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!

Lotería


Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 3 years old and up, adults welcome

Families and patrons of all ages can head to the Library for a special bilingual night of gaming! We will be playing lotería, a popular game at festivals and parties in Mexico — if you like Bingo, give lotería a try! As we play, all ages can earn special Bingo Bucks to redeem for prizes. Registration is not required, but space is limited to the first 50 children and adults, players will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Making Mini Volcanoes


Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 3 years old and up, adults welcome

Join us for a special DIY program celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Bring the whole family and make an erupting model volcano out of paper mache, baking soda, and vinegar! While you’re building, you will learn about some notable Central American volcanoes. Registration is not required to attend this event, but space and supplies are limited, and patrons will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Valentine Card Making


Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 5 years and up, adults welcome

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and join us for a card-making extravaganza! We will have tons of ideas and supplies to help you create cards for your friends, family, and classmates. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holiday Card Making


Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 5 years and up, adults welcome

There are many ways to tell someone that they are in your thoughts during the holidays—the most creative is by making them a homemade holiday card! Join us for an evening of holiday crafting and cheer. Registration is not required to attend, but space and supplies are limited on first-come, first-served basis.