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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.

Storytimes and more!

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All Together Storytime
Monday, June 12, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
or
Monday, June 12: 10:30-11:00 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 – Coding
Monday, June 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4-6
Explore unique electronic and coding ideas in this 2.5–hour, hands–on bootcamp. We will meet in the Children’s Creativity Park and end in Studio 300. Register.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers)
Monday, June 12, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos is a bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Tuesday, June 13, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
or
Tuesday, June 13, 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, June 13: 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 13, 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 14, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 14, 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 14, 2-3 p.m.
For kids entering grades 3–8
Face your friends across the table and engage in challenging matches! Drop in.

Three Little Pigs Theater (Annerino Community Center, 201 Recreation Drive)
Thursday, June 15, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages
This new spin on the classic story from Improv Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences will have adults and children alike rolling in their seats and snorting with laughter. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime
Thursday, June 15, 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, June 16, 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 (Remington Sports Complex 811 W. Remington Boulevard)
Friday, June 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
MOPS Shows: 10:30-11 a.m.
All ages

Stop by the Remington Sports Complex 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.

STEAM Rollin’
Friday, June 16, 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.

Juneteenth (Village Hall Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Road)
Saturday, June 17, noon-6 p.m.
Visit the Bookmobile at Bolingbrook’s annual Juneteenth celebration to check out books, movies and more. Get a new library card, renew your account or return your borrowed materials. Drop in.

Saturday Special: Family Movie
Saturday, June 17, 1:30-3:15 p.m.
All ages. Preschoolers with an adult
Watch a movie with your family! Drop in.

Exploring natural history

Summer is a great time to visit museums. We have some books to help you get ready for a museum visit, and we also have books that are like a virtual visit to a natural history museum all in themselves.

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Animalium by Jenny Broom; illustrated by Katie Scott
Like Botanicum and Historium, below, this is part of the Welcome the Museum series and has “galleries” of images that are like taking a tour of a museum.

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Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha
Learn about the science of bees and how humans have interacted with them in this unusual book from Poland.

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Botanicum by Kathy Willis; illustrated by Katie Scott
Showcases dozens of full-color plants from around the world in a gallery format, complemented by identification information and brief descriptions.

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Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Erica Kelly and Richard Kissel
A book published in association with The Field Museum to go along with the Evolving Planet exhibit.

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The Field Museum of Natural History by Joy Gregory
This would be a nice introduction before a trip to Chicago to visit the museum. The publisher provides online extras like audio and videos.

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Historium by Jo Nelson; illustrated by Richard Wilkinson
Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial.

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How the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessica Hartland
From outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History. By the same author: How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum and How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.

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The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Charlie is struggling to get through a cross-country trip to see his father, who will undergo brain surgery. He’s coping by checking off birds from the list he and his dad made of all the species they hoped to see someday– at least one of which is rather inconveniently extinct. Perhaps the Field Museum can help?

Want to do more to explore museums? The Field Museum has online resources for educators (the specimens toolkit would pair nicely with The Someday Birds). You can use the Museum Adventure Pass for discounts at some local museums (call the Information Desk for more details). You can also look at Summer’s Free Museum Days in Chicago to find out when there is free or discounted admission at some of the big Chicago museums that aren’t included in the Museum Adventure Pass.

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Babies, Bytes & Boo! Ha! Ha!

IMG_0188The spring session of weekly storytimes has ended. The new summer session will begin June 12. Minecraft Club continues on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tween 3-D Jewelry Design
Monday, May 1, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 4-6

Learn to design a jewelry project for the 3-D printer. There is currently space on the waiting list for this program.

Bouncy Babies
Tuesday, May 2, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 0-18

Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime to sing your favorite nursery rhymes, read stories and play with puppets. Drop in.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, May 3, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12

Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, May 3, 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 Storytime
Thursday, May 4, 9:30-10:30 p.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.

Bouncy Babies
Thursday, May 4, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0-18 months

Bring your babies to this bouncy-fun storytime to sing your favorite nursery rhymes, read stories and play with puppets. Drop in.

Arts & Fables
Friday, May 5
9:30-10:15 a.m.
OR
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 with an adult
Join us for a storytime, and then move with us to the Creativity Park for a fun craft! We will be exploring seeds and flowers. Drop in until the room is filled.

Boo! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, May 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5

Spooky, fun and educational! This is a fun program based on exciting book series where you will play games, use new technologies and/or explore science.<

Fun for all ages, all languages

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We have lots of special events for preschool-aged children this week as part of the Week of the Young Child, but there are fun things for older kids, too! This is the last week for our weekly Spring Storytimes. Minecraft Club will take place on Tuesday and Thursday.  We will conclude the week with special activities and performances for El día de los niños/El día de los libros.  Join us!

Tons of Trucks
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bring the family to kick off the “Week of the Young Child” with us at the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center (BRAC)! We will provide storytimes and have a vendor table inside with giveaways. Stop by the bookmobile to check out books, DVDs and more.

Family Chess
Sunday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
All ages

Pit your chess skills against those of other players in open play. Drop in

iMake
Monday, April 24, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5; Kindergarteners must be accompanied by an adult
Visit Creativity Park in the Children’s Services Department to try out our newest technologies. Drop in.

Miss Carole PJ Night Singalong
Tuesday, April 25, 6-7:00 p.m.

Warm up your vocal cords, and join us for a pajama singalong at the Annerino Center during the “Week of the Young Child.” Be sure to visit our table and get a library card.

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, April 26, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after-school snack? If so, join us for our S’mores Book Club where we will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. Register now.

STEAM Night at Annerino
Wednesday, April 26, 4:30-6 p.m.
Join us at Annerino Community Center for “Week of the Young Child’s” STEAM Night. Stop by to see what STEAM and maker technologies the library has to offer, and sign up for a library card.

Chick-fil-A Storytime
Thursday, April 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Join us for a free story at Chick-fil-A on Weber Rd. and meet the Chick-fil-A cow! No registration required. Call 630.685.4230 for questions or more information.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, April 28
10:30 a.m.-noon OR 1:30-3 p.m.
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering the geography, stories, music and crafts of the United States of America in this hands-on program for K–5 homeschool teachers and their students.

El Día de los Niños Celebration: Groovin’ Around the World
Saturday, April 29: 10:30am – 5:00pm
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Celebrate diversity in languages and cultures with stories, crafts, music and dancing. See the full list of activities and special performances for more information.

Writing and Coding and Movin’ and Groovin’

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Weekly storytimes are back! Minecraft Club will also meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  We also have these special events planned for you:

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, April 19, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12
Join our new coding club, and learn programming while working on cool projects! Register now.

This program has been cancelled due to a death in the family.

Young Writers’ Club
Wednesday, April 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Stimulate your creativity for writing stories and poems! Drop in.

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, April 20, 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.

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

TechnoKids
Friday, April 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3

Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics. Register now.

Family Movie
Saturday, April 22, 1:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Bring the entire family to watch a movie. Runtime 105 minutes.

Keep in mind, next week’s Week of the Young Child celebrations will kick off with Tons of Trucks on Sunday, April 23. Stop and say hi!