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From Spooky Sunday to DiNovember

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Weekly storytimes continue.

Spooky Storytime
Sunday, October 28, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us for a spooky storytime and craft. Come in costume for extra fun! Drop in.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Tuesday, October 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.

NEW! Number Ninjas
Tuesday, October 30, 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.

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

Minecraft Club Open Play
Thursday, November 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.

Arts and Fables – Dinosaurs (Part of DiNovember)
Friday, November 2, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, November 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 – Imagine Dinosaurs (Part of DiNovember)
Saturday, November 3, 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, November 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! All participants will earn “Pete the Cat” prizes. Drop in.

Music and Fun for All Ages

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Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Sunday, May 6, 3-4 p.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.

Noche de la Familia – Cha Cha Cha con Música
Monday, May 7, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Join us for music and bilingual songs for the whole family. Drop in.
Acompáñenos a una noche de música y canciones bilingües para toda la familia.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 8, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, May 8, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 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.

Spirits in the Wind Flute Circle
Tuesday, May 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Tweens through adults
Join our relaxing and creative flute and percussion circle. Don’t play the flute? We can teach you, or you can play a percussion instrument. Need a flute? Purchase one for $35 in class. Drop in.

Miss Jamie’s Farm
Wednesday, May 9, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Children accompanied by an adult
Join Miss Jamie with her puppet friends, Sweet Jen the hen and Prissy the pig, on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along musical tour of the farm. Drop in.

Chess Club
Wednesday, May 9, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Whether you’re just beginning or are a seasoned chess player, join us, meet people and play chess! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 10, 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.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 10, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime! Activities will include singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reading stories and having fun with puppets. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, May 11, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, May 11, 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.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, May 12, 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.

Build It!
Saturday, May 12, 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 12, 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! All participants will earn a “Pete the Cat” reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Music and Theatre and More!

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Weekly storytimes and Crazy 8s Club continue!

Native American Flute Concert – Presented by Something Different
Sunday, March 11, 3-4:30 p.m.
For tweens, teens and adults
Sit back, relax and enjoy a musical road trip through the world of music! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, March 13, 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.

Chess Club 
Wednesday, March 14, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Whether you’re just beginning or are a seasoned chess player, join us, meet people and play chess! Drop in.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, March 15, 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.

Emerald City Theatre Presents – Baby Theater and The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Thursday, March 15, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Thursday, March 15, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Meet Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck from Beatrix Potter’s classic stories, and participate in interactive theater scenes. To register, visit the Children’s Services Desk or call 630.685.4181.

Minecraft Club 
Thursday, March 15, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, March 16, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, March 16, 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 featuring some Irish music! Drop in.

TechnoKids – Fun with Chromebooks
Friday, March 16, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, March 17, 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 featuring some Irish music! Drop in.

STEAM Family Workshop 
Saturday, March 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult
Join us for a variety of STEAM activities for the whole family! Drop in.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes! 
Saturday, March 17, 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! All participants will earn a “Pete the Cat” headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Don’t forget to sign up for a special parent-child painting program on Sunday!

Parent & Child DIY – I Love You Elephants
Sunday, March 18, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 5–11
Parents and children team up to create a masterpiece from start to finish. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit the Children’s Services Desk or call 630.685.4181.

Black Joy

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I was intrigued by an ad I saw this fall for the book Crown, for which the author and illustrator earned several honors at this month’s Youth Media Awards. At the top of the ad were the words of a writer for Kirkus Reviews: “This book oozes black cool and timely, much-needed black joy.”

I thought “black joy” was a great choice of words. While it’s important for students to learn and understand history, reading about history can be a painful experience. Children who are learning to read need to be motivated to read, and one of the best ways to do that is to let children read books they enjoy.

At a library conference I met Alan Irby, a man who really gets this. He started  Barbershop Books to “Help black boys ages 4-8 to identify as readers” by putting books in barbershops. The books he had on display were are all ones kids love to read: The Adventures of Captain Underpants, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? and other fun things.

The author Carole Boston Weatherford wrote about how even though the number and variety of books with African American characters increased from when she was little to when she had kids, she still had trouble finding books that matched her son’s interests:

“But with the exception of Ringgold’s Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky (1992), my children went five years — an eternity for a kid — without seeing another fantasy picture book with African American characters. In five years, a child can graduate from read-alouds to read-alones. A child’s interests can change. A child can even lose interest in books.”

So here, partly inspired by Scott Woods’ list of 28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (2018), are some of the most appealing new books in the library. Some will touch on serious topics, but not in a way that overwhelms the reading experience.

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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
I’ve talked to a couple of people in the past year or so who hadn’t realized that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an author; he’s covered topics like African American history and the world of Sherlock Holmes as well as fiction and nonfiction about basketball.

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Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency by Pete Souza (also available as an ebook on OverDrive)
The Chief Official White House Photographer shares his photographs of President Obama in a book especially for children.

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Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Grandma’s purse is full of things like family photos and sparkly earrings (and the art depicting her house is full of great textures)

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Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, art by Keith Knight
I’m familiar with Keith Knight’s comics for adults; to the best of my knowledge this is his first time illustrating a book (Wimpy Kid-style) just for kids.

King & Kayla series, written by Dori Hillestad Butler and illustrated by Nancy Meyers
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A book from this series of beginning chapter books just earned a Geisel Honor as a distinguished title for beginning readers.

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Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Stories about Lola and her baby brother Leo are available in both Spanish and English!

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A Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhané Wallis, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
The young actress tells the story of attending a red carpet awards ceremony (and when you’re nine, who else would you bring as a date but your mom?) in a picture book full of sparkly dresses.

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Shadows of Caesar’s Creek by Sharon M. Draper
Sharon Draper’s series Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs was one of the few chapter book series featuring African American boys. The series is now being reissued with new cover illustrations and a new name, Clubhouse Mysteries. This one has a haunted forest!

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Springtime Blossoms by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Michelle Henninger
Not many beginning reader books feature African American kids, either, but Bradford Street Buddies is a newer series that is an exception.

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Where’s Rodney? by Carmen Bogan, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Rodney’s class takes a field trip that makes a big impression on him.

series by Asia Citro, art by Marion Lindsay
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I’ve seen a kid go from I-don’t-like-reading to reading-while-walking in under 5 minutes because of this book! The rest of the beginning chapter fantasy series just arrived at the library.

Here are some places to look for more fiction and nonfiction featuring African Americans:

Amistad Press is an imprint of HarperCollins and published Chasing Space (there is a Young Readers’ edition as well as an edition for adults).

Jump at the Sun is a Disney imprint. It just published a board book edition of Homemade Love by bell hooks.

The NAACP Image Awards include a category for literature. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History won in the children’s category and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground won in the youth/teens category. The nominees for the awards are also listed online.

Come over the rainbow to the library

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The Many-Colored Library Adventure continues this week at the library! Stop by January 2 through January 6. Every day, we’ll have coloring pages and you can win a prize if you find our hidden object. You can also guess the number of objects to win a big container of art supplies! Some days we will even have crafts.

Don’t forget to check the online calendar for details about programs you have registered for or to sign up for programs happening in the next 3 weeks!

Storytime at the Museum 
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Wednesday, January 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
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. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime 
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, January 4, 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.

Arts and Fables – Snowman 
Friday, January 5, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, January 5, 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.

Interactive Family Movie 
Saturday, January 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
The Many-Colored Library Adventure ends over the rainbow with an interactive showing of this beloved classic. Come in costume for added fun. Drop in.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes! 
Saturday, January 6, 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.

Specials for big and little kids

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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.