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Winter Break Kickoff

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This is the last week of weekly storytimes until next year!

Journeycare Family Careshop
Sunday, December 9, 2-3:30 p.m.
All ages
Bring holiday cheer to hospice and palliative care patients by creating a special craft project together as a family (while supplies last). Drop in.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Tuesday, December 11, 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.

Digital Date Night in Studio 300 – Daddy-Daughter
Tuesday, December 11, 6:30-8 p.m.
For fathers and daughters ages 8 and up
Enjoy an evening making digital media projects! Staff will guide you through several collaborative activities, including making a musical ringtone. Register.

Board Game Blast!
Wednesday, December 12, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Make new friends and try out a board game that’s new to you! Drop in.

Panera Special Holiday Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, December 13, 3-5 p.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy holiday themed activities as we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each event date. Register.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Thursday, December 13, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, December 14, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, December 14, 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.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Friday, December 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Age group: Children
Spark your imagination with stories, songs, fun and a take-home craft. After storytime, stick around to explore the museum and learn more about our village. Storytime includes free museum admission. Drop in.

Winter Break Kickoff: “Mary Poppins” Day 
Saturday, December 15
Come and celebrate Mary Poppins! Drop in; no registration required.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Mary Poppins Party
1:30 p.m.: Family Movie: Mary Poppins
3–4 p.m.: Decorate Your Own Umbrella (while supplies last)
All events are for all ages, preschoolers with an adult

Don’t forget to join us next week for

Roots – Elijah McCoy and Mae Jemison
Sunday, December 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Join Judith and Ernie Davis for books, activities and snacks as we explore the lives of African American heroes. This month we’ll cover Elijah McCoy and Mae Jemison. Drop in.

Crafts and Family Fun

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Holiday Memories Family Photo Day
Sunday, December 2, 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.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Tuesday, December 4, 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.

Hour of Code™
Tuesday, December 4, 6-7 p.m.
Grades 4–10
Have fun while learning coding basics in this one-hour introduction to computer science. Register.

Let’s Create – Evergreen Trees
Wednesday, December 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Explore art and create your own masterpiece each month. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, December 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each event date. Register.

Minecraft Club Open Play
Thursday, December 6, 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 – Snowy Owls
Friday, December 7, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, December 7, 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.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, December 8, 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, December 8, 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.

Journeycare Family Careshop
Sunday, December 9, 2-3:30 p.m.
All ages
Bring holiday cheer to hospice and palliative care patients by creating a special craft project together as a family (while supplies last). Drop in.

Imagineers: Imagine Magic

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What is your favorite magic word? Abracadabra? Hocus Pocus? Are you interested in magic? Come and learn some cool magic tricks that you could use to impress your family and friends this holiday! Make objects disappear, read minds or master card tricks!

Sometimes you can explain magic tricks with science!

Do you know some magic tricks and would like to show them to us? Come and share with us!

All little wizards are invited to this magic tricks workshop!

When: Saturday, December 1st

When 1:30 – 2:30

Grades: 2-5

Register now!

Dinosaurs Enjoy Chocolate

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Tween DIY: Hot Cocoa in a Jar
Monday, November 26, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6 
Make a mix in a jar to enjoy or give as a gift. Register.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Tuesday, November 27, 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.

NEW! Number Ninjas
Tuesday, November 27, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Boost critical and creative thinking skills, collaborate with friends and discover how to have fun with math by participating in activities, games and projects. Register.

S’mores Book Club – Dinosaurs (Part of DiNovember)
Wednesday, November 28, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Join us for an after-school snack, talk about books and make your own video book review in Studio 300. Register.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Thursday, November 29, 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.

Be sure to join us next week for

Holiday Memories Family Photo Day 
Sunday, December 2, 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.

Dinosaurs Make a Movie

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Ora Copiilor – Children’s Hour in Romanian 
Sunday, November 18, 3-4 p.m.
Age group: Children
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Drop in.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Tuesday, November 20, 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.

NEW! Mini Math Monsters
Tuesday, November 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–2
Make new friends and have fun with math through hands-on activities, games and projects involving early math concepts. Register.

Make-It Take-It – (Part of DiNovember)
Wednesday, November 21, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us in Children’s Services to make a great craft to take home! Drop in.

Computer and Stop-Motion Animation Bootcamp
Wednesday, November 21, 1-4 p.m.
Tweens through Adults
Learn to make basic animated videos in this three-hour, hands-on workshop. There will be opportunities for traditional stop-motion techniques and software-based animated videos, too. Tweens welcome. Register.

The library closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and is closed November 22 for Thanksgiving. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 23.

Preschool Activity Time 
Friday, November 23, 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.

Dino Forest – (Part of DiNovember)
Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m.-noon
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Take a trip back in time when dinosaurs ruled the earth in our Dino Forest. Stay to watch a movie at 1:30 p.m. Drop in.

Family Movie (Part of DiNovember)
Saturday, November 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family together for a movie. This month we’re watching the 80s classic about young dinosaur friends. Runtime: 69 minutes. Drop in.

As the Die Cuts: Get ready for December

Attention teachers and youth leaders, The Children’s Services Department of Fountaindale Library has an Ellison Die Cut machine available for your use. All you have to do is provide the paper and the manpower. We can show you how to use the machine if you are unsure or a first-time user.

This month we are featuring many of our holiday and winter themed dies. We have different sizes of Christmas trees (LG and XL) and lights (LG, XL and TY), many types of snowflakes in our LG collection and even a 3-D snowflake in the XL collection. There is a sled (LG), snowman (LG and XL), mitten (LG and XL), a lacing mitten (XL), and Gingerbread man (LG and XL). As featured in the video you can have the kids make gift boxes with our cube XL die or gift bags with our double cut (DC) or XL die. We even have a tag die (XL) that has three sizes of tags. There are more holiday videos for you to get cool ideas from on Ellison’s website. If you see something on the videos that you are interested in just call our desk and ask if we have a die that will work for you. We have a Challah bread die also for the holidays. We also have circle dies (LG and that can be made into ornaments or card dies (XL) for kids to make homemade cards for family and friends.

You can request any of our dies from our Teacher Services page using our educator Ellison request form for use at the Children’s Services Department. Please allow 36 hours for your request to be ready.

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Dinosaurs Meet Technology

Weekly storytimes continue!

T-Rex Storytime & Tea Party – (Part of DiNovember)
Sunday, November 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Children and families are cordially invited to a storytime and tea party with a special guest dinosaur! Drop in.

Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt – (Part of DiNovember)
Monday, November 12, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Find all the dinosaurs that are hiding in Children’s Services to win a prize! Drop in.

iMake 
Monday, November 12, 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.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Tuesday, November 13, 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.

NEW! Number Ninjas
Tuesday, November 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Boost critical and creative thinking skills, collaborate with friends and discover how to have fun with math by participating in activities, games and projects. Register.

Board Game Blast 
Wednesday, November 14, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Make new friends and try out a board game that is new to you! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, November 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read stories using puppets, music and movement. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each event date.

Minecraft Club Open Play 
Thursday, November 15, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, November 16, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, November 16, 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.

TechnoKids – Virtual Reality Dinosaurs (Part of DiNovember)
Friday, November 16, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics in this hour-long workshop. Register.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Saturday, November 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Age group: Children
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.

Indie Filmmaker’s Day 
Saturday, November 17, 1:00-5:30 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy workshops, screenings and more led by experts who will walk you through the stages of indie filmmaking: screenwriting, pre-production, production, post and distribution. Drop in.

STEAM Family Workshop 
Saturday, November 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades K–5, K with an adult
Join us for a variety of STEAM activities! Drop in.

Next week, join us for

Ora Copiilor – Children’s Hour in Romanian 
Sunday, November 18, 3-4 p.m.
Age group: Children
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Drop in.