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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: Online Books in Many Languages

Here at the library, we recently learned about a website called Unite for Literacy that offers an online library of digital picture books.  The books are written in English, but you can click and have them read to you in more than twenty languages.  You can sort by language to see which ones are available in (for example) Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese.  (Just a tip– pick the language you really want, because if you check something out of curiosity it isn’t easy to go back to the list.)  Some of the books offer a video of an interpretation in American Sign Language.  The books feature bright, inviting color photographs.

It reminded me of a link on the library website to the International Children’s Digital Library.  They have a goal of making as many “outstanding” children’s books as possible available in as many languages as possible.  On this website, you can see the text of the books in different languages.  There is a mixture of older books and contemporary ones, ranging from picture books to chapter books.  Some books appear in their original languages and some are in translation.  You can search for a certain language (I found 14 books in Urdu) and search by keyword (“Pratham” brings up books by that publisher in a variety of languages spoken in India, including English).  You will also see some titles in English and Spanish from U.S. publishers like Scholastic and Penguin that you might have seen on the shelf in the library.