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!

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


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.

Program Cancellations

Due to the forecast of dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills this week, the Library will be cancelling the following Youth programs:

Wednesday, January 30

Thursday, January 31

Please note that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Library will remain open as scheduled. If you have any questions, please call the Library at (630) 766-4642.

If you need to be outside during this time, dress in layers and protect all exposed skin as well as possible (don’t forget hats, scarves, gloves!) – frostbite in these temperatures can occur in 10 minutes or less. Stay warm and be safe! For more information on warming center locations and other cold weather precautions, please visit




Trivia Night at Green St. Grille

MISSING TRIVIA? Play online!

Since we all can’t be together at Green St. Grille to play, we thought we’d bring trivia to you!⁠ Same format, except it’s online! No free answers or prizes this time, just plain ol’ fun. 😎 Let us know how you do!⁠

Play our BCPL Stay-At-Home Trivia Game now at:

First Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
at Green St. Grille — 120 W. Green St. Bensenville

Join staff from the Bensenville Community Public Library on the first Monday of every month from 7:00—9:00 p.m. and flex your trivia muscle at the Green Street Grille! Gather some friends and compete against other teams for prizes by answering questions about history, pop culture and more!

March 2 | April 6 | May 4 | June 1 | July 6 | August 3

Registration is not required to attend Trivia Night, but reservations at Green St. Grille are recommended. Please call (630) 474-1201 to reserve a table.


Meditation Programs

Inner Peace through Meditation
Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Meditation has been known as a healing modality. Join Renate Lanotte, MS LCSW, Psychotherapist and longtime meditator as she discusses the extraordinary positive effects that meditation can have on your life. She will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich one’s life on many levels and help with seasonal stress.

Start the New Year with Meditation
Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Start the new year off fresh with the benefits of meditation. Join Renate Lanotte, MS LCSW Psychotherapist and longtime meditator for this powerful workshop. Bring joy, peace, positivity, and relaxation into your daily life and begin the new year with a clean slate.

Film Fanatics

Join the Library the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. and take advantage of stadium seating, new HD projection, and free popcorn in the Library’s auditorium for a showing of cinematic gems you may have missed. Admission to the show is free! Film titles for this program are announced one month prior to the event and are subject to change.

Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. — Fast Color

Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman who has supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother and daughter and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.

(Rated PG-13,

Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. — The Hustle

Josephine Chesterfield is a glamorous, seductive British woman who has a penchant for defrauding gullible men out of their money. Into her well-ordered, meticulous world comes Penny Rust, a cunning and fun-loving Australian woman who lives to swindle unsuspecting marks. Despite their different methods, the two grifters soon join forces for the ultimate score — a young and naive tech billionaire in the South of France.

(Rated PG-13,

Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. — The Kitchen

Between 8th Ave. and the Hudson River, the Irish mafia runs 20 blocks of a tough New York City neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen. But for mob wives Kathy, Ruby and Claire, things are about to take a dramatic and radical turn. When the FBI sends their husbands to prison, the three women take business into their own hands by running the rackets and taking out the competition.

(Rated R,

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 4 | ALL DAY

Superheroes are coming! Join the Library for Free Comic Book Day, a nationwide event held the first Saturday in May each year where participating comic book shops and libraries around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE. Limit three comic books per person, while supplies last.




Annual Book Sale

  • Thursday, May 14 | 2:00—6:00 p.m. (BCPL & WDPL cardholders only, please!)
  • Friday, May 15 | 12:00—5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16 | 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Calling all book lovers! Browse through fiction and non-fiction titles, children’s and teen books, and more at the Library’s annual book sale. Everyone is invited! We will begin accepting donations on April 1.