Totally JAWSome Art!

Holy Mackerel, guys!

In honor of Shark Week, we challenged our grouper of teens to a shark-themed coloring contest and y’all dove right in without a cage!

We received 19 entries and they were all super sharp and creative! Sea for yourself!

It was a gilly hard decision.  I love all the details and colors and shading and patterns and occasionally even glitter!  The final judgment came down to neatness and attention to detail.

And the winner is…


Congratulations to our chomper Champ!




Tweet-a-Book Challenge!

tweet-a-book-challengeBoy is sad. He goes 2 magic school, finds friends. Prof w/ man in hat tries 2 kill him. He drinks brew, plays chess, finds key. Wins rock.

If you guessed that this 140-character tweet was a summary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, you’d be right!  If you guessed that this tweet was the frenzied rambling of an unstable mind… you might also be right.  

Think you can do better?  Show us what you’ve got!  Tell us everything we need to know about your favorite book (or any book) in 140 characters or less.  (Remember emoji count as characters too.)

Anyone grades 6–12 is eligible to enter and all entries will be tweeted on the library’s twitter feed!  Make sure you follow us @FountaindaleLib to catch all the great book tweets! 

Entries can be emailed to or dropped off at the Vortex desk.  All entries must be received by Sunday, October 15.

Get tweeting!

We Want Your Pet Stories!

Lookit all these cats! All of five of these live the boyfriend’s house. Yes, that’s right, five cats in one home and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Out of those five, three actually belong to the boyfriend and I.


From bottom to top: Coffee, Tux, Kairi, Dean, and Tiffie.

I guess you could say I ended up turning into one of those crazy cat ladies. I didn’t plan on starting out this way. Growing up, I actually had dogs! I didn’t wake up one day suddenly deciding to collect ALL THE CATS, it just kinda happened. It wasn’t until I met the boyfriend, Scott, and started spending time at his family’s place that I had cats around on a regular basis (His parents owned two cats). Within a few years, my cat count went up and tripled! I didn’t choose the cat lady life, it chose me.

It all started with how we were adopted by my cat Tux.

tux bowtie

No proper suit is complete without a bowtie! Bowties are cool.

One seemingly ordinary day, Scott was getting home from work and stepped out of his car. Before he could barely even take a step, he felt a sudden weight on his feet. He looked down with a start! There was a cat plopped down on top of his feet.

“Cat! Who are you? I’ve never seen you around here before.”

He reached down to gingerly pet the cat. He was very thin indicating that he was wandering the neighborhood for some time. The cat nuzzled into his hand and when he had his fill, he got up and walked away. Scott scratched his head as he watched the cat, wondering if he’ll ever see him again. Once he got in the house, he couldn’t wait to tell me all about what happened. We decided to name him Tux for his colors. He was black with a white stomach and white markings on his face; it looked like he was wearing a tuxedo. Not very original, but it oddly suits him (pun intended).

A few days later, Scott came out his bedroom and noticed something was different. There were three cats in the house instead of the usual two! It was Tux! In the house! We stood a moment and stared, confused. A smile slowly appeared on our faces, it looks like we obtained another cat in the household. He hasn’t left since; it’s now been over three happy years of being owned by multiple cats (Kairi and Tiffie stories to come at a later date!).

Now that I’ve shared my story, we want to hear from you!

Shoot us an email at with your pet (can be any type of pet, not just cats) pictures and stories for a random chance to win a gift card! Email entrants please include your full real name and grade level.  You have until September 30th to enter! Contest for Bolingbrook teens in grades 6 – 12.

You can also enter by replying in the comments below! (Remember online to not share your real name publicly! That is for email entrants only)

Now lets see those photos and stories!

Superhero VS. Villain Showdown—Week 4

The third round of voting in the Superhero VS. Villain Showdown is complete. Week 4 voting will run Monday, July 6 – Sunday, July 12.  Votes will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Regal 12 movie theater gift card! One vote per person, per week.

Thor crushed Captain America while Wolverine knocked out The Flash! The Green Goblin and Loki both came up short in votes which means Doomsday and Ultron will battle it out in this week.

Here are the match-ups for Round 4.


Thor vs. Wolverine


Doomsday vs. Ultron

 Who will advance to the finals? Cast your votes online or in the Vortex!

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!

Final Four in Teen March Madness Book Tournament

Final Four Book CoversWe are down to the Final Four contestants in the 2015 Teen March Madness Book Tournament.  Teens in 6th – 12th grade can vote in the third round at the library or online here between March 12 – March 18.

Just a reminder that each ballot will be entered into a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card drawing.  Limit one ballot per person per round. 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.  Visit to view the complete contest bracket.  Happy voting!