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New Spanish books and new Spanish blog



Thanks to a tip from a wonderful teacher, we were able to stop at a local book fair and pick up a box full of great new children’s books in Spanish!  They will be added to the collection soon.  If you would like to stay up-to-date on library programs and new books in Spanish, check out Fountaindale’s new OYE blog.  This Spanish language blog will have information for children and adults on library services, events, and new items in our collection.

Fall Storytimes

img_1226Don’t even worry about registration!  All of our weekly storytimes this fall will be drop in programs, so registration is not required.

All Together Storytime
Monday mornings 9/12/2016-12/12/2016
9:30 AM
10:15 AM
11:00 AM
We all have so much fun when we get together for songs, tales, and laughter!
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday evenings 9/12/2016-12/12/2016
7:00 PM
Diez deditos es una hora de cuento bilingüe presentada en español e ingles.
Diez deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English.
Todas las edades, niños en edad preescolar con un adulto. No hay ningún registro requerido.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday mornings 9/13/2016-12/13/2016
9:45 AM
10:30 AM
Our youngest patrons and their caregivers have so much fun together with stories, songs, and activities!  Ages 0 to 18 months with adult.

Family Storytime
Tuesday evenings 9/13/2016-12/13/2016
7:00 PM
The whole family gathers for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs, and laughter!

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday mornings 9/14/2016-12/14/2016
9:30 AM
10:15 AM
11:00 AM
Join our group of friends for great times with stories, songs, and fun! Ages 18 – 36 months with caregiver.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday evenings 9/15/2016-12/15/2016
6:30 PM
Our youngest patrons and their caregivers have so much fun together with stories, songs, and activities!  For ages 0 – 18 months with caregiver.

All weekly storytimes take place in the Storytime Room in the Children’s Services Department.  Children and caregivers can enter until the safety limit of the room is reached.

Noche de la familia– Family Night!


¡Bajo el océano!
el lunes, 9 de mayo, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Todas las edades, niños en edad preescolar con un adulto. No hay ningún registro requerido.

Invitamos a todas las familias a disfrutar una tarde bilingüe (inglés y español) con actividades prácticase interactivas del océano.

Under the Sea!
Monday, May 9
7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Bring the family to enjoy a bilingual (English and Spanish) evening of hands-on ocean activities as part of our Noche de la familia series!

Meeting Room A
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Zinio magazine news

Did you know you can not only download library ebooks, you can also download magazines?

We have renewed our subscription to Zinio and there are some exciting new children’s titles available!

American Girl
Ask (ages 3-5)
Ask en espanol (ages 3-5)
Babybug (ages 6 months-3 years)
Babybug en espanol (ages 6 months-3 years)
Click (grades 1-2)
Cricket (grades 4-8)
Highlights (ages 6-12)
Iguana (in Spanish, ages 7-12)
Ladybug (grades pre-K-1st)
Ladybug en espanol (grades pre-K to 1st)
Spider (grades 2-4)

If you have previously downloaded the Zinio app, you know it was a multi-step process to get the magazines from the Recorded Books portal into that app.

There is a new app available called Zinio for Libraries. Using this app, you can seamlessly switch back and forth between Zinio and the Recorded Books portal to checkout magazines and read them right on your device.

When you load Zinio for Libraries, it will ask for your account information – accounts must be created at the Recorded Books portal. Once you are logged in, you will see a button on the bottom of the app screen that says “checkout magazines”. Clicking this will take you to the Recorded Books portal and log you into that portal at the same time. From here, you can check out the magazines. You can also read them using the Recorded Books reader, or return to the Zinio for Libraries app, swipe down on the home screen until you see a rotating icon. This will tell the app to search for new content that has been checked out.
Magazines that have been checked out will now appear on the home screen. You can tap the icon of the cloud with an arrow coming out of it that will be toward the bottom right corner of the magazine cover to download it to your device. If you do not wish to download the magazine, you can read it in a web browser after checking it out by clicking the “Start Reading” button that appears in the Recorded Books portal after checking out the magazine.

Please note: if you want to “keep” the magazine for later reading, you will need to download it. Downloading it is the only way that you can be assured you will continue to have it even if the magazine subscription is cancelled or the magazine shuts down.

Also note that previously checked out and downloaded magazines may not be available for transferring to the new app. You may still need to keep your old Zinio app to access these materials.

(Thanks to Tony for the notes on how to use the new app!)

Hidden Gems: Bilingual Seuss

The Cat in the Hat
El gato ensombrerado
Dr. Seuss

This new edition of The Cat in the Hat in Spanish and English features a new translation and large pages, making it a great choice to share on Read Across America Day!

Beautiful bugs and maravillosas mariposas

Drop in from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, to enjoy some hands on butterfly activities for all ages!

Ms. Caryn from the Bolingbrook Park District will be bringing all the ingredients for making seed bombs, as well as (depending on availability) real caterpillars and chrysalises you can see up close.

We will also have butterfly crafts, snacks, microscopes for looking at bug slides, and information on butterfly gardening.  Since this is our usual evening for Diez Deditos storytime, handouts will be available in both Spanish and English.

Studio 300 staff will be on hand to take your photo so you can picture yourself with butterfly wings!

man with butterfly wings

Hidden Gems: Songs in Spanish

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to check out some new music!  Here are five great children’s albums to sample:

Aqui Alla
Aqui, Alla performed by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Their website has samples of wonderful music performed by these Latin Grammy winners.
School Library Journal called it “a fantastic children’s album… Entertaining for non-Spanish speakers and Spanish speakers alike.”

Arrorro mi nino
Arrorró mi niño: Latino lullabies and gentle games performed by Cecilia Esquivel and Patricia Vergara of Cantaré (from the award-winning book of songs selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre)
Tim Wadham, who writes Libro por libro, says this “should be on every storytime playlist.”  It’s a collection of traditional rhymes and songs for young children from several Spanish-speaking countries.
There are very short samples of the songs at Amazon.com.

The Rough Guide to Latin Music for Children
The Rough Guide to Latin Music for Children by various performers
You can hear samples of the music at http://www.worldmusic.net/store/item/RGNET1321/

Sabor Spanish Learning Songs
¡Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs performed by Jorge Anaya
If you’re learning Spanish, this album has songs that will introduce vocabulary and also get you moving.  You can listen to samples at Amazon.com.

1 2 3 con Andres
¡Uno, dos, tres, con Andrés! performed by Andrés Salguero
“Latin rhythms and bilingual lyrics make this album fun and educational.”–Caitlyn Walsh in School Library Journal
You can find videos, music, and photos at http://www.123andres.com/