Bensenville Reads: Dystopian Futures

The Bensenville Library is proud to announce the 12th annual Bensenville Reads program! Each year, the Library selects a book, author, or theme to promote reading in the community.

This year we have selected the theme “Dystopian Futures”. The genre goes back to H.G. Wells’ 1895 classic “The Time Machine” and has recently swelled in popularity for both Adult and Young Adult audiences, with some classic novels returning to best sellers lists. The five books we’ve selected this year are a mix of classics and more contemporary works. Copies of the books are available at the Library.

You are invited to join us for a series of book groups discussing each selected title, as well as a special presentation on post-apocalyptic survival training.

Bensenville Reads is co-sponsored by the Bensenville Arts Council.

The Handmaid’s Tale | by Margaret Atwood (1985)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Brave New World | by Aldous Huxley (1931)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

1984 | by George Orwell (1949)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The Giver | by Lois Lowry (1993)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Ready Player One | by Ernest Cline (2011)
Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.


Post-Apocalyptic Survival Training
Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m.

If an apocalypse happened right now would you be ready? Join the Library as we welcome Nick Conrad from The Green Suite for a discussion of survival strategies and urban survival skills such as food and water preparation, water purification, urban foraging, gardening, and solar electricity. Bring two uncrushed soda cans with you and you’ll learn how to make a small alcohol burning survival stove of your own.



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Craft Resources


Art and Craft Shows Net – Search for an arts/crafts show, festival or fair by dates, city, state, or region in this database.

Crafting with your kids

Crochet Guild of America – Dedicated to the art of crocheting.

Fave Crafts – Free craft projects, home decor ideas and DIY tips, new projects and tips added every day.

Free Patterns – Free online patterns for your projects.

Jo-Ann Project Archive – Library of projects for knitters, quilters, crafters and more.

Michaels, the Arts & Crafts Store – Floral and handcraft project ideas.

Pinterest – Arts and Crafts Inspiration! Organize your project ideas and get fresh inspiration. – Quilting information for the novice, the expert and all those in between.

WoolWorks – Projects for hand-knitters.

Parenting Resources


Positive Parenting DuPage – Official website for the county-wide collaboration comprised of dozens of organizations in DuPage County that work with families during the first three years of a child’s life.

Reading is Fundamental – Founded in 1966, this organization’s site is all about getting kids to read.  Visit their “Reading Planet” section for fun activities and recommended reads.


La Leche League International – Dedicated to providing education, information and support to breastfeeding mothers.

The Baby Center  

Investment Resources


Bankrate – Provides consumers with financial data, research and editorial information on non-investment financial products.

Chicago Board Options Exchange – Official site for the CBOE.

Edgar Database – Database of corporate information from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

InvestorGuide – Covers online brokers, stock information, and provides a comprehensive list of publicly traded companies (including home pages, research, and discussion).

IPO Central – IPO information from Hoover’s Online.

Motley Fool – Wide array of investment resources. Sign up for news to be delivered to your e-mail.

New York Stock Exchange – Official site of the New York Stock Exchange.

NASDAQ Stock Market – Commonly known as the NASDAQ, news and information for the investor of this American stock exchange.



Consumer Resources


Better Business Bureau – Access the national site or find your local bureau.

Consumer Information Center – Provides access to full text of federal consumer publications.

Consumer Product Safety Commission – Government site; report an unsafe product or check on the latest recalls.

Consumer Protection – Government site giving you the scoop on what you need to know to protect yourself from scams and hoaxes.

Consumer World – Large index of online consumer resources.

Edmund’s Consumer Information Experts – New and used car pricing and information.

Kelley Blue Book – New and used car pricing guide.

National Fraud Information Center – Provides information on a variety of frauds and scams.

U.S. Consumer Gateway – Government site providing access to a variety of consumer information

Food Safety Product Recalls