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Rovin’ Robots and More

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30-ish Second Video Book Review Contest
April 9-15, All day
Tweens-Adults
Tell us about your favorite book or any book you’ve read with a 30-ish second video book review for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card! Need help with your video? Stop by Studio 300 for assistance! Check our online calendar for how to enter and more details.

Food for Fines as part of National Library Week
April 9-15
Do you owe any money for fines on your library card? Bring a donation of food to the Check-Out desk  and we will remove $2 in fines (up to $20) per account for each unexpired, non-perishable food item you donate. All food will be donated to the DuPage Township Food Pantry.
You can also return overdue or lost books the week of April 9-15 without paying fines. Returned materials must be in good condition.
Please note: Collection agency fees, billed items that are not returned and billed equipment from Studio 300 and lost eReaders do not qualify.

There will be no weekly Storytimes this week, but Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Our special Spring Break Week Rovin’ Robots programs include video gaming, chances to try out our new robots, drawing classes, a stuffed animal sleepover, making art bots, Preschool Activity Time, and a Make-it Take-it craft program. See the Spring Break Week Rovin’ Robots page for details and to register for programs.

National Bookmobile Day
Wednesday, April 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit the Bookmobile in front of the library to celebrate National Bookmobile Day. We’ll have giveaways, crafts, drop-in storytimes—including a puppet story—and gift card drawings!

McStory Time
Thursday, April 13, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6
Join us for a free story and a treat at McDonald’s. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes
Saturday, April 15: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Grades K-1
Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.

Please remember that the library will be closed April 16 for Easter. See you on Monday!

Winter Break Activities

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Record Your Story
Monday, December 21
2:00 PM-End Time: 4:00 PM
Get creative in this program and create your own story. After writing your story we will record it in Studio 300. Don’t forget your flash drive!
For children in grades 4-6. Registration begins 21 days prior to the event. For Fountaindale card holders only.

Family Fun
Tuesday, December 22
1:30–3:00 PM
Wii, LEGO®, coloring and more! Enjoy an afternoon together with tons of activities for everyone! All ages.

iMake
Wednesday, December 30
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Visit the Creativity Park to try out the library’s newest technologies.
For children grades K-5. Kindergartens with an adult. Drop in.

Winter Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Monday, December 28, 3:00–4:00 PM (sleepover)
and
Tuesday, December 29, 10:00–11:00 AM (snack time)
After the children say “Goodbye,” their stuffies go on wild escapades overnight at the library. All is revealed when they are reunited the next morning. Registration required.
Ages 4-7 with stuffed toy and caregiver.

Drop in Family Movie
Saturday, January 2
1:30 PM and 3:30 PM
Enjoy a feature movie with the family! Drop in until the room capacity of 90 is reached. Call 630-685-4181 for movie titles.
Meeting Room A
Drop in until the room capacity of 90 is reached. All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

Tween Tech Week

Students in grades 4 to 6 can sign up now for Tween Tech Week!

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Scratch Game Design

Monday, March 3, we will be learning about Game Design using the programming language Scratch.  This one already has a waiting list, but if you would like to experiment with Scratch you can get it online for free or try it out on the computers in the Children’s Services department.

There is still room to register for the following programs:

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Raspberry Pi

Tuesday, March 10, you can learn basic computer programming with this popular little computer.

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Light Painting

Wednesday, March 11, create a picture by moving a light in front of a camera.

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LEGO Stortytelling

Create your own comic using blocks, cameras, and Comic Life.

Have a Titanic Adventure (and more!) during Spring Break

Titanic photo from the Library of Congress
We have plenty of free programs while students are out of school April 9-13!

1st through 3rd graders can sign up for a Computer Class at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.  April 9 is also the last day to turn in an entry for the Peeps diorama contest.

Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade can sign up for our big Adventure on the Titanic on Tuesday and travel back to 1912 with trivia and games.  Young audience members will act as Titanic travelers while they learn about the ship and what happened.  Vintage costumes and appearance encouraged!  (You can find some pictures of passengers by searching the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.)

photo from Library of Congress

photo from Library of Congress

Wednesday, come to one of our Build It! programs.  We will have DUPLO blocks for ages 2 to 5 and LEGO bricks for kindergarteners through 5th graders.

Thursday we’re showing two Spring Break Movies: Pete’s Dragon in the morning at 10:30 and The Mighty Ducks in the afternoon at 2:00.  Tweens can also sign up for Art for Thought that afternoon, and everyone can check out the Peeps Diorama Contest Display and vote for the Peeple’s Choice Award.

Friday we’re offering Spring Break Wii Gaming for all ages from 2:30-4:30 in the afternoon.

You do not need to register for Build It!, movies, or gaming.  You can register for the other programs at the Children’s Services desk, over the phone, or online.

Video Games for Children

As you might have seen earlier on our Facebook page, the library is now displaying some video games that are available for same-day checkout.  The Children’s Services department offers a few additional formats: we have games for Nintendo DS, PS2, and even (a few) PSP in addition to games for Wii, PS3, and XBox 360 (including games for Kinect).  Come see what we have!  If you see a game you like, just bring the empty box to the desk and we will help you check it out.

If you don’t see the game you are looking for, you can still put it on hold and pick it up later at the Information Desk.

All games checked out this week will be due January 3, the day the library reopens after the New Year’s holiday.

-Ms. Sarah

National Gaming Day

National Gaming Day @ your library
Read, learn, and play during National Gaming Day @ your library.  On Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, the Fountaindale Public Library District will host special gaming events to celebrate the popularity and educational value of video and board games.

Join us for our Family Lock-in on Friday, 11/11 from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. where we’ll have tons of games for the whole family to enjoy.  For all ages 5 & up.  Children 5th grade and under must be accompanied by at least one adult.  No adults without children.

On Saturday, we’ll have a variety of drop-in activities for families in the Children’s Services Department.  No registration is required for the following activities.

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Preschool Play in the Storytime Room, ages 2 to 6 with an adult.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Wii Games for Families in Meeting Room A, all ages, preschoolers with an adult.
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Hidden Oaks Family Storytime in the Storytime room, all ages, preschoolers with an adult.
  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Game Day Creativity Activities in the Creativity Park, all ages, preschoolers with an adult.

 

Video Games: Quick Picks

LEGO Star Wars characters
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a game with an emphasis on fun and puzzle solving skills.  The game mixes platforming and action all into an entertaining format.  This is a game that can be played by beginners but more experienced players and parents 🙂 will enjoy to play it as well.

The game is a good choice for parents who would like to avoid their kids being exposed to video games with violent content.  The violence in this game consists of minor lightsaber fights.  When spaceships crash and droids explode the effect is not dramatic because everything is made out of LEGO pieces.  The playability of the game is increased by features like when the character gets destroyed, the player continues to play and doesn’t have to start the level over.  There are also many levels to get through, although more experienced players will breeze through most.  The stylus can be used in this game as well.

Players who have watched the Star Wars movies will be able to better understand some of the humor.  Characters don’t really talk, they have a funny way of “mumbling” their words and is fun to guess what they are really saying.

This game is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Other platform games for DS with similar characteristics for this age group are: Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, New Super Mario Bros and Kirby.

To borrow a video game, start by placing a hold with your Fountaindale library card.  You can place two holds per card.  You can place the hold yourself using the online catalog and your library card, or ask for help at the library’s Reference desk.  When the holds are available, the library will contact you.  Games can be picked up at the Information desk in the lobby.  Games can be checked out for 7 days.

-Ms. Andreea