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Word is Spreading Across the Galaxy – Star Wars Celebration is Nearly Here!

Before The Force Awakens, bring your family and friends to Fountaindale Public Library’s Star Wars™ Celebration on Saturday, December 5 from 10 am to 4 p.m. Show your love for this epic franchise with a day of out-of-this world fun for people—and Wookies—of all ages!

There are a ton of fun events and activities throughout the day, so here are just a few of the events you won’t want to miss!

10 AM to 1 PM
• Battle it out for glory during our Star Wars Battlefront™ Gaming Tournament (10 am to Noon)
• Kids Star Wars Crafts in the Creativity Park
• Test Drive a BB-8 Droid in Meeting Room B
• Pick out a Star Wars Temporary Tattoo
• Trash Compactor Prize Search

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
• Show off your best fighting stance with light saber green screen photos in Studio 300

1:00–2:00 p.m.
• Star Wars Costume Contest
Take a break from our activity stations to enjoy the Star Wars Costume Contest!  Dress up as your favorite character for our all-ages costume contest. Registration runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., with the contest starting promptly at 1:00 p.m. You must be registered to win! Contest age groups: Children (0-5 years old, 6-8 years old, 9-12 years old), Teens (13-18 years old), and Adults (19+years old); prizes awarded to winner in each age group.

2:00–4:00 p.m.
• Star Wars Team Trivia
Is your knowledge in tune with the Force? Test your Star Wars knowledge with team trivia and win prizes! Play our Star Wars trivia games from 2:00–3:00 p.m. and 3:15–4:15 p.m. Create your own team, or join a team of up to six people. If you are new to team trivia, Sporcle, Inc. will be on hand to ensure that everyone has a fantastic time! Each game is limited to 60 people per game; registration begins at 11:00 a.m. outside Meeting Room A. Space will fill up fast, so sign up well before game time!
• Make a jump to light speed in a Millennium Falcon simulator in Studio 300
• Podracing Game
• Bottle cap necklaces and key chains Craft in the Secret Garden Park
• Test drive a BB-8 droid in Meeting Room B
• Pick out a Star Wars Temporary Tattoo
• Trash Compactor Prize Search


You’ll want to also stop by Brooks Cafe in the lobby for a group of special Star Wars themed menu items!

To find out more about this program, visit our website at www.fountaindale.org.

May the Force Be With You!

Practical Tech with Tony – Technology for Youth at the Library

Here are links and other information about the things we discuss in this podcast.

Early Learning Workstations – Provided by AWE

Chromebook – Available in the Children’s Services Department for parents that need to use a computer but have to keep an eye on their children using other areas of the department. This is a test collection for the library. The Chromebooks are checked out from the Children’s Services Desk and can be used for up to four (4) hours. If you would like to see Chromebooks offered in other areas of the library, please let us know in the comments or send us an e-mail using our online contact form. For more information about what you can do with a Chromebook, please see our basic Chromebook FAQ.

Launchpad – Android based tablets pre-loaded with a wide variety of educational apps, games and content in a specific subject area and grade level.

Nooks – these are the older HD models, preloaded with titles for children as well as apps and games curated by our Children’s Services Department staff.

Scratch – A programming platform developed at MIT that teaches basic coding skills using a kid-friendly, visual interface. The software is open source and is compatible with lots of different hardware.

The Practical Tech with Tony podcast about littleBits, Cubelets, and other tech kits and components.

Brainfuse Help Now! – Online tutoring and other homework/school help, including a writing lab that provides help with writing assignments.

Scholastic Go! – This link will take you to the elementary age landing page, but using the tabs along the top, you can switch to the middle school, high school, adult and teacher portals.


Mango Languages and Little PIM

Where Have All the Pumpkin Stencils Gone?

The library has been providing free pumpkin carving stencils every year for the last couple of years around the Halloween season. Unfortunately due to the lack of interest in our free pumpkin stencils last year, the library will be postponing this specific service. We still have plenty of books available on pumpkin carving and plenty of books on how to decorate your house and scare your friends on Halloween.Take a look at some of our materials  that we have on pumpkin carving by clicking on the picture of the scary pumpkin below, you will be redirected to our catalog. If you’re looking for books on decorating your house for Halloween click on the picture of the haunted house.

Scary Pumpking


A Lynda.com Experience

lynda logo

I, recently, had the experience of taking a course in Lynda.com.  Lynda.com is an online subscription library we offer here at the Fountaindale Public Library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts.

To begin with, you have to create an account.  Once you have done that, you are now ready to be exposed to a plethora of various subjects and topics to examine and purse.  The course I took was “Getting Started in Photography”. “Getting Started in Photography” is taught by Jim Heid.  Presented in five parts of video instruction, Heid examines the various facets of what you need to do and what you need to know in the world of Photography.  He begins with a brief introduction of the course overview.  From there, he covers a wide range of topics such as what essential gear you’ll need, developing your shooting skills, examining Photography Software, as well as further steps, including:  exploring the intersection of analog and digital as well as what other options and/or courses you can take when continuing on and charting your own learning path.  As you proceed through the course, it tracks your progress.  Finally, once the course is completed, you are then able to print up a certificate of completion.

I found the course to be very informative, easy to follow, and well presented.  You can tell Heid is an expert in the field and is both passionate as well as well versed in all its intricacies and what it entails.

I really enjoyed my experience with Lynda.com.  It makes learning very easy and hands on.  It allows you to learn at your own pace.  If there is a certain section or any material that you aren’t too sure or familiar with, Lynda.com lets you go back to those parts and/or sections and replay them.

If you get a chance to check out Lynda.com, do so.  Learning has never been easier, more user friendly, or convenient. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

– Brian S

Home Brewed Beer Demonstration at the Library!

Fall is just around the corner and what better way to enjoy this time of season than with some good craft beer. The library wants to help make your Fall and Winter season more enjoyable by providing a great demonstration on how to home brew your own beer. Impress your friends and family with your brew master skills during the Fall and Winter festive meals; regale them with tales of how you acquired such mastery of the hops at your local library. Don’t worry! The program doesn’t start until September 10th, there is still time to sign up for the program just click on the cold frosty glass of beer below to register.


If you can’t make it to our Home Brew Beer program the library has plenty of Home Brewed Beer Resources available. To check out what is available at our library click the glass of beer below, this will re-direct you to our catalog.



Podcast: Practical Tech with Tony – Robocall Scams

Not only do you need to protect yourself online, you need to protect yourself with calls coming into your home. In this podcast, we discuss some of the most common robocall scams and what you can do to protect yourself and how to cut down on these annoying calls.

Links and Information


Microsoft Windows Phone Scam – the information in this article from Microsoft also holds true if you get a call in general claiming that they are from an anti-virus firm or similar and that they’ve discovered you have a serious virus or malware on your computer. Now, if you have a Mac or install a Linux build on your system, you can simply tell them that what they are saying is impossible, but it’s best not to speak with them. Reports are that they can be very condescending, rude and vulgar if you tell them you don’t want or need their “help”.

IRS Phone Scam – The important thing to note is the IRS will never call you unless they have sent you official correspondence via US Mail.

Phone Scam Roundup from the Federal Trade Commission

Consumer Reports Write Up on Call Blockers

Nomorobo – Free! You must have Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone service, such as is available through Comcast Xfinity, AT&T Uverse, Vonage, Ooma, etc. If you still get phone service through traditional copper twisted pair running into your home, this service will not work.

Federal Trade Commission Do Not Call Registry

There is another call blocking service for landlines and cell phones coming soon called Robokiller. They are currently trying to raise startup funds through a Kickstarter campaign and recently won a Federal Trade Commission contest. This will be a paid subscription service.

Upcoming Library Technology Classes

Links take you the library’s Events & Classes calendar. Registration is encouraged as if I don’t have any, or very few, registrations I cancel the class.

World of Open Source – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m. Come find out about FREE software that can replace many of the paid-for programs you may currently use. Registration begins Sunday, September 13.

Upgrade Your Computer Workshop – Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Find out what it would take to upgrade your old computer and if it is even worth upgrading. Old computers will be on hand to practice removing parts and putting parts in. Registration begins Sunday, October 25.

-Tony L.


Save The Date — The Doctor Is Back!


It seems like an eternity since we last saw The Doctor and Clara but finally we have a date for their return. Saturday, September 19th on BBC America will see The Doctor back in action! Here are some things we know already

missyFor one, Michelle Gomez will be back as The Doctor’s enemy, Missy/The Master in the very first episode “The Magician’s Apprentice”. I am really looking forward to this as, even though I was hesitant at first about a female Master, I ended up loving her. Michelle is such a fantastic actress and has great chemistry with Peter Capaldi. Another familiar face returning is Rigsy from the season 8 episode “Flatline”. He was such a stand out last season that there were rumors of him becoming a companion. It has been said if he will but who knows?

One familiar face coming back really surprised me (and I don’t know how this will be pulled off) is Osgood. Last we saw her, she met her demise at Missy’s hands in the episode “Death in Heaven”. Questions surround her return…. is she a Zygon? Or was it the Zygon that died? The Zygons are due to be back. Either way, I am thrilled she is back wearing her fashionable 4th Doctor scarf. Of course Kate Stewart will be back. Doctor Who just isn’t the same without having a Lethbridge-Stewart around!


Finally there is one mystery surrounding a character played by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams. She will be in two episodes “The Girl Who Died” and “The Woman Who Lived”. Fans at a recent Comic-Con were treated to a sneak peak trailer for season 9 and the big news is the end of the trailer. Maisie Williams appears and The Doctor says “You” and she MW-doctor-whoresponds “What took you so long, old man?”. So just who is she? Capaldi has long stated he would love The Doctor’s granddaughter Susan to come back. However she could be Jenny, The Doctor’s daughter. Other rumors, River Song, but Maisie Williams is a bit young for Peter Capaldi. I have heard several others…  Clara’s daughter and even The Doctor’s great grand-daughter (Susan married David Campbell a freedom fighter on earth against the Daleks). That story line is very involved but it is a stretch. I want her to be Susan, with that we might finally find out who is her grandmother, who are her parents…. its an age-old Doctor Who mystery, but somehow I don’t think it will ever be solved.

Clara is back but there are rumors not for the entire season. I am also reading that we might see a tie in from the famous Capaldi eyebrows cameo in the 50th anniversary special and Gallifrey. Is the Doctor headed home ??  I want to see Gallifrey!!!  Here is hoping. Another spoiler is that it was no coincidence that Missy’s garden hangout looks awfully like the garden that Amy spent 36 years in “The Girl Who Waited”.

Prior to the September 19th premiere, The Doctor is hitting the big screen in about 700 US theaters and it will be 3D! The two part season 8 finale will be shown on Sept 15th and 16th with a special prequel to season 9 entitled “The Doctor’s Meditation”. Tickets go on sale today and though it doesn’t look like its coming to Bolingbrook, there will be showings in Joliet, Naperville and Woodridge. Just go to www.fathomevents.com for more information.

I really can’t wait as Saturday nights haven’t been the same without the show. Exciting times are ahead!

— Christine


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