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As the Die Cuts: February Edition

Attention teachers and youth leaders, The Children’s Services Department of Foutaindale Library has an Ellison Die Cut machine available for public 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. For President’s Day we have heads of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and a small outline map of Illinois. For Valentine’s Day we have a large two piece heart plus a 4” heart die. There is also a die that has four tiny hearts. For a full list of what dies we have click here. If you would like to request to use the Ellison Die cut machine please email us at ellisondiecuts@fountaindale.org. Please allow at least 36 hours notice.

Martin Luther King, life and legacy

pinkneysA patron came in the other day and asked what new books we had on Martin Luther King. This year, 50 years since he was assassinated, there are some especially beautiful new works like Martin Rising. The poet (Andrea Davis Pinkney) and illustrator (her husband, Brian Pinkney) made a video that lets you see inside the book.

This year, The Great Read will focus on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Fountaindale and other local libraries will be offering special activities next month, and an art contest you can enter now through February 14.

Here are the latest books to inspire you:

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Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by James E. Ransome
In this picture book, a class of children learns about the life of Dr. King and how they can be like him.

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Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
A book for beginning readers introduces the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s famous speech.

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Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson; illustrated by Frank Morrison
Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. This picture book includes historical notes and photographs.

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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney
In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King’s life — and of his assassination — through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning.

Children’s Services is celebrating

Kathy Bennett
Specialist, Children’s Services

Hello all,  My name is miss Kathy and I work in Children’s services.  My family has had a tradition of making Christmas cookies and cakes, delivering them to friends on Christmas Eve.  We’ve been doing this ever since the children were little, but now that they are adults, the cookies look and taste much better.  There is a picture of my three children and myself, along with some of the cookies and cakes we make to deliver.

 

Christmas Romania
Andreea Dobrescu
Specialist, Children’s Services

Traditions from Romania

Christmas in Romanian is Craciun. People prepare well in advance for receiving the carolers during Christmas time. Each member of the family has specific chores to do. Women clean up their houses, bake sweet breads, cookies and pretzels that they will give to carolers.  Males clean up the front yard, and make wood repairs. Males are also in charge with wine and meat preparations for the festivity. Traditionally pork meat is used for preparing sausages and ham. Kids are in charge with decorating the house and the Christmas tree. Carolers rehearse their songs hoping that they will impress the young unmarried women and maybe find a bride. The morning of Christmas Eve is reserved for kids to go and sing carols. They are welcomed in the front yard but not allowed into the house. One song I remember was about the star of Bethlehem. We used to build a large star covered with colored paper and tinsel on a stick and carry it around. That song always makes me smile. Craciun fericit!

 

4232778014_e4b22c7dc8_zSarah Dolley
Children’s Librarian

This might sound funny, but my family usually makes potato pancakes this time of year even though we are not Jewish. I grew up in what was historically a Jewish neighborhood. My brother and I went to preschool in the same building that housed the public library. Our preschool teachers tried to help all the children learn about each other’s cultures. My big brother came home from preschool one day and asked my mom if she could make latkes because he had tried them and they were delicious! Potato pancakes are actually part of my culture, if not my religious holidays, because my father’s side of the family is from Russia.

Christmas traditions have changed a bit since my brother and I became adults. My brother is a church music director, so he is always very busy at Christmas. When he was at his first job, I traveled to help him with setting up the church. When he started working at a different church, my parents and I would come to sing on Christmas Eve and have Chinese take-out with the choir. Now that our families have both grown, we usually visit each other after Christmas once my brother has had a chance to rest and recover.

Now that I am married, I have some new family traditions for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. My father-in-law likes to make a stir fry dish with shrimp that he calls “dragon’s claw.” We sometimes also visit our cousin, who has a huge crowd of people over and makes wonderful homemade Mexican food.

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.

Special storytimes and more

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Tween Special – Day of the Dead Craft
Monday, October 30, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Try making traditional crafts for Día de los Muertos like migajon (bread dough) skulls and papel picado. Register.

Teeny Tiny Halloween – (Drop in)
Tuesday, October 31, 10-11 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Want to enjoy the fun of Halloween without the scares? Join Mary Jane Haley for seasonal stories, rhyme and creative dramatics. Come in costume for added fun.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site/Drop in)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Wednesday, November 1, 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.

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers
Wednesday, November 1, 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.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, November 2, 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 – (Drop in)
Thursday, November 2, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information.

Arts and Fables – (Drop in)
Friday, November 3, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
Friday, November 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Join us for a story, and then make a craft about it!

Stories and Signs: ASL Storytime – (Drop in)
Saturday, November 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Try your “hand” at signing! Learn basic American Sign Language signs such as the alphabet, numbers and colors followed by stories and activities presented with an ASL interpreter.

Saturday Special: Imagineers Club
Da Vinci Inspired STEAM Activities
Saturday, November 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Play games, use new technologies and/or explore science in this fun and educational program. Register.

Spooky Books and Halloween Happenings

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Minecraft Club
Tuesday, October 24, 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, October 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Have fun with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions and Toilet Paper Olympics in our after-school math club.

S’mores Book Club – “Goosebumps” & Other Spooky Books
Wednesday, October 25, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–5
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.

Chick-fil-A Storytime – (Off site)
Chick-fil-A – 245 N. Weber Road
Thursday, October 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Join us for a free story and meet the Chick-fil-A cow! No registration required. Call Laura Didier at 630.685.4230 for more information. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, October 26, 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.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, October 27, 10:30-noon
OR
Friday, October 27, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K–5 students
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering geography, stories, music and crafts using hands-on props and instruments. Drop in.

Halloween Happenings
Saturday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Enjoy a day of stories, crafts, a family dance party and much more. Come in costume for added fun! Drop in.

 

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Ramadan Reading

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Due to a generous donation from a patron, our library received a Ramadan READy Kit with books and decorations! Stop by to see the decorations in the display case near the juvenile World Languages collection. The kit also included books, which are being processed and added to the collection.

It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan

Ilyas & Duck and the Fantastic Festival of Eid-Al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja

The Shapes of Eid According to Me by Samia Khan; illustrated by Maria Ahmed

Check out our Ramadan and Eid display in the holiday section for more books, or ask us for help finding books about religion, holidays and celebrations.

Ramadan paper lanternsThe kit also included materials for making Happy Ramadan paper lanterns. This will be one of the crafts available at our Make-it Take-it craft program on Saturday. Drop in any time between 1:30 to 3:30 to make a craft while supplies last. We will also have materials for making a paper mosaic peace picture or an origami crane.