2015 Teen March Madness Book Tournament

Teens in Grades 6 – 12 can vote for their favorite teen fiction books.  Sixteen contestants were selected from the most popular books at the library in the past year. Voting will start February 26th and continue on for 4 weeks through March 25th.

Pick up a paper ballot in the Vortex or vote online here.  Each voting ballot will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Limit one ballot per person per week. The winner of the March Madness Contest and the gift card drawing will be announced Monday, March 30th.  This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Fountaindale Public Library.

Voting Schedule:

• Sweet 16: Vote February 26 – March 4
• Elite 8: Vote March 5 – March 11
• Final 4: Vote March 12 – March 18
• Championship: Vote March 19 – March 25
• Championship Winner Announced March 30

“Sweet 16″ Contestants

  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Teardrop by Lauren Kate
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Once Upon a Prom Dress @ Fountaindale Public Library

Once Upon a Prom GraphicDonate dresses or select one free of charge at our Once Upon a Prom Dress event!

Wondering what to do with your gently used Prom Dress, Bridesmaid Dress or Formal Dress?  Please consider donating it to our first “Once Upon A Prom Dress” event!

We are accepting donations of gently used and clean prom & formal dresses (current styles, all sizes), jewelry and accessories, purses, wraps, shawls and evening shoes from February 16, 2015 – March 20, 2015.  Donated items may be dropped off at the Information Desk in our lobby.

On March 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Once Upon a Prom event is drop in and no registration is needed.  Dresses and accessories are available while supplies last and may be limited to one per person. Students must bring a current high school ID to enter the event.  Visit fountaindale.org for more information.

Teen Winter Reading Club now through March 26, 2015

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Teens 6th – 12th grade can participate in the library’s winter reading program. Log your reading to earn prizes and be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Nook tablet or Barnes & Noble gift cards. The reading program runs through March 26, 2015. Must be a Fountaindale Cardholder to participate.  Register today! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fountaindale Public Library.

Teens Create own Commercial Jingle in Studio 300

Summer in a CanTeens created their own commercial jingle in Studio 300. They came up with the lyrics and tune for a fake product called “Summer in a Can.”  The tag line for our product was “Pop the Top for a Tropical Drop.”  The result was a hip-hop inspired summery tune recorded using Garage Band.  Check it out below!

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!

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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!