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Storytimes and more!


All Together Storytime
Monday, June 12, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
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.
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.

Picture Book Biographies: Performing Arts

Before John was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Sean Qualls
This lyrical picture-book biography of John Coltrane focuses on his childhood and how he interpreted sounds before he made his music.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.

The Cosmo-Biography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy is Enlightening by Chris Raschka
A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity’s discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson; illustrated by Christian Robinson
“A tribute to lesser-known Harlem Renaissance performer Florence Mills includes coverage of her youth as a child of former slaves, her singing and dancing performances that inspired songs and entire plays, and the struggles with racism that prompted her advocacy of all-black theater and musicals.” – (Baker & Taylor)
This title is also available as an ebook.

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand; illustrations by Floyd Cooper
“A biography chronicling the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century. Includes afterword and author’s sources”– Provided by publisher.

Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.

Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio; illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Before he became one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was a boy who loved to paint and listen to records, and who asked himself an unusual question: could someone paint pictures with sound?

Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Raul Colón
An introduction to the life and career of the African American opera singer.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown; illustrations by Frank Morrison
“A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources”– Provided by publisher.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.

Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Nolan; illustrated by John Holyfield
“A picture book introduction to the early life and achievements of the iconic gospel artist traces young Mahalia Jackson’s disadvantaged youth through her history-shaping performance during the March on Washington.”  – (Baker & Taylor)

My Story My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome; with a foreword by Robert Battle
A boy discovers his passion for dance and becomes a modern hero in this inspiring picture book biography of Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker
“Despite being nearly blind, young Art Tatum’s passion for the piano and incredible memory in learning music kept his dream of becoming a pianist alive, making him a virtuoso at a young age with skills that were highly respected by many others in his field.” – (Baker & Taylor)
Piano Starts Here received a Schneider Family Book Award.

Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey by Gary Golio; paintings by Rudy Gutierrez
“Tells the story of the legendary jazz musician, from his deeply religious childhood to his career as a boundary-breaking musician who found inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music.” – (Baker & Taylor)

Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; pictures by Bryan Collier
Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Trombone Shorty received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a Caldecott Honor this year.

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Theater for kids

Children’s literature includes some pretty quirky books.  I was only vaguely aware of Arnie the Donut before this review appeared in the Chicago Tribune of a musical based on the picture book.  It sounds like a hoot!

They have run several articles recently about children’s theater in Chicago.  Some, like Arnie, are based on children’s or young adult books.  Another article described a new show especially for babies.  Theater for children is also the focus of Stages, Sights & Sounds, an international performance festival presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival.

In a little less than a month, the Emerald City Theatre Company will be coming from Chicago to perform Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kick-off for our Summer Reading Program.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library, you can enjoy this show at the Performing Arts Center for free!

-Miss Sarah

The Hundred Dresses, off the page

The Hundred Dresses was a popular pick when my teacher assigned us to read an award-winner, probably because it was one of the shortest books on the list.  Teachers often choose it because it has the perfect example of a bystander in a bullying scenario.  Readers who pick the book for one of those reasons are often pleasantly surprised to find that it’s a really good story that tends to stay with them over time.

The Chicago Tribune just had an article about the book being performed as a play:

school bullying; The Hundred Dresses gets its anti-bullying message across to kids – chicagotribune.com.

The play features music by Ralph Covert, much-loved (especially here in the Chicago area) for his rock music for kids.  This isn’t the first time he’s created songs for a children’s musical; you may have also heard his music for A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas.

Is your school going to see “The Hundred Dresses”?  I’d love to hear your comments!

-Miss Sarah

Start your summer vacation with A. Wolf!

Want to see a great theater performance for children, absolutely free?  Come see The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at the Theatre-on-the-Hill this Wednesday (June 2)!  You don’t need to sign up, get tickets, or bring a library card.  Just arrive in time to get your seat before the show starts at 7:00 p.m.

This is a wonderful chance to see the Emerald City Theatre Company outside their home in Chicago.  All ages are welcome.  The performers recommend the show for ages three and up.  If you’d like to read the book before you see the show, stop by the library!

-Miss Sarah