Tag Archives: LEGOs

It’s a STEAM-y week

light painting
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.

Hufflepuffs! We get the job done!

harryThe Hamilton exhibit will only be up through Monday, February 6.  Don’t miss your chance to see it!  But don’t worry, once it’s gone  we have plenty of other things for you to do, including some more special Harry Potter programs.

Our weekly Storytimes continue and Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Chess Club
Wednesday, February 8, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8, Drop in.
Friends face each other across the table and engage in challenging matches!

Thursday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult, Registration required.
Story time at east side McDonald’s, 100 N Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook.

Harry Potter Fun
Thursday, February 9, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6, Registration required.
Come explore our Harry Potter stations full of magical activities for tweens to enjoy.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Friday, February 10, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students
. Drop in.
Enrich your homeschool experience by joining us in discovering the geography, stories, music, and crafts of the United States of America.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, February 11, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult. Drop in.

A storytime especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Build It!: Harry Potter‘s World
Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.
All ages. Preschoolers and K with an adult.  Drop in.
Use LEGO or DUPLO blocks to build!

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in my School Shoes!
Saturday, February 11, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1. Drop in.

Can you read all by yourself? Come in and read a book to us! Students who participate earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark!

Looking ahead to next week, Morris the Magic Man will be visiting the library on Sunday, February 12, for a family magic show!

After school, preschool, and Saturday specials


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.
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.

This week starts and ends with toys

lego bricksCome to our Toy Exchange today (Sunday, December 4).  If you received vouchers for donating toys last week, you can choose toys from 2-3 p.m.  The room will be open to all from 3-3:30.  All toy choices are first come, first served while supplies last.

Storytimes continue this week.

This Tuesday, Minecraft will not meet so kids can attend the Tween Hour of Code.  Sign up to learn coding basics in this one-hour introductory class.  Children must be in grades 4-6 and have a Fountaindale library card.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, December 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5
Drop in to make a craft.

Minecraft Club meets on Thursday only this week.

Please be aware that on Friday the library will open at 1 p.m. due to a staff inservice during the morning.

Friday, December 9, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Learn about a science topic with a hands-on project.  Register.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, December 10, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult.
Drop in and enjoy a storytime especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Build It!
Saturday, December 10, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with an adult for DUPLO
Grades K-5 (kindergarteners with an adult) for LEGO
The library has many DUPLO and LEGO blocks for you to use to build your fantastic structures! Drop in any time between 2:00 and 4:00 and make something.

In Your Own Backyard: An Adventure for Homeschoolers

coding robots

We are getting ready for our next homeschool program which will be held on Friday, October 28 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Kindergarten-5th Grade (Meeting Room A):
Come prepared to learn about the fur trade and to float down the Illinois River from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. We will be building Fort Dearborn, churning butter and grinding corn. We will have a “touch museum” with several artifacts dating all the way back to the year 1603! We will also make and take our own pouches to remember our time together.

Tweens (Studio 300):
We are excited to have our homeschooled tweens return to Studio 300! This month, watch your LEGO creations come to life with LEGO robotics. We will also debut our latest programmable robotic arm! As the tween program has a limited number of available spots, please remember to e-mail rkantorek@fountaindale.lib.il.us to let us know you are interested in attending.
Educators & Tots (Storytime Room):
As always, educators will have their own space to connect and share thoughts about homeschooling. This month, we will take a tour and explore the 3rd floor homeschool section resources. When we return, the little ones will enjoy a storytime and puppet show about hibernating animals!

We hope you will be able to join us!

Saturday Specials

story time

Drop in and join us for Sensory Story time on Saturday, October 8 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. We read stories, sing songs and do interactive activities. This program focuses on children with sensory integration issues but all children, ages 2 to 6, are welcome with a caregiver.

red brick

You can also drop in between 2:00 and 4:00 for Build It! Children ages 2 to 5 (with an adult) can build with DUPLO blocks and students in kindergarten through grade 5 can build with LEGO bricks. Kindergarteners should be accompanied by an adult.