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The Many Colored Library Adventure begins

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The library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26. Enjoy color-themed events and activities through January 6.

S’mores Book Club – Reader’s Choice!
Wednesday, December 27, 2-3 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.

Family Fun: Exploring Color
Thursday, December 28, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Discover the world of color beyond crayons. Enjoy crafts, activities and fun for the whole family. Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, December 29, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While your preschooler has fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

Build It!
Friday, December 29, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 with an adult for DUPLO®; Grades K–5 for LEGO®, K with an adult
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Happy Noon Year!
Saturday, December 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate the New Year with stories, music and more including a countdown complete with party favors and noise makers! Drop in.

Please note that the library will be closed December 31-January 1.

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.

Family Olympics! – ¡Olimpiada familiar!

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Date: 8/22/2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Enjoy activities for the whole family inspired by the Olympic Games in this bilingual (English and Spanish) program as part of our “Noche de la familia” series!

Disfrute de actividades para toda la familia inspirado por los Juegos Olímpicos en este programa bilingüe (inglés y español) que es parte de nuestra serie “Noche de la familia.”


Location: Fountaindale Public Library, Meeting Room A

All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

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

See you at the Ice Cream Social!

23369832880_69213bc0cc_zVisit http://www.fountaindale.org/programs/ice-cream-social for all the details about the Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 1.

Some key facts for families:

  • You can take photos with cosplayers dressed like Star Wars characters.
  • Everybody gets a free ice cream bar!
  • Free outdoor activities between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. (MOPS puppet show at 5:15).
  • Free outdoor showing of Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens when it gets dark!
  • Free shuttle to and from the extra parking at Brooks Middle School.
  • Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
  • Glow sticks will be available for fifty cents each.

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C’mon, you know you want a lightsaber glowstick.

Caldecott Favorites

On Monday, March 4, we will be celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott Medal. This medal is awarded each year to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”  We will have special activities for children throughout the day (a scavenger hunt, storytime, crafts, and a movie).  Children and adults will also have a chance to write down a memory of their favorite Caldecott book to add to our display in Children’s Services.  Here are some of the favorite Caldecott books of the Children’s Services staff:

The Little House
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, 1943 Caldecott Medal winner

Since I was a little girl, I found population growth and urban development fascinating.  Being raised on an acre of land in the middle of farm country in the late 1960’s, I watched this happen to my own little house before my very eyes.  Although my desire was to live in “town” in order to have neighbors to play with and things to do, I appreciated the simple nature of a happy life in the country.  Now that I am grown, I am drawn even closer to simple nature of the seasons of life passing so quickly.  Much like the little house in the book, my little house has been boarded up and is empty, although it is not very likely that any great-great-grandchildren will rescue it.  I know, though, if its walls could speak, it would talk of happy days in the winter, spring, summer and fall of children playing happily in the yard, teens picking apples from one of the many apple trees for fresh apple pies and ice cream socials on Sunday afternoons.  –Kathy

The Egg Tree
The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous, 1951 Caldecott Medal winner
In the Red Hills of Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania Dutch family are having an Easter egg hunt outside and inside Grandmom’s house.  Katy, her brother Carl, and their cousins Susy, Luke, Johnny, and Appolonia search for the eggs that the Easter Rabbit has left.  Carl and the others find many eggs, but Katy can’t locate any!  Then she thinks of the attic.  Inside a hat box are some colorful, pictorial, hollow eggs that have long been forgotten.  Back downstairs, Carl wins for finding the most eggs, but Katy takes the prize for the most beautiful ones.  Grandmom painted them when she was young.  Each child is allowed to choose one of the painted eggs to keep.  Now Grandmom has an idea.  She brings in a tree from outside and stands it on a table.  She threads the eggs and puts them on the tree.  The day after Easter, she teaches the children how to paint more eggs, ones that she has dyed that morning.  They paint so many that they need a big tree!  When they bring one in and decorate it with all the eggs, it’s so beautiful that they decide to have a party for it.  They invite all the children from the surrounding farms.  The children tell their relatives about it and soon people are coming in droves to see the wonderful Egg Tree.  The next year the family makes an even bigger Egg Tree, and other families make them as well.

This book was one of my favorites as a child. My mother and I often shared it. The story is so heartwarming, and the illustrations are beautiful.  –Nancy S.

The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, 1963 Caldecott Medal winner

It was easy to second guess my favorite Caldecott book because there are so many good ones.  When we each shared a book at our staff meeting, I saw Chris had picked Where the Wild Things Are and thought “I should have picked that!”  A little while later I remembered Tuesday, another favorite.  But I think this one holds a special place both because of the memories it calls up and because it helped to spark my curiosity about illustrating children’s books.

When I was little enough to wear snow pants, I spent lots of time playing in the snow.  I would do all of the things Peter did in the book (plus try to break a giant icicle off the house to make a sword, and make dishes out of snow like in The Winter Picnic).  I was tickled to read in the 50th anniversary edition of the book that the author’s grown-up friends “would enthusiastically discuss the things they did as children in the snow” as he was writing it.

One day as a somewhat older child, I saw a video of a children’s book illustrator at work.  I think it was Ezra Jack Keats.  It showed him painting paper before cutting it out for a collage.  I had never understood before how he made the paper look like that.  This edition of the book has eight extra pages of behind-the-scenes information about how he made the book and how people responded to it.  –Sarah

Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1964 Caldecott Medal winner
As a child I had a very vivid imagination, brought about no doubt by the wonderful array of books that I read and my mother read to me.  I can’t say for sure which book was the first to spark my imagination, but I can say for certain my favorite to this day is Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.  It is one book that I never tire of reading or sharing.I waited each night for a forest to grow in my room. I longed for a boat I could sail off through night and day and in and out of weeks to where the wild things were.  I dreamed of a place where I too could become King (or Queen) of the wild things by taming them with a magic trick.   I imagined many wild rumpuses and even had a few with my sister as we tried to escape the inevitable lights out.  When my adventures were through I knew that I too could return to where someone loved me best of all, and my dinner would be waiting, still warm.  -Chris

Alexander and the wind-up mouse
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse by Leo Lionni–1970 Honor Book

This is a charming story about a friendship between a lonely and detested mouse and a child’s beloved toy mouse.  In the beginning the real mouse would like to be like his friend, a pampered mouse.  Shortly after they meet, things turn around not well for his friend.  Alexander realizes it is important to value who he is and reaches out to help his friend.

Lionni does a beautiful job with the illustrations by placing large life-sized objects in the background which suggests how tiny the mice are. Using the language of colors the author suggests the characters feelings: red is for love and excitement, gray and brown for sadness and purple for mysterious magic.  The happy ending of the story will bring a smile to children and they will ask for the story again and again.  –Andreea

Mirandy and Brother Wind
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack, 1989 Honor Book

Mirandy will be attending her first cakewalk and wants to win fist prize.
She wants Brother Wind to be her partner, but how do you catch the wind?  After several failures, Mirandy finnaly catches Brother Wind (he is to grant a wish).
When she attends the cakewalk that evening, she asks her friends who will partner with Ezel.  After her friends call Ezel clumsy, Mirandy requests her wish
to be granted from Brother Wind.  –Cathy

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick came out in 2007.   I had read this book when it first came out and was just fascinated on how the pictures could tell the story so vividly.  No color all black and white.  I felt then Selznick was a great illustrator and knew he had to win the Caldecott.  –Nancy L.