Summer Adventure 2015: Write a Short Story, Letter, or Poem about your Personal Hero

Notebook and penEarn points for the Summer Adventure by writing a short story, letter or poem about your personal hero.

Is there someone in your life you admire beyond all others? Close your eyes. Picture them in your mind. What is it you like about them? What have they done to help others or yourself? Is there something you have always wished to tell them but never had the chance to do so?

Instead of just thinking the answer to those questions, write them down. Haha! My devious plan worked! You have already started the beginnings for your piece about your personal hero. Now grab a pen and a piece of paper, or open a word document, if you prefer, and get writing! Now is your chance to tell the world and your hero just how much they mean to you.

When you are finished, feel free to share your work with us between May 18—July 25, 2015 by emailing The short stories, letters, and poems may be shared on social media or posted at the library.  

Need help? The library has plenty of writing resources for you to check out!

Summer Adventure 2015: Check out a Playaway or Audiobook

ListenEarn points for the Summer Adventure by checking out a Playaway or Audiobook.

For those who do not know, Playaways are preloaded music devices with your audiobook on it all ready to go. You can take it with you anywhere so there’s no worry about needing a CD player! You just plug your headphones in and are ready to be sucked into a whole new world.

I really like listening to audiobooks especially when the narrator is able to draw you into the story and bring the characters to life.  Here are a few recommendations:

Book Thief         Harry Potter      Wonder

The Book Thief                     Harry Potter Series            Wonder
Read by Allan Corduner     Read by Jim Dale              Read by Diana Steele
YA CD ZUSAK                       YA CD ROWLING            PLAYAWAY JF PALACIO

Use our online catalog to find your own Playaways or Audiobooks on CD.  You can narrow your search to Fountaindale Public Library items and by Target Audience (i.e. Juvenile or Adolescent) using the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. 

We also have Playaway Kits that include the book so you can read-along as you listen! To see only our kits in the search results, click on the box marked “Kit” on the left-hand side under Type of Material.

Summer Adventure 2015: Be a Hero—Help Someone

Sign Girl copyEarn points for the Summer Adventure by being a hero. Help someone out in your everyday life!

When you first think of being a hero, the first thing that may come to your mind is firefighters, policemen, military soldiers, or even Captain America, but there’s more to being a hero than that!

Here are some examples:

  • Volunteering
  • Caring for your or someone else’s pet (with the owner’s permission!!)
  • Babysitting
  • Caring for the environment
  • and anything else heroic that you can think of!

Want to learn more? Check out some of these websites or books from the library. You can also visit our online catalog to find additional reading material. We have a bunch of books on caring for your pets, protecting the environment, or whatever your interest.

Get Inspired!

Read about everyday heroes & random acts of kindness.  You can also nominate your personal hero on some of these sites.  Don’t forgot to share your stories with us by emailing

CNN Heroes
HuffPost Everyday Heroes Everyday Heroes
Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Get Involved!

Volunteering Smarts

Volunteering Smarts
YA 361.37 DON

Find volunteer opportunities in your community. Perform your own random acts of kindness.
Volunteer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
United We Serve
Kindness Ideas

Become a Super Sitter

Don't Sit on the Baby

Don’t Sit on the Baby
YA 649.10248 BON

Teens, ages 11—17, can register to learn babysitting basics from Joan O’Malley of Five Star CPR & First Aid.
Wednesday, June 17 from 1:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 8 from 9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Babysitting Tips
Babysitter’s Training (American Red Cross)
Guide to the Business of Babysitting
How Much to Charge for Babysitting?

Six Tips for the Best Convention Ever

It’s that time of year again, guys! Convention season!

With C2E2 happening this weekend: April 24-26th, Anime Central on May 15-17th, and Anime Midwest on July 3-5th, there are a lot of cons going on to be excited about!

Conventions are a blast. They’re a great way to meet up with friends and make new ones who love the same thing you do. It’s an extremely surreal experience being around 10-30 thousand people (depending on the con) and knowing they all like the same things you do.

However, this surreality can make people forget they are out in the real world. You should still act like a fellow human being.It’s a good thing to be excited, but don’t let it override your common sense and get (too) carried away.

Here are some tips for having the best con ever!


1. Always ask a cosplayer for a photo.

Don’t be the creeper with a camera and take photos without permission. You may think you’re being sneaky. You’re not. We see you and it’s uncomfortable. Just ask! You will get a better photo and make someone feel respected. Most cosplayers will be happy to oblige and if they aren’t, well that’s okay too! Some people have stuff they need to get to in a hurry and don’t have time for a photo. Remember, underneath their outfit, they are still human too.

cinderella cosplay

Imagine how terrible this photo would have turned out had the photographer not asked for the photo! Source:  Cosplayers: Pyropi, Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay


2. Don’t touch anyone without their permission

This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised! After going to several conventions per year for nearly a decade, it’s something that definitely needs to be said. People have a tendency to get overwhelmed by all the excitement and forget themselves. Always ask for permission regardless if you’d like a hug or want to see something on their cosplay. Respected congoers make happy congoers!

edward glomp

This. Don’t do this. Source: Fullmetal Alchemist

Also, do people still glomp? Is glomping a thing? If it is, don’t do it! You could really hurt someone or damage their cosplay. A glomp is pretty much the equivalent to a tackle-hug. You run at someone and tackle them to the ground through hugging. Doesn’t sound fun for the other person, huh? Trust me, it isn’t!  If you want a hug because you just love the character or they just seem so cool, ask. Plenty of people are pretty open to it and are willing if you ask.


3. Remember to get plenty of sleep! And eat!

At the moment, you may feel invincible. I CAN DO EVERYTHING. WHO NEEDS SLEEP. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. That? That’s the opposite of what I mean! Sleep is super important, especially at a convention. Your full 8 hours is recommended but try to get at minimum 6. Your body will thank you and you will be able to face the entire weekend roaring and ready to go!

sleeping kakashi

Don’t be like Kakashi! Sleep! (Source)

Same goes for eating. You need 3 meals a day, I don’t care if you bring food, buy food from the convention center, or walk down to the McDonald’s that’s a mile away. EAT. (no one likes a skinny Santa)


Cons (especially bigger ones like c2e2 and ACEN) have A LOT of people. Now imagine if none of those people showered for the duration of the weekend. Gross, right? Remember to fit bathing into your con schedule! Everyone’s noses will thank you.

5.Don’t be afraid to talk to convention staff / security.

They are there to make sure everyone is safe and having a good time. If someone is bothering you, don’t feel nervous to tell staff! It’s what they are there for!

(If team rocket keeps harassing you, do speak up) Source: Unfortunately Unknown.

(If team rocket keeps harassing you, do speak up)
Source: Unfortunately Unknown.

6. Just be Polite

Last but not least, don’t be a jerk. If you follow this one rule, your weekend will be a great one. If it seems like a jerky thing to do or say, don’t do it! Even if you really don’t approve of someone’s ship for your all time favorite fandom, it’s okay (I don’t care how weird it is!). You can respect their viewpoint without changing your own. It’s really that simple!

With all that said, have a great time! Conventions are so much fun that it’s a shame they only happen a few times a year.

For more information about upcoming Illinois cons, visit the following sites:

Anime Central

Anime Midwest


Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Genre: Horror / Paranormal / Romance

First Released: August 2011

Part of a Series? Yes
Book 2: Girl of Nightmares

Brief Synopsis:

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Where can I find it in the library?
This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex.

Call Number: YA F BLAKE

anna dressed in blood

Commentary (spoilers, if any, will be notated):

Initial Thoughts:

Kendare Blake has a good writing style. There’s enough description so you can get a feeling for what is going on, but not so much that she is describing every blade of grass on the lawn either. It’s just enough to keep the reader interested. All words also mean what they should mean which is always a plus in my book!

The plot also moves at a good pace to keep the reader on reading. Books that drag on and on drive me bonkers, get to the point already! No useless lollygagging please! (Unless it’s funny, then it doesn’t bother me as much)

For those of you who are concerned that it is a part of the horror genre:

It’s supposedly a horror novel but it’s actually not that scary, it has few gross moments (you’ll know them when you get to them) but overall nothing too frightening. It feels more general paranormal based than horror. Trust me because I’m a scaredy cat. I have to watch Supernatural with the lights on.

The Twist (***spoilers in this section, skip over this if you don’t want to be spoiled!***):

The love story aspect between a ghost hunter and a ghost is cute. It’s something I hadn’t read before or even heard about very often (if at all, in the comments let me know if I’m mistaken!) so it was nice to see something different. As much as I love vampire novels, it’s nice to see it wasn’t a vampire love story. The main character is a boy, so it’s nice to see the romance from the boy’s perspective instead of the girl’s. The lack of a love-triangle is also really refreshing too!

Final Thoughts:

Would I read it again? Probably not, I’d rather watch an episode of Supernatural  instead. I would have liked to see more suspense and ghost-killing action.

Will I read the sequel? Most likely, I’d like to see what happens to the main character and Anna after the end of this one. Hopefully they’ll all get some more development!

Feel any differently than I do? Feel similarly? Tell us below in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.


Anime Recommendation of the Month: Witchcraft Works

April’s recommendation is the anime, Witchcraft Works.

Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Comedy

Number of episodes: 12

Rating: PG-13

Language: Japanese with English Subs (currently there is no dub available)

Brief Synopsis: “Takamiya Honoka is just an average student who just so happens to sit next to Kagari Ayaka, the “Princess” of the school, and has never said a word to her. However, one day when Takamiya’s life is put in danger, Kagari arrives to his rescue dressed as a witch. It is revealed that Kagari is what is known as a Workshop Witch within the city and Takamiya is under her protection and shall henceforth protect him from any danger that ensues…” – Crunchyroll

witchcraft works image


Spoiler-free Commentary

I discovered this anime by a crazy random happenstance last summer as I was browsing for something to watch. The description (provided above) seemed mildly interesting and it didn’t have seventy bajillion episodes to it, so I thought to myself, “why not?”

What I love about this show is that it is a total trope reversal! Tropes are common stereotypes you find in TV land such as how people are always extremely dumb in horror movies (See TV Tropes for more!  Quick warning, you could get lost on that site forever!).

The specific trope I’m referencing with Witchcraft Works is the one where a guy constantly has to rescue the girl because she is a helpless damsel in distress and can’t possibly save herself (see Kagome in InuYasha, Mario and Princess Peach in various Mario games, I could go on and on but I won’t). What’s different about this show is Takamiya, the male lead, is actually the damsel in distress! Kagari has to save him quite a bit in the show and this gender reversal is quite refreshing!

There’s also a lot of comedy and really cool action scenes with lots of magic going on as you’d expect with a show with “witchcraft” in its name; it definitely doesn’t disappoint. The romantic nature of the show is very sweet as well with Kagari showing her affection in rather unusual ways.

I highly recommend Witchcraft Works to anyone who is looking for something a bit different but with minimal time commitment. At only 12 episodes, you can watch the entire series in about 4-5 hours!

If you like romance with lots magic and action happening this is definitely the show for you! It is available to watch for free online on Crunchyroll.

The library also has plenty of anime available on both DVD and Blu-ray located on the second floor. Check it out!


2015 Peeps Diorama Contest

Peepbusters (1)We have received several entries for the Peeps Diorama contest including this Ghostbusters inspired diorama! There is still time to submit your entry.

Just use marshmallow Peeps to create a diorama inspired by your favorite book, movie, or video game. Submissions will be accepted Monday, March 23 through Monday, April 13. Pick up the complete rules and entry forms at any library service desk.

We have extra shoe boxes in the Vortex (while supplies last). Pick one up today to get started on your diorama!

Remember to check out all the entries at the library on Wednesday, April 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 16 from 2:00-8:30 p.m. They will be on display in the Vortex.

Alex from Studio 300 made this cool video to promote our contest. Be sure to check it out!