Family Archive Workshop

Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Do you know where your family history is? If you are like many busy people, the answer lives in unorganized boxes and computer files. Bring in one or two boxes of your family history; photos, letters, tapes, textiles and digital files, and learn how to do basic preservation and organization of your precious family memories and history with Elizabeth Morris, the Library’s Digital Librarian & Archivist. Be a hero in saving memories for future generations. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

He was born a city boy in Manhattan, but it wasn’t until he lived as a cattle rancher and deputy sheriff in the wild country of the Dakota Territory that Theodore Roosevelt became the man who would be president. Join author William Hazelgrove as he uses Roosevelt’s own reflections to illustrate the formative seasons that America’s twenty-sixth president spent in “the broken country” of the Wild West.

Herb Gardening

Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Master Gardener Linda Dickerson from the University of Illinois Extension shows us the basics of herb gardening. Whether you’re a new or advanced herb gardener, this program offers information useful in selection, care, and uses of a variety of herbs.

Bensenville History: Introduction to Our New Local History Digital Collection

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Join our Digital Librarian for an introduction to the new Bensenville Historical Collection on the Illinois Digital Archive. Learn about this grant funded project, how it was done, the collection today, and what you can do to help the library continue to save the history of Bensenville. Bring your family archiving questions and see Bensenville’s past come to life.

Susan B. Anthony: Whirlwind of Reform

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.

More than any other leader in the fight for women’s right to vote, Susan B. Anthony sticks in our minds and in our hearts as the “Mother” of “The Cause.” Anthony devoted 50 years of her adult life to advocacy for women’s political, educational, and professional equality. Come watch Anthony’s dedication and passion for equal rights and woman suffrage come vividly to life through Annette Baldwin’s portrayal of the “Mother” of the Women’s Rights Movement. This program is sponsored by the Office of Kathleen Willis, State Representative of IL District 77.

Illinois Military Monuments

Monday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Throughout Illinois there are monuments dedicated to national figures as well as lesser-known heroes. For example, Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois Militia as a captain during the Black Hawk Wars, and on April 11, 1930, the State of Illinois dedicated a monument in Dixon in honor of his service. Join author and historian Major Lorenzo A. Fiorentino (Ret.) and learn about some of Illinois most important military monuments.

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

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


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 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