Teen Geek Out @ Studio 300

Fountaindale teens can discover the wonders of Studio 300 on Friday, November 21. For one day only, teens in 6th-12th grade are taking over Studio 300 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Drop-in to try out the computers, video and sound recording equipment, and more. Check out the cool video made by our Teen Media Club to promote the event.

An orientation is not required to use the equipment during Teen Geek Out.

International Games Day @ the Library!

IGD12-logoSo you think you’ve got game? Read, learn, play during International Games Day @ your library.

What is International Games Day?  It’s a world-wide library event celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games.  Our library has been participating in this event since 2010.

On Saturday, November 15th, the game is on at Fountaindale Public Library as we host tournaments and activities for tweens and teens in grades 4 – 12.   There will be popcorn, trivia, prizes and fun in the Vortex from 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Here is a schedule of events:

Connect 4  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Just Dance Dance Off 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Gr. 4 – 8
Yu-Gi-Oh  12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Giant Jenga  2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Super Smash Bros. Brawl  3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Minecraft Club: Open Play* 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Gr. 4 – 12

For more information or to register for a program, visit www.fountaindale.org or call 630-685-4199.  Hope to see you there!

*Minecraft Club: Open Play will take place in the 2nd floor computer lab.  All other activities will take place in the Vortex.

Hey 4th-8th graders, come join us for DIY: Holiday Ornaments!

Holiday Ornaments November 2014


Sign up by registering at our online calendar at http://www.fountaindale.org, stopping by at a service desk, or giving us a call at 630.685.4199.

Hope to see you there!

- Carly T.


Teen Phone Photography Contest Winner Announced

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.

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Toy Hacking for Tweens & Teens

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 DiToy Hacking Example (1)sney 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!

Read Away Your Fines during Teen Read Week!

BalloonsCelebrate 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.

Happy Reading!


Phone Photography Contest & Classes

20130725_102820Do you like taking photos with your phone? I love taking photos with my phone because of the picture quality and how easy it is to share with friends and family.  I took this picture at a wildlife park in Wisconsin Dells and it is one of my favorites!

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 fountaindaleteen@fountaindale.org 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!


Pumpkin Patterns at the Library

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.


Teen Gaming Club

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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.


Fountaindale Teens Talk Doctor Who

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.