Build-A-Bot!

photo of a lego building book with several lego robots standing in front of it

One of our MANY new children’s book will inspire creativity and keep little hands busy!
Cool Robots, by Sean Kenney is packed with step-by-step, easy to follow, illustrated directions for building a large assortment of robots, spaceships, buildings . . . using Lego pieces you most likely have lying around (literally, if it’s anything like my house).

Prairie Cat Now Offers Personalized Schmaling Homepage and New Digital Media Service

Prairie Cat is new and improved!
Now when you arrive at the login page which has been personalized for Schmaling, you will see many scroll bar menus featuring national bestsellers and new items from various genres at Schmaling.
Toward the bottom of the page, you will find links to eRead Illinois and a new ebook service: biblioboard.
Biblioboard differs from eRead IL in that you are able to actually download most books that they offer (public domain stuff), as opposed to limited borrowing time or waiting for availability. Furthermore, ANYONE in IL can access this for free – you don’t need a library card! You just must physically be in Illinois when you first create your account due to their geolocation-based authentication system.
To describe biblioboard in their own words: they boast of “a growing assortment of rich historical and locally curated multimedia content–available to all with the ease of unlimited, multi-user access.”  Upon visiting the site a few times, I have noticed a large and changing variety of subject groupings that they refer to as curations.  Some have included British Children’s Literature, Scholarly Works on Film and Media, Shakespeare, Historical Primary Source Documents, Exhibits from National Libraries and Archives, Mathematics, Business and Law, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Community History … there are seriously to many to name.  There are also video and audio selections, including music.  And while it isn’t necessary in order to utilize biblioboard, they do offer a Kindle app.

Library to Host Foster Parenting Info Session

image of young boy and girl with the words "fostering an interest: Schmaling to host DCFS foster parenting info session".

Schmaling Memorial (Fulton) Public Library will hold an informational session this Thursday, July 27th, at 5:30pm for those interested in becoming foster parents. Mr. William Hart, of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will provide a brief presentation on the requirements of becoming a foster parent in Illinois and will answer any questions that attendees have.

As of Jan. 31, DCFS reports that there were 17 children from Whiteside County in foster care and 8 from Lee Count, but only 2 registered foster parents! In total, the state is responsible for more than 16,000 children. (http://www.saukvalley.com/…/dcfs-lee-and-whiteside…/ah8601m/)

Mr. Hart said the more foster parents there are in the area, the better it will be for children, allowing them to stay close to their family in hopes of being reunited with them, staying in the same school, and keeping close to their friends.

The Library is located at 501 10th Avenue in Fulton. You may call the Library at 815-589-2045 and ask for Britni if you have questions prior to the informational session.

Fulton’s Amazing Race: A Scavenger Hunt for Families

an old black and white photo of a bunch of men running barefoot who appear to be carrying a couple of other men
When: Tuesday, July 18th, 5:30 – 7:15pm
Where: All teams meet in the children’s room at the library to receive instructions and begin the race.
What: Family Teams may register at the library any time between now and 5:30 pm on July 18th. Each team must have at least one adult on it. Teams will complete a scavenger hunt through downtown Fulton. Bring your camera or camera phone and complete the photo challenges for extra points. Refreshments will be served following the race.

FULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUMMER NIGHTS

 Join the Schmaling Memorial Library, Fulton Presbyterian Church, and Thrive Ministries for the 2nd Fulton Summer Nights of the season! Enjoy th evening  with games like bean bag toss, fishing, wheel spin, cupcake walk, 2L bottle rockets, watermelon seed spitting contest, barrel car train rides, and many, many more!

Dinner will be available for purchase from local vendors and businesses. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome! For more information call (815) 589-4545.