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Where creativity and technology meet

IMG_1347Weekly storytimes continue!

Family Movie
Sunday, September 17, 1:30-3:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Sing along to the live action version of this “tale as old as time,” and feel free to dress up. Runtime: 129 minutes.

iMake
Monday, September 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K–5, kindergartners with an adult
Try out a variety of different technologies every month including robots, building sets, Cubelets and weaving. Drop in.

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, September 19, 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, September 19, 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. Must be able to attend all eight sessions (no event on 10/31).
Registration opened on Tuesday, August 29.

All About the Community Content Collection
Tuesday, September 19, 7-8 p.m.
All ages
Discover our new initiative to collect and share your creative projects, and learn to prepare and submit your original materials through our new online platform.
Registration opened on Tuesday, August 29.

Chess Club
Wednesday, September 20, 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.

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers
Wednesday, September 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Is there a novel in your head just waiting to be written? Here’s your chance to write it! Attend these five mandatory, one-hour sessions for tips, inspiration and time to write.
Registration opened on Wednesday, August 30.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, September 21, 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.

STEAM Family Workshop
Saturday, September 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Join us for a variety of STEAM activities for the whole family! Kindergarteners must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in.

Music and Discovery

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Weekly storytimes resume this week (please see the previous article for details)!

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, September 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.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, September 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.

Native American Flute Class
Thursday, September 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up
Learn the basics of playing the Native American flute in this four-week class. You’ll learn basic scales, how to create melodies and how to play in a group. Flutes are available to purchase for $35.
Registration opens on Thursday, August 24 2017 at 9 a.m.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, September 15
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’ and groovin’ to music, rhythms, songs and more! Drop in.

TechnoKids – Computer Animation
Friday, September 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1–3
Build an exciting project while learning about engineering and electronics.
Registration opened on Friday, August 25.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, September 16, 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.

Library Discovery Day
Saturday, September 16, 1-4 p.m.
All ages
Do you think libraries are just for books? THINK AGAIN! Stop by to get a glimpse of all the amazing things your library has to offer. Don’t miss the Bookmobile, cookie decorating and a scavenger hunt! Drop in.

“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.

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!

Dale-Balloon Show

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.

Launching more Launchpads

We have some new Playaway Launchpads! 10 new tablets recently arrived with a new selection of apps. If you’re looking for the orange boxes, we’ve moved them to the Secret Garden (to the right of the Children’s Services desk). If you would like to have one device per child for your next car trip, this is an easy way to do it! You can check out one Launchpad per library card. We have also recently lowered the overdue fines for Launchpads and eBook readers from $5.00 a day to $1.00 a day. If you haven’t tried the Launchpad tablets before, here is a quick introduction: