Running out of things to do? We’ve put together some at-home challenges for you! Complete the fun and educational activity on each square. Bring in your completed challenge sheet and receive a special prize when we reopen. Have fun, and keep learning!
Looking to keep your kids engaged and learning? Take advantage of the wealth of free, online, educational resources available to you for free – from home! Explore this list we’ve compiled of our favorite lessons, games, science experiments, storytimes, live demonstrations, virtual tours, and more!
Whether you have a child in kindergarten or high school, Breakout EDU has a slew of educational games that touch on subjects like science, math, and language arts. Students can click on any game and start playing! AGES: K-12
Children of middle school age and older can access more than 7,000 free videos across 13 subjects with HippoCampus. The best part? It’s always free. Explore multimedia content: videos, animations, and simulations on general education subjects.
Along with movement exercises for little kids, elementary-age children can access GoNoodle’s free resources, like mindfulness videos, downloadable learning resources, and ideas for off-screen activities. ALL AGES
A robust collection of classic novels, educational content, interactive eBooks for kids — available to everyone in Illinois! No library card is required, and all materials are available for immediate access. Note: Click on “RAILS for Schools” or the “BiblioBoard Library of Illinois” to get started.
These are challenging times, and your friends at Sesame Street are here to help — videos, playful learning activities, and ways to help families stay physically and mentally healthy. New videos posted each week, like Singalong with Elmo or Snack Time with Cookie Monster!
Find themed ideas for kids — activities, crafts, books, celebrations, and more! A variety of calendars are available to help parents keep their little ones busy and learning with early literacy and general activities.
“Goodnight With Dolly” features Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content. Dolly welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator, and shares stories that are just right for this moment in time.
Enjoy fun read-aloud, crafts, lessons and fun interviews from authors. KidLit is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, and creators working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Is your child’s school closed due to coronavirus concerns? PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home. ALL AGES
For as long as schools are closed, kids and families everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream! ALL AGES
Browse through a catalog of Brookfield Zoo’s “Bring The Zoo To You” videos featuring live animals at the zoo as well as plenty of educational, informative insight from one of our Animal Care Specialists. ALL AGES
Brightly has put together educational resources and engaging activities so there’s always something to keep your kids occupied. Whether you’re looking to keep them focused on learning, just need some peace and quiet, or a little of both, we’re here for you. AGES: 0 to 13+
Each day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites today. ALL AGES
Fight boredom and continue your child’s science learning with easy to follow activities. Designed for families to explore, investigate, and learn together without ever needing to leave the house. All activities use easy to find household supplies. ALL AGES
A curated collection for curious learners in grades K-3. With minimal supplies needed, these activities will keep young learners’ minds engaged in social studies, geography, science, and more. GRADES: Kindergarten to 3rd
People of all ages have joined Mo Willems in his studio for his LUNCH DOODLES. All 15 episodes and their downloadable activities are available for streaming. Let the doodling continue! Learners can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually. ALL AGES
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
AGES: 0 to 8
Launch rockets, build a Moon Habitat, solve spacey puzzles, and more! These science, technology, engineering, and math activities are fun for kids, adults, and the whole family. GRADES: Kindergarten to 12th
Online beginner Spanish lesson with audio, and well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English. ALL AGES
Take group exercise classes right in your own home at no charge for a limited time! Explore sports classes and more for people of all ages and all interests.
Learn to write your name like ancient Egyptian royalty! The Royal Ontario Museum breaks down at-home activities into learning goals, background information, and also provides step-by-step instructions. AGES: 8 to 14+
The Southern California animal park has a website just for kids, featuring animal profiles, fun facts, stories, videos, activities, games and conservation information. Craft activities include instructions for making sock puppets, animal figures, a pinata and more. ALL AGES
Brought to you by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy! Browse through a catalog of their Shark Story Hour videos and other shark content. Hear great read-alouds and learn facts about your favorite underwater friends – SHARKS! AGES: geared towards K-5 grade, but good for all ages
Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation that sends children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. ALL AGES
Circle Time sessions are dynamic and interactive. You have an opportunity to spend time with your child, as the educator leads you through developmentally appropriate hands-on activities. Free Beta Classes available. AGES: 0 to 6
Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from home. Many museums, zoos, and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. It’s easier than ever to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch. ALL AGES
With the recent move to Phase Four of the Restore Illinois Plan, the Library is currently open.
Temporary Library Hours
- Monday – Thursday | 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Friday | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday | Closed until further notice
- Sunday | Beginning September 13 — 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. have been set aside for seniors and vulnerable populations.
Here is what you can expect upon your next visit to the Library:
- Adequate face coverings are required to enter the Library. Patrons under the age of two will be exempt from wearing a mask. If you do not have a protective face covering, please let our staff know at the Circulation Desk and a mask will be made available for 50 cents. Face masks/coverings must be worn properly over the nose, mouth, and chin.
- There is an occupancy limit of 50 patrons and patrons will be asked to limit their visit to a maximum of two hours each day.
- Social distancing floor decals are placed to remind patrons and staff to maintain the six-foot social distancing guidelines.
- Sneeze guards are in place at service desks.
- Staff will be moving throughout the building to clean surfaces, doorknobs, keyboards, etc.
- Public meeting room reservations and study room spaces are still unavailable during this time.
- All in-person structured in-house programming continues to be paused. Please check out our new Digital Program Guide, which covers the months of July and August, for a variety of online programming opportunities provided free of charge.
- Furniture has been rearranged and seating made limited to accommodate social distancing.
- Curbside pickup is still available for patrons and is the recommended way that patrons obtain library materials.
- There is very limited computer availability (six in Adult Services and four in Youth Services).
- All items returned to the Library are placed into quarantine for 7 days. All items will remain checked out on patron accounts while they are in quarantine. There will be no late fees charged during this time, but patrons are encouraged to return their materials in a timely manner to help facilitate circulation. Hotspots will still be subject to late fees.
- Newspapers are not available to browse. Please visit the Library’s website and browse our online resources for similar materials.
- Toys and other manipulatives will not be available in Youth Services.
The following services and features will be implemented during Phase 5 – Illinois Restored per the Restore Illinois Plan:
- Restore expanded library hours, including weekends
- Resume in-house programming
- Allow groups to book and use library meeting rooms
- Study rooms are available for individual use
- All furniture and seating is restored
- Print newspapers are available to browse
Frequently Asked Questions
The Library is currently open, with limited hours, occupancy, and services. Please see our reopening plan above for details.
Curbside pickup is still available. Please visit benlib.org/curbside for more information about this service.
All in-person Library programming events are cancelled until further notice. We are proud to offer an increase in digital programming and events for all ages. Our digital programs will be hosted on a variety of free platforms such as Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo. Live interactive programming will be held via Zoom and will require registration via our online calendar or by phone. Browse all of our new offerings at: benlib.org/program-guide.
Yes! Our outdoor, curbside book drop is open.
At this time, delivery between libraries has resumed. However, your items may be delayed due to quarantining of materials. Please note that some holds may take longer than usual.
If you have any further questions about your holds or any of our circulation policies during this time, please contact the Circulation Desk at (630) 766-4642.
Curbside pickup is a safe, contactless way to continue to enjoy library materials at home.
- Check out books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, board games, a selection of YS book bundles, and WiFi hotspots!
- Printing, scanning, copying, and faxing services are also available for curbside pickup. Please call the Adult Services Desk at (630) 766-4642 for more information.
Curbside pickup is easy to use! Simply visit our website, benlib.org, and log into your account. Type in your search and request your hold — it’s that simple! You may also call the Library to request materials.
Material requests are pulled by staff throughout the day, checked out on your account, and bagged for pickup. If your item is available, you should receive notice within 24-48 hours.
For more information on our curbside pickup service, visit benlib.org/curbside or call (630) 766-4642.
All items have been quarantined for at least 72 hours prior to being checked out to you. Please do not use liquid disinfects on library materials. Time is the best disinfectant! If you prefer to quarantine your items once you get them home, health officials recommend a quarantine period of at least 72 hours.
Yes. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we still encourage the public not to attend this public forum, but rather submit questions or comments via our website at: benlib.org/submit. All questions and comments will be read during Hearing of Delegations and will be captured in the minutes. To view upcoming board agendas, please visit: benlib.org/board-agenda.
No. At this time, we are not accepting material donations. Please hold materials until an announcement is made that we are accepting donations. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
We have a wealth of digital resources available for free 24/7 with a Library card. Visit benlib.org/download to learn more.
Looking for online databases? Visit: swanlibraries.net/lib/bvd
Ancestry: Library Edition home access has also been extended to September 20, 2020.
Need a library card? You can now register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to our eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and more. Click here to sign up now, or read more here. Online cards expire after 90 days if not converted to a full-use card. Call the Circulation Desk at (630) 766-4642 for more information.
Yes! You can now register for an online-only library card! This digital library card will grant you access to our eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and more. Click here to sign up now, or read more here. Online cards expire after 90 days if not converted to a full-use card. Call the Circulation Desk at (630) 766-4642 for more information.
We encourage you to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please follow these preventive steps, as recommended by the CDC to stop the spread of illness:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Wear a cloth face covering while in public settings.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
Finally, please use trusted, reliable, authoritative sources as you seek out news and information about COVID-19, such as the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the DuPage County Health Department.
We continue to monitor this situation and plan to share updates as any new information becomes available. We remain in close communication with local taxing bodies to determine the best course of action as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions, please contact Library Director David Sieffert at (630) 766-4642 or at email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that as of March 11, 2020 the Library’s interior carpeting project is complete!
We appreciate our community’s patience and understanding as everyone involved worked hard to finish the project as quickly as possible.
If you haven’t yet seen the new carpeting, and some of our new furniture and material rearrangements, stop by and take a look!
Stay tuned for some before-and-after photos…