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Family field trip?

Are you waiting for the next discount day to visit one of your favorite local museums? Right now you can take advantage of Museum Week! Here’s a little information from the official website:

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January 18–26, 2018 • Chicago, IL

“For nine days in January, the city’s top museums are joining together to celebrate Museum Week. Take advantage of discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more at each of the participating museums. Illinois residents will receive up to 25% off admissions at all museums. From culture to constellations, art to animals, this is your chance to experience Chicago’s most beloved institutions in a whole new way!”

You can also use your library card to get a Museum Adventure Pass at the Information Desk. The Museum Adventure Pass website has information on participating museums and attractions (like Brookfield Zoo) and what kinds of discounts you get with the pass.

National Cookie Day

Today is National Cookie Day, so I’m sharing a preview of what we’ll be doing at our Star Wars Celebration on Saturday:

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We hope you can join us, but if you can’t, click here for instructions.

Make some memories at the library

Holiday Memories Family Photo Day 
Sunday, December 3, 2-4:30 p.m.
All ages
Drop in to Studio 300 and we’ll take a portrait you’ll treasure this holiday season. You’ll receive a digital copy to add to holiday cards and share with family and friends. Bring props for added fun! Drop in.

All Together Storytime 
Monday, December 4, 9:30-10 a.m.
Monday, December 4, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Monday, December 4, 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)
Monday, December 4, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) is a bilingual storytime presented in English and Spanish. Drop in.
Diez Deditos es una hora de cuento bilingüe presentada en Español e Ingles.

Lapsit Storytime 
Tuesday, December 5, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, December 5, 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.

Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, December 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.

Silent Movie New Music – Buster Keaton in “The Navigator”
Tuesday, December 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy popular silent films accompanied by all-new original music scores by Renee Baker of Wabi House Media and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Register.

Family Storytime 
Tuesday, December 5, 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 
Wednesday, December 6, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, December 6, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, December 6, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers
Wednesday, December 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Is there a novel in your head just waiting to be written? Here’s your chance to write it! Attend these five mandatory, one-hour sessions for tips, inspiration and time to write.
Registration is now closed.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, December 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.

Minecraft Club 
Thursday, December 7, 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.

Lapsit Storytime 
Thursday, December 7, 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.

Arts and Fables – Winter Trees 
Friday, December 8, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, December 8, 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.

Hour of Code™
Friday, December 8, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–10
Participate in the Hour of Code™ at Fountaindale! Have fun while learn coding basics in this one-hour introduction to computer science. Join the wait list.

Star Wars Celebration
Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
All ages
Before “The Last Jedi” arrives, get in the Star Wars™ spirit and show your love for this epic franchise with a day of out-of-this world fun for people—and Wookiees—of all ages!

Next week we’re starting something new: Storytime in Polish!

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Sunday, December 10, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Zapraszamy wszystkie dzieci od 2–6 lat, ale każdy jest mile widziany. Na czytanie bajeczek, spiewanie piosenek i uczenie się nowych wierszyków po Polsku wraz z Panią Martą. Drop in.

Animation, S’mores and One Dead Spy

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All Together Storytime
Monday, November 27, 9:30-10 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 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.

Tween Special – Stop Motion Animation Workshop
Monday, November 27, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Explore stop-motion animation by directing a cast of LEGO actors in a movie of your own making. Register.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, November 27, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.
Diez Deditos es una hora de cuento bilingüe presentada en Español e Ingles. Sin Registro Previo.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, November 28, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, November 28, 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.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, November 28, 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, November 28, 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
Wednesday, November 29, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

S’mores Book Club – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Other Diary Books
Wednesday, November 29, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Do you devour a book like a great after-school snack? If so, sign up for the S’mores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. Register.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, November 30, 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.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, November 30, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, December 2, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ and groovin’ to music, rhythms, songs and more! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Imagineers Club – Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War Spy
Saturday, December 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Play games, use new technologies and explore science based on a different book series each month. If you liked our Boo! Ha! Ha! program, this is for you. Register.

Remember to stop by next week with your family for

Holiday Memories Family Photo Day
Sunday, December 3, 2-4:30 p.m.
All ages
Drop in to Studio 300 and we’ll take a portrait you’ll treasure this holiday season. You’ll receive a digital copy to add to holiday cards and share with family and friends. Bring props for added fun! Drop in.

Halloween Happenings (and more)

We have some great Halloween Happenings coming up at the library, and there’s even more going on for children around the neighborhood!  Here’s a list of all the spooky fun we were able to find:

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Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Pumpkin Farm Illinois
Visit the link for information on activities, times, and prices.

Friday, October 21
Family Halloween Fun Night and Parkie’s Pumpkin Patch at the BRAC.
The Bolingbrook Park District is offering activities for children and parents.  Our bookmobile staff will be telling stories!  Follow the links above for details, including cost and registration information.

Monday, October 24
Tweens can sign up for Spooky Tech in Studio 300 to experiment with LED lights and black light and make a glowing mummy hand to take home.  Free.

October 24-31
Bass Pro Shops is offering photos and free activities at their Bolingbrook store.  See their Great Pumpkin Celebration page for details.

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Saturday, October 29
Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular
11 a.m. at Fountaindale Public Library
Come in costume and have a “monsterously” good time in a not scary, totally interactive family show with the award-winning performer Dave Rudolf! Watch the kids do the Frankenstein Dance. See the little tykes try to assemble the Skeleton Bones. Be amazed at the Ghoul-Limbo.
Drop in until the room capacity of 90 is reached. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Seating is first come, first served.  Free.

Monday, October 31
Visit the Village of Bolingbrook website for Bolingbrook Trick or Treat hours and a list of safety tips for families.

Saturday, November 5
Pumpkin Pitch 2016 at Lewis University in Romeoville
Composting your old jack o’lantern is way more fun when a catapult is involved!  Grown-ups can also bring old personal papers to be shredded.  Visit the Will County Green website for event details such as times, limits on what you can bring, and contact information for the organizers of the event.

What’s going on at the library this week?

Weekly storytimes, Crazy 8s, and Tuesday and Thursday Minecraft Club continue!  What else is happening for kids at the library?

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Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, October 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
For children in grades 2 – 5.
We’ll have many exercises to stimulate your creativity for stories and poems!
Seating until the limit of the room. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Skippy Jon Jones Drop-in Storytime
Saturday, October 22, 11-11:30 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.
Stories, songs, and fun are the order of the day when we get together in our Storytime Room. This month Skippy Jon Jones will be here! Come meet him in person, hear stories, and have your picture taken with him! Skippy Jon Jones will make a brief appearance during the storytime, courtesy of Barnes & Noble at Bolingbrook Promenade.
Drop in until the limit of the room is reached. Please arrive on time as Skippy Jon Jones will only make a brief appearance. Don’t forget your camera!

Celebrate Grandparents
Saturday, October 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
Do you know where your grandparents are from? Some families may have family crests. Create your own family crest and enjoy a snack at this special program.
For children ages 5-11 years old. Kindergartners and under, must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage that grandparents join us. Snacks will be provided. Drop in to the limit of the room.

For Children and Tweens

DSCN0060Storytimes have started, and Minecraft Club is continuing its Tuesday and Thursday schedule for the school year.  What else is going on this week for kids at the library?

Chess Club
Wednesday, 9/14/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
Friends face each other across the table and engage in challenging matches!
Grades 4 – 8, limit 12. Drop in at the World Park in the back of the Children’s Services Department.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, 9/16/2016
9:30 AM
10:30 AM
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun!  We will moving up and down and all around because we’re ready for FALL!  Badump-bump!
For children 8 months to 5 years, with an adult. Drop in until Meeting Room A is full.

TechnoKids
9/16/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics.  This month, kids will build a working speaker while learning about vibration, electronic signals, and electromagnetic radiation.
Please call 630-685-4181 to register.
For children entering grades 1-3. Registration begins three weeks in advance.

STEAM Family Workshop
9/17/2016
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
Come explore our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) stations in the Creativity Park highlighting hands-on activities for the family to work together on.
For children in grades K-5; Kindergartners with an adult. Families welcome. Drop in until the limit of the space is reached.