Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Library Services

Is the Library open?  

No. The Library is closed to the public during this time. We will offer limited telephone and email services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday only. 


Will the Library still be a polling location?  

Yes, we will be open on March 17 strictly as a polling location. Please visit www.dupageco.org/election for any questions you may have regarding the March 17 general primary election day or your assigned polling place.  


When will events at the Library resume?  

All in-person Library programming events are currently cancelled through Sunday, April 5, 2020. We will reassess the situation at that time, so please stay tuned for more details by checking benlib.org/covid-19, following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or calling the Library at (630) 766-4642.  


Will the Library be rescheduling any of the cancelled programs?

We will do our best to reschedule some of our programs and events. Be sure to bookmark our online calendar, benlib.evanced.info/signup, to see all event updates.


Will be Library’s Board Meeting still take place as scheduled in March?

Yes. The Bensenville Community Public Library will hold our normal Board meeting on Monday, March 23. A staff member will be present at the front door to escort any residents back to our Board room for our meeting. 


Will I be fined for overdue materials?  

No. We are halting all Library fines through Sunday, April 5.


Can I still return my library materials?

Our outdoor, curbside book drop will still be open during this time.


Are book, CD, and other material donations being accepted?  

No. Please hold any donations you may have until further notice.  


What happens the materials that I have on hold during this time?

Your holds will be suspended until our next open date. If you have any further questions about your holds or any of our circulation policies during this time, please contact us at (630) 766-4642.


What resources can I access online if I don’t want to come to the Library? 

We have a wealth of digital resources available for free 24/7 with a Library card. Visit benlib.org/download to learn more. 


How can I get updates about the Library’s operations?  

To access all Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit benlib.org/covid19


Still have questions? Contact us via our Contact Us form or by phone at (630) 766-4642. For Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19, please click here.

America’s First Ladies

Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The role of First Lady comes with no job description, no pay, and no written requirements. Yet America’s presidential spouses have wielded great influence and have always been subject to intense public scrutiny. In this fascinating illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores which First Ladies have rated highest and lowest — or most in-between — with historians.

The Modern Olympics: Athens to Toyko

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

It’s an Olympic year! The summer games in Tokyo will continue the longstanding, historic tradition of the Olympic Games. Join Terry Lynch of HFK Presents as we hear about how Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee began the first international Olympic games in Athens in 1896. We will also learn how modern history has affected the international games.

Return to the Scene of the Crime

Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Chicago author and historian Rich Lindberg takes us on a journey through famous and forgotten Chicago crime scenes spanning 150 years. Based on his locally bestselling book Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago, Lindberg shares his anecdotes and stories about the Windy City’s lusty, colorful, and often notorious past.

Backyard Habitats

Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m.

There is a growing movement to change our pristine suburban lawns back into thriving habitats for wildlife. Join us as we welcome back Kim White, the “Natural Naturalist” who will talk about some of the things we need to consider to be able to attract, and keep our wild, and non-wild neighbors happy.

The Language of Flowers

Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m.

During the Victorian era, flowers and flower arrangements were used to send private messages – also known as the tradition of floriography. Join floral expert Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh for a lively presentation on the language of flowers. Learn about this mode of communication and how these coded messages could communicate love, appreciation, and even hatred.

The History of Chicago’s Mayors

Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m.

How much do you know about Chicago’s mayoral history? Probably a little, but I’ll bet there’s a bunch of things you aren’t aware of. Join College of DuPage professor Richard Flint as he takes us through a history of Chicago’s mayors, from Carter Harrison all the way up to Chicago’s current mayor, Lori Lightfoot.

Kiddieland Remembered

Saturday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m.

From 1929 to 2009, Kiddieland in Melrose Park brought joy to thousands of families. Join us and relive the past with historian and Oakton College professor Cheryl Brown, as she revisits the history of the park with vintage photos. Re-experience the park through videos of the park on a busy summer day. Learn about the final auction of the rides, why the park had to close approximately 10 years ago, and where the rides are today.