At-Home Learning Challenges

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!

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Keep Kids Learning: Free Online Resources

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! We’ll be adding more resources as we discover them, and if you have a favorite free, online resource that you love that isn’t listed here, please share it with us!

KidLit: Explore the World of Children’s Literature

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.

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter

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

Brookfield Zoo: Bring the Zoo to You!

Join Brookfield Zoo on Facebook every weekday at 11:00 a.m. Central for a “Bring The Zoo To You” Facebook Live featuring one of our animals as well as plenty of educational, informative insight from one of our Animal Care Specialists. ALL AGES

Watch Bensenville Library Storytimes: On Demand!

Take your favorite storytimes with you – wherever you are! Watch as your favorite Bensenville Community Public Library librarians, and other special guests, read a variety of stories to you.

Read Brightly: Reading Through It Together

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+

Wonderopolis

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

National Geographic Learn at Home

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

Stuck at Home Science: by the California Science Center

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

Scholastic: Learn at Home

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. GRADES: PreK to 9th

Tumblebooks

Download, read, and listen for free!

  • TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device.

  • There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly!

  • Free, unrestricted access until August 31, 2020.

K-6 children’s eBook database

K-6 math eBook database

Grades 7-12 eBook database

All ages audiobook database

Audible: Stories | Free Audiobooks!

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

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of creating together. ALL AGES

Storyline Online

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

NASA STEM

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

The Spanish Experiment

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

Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Learning doesn’t just have to be about writing, math, or reading! Use these scavenger hunt ideas to get your kids active – both mentally and physically. ALL AGES

YMCA 360: Online Exercise Classes

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. ALL AGES

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Created by Peters Township Public Library, use your knowledge of Harry Potter and try to escape as a family or by yourself! AGES: 9+

Write Your Name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Royal Ontario Museum

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+

Jumping Jax Gym: Kids Workout

25 minutes of physical activity to get your kids moving while indoors! ALL AGES

San Diego Zoo: Watch & Learn

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

Shark Story Hour

Brought to you by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy! Join them weekdays at 10:00 a.m. for live videos or anytime for their saved 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

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

Virtual Farm Tours: American Dairy Association

Tour a farm and learn more about how Farmers grow and raise what you eat.

AGES: 4-9 | AGES: 10-13 | AGES: High School

Circle Time Fun

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

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

ABC Mouse – Free 30 Day Trial!

Full online learn curriculum available for a free for 30 days. Content available in math, science, reading, and art & colors.  AGES: 2 to 8

Operation Storytime

Have fun listening to your favorite children’s authors read you a storyAGES: 0 to 7

Search on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube using #OperationStorytime

Free Coloring Pages

Find lots of fun and free pages to color for hours for fun. ALL AGES

Nickelodeon Parents

Find printables, recipes, crafts and more from your child’s favorite Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows. AGES: 1 to 12

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Library Services


Is the Library open?  

No. The Library is closed to the public during this time. We will offer limited telephone and email services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday only. 

 

Will the Library still be a polling location?  

Yes, we will be open on March 17 strictly as a polling location. Please visit www.dupageco.org/election for any questions you may have regarding the March 17 general primary election day or your assigned polling place.  

 

When will events at the Library resume?  

All in-person Library programming events are currently cancelled through Sunday, April 5, 2020. We will reassess the situation at that time, so please stay tuned for more details by checking benlib.org/covid-19, following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or calling the Library at (630) 766-4642.  

 

Will the Library be rescheduling any of the cancelled programs?

We will do our best to reschedule some of our programs and events. Be sure to bookmark our online calendar, benlib.evanced.info/signup, to see all event updates.

 

Will be Library’s Board Meeting still take place as scheduled in March?

Yes. The Bensenville Community Public Library will hold our normal Board meeting on Monday, March 23. A staff member will be present at the front door to escort any residents back to our Board room for our meeting. 

 

Will I be fined for overdue materials?  

No. We are halting all Library fines through Sunday, April 5.

 

Can I still return my library materials?

Our outdoor, curbside book drop will still be open during this time.

 

Are book, CD, and other material donations being accepted?  

No. Please hold any donations you may have until further notice.  

 

What happens the materials that I have on hold during this time?

Your holds will be suspended until our next open date. If you have any further questions about your holds or any of our circulation policies during this time, please contact us at (630) 766-4642.

 

What resources can I access online if I don’t want to come to the Library? 

We have a wealth of digital resources available for free 24/7 with a Library card. Visit benlib.org/download to learn more. 

 

How can I get updates about the Library’s operations?  

To access all Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit benlib.org/covid19

 

Still have questions? Contact us via our Contact Us form or by phone at (630) 766-4642. For Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19, please click here.

COVID-19 Updates for Our Library

The Library will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. All Library programs and events have been cancelled effective Saturday, March 14.


The Bensenville Community Public Library serves the community as a dynamic center for learning, discovering, and connecting. Due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions and, most recently, Governor Pritzker’s statewide “stay-at-home order“, we will be closing our facility to the public effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.

While our facility is closed, we will offer limited email services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday only. 

During the closure, staff will be available to:

The Bensenville Community Public Library will hold our normal Board meeting on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Pritzker’s statewide “stay-at-home order“, we 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.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding library services during this time, please click here.

Remember, many Library resources are available online. If you’re able, please take advantage of our eBooks, music streaming service, online learning and more from home.

Need a library card? You can now register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and more.

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.
  • 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the World Health Organization.

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 dsieffert@benlib.org

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Library Services


Is the Library open?  

No. The Library is closed to the public until further notice. We will offer limited email services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday only. 

 

I don’t have a library card. Can I still access your online resources?

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.

 

When will events at the Library resume?  

All in-person Library programming events are currently cancelled until further notice. We are continuously assessing the situation, so please stay tuned for more details by checking benlib.org/covid-19, and following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

 

Will the Library be rescheduling any of the cancelled programs?

We will do our best to reschedule some of our programs and events. Be sure to bookmark our online calendar, benlib.evanced.info/signup, to see all event updates.

 

Will be Library’s Board Meeting still take place as scheduled in March?

Yes. The Bensenville Community Public Library will hold our normal Board meeting on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Pritzker’s “stay-at-home order“, we 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.

 

Will I be fined for overdue materials? 

No. We are halting all Library fines until further notice.

 

Can I still return my library materials?

No, our outdoor, curbside book drop will still be closed during this time. Please hold onto all of your materials. You will not be fined for any overdue materials and due dates have been extended. To view your library account online, click here.

 

Are book, CD, and other material donations being accepted?  

No. Please hold any donations you may have until further notice.  

 

What happens to materials that I have on hold during this time?

Your holds will be suspended until our next open date. If you have any further questions about your holds or any of our circulation policies during this time, please contact Sue Feddersen at sfeddersen@benlib.org.

 

What Library resources can I access online? 

We have a wealth of digital resources available for free 24/7 with a Library card. Visit benlib.org/download to learn more. 

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.

 

How can I get updates about the Library’s operations?  

To access all Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit benlib.org/covid19

 

Still have questions? Contact us via our Contact Us form or by emailing reference@benlib.org. For Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19, please click here.

Library Carpeting Project Complete


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…

America’s First Ladies


Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The role of First Lady comes with no job description, no pay, and no written requirements. Yet America’s presidential spouses have wielded great influence and have always been subject to intense public scrutiny. In this fascinating illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores which First Ladies have rated highest and lowest — or most in-between — with historians.

The Modern Olympics: Athens to Toyko


Thursday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m.

It’s an Olympic year! The summer games in Tokyo will continue the longstanding, historic tradition of the Olympic Games. Join Terry Lynch of HFK Presents as we hear about how Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee began the first international Olympic games in Athens in 1896. We will also learn how modern history has affected the international games.

Return to the Scene of the Crime


Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Chicago author and historian Rich Lindberg takes us on a journey through famous and forgotten Chicago crime scenes spanning 150 years. Based on his locally bestselling book Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago, Lindberg shares his anecdotes and stories about the Windy City’s lusty, colorful, and often notorious past.