Tag Archives: LEGO

Writing, Rollin’ and Chalk Art

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All Together Storytime
Monday, July 3
9:30-10 a.m.

OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Enjoy a fun–filled half hour of stories and songs. 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, July 3, 7-7:30 p.m.

Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

The library will be closed July 4.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, July 5, 9:30-10 a.m.

OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months

Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 5, 1:30-3 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Explore the creative writer in you during this four-week stimulating summer workshop. Must be able to attend all four sessions. Register.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Thursay, July 6, 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.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursay, July 6, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months

Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, July 7, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult.
The library meeting room becomes a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute, and more. While children have fun, they actually practice social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Indian Boundary Park)
Friday, July 7, 10 a.m. – 12:30pm
Stop by Indian Boundary Park for a fun MOPs show, ride a trackless train and scale the climbing wall. Visit the Bookmobile to check out materials and enjoy hands-on STEAM activities. Drop in.

STEAM Rollin’
Friday, July 7, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.

Join us for an action–packed session of STEAM–based stories, activities, and crafts. Drop in.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 11–17
Learn the roles and responsibilities of a babysitter as well as basic first aid and CPR techniques in this three-hour course. Please bring a baby doll (no stuffed animals). Register.

Street Art Competition – Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages.

Create a chalk masterpiece on the library’s entryway sidewalk. Photos will be placed on the library’s website for voting. The artist with the most votes in each age group will win a prize! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, July 8, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult.

Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, July 8, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 for DUPLO®; grades K–5 for LEGO®.
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Kick off your Summer Adventure!

Cavalcade of Planes at Clow Airport (130 Clow International Parkway)
Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages
Visit the Bookmobile at Clow Airport’s annual air show, Cavalcade of Planes. Check out books, movies and more. Get a new library card, renew your account or return your borrowed materials. More information is available at cavalcadeofplanes.com

Story Stroll in the Park (Winston Woods, 200 Winston Drive)
Monday, June 5, 10-11 a.m.
Ideal for ages 8 and under

Read the story (Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash) posted along the path and enjoy activities at each station. Meet at the Bookmobile before the event. Story Strolls count as an hour of reading towards your Summer Adventure! Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, June 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.

Chess Club
Wednesday, June 7, 2-3 p.m.
For kids entering grades 3–8.
Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Summer Adventure Kickoff at the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex (200 Lindsey Lane)
Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind
Wednesday, June 7, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy electrifying displays of fire and liquid nitrogen and experiments featuring color changes, a mysterious genie, gooey gak, springy superballs and more! Drop in.

Song Writing Workshop with Amy Lowe
Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Write your own song and record it in Studio 300! Please bring a lunch and a flash drive to get a copy of the song you created. Register.

Heartbeat of Japan Presented by Urban Gateways
Thursday, June 8, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Grades 4–12; Adults welcome
Discover the rich history of Japan through the dynamic roaring of Taiko drums and grace of classical dance performances. Register.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs (Indian Chase Meadows 525 Pheasant Chase Drive)
Friday, June 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
MOPS Shows: 10:30-11 a.m.
All ages

Stop by Indian Chase Meadows for a fun MOPs puppet show, ride a trackless train and scale the climbing wall. Visit the Bookmobile to check out materials and enjoy hands-on STEAM activities. Drop in.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 11–17
Learn the roles and responsibilities of a babysitter as well as basic first aid and CPR techniques in this three-hour course. Please bring a baby doll (no stuffed animals). Register.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, June 10, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, June 10, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 for DUPLO®; grades K–5 for LEGO®
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Music and More for Families

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Noche de la Familia
Monday, May 8, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy hands-on nature activities with the Bolingbrook Park District at this bilingual event. Drop in.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 9, 10:30-11:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult
Bring your babies to this storytime to enjoy singing, nursery rhymes, stories and fun with puppets! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 9, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. See the calendar for full details.

Jump and Jam with Todd Downing
Wednesday, May 10, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Wild dancing! Lively music! Fun for all! Come for some of the wittiest and most entertaining tunes ever heard East of the Mississippi. Drop in.

Chess Club
Wednesday, May 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8
Are you a chess enthusiast? Whether your are just beginning or are a seasoned chess player, join us, meet people and play chess! Drop in.

McStory Time
Thursday, May 11, 9:30-10:30
Ages 2-6
Storytime at east side McDonald’s. Registration is required. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 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. See the calendar for full details.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 11, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult
Bring your babies to this storytime to enjoy singing, nursery rhymes, stories and fun with puppets! Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, May 12, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Meet friends, play games and have fun during activity time! Drop in.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, May 13, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Build it!
Saturday, May 13, 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.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, May 13, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1
Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Have a Creative Week at the Library!

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We have lots of good programs to kick off the month of April!  Storytimes continue, along with Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.  This is the final week of Crazy 8s. You can also enjoy:

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, April 5, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4–12

Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register now.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, April 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5

Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! This month’s craft is water color and crayon art. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie at Panera Bread while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Arts & Fables
Friday, April 7
9:30-10:15 a.m. OR 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Join us for a storytime, and then move with us to the Creativity Park for a fun craft! This time we will make a paper chick hatching out of a decorated egg. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, April 8, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Build It!
Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with an adult for DUPLO®
Grades K-5, K with an adult for LEGO®

Build something with bricks! Stay for a little bit or a long time. Drop in.

Don’t forget that National Library Week starts next week! We won’t have storytimes April 9-15, but we have scheduled lots of special programs. This is also the time for Food for Fines: If you have fines on your library card, you can clear up to $20 by bringing donations to the food drive.  See the current issue of The Fountain for details.

It’s a STEAM-y week

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We have lots of activities to give your brain a workout!  Our weekly storytimes continue, along with Crazy 8s and Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.  We also have:

Robot Arm
Monday, March 6, 2- 3 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Use coding to program a robotic arm. Register now.

Chess Club
Wednesday, March 8, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8
Are you a chess enthusiast? Whether your are just beginning or are a seasoned chess player, join us, meet people and play chess! Drop in.

Light Painting
Thursday, March 9, 4:14-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Use light to “paint” a picture that resembles a hand-drawn sketch. Register now.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, March 10, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Meet friends, play with our toys, and have fun during activity time! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, March 11, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Maker Faire
Saturday, March 11, 1-4 p.m.
All ages
Explore our DIY maker scene! See demonstrations of exciting new technologies, meet other makers, learn about career opportunities in the maker field and much more! Drop in.

After school, preschool, and Saturday specials

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Minecraft Club resumes this week on Tuesday and Thursday!  The Discover Winter Wonders Reading Challenge ends Saturday, January 14!

Chess Club
Wednesday, January 11, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8
Come practice your chess skills! Beginners can also learn the basics. Drop in.

McStory Time – East Side
Thursday, January 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side McDonald’s, 100 N Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook. Registration is required.

Tween Make Your Own Window Decal
Thursday, January 12, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Create and cut a custom vinyl window cling in Studio 300 using Illustrator and the Zing Air cutting system. Participants must register with a Fountaindale Public Library Card.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, January 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
or
Friday, January 13, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months to 5 years with an adult

Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun!

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, January 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2 – 6 with an adult
Drop in to this special Storytime, especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, January 14, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2 – 5 with adult for DUPLO; grades K – 5, K with adult, for LEGO
The library has many DUPLO and LEGO blocks for you to use to build whatever fantastic structures you want. Drop-in.

Pete the Cat: I’m reading in my school shoes!
Saturday, January 14, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1
Can you read all by yourself? Then you can participate in this Pete the Cat Reading Club for new readers. Come in and read a book to us! Students who participate earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark!

Holiday Memories: Family Outings

Do your children love LEGOS? How about trains? If you answered yes, you won’t want to miss the LEGO Train Show at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

The Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club sets up their magnificent train layouts annually in the Visitor Center.

My family has attended the show several times. There is so much to see! Lots of stories play out along the tracks. One vignette I remember was a crash between a Dunkin Donuts truck and a Krispy Kreme truck just outside a coffee shop. The street was full of donuts and police officers!

Lego trains on display at Cantigny

Star Wars, Sesame Street, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Harry Potter have all been showcased. Chicago landmark buildings, a concert in a park, gas stations, Ferris wheel, fire trucks and construction cranes may take the stage. Every year is different. Dads with children on their shoulders search out the stories and spy out superheroes in action. And, of course, the trains tie everything together to the enjoyment of all. Unbeknownst to most adults, below the main train layout, there are shadow boxes at a young child’s height – a secret world of delight for them alone!

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the show. It is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The show itself is free. Entrance to Cantigny is $5 per car for parking.

Cantigny Park participates in the Museum Pass program. Bring your Fountaindale card to the Information Desk in the lobby and ask if there are any passes for Cantigny. A pass is good for a week and saves a family money.

To learn more about the participating museums go to http://www.museumadventure.org/. School vacation is a great time to go out and explore.