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As the Die Cuts: March Edition


Attention educators: The Children’s Services Department of Fountaindale Library has an Ellison Die Cut machine available for your use. All you have to do is provide the paper and the manpower. This month we are featuring our large puzzle die cut. Print off a picture of 8×10 size, paste to a sheet of colored construction paper and place in the die machine using our puzzle die. Try using a favorite photo, a student picture (as a take home project) or picture from a magazine. We also have die cuts available of chicks, eggs, flowers and shamrocks. For a full list of what dies we have click here. If you would like to request to use the Ellison Die cut machine please email us at ellisondiecuts@fountaindale.org. Please allow at least 36 hours notice.

If you are not an educator and would like to try out the Ellison, we have an Ellison machine along with a few dies in the Maker Lab inside Studio 300 Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon thru April 12. Please check with Studio 300 for more information.

Music and More for Families

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Noche de la Familia
Monday, May 8, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Enjoy hands-on nature activities with the Bolingbrook Park District at this bilingual event. Drop in.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 9, 10:30-11:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult
Bring your babies to this storytime to enjoy singing, nursery rhymes, stories and fun with puppets! Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, May 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. See the calendar for full details.

Jump and Jam with Todd Downing
Wednesday, May 10, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Wild dancing! Lively music! Fun for all! Come for some of the wittiest and most entertaining tunes ever heard East of the Mississippi. Drop in.

Chess Club
Wednesday, May 10, 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.

McStory Time
Thursday, May 11, 9:30-10:30
Ages 2-6
Storytime at east side McDonald’s. Registration is required. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, May 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. See the calendar for full details.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 11, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months with an adult
Bring your babies to this storytime to enjoy singing, nursery rhymes, stories and fun with puppets! Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, May 12, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Meet friends, play games and have fun during activity time! Drop in.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, May 13, 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.

Build it!
Saturday, May 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.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, May 13, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K-1
Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Family Fun Spring Craft

Family Fun Spring Craft
Celebrate! Spring is finally here!
Sunday, May 15
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Cut an array of shapes with our Ellison machines and use them to create fun spring scenes! Make a menagerie of clothespin critters! All ages; preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

More Passover Books

Are you past picture books?  We have chapter books and nonfiction, too:

Penina Levine is a Hard-Boiled Egg by Rebecca O’Connell
With only her best friend to lean on, forthright Penina celebrates Passover while she contends with a bratty younger sister and a seemingly unsympathetic sixth-grade teacher.

Scarlett and Sam: Escape from Egypt by Eric A. Kimmel
Grandma Mina’s Persian carpet sends twins Scarlett and Sam to Egypt in the time of Moses, where they come to understand that every Jew was part of the first Passover, and just what made it different from all other nights.  This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.

Celebrate Passover by Deborah Heiligman; consultant, Shira Stern
The most celebrated holiday in the Jewish year, Passover commemorates the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt to freedom over 3,500 years ago. This colorful book explores the many forms that this weeklong celebration takes worldwide. Deborah Heiligman’s rich text details the long lavish meals called seders, at which Exodus is recalled in ritual, prayer, song, and story. The historical significance of the food at these Passover feasts is also explained, and delicious recipes encourage readers to experience the full flavors of this internationally observed holiday. Rabbi Shira Stern’s informative note provides parents and teachers with a historical and cultural background of the celebration of Passover.

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook
Tales retold by Jane Yolen
Recipes by Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Traditional stories and foods highlight different meals and holidays.

Moses by Margaret Hodges
Retells the story of Moses, from his birth and trip in a boat of bulrushes to his bringing of the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai.

Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then by Harriet Ziefert
A joyous celebration of Passover‘s meanings, history, symbols, and traditions.

Passover: Festival of Freedom by Monique Polak
“There’s more to Passover than prayers and matzo. Celebrate Passover with personal stories from people who keep the ancient traditions of Passover alive in the modern world”–Cover.

The Story of Passover by David A. Adler
Tells the story of the enslavement of the Children of Israel by the pharaoh, the coming of Moses, the ten plagues that struck Egypt, and the delivery of the Children of Israel from slavery.

With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah adapted by Amy Ehrlich
An adaptation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible presents the stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, and other primary figures in a continuous narrative that upholds the complexities of the original text.

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New Passover Picture Books

Here are some new picture books for Passover, that range from sweet to silly to reverent.

Is It Passover Yet? by Chris Barash
One family prepares for the traditional seder that ushers in Passover.

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman
Oy gevalt! The Little Red Hen likes baking matzah, but she’s not so crazy about doing everything herself. Would it be too much to ask her friends Dog, Horse, and Sheep to help plant and harvest some wheat for the delicious Passover treat? Couldn’t they at least help schlep the wheat to the mill? A recipe for matzah, a glossary of Yiddish words, and a note on Passover traditions is included.

The Longest Night: A Passover Story by Laurel Snyder
A child in Egypt tells what the Jews are experiencing in the days leading up to their flight from Egyptian slavery.

Max Makes a Cake by Michelle Edwards
Max finds the perfect way to make a unique Passover surprise birthday cake for his mother.  This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.

More than Enough by April Halprin Wayland
Illustrations and simple text portray children and their family as they prepare for, then celebrate, a Passover seder with foods, games, songs, and even a sleepover.

The Passover Lamb by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Miriam has especially looked forward to the Passover seder at her grandparents’ home because it is her first year to ask the four questions, but the unexpected arrival of triplet lambs complicates her family’s plans.

A Place for Elijah by Kelly Easton Ruben
“A family celebrates Passover, making sure they lay an extra place setting for the prophet Elijah. But when their neighbors lose power and stop by to get out of the cold, Sarah is worried that there won’t be a seat left for Elijah”– Provided by publisher.

Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls: A Passover Tale in Chelm by Linda Glaser
In this version of the familiar tale, an old man tricks the townspeople of Chelm into contributing the necessary ingredients for making a Seder feast for all to share.

A Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman
Miriam learns the meaning of Passover when her grandfather makes a special matzah dish. Includes recipe for matzah brei (similar to French toast, but with unleavened bread), and a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish words used in the text.
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Magic School Bus Week

Looking for some fun during Spring Break?  Come to the library for our Magic School Bus Week for activities exploring science fun and other STEM concepts.

The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition
To kick off the week we will be hosting a Magic School Bus Celebration.  Drop in on Monday, April 6th for this Frizztastic event.  Dress like your favorite character, come try out our science tables set up with experiments, so a fun craft, and play Magic School Bus Trivia!  This program is for children in grades K-5; kindergartners must be with an adult.  The event will be from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in our Meeting Room A.

On Tuesday, April 7th we will be introducing a new program called iMake.  This is your chance to come try out the library’s newest technologies which include:

This program will be in the Creativity Park from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and is for children in grades K-5; kindergartners must be with an adult.

Put on your pajamas Tuesday evening and come to our Bedtime Math Pajama Party at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  We’ll enjoy snacks, wacky math problems, and a math toy called pentominoes you can take home.  This is a registered program and is for children ages 6-9.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
What kind of mischief will your stuffed animal get into at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover?  Children ages 4-7 will leave their stuffie, on Wednesday, April 8th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., to spend the night at the library.  The children will pick up their toy friend the next day at a Snack Time on Thursday, April 9th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and enjoy a presentation of pictures showing all the fun their animals had during the night! This is a registered event.

Dave and his reptiles
Don’t miss Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles!  Come see an entertaining, up-close animal show!  Audience members may even pet the fascinating creatures.  Learn what reptiles make good pets and what ones do not. Drop in until the limit of 90 is reached on Thursday, April 9, at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  This program is for all ages, but preschoolers must be with an adult.

Other fun programs during the week include:

Tween Photo Class
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
For children in grades 4-6.  Register (must have a Fountaindale library card).

Preschool Activity Time
Friday, April 10, 2015
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
For children ages 2-6 with an adult.  Drop in.

Scavenger Hunt
Friday, April 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
For all ages; preschoolers with an adult.  Drop in.

If you have any questions about our Magic School Bus Week please call the Children’s Services Department at 630-685-4181.

Bunny Storytime

Hippity Hop Hop to our Bunny Storytime!

Drop in on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. for a spring storytime for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are some fun Bunny books to check out:

Magic Bunny
Magic Bunny by Sue Bentley
Julia has been looking forward to her school camping trip for weeks, but when her best friend can’t join her, Julia worries the trip won’t be any fun at all.  But when Julia meets magical bunny Arrow, her camping trip is soon filled with a whole world of magical fun!

Knuffle Bunny
Knufle Bunny by Mo Willems
A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

The Runaway Bunny
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.