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 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 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. 

Hey teens, wanna make an out-of-this-world bracelet??!

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, call us at 630.685.4199 or stop in and see us at a service desk.

Hope to see you there!

- Carly T.

Get your Passport to 6th Grade @ the library!

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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!

Getting Organized: Tips for Middle School & High School Students

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!

Congratulations to our winner of the Anime Paper Children Photo Contest!

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Congratulations to 8th grader Kai C. who won our anime photo contest! The task was to draw an anime character on paper, cut it out, place it somewhere and snap a photo of just where this character had been! Great job to Kai! Thanks for participating!

- Carly T.

Update – Doctor Who After Hours Scavenger Hunt


If you are planning on coming to the library this Friday Aug 1st for the the After Hours Doctor Who event be prepared for a Bad Wolf Scavenger hunt. Put yourself into the Doctor’s shoes while looking for the clues that Rose left behind. To participate in the scavenger hunt you will need to have a Iphone, Ipad, or Ipod and will need to download the app Klikaklu which can be found in the Apple App Store. It is a free app you do not need to pay to play along. Instructions to join the hunt will be available at the event. We will have a limited number of devices we can loan out.



Doctor Who After Hours Event

Hey Whovians! Just a heads up that we still have space for our Doctor Who After Hours Event on Friday, August 1st.

Activities include trivia, games, edible crafts and pizza, and PRIZES!!!

Feel free to dress up as your favorite Doctor, assistant, or villain or other characters from the show.

This program runs from 5:30 – 9:00 and requires a permission slip. Permission slips are available in the Vortex. We ask that you come 10-15 minutes early so we can sign you in and you can eat before the activities begin. Please remember that the library will close at 6:00, and once the doors are closed –  they’re closed –  and the fun begins!

Questions, comments? Drop us a line or give us a call: or 630-685-4199.

See you Friday! Rozie :)