Tag Archives: children

Find something to read… online

24501857023_f3dd8c86e7_zMaybe a trip to the library doesn’t fit your schedule, maybe you don’t want to lose a library book or maybe you just don’t want to leave the house. Ebooks can be great for those situations! Ms. Wendy just shared a blog article with me about different ways kids can read for free online. I’m going to highlight my favorites here, but the article includes specialty sites for reading comprehension, books in languages other than English and more:

Storyline Online: Popular picture books read aloud by favorite actors

DOGOnews: Kid-friendly news (both articles and videos)

Sports Illustrated Kids: Sports articles from the children’s magazine

“YOUR local public library”: Our digital collection has popular new chapter books, comics and more things that you can only get for free through your library.

Want to find out more about eBooks available from your library? Come to the Digital Bookmobile Blast on Thursday, June 14. A special digital bookmobile from the OverDrive eBook service will be visiting Fountaindale to show you how to make the most out of your eReader and OverDrive’s digital collection. There will prizes and music and more!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a summer reading program!

OUT_The Dreamtree Shakers
Cavalcade of Planes at Clow Airport – (Off site)
Clow Airport – 241 Clow International Parkway
Sunday, June 3, 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. Drop in.

Ora Copiilor – Children’s Hour in Romanian
Sunday, June 3, 3-4 p.m.
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Drop in.

Starting June 4, you can sign up for Rovin’ Robots (for children entering grades 1-3) or Tween Filmmaking Camp. For more tween camps, see the Studio 300 Summer Bootcamps page.

Story Stroll in the Park – “Dinosaurumpus” by Tony Mitton (Off site)
Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive
Monday, June 4, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Read a story while you stroll! Enjoy activities and read pages from a picture book at each station along the path. Program will be moved inside the library in case of inclement weather. Drop in.

Summer Meals for Kids & Teens
Weekdays, June 4-August 10, 12:20 p.m.- 1 p.m.
Valley View School District Nutrition Services is providing free meals to all children ages 18 and younger. Meals must be consumed on site. Drop in. For more information, please call 866-348-6479 or visit vvsd.org/food.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, June 5, 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.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, June 6, 1:30-3 p.m.
For children entering grades 3–6
Sign up for four sessions of this stimulating summer workshop in which we will explore the creative writer in you! Register.

Summer Adventure Kickoff Concert – The Dreamtree Shakers (Off site)
Annerino Community Center Gym – 201 Recreation Drive
Wednesday, June 6, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Bring your family and friends out to enjoy a fun and exciting all-ages pop/rock concert by The DreamTree Shakers! Be sure to sign up for our Summer Adventure: Read to the Beat while you’re here. Drop in.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, June 7, 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.

DuPage Township Kidz Fest – (Off site)
DuPage Township Offices – 241 Canterbury Lane
Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages
Visit the Bookmobile at Kidz Fest. Check out library material, sign up for a library card and much more! There will be a special MOPs show and activities starting at noon. Drop in.

Mobile Maker Lab
Meeting Room B
Thursday, June 7, noon-4 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something! Drop in.

Visit Your Local Parks with MOPs Puppet Shows – CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Indian Chase Meadows – 525 Pheasant Chase Drive
Friday, June 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join the Bookmobile and Bolingbrook Park District for MOPs puppet shows, a trackless train and climbing wall at different parks throughout the summer. (MOPs shows will run 10:30–11 a.m.) Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, June 8, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While the children have fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

Coding Camp: Game Design
Friday, June 8, 11 a.m.-noon
Ages 9–12
Create several types of games using Scratch in this eight-week introductory course to computer science basics. Each class builds on the previous, so please attend all eight sessions. Register.

Starting June 9, you can visit or call the library to sign up for Parent & Child DIY: Paint on Pine.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, June 9, 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.

Piyesta Pinoy (Philippine Fest) – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center – 375 W. Briarcliff Road
Saturday, June 9, 1-4 p.m.
All ages
Visit the Bookmobile at Bolingbrook’s Performing Arts Center during Piyesta Pinoy. Check out books, movies and more. Get a new library card, renew your account or return your borrowed materials. Drop in.

Build It!
Saturday, June 9, 2-4 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult for LEGO. Ages 2–5 with an adult for DUPLO. 
Use DUPLO and LEGO blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

New books featuring the history and culture of India

All about India

iisfor
I is for India by Prodeepta Das
In this photographic alphabet book, is a celebration of India in all its colorful diversity, focusing not only on the rhythms of the bustling cities, but also on the village life in this vibrant subcontinent.

ih
Indian Heritage by Tamra Orr
Indian Heritage in the Celebrating Diversity in My Classroom series explores the geography, languages, religions, food, and culture of India in a fun age-appropriate way.

Historical Fiction

ahim
Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar
Gandhi asks for one member of each family to join the fight for independence from the British, and when ten-year-old Anjali’s mother is jailed for doing so, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother’s work.

nightdi
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

Fantasy and Adventure

asend
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.

ssss
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes–and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.

Art and Artists

fmpb
Following My Paint Brush by Dulari Devi
Dulari Devi, who works in the traditional Mithila style of Indian painting, describes her life of poverty until a job working as a domestic for an artist led her to discover her own artistic talent.

oi sk
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury and The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, A Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock both tell the story of a self-taught artist and his secret art project, the Rock Garden of Chandigarh.

ppcc
The Patua Pinocchio adapted from Carol Della Chiesa’s translation of the book by Carlo Collodi with illustrations by Swarna Chitrakar
A Bengali artist interprets the story of Pinocchio with art in the style of traditional Patua scroll paintings, making Pinocchio a sort of trickster figure.

Picture Books and Comics

wy cm rms
Three picture books by Sourav Dutta tell traditional stories of Ganesha with comics and rhymes.

pashm
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.

History and Biography

choi
A Children’s History of India by Subhadra Sen Gupta
Take a look at India’s history from ancient times into modern independence.

gfk
Gandhi for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Ellen Mahoney
Plenty of illustrations and hands-on activities help bring history alive.

iag
I am Gandhi by Brad Meltzer
The popular “Ordinary People Change the World” series continues with a comic for young readers about Gandhi’s life and methods of nonviolence.

Be sure to check out our display in Children’s Services for more books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Mrs. C.’s Best of the Best Reading List

maylist

Do you need something to read? Start your summer reading with Mrs. C.’s list of favorite books that she’s shared at local schools this year! Don’t forget, you can also find lots of cookbooks by looking under the number 641.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration and more

ATSD_Cinco de Mayo

Weekly storytimes will resume the week of June 11

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 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.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, May 2, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! Drop in.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, May 3, 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. Register.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 3, 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 – May Flowers
Friday, May 4, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, May 4, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, May 5, 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.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 5, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
All ages
Join our Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring crafts, games, light refreshments and a special showing of Disney’s “Coco” at 3:30 p.m. Drop in.

Imagineers Club – Genetics Lab
Saturday, May 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Play games, use new technologies and explore science in this fun and educational program. We’ll focus on a different book series each month. Register.

Don’t forget, on Sunday there will be Family Storytime in Romanian!

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.

Books for Autism Awareness Month

When Wendy asked if I was writing an article for Autism Awareness Month, I turned to a resource that I recently learned about from other children’s librarians. Disability in Kidlit is a website “dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature” written by people who have disabilities. Their Honor Roll includes two children’s chapter books featuring boys with autism, one a fantasy and one a realistic fiction story:

rb.jpg
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

bat
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

You can find reviews of several more chapter books there, including some mixed ones by reviewers who feel that the authors did some things well but also got other things wrong. Another interesting feature is interviews with authors.

Another resource I have used in the past is the Schneider Family Book Award. This award is for “an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.” The page for the award also includes a bibliography of some recommended children’s books that feature characters who have disabilities. The list of award-winners and the bibliography both include some picture books for younger readers, which is outside the scope of Disability in KidLit. The jury that decides the award is supposed to be made up of people with “knowledge of disability experiences,” but they might not all have disabilities themselves. Looking through those lists, I only identified one picture book that featured a character with Autism:

sdsn
Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say

Spring Break Week: BFFs (Book Friends Forever)

WB-18-Spring-Break-Week-HeaderThere are no weekly storytimes this week because we have so much else going on! Weekly storytimes will return next week.

Friends Spring Book Sale
Sunday, April 8, noon-3 p.m.
All ages
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and more. Don’t miss our bag sale all day today! Drop in.

Bilingual Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Pijamada de Peluches
Monday, April 9, 3-4 p.m.
AND
Tuesday, April 10, 10-10:45 a.m.
Ages 4–7 with stuffed toy and adult
After the children say “Goodbye,” their toys go on wild escapades in the library. All is revealed when they are reunited the next morning at snack time.

Family Movie
Tuesday, April 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
A cartoon heist movie featuring Gru and his long-lost brother. Runtime: 96 minutes. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, April 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.

Elephant & Piggie Party
Tuesday, April 10, 7-8 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate everyone’s favorite friends Elephant & Piggie! Drop in.

Spirits in the Wind Flute Circle
Tuesday, April 10, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ – Groovin’ Around the World
Wednesday, April 11, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, April 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.

Board Game Blast
Wednesday, April 11, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Make new friends and try out a board game that’s new to you! Drop in.

Pokémon Party!
Thursday, April 12, 1-3 p.m.
Grades K–5
Gotta catch ‘em all! Celebrate all things Pokémon, play games and make crafts on your way to becoming the greatest Pokémon trainers. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, April 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.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, April 13, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While the children have fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

iMake
Friday, April 13, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, April 14, 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, April 14, 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, April 14, 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.