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Monarchs in the Library!

 

Last Saturday at the Fountaindale Library I thought was going to be a typical Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the library was just open when something magical happened! Cindy Hennessy,  a Monarch Butterfly enthusiast and local expert had come into the library to meet a friend and brought with her a beautiful Monarch Butterfly that just emerged or hatched earlier that morning. While unable to fly just yet she seemed to enjoy exploring the library while crawling on our hands, arms and even faces! Cindy is so passionate about them and their conservation she taught us so much about Monarchs! From where they lay their eggs, Milkweed leaves, to what the caterpillars eat, milkweed of course, and all about their migration to Mexico!

She had one chrysalis with a Monarch that was just about ready to hatch. She generously left it with us so that we and the kids at the library could watch it emerge. She said it would take about an hour. She really knows her stuff because about an hour later the chrysalis began to shake and quicker than I was able to open my camera a beautiful Monarch was born. We watched as he slowly stretched out over the next few hours being careful not to disturb him.

When he finally stretched out we were able to be certain that he was in fact a he. Cindy told us to look for two black dots on the lower part of his wings. Later in the day we could tell he was ready to go. Miss Joyce took him home with her to share one last look with her daughter and then released him in their backyard. After a little hesitation Charlie as he was named flitted above their heads, floated for a bit then zoomed off to start his new life!

Movin’ Back to School

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iMake
Monday, August 13, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K–5; K with an adult
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, August 14, 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.

Back to School Storytime
Wednesday, August 15, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, August 15: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
After you drop your elementary students at school, bring your little ones to enjoy their own special storytime and craft. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, August 17, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, August 17, 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.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, August 18, 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.

Family Movie
Saturday, August 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Auggie starts 5th grade in a feel-good story about friendship and acceptance in spite of differences. Runtime: 113 minutes. Drop in.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover and All That Jazz

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Let’s Create: Summer Artist – Dog Days of Summer
Monday, August 6, 1:30-3 p.m.
For children entering grades K–6
Join us to make a one-of-a-kind piece of art. This month we’ll draw dogs with watercolor pencils. Drop in.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Tuesday, August 7, 3-4 p.m.
Ages 4–7 with adult
After the children say “Goodbye,” their toys go on wild escapades overnight. All is revealed when they are reunited the next morning at snack time. You must attend both sessions. Register.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, August 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.

Mobile Maker Lab
Fountaindale Public Library – Studio 300 – Photo/Video Studio A
Tuesday, August 7, 5-8 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something! Drop in.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Wednesday, August 8, 10-10:45 a.m.
Ages 4–7 with adult
After the children say “Goodbye,” their toys go on wild escapades overnight. All is revealed when they are reunited the next morning at snack time. You must attend both sessions. Register.

DuPage Township Tools for School – (Off site)
The Levy – 251 Canterbury Lane
Thursday, August 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All ages
The Bookmobile will be at DuPage Township’s annual Tools for School program. While you’re there, check out library materials and register your student for their most valuable tool—a library card! Drop in.

Arts and Fables
Friday, August 10, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Join us for a story, and then make a craft about it! Drop in.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, August 11, 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.

Summer Jazz Concert – Pharlis James Trio
Saturday, August 11, 2-3 p.m.
All ages
The Pharlis James Trio will perform memorable melodies from The Great American Songbook of Jazz with selections by artists Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, and more. Register.

Build It!
Saturday, August 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.

Movies, Minecraft, Make-it Take-it

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DuPage Township Family Fun Fest – (Off site)
The Levy – 251 Canterbury Lane
Sunday, July 29, noon – 4 p.m.
All ages
Visit the Bookmobile at DuPage Township Family Fun Fest! Check out library material, sign up for a library card and much more! Drop in.

Ice Cream Social & Movie Night
Fountaindale Public Library – Parking Lot
Monday, July 30, 5-8 p.m.
All ages
Join us for free ice cream, live music, food, games, a live performance by Mariachi Matters and much more! At dusk, sit back and watch Disney’s “Coco” on a giant inflatable screen. Drop in.

Mobile Maker Lab
Fountaindale Public Library – Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something! Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club
Tuesday, July 31, 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.

Panera Bread Milk & Cookies Storytime – (Off site)
Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, August 2, 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.

Mobile Maker Lab
Fountaindale Public Library – Studio 300 – Photo/Video Studio A
Thursday, August 2, 4-8 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something! Drop in.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, August 4, 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.

Make-It Take-It
Saturday, August 4, 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.

Have you finished your Summer Adventure?

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This is the final week of weekly storytimes! Weekly storytimes will resume the week of September 9.

Popeye and Sailor Dog Show – (Off site)
Annerino Community Center Gym – 201 Recreation Drive
Tuesday, July 24, 2-2:45 p.m.
Age group: tweens and children
Be amazed as you watch Sailor, the talented canine, jump rope, walk a tightrope and balance a ball while walking under the guidance of her trainer, Alex “Popeye” Rothacker. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, July 24, 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.

Ready, Set, Tech! Studio 300 Tween Summer Bootcamp – Code to Music
Wednesday, July 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4–6
Learn to code by composing or performing music using Raspberry Pi and the Python programming language in this hands-on workshop. We will meet in Creativity Park and end in Studio 300. Register.

Wednesdays at Winston Woods – (Off site)
Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive
Wednesday, July 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join our Outreach staff and Bookmobile for fun crafts and exciting maker activities at Winston Woods Park this summer! Drop in.

Board Game Blast! 
Wednesday, July 25, 2-3 p.m.
For children entering grades K–5
Make new friends and try out a board game that’s new to you! Drop in.

Mobile Maker Lab 
Fountaindale Public Library – Front Entrance
Thursday, July 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something!

Improv Playhouse – Ugly Ducking Theater (Off site)
Annerino Community Center Gym – 201 Recreation Drive
Thursday, July 26, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Enjoy this new spin on the classic story designed to entertain and have you rolling in your seat. Drop in.

Visit Your Local Parks with MOPs Puppet Shows – (Off site)
Central Park – 201 Recreation Drive
Friday, July 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join the Bookmobile and Bolingbrook Park District for MOPs puppet shows, a trackless train and climbing wall at different parks throughout the summer. (MOPs shows will run 10:30–11 a.m.) Drop in. Venue details: Behind Annerino Community Center

S’mores Book Club – “Echo” & Other Music-Themed Stories
Friday, July 27, 2-3 p.m.
Grades 3–5
Do you devour a book like a great after-school snack? If so, join us for a tasty treat, and let’s talk about books! This month we’re talking about music-themed stories. Register.

Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku – Family Storytime in Polish 
Saturday, July 28, 10:30-11:15 a.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.

Don’t forget about the special events coming up next week!

DuPage Township Family Fun Fest – (Off site)
The Levy – 251 Canterbury Lane
Sunday, July 29, noon-4 p.m.
All ages
Visit the Bookmobile at DuPage Township Family Fun Fest! Check out library material, sign up for a library card and much more! Drop in.

Monday, July 30 come to the library for the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night!

Tuesday, July 31 will be the final day of the Summer Adventure. Be sure to record your points and pick up your prizes!

Magic and music

Weekly storytimes continue!

Family Pet Photo Day – (Off site)
Bulldog Park – 351 Blair Lane
Sunday, July 15, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Bring your pooches, felines and other cherished family members for a free photo. Get a digital file to make copies and share online. Outdoor event, weather permitting. Pets not allowed in the library. Drop in.

Registration for the Stuffed Animal Sleepover on August 7 opens on July 17.

Mobile Maker Lab 
Fountaindale Public Library – Front Entrance
Tuesday, July 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
All ages
For a limited time, check out a pop-up event and explore maker technology. Drop in and make something!

Morris, the Magic Man – (Off site)
Annerino Community Center Gym – 201 Recreation Drive
Tuesday, July 17, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Join us for an exciting afternoon of puppets, fun and of course magic featuring world-renowned magician Morris Taylor. Drop in.

Summer Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, July 17, 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.

Wednesdays at Winston Woods – (Off site)
Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join our Outreach staff and Bookmobile for fun crafts and exciting maker activities at Winston Woods Park this summer! Studio 300 will host special activities on three dates: June 13, July 11 & 18. Drop in.

Board Game Blast! 
Wednesday, July 18, 2-3 p.m.
For children entering grades K–5
Make new friends and try out a board game that’s new to you! Drop in.

Jodi Koplin‘s Jigglejam – (Off site)
Indian Chase Meadows – 525 Pheasant Chase Drive
Wednesday, July 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Age group: children and tweens
Have fun wiggling, jiggling and giggling to Jodi’s catchy tunes and funny lyrics ranging from folk and country to rock & roll, calypso and boogie blues! Drop in.

Jim Gill’s Nationwide Campaign for Play Concert – (Off site)
Central Park Pavilion – 201 Recreation Drive
Thursday, July 19, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Drop in.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, July 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, July 20, 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 Parks with MOPs Puppet Shows – (Off site)
Champions Park – 1600 Firethorn Street
Friday, July 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join the Bookmobile and Bolingbrook Park District for MOPs puppet shows, a trackless train and climbing wall at different parks throughout the summer. (MOPs shows will run 10:30–11 a.m.) Drop in.

iMake 
Friday, July 20, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K–5; K with an adult
From robots to building sets, Cubelets to weaving, try out a variety of different technologies every month. Drop in.

Babysitting Class
Saturday, July 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 11–17
Learn the role and responsibilities of a babysitter from Joan O’Malley. Basic first aid and CPR techniques will be discussed. Please bring a baby doll to class (no stuffed animals).
Register.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Friday, July 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, July 21, 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.

Family Movie
Saturday, July 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Paddington works odd jobs to earn money for a gift, but when it’s stolen the Brown family must help him find the thief. Runtime: 103 minutes. Drop in.

Bubbles and Bears

CSD_Bens Bubble Show

Weekly storytimes continue!

Craft Exchange 
Sunday, July 8, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Stop by the Craft Exchange on Sunday, July 8 to pick out some free craft supplies from the items other people have donated. Donations accepted Sunday, July 1–Saturday, July 7. Drop in.

Storytime at the Museum – (Off site)
Bolingbrook Historical Museum – 444 E. Briarcliff Road
Monday, July 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Spark your imagination with stories, songs, fun and a take-home craft. After storytime, stick around to explore the museum and learn more about our village. Storytime includes free museum admission. Drop in.

Rovin’ Robots 
Monday, July 9, 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
Grades 4–5
Discover all the amazing things robots can do. Program them to move, make music and much more! You must attend all three sessions. Register.

Ready, Set, Tech! Studio 300 Tween Summer Bootcamp – Make a Music Video
Fountaindale Public Library – Studio 300 – Group Collaboration Room D
Tuesday, July 10, 9:30-noon
Thursday, July 12, 9:30-noon
Grades 4–6
Film a music video from start to finish in this hands-on workshop. You must attend both sessions. We will meet in Children’s Creativity Park each day and end in Studio 300. Register.

Summer Minecraft Club 
Tuesday, July 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.

Wednesdays at Winston Woods – (Off site)
Winston Woods – 200 Winston Drive
Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
All ages
Join our Outreach staff and Bookmobile for fun crafts and exciting maker activities at Winston Woods Park this summer! Studio 300 will host special activities on three dates: June 13, July 11 & 18. Drop in.

Board Game Blast! 
Wednesday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
For children entering grades K–5
Make new friends and try out a board game that’s new to you! Drop in.

Ben’s Bubble Show – (Off site)
Annerino Community Center – 201 Recreation Drive
Thursday, July 12, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages
Discover the wonder and amazement of soap bubble sculptures, including smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles and geometric bubbles. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Visit Your Local Parks with MOPs Puppet Shows – (Off site)
Wipfler Park – 549 Rockhurst Road
Friday, July 13: 10:00am – 1:00pm
All ages
Join the Bookmobile and Bolingbrook Park District for MOPs puppet shows, a trackless train and climbing wall at different parks throughout the summer. (MOPs shows will run 10:30–11 a.m.) Drop in.

Preschool Activity Time – Teddy Bear Playtime 
Friday, July 13, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Enjoy a special teddy bear playtime. Drop in.

Sounds of Music – “Mary Poppins” 
Friday, July 13, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
We will act out “Mary Poppins” and then make a craft that compliments our musical adventure. Drop in.

Sensory Storytime 
Saturday, July 14, 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.

Build It! 
Saturday, July 14, 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.

Family Pet Photo Day – (Off site)
Bulldog Park – 351 Blair Lane
Sunday, July 15, 2-4 p.m.
All ages
Bring your pooches, felines and other cherished family members for a free photo. Get a digital file to make copies and share online. Outdoor event, weather permitting. Pets not allowed in the library. Drop in.