This school year will look different for a lot of students, parents and teachers. Whether your children are remote learning, hybrid learning or you’ve decided to homeschool, we have a variety of resources that can help your child on their educational journey.

Get a Library Card

The first step is to get your Fountaindale Public Library card—it’s your most important back-to-school tool! Visit our get a library card page to check that you live in our district and to download and complete our library card application. Bring your application and proof of address to our building or the Bookmobile to get your card today. We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary, so you’ll have your choice of new and exciting library card designs!

If you have a library card, but need to reset your PIN, please click here. The reset email will be sent to the email address on file. If you need additional help, please call us at 630.759.2102.

 

We’re Fine Free! We no longer charge daily late fines on overdue items. Even though we no longer charge late fines, we encourage you to please return materials in a responsible and timely fashion so others may enjoy the shared resources we provide.

eResources

We have an excellent variety of eResources to help your kids continue their studies at home. Whether you’re looking for online tutoring, sources for your research paper or videos on topics you’re learning in school, our tools for kids will keep them engaged and learning.

For Early Learners

Little Pim

Little Pim
Exploring foreign languages using videos, flashcards and more ideal for children ages 2–6.

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Scholastic Teachables
Explore lesson plans and activity sheets covering all major subjects for children in pre-K–eighth grade.

Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks
Enjoy a large selection of English, Spanish and French eBooks and games for children and tweens.

World Book

World Book Early World of Learning
Preschoolers and early elementary school students will develop reading fluency and phonemic awareness by reading, playing, watching and doing.

For Elementary School Students

BookflixBookFlix
Reinforce reading skills and develop essential real-world knowledge through fictional video storybooks paired with nonfiction eBooks.

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CultureGrams
Get an insider’s perspective of the history, customs, daily life and culture of people from around the world.

Novelist

NoveList K–8 Plus
Find your next great read, get suggested read-a-likes, read reviews and more on hundreds of books for children.

Ebsco

Primary Search
Search an expansive collection of full-text magazines, reference books, biographies and more designed specifically for elementary school students.

Scholastic Go

Scholastic Go!
Explore credible, accurate and reliable research content via nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more on almost every subject.

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Explore lesson plans and activity sheets covering all major subjects for children in pre-K–eighth grade.

Science Flix

ScienceFlix
Discover earth science, space, health and the human body, engineering and more topics ideal for students in grades 4–9.

TrueFlix

TrueFlix
Find excellent science and social studies videos, eBooks, games, quizzes project ideas and more perfect for elementary school students.

TumblebooksTumblebooks
Enjoy a large selection of English, Spanish and French eBooks and games for children and tweens.

World Book Students
Explore the entire World Book Encyclopedia online with thousands of additional articles, learning resources and research tools.

For Middle School Students

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Brainfuse Help Now!
Access live online tutoring, writing labs, group collaboration classrooms and more.

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CultureGrams
Get an insider’s perspective of the history, customs, daily life and culture of people from around the world.

FreedomFlix

FreedomFlix
Bring history to life with eBooks, featuring dynamic popup maps, timelines, virtual tours, videos and audio clips.

Ebsco

Middle School Search Plus
Search an expansive collection of full-text magazines, reference books, biographies and more designed specifically for middle school students.

Novelist

NoveList K–8 Plus
Find your next great read, get suggested read-a-likes, read reviews and more on hundreds of books for children.

Scholastic Go

Scholastic Go!
Explore credible, accurate and reliable research content via nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more on almost every subject.

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Explore lesson plans and activity sheets covering all major subjects for children in pre-K–eighth grade.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center
Access reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more ideal for middle school and high school students.

Science Flix

ScienceFlix
Discover earth science, space, health and the human body, engineering and more topics ideal for students in grades 4–9.

World Book Students
Explore the entire World Book Encyclopedia online with thousands of additional articles, learning resources and research tools.

For High School Students

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Brainfuse Help Now!
Access live online tutoring, writing labs, group collaboration classrooms and more.

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CultureGrams
Get an insider’s perspective of the history, customs, daily life and culture of people from around the world.

Gale

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Explore encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Explore an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries, title overviews, literary reference books, book reviews and much more.

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Lynda.com
Learn the latest business, technology and creative software tools through instructional videos taught by industry experts.

Ebsco

MasterFile Premier
Discover thousands of full-text general reference magazine articles including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

Mango Languages
Explore more than 70 foreign languages, American Sign Language and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and resources to gain real world conversation skills.

Novelist

NoveList Plus
Find your next great read, get suggested read-a-likes, read reviews and more on hundreds of books.

Scholastic Go

Scholastic Go!
Explore credible, accurate and reliable research content via nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more on almost every subject.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center
Access reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more ideal for middle school and high school students.

Gale

Something About the Author
Explore the lives and works of thousands of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.

US Newsstream
Access full-text articles from more than 1,300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world.

If you need assistance with using these or any of our eResources, please view our Niche Academy tutorials, ask our staff or watch our staff-made demos on YouTube.

Books & Movies

Looking for books and movies? Be sure to check out our digital collection, which includes these exciting platforms and more!

 

Hoopla

hoopla
Access thousands of movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks and graphic novels when and where you want.

Kanopy
Stream thousands of independent and documentary films and children’s movies and TV shows, including titles from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses and more.

Studio 300

Studio 300, our state-of-the-art digital media and maker lab, is full of media creation software and other resources available for our patrons to use. Studio 300 is currently open by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 630.685.4260 or email studio300@fountaindale.org.

In order to take advantage of Studio 300’s equipment collections, maker lab and unique, creative spaces, you must first attend our mandatory online orientation. Once completed, and after getting verification from Studio 300 staff, you can fully use all of our amazing resources. Access the virtual orientation now!

Please note, in addition to completing the orientation on their own, patrons 12–17 years of age must have a parent/guardian complete the training and also grant permission before the child/teen can access Studio 300.

Can’t make it into Studio 300? No problem! You can still use your Chromebook (or just the Google Chrome browser) to open up a world of creative possibilities.

Explore Studio 300 from Home

 

Events

Our staff has fully transitioned our events into virtual events. We offer a mix of pre-recorded videos and live Zoom events to connect with patrons. Don’t miss storytimes, book talks, puppet shows, book clubs, crafts and much more each week! Also, the Bookmobile is back to making regular community stops, so be sure to visit to get a library card and to check out and return materials. Visit our events calendar to see all of our upcoming events.

We post many of our past virtual events on our YouTube channel, so be sure to visit for added fun.

Upcoming Zoom Webinars

Chromebook for Valley View Parents
Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m.
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Studio 300 on Your Chromebook
Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
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Customizing the Chrome Browser
Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m.
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Spaces

We’ve adjusted our spaces around the library to help facilitate and maintain social distancing. The Vortex, our teen space, will remain closed for the foreseeable future, but students are welcome to reserve a study room located on the 3rd floor or use any open tables located on the 2nd or 3rd floors. If you have completed Studio 300 Orientation, you can reserve a group collaboration room by contacting Studio 300 at 630.685.4260 or studio300@fountaindale.org.

We’ve also moved our Vortex collection of young adult books, audiobooks and graphic novels out onto the 2nd floor right outside of the Vortex so you can still access this collection with ease.

Teacher Services

Our services are not just for students! Valley View teachers who teach in our district can apply for a library card and request materials for their classes, create eye-catching bulletin boards with our Ellison Dies, request our staff host a Zoom session with your class and much more. To learn more, visit our teacher services webpage.