Tag Archives: children with special needs

If you like this, try that

We’re All Wonders is the newest book by R.J. Palacio that features Auggie, the protagonist of Wonder. Unlike the previous books about Auggie and his classmates, this one is a picture book about the boy and his dog, Daisy.

Fans of R.J. Palacio’s books may also enjoy The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco.
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be “Junkyard Wonders.” Patricia Polacco is known for stories (sometimes based on her own life, like this one) that are in a picture book format but appeal to older children.


Kick off your Summer Adventure!

Cavalcade of Planes at Clow Airport (130 Clow International Parkway)
Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages
Visit the Bookmobile at Clow Airport’s annual air show, Cavalcade of Planes. Check out books, movies and more. Get a new library card, renew your account or return your borrowed materials. More information is available at cavalcadeofplanes.com

Story Stroll in the Park (Winston Woods, 200 Winston Drive)
Monday, June 5, 10-11 a.m.
Ideal for ages 8 and under

Read the story (Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash) 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! Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, June 6, 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, June 7, 2-3 p.m.
For kids entering grades 3–8.
Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Summer Adventure Kickoff at the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex (200 Lindsey Lane)
Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind
Wednesday, June 7, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy electrifying displays of fire and liquid nitrogen and experiments featuring color changes, a mysterious genie, gooey gak, springy superballs and more! Drop in.

Song Writing Workshop with Amy Lowe
Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Write your own song and record it in Studio 300! Please bring a lunch and a flash drive to get a copy of the song you created. Register.

Heartbeat of Japan Presented by Urban Gateways
Thursday, June 8, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Grades 4–12; Adults welcome
Discover the rich history of Japan through the dynamic roaring of Taiko drums and grace of classical dance performances. Register.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs (Indian Chase Meadows 525 Pheasant Chase Drive)
Friday, June 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
MOPS Shows: 10:30-11 a.m.
All ages

Stop by Indian Chase Meadows for a fun MOPs puppet 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.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 11–17
Learn the roles and responsibilities of a babysitter as well as basic first aid and CPR techniques in this three-hour course. Please bring a baby doll (no stuffed animals). Register.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, June 10, 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.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, June 10, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 for DUPLO®; grades K–5 for LEGO®
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Have a Creative Week at the Library!


We have lots of good programs to kick off the month of April!  Storytimes continue, along with Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.  This is the final week of Crazy 8s. You can also enjoy:

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, April 5, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4–12

Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register now.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, April 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5

Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! This month’s craft is water color and crayon art. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie at Panera Bread 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 & Fables
Friday, April 7
9:30-10:15 a.m. OR 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Join us for a storytime, and then move with us to the Creativity Park for a fun craft! This time we will make a paper chick hatching out of a decorated egg. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, April 8, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Build It!
Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with an adult for DUPLO®
Grades K-5, K with an adult for LEGO®

Build something with bricks! Stay for a little bit or a long time. Drop in.

Don’t forget that National Library Week starts next week! We won’t have storytimes April 9-15, but we have scheduled lots of special programs. This is also the time for Food for Fines: If you have fines on your library card, you can clear up to $20 by bringing donations to the food drive.  See the current issue of The Fountain for details.

It’s a STEAM-y week

light painting
We have lots of activities to give your brain a workout!  Our weekly storytimes continue, along with Crazy 8s and Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.  We also have:

Robot Arm
Monday, March 6, 2- 3 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Use coding to program a robotic arm. Register now.

Chess Club
Wednesday, March 8, 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.

Light Painting
Thursday, March 9, 4:14-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Use light to “paint” a picture that resembles a hand-drawn sketch. Register now.

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

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, March 11, 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.

Maker Faire
Saturday, March 11, 1-4 p.m.
All ages
Explore our DIY maker scene! See demonstrations of exciting new technologies, meet other makers, learn about career opportunities in the maker field and much more! Drop in.

Hufflepuffs! We get the job done!

harryThe Hamilton exhibit will only be up through Monday, February 6.  Don’t miss your chance to see it!  But don’t worry, once it’s gone  we have plenty of other things for you to do, including some more special Harry Potter programs.

Our weekly Storytimes continue and Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Chess Club
Wednesday, February 8, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8, Drop in.
Friends face each other across the table and engage in challenging matches!

Thursday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult, Registration required.
Story time at east side McDonald’s, 100 N Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook.

Harry Potter Fun
Thursday, February 9, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6, Registration required.
Come explore our Harry Potter stations full of magical activities for tweens to enjoy.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Friday, February 10, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students
. Drop in.
Enrich your homeschool experience by joining us in discovering the geography, stories, music, and crafts of the United States of America.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, February 11, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult. Drop in.

A storytime especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Build It!: Harry Potter‘s World
Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.
All ages. Preschoolers and K with an adult.  Drop in.
Use LEGO or DUPLO blocks to build!

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in my School Shoes!
Saturday, February 11, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1. Drop in.

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!

Looking ahead to next week, Morris the Magic Man will be visiting the library on Sunday, February 12, for a family magic show!

After school, preschool, and Saturday specials


Minecraft Club resumes this week on Tuesday and Thursday!  The Discover Winter Wonders Reading Challenge ends Saturday, January 14!

Chess Club
Wednesday, January 11, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8
Come practice your chess skills! Beginners can also learn the basics. Drop in.

McStory Time – East Side
Thursday, January 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side McDonald’s, 100 N Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook. Registration is required.

Tween Make Your Own Window Decal
Thursday, January 12, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Create and cut a custom vinyl window cling in Studio 300 using Illustrator and the Zing Air cutting system. Participants must register with a Fountaindale Public Library Card.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, January 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, January 13, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months to 5 years with an adult

Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun!

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, January 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2 – 6 with an adult
Drop in to this special Storytime, especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, January 14, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2 – 5 with adult for DUPLO; grades K – 5, K with adult, for LEGO
The library has many DUPLO and LEGO blocks for you to use to build whatever fantastic structures you want. Drop-in.

Pete the Cat: I’m reading in my school shoes!
Saturday, January 14, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1
Can you read all by yourself? Then you can participate in this Pete the Cat Reading Club for new readers. Come in and read a book to us! Students who participate earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark!

A Hero with Dyslexia

Ms. Wendy told me about a very interesting series of features on the radio recently about dyslexia: what it is, how people misunderstand it, and what it’s like to live with it.  Another person who’s been writing about the experience of being a kid with dyslexia is actor Henry Winkler (grown-ups might recognize him as Fonzie or The Fonz).  He has dyslexia (not diagnosed until adulthood), and so does his son.  He and Lin Oliver worked together to create the series Hank Zipzer, starting with

Niagara Falls, or Does It?
Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show. This title is also available as a book on CD (which can be a great option to help children with dyslexia enjoy books) and a downloadable ebook.

The books are very appealing to kids not just because of the humor but also because Hank has wonderful, supportive friends.

More recently, the team of authors started writing Here’s Hank, a series of early chapter books for younger children. In these stories, Hank is in second grade. These books are printed in a special font called dyslexie that was designed to be easier read if you have dyslexia.

Another resource available to people with dyslexia or another reading disability is the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. Check out their website for an application to apply for free services like borrowing audiobooks. They also have a list of links to related organizations, including ones that offer audio textbooks for school.