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iMake, I write, I watch a movie

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Our weekly storytimes continue, along with Crazy 8s and Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday. We also have:

iMake
Monday, March 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5; K with an adult
Visit Creativity Park in the Children’s Services Department to try out our newest technologies. Drop in.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, March 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5

Stimulate your creativity for writing stories and poems! Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, March 17
9:30-10:15 a.m.
or
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months to 5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ to music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in.

TechnoKids
Friday, March 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics. Register now.

Family Movie
Saturday, March 18, 1:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Enjoy a movie with the family.  Drop in.

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Finale to February

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Storytimes
, Minecraft Club (on Tuesday and Thursday), and Crazy 8s continue this week.

Great Read Harry Potter Art Exhibit
Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-6 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult

Each Great Read participating library’s Adult, Teen and Child art contest winners will have their work on display in Meeting Room B, with awards given in Meeting Room A beginning at 6:00 p.m. Come join us to celebrate the artistic talent and spirit! Drop in.

Great Read Finale: Hogwarts Magic Show
Tuesday, February 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult

Celebrate the Great Read‘s Art Contest winners with an award ceremony at 6:00 PM, and then join us for a magic show! Learn firsthand about the Magic of Hogwarts during a special Harry Potter-themed magic show. Children and their parents will be amazed at the magic of “Professor Gerry Potter.” Professor Potter is the 7th cousin (twice removed) of the famous Harry Potter, and a direct descendant of Godric of the House of Gryffindor. This fast-paced show features comedy magic and lots of audience participation. Muggles of all ages will learn firsthand about the magic of the Marauder’s Map and discover the power of Polyjuice Potion. Audience members are encouraged dress in their favorite wizard or witch outfit, and be prepared to cast their own spells during this family-friendly show. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, March 1, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12
Join our new coding club! Learn programming while working on cool projects. This club is intended for Fountaindale cardholders and residents. Drop in until the program limit of 16 participants is reached.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, March 1, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5
Friends get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! Drop in.

Visit the new Outreach Preschool page for Thursday morning storytime information.

Arts & Fables
Friday, March 3
9:30-10:15 or 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 years with an adult
Hear a story, then make a craft about it! What a great way to spend some time at the library in the morning! Drop in until the room is full.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, March 4, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Saturday Special: Boo! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, March 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Program based on the funny Timmy Failure book series where gullible detectives are invited to successfully carry out a no-brainer spy mission. Register now.

Magic, Math, Monarchs and a Movie

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Morris, the Magic Man!
Sunday, February 12, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Magician Morris Taylor has performed magic all over the world and now he is coming here to Fountaindale! Enjoy his family show and watch the magic happen. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached. Seating is first come, first served.

Storytimes continue this week, and Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

iMake
Monday, February 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5; K with an adult
Visit the Creativity Park to try out the library’s newest technologies. This session will have a Harry Potter theme. Drop in.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, February 14, 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-2
Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids appreciate the math that’s all around them. Have fun with mischief making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions, and Toilet Paper Olympics. Some of the activities build from week to week so it is important not to miss a class. Must be able to attend all 8 sessions. Register now.

Young Writers’ Club: Magical Words and Wonders
Wednesday, February 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Enjoy a special Young Writers’ Club in the style of Professor Trelawney’s class. Drop in.

Wednesday, February 15 is the last day of Monarch Voting! If you are in grades K-3 and have read at least 5 of the nominees for the Monarch Award, you can vote for your favorite (and sign up for the pizza party on February 24).
UPDATE: You can now turn in ballots until February 19!

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, February 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side Panera, 714 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Register now.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, February 17
9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Today’s programs will feature music from African countries. Drop in.

TechnoKids
Friday, February 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Use light painting to create your own patronus. Register now.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, February 18
10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Today’s program will feature music from African countries. Drop in.

Interactive Family Movie
Saturday, February 18, 1:30 p.m. at Fountaindale Public Library
All ages. Preschoolers with an adult.
Follow along with a movie as part of our programming for The Great Read. 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!

Karaoke Party

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Do you love to sing? We hope you will join us for our first ever karaoke party! We will have a family-friendly set of songs to choose from. Sing a solo or bring a family member or friend onstage for a duet! There will be lots of fun games, dancing, a photo booth and light refreshments.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
2–3 p.m.
Meeting Room A
All ages preschoolers with an adult. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.
For more information, contact the Children’s Services Department at 630-685-4181.

Join us in January!

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Monday, January 2, 2 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Decorate a paper lantern to take home. This program requires registration.

iMake
Tuesday, January 3, 1:30–3 p.m.
Grades K–5
Visit the Creativity Park to try out the library’s newest technologies. Drop in.

Winter Reading Club Special Storytime with Hidden Oaks at Fountaindale
Wednesday, January 4, 11–11:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Hidden Oaks is coming to host a special nature storytime. If you are participating in our Winter Reading Club: Discover Winter Wonders, attending this program will count for the “Explore” portion of the reading log. Drop in.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, January 4, 2–3 p.m.
Grades K–5
Come make a craft! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, January 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side Panera, 714 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Registration is required.

Karaoke Party 
Thursday, January 5, 2–3 p.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Do you love to sing? We hope you will join us for our first ever karaoke party! We will have a family-friendly set of songs to choose from. Sing a solo or bring a family member or friend onstage for a duet! There will be lots of fun games, dancing and light refreshments. Drop in.

Arts & Fables
Friday, January 6
9:30–10:15 a.m.
10:30–11: 15 a.m.
For children ages 2–6.
Hear a story, then make a craft about it! What a great way to spend some time at the library in the morning! Drop in.

Mini Movin’ & Groovin’
Saturday, January 7, 10:30–11:15 a.m.
For children ages 8 months–5 years.
Join our group of friends for a beach party with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in.

Family Movie
Saturday, January 7, 1:30 p.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Enjoy a feature movie with the family! Bring your fish friend for this popular sequel!

And don’t forget to sign up for our Discover Winter Wonders Reading Challenge and Monarch Reading Clubs to earn free books this winter!

Family outings: The Nutcracker

I never danced in The Nutcracker, but I love the music and I love this ballet.  My first memory if it is watching it on TV.  It was the night that Halley’s Comet passed overhead.  Unfortunately, we had a cloudy night and it was impossible to see the comet.  My parents found a performance of The Nutcracker on PBS and told me that if I was lucky, I might see the comet the next time around (in 2061).  Even without seeing the comet, I’ve had a few opportunities to see The Nutcracker live since then and enjoyed it every time.  Parents often ask us for books to introduce The Nutcracker before they take their children to a performance.  Here are a few suggestions:

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Bea in The Nutcracker by Rachel Isadora
Bea and her young classmates dress up in costumes and put on a performance of The Nutcracker.  This is one of Rachel Isadora’s picture books that showcases her background as a professional ballerina!

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Becoming a Ballerina: A Nutcracker Story by Lise Friedman; photographs by Mary Dowdle
Traces the daily experiences of a thirteen-year-old ballerina who is preparing to perform the lead role in the Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

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Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza; illustrated by Don Tate
Tells the story of how jazz composer and musician Duke Ellington, along with Billy Strayhorn, created his jazz composition based on Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite ballet.   This book comes with a recording of the suite on CD.

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The Nutcracker performed by the Bolshoi Ballet on DVD
If you want to bring home a recording of the ballet, this is a beautiful version.

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The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann; pictures by Maurice Sendak; translated by Ralph Manheim
Maurice Sendak (who wrote and illustrated Where the Wild Things Are and who also designed sets for a performance of The Nutcracker) illustrates the story behind the ballet.

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The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
An abridged version of the story featuring beautiful paintings of ballet dancers.

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The Nutcracker retold by Stephanie Spinner; illustrated by Peter Malone
In this retelling of the original 1816 German story, Godfather Drosselmeier gives young Marie a nutcracker for Christmas, and she finds herself in a magical realm where she saves the nutcracker and sees him change into a handsome prince.  This picture book comes with a CD of the music from the ballet.

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The Nutcracker, music by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
This child-friendly adaptation of the complete ballet score is given a beautiful retelling of the story by Jim Weiss.  You can find many other CDs in our collection that feature music from The Nutcracker and storytelling by Jim Weiss.

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The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition by Chris Barton; illustrated by Cathy Gendron
An illustrated account of how “The Nutcracker” ballet became an American tradition traces the efforts of three vaudeville siblings who staged their own production in the early 1900s after being introduced to the ballet by Russian immigrants.