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Happy birthday, dear Underpants…

Pilkey art

I first became aware of Captain Underpants during the presidential election of 2000, when a student at my college sent out an email reporting on the results of putting the presidential candidates’ names through Professor Poopypants’ Name Change-O Chart. But the series is actually a little older than that– it came out 20 years ago this month!

We have lots of Dav Pilkey books to help you mark the occasion, and you can also enjoy reading an interview with the author.


Go back to magic school (no, not that one)


Do you love the “School for Good and Evil” series? A new book, Quests for Glory, comes out today. Fans can enjoy an interview with the author as well as a book trailer:

Hufflepuffs! We get the job done!

harryThe Hamilton exhibit will only be up through Monday, February 6.  Don’t miss your chance to see it!  But don’t worry, once it’s gone  we have plenty of other things for you to do, including some more special Harry Potter programs.

Our weekly Storytimes continue and Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Chess Club
Wednesday, February 8, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 4-8, Drop in.
Friends face each other across the table and engage in challenging matches!

Thursday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult, Registration required.
Story time at east side McDonald’s, 100 N Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook.

Harry Potter Fun
Thursday, February 9, 4:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6, Registration required.
Come explore our Harry Potter stations full of magical activities for tweens to enjoy.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Friday, February 10, 1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students
. Drop in.
Enrich your homeschool experience by joining us in discovering the geography, stories, music, and crafts of the United States of America.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, February 11, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult. Drop in.

A storytime especially for children with sensory integration issues.

Build It!: Harry Potter‘s World
Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.
All ages. Preschoolers and K with an adult.  Drop in.
Use LEGO or DUPLO blocks to build!

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in my School Shoes!
Saturday, February 11, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1. Drop in.

Can you read all by yourself? Come in and read a book to us! Students who participate earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark!

Looking ahead to next week, Morris the Magic Man will be visiting the library on Sunday, February 12, for a family magic show!

I <3 the Library


We’re kicking off February with some special Harry Potter-themed versions of our favorite programs!  Storytimes continue this week as well as Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, February 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Grades 4 – 12. This club is intended for Fountaindale cardholders and residents. Drop in until the program limit of 16 participants is reached.
Join our new coding club! Learn programming while working on cool projects.

Wednesday, February 1, through February 15
Have you read at least 5 of the nominees for the Monarch Award? Cast your ballot at the Children’s Services Desk and register for the pizza party on Friday, February 24. If your school is voting for the Monarch Award, you can still participate to pick the library winner.

Let’s Create: Hogwarts Handmades 

Wednesday, February 1, 4:15 p.m.
Grades K-5, Drop In
Make crafts like pygmy puffs and wands!

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, February 2, 9:30 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Registration is required.
Story time at east side Panera, 714 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook.

Arts & Fables
Friday, February 3
9:30 or 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult; Drop in to room capacity
Listen to a story and then make a caterpillar out of hearts.

Boo! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, February 4, 1:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5, Registration required
Celebrate the magical world of Harry Potter with potions, spells and games for all Hogwarts students.

Spend Winter Break with us!

Welcome back!  The library will be open its usual hours starting December 26.  We won’t have weekly storytimes or Minecraft Club this week, but we have plenty of other special events for you:


Winter Reading Club Special Storytime at Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Tuesday, December 27, 11-11:30 a.m.
All ages, but preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult
Fountaindale will be visiting Hidden Oaks Nature Center to host a special nature storytime. If you are participating in our Winter Reading Club: Discover Winter Wonders, attending this program will count for the “Explore” portion of the reading log. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached. This storytime will take place at the Hidden Oaks Nature Center located at 419 Trout Farm Rd. Bolingbrook, IL 60440.

Winter Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Tuesday, December 27, 3-4 p.m.
Winter Stuffed Animal Snack Time
Wednesday, December 28, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 4-7 with stuffed toy and caregiver
Children ages 4–7, bring your stuffed toy and a caregiver to the
library for a special program! Leave your stuffie overnight and see
what mischief it gets into with all its new stuffed friends!
Return the following morning and enjoy a snack while you see
pictures of the nighttime antics!
Register now!
Registering for the Sleepover automatically registers you
for the Snack Time.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration
Thursday, December 29, 2-3 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Register now and join us for games, snacks and all-around fun celebrating this funny favorite series!

Please keep in mind that the library will be closed from December 30-January 1.  We will reopen for our usual hours on Monday, January 2.  Happy New Year!

A Hero with Dyslexia

Ms. Wendy told me about a very interesting series of features on the radio recently about dyslexia: what it is, how people misunderstand it, and what it’s like to live with it.  Another person who’s been writing about the experience of being a kid with dyslexia is actor Henry Winkler (grown-ups might recognize him as Fonzie or The Fonz).  He has dyslexia (not diagnosed until adulthood), and so does his son.  He and Lin Oliver worked together to create the series Hank Zipzer, starting with

Niagara Falls, or Does It?
Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show. This title is also available as a book on CD (which can be a great option to help children with dyslexia enjoy books) and a downloadable ebook.

The books are very appealing to kids not just because of the humor but also because Hank has wonderful, supportive friends.

More recently, the team of authors started writing Here’s Hank, a series of early chapter books for younger children. In these stories, Hank is in second grade. These books are printed in a special font called dyslexie that was designed to be easier read if you have dyslexia.

Another resource available to people with dyslexia or another reading disability is the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. Check out their website for an application to apply for free services like borrowing audiobooks. They also have a list of links to related organizations, including ones that offer audio textbooks for school.

New year, new series

Are you ready for something new to read?  Here are a few series starters that are all available as audiobooks:

above world
Above World by Jen Reese
In a future of high technology and genetic modification the Coral Kampii, like legendary mermaids, live isolated from the Above World, but when the devices that allows them to breathe underwater start to fail, thirteen-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku go to that forbidden place to find help.
This title is also available as a book on CD, a Playaway audiobook, or an ebook.

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Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization.
This title is also available as a book on CD or a Playaway audiobook.

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A Dark Inheritance by Chris D’Lacey
When Michael Malone saves a dog, he discovers that he has paranormal abilities, which bring him to the attention of a secret organization, UNICORNE–but he plans to use the ability to find out what happened to his father, who mysteriously vanished three years earlier, and save his new friend, Freya.
This title is also available as a book on CD, a Playaway audiobook, an ebook, or an e-audiobook.

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
In 1870s London, a young orphan girl becomes the apprentice to a man who traps monsters for a living.
This title is also available as a Playaway audiobook, an ebook, or an e-audiobook.

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The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.
This title is also available as a Playaway audiobook or an ebook.

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A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (an original retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken)
If you don’t already know the plot, I’m not going to spoil it.
This book is one of the titles included on the Fountaindale Children’s Services Nook.  It is also available as a book on CD.

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.
This title is also available as a Playaway audiobook or an ebook.  It is also one of the titles included on the Fountaindale Children’s Services Nook.