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Special storytimes and more


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.
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
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.



Ramadan Reading


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.

Love Stories

Heart to Heart by Lois Ehlert
Alphabet letters and bold, graphic images of fruits and vegetables come together in this book of pun-filled rebuses about love and friendship.

I Heart You by Meg Fleming; illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
A rhyming picture book about the loving parent-child relationship in animal and human families

I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen; illustrated by Chloe Inkpen
Dog is very badly behaved; he destroys everything, chases cars, rolls in poo, and won’t stop running away! But when he finds himself lost and alone there is one person he knows he can always count on.

Pete Likes Bunny by Emily Arnold McCully
Pete likes Bunny, the new girl in his class; and despite teasing from classmates, Bunny likes Pete too.

Psst! I Love You by Marjorie Blain Parker; illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Celebrates the love between parents and children of every species. In lilting rhyme, the book introduces toddlers to an array of super-adorable animal parents and babies, including cows, horses, sheep, cats, owls, ducks, roosters, and, of course humans. What do they all say to each other? I LOVE YOU! This is the perfect read-aloud and goodnight story.

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose
Mr. Peanuts, a most unusual squirrel, is lonely as Valentine’s Day nears but he meets Rosie in the bookstore and soon they are nuts about each other.

What Do You Love About You? by Karen Lechelt
Different animals show there is a lot to love about each of us.

When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali; illustrations by Alice Lotti
When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things, and never tells her how he feels–until one day the doorbell rings.

XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex; illustrated by Scott Campbell
The hilarious tale of an ox who is in love with a gazelle, told in correspondence

Quick Pick: The Tree in the Courtyard

The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Peter McCarty

“The tree in the courtyard was a horse chestnut. Her leaves were green stars; her flowers foaming cones of white and pink. Seagulls flocked to her shade. She spread roots and reached skyward in peace.

“The tree watched a little girl, who played and laughed and wrote in a diary. When strangers invaded the city and warplanes roared overhead, the tree watched the girl peek out of the curtained window of the annex. It watched as she and her family were taken away—and when her father returned after the war, alone.

“The tree died the summer Anne Frank would have turned eighty-one, but its seeds and saplings have been planted around the world as a symbol of peace. Its story, and Anne’s story, are beautifully told and illustrated in this powerful picture book.” -Random House

Tu Bi-Shevat (also spelled Tu Bishvat or Tu B’Shevat) is a Jewish holiday sometimes called the New Year of the Trees or “Jewish Arbor Day.” This year it begins at sundown on February 10. It is a time to appreciate trees (and plant them, if you live where the climate is right at this time of year). You can click on links above to see other stories and information about the holiday in our collection.

7 Principles

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the holiday Kwanzaa.  There still aren’t a lot of picture book published about the holiday (Kevin’s Kwanzaa is the only new one in the collection since I last wrote about the topic), so instead I’m going to suggest some titles that go along with the principles of Kwanzaa:

Umoja (unity)

Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble.

Kujichagulia (self-determination)

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, illustrated with images of Pullman porters and a contemporary child riding the subway.
Some other suggestions for this principle would be Princess Grace or My Friend Maya Loves to Dance (which could both also be used to introduce kente cloth), Thunder Rose (an original tall tale about a girl who starts life by controlling the lightning and picking her own name), or another Langston Hughes poem, My People.

Ujima (collective work and responsibility)

The Hula Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Kameeka yearns to continue her hula hooping competition with her rival, Jamara, rather than help prepare for Miz Adeline’s birthday party, and “the itch” almost ruins the party before a surprise ending.

Ujamaa (cooperative economics)

Destiny’s Gift by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley; illustrated by Adjoa J. Burrowes
Destinys favorite place in the world is Mrs. Wade’s bookstore, so when she finds out it may close she stirs the community to help out, then works on a special gift of her own to encourage Mrs. Wade.
Two more books about this principle are The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore and Uncle Jed’s Barbershop.

Nia (purpose)

Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Sean Qualls
Pursuing one’s own path in life takes courage, strength, and perseverance, as demonstrated by such inspirational leaders as Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, and Muhammad Ali.

Kuumba (creativity):

Metal Man by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Paul Hoppe
One hot summer day, a man who makes sculpture out of junk helps a boy create what he sees in his mind’s eye.

Imani (faith)

Shouting by Joyce Carol Thomas
A colorful salute to faith and gospel music links Black church traditions to the rhythms of Africa.
You might also like a story about a character named Imani, like Imani in the Belly or Imani’s Gift at Kwanzaa.

Never Forgotten by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, is a fable-like book that brings together themes of family unity and creativity.  It’s longer than a standard picture book, but beautifully illustrated throughout.  A boy and his father are cruelly separated, and the elements Earth, Fire, Water and Wind bring the father news of the son’s fate.  In a note at the end, the author writes, “…I have tried to create a story that addresses the question all of us who are descendants of the Taken ask: ‘Were we missed?’  I answer with a resounding ‘Yes! We were never forgotten.'”

If you would like a book that puts Kwanzaa in a context of other holidays celebrated with candles, fireworks, and festive bonfires, try

Lighting Our World: A Year of Celebrations by Catherine Rondina; illustrated by Jacqui Oakley
Starting with Up Helly Aa in January and finishing with Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa in December, you can explore religious and secular festivals around the world.

Quick pick: Cobweb Christmas

When I started working for Fountaindale in 1985, the department head had a party at her home. As I admired her tree, I noticed a spider on a web ornament and asked about it. She said it is a German tradition and told me about the book A Cobweb Christmas by Shirley Climo.
The next Christmas, I received a spider on the web ornament as a gift. When my daughter left home, she asked for a spider on the web ornament. I could not find one, but asked the library staff to assist with my search. An elf found one and left it in my mailbox without a note about the cost or who the elf was. When my son left  home, he, too, asked for a spider on a web.
This time, the elves were with me as I found one in a Minocqua, WI Christmas shop. The spider and web now has a place on the side of the tree since my mother-in-law passed away almost 10 years ago. She requested this ornament be put at the back of the tree as she was afraid of spiders and this ornament gave her the creeps when she saw it!