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Check out a museum


With Museum Adventure Pass, you can visit many Illinois museums for free or at a discounted rate! Simply stop by the 1st Floor Circulation Desk to check out a pass using your library card. Passes are first come, first served as we have a limited number of passes for each participating organization. Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or by phone.

One Museum Adventure Pass may be checked out per person per seven days. The pass will expire seven days after the date printed on the pass. Passes are for one-time use and are not transferable. Your name will be printed on the pass, and you may be asked to show identification at the museum. The museum will collect the pass when you visit.

Visit the Museum Adventure Pass website or view their brochure for a list of participating museums and details on each cultural destination.

Museum Adventure Pass Brochure (English)  Museum Adventure Pass Brochure (Spanish)

Admission offers vary per museum. For some, two or four people may be admitted free per pass, or by carload. If admission to the museum is free, another special discount will be offered.

Troll Hunting


Not far from us, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, trolls are growing! Artist Thomas Dambo and a crew of helpers are making giant troll sculptures out of recycled wood. Right now if you visit the arboretum you can watch them working. When the sculptures are finished, there will be special activities. You can find out more at the arboretum’s website.

Want to know more about trolls? Here are some stories available from the library:


D’Aulaire’s Trolls by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Describes the various kinds of trolls found in Norway’s mountains and relates some of the stories associated with them. (This is an older book, and the cover doesn’t give you a hint of the quirky illustrations inside, but it was a favorite of my college roommate.)

The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
In this West Indian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story, Lit’mahn spins thread into gold cloth for the king’s new bride.

The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren; illustrated by Harald Wiberg.
Tells the story of Tomten, a little troll who talks to all the animals that live at a lonely, old farmhouse.

Picture Books:

Moomin, Mymble and Little My by Tove Jansson
Moomintroll travels through the woods to get home with milk for Moominmamma, meeting Mymble, who has lost her sister, Little My. The Moomins are characters from a comic strip popular around the world and translated into different languages.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier by H. C. Andersen; illustrated by Joohee Yoon
A retelling (with a troll jack-in-the-box) of the tale of the perilous adventures of a toy soldier who loves a paper dancing girl.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
You can find lots of versions of this story at the library, including a lovely new picture book with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney.

Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett
While climbing Mt. Baldy, Treva outwits some trolls who want to steal her dog. Jan Brett has written and illustrated several stories involving trolls.

Chapter Books:

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods home to find the place where he belongs.

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.

Summer Adventure starts June 1

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Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 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.

Starting May 30, you can sign up for Beat Making Bootcamp for tweens. Go to the Teen & Tween Bootcamps page to see more camps for coding, filmmaking and music. You can also sign up for Writers’ Workshop.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 31, 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.

Summer Adventure: Read to the Beat
June 1-July 31
All ages
Use your Fountaindale Public Library Card to register online, at the library or on the Bookmobile. Earn points and get prizes!

Cavalcade of Planes at Clow Airport – (Off site)
Clow Airport – 241 Clow International Parkway
Saturday, June 2, 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. Drop in.

Make-It Take-It
Saturday, June 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us in Children’s Services to make a great craft to take home and keep! Drop in.

Don’t miss these two events coming up on Sunday!

Cavalcade of Planes at Clow Airport – (Off site)
Clow Airport – 241 Clow International Parkway
Sunday, June 3, 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. Drop in.

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

BHS Student Projects

Come take a look at the work of some local student authors! Students from the French and Spanish classes from Bolingbrook High School have created picture books that will be on display in Children’s Services until May 13. We also hope to add digital versions of some books to our Local Collection. Please take a look!

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Family field trip?

Are you waiting for the next discount day to visit one of your favorite local museums? Right now you can take advantage of Museum Week! Here’s a little information from the official website:


January 18–26, 2018 • Chicago, IL

“For nine days in January, the city’s top museums are joining together to celebrate Museum Week. Take advantage of discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more at each of the participating museums. Illinois residents will receive up to 25% off admissions at all museums. From culture to constellations, art to animals, this is your chance to experience Chicago’s most beloved institutions in a whole new way!”

You can also use your library card to get a Museum Adventure Pass at the Information Desk. The Museum Adventure Pass website has information on participating museums and attractions (like Brookfield Zoo) and what kinds of discounts you get with the pass.

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.

Halloween Happenings (and more)

We have some great Halloween Happenings coming up at the library, and there’s even more going on for children around the neighborhood!  Here’s a list of all the spooky fun we were able to find:

Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Pumpkin Farm Illinois
Visit the link for information on activities, times, and prices.

Friday, October 21
Family Halloween Fun Night and Parkie’s Pumpkin Patch at the BRAC.
The Bolingbrook Park District is offering activities for children and parents.  Our bookmobile staff will be telling stories!  Follow the links above for details, including cost and registration information.

Monday, October 24
Tweens can sign up for Spooky Tech in Studio 300 to experiment with LED lights and black light and make a glowing mummy hand to take home.  Free.

October 24-31
Bass Pro Shops is offering photos and free activities at their Bolingbrook store.  See their Great Pumpkin Celebration page for details.

Saturday, October 29
Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular
11 a.m. at Fountaindale Public Library
Come in costume and have a “monsterously” good time in a not scary, totally interactive family show with the award-winning performer Dave Rudolf! Watch the kids do the Frankenstein Dance. See the little tykes try to assemble the Skeleton Bones. Be amazed at the Ghoul-Limbo.
Drop in until the room capacity of 90 is reached. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Seating is first come, first served.  Free.

Monday, October 31
Visit the Village of Bolingbrook website for Bolingbrook Trick or Treat hours and a list of safety tips for families.

Saturday, November 5
Pumpkin Pitch 2016 at Lewis University in Romeoville
Composting your old jack o’lantern is way more fun when a catapult is involved!  Grown-ups can also bring old personal papers to be shredded.  Visit the Will County Green website for event details such as times, limits on what you can bring, and contact information for the organizers of the event.