Virtual Book Clubs

Turning to literature to pass the time and stay busy? Join our new virtual book clubs and let’s talk books! While the Library is temporarily closed, our virtual book clubs will be meeting on Zoom once a month, and we’ll provide the books for free! Space in each book club is limited and participation will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Happy reading!

Thursday Night Book Club

We read popular titles, best sellers, award winners, and more! Meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Please send an email with your name, book title, and the date of the book club to Bill at bstephens@benlib.org
  • Once we receive your registration, we will notify you when your book is available for curbside pickup.
  • We will email you an invitation to the Zoom meeting two days prior to the event.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

In order to participate, please register by Monday, May 25 to ensure you receive your book on time.

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins. Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

In order to participate, please register by Monday, June 22 to ensure you receive your book on time.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m.

In order to participate, please register by Monday, July 27 to ensure you receive your book on time.

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, and, particularly, their acting classes. Two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.  Captivating, tender, and surprising, Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties.

Carapia's Coven

We read horror short stories and novellas available for free digitally on Project Gutenberg! Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Please send an email with your name, book title, and the date of the book club to Sofia at scarapia@benlib.org
  • Once we receive your email, we will reply with an invitation to the Zoom meeting!

The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft

Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.

The Shunned House is a novelette by H. P. Lovecraft, originally written in October 1924. Its first wide publication was in the October 1937 issue of Weird Tales. The narrator and his uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple, investigate an old house with a disturbing reputation for either driving its occupants insane or causing them a slow wasting death.

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Carmilla is an 1872 Gothic novella by Irish author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla.

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. | Note Time Change!

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843. It is related by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of the narrator’s sanity while simultaneously describing a murder the narrator committed.

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Tuesday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m. | Note Time Change!

The Great God Pan is a horror and fantasy novella by Welsh writer Arthur Machen. Machen was inspired by his experiences at the ruins of a pagan temple in Wales. What would become the first chapter of the novella was published in the magazine The Whirlwind in 1890.

Lit Chicks

We read young adult fiction! Meets the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Please send an email with your name, book title, and the date of the book club to Penny at pmandziara@benlib.org
  • Once we receive your registration, we will notify you when your book is available for curbside pickup.
  • We will email you an invitation to the Zoom meeting two days prior to the event.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Monday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.

In order to participate, please register by Friday, June 5 to ensure you receive your book on time.

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love.

Life in Reverse by Beth Michele

Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

In order to participate, please register by Friday, July 10 to ensure you receive your book on time.

Ember never thought she’d fall for a bad boy like Vance, even if he did read Hemingway. Vance and Ember didn’t love each other at first sight. They didn’t even like each other. Ember, with her quirky ways, and Vance, and his angry, broody exterior. But there was more to both of them than met the eye. And when layers were peeled back, all their broken pieces exposed, they soon got a lot more than they ever bargained for… And found a love they never expected. 

One of Us is Next by Karen McManus

Monday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m.

In order to participate, please register by Friday, August 7 to ensure you receive your book on time.

The highly anticipated sequel to One of Us Is Lying! There’s a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there’s a whole new set of rules. A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.  Until now. This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game. 

Book Brunch

We read popular titles, best sellers, award winners, and more! Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Please send an email with your name, book title, and the date of the book club to Bill at bstephens@benlib.org
  • Once we receive your registration, we will notify you when your book is available for curbside pickup.
  • We will email you an invitation to the Zoom meeting two days prior to the event.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m.

In order to participate, please register by Monday, June 15 to ensure you receive your book on time.

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins. Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Thursday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m.

In order to participate, please register by Monday, July 13 to ensure you receive your book on time.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Thursday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m.

In order to participate, please register by Monday, August 17 to ensure you receive your book on time.

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, and, particularly, their acting classes. Two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.  Captivating, tender, and surprising, Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties.

Census 2020: Be Counted!


Census Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 — 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

2020 is a census year! Join us on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. — we’ll have computers to access the census questionnaire, giveaways, food, kids crafts, an appearance by Uncle Sam, and a musical performance by family folk band, Cielito Lindo!

On April 1, Census Day will be observed nationwide. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. In partnership with the Village of Bensenville and funded by a grant through the Illinois Department of Human Services, via Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), we want to celebrate Census Day with our community and let you know why the census matters. Be counted! When we all respond, we all benefit. When everyone is counted in the 2020 Census, our communities get the funding they need for things like health care, education, library services, roads, and more.

About Cielito Lindo

As seen on WGN, Univision, Chicago Tonight, Parents Latina Magazine, Chicago Parent and Nickelodeon, Cielito Lindo is a modern Latino family band formed by the Lucero family of 9. The children range in age from 6 to 17 and have performed for numerous events throughout the Mid West. With a fresh look and youthful energy, the family performs the traditional music of Mexico with influence from bands such as Los Lobos, Trio Los Panchos and more. The family is passionate about inspiring parents and children to enjoy music, culture, and creativity together. Read more about Cielito Lindo at www.cielitolindo.co

About the Census

Why the census matters:

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

The census touches every life, every day. Respond to the 2020 Census to shape the future. When everyone is counted, communities across the country get the funding they need for things like health care, education, emergency services, and more.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.

Press

Ancestry Basics


Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Have you always wanted to dive into genealogy research, but don’t know where to start? Come join genealogy researcher Jennifer Warner and learn how to use the Ancestry.com database available to you for free through the Library. Her presentation is designed to help you learn the basics of Ancestry — learn how to create a family tree, research family members, and create reports through the site.

 

Adult Winter Reading Program


Write down what you read for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7!

Starting December 1, pick up a Winter Reading Program bookmark at the Adult Services Desk. Write down what you read in the spaces provided. Once your bookmark is full, return it to the Adult Services Desk to be entered in the drawing to win a Kindle Fire 7! The last day to turn in your bookmark is February 1. One entry per person, please. AGES: 18 years old and up

 

Holiday Open House


Friday, December 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Join Library staff for our annual Holiday Open House and celebrate the holidays with us! Enjoy music from the caroling quartet The Vagabond Singers, as well as the jazz quintet Zazz, who will play all of your holiday favorites. While you listen, enjoy a wide variety of holiday treats by our  fireplace, make a kids holiday craft, or take some memorable photos! The musical performances at this program are co-sponsored by the Bensenville Arts Council.

Winter Reading Program


Write down what you read for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7!

Starting December 1, pick up a Winter Reading Program bookmark at the Adult Services Desk. Write down what you read in the spaces provided. Once your bookmark is full, return it to the Adult Services Desk to be entered in the drawing! The last day to turn in your bookmark is February 1. One entry per person, please. AGES: 18+

 

Intro to Microsoft Word


In this introductory level class, learn the basics of Microsoft Word: a word processing program that allows you to create various types of documents, letters, papers, flyers, resumes, and more.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Intro to Microsoft Excel


Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet program designed for everyday tasks such as setting up a budget, maintaining an address list, creating and managing business transactions, and more.

Monday, August 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Photoshop Elements 2


Already familiar with Photoshop Elements and ready to move on to the next level? This class is meant for those who have already taken our introductory Photoshop class and want to further their skills.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, January 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Intro to Photoshop Elements


Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements. Photoshop is the industry standard tool for digital imaging, which makes Photoshop expertise a valuable skill in the workplace.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, December 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.