Tag Archives: STEAM

“Look, up in the sky!”

binocular-387319_1920It’s a great month to be an amateur astronomer! Not only do we have a solar eclipse to look forward to on the 21st, but did you know that you can also enjoy shooting stars every August? The Perseid meteor shower occurs every August (near my friend’s birthday, which is one of the reasons I remember it!) and it should peak this weekend. I just made a display of some books about meteors, shooting stars and solar eclipses, but there are lots of great online resources, too.

The Adult Reference blog has all kinds of information right now about the upcoming solar eclipse. Lots of it will be readable and interesting for older kids. There’s an excellent roundup of online resources from Sky & Telescope magazine which includes a short, printable guide aimed at science teachers.

If you’re looking for something aimed at younger readers, NASA has resources especially for students as well as the NASA Kids’ Club, a page about the solar system, and Space Place (in English or Spanish). Space Place currently has an animation on the front page to explain, “What is a solar eclipse?” If you click on it, you can also download a poster with the information. You can find a link to eclipse safety information, too. Going beyond the eclipse, there is also information on meteor showers and how to watch for shooting stars. We will be trying some of the website’s hands-on activities at the bilingual Noche de la Familia program on the evening of August 21.

For information on the library’s eclipse-related programming and the eclipse glasses giveaway, please visit the special Eclipse page on our website. Please note that there is a limited supply of glasses. The teacher guide I mentioned above has instructions for other ways to view the eclipse safely, including simple pinhole projectors made from easy-to-come-by materials like cardboard, aluminum foil, and a pushpin.

If you would like to follow up on a family interest in astronomy sparked by this year’s eclipse, you might enjoy checking out one of our new STEAMboxes. The Astronomy Set has been popular and has several holds on it, but keep in mind– the Bird watching kit also includes binoculars! Janice Van Cleave also has several books with space science activities to try. You might also want to recreate some of the activities from the Noche de la Familia program with craft books, the Star Walk app, or music.

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.

Learn about Laura and more

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Craft Exchange
Sunday, July 23, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Pick out some new-to-you crafting supplies from the items other people have donated. Drop in.

All Together Storytime
Monday, July 24
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.

Ready, Set, Tech! Tween Summer Bootcamp – Animation
Monday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4-6
Learn to make basic animated videos in this 2.5–hour, hands–on bootcamp. We will meet in the Children’s Creativity Park and end in Studio 300.
Registration opens on Monday, July 3.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, July 24, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, July 25:
9:45-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months.
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 25, 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, July 25, 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, July 26
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 26, 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.
Registration opens on Wednesday, June 14.

Moving Day for Laura Ingalls Wilder
Thursday, July 27, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages
Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday! Learn how Laura’s family prepared to move to Missouri, the challenges of life on the frontier and more from presenter Laura Keyes. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, July 27, 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.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Central Park)
Friday, July 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stop by Central 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 28, 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.

Saturday Special: Drop in Storytime
Saturday, July 29, 11-11:30am
All ages, preschoolers with an adult.
Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! Drop in.

DuPage Township Family Fun Fest – (DuPage Township – 241 Canterbury Lane)
Sunday, July 30, noon-4 p.m.
Visit the Bookmobile at DuPage Township Family Fun Fest! Check out library material, sign up for a library card and much more! There will be a special MOPs show and activities starting at 1:30 p.m.

Juggling and Jim Gill

Craft Exchange Donation Week
Sunday, July 16-Saturday, July 22
Drop off your leftover yarn, fabric and other crafting supplies at the 1st floor lobby collection box. Then pick out some new-to-you crafting supplies at the Craft Exchange on Sunday, July 23.

All Together Storytime
Monday, July 17
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 17, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime – (Drop in)
Tuesday, July 18,
9:45-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn!

See the Show! Become the Pro! – (Annerino Community Center)
Tuesday, July 18, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Juggler Jason Kollum will put on a fun, interactive show culminating with participants performing amazing juggling feats of their own. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 18: 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, July 18, 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, July 19
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.

Ready, Set, Tech! Tween Summer Bootcamp – Photography
Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4-6
Learn to capture the perfect shot in this 2.5–hour, hands–on bootcamp. We will meet in the Children’s Creativity Park and end in Studio 300.
Registration opens on Wednesday, June 28.

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 19, 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.
Registration opens on Wednesday, June 14.

Jim Gill’s Nationwide Campaign for Play Concert – (Central Park Pavilion)
Thursday, July 20, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along with award-winning musician and author Jim Gill! Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, July 20, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, July 21
9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult.
Get your little ones movin’ to music, rhythm, songs, and fun! Drop in.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Champions Park)
Friday, July 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
All ages
Stop by Champions 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 21, 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.

Street Art Competition – Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
Saturday, July 22, 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: Family Movie
Saturday, July 22: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Giants eat children, but the one who kidnaps Sophie quickly becomes her close friend in this film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book. Runtime is 115 minutes. Drop in.

Craft Exchange
Sunday, July 23, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Pick out some new-to-you crafting supplies from the items other people have donated. Drop in.
Donations are accepted from Sunday July 16 through Saturday, July 22.

Science, Ballons, Reptiles and More!

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Story Stroll in the Park – “Nugget and Fang” by T. Sauer & M. Slack (Off site/Drop in)
Monday, July 10, 10-11 a.m.
Read the story posted along the path and enjoy activities at each station. Meet at the Bookmobile before the event. Story Strolls count as an hour of reading towards your Summer Adventure!

iMake
Monday, July 10, 2-3 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.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, July 10, 7-7:30 p.m.

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

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, July 11, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months.

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

Getting Excited About Science with Steve Belliveau – (Central Park)
Tuesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-noon

Who says science can’t be fun and funny? Learn the basics about science and laugh while you do! Drop in.

Balloon Show – (Annerino Community Center)
Tuesday, July 11, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages.
Enjoy light comedy and awe-inspiring balloon art with magical balloon-dude Dale Obrochta. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 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.

Family Storytime
Tuesday, July 11, 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, July 12,
9:30am – 10:00am

OR
10:30am – 11:00am
Ages 18–36 months.

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

Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, July 12, 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.

Cold Blooded Creatures – (Central Park Pavilion)
Thursday, July 13, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.

Learn about reptiles, their native habitats, myths, superstitions and more with Jim Nesci.
Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, July 13, 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.

Vinyl Design & Computer Cutting Basics
Thursday, July 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm,
Tweens

Create and cut custom designs that can be applied to different surfaces. Register.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs – (Wipfler Park)
Friday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Stop by Wipfler 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 14, 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.

Street Art Competition – Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
Saturday, July 15, 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: Family Movie
Saturday, July 15, 1:30-3:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult.
Drop in to see a movie with the family.

Mini racecar, Bookcraft and more!

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Bolingbrook Village Picnic (Village Hall 375 W. Briarcliff Road)
Sunday, June 25, noon-5 p.m.
Visit the Bookmobile at the annual Bolingbrook Village Picnic. Check out library material, get a library card and register for Summer Adventure. Stick around for our MOPs shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Drop in.

All Together Storytime 
Monday, June 26, 9:30-10 a.m.
or
Monday, June 26, 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.

Storytime at the Museum (Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road)
Monday, June 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Spark your imagination with stories, songs, fun and a take-home craft. After storytime, be sure to stick around and explore the museum. Drop in.

Tween Filmmaking Camp
Monday, June 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, June 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Wednesday, June 28, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Thursday, June 29, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Make your own short film in this hands-on workshop. You must attend all four sessions. Classes begin each day in the Children’s Creativity Park and finish in Studio 300. Register.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) 
Monday, June 26, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, June 27: 9:45am – 10:15am
or
Tuesday, June 27: 10:30am – 11:00am
Ages 0–18 months

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

Michael Mucha Super Cup Racecar Driver
Tuesday, June 27, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Meet Michael Mucha, Bolingbrook’s 10-year-old Super Cup Racecar Driver! Learn what it takes to drive a half scale NASCAR vehicle and see the car in person.

Summer Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, June 27, 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, June 27, 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, June 28, 9:30-10 a.m.
or
Wednesday, June 28, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Chess Club
Wednesday, June 28, 2-3 p.m.
For kids entering grades 3–8
Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

 

Bookcraft (Annerino Community Center – 201 Recreation Drive)
Thursday, June 29, 2-2:45 p.m.
Experience this one-of-a-kind show featuring games, puppets, magic and much more themed after the hottest design and building game. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, June 29, 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.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs (Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive)
Friday, June 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
MOPS Shows: 10:30-11 a.m.
All ages

Stop by Winston Woods for a fun MOPs puppet 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, June 30, 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.

Saturday Special: Make-It Take-It 
Saturday, July 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Join us in Children’s Services to make a great craft to take home and keep! Drop in.

Juggling, Genealogy, Music & More!

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Story Stroll in the Park (James S. Boan Woods 410 N. Schmidt Road)
Monday, June 19, 10-11 a.m.
Ideal for ages 8 and under

Read the story (Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal) posted along the path and enjoy activities at each station. Meet at the Bookmobile before the event. Story Strolls count as an hour of reading towards your Summer Adventure! Drop in.

iMake
Monday, June 19, 2-3 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.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, June 19, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English.  Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, June 20, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
or
Tuesday, June 20, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Andy Head, Wonderful Wacky Juggler (Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive)
Tuesday, June 20, 11 a.m.-noon
All ages
See Chicago’s own Andy Head perform juggling tricks while he entertains you with his delightfully silly antics. Drop in.

Explore Your Family History
Tuesday, June 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
Grades 3–5; parents and grandparents welcome
Ever wondered where your grandparents were born? Ever heard stories about family from other countries? Trace your roots in this introduction to genealogy. Register.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, June 20, 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, June 20, 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, June 21, 9:30-10 a.m.
or
Wednesday, June 21, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Ready, Set, Tech! Tween Summer Bootcamp – Maker Technology
Wednesday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4-6
Get an overview of new maker technology in this 2.5-hour, hands-on bootcamp. We will meet in the Children’s Creativity Park and end in Studio 300. Register.

Chess Club
Wednesday, June 21, 2-3 p.m.
For kids entering grades 3–8
Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats Concert (Central Park Pavilion – 201 Recreation Drive – Annerino Community Center Gymnasium if rain)
Thursday, June 22, 2-3 p.m.
All ages
Join award-winning children’s artist and Lollapalooza performer Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats for a rockin’ concert! Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, June 22, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, June 23: 9:30-10:15 a.m.
or
Friday, June 23: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years
Get your little ones movin’ to music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in.

Visit Your Local Park with MOPs (Sunset Park – 1500 Waterside Drive)
Friday, June 23, 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
MOPS Shows 10:30-11 a.m.
Stop by Sunset Park for a fun MOPs puppet 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, June 23, 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.

Saturday Special: Drop in Storytime
Saturday, June 24, 11-11:30 a.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! Drop in.