Summer Adventure 2016: Read or Listen to Someone Read

IMG_6604-1939 (2).jpgDo you guys remember Summer Adventure from last year? Well, we’re doing it again!  Like last year, our Summer Adventure is more like a game than a traditional reading club, but we still encourage you to read!  You can earn points by reading or listening to someone read for 30 minutes. Wondering what counts? See below.

  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines or Comics
  • Audiobooks
  • Playaways

At a loss for what to read? Never fear! As always, your friendly-neighborhood-librarians are here!

We have compiled a bunch of lists for you to look through to get started or visit to view the newest in teen fiction and nonfiction.

You can also earn points by attending one of our many teen programs this summer! Visit here to see what interests you!

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.

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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So You Want to Knit: Resources for Getting Started

Starting June 26th, the Vortex will be holding a monthly Needles & a Movie event! You can bring in any sort of needle craft you’d like to work on while watching a movie. It starts at 3PM and will run until about 5PM (depending on the length of the film).

What’s that? You don’t know any needle crafts but want to learn? Lucky you! In this post, we’re going to focus on learning to knit.

In the age of the internet, picking up new skills and hobbies is easy because you no longer have to know someone in person to teach you; the only limit on learning is time.

My favorite method of learning by far is watching videos on the internet because you can replay it over and over and it’ll never get frustrated!

Zelda Blanket

With time, patience and practice, you too, can make something like this! (I MADE THIS BEAUTY. )

One of the best sites out there to learn from is New Stitch A Day. They have a gazillion videos for what seems like every type of stitch for knitting out there. The provided link will bring you right to their beginner’s section.

I recommend doing the videos in the following order:

  1. How to Make A Slipknot
  2. How to Knit the Knitted Cast On
  3. How to Knit the Knit Stitch
  4. How to Knit the Garter Stitch
  5. How to Knit the Purl Stitch
  6. How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch
  7. The Basic Knit Bind Off

 After viewing those videos enough times and you feel comfortable enough with your abilities, feel free to venture out onto the rest of their website! (They also have crochet on their site but that’s a post for another day!)

Another helpful place to learn to knit (and actually the YouTube channel I learned from!) is the Knit Witch.

A lot of the stuff she has is also on New Stitch a Day, but she explains things slightly differently so it all depends on who makes more sense to you!  Just follow her videos in the same order as the ones from New Stitch a Day.

If you want some book resources, the library has plenty as well!

Don’t delay, knit today!

Summer Adventure 2015: Check out a Playaway or Audiobook

ListenEarn points for the Summer Adventure by checking out a Playaway or Audiobook.

For those who do not know, Playaways are preloaded music devices with your audiobook on it all ready to go. You can take it with you anywhere so there’s no worry about needing a CD player! You just plug your headphones in and are ready to be sucked into a whole new world.

I really like listening to audiobooks especially when the narrator is able to draw you into the story and bring the characters to life.  Here are a few recommendations:

Book Thief         Harry Potter      Wonder

The Book Thief                     Harry Potter Series            Wonder
Read by Allan Corduner     Read by Jim Dale              Read by Diana Steele
YA CD ZUSAK                       YA CD ROWLING            PLAYAWAY JF PALACIO

Use our online catalog to find your own Playaways or Audiobooks on CD.  You can narrow your search to Fountaindale Public Library items and by Target Audience (i.e. Juvenile or Adolescent) using the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. 

We also have Playaway Kits that include the book so you can read-along as you listen! To see only our kits in the search results, click on the box marked “Kit” on the left-hand side under Type of Material.

Summer Adventure 2015: Draw, Paint, or Create Your Own Superhero

thick colored pencils on white background, isolatedEarn points for the Summer Adventure by drawing, painting, or creating your own superhero!

An easy way to get these points is to join the Teen Fan-Art Club!

It meets June 10th & 24th, July 8th & 22nd, and August 5th from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m!

Or you can join in on our Comic Book Art craft!

It is a one-time program on August 10th from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.!

For those who prefer to work at home, the library also has plenty of books you can checkout to get inspired! Check out our list of recommended reading.  You can also find superhero crafts on our Pinterest page.

Summer Reading is over! Tell us what you thought of the program!

The library’s summer reading program ended Saturday, August 14.  Thanks to everyone that participated!  We had 503 teens register for the program.  You all read a grand total of….(drum roll, please)….6,815 hours.  Wow! If you have earned a free paperback book, please stop by the library to pick out your book. We will have the books available for pick-up until September 11.

Our final prize drawing was held today.  Most of the winners have been notified.  Congratulations to Matthew and Corey!  They were the winners of our grand prize, an iPod Nano.  This prize was provided by the Friends of the Fountaindale Library.  Round of applause for our Friends!

Please tell us what you thought of the 2010 summer program. We welcome constructive comments and suggestions for next year’s program.  Click here to take our quick survey.

Thanks again!

Randi C.

We have a winner! 1st Summer Reading Review Prize Drawing done 6/19/10

Congratulations to Cathy who won our 1st weekly review prize drawing for the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Cathy won a $10 Borders gift card for submitting a book review.  To check out all the reviews or to sign up for the reading program head to our summer reading website.  You will need your Fountaindale Library card to register.

Once you are signed up for the reading club, you can earn prizes for reading and/or submitting reviews.  It’s a great way to share what you are reading!  We will have another review prize drawing next Saturday.  So keep reading and reviewing!


Randi C.

Teen Summer Reading Program Preview

Summer is almost upon us!  At the library, we have been working hard to get ready for our summer reading program.  This year’s theme is, “Scare Up a Good Book.”  The program begins Monday, June 7 and ends Saturday, August 14.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is for teens entering 6th through 12th grade.   Register online or at the library for the program beginning Monday, June 7.  If registering from home, all you need is internet access and your Fountaindale Public Library card.

Teen reading is based on how many HOURS you read. You will be able to start entering your hours on Monday, June 14.  You will only be able to log five hours a day.  Complete 15 hours of reading and earn a free paperback book. Earn a second book by reading an extra 15 hours.  We will have monthly prize drawings for $25 gift certificates to Borders, Best Buy, and Target.  Every teen that reads 15 hours will be entered to win an iPod nano, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Want a chance to win MORE prizes?  Review a book or graphic novel and be entered into our weekly drawings for a $10 gift card to Borders.

Don’t forget about all of the great, spine-tingling activities that will keep you busy all summer long.  Registration for all teen and tween activities begins Friday, May 21.

See you soon!

Randi C.