Now Recommending: Great Eats & Cool Treats

Need some new recipe ideas and inspirations for your summertime cooking? Look no further! Whether you prefer to be behind the grill, or if you’d rather stay cool in the kitchen, we’ve got a variety of cookbooks in our collection — grilling, barbecuing, salads, sandwiches, and sweet treats — all perfect for summertime fun and good eating.

Want more recommendations?

 

You can check out all of our online booklists (for kids and for adults), or reach out to us! Our staff is ready and willing to make reading, listening, or viewing recommendations to you! Email us at reference@benlib.org or contact us via our online form!

If You Liked… “Little Fires Everywhere”

Did you love Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng? It’s also now a mini-series on Hulu starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington! If you’re looking for more reads like this one, check out this list of read-alikes.

Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.

Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

The Leavers

by Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon-and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

Ask Again, Yes

by Mary Beth Keane

In Mary Beth Keane’s extraordinary novel, a lifelong friendship and love blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next thirty years. Heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes is a gorgeous and generous portrait of the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness.

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community–and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

The Perfect Nanny

by Leila Slimani

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community–and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

by Lindsey Lee Johnson

The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumor, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.

A Good Neighborhood

by Therese Anne Fowler

A gripping contemporary novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably. A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

The Gifted School

by Bruce Holsinger

Crystal, Colorado. Four young families juggle the stresses of parenthood, careers, and marriage. As the kids head for middle school, the families are still tight. But when an exclusive magnet school for ‘gifted children’ is being built, cracks begin to form in their relationships. As the parents go to great lengths to ensure their child is accepted, relationships turn toxic and secrets are exposed.

Want more recommendations?

 

You can check out all of our online booklists (for kids and for adults), or reach out to us! Our staff is ready and willing to make reading, listening, or viewing recommendations to you! Email us at reference@benlib.org or contact us via our online form!

Bensenville/DuPage County Community & Business Assistance Resources

DuPage CRIS (Community Resource Information System) is a resource for housing, health and medical, legal, employment, transportation, food, and income support in DuPage County. CRIS is managed by DuPage County Community Services Intake and Referral, where they connect DuPage County residents with programs that can assist in many areas of need.
 
Learn more at: dupagecris.org/

The DuPage County Community Services Department has extended the deadline for applications for the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more application information, including how to apply, or to schedule a phone appointment, DuPage County residents may call (630) 407-6500, (800) 942-9412 (toll-free) or visit: www.dupageco.org/LIHEAP/

The Bensenville & Wood Dale Food Pantry remains open to serve the community. However, to ensure the health of its volunteers and its continued service, their hours of operation have changed. They will now be open only on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., located at 192 S. Center Street in Bensenville. Learn more at: bwdfp.wordpress.com/

 

For DuPage county-wide food pantries, hours, and locations, visit: www.communityhungernetwork.org/AreaPantries/area.pantries.html

Unemployment Due to COVID-19 Business Closures

workNet DuPage is committed to providing workers and businesses with every tool in their arsenal to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. Learn more at: www.worknetdupage.org and www.worknetdupage.org/supportforworkers

 

Illinois workNet, along with affiliates and community partners, provide one-stop delivery of services, connecting individuals, employers, and education and workforce partners to career  planning, education and training, employment resources and tools and workforce programs.  Illinois workNet seamlessly connects people to local and statewide in-person and online services and is open to all Illinois’ citizens, employers, and education and workforce partners.

 

Learn more at: www.illinoisworknet.com

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

Access information regarding how to apply for unemployment through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Access IDES services, learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim, and more at: www2.illinois.gov/ides/aboutides/Pages/Office_Locator.aspx

 

The new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program via the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security, provides benefits for many individuals who have been determined ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and independent contractors. Learn more about PUA at: www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/learn-about-pua.aspx

DuPage County Small Business Assistance Programs and Services

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • What you need to know about testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in DuPage County: www.dupagehealth.org/601/Testing

  • An interactive map of testing sites in Illinois: coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

Backyard Birdwatching

With many of us sheltering at home, the beauties of the outdoors are fast being rediscovered, explored, and appreciated anew. The Spring Bird Migration is underway and you need to look no further than your own backyard for entertainment… Enjoy this collection of birdwatching resources provided by our very own Adult Services Librarian, Mary!

Mary's Picks — Birdwatching Resources

Jeff Reiter's "Words on Birds"

For local birdwatching reports, identification and feeding suggestions, I heartily recommend Daily Herald columnist, Jeff Reiter’s Words on Birds

Cornell Labs — All About Birds

Caught a glimpse of a bird you’ve never seen? Check out the Cornell Labs site All About Birds for wonderful colorful photos and an excellent bird ID and bird behavior guide. Your go-to guide for birds and bird watching it also features a wide assortment of bird feeders and nest cams.

Decorah Eagle Cams

For treetop views of nesting bald eagles check out the Decorah Eagle Cams! Features a nest-eye view of a pair of bald eagles and their offspring near a Trout Hatchery at Decorah, IA. Including many fascinating eagle facts!

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

 

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+

 

Interexchange English/Spanish Conversation Group


Tuesdays 6:00 — 7:00 p.m. in the Adult Services Area

This group is open to all English and Spanish speakers interested in learning each other’s language. The conversation group will speak for a half hour in English and then for a half hour in Spanish, so everyone will have the opportunity to practice their second language. Prior experience with both Spanish and English is useful, but all English and Spanish speakers are welcome.

Grupo de Intercambio (inglés y español)
Los martes a las 6pm a 7pm en el área de servicios para adultos

Este grupo está abierto a todos que hablan español o inglés y tienen interés en aprender el otro idioma. El grupo hablará por media hora en inglés y por media hora en español. Todos tendrán la oportunidad de practicar su segundo idioma. Experiencia con ambos inglés y español está buena, pero todos los hispanohablantes y anglohablantes pueden venir. No hay registro.

English Conversation Group


Wednesdays 10:00 — 11:00 a.m. in the Adult Services Area

Do you want to practice speaking English? Come to this English conversation group, an informal meeting of people who want to practice their English. No experience is required. We meet in the Library near the Adult Services Desk. Registration is not required.

Grupo de Conversación en inglés
Los miércoles, 10am -11am en el área de Servicios para adultos

¿Quiere practicar hablar inglés? Venga a este grupo de conversación en inglés. No se requiere experiencia, solamente el deseo de poder hablar inglés. Nos reunimos cada semana en la biblioteca. No se requiere el registro.