After School Book Buddies and Stay & Play


After School Book Buddies
Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. 
March 6—May 29
AGES: 4 to 7 years old 

Come relax after school and join Miss Diane for some great stories and fun learning activities. Every week will be a different adventure! Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis.

 

After School Stay & Play
Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
March 6—May 29
AGES: 4 to 7 years old 

Children are invited to join us after Book Buddies to stay and play. We will have some fun things for kids who are early elementary school age. Enjoy an hour of play! Registration is not required to attend.


Manga Book Club


Third Mondays of the month at 3:00 p.m.
AGES: 7th through 8th grade

Are you a fan of manga and graphic novels? Join Parish for Manga Book Club, where we’ll watch the first episode of the Manga and discuss the differences between that and the book, and we’ll see if we prefer the Manga or Anime.

September 17 – Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Cards

October 15 –  Tokyo Ghouls

December 17 – RWBY

January 21 – Haiku!!!

February 18 – Made in Abyss

 

Copies of the book to be discussed are available at the Youth Services Desk one month prior to the discussion.

 

Budding Bookworms Book Club


Second Saturdays of the month at 10:30 a.m.
AGES: Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Calling all you curious kids for some fun reading and a craft! Join Miss Diane to explore some books from our non-fiction collection and see how fun true stories can be. We’ll also be enjoying a breakfast treat!

October 13 – Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

November – Thank You, Sarah: the Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Halse Anderson

December 8 – Snowflake Bentley by Briggs Martin

January 12 – Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra

February 9 – When Rosa Parks Went Fishing by Rachel Rulz

 

Copies of the book to be discussed are available at the Youth Services Desk one month prior to the discussion.

 

Meditation: Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirit


Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Medical research has uncovered amazing facts about meditation and the body-mind-spirit connection. Join long time meditator Renate Lanotte, MS LCSW to learn about how meditation can be used to minimize the effects of stress and speed healing. Learn the tools needed to make meditation part of daily life. The program will include a meditation sitting and a question and answer discussion period.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Join us all month as we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.


Sones de Mexico: A Musical Geography of Mexico
Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Blackhawk Middle School

Take a guided musical tour around Mexico with Sones de Mexico, a Grammy-nominated folk music ensemble specializing in Mexican ‘son’, including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The group was formed in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive. Join us as we welcome this internationally-renowned musical group to our community and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! This performance is presented in partnership with Bensenville School District 2, and
sponsored by the Bensenville Arts Council.


Colombian Coffee
Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about the history and current production of coffee from Colombia – one of the world’s largest producers of coffee. How is it grown and how is it exported to the United States? We will have a guest presenter from Colombia who currently works in the coffee import business and holds a degree in International Business.


Frida Kahlo and Mexican Art
Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us in welcoming Justin Witte, the current Curator of Cleve Carney Art Gallery of the College of DuPage, as we learn about the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. We’ll explore Kahlo’s portraits and self-portraits, surrealism style, and 20th century works.


Brazilian Sweets
Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Meet Jorgianne and learn how she makes traditional Brazilian sweets!  She will explain how to make three Brazilian dessert dishes referred to in Portuguese as Quindin, Brigadeiro (de Pistachio), and Pave. There will be time to try these delicious treats from Latin America’s largest country.  Registration is not required, but space is limited.


Latin Foods Night
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us and enjoy foods from Mexico, the Caribbean, and other parts of Latin America! Try some foods from a variety of cultures and learn about what is happening at your local library as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Registration not required, but space is limited.


Spanish Conversation Group
Tuesdays from 6:00—7:00 p.m. | September 18—February 26 | Adult Services Area
AGES: Adults and teens

¡Hola amigos! Do you want to practice speaking Spanish? This informal group meets weekly to bring people together to have the opportunity to communicate in Spanish. The goal of the group is to talk about common everyday topics in español. Prior experience with the language is a plus, but anyone with the desire to learn is welcome. Registration not required.


The Piano in Latin America
Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Professional pianist Kimberly Davis will perform works by some of Latin America’s most distinguished composers, including pieces from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guatemala, Brazil, and Argentina.  Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn how each country has left its mark on the piano repertoire.  This bilingual program is a fun and educational musical experience for the whole family.


Game Night: Loteria
Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.
AGES: 13 and up

Let’s play Loteria! Loteria is a popular board game from Mexico that is very similar to bingo.  Come brush up on your Spanish as you fill your bingo card! This bilingual event is for ages 13 and up! Registration is not required but space is limited.


Papel Picado Pennants and the Flags of Latin America
Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Come out to the Library and learn how to make 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. Doors to the event will open at 6:45 p.m. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats cannot be held.


Day of the Dead: DIY Calaveras
Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
AGES: 13 and up

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. We will be painting small ceramic Calaveras in the traditional Mexican style.  Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Doors to the event will open at 6:45 p.m. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats cannot be held.


Hispanic Heritage Film Festival

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library will present the following films on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Library:

September 17 – Bless Me, Ultima
September 24 – No culpes al karma de lo que te pasa por gilipollas / Don’t Blame Karma for Being an Idiot 
October 1 – Sin Nombre / Nameless
October 15 – Más negro que la noche / Darker Than Night

 


Spanish Storytime
First Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. | Third Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
September 6—February 16 | AGES: 2 to 5 years old

Join Lizzeth Fausto as she presents books, rhymes, and movement activities bilingually. A healthy snack will also be provided. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited.


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration | Saturday, September 22

Spanish Storytime at 10:30 a.m. | AGES: 2 to 5 years old
Join Lizzeth Fausto as she presents books, rhymes, and movement activities bilingually. A healthy snack will also be provided. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited.

Hispanic Heritage Crafts from 12:00—2:00p.m. | AGES: 3 to 18 years old
Join us for crafts celebrating different Hispanic cultures! All supplies will be provided, just bring your creativity. No registration is required, but it is a first-come, first-served program, and supplies are limited.