My last two blog posts have focused on the first two words of Fountaindale’s Summer Adventure theme, Create, Explore, Connect! And I hope you found a boatload of programs and services that called out to you. This week’s post is, of course, all about connection.

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We all know that the library is a great place to learn new things and develop yourself as an individual, but it is also an amazing place to connect with friends, your community and the rest of the world.

Dungeons & Dragons at Fountaindale!

Want to play a game of Yu-gi-oh with your friends? Want to soak your friends in an epic water war? Want to just relax with a movie and snacks? Want to meet other people who like anime, manga and fandom? Want to volunteer and give back to your community? Want to learn about another culture? The Vortex offers all this and more!

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Wild Cards Club Yu-go-oh! game at Fountaindale!

Just look at all the great stuff we have on our calendar! You can limit the age group to show you only programs open to teens. You can also browse events by category. Clicking on one calendar day will show you everything happening that day and clicking on the event name will bring up a page with more details and registration information.  

Go check it out and sign up for some great programs today!








Miss Peregrine Day!

Have you ever felt… peculiar? Like maybe there’s something just a little different about you? Have you ever wished for a super power? Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs? Did you love it? Are you eagerly awaiting the film release on Friday, 9/30? Did you answer yes to all of the above?


Join us as we celebrate all things peculiar on Monday, September 26 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. You can make your own peculiar mini-scrapbook, get your own peculiar ability, take some peculiar photos, and grab a peculiar snack!2016-sept_nov-miss-peregrine-daySee you there!



Vortex Open House

Aigh!  School starts back up in two days!  Are you ready?  Did you finish your summer reading packet?  Do you know where your classes will be?  Do you have all your pens and protractors in the backpack and ready to go?  Did you go on all the amazing summer adventures and road trips that you’d planned on?

Most importantly, do you know where the Vortex is?

Whether you’re a brand-new sixth grader or a high-schooler that’s been hanging out in the Vortex for years, you might not be aware of all the phenomenal services and programs the Vortex has to offer.

So…. we’re offering a series of Open Houses.  Come in to the Vortex on Monday, August 22; Thursday, August 25; Monday, August 29; OR Thursday, September 1 to get an idea of what the Vortex is all about!  Each Open House runs from 2:00-8:00 p.m.  You may bring your parents/guardians along if you wish.

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Swords in the Library!

Sword fighting!


You’ve seen it in movies.  It’s just swinging around a sword while trying to not get skewered yourself, right?

Ummm, no.  It’s a little harder than that.

Join us on Saturday, July 30th as Bob Charron of St. Martin’s Academy demonstrates his mad Historical European Martial Arts skillz!

Broadswords!  Longswords!  Rapiers!  Daggers!  Bob and crew will demonstrate various weapons and techniques from 2:00 to 3:00pm.


Those especially brave souls who wish to can stay for the second half from 3:00 to 4:00pm to learn some moves themselves!  That’s right!  You can learn fencing at the library!  How amazingly cool is that?

You can check out Bob and St. Martin’s Academy here.

And you can register for the program here.  (Please note, the program is for teens and adults.)


See you there!

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

Poetry Slam & Open Mic!

Calling all Poets, Writers, Musicians, and Performers!  

The Vortex is having a Poetry Slam & Open Mic!  You can read a piece that you’ve written yourself, a poem or prose by someone else, or even your favorite song lyrics!  Do you sing or play an instrument?  Give us a song!  

Join us on Friday, April 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to share your creativity and enter to win a prize!  (Refreshments available for performers.)

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If you need some inspiration, check out Alicia Keys performing on Def Jam Poetry:

Poetry Contest – Blackout Poetry

April 22, 2016 – Blackout Poetry

Usually a poem is full of words and phrases that you create.  Blackout poetry is all about the words you choose to obliterate.

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Directions:  Take one of the printed pages.  (Please don’t take them out of the books! ;p )  Choose which words you want to leave visible and which words you want to cover.  You can cover them by simply blacking them out with a marker or you can use any number of colors, materials, and designs to cover the chosen words.  It’s completely up to you.


Entries can be left in the comments below, emailed to or dropped off at the Vortex desk.  All entries must be received by 2pm on Friday, April 29. Winner will receive a snazzy journal and pen set!