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Local readers are getting famous

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Two of our beloved patrons, Regan and Lauren, will be featured in the American Girl Doll Holiday Campaign. The two sisters tried out for a fun photo session organized by Mattel to select new models for their catalog. To their great surprise, both of them got the good news that they had been selected!

Their mom comes to the library every week to keep fresh books in the house. Regan loves Pinkalicious, Elephant & Piggie and princess books. Lauren’s favorite books are the Ever After High book series, Cupcake Diaries and books by Reina Telgemeier. Both sisters will attend middle school together in the fall.

We are very proud that our eager readers will be featured in an American Girl Doll campaign. We hope their beautiful smiles, that we often see, will bring more smiles to other families!

And in conclusion…

Recently I’ve noticed books being published that conclude or continue a series that started several years ago. Pick up a story that’s new to you!

The series: Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

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Starting with Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, this was the first popular middle grade series to feature a boy who has ADHD. Joey’s stories are realistic and funny, told with lots of empathy. The newest book in the series is The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza.

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The series: Tiffany Aching by Terry Pratchett

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Beginning with The Wee Free Men, this series features Tiffany (who starts as a nine-year-old girl and grows to be an accomplished young adult witch) and the tiny blue Pictsies (AKA the Wee Free Men, who keep stealing her sheep). In the first adventure, she has to rescue her little brother after fairies kidnap him. This is a great choice for families who want to share the Discworld (and its wacky humor, wordplay and occasional deep thoughts about the real world) with preteens and teens. It also has lots of appeal for readers who love Hermione and other smart witches.

The series: Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan

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In Surviving the Applewhites, Jake arrives at the Applewhite family’s Creative Academy after having been expelled from everywhere else. Each book goes back and forth between his point of view and E.D.’s (she’s the practical daughter of the eccentric, artsy Applewhite family). The funny, realistic stories will grab your attention. The whole school takes a cross-country road trip in Applewhites Coast to Coast.

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Best Book Friends

 

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This week we’re thinking about some of our best book friends! Who are your favorite examples of friends in children’s books? Who’s a book character that you think would make a great friend? Is there a beloved book you consider an old friend?

Ms. Kathy writes:

Chris likes to practice magic with her favorite wizard, Kathy loves being out on the prairie with Kirsten, The warmth of friendship overcomes Anna and Elsa’s “Frozen” world, and Deb sidles up to Pooh and Piglet regularly when Christopher Robin is away.

Ms. Wendy chimes in:

Here I am with one of my favorite books. It no longer has a cover and the pages are turning yellow, but I return to it again and again. I have had Favorite Poems Old and New since I was a girl. It is a big collection of poems divided into chapters: Myself and I, My family and I, Little things that creep and crawl and swim and sometimes fly, From all the world to me, and many more.

All the poems in it are old now, but they are my good friends. Some of them, like “Animal Crackers” by Christopher Morley and “Halfway Down” by A. A. Milne, hold my mother’s voice. She read to my brother, my sister, and me all the time. Others, like “Who Has Seen the Wind” by Christina Rossetti and “This is My Rock” by David McCord are special favorites that I almost know by heart. In this book I met Dorothy Aldis, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost.

Children’s literature is rich in poetry. Many contemporary poets have written wonderful works for young people, and the library stocks more recently published collections similar to my old friend. But as you can see from the photo, we have a copy of Favorite Poems Old and New in the library. It even has a jacket and you can check it out! Read it on your own or share it with your children. I hope it will become a friend of yours – one that that inspires laughter and wonder.

Animation, S’mores and One Dead Spy

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All Together Storytime
Monday, November 27, 9:30-10 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 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.

Tween Special – Stop Motion Animation Workshop
Monday, November 27, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4–6
Explore stop-motion animation by directing a cast of LEGO actors in a movie of your own making. Register.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, November 27, 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 28, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, November 28, 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 28, 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, November 28, 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 29, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

S’mores Book Club – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Other Diary Books
Wednesday, November 29, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Do you devour a book like 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. Register.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, November 30, 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.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, November 30, 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’
Saturday, December 2, 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: Imagineers Club – Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War Spy
Saturday, December 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5
Play games, use new technologies and explore science based on a different book series each month. If you liked our Boo! Ha! Ha! program, this is for you. Register.

Remember to stop by next week with your family for

Holiday Memories Family Photo Day
Sunday, December 3, 2-4:30 p.m.
All ages
Drop in to Studio 300 and we’ll take a portrait you’ll treasure this holiday season. You’ll receive a digital copy to add to holiday cards and share with family and friends. Bring props for added fun! Drop in.

Puppets, Green Screens, Wimpy Kids!

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All Together Storytime
Monday, November 13, 9:30-10 a.m.
Monday, November 13, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Monday, November 13, 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 13, 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 14, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, November 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, November 14, 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 15, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers
Wednesday, November 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Is there a novel in your head just waiting to be written? Here’s your chance to write it! Attend these five mandatory, one-hour sessions for tips, inspiration and time to write.
Registration is now closed.

Family Reading Night – Clothespin Puppets Picture Book Show
Wednesday, November 15, 7-7:45 p.m.
All ages
See your favorite books come to life during a fast-paced mix of stories, puppets and audience participation. Get here early and meet the puppets and puppeteers starting at 6 p.m. Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, November 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, November 16, 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.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, November 16, 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.

Adventures in Homeschooling – Far Away Places at Your Fingertips
Friday, November 17, 10:30-noon
Friday, November 17, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K–5 students
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering geography, stories, music and crafts using hands-on props and instruments. This month we will be learning about Italy. Drop in.

Teen/Tween Tech Homeschool Adventures – Photoshop Green Screen Adventures
Friday, November 17, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
For homeschool teens and tweens
Explore hands-on technology topics that complement your homeschool curriculum. This month we explore Photoshop and green screen composites. Led by Studio 300 staff. Register.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, November 18, 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.

STEAM Family Workshop
Saturday, November 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Join us for a variety of STEAM activities for the whole family! Kindergarteners must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in.

Don’t forget to come next Sunday for our

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration
Sunday, November 19, 2-3 p.m.
Zoo-Wee-Mama! Celebrate 10 years of Diary of a Wimpy Kid with games, crafts and a snack with your family. This event will be of greatest interest to children who are familiar with the series. Drop in.

Getaway to the library

Are you waiting for your copy of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book?
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Then you’ll want to come to our

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration
Sunday, November 19, 2-3 p.m.
Age group: Tweens, Children
Zoo-Wee-Mama! Celebrate 10 years of Diary of a Wimpy Kid with games, crafts and a snack with your family. This event will be of greatest interest to children who are familiar with the series. Drop in.

And be sure to register for

S’mores Book Club – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Other Diary Books
Wednesday, November 29, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Do you devour a book like 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.

We have some mighty good programs for you

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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.