New Club!

Do you play YuGiOh?  How about Magic: the Gathering?  Pokemon?  Any other Collectible Card Game that I didn’t mention?  

If so, bring your deck to the Vortex after school on the first Thursday of each month.  Challenge old rivals and new allies alike to duels.  

No need to register!  Just drop in and play a round or two of your favorite CCG!
Club meets on the first Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.




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!



Book Review: If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your GirlIf I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo
Place a hold.

Amanda is a girl like any other. She’s a senior in high school trying to get good grades so she can go to college in New York. She loves to read and draw and hang out with her friends. She wants to be loved. She gets nervous talking to cute boys.

But Amanda is also not like the other girls. She went through months and months of therapy.
She has had numerous surgeries. She has to remember to take her estrogen pills. Because when Amanda was born, her parents named her Andrew and called her their son. Because Amanda was born male.

At age 15, she knew she couldn’t live with this lie anymore. She tried to take her life. It was at the hospital, after the stomach pump and around-the-clock surveillance that she finally said the 6 words that give her back her life. “I should have been a girl.”

After being bullied and brutally beaten in a public restroom, Amanda moves to her father’s small Southern town, begins a new school year at a new school, and tries to start fresh. She makes new friends and even meets a cute guy who’s totally crushing on her. Can she make this work? Can she be happy here? Or is she doomed to relive the violence she encountered at her old school?

What I love about this book is that the protagonist here has already transitioned. There has been a wellspring of great, recent YA fiction aimed at trans* youth that focuses on the basics. They let questioning teens and kids know that they’re not alone and reaffirm that it’s okay to be different. These books speak to the young person who’s realizing “I don’t feel like a boy/girl/whatever. What do I do now?” It also speaks to the ally who wants to be supportive but doesn’t know how. And that is absolutely where YA fiction needs to start. But it’s not the end by a long shot. This book is for teens who already know who they are. They’ve figured out their gender identity and maybe even started to change their gender presentation or begun a medical transition. Their questions are “What now? Can I do this? Can I live a ‘normal’ life as my authentic self? What does being trans* mean for me?” If I Was Your Girl may not answer all these questions for every teen, but it depicts a girl who has discovered herself and is now struggling with the next hurdles, just as every trans* teen must. The novel concludes with a wonderful author’s note that also addresses transmen and boys and genderqueer or non-binary youth.

Regardless of the subject matter, I enjoyed this depiction of teen life, the quest for love (from others and for oneself), and the complicated relationships between characters.



Visual Effects Bootcamp for Teens

The library held our first Studio 300 technology bootcamp for teens on Monday, June 13.  Teens were able to use Studio 300 resources to create their own video short with special effects.  Each teen picked a superpower, came up with a story, filmed in front of a green screen and then added in special effects using Adobe Premiere Pro.  Check out the results!

Visit our online calendar of events for more Studio 300 technology bootcamps including Photography on July 11, Video Production on July 18 and Zombie Apocalypse Zombie Tech Survival on July 25.  Registration opens three weeks before each program.  Sign up with your Fountaindale library card.



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?

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