Last chance to see student projects!

Students from Bolingbrook High School wrote and illustrated their own children’s books about endangered animals in French, German, and Spanish. Come and take a look! They will be on display in the Children’s Services department of the library through Sunday, May 7.

“Everything is art. Everything is politics.” (quote from Ai Weiwei)

This past weekend, my dad and I had a chance to attend Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens:
Natural State. Some of the first pieces you see when you walk into the building are large, hollow, white structures in the shapes of gods or supernatural creatures that are hanging from the ceiling.

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I knew Ai Weiwei was an activist, but I did not know the story about his father. It made me think of this book:

Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang, illustrated by Greg Ruth

In the story, a boy’s father is sent to a labor camp during the Cultural Revolution in China. They make a plan to each fly a kite for the other to see at a certain time every day since they don’t have any other way to communicate. In an author’s note at the back of the book, Ji-li Jiang explains that the picture book was inspired by the personal history of a family friend. In the end, he says, “My friend’s father survived the Cultural Revolution, and my friend grew up and became a poet.”

Red Kite, Blue Kite is one of the books included in our current display for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It includes children’s books that have received the South Asia Book Award or the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Come take a look!

Babies, Bytes & Boo! Ha! Ha!

IMG_0188The spring session of weekly storytimes has ended. The new summer session will begin June 12. Minecraft Club continues on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tween 3-D Jewelry Design
Monday, May 1, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6

Learn to design a jewelry project for the 3-D printer. There is currently space on the waiting list for this program.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 2, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 0-18

Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime to sing your favorite nursery rhymes, read stories and play with puppets. Drop in.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, May 3, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12

Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, May 3, 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 Storytime
Thursday, May 4, 9:30-10:30 p.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.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 4, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months

Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime to sing your favorite nursery rhymes, read stories and play with puppets. Drop in.

Arts & Fables
Friday, May 5
9:30-10:15 a.m.
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Join us for a storytime, and then move with us to the Creativity Park for a fun craft! We will be exploring seeds and flowers. Drop in until the room is filled.

Boo! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, May 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5

Spooky, fun and educational! This is a fun program based on exciting book series where you will play games, use new technologies and/or explore science.<

Turn around, little house

Ms. Rupa invited people from around the library to record something for a special video for Día. Some people read or told stories; some sang songs. When you watch the video on Saturday, you’ll hear several different languages!

I recorded a children’s song in Italian since that’s the language I have spent the most time studying. My actual cultural background is from various other bits of Europe, largely Russia (or thereabouts– it depends on which year’s borders we’re talking about).

Lately I’ve noticed several books– mostly for older readers– featuring the Russian folk character Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a house with chicken feet. She’s known to fly around in the same kind of mortar and pestle you might use to grind herbs in your kitchen. She also sometimes eats people, but not always.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola; illustrated by Emily Carroll
The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure in this graphic novel.

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Happy to be adopted at last, twelve-year-old orphan Mary Hayes soon learns a terrifying secret about her new mother, the mysterious Madame Z.

Egg & Spoon: A Novel by Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked)
An impoverished Russian country girl Elena Rudina and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga.

A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker
Serafina is summoned from her village to the magical cottage of a great aunt she has never heard of and learns that she is meant to become the new Baba Yaga, whose magical role is answering the first question any stranger might ask her with the truth.

Vasilissa the Beautiful: A Russian Folktale retold by Anthea Bell; with pictures by Anna Morgunova
A retelling of the old Russian fairy tale in which beautiful Vasilissa uses the help of her doll to escape from the clutches of the witch Baba Yaga.

Fun for all ages, all languages


We have lots of special events for preschool-aged children this week as part of the Week of the Young Child, but there are fun things for older kids, too! This is the last week for our weekly Spring Storytimes. Minecraft Club will take place on Tuesday and Thursday.  We will conclude the week with special activities and performances for El día de los niños/El día de los libros.  Join us!

Tons of Trucks
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bring the family to kick off the “Week of the Young Child” with us at the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center (BRAC)! We will provide storytimes and have a vendor table inside with giveaways. Stop by the bookmobile to check out books, DVDs and more.

Family Chess
Sunday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
All ages

Pit your chess skills against those of other players in open play. Drop in

Monday, April 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5; Kindergarteners must be accompanied by an adult
Visit Creativity Park in the Children’s Services Department to try out our newest technologies. Drop in.

Miss Carole PJ Night Singalong
Tuesday, April 25, 6-7:00 p.m.

Warm up your vocal cords, and join us for a pajama singalong at the Annerino Center during the “Week of the Young Child.” Be sure to visit our table and get a library card.

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, April 26, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after-school snack? If so, join us for our S’mores Book Club where we will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. Register now.

STEAM Night at Annerino
Wednesday, April 26, 4:30-6 p.m.
Join us at Annerino Community Center for “Week of the Young Child’s” STEAM Night. Stop by to see what STEAM and maker technologies the library has to offer, and sign up for a library card.

Chick-fil-A Storytime
Thursday, April 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Join us for a free story at Chick-fil-A on Weber Rd. and meet the Chick-fil-A cow! No registration required. Call 630.685.4230 for questions or more information.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, April 28
10:30 a.m.-noon OR 1:30-3 p.m.
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering the geography, stories, music and crafts of the United States of America in this hands-on program for K–5 homeschool teachers and their students.

El Día de los Niños Celebration: Groovin’ Around the World
Saturday, April 29: 10:30am – 5:00pm
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate diversity in languages and cultures with stories, crafts, music and dancing. See the full list of activities and special performances for more information.

Foxes are the new owls

Ever since the popular chapter book Pax was published, we’ve been seeing lots of books about foxes!  Here are some new picture books and nonfiction titles:

All Ears, All Eyes
by Richard Jackson; illustrated by Katherine Tillotson
As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.

Faraway Fox
by Jolene Thompson illustrated by Justin K. Thompson
A lonely fox roams the forest where he grew up, searching for his family and finding only strange creatures who stand on their hind legs, until, at last, he finds himself at home.

How to Find a Fox
by Nilah Magruder
Equipped with a camera and determination, an adventurous little girl tries to track down an elusive red fox, which proves more difficult than she thought.

Little Fox in the Forest
by Stephanie Graegin
A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

by Victoria Turnbull
Pandora the fox lives alone in a junk yard. She’s depressed and has no contact with the outside world. Then, she rescues a blue bird. As she nurses him back to health, the bird collects seeds and trinkets for her. One day, the bird grows strong enough to fly away, but the garden seeds he brought begin to transform Pandora’s landscape.

by Tim McCanna; illustrated by Richard Smythe
A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia.

The Secret Life of the Red Fox by Laurence Pringle; illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
The life of a red fox is a mystery to most people. You might catch a glimpse of blazing red fur or hear a far-off bard, but the fox‘s daily activities are know to few. Filled with fascinating facts and illuminating details, this nonfiction book invites readers on a yearlong journey with a red fox named Vixen.

Sniffer and Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship
by Berit Helberg; photography by Torgeir Berge
A fox and a German Shepherd living in a small Norwegian town become best friends.

Writing and Coding and Movin’ and Groovin’


Weekly storytimes are back! Minecraft Club will also meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  We also have these special events planned for you:

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, April 19, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12
Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register now.

This program has been cancelled due to a death in the family.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, April 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Stimulate your creativity for writing stories and poems! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, April 20, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, April 21
9:30-10:15 a.m. OR 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months to 5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ to music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in.

Friday, April 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3

Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics. Register now.

Family Movie
Saturday, April 22, 1:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family to watch a movie. Runtime 105 minutes.

Keep in mind, next week’s Week of the Young Child celebrations will kick off with Tons of Trucks on Sunday, April 23. Stop and say hi!