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Ready, Set, Summer!

rocketsSundays I usually post about the upcoming children’s events for the week. This week we don’t have any scheduled programs in the library because we will be getting ready for the Summer Adventure!

Starting Saturday, June 1, you can sign up to earn points and get prizes in our summer reading program. You can also visit the Bookmobile at the Cavalcade of Planes on June 1 and June 2.

Throughout the summer we will be bringing in special performers, showing movies, offering Tech Bootcamps for tweens and more. Visit the library’s Events Calendar for all the details.

Have you signed up yet?


Experts recommend children hear at least 1,000 stories before they start to learn to read themselves. Families who read aloud to their children strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary. Start your child’s love of learning with our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative.

How Does It Work?

Fountaindale Public Library cardholders can sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Children’s Services Desk.

At signup, you’ll receive a free tote bag and your first reading log. Color in a circle on the log for each book you read to your child. Remember to include books read at home or at storytime, daycare and preschool. If you read the same book multiple times, count each time you read that story.

After each 100 books you read, bring your completed log to the Children’s Services Desk for a new log and a prize!

How Long Will It Take to Reach 1,000?

1 Book per Day = 3 years
2 Books per Day = 1.5 years
3 Books per Day = 1 year
4 Books per Day = 9 months
5 Books per Day = 7 months

What Prizes Will My Child Earn?

In addition to gaining more language skills and a robust vocabulary, you child will earn:

● 100 books = Animal Sticker
● 200 books = Animal Sticker
● 300 books = Animal Sticker
● 400 books = Free Cookie Voucher from Brooks Café
● 500 books = Animal Sticker
● 600 books = Animal Sticker
● 700 books = Photo on the Storytime Throne
● 800 books = Animal Sticker
● 900 books = Animal Sticker
● 1,000 books = Certificate of Completion and Free Book

This program is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of Fountaindale.

Are you ready to create, explore & connect?

Summer-Adventure-sm_0It’s almost time to start your summer adventure!

Sign up!

Use your Fountaindale Public Library Card to register online, at the library or on the bookmobile from June 1 through July 24. All ages can participate!

Earn points!

Read or listen to a book for 30 minutes, attend a library program or complete and record other activities from the list by July 31.

Get prizes!

Collect your prizes and earn entries into our grand prize drawings when you reach 25 and 50 points (while supplies last). Prizes will be available beginning Monday, June 12.

Looking for more to do this week?

Kidz Fest at DuPage Township 
Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages
The Bookmobile will be at 241 Canterbury Lane for checking out books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks and getting a new library card! Outreach staff will also present a special MOPs puppet show with activities at 12:30 p.m. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Make-It Take-It
Saturday, June 3, 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.

Magic, Math, Monarchs and a Movie

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.

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.

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.

Read, Vote and Eat Pizza!

Monarch Award logo
It’s time to vote for your favorite Monarch Award Book from February 1–15.

If you’ve read or listened to at least five of the nominees, you can cast your ballot at the Children’s Services Desk.

Monarch Award Pizza Party
Friday, February 24, 2–3 p.m.
Grades K-3

Any Fountaindale cardholders that voted for their favorite book may register for the party.  Be there when we reveal the library winner! Register by February 15 (call 630.685.4181 or come to the Children’s Services Desk to vote and register).

Storytimes and stuff

007The new season of storytimes starts this week! Minecraft Club continues on Tuesday and Thursday.

Monarch Read-in
Monday, January 16, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K-3, Kindergarteners with an adult
Get comfy on our bean bags and hear some of the Monarch 2017 nominees. For children in grades K-3, this would be a great opportunity to bring your reading logs from our Monarch Reading Club! Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, January 18, 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. Drop in until the program limit of 16 participants is reached.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, January 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
We’ll have many exercises to stimulate your creativity for stories and poems! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, January 19, 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.

Preschool Activity Time Special: Frozen
Friday, January 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, January 20, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult.
Meet your friends and have lots of fun in our carpeted meeting room with many games to play! This month will be a Frozen theme. Registration required.

Friday, January 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics. Registration required.

STEAM Family Workshop
Saturday, January 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades K-5, Kindergarteners with an adult. Families welcome.
Come explore our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) stations highlighting hands-on activities for the family to work together on. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

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!