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Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, August 8, 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.

Registration opens on Wednesday, August 9 for S’mores Book Club on Wednesday, August 30. We will be “Captain Underpants” & other superhero books.

Thursday, August 10, 10 11:30 a.m.
Grades K–5; Kindergartners with an adult.
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

DuPage Township Tools for School – (DuPage Township – 241 Canterbury Lane)
Thursday, August 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Bookmobile will be at DuPage Township’s Tools for School. While there, you can check out library materials and register your student for their most valuable tool: a library card! Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, August 11, 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.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, August 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration difficulties. Programs includes a 15 minute multi-sensory playtime. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, August 12, 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.

Rabindranath Tagore turns 150

I first encountered the writing of Rabindranath Tagore when I was pretty young.  I owned a little collection of poetry called Silver Pennies that once belonged to my grampa.  It included Tagore’s poem Paper Boats, about a boy sending paper boats down the stream away from his village.

The poem is in the first person, and so as a child I assumed that it was written by a young person (as the introductions pointed out, some of the poems in the book  were, like the ones by Hilda Conkling).  I didn’t realize then that many of the poems and poets included in the book were quite famous.

By the time that little “Collection of Modern Poems for Boys and Girls” was published, Tagore had already won the Nobel Prize for Literature.  He was the first Asian to do so.  In addition to poetry, he wrote essays, plays, and stories.  The library owns some of his books translated into English and Hindi, as well as movies in Bengali (his native language).  The first time a patron asked if we had his books, I recognized the title in the children’s department but all the rest were new to me.

If you look at the quotations decorating the children’s department, you will find the opening lines to “Paper Boats” in the canopy of the “tree” with the hanging globes in the World Park.  If you would like to take advantage of all the puddles outside and float your own paper boats, you can find directions for making them online.  H. A. Rey also included good instructions in Curious George Rides a Bike.

-Miss Sarah

Great Big, Texas-sized Imaginations

The library is expecting a special visit soon (Friday, October 1) from Cowgirl Peg!  If you like pretending to be a cowboy or a cowgirl, try some of these imagination-filled picture books:

Are You a Horse?
by Andy Rash

The Clever Cowboy
by Angela McAllister

Comes a Wind
by Linda Arms White

Cowboy & Octopus
by Jon Scieszka

Cowboy Baby
by Sue Heap

Cowboy Bunnies
by Christine Loomis

Cowboy Kid
by Sue Heap

Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse
by Rebecca Janni

Hannah Mae O’Hannigan’s Wild West Show
by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Home on the Range
by Brian Ajhar

How I Spent My Summer Vacation
by Mark Teague

I Want to be a Cowgirl
by Jeanne Willis

Moo Cow Kaboom!
by Thacher Hurd

Queenie Farmer Had Fifteen Daughters
by Ann-Jeanette Campbell

Ridin’ Dinos with Buck Bronco
by George McClements

Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive
by Karma Wilson

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain
by Jonathan Emmett

Tall in the Saddle
by Anne Carter

Thunder Rose
by Jerdine Nolen

The Toughest Cowboy
by John Frank

When Wishes Were Horses
by Sharon Addy

A Wild Cowboy
by Dana Kessimakis Smith

-Miss Sarah