Congratulations to Nina F., the winner of the Teen Phone Photography Contest! Her photo is titled “Facing Your Darkest Fears.” Nina has won a $25 Target gift card.
Join us on Tuesday, November 4 from 2 – 4 pm in Meeting Room A for Toy Hacking. This program is for tweens and teens in 4th – 12th grade.
Get creative as we take apart old toys and give them new life. Tweens and Teens will be re-inventing toys by combining bits and pieces from different toys. Just like Sid Phillips from Toy Story, only less scary. We will also use markers, duct tape, foam, glue and more in your toy transformations. We’ll have toys on hand, but attendees can bring in their own toys, random toy pieces or parts to add to our creations.
Here is an example of a Toy Hack. We started with a pink Disney princess tea pot. We used a black sharpie, several types of duct tape/tape, buttons, washers, glue, and beads to create a tea pot fit for an evil queen.
To register, please contact Teen Services at 630-685-4199. Toy Story will be playing on the big screen while we toy hack! Snacks will be available during the program. See you there!
Celebrate Teen Read Week at the library! Teens in grades 6 – 12 can “Read Away Fines” in the Vortex from Sunday, 10/12/14 – Saturday, 10/18/14. For each minute spent reading, the library will remove $0.05 in overdue charges from a teen’s account with no limit of how much can be waived during this week.
Teens interested in participating are encouraged to visit the Vortex during open hours to read—assigned school reading, books for fun, magazines, audiobooks, or graphic novels all count. Any reading level and any reading material counts, and teens should feel free to bring their own reading material or to browse our collections.
Here are the Vortex Hours for the week:
Sunday, 10/12 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, 10/13 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Columbus Day – Schools Closed)
Tuesday, 10/14 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/15 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, 10/16 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 10/17 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10/18 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Please note, teens will need their library cards in hand to participate (and a school ID when possible). Vortex cards are not required in order to participate, but a minimum of fifteen minutes of reading time at a stretch is. Teens can read one or more days.
Any interested teens should check in at the Vortex service desk to begin logging their reading time. Please note, Read Away Your Fines does not apply to the charges for long overdue items, although Circulation staff will be happy to waive the cost of any long overdue items returned in good condition. E-readers and Studio 300 equipment does not apply.
The library is running a Phone Photography Contest for teens, 6th – 12th grade. Just take a photo with your phone and then submit it to email@example.com beginning 10/6. Emails should include your name, grade, phone number, and a title/brief description of your photo. We will post the photos online and vote for our favorite. A gift card prize will be awarded to the winner!
One entry per teen. Participating teens must be Fountaindale Public Library cardholders. Please no inappropriate content in the photos. Submissions accepted 10/6 /14- 10/27/14. The winner will be announced on 11/3/14.
Want to learn how to take better photos? Join us in Studio 300 for a Phone Photography Class. Get a run down on photo basics as well as have your questions answered. There will be two sessions – Saturday, October 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. or Thursday, October 16 from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Register online at fountaindale.org or by phone at 630-685-4199.
Questions? Call the Vortex at 630-685-4199!
It’s about to be that time of season again, fall. The thing I look forward to the most in fall has to be Halloween and specifically pumpkin carving. Towards the end of September the library will once again have pumpkin carving patterns on display. There will be a pumpkin carving display located on the third floor of the Fountaindale Public Library. The library owns several books on pumpkin carving, you can find them here on our catalog. A free handout will also be available that you can take with you, it includes brief pumpkin carving instructions. We also have a wide variety of free, that’s right I said FREE, pumpkin carving stencils. Some of the stencils include Edward Scissor Hands, The Thing, The Avengers, Mario, Yoda, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, and many more. Just go to the third floor of the library and ask where’s the free pumpkin stencils and one of the librarians can point you in the right direction.
Look for the display on the third floor for your free pumpkin carving stencils.
Do you like hanging out with friends? Do you like hanging out with friends, while playing video games? If you answered yes to both of those questions then the Teen Gaming Club is for you!
The Teen Gaming Club is a great place to make new friends, hang out with old friends, and play some video games. How do you join? It’s simple either bring in a valid library card to the Vortex on the date that the gaming club meets or you can sign up through our events calendar located here on our website. Because we only allow grades 6-12 to participate, the gaming club is not open to Adults. Please feel free to bring in your own video games to play, vintage video game systems to play, and even your own gaming controllers. Keep in mind if you are bringing in your own video games, systems or controllers that you are responsible for your items. Any video games brought in to play must have an ESRB rating of Teen or below, no Mature rated games. The Vortex has four video gaming systems an Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and a PS3. The gaming club runs every other Tuesday of the month and is from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. The gaming club dates that are currently scheduled for the month of September are 9/09/2014 and 9/23/2014. Please feel free to drop by the Vortex, hang out and play some video games.
A couple of weeks ago the library held an after hours Doctor Who event for teens. They were able to share thoughts about the show and their favorite Doctors. The new season with 13th Doctor Peter Capaldi premiered last Saturday. It’s great to look back on why this show is loved by so many. Check out what the teens are saying in this video created by Studio 300.
On Thursday, September 4th at 6:30p.m., teens are invited to join us as we make a Galaxy Cuff Bracelet. We will start with a black cuff bracelet and use sponges and nail polish to give it the look of a galaxy complete with shiny rhinestone stars.
This program requires sign-up and is for 7th-12th graders only please. This could get a little messy so please dress appropriate. You can register online at http://www.fountaindale.org, call us at 630.685.4199 or stop in and see us at a service desk.
Hope to see you there!
- Carly T.
Did you know that Fountaindale has a teen room called the Vortex?
Did you know that sixth graders can use the Computer Commons?
Learn all the new and exciting resources students entering sixth grade have access to with the Passport to Sixth Grade!
What is the Passport to Sixth Grade?
The “Passport to Sixth Grade” is a guide to help children entering sixth grade become familiar with our teen resources, areas, and programs now available to them.
We have extended the date to complete the passport until September 30, 2014.
Students who complete four tasks will receive a Fountaindale flash drive (while supplies last). Those who complete at least five tasks will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $50 gift card to Target. Winners will be announced after September 30, 2014.
Come to the Children’s Services or Vortex Desks and pick up your passport today!
We still have space in our program Getting Organized: Tips for Surviving Middle School & High School. Be prepared to tackle the new school year as professional organizer Beth Randall provides tips and ideas on how to organize your locker, handle time management, and keep your papers and work in order. Parents and teens (grades 6 – 12) are welcome to attend the workshop on Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. at the library.
Check out the cool trailer made by Studio 300!