaginative idea from one season to another.

Snowman’s Story
by Will Hillenbrand
In this generously sized book an owl drops a top hat, a rabbit hops into it, the wind picks up the hat, and it lands on a snowman’s head. The snowman has a book and the rabbit snatches it! From here the action is non-stop as the characters face one peril after another before arriving at a surprise ending.

– Ms. Wendy

Join us for winter fun

The Snowy Day

Weekly storytimes continue!

Family Fun: Wintry Mix 
Sunday, January 21, 2-3 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us for snowy fun, activities and crafts. Drop in.

Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, January 23, 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.

Wednesday, January 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Stimulate your creativity for writing stories and poems! Drop in.
Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Thursday, January 25, 10:30-11:30 a.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.

Thursday, January 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.
Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, January 26, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Friday, January 26, 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 – Robotics
Friday, January 26, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
For homeschool teens and tweens

Explore hands-on technology topics that complement your homeschool curriculum. This month we explore robotics. Register.

Winterfest: Flurries ‘N Fun
Annerino Community Center – 201 Recreation Drive
Saturday, January 27. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages
Join us at the Bolingbrook Park District’s Winterfest celebration! Visit the Bookmobile, decorate cookies, sing karaoke, and then head outside to explore a variety of fun winter activities. Drop in.

Family field trip?

Are you waiting for the next discount day to visit one of your favorite local museums? Right now you can take advantage of Museum Week! Here’s a little information from the official website:


January 18–26, 2018 • Chicago, IL

“For nine days in January, the city’s top museums are joining together to celebrate Museum Week. Take advantage of discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more at each of the participating museums. Illinois residents will receive up to 25% off admissions at all museums. From culture to constellations, art to animals, this is your chance to experience Chicago’s most beloved institutions in a whole new way!”

You can also use your library card to get a Museum Adventure Pass at the Information Desk. The Museum Adventure Pass website has information on participating museums and attractions (like Brookfield Zoo) and what kinds of discounts you get with the pass.