Hispanic Heritage Film Festival


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the Library, in collaboration with the Village of Bensenville and the Bensenville Theatre, will present the following films in Spanish (with English subtitles) on Mondays at 7:00 pm at the Bensenville Theatre:

September 18 Hecho en México
September 25 Libertador
October 2 Calle 54
October 9 Los lunes al sol

The Bensenville Theatre is located at  9 S. Center Street in Bensenville.

This program is a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see all of the programs and events, please click here.

Day of the Dead: DIY Calaveras


Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) is an important holiday in Mexican culture. During its observance on November 1, family and friends gather to pray for their dead loved ones’ journey in the afterlife. There are parades, food, and ceremonial alters created to honor dead relatives. One traditional offering left on alters are intricately decorated Calaveras, or skulls. In this activity we will be painting small ceramic Calaveras in the traditional Mexican style. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This program is a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see all of the programs and events, please click here.

Mexican Cuisine: Breads and Desserts


Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.

When the Spanish came to the Americas they brought with them a variety of staples of European culture that were previously unknown to the Native American people. One of these things was wheat. In the centuries that followed, baking bread and pastries from wheat became part of the Latin American tradition. Join us as we honor this tradition with a sampling of traditional Mexican baked goods!

This program is a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see all of the programs and events, please click here.

A Night of Dominoes


Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Though the game of dominoes originated as far back the Yuan Dynasty in the 1300s, the game is enormously popular in the Latin world, especially Cuba. There are many different ways to play the game, but we’ll be focusing on the rules traditionally used in Cuba.

This program is a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see all of the programs and events, please click here.

Traditional Mariachi Music


Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. 

Did you know that the tradition of Mariachi music dates back as far back as the 18th century in parts of western Mexico? Mariachi (also called son style music) was recognized in 2011 by UNESCO as an aspect of Mexico’s intangible cultural heritage because of its connection to Mexico’s identity. In celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library honors this tradition by presenting live mariachi music by local musician Sam Guerrero.

This program is a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see all of the programs and events, please click here.

Latin Kitchen


Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Latin Cuisine contains a diverse mixture of ingredients, seasoning, and techniques that have been drawn from many different cultures; from people native to the Americas and Europe as well as even more distant places like Asia and Africa. Come to the Library and taste some of these different Latin foods! Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This program is a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see all of the programs and events, please click here.

Papel Picado Pennants and the National Flags of Latin America


Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage month by taking a look at the various flags in Latin culture. Come out to the Library and learn about the different decorative symbols used in  Latin countries when creating papel picado – the Mexican art of making flags out of colorful paper. We’ll also have some different national flags from Latin countries that you can color and cut out. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This program is a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see all of the programs and events, please click here.