Tag Archives: animals

Fall Fun around Bolingbrook

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Halloween Happenings at Fountaindale Library
Explore Goosebumps and other scary books with S’mores Book Club, drop in for a day of Halloween Happenings for children on October 28, make traditional crafts for Day of the Dead, or bring your preschoolers to a Teeny Tiny Halloween. You can see the full listing of programs for every age on the Halloween Happenings page.

Here are some other events going on nearby (please follow the links for details):

Ongoing:

Johansen Farms
Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Amazing Corn Maze, and other attractions.

Storytimes at Barnes and Noble

Special dates:

October 21 Pioneer PTO Family Fun Fall Festival – Trunk or Treat

October 21-22 and 27-31 Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event

October 27 Parkie’s Pumpkin Patch

October 28 Pet Costume Show at The Promenade Bolingbrook

October 29 Trick-or-Treat at IKEA

October 31 Boardman Cemetery Halloween Open House

October 31 Bolingbrook Trick-or-Treat Hours

October 31 Candypalooza at Living Water Church

November 4 Pumpkin Pitch at Lewis University in Romeoville
Shred Documents & Catapult Jack-O-Lanterns

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Shark Week!

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10 Fascinating Facts About Sharks by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
Did you know that there are more than 500 species of shark? Or that they range in size from smaller than a ruler to longer than a bus? Those are just some of the fascinating tidbits kids will discover in 10 Fascinating Facts About Sharks.

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Amazing Sharks by Steve Parker
Provides an overview of sharks, describing key characteristics of such species as the great white shark, blue shark, sand tiger shark, and whale shark.

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Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
Bowser the mutt lives with eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother in the normally quiet Louisiana bayou town of St. Roch, but news that a Bull shark has somehow made its way into the swamp has everyone excited, and the cash bounty for landing the shark has lured some very shady characters into town–one hunter in particular is prepared to go to any lengths to collect the money.

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Deadliest Sharks by Melissa Abramovitz
Profiles some of the world’s deadliest sharks, including the spotted wobbegong, shortfin mako, and bull shark.

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If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
A nonfiction picture book tracing the repercussions of what would happen if sharks disappeared from our planet.

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Please Be Nice to Sharks: Fascinating Facts about the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creatures by Matt Weiss; photos by Matt Weiss & Daniel Botelho
A humorous book that humanizes the incredible, much-maligned shark through breathtaking underwater photography and incredible facts dispels many of the myths that have led to various shark species being hunted to extinction.

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Sharkpedia by Nancy Ellwood and Margaret Parrish
Through hundreds of photographs, diagrams, maps, and illustrations, readers will learn where sharks lurk, what they eat, and why they do what they do, as well as hear from scientists and shark-attack survivors.

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Sharks by Sarah Fowler
Get up close and personal with all kinds of sharks—from bullhead to cow to carpet sharks—and learn how to identify different types, which is strongest, and so much more with this exciting book full of amazing images, fun quizzes, and incredible information.

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Sharks and Other Sea Creatures senior editor Carrie Lowe; photographer Ruth Jenkinson
Packed with fun activities, crafts, reading games, and amazing facts, kids can take a dive under the waves and meet all the colorful creatures beneath–from clown fish to starfish to jellyfish–in this educational project book.

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Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks by Skila Brown; illustrated by Bob Kolar
From the enormous whale shark to the legendary great white to the enigmatic goblin shark to the small cookie-cutter shark, Slickety Quick is a delightful frenzy of shark mayhem. … Sneaky shark facts ripple through each spread to further inform the brave and curious young reader intrigued by the power–and danger–of these amazing creatures.

Two generals and a dog

Ms. Wendy encountered this ad while enjoying Fourth of July fireworks on TV, and shared it with the rest of the Children’s Services Department:

As librarians, we all enjoyed that the letter about the dog is in the Library of Congress! (Follow the link above and click on “original document” to see it.)

When we hear a good story, one of our first thoughts is usually to ask “Is there a children’s book about this?” In this case, it turns out that there is!

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George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy
Recounts events in the life of George Washington which focus on his fondness for animals.

Science, Ballons, Reptiles and More!

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Story Stroll in the Park – “Nugget and Fang” by T. Sauer & M. Slack (Off site/Drop in)
Monday, July 10, 10-11 a.m.
Read the story 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!

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Monday, July 10, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K–5; kindergartners with an adult.
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, July 10, 7-7:30 p.m.

Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, July 11, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months.

Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Getting Excited About Science with Steve Belliveau – (Central Park)
Tuesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-noon

Who says science can’t be fun and funny? Learn the basics about science and laugh while you do! Drop in.

Balloon Show – (Annerino Community Center)
Tuesday, July 11, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages.
Enjoy light comedy and awe-inspiring balloon art with magical balloon-dude Dale Obrochta. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 11, 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, July 11, 7-7:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

Gather the family together for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs and laughter! Drop in.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, July 12,
9:30am – 10:00am

OR
10:30am – 11:00am
Ages 18–36 months.

Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 12, 1:30-3 p.m.
Grades 3–5.

Explore the creative writer in you during this four-week stimulating summer workshop. Must be able to attend all four sessions. Register.

Cold Blooded Creatures – (Central Park Pavilion)
Thursday, July 13, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.

Learn about reptiles, their native habitats, myths, superstitions and more with Jim Nesci.
Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, July 13, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months.

Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Vinyl Design & Computer Cutting Basics
Thursday, July 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm,
Tweens

Create and cut custom designs that can be applied to different surfaces. Register.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Wipfler Park)
Friday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Stop by Wipfler Park for a fun MOPs 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.

STEAM Rollin’
Friday, July 14, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Join us for an action–packed session of STEAM–based stories, activities, and crafts. Drop in.

Street Art Competition – Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages.
Create a chalk masterpiece on the library’s entryway sidewalk. Photos will be placed on the library’s website for voting. The artist with the most votes in each age group will win a prize! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, July 15, 1:30-3:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Drop in to see a movie with the family.

Exploring natural history

Summer is a great time to visit museums. We have some books to help you get ready for a museum visit, and we also have books that are like a virtual visit to a natural history museum all in themselves.

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Animalium by Jenny Broom; illustrated by Katie Scott
Like Botanicum and Historium, below, this is part of the Welcome the Museum series and has “galleries” of images that are like taking a tour of a museum.

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Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha
Learn about the science of bees and how humans have interacted with them in this unusual book from Poland.

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Botanicum by Kathy Willis; illustrated by Katie Scott
Showcases dozens of full-color plants from around the world in a gallery format, complemented by identification information and brief descriptions.

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Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Erica Kelly and Richard Kissel
A book published in association with The Field Museum to go along with the Evolving Planet exhibit.

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The Field Museum of Natural History by Joy Gregory
This would be a nice introduction before a trip to Chicago to visit the museum. The publisher provides online extras like audio and videos.

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Historium by Jo Nelson; illustrated by Richard Wilkinson
Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial.

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How the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessica Hartland
From outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History. By the same author: How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum and How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.

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The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Charlie is struggling to get through a cross-country trip to see his father, who will undergo brain surgery. He’s coping by checking off birds from the list he and his dad made of all the species they hoped to see someday– at least one of which is rather inconveniently extinct. Perhaps the Field Museum can help?

Want to do more to explore museums? The Field Museum has online resources for educators (the specimens toolkit would pair nicely with The Someday Birds). You can use the Museum Adventure Pass for discounts at some local museums (call the Information Desk for more details). You can also look at Summer’s Free Museum Days in Chicago to find out when there is free or discounted admission at some of the big Chicago museums that aren’t included in the Museum Adventure Pass.

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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.

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pandora
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.

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

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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.

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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.