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Jonathan Swift at 350

Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667. He’s best known in the world of children’s literature for Gulliver’s Travels (originally for adults). To find out more about him and the time in which he lived, you could check out The 18th Century: Artists, Writers, and Composers. You can also enjoy one of these adaptations of Gulliver’s story:

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Unabridged Playaway audiobook

Gulliver by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Riddell
The voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants. This adaptation is long but full of pictures and recommended for grades 3 and up.

Gulliver in Lilliput by Lisa Findlay
On a voyage in the South Seas, an Englishman finds himself shipwrecked in Lilliput, a land of people only six inches high. This one is in our collection of books for beginning readers.

Gulliver’s Travels by Martin Woodside
An abridged version of the voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman that carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants. The Classic Starts series is suggested for ages 7 to 9.

Gulliver’s Travels by Nick Eliopulos
The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land of giants; and a country ruled by horses. This Stepping Stone book is recommended for ages 6 to 9.

Gulliver’s Travels by James Dunbar
The voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants. Illustrated notes throughout the text explain the historical background of the story.

Gullifur’s Travels by Brad Strickland
When Joe learns a valuable lesson in judging basketball players by their size, Wishbone imagines himself as Lemuel Gulliver, a seventeenth-century ship’s surgeon who is shipwrecked in two strange lands. In one place, everyone is only a few inches tall. The other land is populated by giants. Suggested for ages 8 to 12.

Lilliput by Sam Gayton
Three-inch-tall Lily has been trapped in a bird cage for half of her life while her giant captor, Gulliver, writes a book about his travels but she finally escapes and, aided by a clockmaker’s apprentice and his friends, makes plans to leave London and return home to Lilliput. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels.

Gulliver’s Travels: Gulliver’s Fun Pack
Jack Black plays a man shipwrecked on the island of Lilliput.

Gulliver’s Travels
Ted Danson plays Gulliver in a TV miniseries.

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels: A Graphic Novel adapted by Donald B. Lemke
Retold in graphic novel form, Lemuel Gulliver voyage takes him to the strange lands of Lilliput, where people are only six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land of giants. This version is available through eReadIllinois in English and Spanish.

Gulliver’s Travels, retold by John Malam
When Lemuel Gulliver is washed up on the distant shore of Lilliput, he becomes a giant among men. As his travels continue, Gulliver is dwarfed by the people of Brobdingnag and bewildered by the customs of the Laputians. Will Gulliver find the humanity he seeks in the Land of the Talking Horses? A retelling of Jonathan Swift’s story in graphic novel format.

Travel & Adventure by Seymour Reit
Three classic stories of travel and adventure from Bank Street Graphic Novels.

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.

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.

More books like Wonder


If you’re waiting for a copy of Wonder (or want to know what to read next), click on the picture above for a list of suggested read-alikes.

Wonderstruck is coming!

A new movie based on one of Brian Selznick’s books is out in limited release and will be opening more widely soon.

A previous adaptation of one of his books, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, just made Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 25 Best Movie Adaptations of Classic Children’s Books. You can read about the making of the movie in The Hugo Movie Companion: A Behind the Scenes Look at How a Beloved Book Became a Major Motion Picture.

I have to wait how many months?

So if you’re like my family, you might be captivated by a certain trailer that came out over the weekend:

It looks like a beautiful adaptation of a much-loved book. A lot of people watching and commenting on the trailer are surprised and excited to see an African American girl in the role of Meg.

I started thinking about what I might recommend to patrons who were excited about the movie. Madeleine L’Engle had a notoriously hard time finding a publisher for the manuscript, saying “It didn’t categorize. … ‘They’ like books that fit into pigeonholes, and Wrinkle didn’t.”

Novelist is a tool available in the online resources on the library’s website. It can provide book suggestions for fans of a certain book (in this case it recommends What Came From the Stars, When You Reach Me, Coraline, and the Missing series). You can also do an advanced search to find a books with certain characteristics.

I recently listened to a piece on the radio in remembrance of Octavia Butler, described as “one of the world’s premier science fiction writers, the first black female science fiction writer to reach national prominence, and the only writer in her genre to receive a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.” I was curious what African American authors might currently be writing science fiction and fantasy for kids. Searching NoveList produced Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes, the Kulipari fantasy novels by Trevor Pryce, the futuristic Robyn Hoodlum adventures by Kekla Magoon, and the Christian fantasy series The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Evans Shirer (among others).

If you’re looking for kids’ science fiction movies with diverse characters, you might enjoy Earth to Echo or Home (based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday). Alternatively, if you’d like to find more movies that re-imagine a story with an African American woman or girl playing the main character– something like the most recent remake of Annie— you might like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella or one of the versions of The Wiz. If you’d like a sneak preview of Storm Reid (who plays Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time) you might also want to check out the American Girl movie Lea to the Rescue, in which she plays Aki.

Magic, Math, Monarchs and a Movie

Morris, the Magic Man!
Sunday, February 12, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Magician Morris Taylor has performed magic all over the world and now he is coming here to Fountaindale! Enjoy his family show and watch the magic happen. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached. Seating is first come, first served.

Storytimes continue this week, and Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Monday, February 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5; K with an adult
Visit the Creativity Park to try out the library’s newest technologies. This session will have a Harry Potter theme. Drop in.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, February 14, 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.

Young Writers’ Club: Magical Words and Wonders
Wednesday, February 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Enjoy a special Young Writers’ Club in the style of Professor Trelawney’s class. Drop in.

Wednesday, February 15 is the last day of Monarch Voting! If you are in grades K-3 and have read at least 5 of the nominees for the Monarch Award, you can vote for your favorite (and sign up for the pizza party on February 24).
UPDATE: You can now turn in ballots until February 19!

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, February 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side Panera, 714 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Register now.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, February 17
9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Today’s programs will feature music from African countries. Drop in.

Friday, February 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Use light painting to create your own patronus. Register now.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, February 18
10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Today’s program will feature music from African countries. Drop in.

Interactive Family Movie
Saturday, February 18, 1:30 p.m. at Fountaindale Public Library
All ages. Preschoolers with an adult.
Follow along with a movie as part of our programming for The Great Read. Drop in.

Spies and S’mores and Homeschoolers, oh my!

img_1389Weekly Storytimes and the Crazy 8s Club continue.  Here’s what else is going on this week:

Spy Tech
Monday, 9/26/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
Exercise your spy skills while learning about spy technology.
Storytime Room
Participants must have Fountaindale Public Library Card to register.
For children in grades 4 through 6 only.

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, 9/28/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after school snack? If so, sign up for our first Smores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. This month you can read any “I Survived” series book by Lauren Tarshis and come tell us if it’s your first or just your favorite.
Storytime Room
For children in grades 3-5.

In Your Own Backyard
Friday, 9/30/2016
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Enrich your homeschool experience by joining us in discovering the geography, stories, music, and crafts of Illinois. This hands-on program will use props and instruments to enhance the experience.
Meeting Rooms A & B
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students. Drop in until the room limit is reached.

Roald Dahl Movie
Friday, 9/30/2016
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM
Meeting Room A
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.