Tag Archives: children

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

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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

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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:

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The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

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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:

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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.
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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.

While you wait for the soil to warm

As it gets closer to spring, lesson plans start to turn towards seeds and growing things (even if it’s too early to plant in our area right now). Here are some books with ideas for projects and science lessons to keep you busy!

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Building Birdhouses by Dana Meachen Rau

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Enchanted Gardening: Growing Miniature Gardens, Fairy Gardens, and More by Lisa Amstutz

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Fairy Garden Design by Alix Wood

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market by Michelle Schaub

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Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food by Shelley Rotner

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It’s Our Garden from Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden by George Ancona

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Karl, Get Out of the Garden! Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez

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A Landscaper’s Tools by Sebastian Avery

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Spring on the Farm by M. J. York

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Super Simple Farm Projects: Fun & Easy Animal Environment Activities by Carolyn Bernhardt

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Welcome to the Backyard by Ruth Owen

Save the date! Sunday, February 25

The Poetic Storyteller: Oba William King – Part of The Great Read
Sunday, February 25, 2-3 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate Black History Month with stories, songs and drums from storyteller Oba William King. This lively presentation will delight your whole family. Drop in.

 

 

Winter/Spring storytimes begin

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Join us for weekly storytimes from January 15 through April 26. There will be no weekly storytimes the week of April 9.

All Together Storytime 
Mondays, 9:30-10 a.m.
Mondays, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Mondays, 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.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) 
Mondays, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) is a bilingual storytime presented in English and Spanish. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime 
Tuesdays, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesdays, 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.

Family Storytime 
Tuesdays, 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 
Wednesdays, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime 
Thursdays, 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.