1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


Beginning Monday, January 13 | AGES: Birth to Kindergarten

1,000 books sounds like a lot of books, but if all you do is read your child one book every night at bedtime, you will have read 1,000 books before your child turns 3! Besides being a nice way to spend time together, you will be helping your child get ready for Kindergarten. Stop by the Youth Services Desk to sign up and hear more about the program, including prizes you can earn and recommended titles from District 2 Kindergarten Teachers to read aloud. Brought to you in partnership with Bensenville School District 2.

 

Cuentos & Crafts


Cuentos & Crafts
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Join Ms. Priscyla as she shares all of our favorite books, songs, riddles, and movement activities bilingually! Stay until the end for a fun craft that the whole family can enjoy.


Cuentos & Crafts: Día de la Independencia
Monday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Join Ms. Priscyla to learn more about Independence Day for Guatemala and Mexico during this special bilingual storytime! Stay until the end for a fun craft that the whole family can enjoy! Registration is not required to attend this event, but space and supplies are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cuentos & Crafts: Día de los Muertos
Monday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Join Ms. Priscyla to learn more about the Day of the Dead celebrated in many Latin American countries bilingually. There will be Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate to enjoy after the cuentos and crafts hour.

Crafting Colorful Papel Picado


Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 3 years old and up, adults welcome

Bring the entire family out for an evening celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Papel picado is the Mexican art of making flags out of colorful paper, a popular Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. We’ll be creating papel picado art for children and adults of all ages. We’ll also take a look at the various types of flags and symbols in Latin culture. Space is limited, and artists will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Lotería


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.

 

Making Mini Volcanoes


Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 3 years old and up, adults welcome

Join us for a special DIY program celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Bring the whole family and make an erupting model volcano out of paper mache, baking soda, and vinegar! While you’re building, you will learn about some notable Central American volcanoes. Registration is not required to attend this event, but space and supplies are limited, and patrons will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Noche de Película


Second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
All ages

Sept. 12 | Oct. 10 | Nov. 14 | Dec. 12 | Jan. 9 | Feb. 13

Join us at the Library every second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. and take advantage of stadium seating, new HD projection, and free popcorn in the Library’s auditorium for a showing of our favorite family films IN SPANISH. Admission to the show is free! Film titles for this program are announced one month prior to the event. Visit our website for more information. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Valentine Card Making


Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 5 years and up, adults welcome

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and join us for a card-making extravaganza! We will have tons of ideas and supplies to help you create cards for your friends, family, and classmates. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.