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.


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.


Free Film Showing: Coco

Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG, run time: 1 hr 45 min

Join us for movie night at the Library and watch Coco on our big screen! It’s a great story, amazing visually, and entertaining whether you’re a kid or an adult. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Please note: Coco will be presented in English


Hispanic Heritage Month Film Festival

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of Spanish language films! All film showings will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Lifelong Learning Center.

Monday, September 16 — El Cantante
Puerto Rican singer Héctor Lavoe emigrates to the United States and becomes a pioneer of salsa music. (2007) Rated R, 1 hr 46 min

Monday, September 23 — 3 Minute Hug
This mini-documentary shows people in exactly this scenario as families are separated at the US-Mexico Border. (2018) Not rated, 30 min

Monday, September 30 — La Mujer De Mi Hermano
A young woman’s search for passion after nearly a decade of marriage leads her to turn to her husband’s brother. (2006) Rated R, 1 hr 29 min

Monday, October 14 — Cuba and the Cameraman
Documentary. Life in Cuba over the course of 45 years, from the early 1970s to the harrowing 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union and the 2016 death of Fidel Castro. (2017) Not rated, 1 hr 53 min


Resume and Interview Workshops

Resume Writing Workshop
Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Join veteran HR professional Bob Schlacks for a two-part seminar that will help you get the job you’re aiming for. In the resume portion of this workshop, you will learn:

  • What should and shouldn’t be on your resume
  • The 5 categories of information your resume must contain
  • How to make your resume move to the top of the stack
  • Breaking down your work experience using action verbs
  • Examples of actual resumes


Interview Workshop
Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Join veteran HR professional Bob Schlacks for a two-part seminar that will help you get the job you’re aiming for. In the interview portion of this workshop, you will learn:

  • What “soft skills” companies are really looking for
  • What to do before, during and after an interview
  • The importance of appearance, punctuality, and non-
    verbal communication
  • The 5 different kinds of interviews
  • The 12 most commonly asked questions
  • Having the variables within your control working for you

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.

Bensenville Reads & Author Visit: Reyna Grande

Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 12 years and older, adults welcome 

The Bensenville Library and Bensenville School District 2 are delighted to welcome award winning author Reyna Grande! Ms. Grande will talk with the audience about her books, her life experiences, and her career as an author.

A limited number of copies of The Distance Between Us and The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition will be available for giveaway in English and Spanish beginning on Sunday, September 15. Copies will also be available for purchase the evening of the event. Book autographs will end precisely at 8:00 p.m. Free copies and author autographs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.