Below are photos from our fabulous Fancy Tea Party held on Saturday, April 15!
Thank you to all who joined us and our fabulous presenters! We hope to see you all again next year for tea, pastries, card games, and general merriment!
Summer will be here before you know it. What are you planning to do over Summer Break?
Bum around at home?
Bum around at the park?
Bum around at the library?
How about learn new skills, gain experience that looks good on college applications and GET PAID?
Come find out how to get a summer job at Fountaindale’s teen employment seminar, Adulting 101: How to Get a Job on Thursday, May 4 from 6:30–8 p.m. Local career and employment expert, Bob Schlacks, will give you tips on how to fill out an application and what to do before, during and after an interview.
If you want to get a job this summer, you’ve got to check out this workshop first!
This April we’re having a tea party themed coloring contest in the Vortex! We will be giving out a 10$ gift card to the winner!
All entries must be in by the end of April 30.
May the best colorist win!
As April is National Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a couple Asian American authors!
Both by Gene Luen Yang
n two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.
But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.
By Jenny Han
By Melissa de la Cruz
Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.
And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.
For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.
By Tanuja Desai Hidier
Dimple Lala doesn’t know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she’s spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a “suitable boy.” Of course it doesn’t go well — until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web . Suddenly the suitable boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Complications ensue. This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding your heart, finding your culture, and finding your place in America.
By Stacey Lee
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong – until disaster strikes.
On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?
**summaries and book cover images courtesy of Goodreads.com
Adulting is hard. I say this as a person who has been known to adult occasionally in the past. Given a choice, I’d rather be an 8-year-old over a grown-up any day. (But not a 7-year-old. Seven was a tough year.)
But, there’s hope! Adulting is much easier if you have the right tools. And, lucky for you, we have the tools you need!
Our first event will be Money SMART for Teens on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30–8 p.m. Diana Sorescu of Bolingbrook Bank and Trust will answer questions that you might have about opening a bank account, how to use a checking or savings account, how to establish and keep good credit and more!
Are you signed up yet for our Fancy Tea Party on Saturday, April 15 from 2-4pm? If not, you should be!
Let our lolitas and butlers entertain you as you join us for light snacks and tea! There will also be plenty of card games available to play with our presenters such as Uno, Sushi Go! and Marrying Mr. Darcy (a card game about exactly what it sounds!).
Grades 6–12; adults welcome
Calling all DIY-ers, Amateur Botanists, and Green Thumbs!
STEAM Punks Presents…
Mason Jar Terrariums
Thursday, April 13
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Plant a mini-forest… in a jar!