Tabletop Gaming & Collectible Card Game Saturdays

Did you hear that the Vortex has a new club!?

Starting June 4th from 12 to 5 P.M. we will be hosting Tabletop Gaming & Collectible Card Game Saturdays twice a month this summer for teens entering grades 6 through 12!

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You can:

  • Get a study room to play D&D in one of the Vortex study rooms!
  • Play Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering and other collectible card games with your friends!
  • Use any of our board games that we have on hand in the Vortex! (Sushi Go!, Ticket to Ride, and Munchkin Treasure Hunt are just a few examples)
  • Bring your own board games to share with friends!

What days will we be hosting it?

  • June 4th & 18th
  • July 2nd & 16th
  • August 13th & 27th

No registration required! Drop in at any point between 12 and 5 PM in the Vortex, though study rooms for Dungeons & Dragons groups will be first come, first serve.

We hope to see you there!

My Summer TBR

Today is the first day of registration for Fountaindale’s Summer Adventure and I, for one, am super psyched! There have been SOOOOO many amazing books published this year, not to mention all the great stories still on my To Be Read (TBR) list from last year! (Why do they keep publishing books faster than I can read them??)

Here’s a list of my new “Must-Reads” for the summer! (Click on the title to see more!)

Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
by Goldy Moldavsky
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Summerlost by Ally Condie
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

And, of course, there are a bunch of series that I’ve been dying, waiting for the next book…
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Last Star by Rick Yancey
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

And, don’t forget to log all your reading hours and other activities to earn Summer Adventure points.  You get free paperback books when you reach 25 and 50 points plus entries into the grand prize drawing!

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Awesome Webcomics: Awkward Yeti’s Heart and Brain

Last time, I shared with you guys one of my favorite webcomics, XKCD.

It’s time for another!

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I’d like to introduce to you Awkward Yeti’s Heart and Brain!

You may have seen some of the comics floating around the internet never knowing where they originated. Now you’ll know!

Here’s one of the more popular ones you may recognize (and definitely relate to):

spider heart and brain

And my personal favorite:



There’s a book! It’s available through Axis360 as an ebook or you can interlibrary loan the physical copy!


Summer Adventure 2016: Be a Champion—Help Someone

Earn points for the Summer Adventure by being a champion. Help someone out in your everyday life!

Here are few ways to help out in your everyday life:

  •         Volunteering
  •         Caring for a pet 
  •         Helping your neighbor mow their lawn
  •         Babysitting
  •         Caring for the environment
  •         And anything else that you can think of!

Want to learn more? Visit our online catalog to find reading material. We have a bunch of books on caring for your pets, protecting the environment, or whatever your interest.

Get Involved @ the Library! Be a Champion

Teen Summer Volunteering

Interested in volunteering this summer?  We are looking for teens, grades 6—12, who are eager to help prepare crafts and materials for programs, assist in organizing and/or cleaning program supplies as well as photocopying, cutting paper, and more.  Teens are asked to visit or call the Vortex at 630.685.4199 for information about the program and to register.

The first session is Saturday, 6/11, 3:00—5:00 p.m. Visit the Calendar of Events for additional dates and times.

You can also 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

Little Girl Cuddling Soft ToysTeens, ages 11—17, can register to learn babysitting basics from Joan O’Malley of Five Star CPR & First Aid.

Saturday, June 11,
9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23,
9:30 am.—12:30 p.m.

Develop your babysitting skills with tips and tricks from these helpful websites.

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

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2016 MAR_MAY Project Runway

Project Runway: Teen Edition

Calling all designers, fashionistas, Tim Gunn fans, and people who like to have fun!

Have you ever looked at the clothes on store’s racks and thought “I could do better than that”?  Here’s your chance!  Fountaindale Library is hosting Project Runway: Teen Edition!  Each team of designers will have a variety of materials – both traditional and bizarre – and only one hour to create an outfit.  Will you make a conservative peplum blouse with mock turtleneck  and capped sleeves or a punked out mini, heavy on the duct tape?

Join us on Saturday, May 21 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  We’ll supply all the materials and tools needed to design, create, and model your outfit.  All you have to bring is your creativity and maybe a friend or two.

No sewing experience necessary.

Click here to register!
2016 MAR_MAY Project Runway