Tag Archives: reading

We have some mighty good programs for you


All Together Storytime 
Monday, November 6, 9:30-10 a.m.
Monday, November 6, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Monday, November 6, 11-11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a fun-filled half hour of stories and songs. This storytime is aimed at 2–6 year-olds, but siblings are welcome. Particularly good for families and groups with multi-age children. Drop in.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) 
Monday, November 6, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.
Diez Deditos es una hora de cuento bilingüe presentada en Español e Ingles. Sin Registro Previo.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, November 7, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, November 7, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months with an adult
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, November 7, 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.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, November 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Have fun with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions and Toilet Paper Olympics in our after-school math club. Registration is now closed.

Silent Movie New Music – Charlie Chaplin in “Tillies’ Punctured Romance”
Tuesday, November 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy popular silent films accompanied by all-new original music scores by Renee Baker of Wabi House Media and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Register.

Family Storytime 
Tuesday, November 7, 7-7:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Gather the family together for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs and laughter! Drop in.

Toddler Storytime 
Wednesday, November 8, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Chess Club 
Wednesday, November 8, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–8
Are you a chess enthusiast? Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Get Ready to Ragnarok!
Thursday, November 9, 2-3 p.m.
Ages 8–12
Fans of Marvel’s “Thor” and Rick Riordan’s “Magnus Chase” can prepare for the end of the world by exploring Norse mythology through a series of exciting challenges. Register.

Minecraft Club 
Thursday, November 9, 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.

Teacher Book Sale – Friends Pop-Up Book Sale
Thursday, November 9, 5-7:30 p.m.
All ages
Shop gently used children’s books at great prices. Perfect for your classroom or homeschool curriculum! Hosted by Friends of Fountaindale.

Lapsit Storytime 
Thursday, November 9, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months with an adult
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, November 10, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, November 10: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ and groovin’ to music, rhythms, songs and more! Drop in.

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

Saturday Special: Build It! 
Saturday, November 11, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 with an adult for DUPLO; Grades K–5, K with an adult for LEGO
Use DUPLO and LEGO blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes!
Saturday, November 11, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K–1
Do you like to read in your school shoes? Cool! Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Does Your Child Love Reading and the WWE?

Become a Reading Superstar

Here is a great way to encourage your kids to read!  Take part in the 2014 WrestleMania® Reading Challenge.  This annual program promotes the importance of reading through a digital literacy initiative.  Now through March 7, 2014, students will have the opportunity to participate in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge at WWEReadingSuperstar.com.

Presented by WWE, the Pearson Foundation and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), children between the ages of 4-12 can select a WWE Superstar Reading Buddy and read digital books for free to participate in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge.  New this year, teens ages 13-18 can select a WWE Superstar Pen Pal, read a book from YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten book list and write an essay about their book choice.

Prizes will include a trip to WrestleMania 30, a visit from a WWE Superstar to your school and book donations for your local school and library.  For more information or to participate in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, visit WWEReadingSuperstar.com.

WrestleMania Reading Challenge infosheet

2014 Children’s Choice Book Award Online Clubs Return!

Registration has started for the Monarch (Kindergarten – grade 3), Bluestem (grades 3 – 5), and Rebecca Caudill (grades 4 – 8) online reading clubs!  In Children’s Services you will find the lists, annotated bibliographies, and copies of the books. Join your club (we’ll be happy to register you!) then read (or listen to) and log the minimum number of nominated books (see below). Vote for your favorite at the library (unless you are voting at school)! Read all 20 books on your list and you will be eligible for a free paperback copy of one of the nominees for 2015.

Monarch Award logo

Register through March 8
Read 5 to vote February 15 – March 13
Club ends March 15

Bluestem Award logo

Register through March 8
Read 4 to vote February 15 – March 13
Club ends March 15

Rebecca Caudill

Register through February 8
Read 3 to vote February 1 – 26
Club ends February 28

Advocacy group says Your Baby Can Read claims are false; asks FTC to take action

If you’ve been following this blog, you may have read an earlier article I linked to about products that claim to teach babies to read.  Here’s another article from the Chicago Tribune for those interested in this issue:

Advocacy group says Your Baby Can Read claims are false; asks FTC to take action.

-Miss Sarah

Why buy stuff to teach your baby to read?

Are you thinking of buying some videos and flash cards to teach your baby to read?  Before you spend any money, read this:

Baby reading programs unnecessary – chicagotribune.com.

It’s always good to remember the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

If you’d like some ideas for how to help young children enjoy books, and how to build a good foundation for when they start to learn to read, try some of the following (also available in our links for parents and teachers):

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy
Learn about the skills that children need in order to become readers.  Find ways to develop these skills, including suggestions for books to read to your child.

Get Ready to Read
Print out one of the literacy checklists to help make your home, classroom, or day care a place that encourages reading.

Read to Your Baby
Learn all about the benefits of reading to babies, and find tips on how to make reading enjoyable for your child.

Downloadable Early Literacy Research from LINCS
Scroll down the page to find Publications for Parents.

My blog post on choosing books for babies (featuring the advice of author Barbara Joose).

Updated information on Every Child Ready to Read @ your library will be available soon.  This initiative was the source of the activities to do together with your baby on our Summer Reading Program sheets in previous years.

-Miss Sarah