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Specials for big and little kids

Marta ST

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Sunday, December 10, 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.

All Together Storytime
Monday, December 11, 9:30-10 a.m.
Monday, December 11, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Monday, December 11, 11-11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a fun-filled half hour of stories and songs. This storytime is aimed at 2–6 year-olds, but siblings are welcome. Particularly good for families and groups with multi-age children. Drop in.

Tween DIY: Make Your Own Kaleidoscope
Monday, December 11, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Create a kaleidoscope that forms beautiful patterns as we celebrate the 200th birthday of its inventor. Register.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, December 11, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) is a bilingual storytime presented in English and Spanish. Drop in.
Diez Deditos es una hora de cuento bilingüe presentada en Español e Ingles. Sin registro previo.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, December 12, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months with an adult
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, December 12, 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, December 12, 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, December 13, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, December 13, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, December 13, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Chess Club
Wednesday, December 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Are you a chess enthusiast? Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Digital Date Night in Studio 300 – Mommy-Son
Thursday, December 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
For mothers and sons ages 8 and up
Enjoy an evening of digital media projects: take pictures and Photoshop yourself silly, record a video message, make a musical ringtone and much more! Register.
(We will be offering a Daddy-Daughter night next week!)

Minecraft Club
Thursday, December 14, 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.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, December 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months with an adult
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, December 15, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, December 15, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ and groovin’ to music, rhythms, songs and more! This month we will feature music from The Nutcracker. Drop in.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, December 15, 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. This month we will explore Canada! Drop in.

Teen/Tween Tech Homeschool Adventures – Photography Basics
Friday, December 15, 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 tips for taking better photos. Register.

TechnoKids Mini Series – Now You’re Talking!
Friday, December 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
This three-part workshop series about radio waves and sound will culminate in the creation of a podcast by the children who participate. Registration is now closed.

Polar Express Storytime and Craft
Saturday, December 16, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved book! Drop in.

Elizabeth Rodriguez Academy Violinists Concert
Saturday, December 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Enjoy a live performance of classical and holiday music performed by talented young violinists. Drop in.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, December 16, 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.

Bringing your favorite books to life

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration
Sunday, November 19, 2-3 p.m.
Zoo-Wee-Mama! Celebrate 10 years of Diary of a Wimpy Kid with games, crafts and a snack with your family. This event will be of greatest interest to children who are familiar with the series. Drop in.

All Together Storytime
Monday, November 20, 9:30-10 a.m.
Monday, November 20, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Monday, November 20, 11-11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a fun-filled half hour of stories and songs. This storytime is aimed at 2–6 year-olds, but siblings are welcome. Particularly good for families and groups with multi-age children. Drop in.

iMake
Monday, November 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5, kindergartners with an adult
Try out a variety of different technologies every month including robots, building sets, Cubelets and weaving. Drop in.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, November 20, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.
Diez Deditos es una hora de cuento bilingüe presentada en Español e Ingles. Sin Registro Previo.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, November 21, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months with an adult
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, November 21, 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, November 21, 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, November 22, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, November 22, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 22, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Computer and Stop-Motion Animation Bootcamp
Wednesday, November 22, 1-4 p.m.
Age group: Tweens Teens Adults
Learn to make basic animated videos in this three-hour, hands-on workshop. There will be opportunities for traditional stop-motion techniques and software-based animated videos, too. Register.

Please note that the library will close early on Wednesday (at 5 p.m.). The library will be closed Friday for Thanksgiving and will re-open for regular hours at 9 a.m. Friday.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, November 24, 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. While your preschooler has fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

TechnoKids Mini Series – Now You’re Talking!
Friday, November 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
This three-part workshop series about radio waves and sound will culminate in the creation of a podcast by the children who participate. Registration is now closed.

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, November 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Pranksters George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he is an enthusiastic and dimwitted superhero. Drop in.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes!
Saturday, November 25, 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.

Music and More for Families

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Noche de la Familia
Monday, May 8, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy hands-on nature activities with the Bolingbrook Park District at this bilingual event. Drop in.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 9, 10:30-11:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult
Bring your babies to this storytime to enjoy singing, nursery rhymes, stories and fun with puppets! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 9, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. See the calendar for full details.

Jump and Jam with Todd Downing
Wednesday, May 10, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Wild dancing! Lively music! Fun for all! Come for some of the wittiest and most entertaining tunes ever heard East of the Mississippi. Drop in.

Chess Club
Wednesday, May 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8
Are you a chess enthusiast? Whether your are just beginning or are a seasoned chess player, join us, meet people and play chess! Drop in.

McStory Time
Thursday, May 11, 9:30-10:30
Ages 2-6
Storytime at east side McDonald’s. Registration is required. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 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. See the calendar for full details.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 11, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult
Bring your babies to this storytime to enjoy singing, nursery rhymes, stories and fun with puppets! Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, May 12, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Meet friends, play games and have fun during activity time! Drop in.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, May 13, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Build it!
Saturday, May 13, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with an adult for DUPLO®
Grades K-5, K with an adult for LEGO®
Use DUPLO and LEGO blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, May 13, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1
Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Rovin’ Robots and More

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30-ish Second Video Book Review Contest
April 9-15, All day
Tweens-Adults
Tell us about your favorite book or any book you’ve read with a 30-ish second video book review for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card! Need help with your video? Stop by Studio 300 for assistance! Check our online calendar for how to enter and more details.

Food for Fines as part of National Library Week
April 9-15
Do you owe any money for fines on your library card? Bring a donation of food to the Check-Out desk  and we will remove $2 in fines (up to $20) per account for each unexpired, non-perishable food item you donate. All food will be donated to the DuPage Township Food Pantry.
You can also return overdue or lost books the week of April 9-15 without paying fines. Returned materials must be in good condition.
Please note: Collection agency fees, billed items that are not returned and billed equipment from Studio 300 and lost eReaders do not qualify.

There will be no weekly Storytimes this week, but Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Our special Spring Break Week Rovin’ Robots programs include video gaming, chances to try out our new robots, drawing classes, a stuffed animal sleepover, making art bots, Preschool Activity Time, and a Make-it Take-it craft program. See the Spring Break Week Rovin’ Robots page for details and to register for programs.

National Bookmobile Day
Wednesday, April 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit the Bookmobile in front of the library to celebrate National Bookmobile Day. We’ll have giveaways, crafts, drop-in storytimes—including a puppet story—and gift card drawings!

McStory Time
Thursday, April 13, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Join us for a free story and a treat at McDonald’s. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, April 15: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Grades K-1
Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Please remember that the library will be closed April 16 for Easter. See you on Monday!

From Fossils to Friends

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Family Fun Dinosaur Encounter

Sunday, March 26, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Be amazed at a 5-foot-long Apatosaurus femur and an entire T-Rex foot! Meet award-winning author Janet Riehecky as she presents her extensive collection of fossils. Drop in.

Our weekly storytimes continue this week, along with Crazy 8s and Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.

Saturday, three special events will take place:

Friends Spring Book Sale
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, movies, audiobooks and more! Proceeds from the sale directly support library programs and materials (Friends of the Library can shop the Members-Only Presale on Friday).

Saturday Special: Boo! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, April 1, 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. Register now.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes!
Saturday, April 1, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K–1

Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

What a weekend!

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Our weekly storytimes continue, along with Crazy 8s and Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday. We also have:

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, March 22, 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. This month’s topic is Graphic Novels.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, March 24
10:30-noon
or
1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students.
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering the geography, stories, music and crafts of the United States of America in this hands-on program. This month we will explore the western states. Drop in.

Pete the Cat Day
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult; Drop in.
Bring your camera and meet Pete the Cat at storytime from 11-11:30 a.m. Make a craft while supplies last from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Enjoy special coloring pages until 4 p.m.
Readers in kindergarten or first grade can participate in Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes from 3-5 p.m.

Willy Wonka Jr Theatre Showcase
Saturday, March 25, 4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult; Drop in.

Enjoy the delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale.
This performance, featuring local children in grades 2 through 8, is presented by Theatre-on-the-Hill at the library.

Looking ahead to next week, don’t miss this special event on Sunday:

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Family Fun Dinosaur Encounter

Sunday, March 26, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Be amazed at a 5-foot-long Apatosaurus femur and an entire T-Rex foot! Meet award-winning author Janet Riehecky as she presents her extensive collection of fossils. Drop in.

Pizza, Preschool, and Pete the Cat

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Storytimes and Minecraft Club (on Tuesday and Thursday) continue this week.

Harry Potter Family STEAM Workshop
Monday, February 20, 2-4 p.m.
Grades K-5, K with an adult
Explore our STEAM stations highlighting hands-on activities for the family to work on together! Drop in.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, February 21, 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-2
Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids appreciate the math that’s all around them. Have fun with mischief making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions, and Toilet Paper Olympics. Some of the activities build from week to week so it is important not to miss a class. Must be able to attend all 8 sessions. Register now.

S’mores Book Club: Harry Potter and Other Fantasies
Wednesday, February 22, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour 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 now.

Chick-fil-A Storytime
Thursday, February 23, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Storytime at west side Chick-fil-A, 245 N Weber Rd, Bolingbrook. Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, February 24, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Meet your friends and have lots of fun in our carpeted meeting room with many games to play! Drop in.

Monarch Award Pizza Party
Friday, February 24, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K-3

Be there when we reveal the library winner! Must vote for favorite 2017 Monarch Award Nominee in order to register. Voting is only allowed after reading five or more titles. Visit the Children’s Services Desk to vote and register or call 630-685-4181.

Annual Preschool Round-Up and Vision and Hearing Screening
Saturday, February 25, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
All ages
Fountaindale’s 6th Annual Preschool Round-Up is an opportunity to find the preschool that is right for your child. This will be your chance to meet and talk to representatives from more than a dozen preschools and daycare centers in the area to help find the right fit. There will be other community organizations attending as well and drawings for prizes for teachers and parents and activities for the kids! This drop-in event is being held in Meeting Room A. Also, the Will County Health Dept. will be conducting FREE hearing and vision screenings from 11:30am-2:30pm in Meeting Room B as part of Fountaindale’s Preschool Round-Up.

Saturday Special: Drop-in Storytime
Saturday, February 25, 11-11:30 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult

Stories, songs, and fun are the order of the day when we get together for storytime. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Pete the Cat: I’m reading in my school shoes!
Saturday, February 25, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1

Can you read all by yourself? Come in and read a book to us! Students who participate earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.