Teen Justice League

Second Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m.*
AGES: Incoming/current high school students

Are you a student in high school who is looking for community opportunities? Do you like pizza? Join us at the library for a free pizza lunch and earn some volunteer hours while doing so. This is a community service club made for teens. Teens will develop and implement service projects to learn leadership skills. *Teen Justice League will not meet in December.

September 10 | Gratitude Bags for Police and Fire Department
October 8 | Cards for Veterans
November 12 | Gingerbread Houses *Meets at 2:30 p.m.
January 14 | Hygiene Supplies for the Homeless
February 11 | Blankets for Animal Shelters

Questions about Teen Justice League? Contact the Youth Services Department!

Twilight Tales

Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Families are welcome to join us after a long day to listen to our favorite relaxing bedtime tales and rhymes. A simple coloring craft will also be provided. Registration is not required, but space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Little Listeners

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
AGES: 3 to 5 years old

Join Ms. Diane as we read lively stories, sing songs, and do some early learning about letters and counting. We will finish by making a fun craft to take home! This program is designed for children with a little longer attention span. (We also love homeschoolers!) Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and preschoolers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Beginning Monday, January 13 | AGES: Birth to Kindergarten

1,000 books sounds like a lot of books, but if all you do is read your child one book every night at bedtime, you will have read 1,000 books before your child turns 3! Besides being a nice way to spend time together, you will be helping your child get ready for Kindergarten. Stop by the Youth Services Desk to sign up and hear more about the program, including prizes you can earn and recommended titles from District 2 Kindergarten Teachers to read aloud. Brought to you in partnership with Bensenville School District 2.


Cuentos & Crafts

Cuentos & Crafts
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Join Ms. Priscyla as she shares all of our favorite books, songs, riddles, and movement activities bilingually! Stay until the end for a fun craft that the whole family can enjoy.

Cuentos & Crafts: Día de la Independencia
Monday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Join Ms. Priscyla to learn more about Independence Day for Guatemala and Mexico during this special bilingual storytime! Stay until the end for a fun craft that the whole family can enjoy! Registration is not required to attend this event, but space and supplies are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cuentos & Crafts: Día de los Muertos
Monday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Join Ms. Priscyla to learn more about the Day of the Dead celebrated in many Latin American countries bilingually. There will be Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate to enjoy after the cuentos and crafts hour.

Day of the Dead: DIY Calaveras

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
AGES: 13 years old and up

Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) is an important holiday in Mexican culture — family and friends gather to pray for their dead loved ones’ journey in the afterlife with parades, food, and ceremonial altars. One traditional offering left on altars are intricately decorated calaveras, or skulls. Join us as 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.


Crafting Colorful Papel Picado

Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 3 years old and up, adults welcome

Bring the entire family out for an evening celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Papel picado is the Mexican art of making flags out of colorful paper, a popular Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. We’ll be creating papel picado art for children and adults of all ages. We’ll also take a look at the various types of flags and symbols in Latin culture. Space is limited, and artists will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ritmo de Mis Ancestros: Ballet Folklórico Mexicano

Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m.
All ages

Join us for a special dance performance in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month as we welcome Northwestern University student organization, Ritmo de Mis Ancestros! This group strives to preserve their Mexican culture by showcasing folkloric dancing and performing traditional Mexican dance to increase awareness of Mexican ancestry and to serve as a catalyst for others to take pride in their own backgrounds. Bring the whole family — everyone is sure to enjoy this exciting performance!


Muralist Hector Duarte Visits Bensenville!

Hector Duarte: Artist Open House
Monday September 30 — Wednesday, October 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come watch internationally-known artist/muralist Hector Duarte complete a mural painting here at the Bensenville Community Public Library! As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Hector Duarte will be creating a unique work of art that will be permanently displayed in our front meeting room that honors our multicultural community and highlights the importance of literacy. This presentation and artwork is funded in part thanks to a grant from the Bensenville Arts Council.


Hector Duarte: BCPL Unveiling Ceremony
Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Couldn’t make it to the Library to see Hector Duarte work on the painting? Come to the unveiling ceremony where we will get a first look at the finished mural and hear Hector discuss his process and the meaning behind the Library’s newest work of art. Light refreshments will be served. This presentation and artwork is funded in part thanks to a grant from the Bensenville Arts Council.

Latin Cuisine

Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Latin cuisine contains a diverse mixture of ingredients, seasonings, 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. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by trying these Latin foods and learning something new about a different culture!