Tag Archives: special needs

Books for Autism Awareness Month

When Wendy asked if I was writing an article for Autism Awareness Month, I turned to a resource that I recently learned about from other children’s librarians. Disability in Kidlit is a website “dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature” written by people who have disabilities. Their Honor Roll includes two children’s chapter books featuring boys with autism, one a fantasy and one a realistic fiction story:

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The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

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A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

You can find reviews of several more chapter books there, including some mixed ones by reviewers who feel that the authors did some things well but also got other things wrong. Another interesting feature is interviews with authors.

Another resource I have used in the past is the Schneider Family Book Award. This award is for “an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.” The page for the award also includes a bibliography of some recommended children’s books that feature characters who have disabilities. The list of award-winners and the bibliography both include some picture books for younger readers, which is outside the scope of Disability in KidLit. The jury that decides the award is supposed to be made up of people with “knowledge of disability experiences,” but they might not all have disabilities themselves. Looking through those lists, I only identified one picture book that featured a character with Autism:

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Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say

Programs for preschoolers to tweens and the whole family

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Noche de la Familia
Monday, January 8, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
We’re going to pretend we’re at the zoo! Enjoy fun activities for the whole family in this bilingual program. Drop in.

Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, January 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.

Let’s Create 
Wednesday, January 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! Drop in.

Minecraft Club 
Thursday, January 11, 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.

Preschool Activity Time 
Friday, January 12, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute and more. While your preschooler has fun, they’re practicing social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime 
Saturday, January 13, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime and 15-minute multi-sensory playtime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Build It! 
Saturday, January 13, 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.

Don’t forget, Polish Storytime is coming up on Sunday, and weekly storytimes return next week!

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish
Sunday, January 14, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Zapraszamy wszystkie dzieci od 2–6 lat, ale każdy jest mile widziany. Na czytanie bajeczek, spiewanie piosenek i uczenie się nowych wierszyków po Polsku wraz z Panią Martą. Drop in.

Tech, Dads and Storytime in Romanian

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iMake
Monday, December 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5; Kindergartners with an adult
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Digital Date Night in Studio 300 – Daddy-Daughter
Tuesday, December 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
For fathers and daughters ages 8 and up
Enjoy an evening of digital media projects: take pictures and Photoshop yourself silly, record a video message, make a musical ringtone and much more! Register.
Let’s Create
Wednesday, December 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5
Get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! Drop in.
Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 714 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, December 21, 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.
Ora Copiilor – Family Storytime in Romanian
Thursday, December 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Va invitam sa participați la programul de povesti și cântece în limba romana. Va așteptam cu drag. Intrarea gratuita. Please note, this storytime is presented entirely in Romanian. Drop in.
Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, December 23, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime and 15-minute multi-sensory playtime perfect for children with sensory integration issues. Drop in.
Saturday Special: Make-It Take-It
Saturday, December 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages
Join us in Children’s Services to make a great craft to take home and keep! Drop in.

 

Please note, the library will be closed December 24 and 25.

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.

Your favorites: Pokemon and LEGOs

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Weekly storytimes continue!

Friends of Fountaindale Fall Book Sale
Sunday, October 8, noon-3 p.m.
All ages
Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, movies, audiobooks and more! Proceeds from the sale directly support library programs and materials. Drop in.

Story Stroll in the Park – “Fall is Not Easy” by Marty Kelley (Off site/Drop in)
Bulldog Park (behind Fountaindale Library) – 351 Blair Lane
Monday, October 9, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
All ages
Stroll down the trail while reading Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley on signs posted along the path. At each station, enjoy activities such as puppet plays, flannel stories, songs and more.

Pokémon Party!
Monday, October 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades K–5
Gotta catch ‘em all! Celebrate all things Pokémon, enjoy games and make crafts on your way to becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer. Register.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, October 10, 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, October 10, 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.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, October 12, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, October 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
Friday, October 13, 10:30 a.m.-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, October 14, 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, October 14, 2 p.m.-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.

We also have a special family program coming up on Sunday:

Fiesta de la Familia
Sunday, October 15, 2-3 p.m.
Enjoy musical activities for the whole family in this bilingual program. Drop in.

Get ready for school!

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Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, August 8, 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.

Registration opens on Wednesday, August 9 for S’mores Book Club on Wednesday, August 30. We will be “Captain Underpants” & other superhero books.

iMake
Thursday, August 10, 10 11:30 a.m.
Grades K–5; Kindergartners with an adult.
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

DuPage Township Tools for School – (DuPage Township – 241 Canterbury Lane)
Thursday, August 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Bookmobile will be at DuPage Township’s Tools for School. While there, you can check out library materials and register your student for their most valuable tool: a library card! Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, August 11, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult.
The library meeting room becomes a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute, and more. While children have fun, they actually practice social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, August 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special storytime perfect for children with sensory integration difficulties. Programs includes a 15 minute multi-sensory playtime. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, August 12, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 for DUPLO®; grades K–5 for LEGO®.
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.

Writing, Rollin’ and Chalk Art

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All Together Storytime
Monday, July 3
9:30-10 a.m.

OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Enjoy a fun–filled half hour of stories and songs. 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, July 3, 7-7:30 p.m.

Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

The library will be closed July 4.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, July 5, 9:30-10 a.m.

OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months

Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 5, 1:30-3 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Explore the creative writer in you during this four-week stimulating summer workshop. Must be able to attend all four sessions. Register.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Thursay, July 6, 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.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursay, July 6, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months

Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, July 7, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult.
The library meeting room becomes a playground filled with games, blocks, a parachute, and more. While children have fun, they actually practice social and gross motor skills. Drop in.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Indian Boundary Park)
Friday, July 7, 10 a.m. – 12:30pm
Stop by Indian Boundary Park for a fun MOPs show, ride a trackless train and scale the climbing wall. Visit the Bookmobile to check out materials and enjoy hands-on STEAM activities. Drop in.

STEAM Rollin’
Friday, July 7, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.

Join us for an action–packed session of STEAM–based stories, activities, and crafts. Drop in.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 11–17
Learn the roles and responsibilities of a babysitter as well as basic first aid and CPR techniques in this three-hour course. Please bring a baby doll (no stuffed animals). Register.

Street Art Competition – Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
All ages.

Create a chalk masterpiece on the library’s entryway sidewalk. Photos will be placed on the library’s website for voting. The artist with the most votes in each age group will win a prize! Drop in.

Saturday Special: Sensory Storytime
Saturday, July 8, 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.

Saturday Special: Build It!
Saturday, July 8, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 2–5 for DUPLO®; grades K–5 for LEGO®.
Use DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks to build fantastic structures or whatever you want! Drop in.