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Special storytimes, music and more!

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Our weekly storytimes continue!

Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Sunday, February 17, 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. (Please note, this storytime is presented entirely in Romanian.) Drop in.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Monday, February 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Age group: Children
Spark your imagination with stories, songs, fun and a take-home craft. After storytime, stick around to explore the museum and learn more about our village. Storytime includes free museum admission. Drop in.

iMake
Monday, February 18, 2-3 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, February 19, 3-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information if you have them. We have a limited number of guest accounts that you can use. Drop in.

Mini Math Monsters
Tuesday, February 19, 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.

Young Writers’ Club: Wizard of Oz – Part of the Great Read
Wednesday, February 20, 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.

“Oz the Great and Powerful” Movie Showing – Part of the Great Read
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
All ages
A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he has to fulfill a prophecy to become the king and free Oz from the Wicked Witch. (PG; runtime 130 minutes) Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, February 21: 9:30am – 10:30am
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.

NEW! IKEA Storytime – (Off site)
IKEA – 750 E. Boughton Road
Friday, February 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Age group: Children
Join us for a brand new story time at IKEA! Enjoy juice and cookies while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Storytime will take place on the second floor near the restaurant. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, February 22, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, February 22, 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.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Saturday, February 23, 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. (This storytime is entirely in Polish.) Drop in.

Preschool Round-Up
Saturday, February 23, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ages 3 and up
Find the right school for your little one. Meet with over a dozen preschools and daycare centers, get a free vision and hearing screening and enter our prize drawing for parents and teachers. Drop in.

Family Movie – “Teen Titans Go to the Movies”
Saturday, February 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family together for a movie. Runtime: 92 min. Drop in.

Please join us next week for:

Roots – President Barack Obama and Misty Copeland
Sunday, February 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Join Judith and Ernie Davis for books, activities and snacks as we explore the lives of African American heroes. This month we’ll cover President Barack Obama and Misty Copeland. Drop in.

Get whisked away to the library

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Roots – George Washington Carver and Katherine Johnson
Sunday, January 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Join Judith and Ernie Davis for books, activities and snacks as we explore the lives of African American heroes. This month we’ll cover George Washington Carver and Katherine Johnson. Drop in.

Please note that the 11 a.m. All Together Storytime on Monday, January 28 will be without music.

Tween DIY – Decorated Paper
Monday, January 28, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Make your own marble paper and stationery. Register.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Tuesday, January 29, 3-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information if you have them. We have a limited number of guest accounts that you can use. Drop in.

S’mores Book Club – “Rosa” and Other Civil Rights stories
Wednesday, January 30, 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.

NEW! IKEA Storytime – (Off site)
IKEA – 750 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, January 31, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
AGE GROUP: CHILDREN
Join us for a brand new story time at IKEA! Enjoy juice and cookies while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Storytime will take place on the second floor near the restaurant. Drop in.

Arts and Fables – “Wizard of Oz” 
Friday, February 1, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, February 1, 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: Imagine Natural Disasters – Part of the Great Read
Saturday, February 2, 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, February 2, 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 “Pete the Cat” prizes! Drop in.

Get ready for February

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Tween DIY: Decorated Paper
Monday, January 28, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Make your own marble paper and stationery. Maybe it would make a nice Valentine! Register.

S’mores Book Club: “Rosa” and Other Civil Rights stories
Wednesday, January 30, 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.

Imagineers Club: Imagine Natural Disasters – Part of the Great Read
Saturday, February 2, 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.

Mini Math Monsters
Tuesday, February 5, 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.

TechnoKids: High Seas Coding Adventure
Friday, February 8, 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.

Number Ninjas
Tuesday, February 12, 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.

Explore STEM and Language

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Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Sunday, January 20, 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. (Please note, this storytime is presented entirely in Romanian.) Drop in.

iMake
Monday, January 21, 2-3 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, January 22, 3-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information if you have them. We have a limited number of guest accounts that you can use. Drop in.

Please note that the Family Storytime on Tuesday, January 22 will be without music.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, January 23, 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.

Preschool Activity Time – Without Music
Friday, January 25, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
The library meeting room becomes a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute, and more. This session will be offered without music. See how much fun it can be! Drop in.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Saturday, January 26, 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. (This storytime is entirely in Polish.) Drop in.

Don’t forget to join us next week for

Roots – George Washington Carver and Katherine Johnson
Sunday, January 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Join Judith and Ernie Davis for books, activities and snacks as we explore the lives of African American heroes. This month we’ll cover George Washington Carver and Katherine Johnson. Drop in.

Join your family and friends at the library

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Roots – Elijah McCoy and Mae Jemison
Sunday, December 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Join Judith and Ernie Davis for books, activities and snacks as we explore the lives of African American heroes. This month we’ll cover Elijah McCoy and Mae Jemison. Drop in.

Tween DIY – LEGO Friends Animation
Monday, December 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Use LEGO Friends bricks to build a scene and create a story in Studio 300. This program was inspired by Z, an American Girl who loves to create her own films with stop-motion animation. Register.

Noche de la Familia – Feliz Navidad
Monday, December 17, 7-8 p.m.
For children and families
Celebremos la Navidad con cuentos, música y manualidades. Sin registro previo/Drop in

Digital Date Night in Studio 300 – Mommy-Son
Tuesday, December 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
For mothers and sons ages 8 and up
Enjoy an evening making digital media projects! Staff will guide you through several collaborative activities, including making a musical ringtone. Register.

Wilbur the Elephasaurus
Tuesday, December 18, 7-8 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us for music, activities and fun! Meet local author Denise Allegretti as we read her book, Wilbur the Elephasaurus, and learn about accepting differences. Drop in.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, December 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, December 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. Register.

Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Thursday, December 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Age group: Children
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.

Superhero Day – Part of Winter Break: Disney Days
Friday, December 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult unless otherwise noted
Come to the happiest library on Earth to celebrate all things Disney during Winter Break. Visit fountaindale.org/winterbreak for details. Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time: Superhero Party! – Part of Winter Break: Disney Days
Friday, December 21, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special Preschool Activity Time all about superheroes! Drop in.

Family Movie: “Pixar Short Films Collection 3” – Part of Winter Break: Disney Days
Friday, December 2,: 4-5:15 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family together for the movie “Pixar Short Films Collection 3.” Runtime: 76 minutes. Drop in.

Peter Pan Day – Part of Winter Break: Disney Days
Saturday, December 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult unless otherwise noted
Come to the happiest library on Earth to celebrate all things Disney during Winter Break. Visit fountaindale.org/winterbreak for details. Drop in.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Saturday, December 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. (This storytime is entirely in Polish.) Drop in.

Family Movie: “Peter Pan” – Part of Winter Break: Disney Days
Saturday, December 22, 1:30-3 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family together for a movie. Runtime: 77 minutes. Drop in.

Don’t forget to join us next week for

Winnie the Pooh Day – Part of Winter Break: Disney Days
Sunday, December 23, 1-5 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult unless otherwise noted
Come to the happiest library on Earth to celebrate all things Disney during Winter Break. Visit fountaindale.org/winterbreak for details. Drop in.

Family Movie: “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” – Part of Winter Break: Disney Days
Sunday, December 23, 1:30-3 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family together for a movie. Runtime: 74 minutes. Drop in.

March Madness

You don’t have to be college-aged to be interested in college basketball!

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Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy
Agnes Morley led her team to victory in the first-ever intercollegiate women’s basketball game– back when women played basketball in bloomers.

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Basketball: From Tip-off to Slam Dunk–The Essential Guide by Clive Gifford

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Basketball: Girls Rocking It by Barry Mableton and Elizabeth Gettelman

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Basketballogy: Supercool Facts You Never Knew by Kevin Sylvester

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Game Changer: John Mclendon and the Secret Game by John Coy
In 1944, in segregated North Carolina, Coach John McLendon of the North Carolina College of Negroes invited the Duke University Medical School basketball team for a secret and illegal game.

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Great Teams in College Basketball History by Luke DeCock

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Greatest Comebacks in Sports by Dustin Long

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The Illinois Fighting Illini by Mark Stewart

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The Mighty Macs
A sports movie about a women’s basketball team at a small Catholic college in the 1970s, and the coach who brought them all the way to a national championship.

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NCAA Basketball Championship by Annalise Bekkering

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Strong Inside: The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line by Andrew Maraniss
A biography of the student athlete who courageously integrated the Southeastern Conference.

Martin Luther King, life and legacy

pinkneysA patron came in the other day and asked what new books we had on Martin Luther King. This year, 50 years since he was assassinated, there are some especially beautiful new works like Martin Rising. The poet (Andrea Davis Pinkney) and illustrator (her husband, Brian Pinkney) made a video that lets you see inside the book.

This year, The Great Read will focus on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Fountaindale and other local libraries will be offering special activities next month, and an art contest you can enter now through February 14.

Here are the latest books to inspire you:

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Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by James E. Ransome
In this picture book, a class of children learns about the life of Dr. King and how they can be like him.

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Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
A book for beginning readers introduces the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s famous speech.

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Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson; illustrated by Frank Morrison
Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. This picture book includes historical notes and photographs.

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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney
In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King’s life — and of his assassination — through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning.