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Star Wars Day 2017

Fondulac District Library announces Star Wars Day, which celebrates reading and the stories of one of the most popular sagas of all time. The all-ages event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.

Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day and include a new, expanded Jedi training, crafts, a sketch workshop with artist Kiley Beecher, games, Star Wars Bingo, prize drawings, and much more. Special guests from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs costume clubs will be in attendance and available for photographs. Additionally, members of the East Peoria Robo Raiders and Retro Robotics, local First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, will participate in a presentation and demonstration of the real-life “droids” they design, build, and take to competition. The library also offers Star Wars-related books and movies on display and available for check out.

For more information about this special event, visit www.fondulaclibrary.org or call (309) 699-3917.

Special Activities

10:15   Star Wars Bingo
11:00   Star Wars Sketch
11:30   Jedi Training (both Jedi training sessions are the same)
12:30   Jedi Training
2:00     Real-Life Droids: East Peoria Robo-Raiders and Retro Robotics

Ongoing Activities

I Spy with My Jedi Eye: Starting at the Children’s Information Desk
Craft Cantina: Children’s Department: Story and Craft Room – Darth Vader and C3PO lanterns
Star Wars Puppet Theater: Children’s Department
Photo Booth: Children’s Department
Jedi Training Obstacle Course: Children’s Department & Atrium
X-wing Miniature Game: Library Lobby
Video Arcades: Second Floor (Teen Space)
Tattooine Tattoo Parlor: Second Floor
Perler for Padawans: Second Floor
Boba Fett’s Badge Factory: Second Floor
Force Fair: Atrium – Star Wars Bowling, Star Wars Angry Birds, and Blast-a-Trooper.
Star Wars Science Station: Atrium
Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar: Treats for sale from the Friends of the Library

Spring 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 spring! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through June. Enjoy!

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Playaway Launchpads

Playaway Launchpad tablets for kids are available for checkout at Fondulac District Library.

Features:

  • Preloaded with high quality, ad-free apps that are both fun and educational.
  • Provides hours of interactive learning and play without exposure to unintended content or the need for a network connection or downloading. Launchpads are secure and do not have wi-fi access or a camera.
  • The library’s collection spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity.
  • Launchpads are powered by an Android operating system and feature a 7-inch high definition touch screen, external speaker, universal audio jack, and a protective bumper.
  • One Launchpad can be checked out to a library card at a time for a 7 day lending period. Launchpads must be checked out and returned at the Youth Services desk with all of their accessories.

For additional details, click here, or visit or call the library at 309-699-3917.

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.

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