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What a weekend!

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

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, March 22, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after-school snack? If so, join us for our S’mores Book Club where we will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. This month’s topic is Graphic Novels.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, March 24
10:30-noon
or
1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students.
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering the geography, stories, music and crafts of the United States of America in this hands-on program. This month we will explore the western states. Drop in.

Pete the Cat Day
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult; Drop in.
Bring your camera and meet Pete the Cat at storytime from 11-11:30 a.m. Make a craft while supplies last from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Enjoy special coloring pages until 4 p.m.
Readers in kindergarten or first grade can participate in Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes from 3-5 p.m.

Willy Wonka Jr Theatre Showcase
Saturday, March 25, 4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult; Drop in.

Enjoy the delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale.
This performance, featuring local children in grades 2 through 8, is presented by Theatre-on-the-Hill at the library.

Looking ahead to next week, don’t miss this special event on Sunday:

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Family Fun Dinosaur Encounter

Sunday, March 26, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Be amazed at a 5-foot-long Apatosaurus femur and an entire T-Rex foot! Meet award-winning author Janet Riehecky as she presents her extensive collection of fossils. Drop in.

It’s a STEAM-y week

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We have lots of activities to give your brain a workout!  Our weekly storytimes continue, along with Crazy 8s and Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.  We also have:

Robot Arm
Monday, March 6, 2- 3 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Use coding to program a robotic arm. Register now.

Chess Club
Wednesday, March 8, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8
Are you a chess enthusiast? Whether your are just beginning or are a seasoned chess player, join us, meet people and play chess! Drop in.

Light Painting
Thursday, March 9, 4:14-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Use light to “paint” a picture that resembles a hand-drawn sketch. Register now.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, March 10, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Meet friends, play with our toys, and have fun during activity time! Drop in.

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

Maker Faire
Saturday, March 11, 1-4 p.m.
All ages
Explore our DIY maker scene! See demonstrations of exciting new technologies, meet other makers, learn about career opportunities in the maker field and much more! Drop in.

Sign up now!

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Space is still available in these upcoming children’s programs:

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.
or
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.

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

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, January 25, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after school snack? If so, sign up for the S’mores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. This month’s topic is books that were turned into movies. Registration required.

Starting January 14, you can also sign up for our February 2 Saturday Special: Boo! Ha! Ha! This is a fun program based on the Harry Potter book series where you will play games, learn some magic tricks and explore science.

Science in Sports


Thursday, June 30
2:00-2:45 PM

Scientist Steve Belliveau makes learning fun! He’s been seen flying across the room in a hovercraft, electrifying an audience member with static electricity, and inspiring kids of all ages to get involved in science! Come see his show of dramatic demonstrations, easy to see equipment, humor, and audience participation.

Offsite at the Annerino Community Center Gymnasium, 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Noche de la familia– Family Night!

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¡Bajo el océano!
el lunes, 9 de mayo, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Todas las edades, niños en edad preescolar con un adulto. No hay ningún registro requerido.

Invitamos a todas las familias a disfrutar una tarde bilingüe (inglés y español) con actividades prácticase interactivas del océano.

Under the Sea!
Monday, May 9
7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Bring the family to enjoy a bilingual (English and Spanish) evening of hands-on ocean activities as part of our Noche de la familia series!

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All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Spring Break Steam Week

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Please visit http://www.fountaindale.org/children/spring-break-steam-week for all the details!

Monarch butterflies and other Marvelous Mariposas

Did you come to the Marvelous Mariposas program at the library?  Studio 300 has turned your photos into fantastic butterfly pictures, which you can see on their Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskn23YnK

Monarch butterflies are really struggling as a species right now.  Since 1992, the number of Monarch butterflies has gone down by about 90%.  Lots of people (including people in Bolingbrook!) are trying to help Monarch butterflies by planting milkweed seeds.  Milkweed plants are the only food young Monarchs can eat, and they are also where adults usually lay their eggs.

If you made a seedbomb during the program– or collected seeds, bought them, or picked up free ones at Village Hall (on the counter in the Finance Department)— now is the easiest time to plant them.  If you plant milkweed in the spring, you have to take extra steps to chill the seeds first.  If you plant it in the fall, you can skip that part.

Here are instructions from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Fall Planting:

Fall is the best time for planting milkweed seeds.  The seeds won’t germinate until spring because they require natural freezing and thawing to soften the seed coat so that the embryo plant can grow.  This process stops seedlings from emerging in the fall and being killed by winter cold.  You can plant the seeds from September 1 up until the soil freezes.  Prepare your soil by removing existing vegetation, if present, and loosen soil with a rake.  You may want to add some compost, if you have any available.  Scatter the seeds and use your rake to gently work them into the soil.  They will come up in spring when conditions are right for them to grow.

If you check the Pinterest page shared at the top of this blog article, you can find handouts and books with more information about Monarch butterflies and milkweed.  There are also photos from the program at the library and examples of the crafts we made.