As summer ends and the new school year quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to discover all of the wonderful resources our library has for students! Whether you’re looking for homework help, a new book to read or exciting technology to learn, we have you covered.
Use Your Student Success Card
In December 2020, we issued more than 15,000 Student Success library cards to all Valley View students through our partnership with Valley View Community Unit School District 365U, in conjunction with White Oak Library District. Student Success library cards provide the same access to books, movies and video games as a regular Fountaindale Public Library card. Students can check out materials in our building, at Bookmobile stops and at any other Pinnacle libraries in Joliet, Shorewood, Lemont, Plainfield, Crest Hill, Lockport and Romeoville. Your Student Success card is still valid this upcoming school year, so please be sure to use it!
And don’t forget… 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.
Have a new student joining Valley View this year? They will receive their Student Success card this fall. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
We have an excellent variety of eResources to help students from PreK through graduation. Whether you’re looking for online tutoring, sources for a research paper or videos on topics you’re learning in school, our tools will keep students engaged and learning.
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Books, Movies & Music
Need to unwind after a day of studying? We have tons of books, movies and music you can check out for sheer entertainment. Search our catalog or check out these exciting platforms from our digital collection.
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. 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.
Just for Teens
The Vortex is our dedicated space for teens in grades 6–12 to read, study or hang out with friends. The Vortex is home to our young adult fiction and audiobook collections, as well as our brand new, CREATE collection. Right outside the Vortex, you can browse books displays featuring popular materials, genre fiction and anime as well as our entire graphic novel and teen nonfiction collections. But we are more than just books!
In the Vortex, teens can play board games and video games, use the computers or reserve a study room with a library card or school ID. You can use our maker cart and kits to create your own blackout poetry, duct tape wallet or beaded bracelets. We also host regular programs just for teens, like movie screenings, anime nights, arts and crafts and much, much more! Visit our events calendar to view a complete list of our programs including dates and times for video game open play.
Explore. Make. Create. Our new collection of CREATE books will inspire you to think outside of the box and spark your creativity to produce wonderful results. The collection includes DIY books on drawing, science experiments, manga, face painting, screenwriting, costume design, nail art and much more! If you’ve been wanting to learn how to draw your favorite manga characters, make a duct tape wallet or build your own robot, stop by the Vortex and explore.
Fall Reading Programs
Are you ready for our new, fun-filled reading program? Beginning October 1, Bolingbrook elementary school students in grades K–5 can play Read-a-Palooza bingo to help their school win some cool books! The top three schools with the most bingo cards turned in will win a collection of this year’s Monarch & Bluestem Award books. Every school that participates will receive a variety of new books. All participants will also get a prize, certificate and entry into our grand prize drawing for a Fire HD 8 tablet!
Great Reading Race
Bolingbrook middle school students in grades 6–8, join our fall reading adventure where you can win books and cool prizes for your school and yourself. From September 13 through October 25, track your reading time to earn vouchers, free books and grand prize drawing entries for a $50 gift card.
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 and much more. To learn more, visit our teacher services page.