Summer Adventure 2017: Create Kindness–Help Someone

Our 2017 Summer Adventure will start on June 1. Earn points by helping out someone in your everyday life. Wash the dishes, care for a pet, mow your neighbor’s lawn, care for the environment or volunteer in your community!

Become a Teen Volunteer @ the Library 

Teen Summer VolunteerDo you need volunteering hours for middle school or high school? Have you always wanted to work at a library? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun way to give back. Either way, we’re looking for teens like you who are eager to help us out!

Help prepare crafts and materials for programs, organize and/or clean program supplies, photocopy, cut paper and more.

Volunteering takes place in the Vortex on Saturdays, June 3 & 17, July 8 & 22 and August 5 & 19 from 3–5 p.m. Space is limited to six volunteers per session.

Visit our online calendar to register. Registration opens two weeks before each volunteering session. All volunteers must be grades 6–12.

We will also hold two special sessions of volunteering on Sunday, July 23 from noon–2 p.m. for the Craft Exchange and on Monday, July 31 from 5–8 p.m. for the Ice Cream Social.

Questions? Call 630.685.4199 or send an email to

You can also find volunteer opportunities in your community. Perform your own random acts of kindness.
Volunteer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
Kindness Ideas

Randi C.

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!

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?

Summer Adventure 2016: Let the Games Begin!

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Attention all teens!  This summer, join the fun and set off on an adventure. Use your Fountaindale Public Library card to register for our Summer Adventure online, at the library or on the Bookmobile from May 23—July 23, 2016.

Earn points for completing activities, including reading, attending library events, playing outdoors and more. Track your points online or on your printed activity log from May 31—July 30, 2016.

Collect your prizes at the library or the Bookmobile when you hit 25 and 50 points! View a complete list of Summer Adventure activities and prizes here.

Participating in Fountaindale’s Summer Adventure?  Share your photos on social media using @fountaindalelib and #FPLDadventure.

Don’t miss our Summer Adventure opening ceremony! 

Sky Squad

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.
Annerino Community Center Gym, skysquad-4 (2)
201 Recreation Drive

Watch as the Sky Squad, led by “Sky Guy” Andres Baines, delivers non-stop excitement with dazzling acrobatic flips and twists, midair passes and skilled slam dunking! All ages; no registration required.

Sky Squad is the official dunk team for the WNBA Chicago Sky. This program is generously funded by the Friends of Fountaindale Library.

Ten DOs and DON’Ts of Cosplay

Is Post-Con Depression setting in now that Anime Midwest and Anime Expo are over? Don’t despair! On July 17th from 5:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. here in the Vortex, we are holding an after-hours Mini Comic-Con for grades 6-12! To register, click here.

Parental Permission slips will be required to complete your registration and can be picked up in the Vortex!

As cosplay is a big part of conventions there are some simple things to keep in mind when cosplaying!


1. Have Fun!

I put this as the first and foremost tip because it’s something easily forgotten. As stressful as it can be scrambling to put together a cosplay in time for a convention (Nothing gives you motivation like a deadline!), it’s all worth it to be able to have fun with other people who are in the same fandom as you.

2. Pick a Character You Like & Get to Know Them

Avoid cosplaying characters that you really don’t like and are only doing it out of obligation to someone else. You may feel like you’re letting a friend down by saying no, but it’ll work out better in the long run to come to a compromise with that friend and choose characters you both like! This way you both get to have fun and aren’t stuck in a costume you didn’t want to be in, in the first place. Nothing ruins the fun of cosplay like coercion!


Ron Stoppable is one of my favorite characters from Kim Possible. This expression. I love it. I wonder if they practiced it in a mirror before the con! (Taken at Con-Alt-Delete 2014)

Okay! The character is picked out! Your outfit is on schedule! But! How well do you know your character? If it’s a character you don’t know as well try to do a small bit of research. Are there any notable catchphrases they have? Any iconic poses? A well posed shot can sometimes be all it needs to take a good cosplay to great! This also leads well into the next tip.

3. Be Prepared for Someone to Ask to Take Your Picture

Pictures and Cosplay go hand-in-hand. Everyone loves to be able to look back and remember that awesome cosplay they saw at a convention! I freaked out at Anime Central when two of my friends were cosplaying as Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians) and Elsa (Frozen). I think if they ever met, they would make the cutest couple. Even though they’re friends, you bet I still asked before taking their photo!


Apparently Elsa was not as stoked about this pairing as I was. (Taken at Anime Central 2015)

4. Have a Backup Outfit in Case of Emergencies
You never know if the weather will end up being too hot or too cold or (heaven forbid) you get something spilled on your cosplay. Have at least one extra pair of clothes with you in the car or hotel room (if you have one) for a worst-case scenario! Doesn’t matter if it’s plainclothes or another cosplay, just have a backup of something to wear! It never hurts to be a little over-prepared.

5. Bring a Small Sewing Kit for Any Repairs Needed

Oh no! You snagged your cosplay on something and there’s a slight tear in it now! Never fear! For your handy-dandy sewing kit is here because you remembered to bring one! For your emergency kit I recommend: one or two sewing needles, a spool or two of thread that matches the cosplay that may need repairing, a small handful of different sized safety pins, and some scissors. Doing this has saved me on more than one occasion! If you don’t need it, you may run into someone else who does. We’re all in this together!


1. Think You Need to Have the Perfect Cosplay

Everyone has different budgets and skill levels so never feel discouraged if it isn’t up to the expectations you had in your head right away. Practice! Practice! Practice! I have to remind myself of this constantly because I am a perfectionist and want everything perfect on the first try with zero effort because my brain thinks this is magic-happy-land where that’s even plausible.


Look how creative these genderbent Auron and Seymour (Final Fantasy X) are! If they had worried about being perfect, this awesomeness would have never have existed! (Taken at Anime Midwest 2015)

2. Forget to do a Makeup Test Before the Con

Doing a cosplay such as a troll from Homestuck that requires intensive makeup? Do a makeup test at least a few days before the con (regardless if your outfit is together or not) to make sure you do not have a reaction to the makeup you are using. Test a small patch of makeup on your hand or lower arm to make sure there will be no issues! If you are putting makeup on your arms and hands. Seal, seal, seal it! And seal it again! You don’t want it rubbing off on furniture or other people! Eek!

3. Feel Bad if You See Someone Else Cosplaying the Same Character

Some people may feel the desire to compare yourself to others cosplaying the same person as you. Resist! Do not submit to that! For in that way lies madness (and unnecessary jealousy). Instead of comparing yourself, use this as an ice breaker instead! Introduce yourself. Get a photo with them. You guys obviously have something in common if you’re both the same character! It’s an opportunity to make a new friend instead!

4. Be a Cosplay Snob

A cosplay snob is when someone intentionally says hurtful things to criticize someone else’s cosplay whether in front of them or behind their back. This is completely separate from constructive criticism. It is fine to give helpful tips to other cosplayers if you are already having a conversation together about cosplay. It’s a completely separate issue to say mean things about an outfit because it isn’t up to some imagined unrealistic standards of cosplay. As stated earlier, everyone has different budgets and skill levels so always take that in consideration! We’re all here to have fun and help each other out!

5. Forget to Have Fun!

I am ending this list with the same thing I began it with. Have fun! At the end of the day, we’re all people in costume just trying to have a good time and express our favorite fandoms. Don’t let any grumpy jellyfish get you down!


From Left: Yuan, Lloyd, Raine, Kratos, and Marble from Tales of Symphonia. Cosplay is fun whether you’re alone or in a group like these guys! (Taken at Anime Central 2015)

Hope to see you all at the Mini-Comic Con! Who do you want to dress up as? Recognize any of the cosplayers I took photos of? Tell us in the comments below!

Every Hero Has a Story Summer Adventure 2015

escape above cityAttention all superheroes!  This summer, join the fun and set off on an adventure.  Fountaindale Public Library cardholders can register online, at the library or on the Bookmobile between
May 4—July 18, 2015.  

Adults, teens and children can collect points to earn prizes by completing fun activities such as reading, crafting, attending library programs, visiting a Bookmobile stop and more. Track your points online or on your printed activity log [English or Spanish], May 18—July 25, 2015. View a complete list of Summer Adventure activities by clicking here or receive a paper log from a library service desk. 

Every Hero Slogan EditedParticipating in Fountaindale’s Summer Adventure?  Share your photos on social media using @fountaindalelib and #libraryhero.

You can also share your
short stories, letters or poems
about your personal hero by emailing

Don’t miss our Summer Adventure 2015 Kick-Off events! 

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, and enjoy an hour of songs by Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Give your summer a super start at Superhero Saturday on Saturday, June 6 from 1:00—5:00 p.m.!  Dress up as your favorite superhero while you enjoy this action-packed day full of fun and prizes.

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Summer Adventure 2015: Read to a Friend

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Earn points for the Summer Adventure by reading a book or short story aloud to someone!

If you’ve chosen a longer book like The Hobbit or Harry Potter, feel free to read a chapter at a time. Don’t free pressured to read it through in one sitting (at least have some water handy if you do!).

Reading aloud to someone is a great way to intertwine social interaction with reading. Read to a family member, a friend, or even your pet!

Some great books and short stories to read aloud are listed here.

None of those strike your fancy? Pick any title from the lists below or visit to view the newest in teen fiction and nonfiction.