Pumpkin Patterns are on the Way

 It’s about to be that time of season again, fall. The thing I look forward to the most in fall has to be Halloween and specifically pumpkin carving. Towards the end of September the library will once again have pumpkin carving patterns on display. There will be a pumpkin carving display located on the third floor of the Fountaindale Public Library. The library owns several books on pumpkin carving, you can find them here on our catalog.  A free handout will also be available that you can take with you, it includes brief pumpkin carving instructions. We also have a wide variety of free, that’s right I said FREE, pumpkin carving stencils. Some of the stencils include Edward Scissor Hands, The Thing, The Avengers, Mario, Yoda, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, and many more. Just go to the third floor of the library and ask where’s the free pumpkin stencils and one of the librarians can point you in the right direction.


Look for the display on the third floor for your free pumpkin carving stencils.


Origami Turtles and an Adolescent Amphibious Movie

At the Fountaindale Public Library, the Children’s Services Department will be showing a movie about four adolescent amphibians whose names curiously resemble four Renaissance artists. The movie will take place Saturday in Meeting Room A at 1:30 PM. This movie is a complete blast from the past because it is from the 90s. A re-make of this movie is set for release this week, August 8, 2014. After the movie, everyone will be given the chance create his or her very own origami turtle.


Step by Step How to on LP to CD Transfer

Growing up for many of us, our first type of exposure to music came either via the radio or from our own or our parent’s record player!!  For a long time there seemed to be a slow decline of LPs as cassettes, CDs, and, eventually, MP3s become more predominate.  It looked like the death of vinyl was imminent.    However, in the mid 2000’s something incredible happened…vinyl was coming back in a BIG way and has seen no slow down or stopping since!  There are many reasons attributed to this but the one that seems to be unanimous among the young and young-at-heart is the SOUND.  Vinyl just has a richness that MP3 and CDs lack.  With that, newbies started purchasing them while other people started dusting off their old collections and/or parent’s collections and started giving them a spin.  However, as it was now as it was then, vinyl is not the most mobile of mediums BUT with today’s technology converting vinyl has never been easier!!  Fountaindale’s own Studio 300 has the means and way for anyone to convert your vinyl to CD to be able to listen to that vinyl quality and vinyl sound…in your car!  Below are the steps needed and necessary to navigate this:


1.  Insert blank CD-R or CD-RW into CD recorder.  Then place album on turntable.

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2.  Turn the turntable on, choose 33 rpm, and hit start.


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3.  Press record on the CD recorder. Then drop the needle on the album.

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4.  Press play to start the recording process. The recorder will automatically separate the tracks when it detects a pause.  When the first side of the album is done recording, press the pause button on the recorder.

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5.  Turn the album over and drop the needle. Hit the pause button to continue the recording process.

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6.  When the second side is recorded, press stop, then press finalize. When it asks FINALIZE OK?, push ENTER on the MULTI DIAL knob.

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7.  Once finalized you’ll be able to listen to the disc on any CD player.


With that you are all set and ready to go, go, go!!

-Brian S

The 2014 Winter Movie Program


Beginning this month until the end of March, Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present the Winter Movie Program!!! The guidelines for the program are very simple. Adults, 6th grade and up participate by viewing movies and then writing reviews online.  The movies can be ones you’ve watched on DVD, TV, or even at a movie theater.

Reviews can be entered at the following link:




All you need to do is sign in with a User Name and a Password.  If you don’t have one, all you have to do is to click on the “Sign Me Up” button to get started.

At the end of each month (January, February, and March) there will be a drawing held to win a prize.  And that is it!

So get out the popcorn, pop in a movie, and enjoy the fun!!!


-Brian S.

Don’t Miss the Doctor Who Celebration this Saturday!

Fountaindale Public Library’s Doctor Who Celebration is next week! This fun all-ages event will be a galaxy of Whovian adventure and unexpected surprises!

What type of surprises, you ask? Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the cool things you’ll see throughout the day!

10th Doctor TardisThe TARDIS Lands In The Lobby

The TARDIS will be refueling from a rift located in the lobby of the library! As the Doctor, his companions, and a few villains will be out and about, the TARDIS doors will be locked. However, bring your cameras and your smart phones for photographic proof of your encounter with this unique piece of history!

Doctor Who Team Trivia

Are you in tune with all things Whovian? Sign up for the Doctor Who Team Trivia Game which will run from 2-3pm in our large meeting room! Create your own team or join a team of six people and get ready to answer questions from regarding ALL eleven Doctors and their subsequent adventures. If you are new to team trivia, Pub Trivia USA will be here to introduce you to the game, and ensure that everyone has a fantastic time! Registration runs from 11 am to 1:50 pm, and the trivia game begins promptly at 2 pm!

Doctor Who Costume Contest

This All-Ages Costume Contest is will be held at 1 pm in the large meeting room. You must be registered to win! Registration runs from 11 am to 12:45 pm, with the contest starting promptly at 1 pm. Bring your camera and get ready to win great prizes!

Fish Fingers and CustardFish Fingers and Custard

The 11th Doctor found harbored a craving for fish fingers and custard in his first full episode “The Eleventh Hour“. In honor of this bizarre yet filling combination, Brooks Cafe has created their own yummier version of Fish Fingers and Custard made out of graham cracker coated sugar cookies and vanilla pudding. Brooks Cafe will be serving their Fish Fingers and Custard for $2.30, as well as TARDIS Blue-Lemonade from their refreshment area on the first floor.

Submit Your Doctor Who Art for Our Contest!

Submit your artwork for our Doctor Who Art Contest! This all-ages art contest is accepting submissions through Thursday, November 7! All mediums accepted—Painting, sketching, clay, quilting, knitting, graphic arts ect! Artwork can be based on characters, locations, books, or movies centered in the Doctor Who universe. There’s great prizes to be won, so download a 2013 FPLD Doctor Who Entry Form and bring your art to the library today!

Schedule of Events

11 am – 1 pm
• Pin the Fez on the Doctor
• Make Your Own Brigadier Mustaches
• Make Your Own River Song Journal

1 pm  Costume Contest

2 pm Doctor Who Team Trivia

2 pm – 4 pm
• Make Your Own Adipose
• Weeping Angel Race
• Make Your Own Doctor Who Bottle Cap Necklace

All Day (11am-4pm)
• Sound Like a Dalek Station
• Where in the Universe? Green Screen Photos
• Exterminate! Dalek Invasion Photo Shoot
• Make Your Own Doctor Who Buttons
• Sign The Doctor Who Anniversary Card
• Doctor Who Board Games

To participate in our prize drawings, you’ll need to pick up your ‘Psychic Paper Passport’ and participate in five Doctor Who themed activities! Prizes are also awarded for the Doctor Who Team Trivia and Costume Contests! So come celebrate with your fellow Doctor Who fans!  You’ll also see several Doctors, companions, and special guests roaming around!
For more information regarding the Fountaindale Public Library Doctor Who Celebration, contact Randi at (630) 685-4175 or Debra at (630) 685-4201.

See You At The Library!


Hispanic Heritage Month Concert this Sunday!

Still haven’t made any fun plans for the weekend? Look no further! Visit the library this Sunday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with VOX 3 Collective! We’ll be hearing music of Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Cuba, and more! This is a FREE event for the whole family! Hope to see you there!


COD: Ghosts’ – 5 New Multiplayer Options


I’m sure every gamer out there is anticipating the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts on 11/5/2013. While I would prefer to play Battlefield 3 over Call of Duty, I am really looking froward to COD: Ghosts. That is because Activision Blizzard Inc. is boasting 5 new game options for multiplayer. These new multiplayer options include: Girl Power, Map Quest, Dirty Dog, Crank and File, and Hear Me Now.

GIRL POWER: For the first time in Call of Duty multiplayer mode, players now have a choice between male and female soldiers. It’s just one of the very many customization options for your character in multiplayer mode. Many other types of personalization options will include race, body type, gear and different styles of clothing.

MAP QUEST: Unlike the multiplayer maps in previous Call of Duty games, Ghosts multiplayer maps will include ever changing environments. Specifically there are certain tricks that players can do to trigger such events to dramatically alter the map. Some of this tricks can be very simple to very elaborate. Such as a closed door blocking access to a secret hideaway, or something such as a gas station that if ignited can easily explode and massacre any nearby enemies.

DIRTY DOG: (This is the mode that I am really excited about) This is introduced as one of the 20 new “killstreak” rewards. This is based on the dog character Riley, the German Shepherd who helps you out throughout the single player campaign. Your companion will growl at approaching enemies to warn you, he will also scout the battlefield for you and take out any nearby enemies who get to close for comfort.

CRANK AND FILE: There are 7 different multiplayer modes coming to COD: Ghosts, but the most intense and anticipated game mode is called “Cranked”. I assume they got the idea from the movie Crank starring Jason Statham. But the gameplay is pretty simple and a pretty cool idea on how to make Call of Duty gameplay even more fast paced and intense. For each kill a player gets they get “cranked”. The players reload time and movement speed increases, but the catch is there is a 30-second countdown clock. If that clock reaches zero before the player can get another kill to reset the clock back to 30 seconds, the player will spontaneously explode.

HEAR ME NOW: The game developers are boasting more realistic sound effects. The sound effects will closely resemble what they actually sound like in the real world. Such as gun shots fired in a large metal filled container will sound much different from gun shots fired in an enclosed carpeted room environment. The battle chatter has become more realistic also; such as teammates calling out grenades or calling out enemies that appear near specific landmarks.

While I have yet to actually pre-order this game, not on my pre-order list, I am very eager to play it and see how all these different options enhance the multiplayer gameplay in Call of Duty: Ghosts.  If you have preordered the game already and the anticipation is just killing you, I added a short video of some of the crank gameplay that will be in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Enjoy!


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