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!








Tabletop Gaming & Collectible Card Game Saturdays

Did you hear that the Vortex has a new club!?

Starting June 4th from 12 to 5 P.M. we will be hosting Tabletop Gaming & Collectible Card Game Saturdays twice a month this summer for teens entering grades 6 through 12!

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You can:

  • Get a study room to play D&D in one of the Vortex study rooms!
  • Play Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering and other collectible card games with your friends!
  • Use any of our board games that we have on hand in the Vortex! (Sushi Go!, Ticket to Ride, and Munchkin Treasure Hunt are just a few examples)
  • Bring your own board games to share with friends!

What days will we be hosting it?

  • June 4th & 18th
  • July 2nd & 16th
  • August 13th & 27th

No registration required! Drop in at any point between 12 and 5 PM in the Vortex, though study rooms for Dungeons & Dragons groups will be first come, first serve.

We hope to see you there!

International Games Day @ the Library!

IGD12-logoSo you think you’ve got game? Read, learn, play during International Games Day @ your library.

What is International Games Day?  It’s a world-wide library event celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games.  Our library has been participating in this event since 2010.

On Saturday, November 15th, the game is on at Fountaindale Public Library as we host tournaments and activities for tweens and teens in grades 4 – 12.   There will be popcorn, trivia, prizes and fun in the Vortex from 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Here is a schedule of events:

Connect 4  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Just Dance Dance Off 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Gr. 4 – 8
Yu-Gi-Oh  12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Giant Jenga  2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Super Smash Bros. Brawl  3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Gr. 6 – 12
Minecraft Club: Open Play* 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Gr. 4 – 12

For more information or to register for a program, visit or call 630-685-4199.  Hope to see you there!

*Minecraft Club: Open Play will take place in the 2nd floor computer lab.  All other activities will take place in the Vortex.

National Game Day Celebration on 11/11 & 11/12

Come Celebrate National Game Day at the library on Friday, 11/11 and Saturday 11/12!

On Friday 11/11/11 (what a cool date!), families can join us for our National Game Day lock-in from 7:30 – 10 pm.  We’ll have tons of games and other activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Play video and board games, bingo, pictionary, freeze dance, and so much more.  Families will be entered to win a game prize pack.  This program is for all ages 5 and up.  Children 5th grade and under must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.  No adults without children.  To register, please contact the library at 630-685-4176 or 630-685-4181.

On Saturday 11/12/11, teens gr. 6 – 12 can register for a whole day of gaming fun!  Teens can have fun, make new friends, and win prizes for participating in our game tournaments.  Here is the schedule of events:

10 am –  1 pm….Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament
1 pm  – 2 pm……Connect 4 Tournament
2 pm – 3 pm……Sorry Tournament
3 pm – 5:30 pm……Teen Video Game Tournament includes Super Smash Bros, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, WWE SmackDown vs. RAW

To register, teens can contact the Vortex at 630-685-4199 or the reference desk at 630-685-4176.

Happy Gaming!

Randi C.