Entry forms can be picked up in the Vortex! The new deadline is Wednesday, May 29th!
We held another great poetry activity for teens in April. I found a cool project on Pinterest called Blackout Poetry. We used recycled books and newspapers to create poetry artwork. The idea was to select specific words on a page to create a poem and then blackout the rest. Teens used markers to create artwork to surround their poems.
Check out some of the poetry artwork!
In honor of National Poetry Month, teens (gr. 6 – 12) were able to participate in a Book Spine Poetry Contest at the library. They were challenged to create a poem using titles on the spine of books. We had some great entries so I thought I would share the poems. Library staff judged the entries and picked the top three winners. Enjoy!
Book Spine Poetry Contest – 1st Place Winner, Hanaa, Gr. 6
Book Spine Poetry Contest – 2nd Place Winner, Justin, Gr. 6
Book Spine Poetry Contest 2013 – 3rd Place Winner – Julian, Gr. 6
Isaiah, Gr. 9
Justin, Gr. 8
Rael, Gr. 7
Saturday, April 20th from 2:00pm-4:00pm, we will hold a Mario Kart Wii Tournament! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. This program will take place in the Vortex and is for grades 6-12 only. You must register for this program. You can register by calling us 630.685.4199 or by going online at http://www.fountaindale.org. You may also register by stopping by one of the library reference desks. A Vortex Card is NOT needed to participate in this program! Hope to see you there!
If you haven’t had a chance to finish up your contest entry and get it into us, please note that all dioramas are due no later than THIS Monday, March 25th by 9pm! NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted. Entries can be accepted at the Children’s, 2nd floor, 3rd floor and Vortex service desks along with the completed entry form.
Entries will be displayed online at http://www.fountaindale.org and on the library’s Facebook page. The dioramas will also be displayed in Meeting Room A on Wednesday, March 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm for voting purposes. All entries will again be displayed in Meeting Room B on Thursday, march 28 from 9:30am- 8:30pm.
Winners will be notified by phone and need not be present to win.
If you have any questions, give us a call at 630.251.6458.
Hope to see you there!
If you’re a teen who loves to write and be creative, this group is for you! Local published teen author Megg Jensen comes in once a month to help you improve your creative writing skills. She can offer you tips and advice and would love to look at some of your writing samples! This group meets in the Vortex from 6:30pm-7:30pm. For grades 6-12. Don’t forget – YOU MUST REGISTER – which you can do online at www.fountaindale.org or by giving us a call at 630.685.4199.
Don’t miss this great opportunity! Hope to see you there!
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This Saturday, March 16th, teens can come to the Vortex and work on their entries for the Peep Diorama contest. Supplies including marshmallow peeps will be provided. This program will take place from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and is for grades 6-12. This is a drop-in program so no sign-up needed!
The submission is underway for the contest! Submissions will be taken until March 25th. Entry forms with more details can be picked up at any reference desk in the library.
Hope to see you there!
Last year we had a lot of fun when we held our first Peep Diorama Contest so we decided to make it an annual event!
The idea is to use marshmallow peeps to create a diorama inspired by your favorite book, movie, or video game! The peeps are the characters! This is a contest for all ages.
To help give you an idea of what you can do, please see my example of the classic “Charlotte’s Web.” This is a great children’s book and the original animated movie based on it (made back in 1973) is one of my personal favorites. I looked at images from the movie and made a diorama inspired by it – and renamed it “Charlotte’s Peep.” Please see my images below – the first of the actual movie scenes followed by my final product.
There are some basic rules and guidelines to follow – the entry form along with those guidelines can be picked up at any of the service desks in the library. Entries will be accepted Monday, March 4 – Monday, March 25. No late entries will be accepted.
Entries will be displayed on our website as well as posted on the library’s Facebook page. The dioramas will also be displayed in our Meeting Room A for voting on March 27 from 5:30-7:30pm and again in Meeting Room B on Thursday, March 28 from 9:30am – 8:30pm for viewing.
Prizes will be awarded and winners need not be present to win.
If you have any questions, give us a call or stop in and see us!
Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Good luck!
- Carly T.
Teens and Adults! You can meet with a representative from Aurora University from 5:00pm-8:00pm. on Wednesday, February 20th. Stop by any time within the hours to learn more about the school and to ask questions . The representative will be at a table in our lobby on the 1st floor. Come take advantage of this great opportunity!
February celebrates Black History Month in the United States. On Monday, February 18th, Fountaindale Public Library will also be celebrating with a day of relevant movies! You are off of school that day so come join us in Main Meeting Room A from 12:00noon- 8:00pm. These movies are drop-ins – you can stay the whole day or feel free to just drop-in for a little while. Light snacks will be provided. Please note that anyone 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
And while you’re here, continue honoring Black History by picking up a book that depicts a story within this culture. So many great titles to choose from – here are a few suggestions…
“Finding My Place” by Traci Jones – After moving to an affluent suburb of Denver in 1975, ninth-grader Tiphanie feels lonely at her nearly all-white high school until she befriends another “outsider” and discovers that prejudice exists in many forms.
“We Could Be Brothers by Derrick Barnes – Two eighth-graders from very different backgrounds, Robeson “Crease” Battlefield and Pacino Clapton, discover in afterschool detention that they have a great deal in common.
“Forge” by Laurie Halse Anderson – Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.
“The Cruisers” by Walter Dean Myers – Friends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, to try to make peace.
“Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes – In New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.
Also, it’s that time of year when you might be asked to do a special project or a book report regarding Black History – look no further if you’re stumped for a topic or a person to read about – we have a great database available through our website that can help you with this! You can do this from home or when you stop by the library.
Just go online at: http://www.fountaindale.org, click on the Resources tab, choose databases – then alphabetical – then A-D, and you will be brought to the first in the list called African-American History Online. It’s a comprehensive collection of biographies, timelines, events and topics and more about African Americans!
Bring a little insight to your life as to what we recognize, honor and celebrate during Black History Month!