Film Fanatics


Join Kelly the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of cinematic gems you may have missed. Admission to the show is free! Film titles for this program are announced one month prior to the event.

April 20 | May 18 | June 15 | July 20 | August 17


Thursday, July 20 – The Zookeeper’s Wife

Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of The Zookeeper’s Wife, the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking. 

(2016, Rated PG-13, Running time: 1 hour, 51 minutes)


Thursday, August 17 – The Lost City of Z

Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of The Lost City of Z. At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case. This film is rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity.

(2016, Rated PG-13, Running time: 2 hours, 21 minutes)

Craftmas in July


Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.
AGE: Adults only

Get a jump on your Christmas to do list at Craftmas in July! Join us for ornament making, homemade gift ideas, and more. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Create a Great Cheese & Charcuterie Board


Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.
AGE: Adults only

Whether you’re hosting a party or just assembling your own snack, there is an irresistible appeal of a delicious cheese plate. Join Samantha as she teaches you how to create delightful pairings of cheese, meat, and other fixings for your very own cheese board! Learn tips and tricks for how to balance your board both in terms of taste, aesthetic, and budget! Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grow a Cook’s Garden


Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, you can learn how to achieve a more successful harvest this year! Join horticulturist Nina Koziol for a look at a wide variety of heirloom and modern vegetables, how and where to plant them, and how to protect them from disease, critters and insects for a long, flavorful harvest.

Very Pinteresting: Geometric Wall Art


Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
AGE: Adults only

Love the idea of painting but not the reality? Join us for this month’s Very Pinteresting for a geometric wall art project. Learn how deconstructed water color paintings, Mod Podge, and canvas can come together to create a truly amazing piece of art. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Very Pinteresting: Scalloped Wall Art


Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
AGE: Adults only

Need something new to spruce up your walls? Join us at this month’s Very Pinteresting for an evening of scalloped wall art! You’ll learn how to create beautiful pieces in this Art Deco style that are easy to make and (best of all) affordable. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Very Pinteresting: Washi Tape Candle Holder


Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
AGE: Adults only

Get your home ready for the first day of Spring with a new candle holder! At this month’s Very Pinteresting you will learn how to make a Spring candleholder using clothespins and washi tape. So easy and so pretty! Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Heroes on the Air


Sunday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Before the Man of Steel became a movie star and Little Orphan Annie a Broadway icon, they were among the many heroes who made the move from the funny papers to enthrall a generation of listeners through their appearances on radio. Join radio historian and Those Were the Days host Steve Darnall for a “super” evening of sounds from the past, featuring some of the many heroes who made their way from comics for radio—and a few who started on radio and went on to conquer the world.

The Art of Civil War Commemoration


Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Join the Library as we welcome back historian Laurel Mellien for a presentation on the origins and symbolic meanings of the icons found on both monuments commemorating the Civil War as well as headstones of its soldiers. Laurel will also delve into the history of the government issued military headstones including the numerous Civil War memorials that were placed throughout towns around the country after the war to honor soldiers and military heroes.