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Watch for our TV commercial!

Fondulac District Library is excited to announce that, in partnership with several other local libraries, it has received a media grant as part of the WMBD/WYZZ and CI Proud $1 Million Dollar Community Investment initiative. A 10-second television commercial and e-Blasts will begin running on regular rotation on WMBD, WYZZ, and CentralIllinoisProud.com. Using photos from local library events and messages inspired by the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign, the promotions spotlight the diverse collections and services provided by central Illinois’ public libraries.

Can’t wait to see the commercial on TV and want to watch it now?
Click on the white screen or the triangle play button to start the video!

Anytime Activities at the Library

Fondulac District Library offers a variety of activities for children of all ages whenever they visit the library. The Youth Services Department provides a new activity every month, such as scavenger hunts and simple crafts.

Additionally, a wide selection of board and card games are available for kids, including, but not limited to:

  • Battleship
  • Candyland
  • Connect Four
  • Dr. Seuss Matching
  • Enchanted Forest
  • I Spy Preschool Game
  • Monopoly Jr.
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry!
  • Trouble
  • Crazy 8’s
  • Go Fish
  • Old Maid
  • Take the Train
  • Uno

The Youth Services Department also features a dedicated play area with a train table, puppet theater, Lego
table, and puzzles, as well as two Nintendo Wii U gaming stations with numerous games to play.*

Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

*Wii U gaming stations require a library card or photo ID from the user, or the user’s guardian, to play.

Digital Collections at the Library

Fondulac District Library offers numerous digital collections to cardholders, including:

  • Overdrive – an eBook and audiobook collection compatible with iOS, Chromebook, Android, Kindle, Kobo, and NOOK tablets. Install the free Overdrive App by visiting one of the following and searching for “Overdrive.”
      • Apple App Store
      • Google Play Store
      • Amazon
      • Chrome Web Store

    You can also check out Overdrive here.

  • Axis 360 – an eBook and audiobook collection compatible with iOS, Android, & Kindle. Install the free Axis 360 app by visiting one of the following and searching for “Axis 360.”
      • Apple App Store
      • Google Play Store
      • Amazon

    You can also check out Axis 360 here.

  • Tumblebooks – streaming collections of eBooks, audiobooks, and read-along picture books that can be accessed in the library or remotely with your Fondulac District Library card on this page.
  • Biblioboard – a free eBook collection filled with classic literature and other titles. Access Biblioboard here.

If you have any questions about utilizing these services, please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917.

Winter Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Community Connection, Fondulac District Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available! It is mailed to residences within the library district and also is available for download and printing from our website. Printed copies can also be picked up at the library.

Whether you are into history, writing, gaming, music, science, or crafts, we’ve got something planned for everyone at the library this winter! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through March. Enjoy!

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FDL Reads: Hollow Earth

Cover image for Hollow EarthHollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carol E. Barrowman

Reviewed by: Sue Elder, Children’s Department

Genre: Fantasy

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: Twins Matt and Emily Calder have a special power.  They are animares and they have the ability make drawings and paintings come alive, just like their mother.  Because of their special powers, they are being pursued by a secret society called the Hollow Earth.  The Hollow Earth Society wants to use the twins to open up old paintings where demons, devils and evil creatures are trapped in for eternity. Their mother takes them to an island off of the Scotland coast to their grandfather, who has his own special powers, in hopes they will be safe there.  While there they learn the history of the island, about the monks who lived on the island long ago, and how this all relates to their powers and their father. Will they be safe or will the Hollow Earth Society find them?

My Review: I don’t normally read fantasy, but I really liked this book.  There are three books in this series. Looking forward to reading the rest of them.

 

Rating: 5/5

Find it at the library!

About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

1KB4K

1KB4K is an early literacy program designed to promote reading to babies, infants, and toddlers with the goal of having 1,000 books read before Kindergarten.

Getting Started:

  • Register in the Youth Services Department to receive a progress chart to track the first 100 books read to the child.
  • Once the chart is complete, return it to the library for a free book and the next progress chart.
  • A certificate of achievement, book, and book bag will be awarded when the goal of reading 1000 books is met!

For more information, visit or call the library at 309.699.3917 ext, 1291.

Online Learning at the Library (For Kids!)

electronic-education-resourceswebFondulac District Library offers a variety of online learning resources for children.

Tumblebooks are collections of eBooks, audiobooks, and read-along picture books that can be accessed in the library or remotely with your Fondulac District Library card. Educational games, puzzles, and comprehension quizzes are also included. The library offers Tumblebooks for all ages and reading levels!

ABCmouse.com is an early learning curriculum website available on the computers in the Youth Services Department at Fondulac District Library. ABC Mouse is tailored to children in preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school. The site contains more than 5,000 learning activities and 650 lessons. Library staff members are happy to show you and your child how to get started.

FDL Reads: The War That Saved My Life

20912424The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Reviewed by: Becca Cherwin, Youth Services

Genre: Historical Fiction

Suggested Age: Teens, Tweens

What is the book about?: The protagonist of this story is a 10 year old girl named Ada.  Ada lives in London with her mother (Mam) and brother.  Ada was born with a club foot.  Mam is so ashamed of the “ugly” foot that she does not let Ada show herself in public or go to school.  Ada’s only means to see the outside world is through a little window in her one room flat on the third floor.  With the threat of the start of World War II, the children of London are being shipped out of London.  Jamie, Ada’s bother, is allowed to go, but not Ada.  The morning of the evacuation, Ada escapes with her brother to freedom and begins a new adventure.

My Review: This story by Kimbery Brubaker Bradley provided the wonderful adventure of Ada and her brother in finding freedom and love.  Ada went through many hoops to overcome her fears of neglect and lack of love and affection.  My eyes were glued to this story.  I could not put the book down.

Rating: 5/5

Find it at the library!

About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

Recurring Children’s Programs at the Library

weekly-program-promowebFondulac District Library offers numerous recurring programs for children of all ages. Introduce your child to art, science, and more! A variety of clubs, workshops, and hands on activities are scheduled for fall, 2016. Call the library at (309) 699-3917 or check out the calendar to register or learn more.

Story Times – Sept. 12-Nov 18

  • Little Listeners
    Mondays • 10:00-10:30 a.m.
    4-6 years old
  • Together Time
    Tuesdays • 10:00-10:30 a.m.
    3 years old & adult
  • Family Story Time
    Tuesdays • 1:00-1:30 p.m.
    2 + years old & adult
  • Tiny Tot Time
    Thursdays • 10:00-10:20 a.m.
    1-2 years old & adult
  • Baby Lapsit
    Fridays • 10:00-10:20 a.m.
    Birth to 1 year old with adult

Little Explorers *
Wednesdays • Oct. 5-Nov. 16
10 a.m. • Preschoolers

Science Sunday
Sundays • Oct. 16 & Nov. 13
2 p.m. • Grades K-5

Pokémon Club
2nd Tuesdays • 6 p.m.
Grades 3-8

Adventures in Drawing *
Tuesdays • Oct. 11 & 25 and Nov. 8 & 22
3:30 p.m. • Grades 6-8

FDL Chess Club
1st Thursdays • 6:30 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Yu-Gi-Oh! Night
1st Thursdays • 6 p.m.
All ages

*Registration Required. If you are unable to register online, please call the library.

Autumn Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Community Connection, Fondulac District Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available! It is mailed to residences within the library district and also is available for download and printing from our website. Printed copies can also be picked up at the library.

Whether you are into history, writing, gaming, music, science, or crafts, we’ve got something planned for everyone at the library this fall! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through December. Enjoy!

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