At-Home Learning Challenges

Running out of things to do? We’ve put together some at-home challenges for you! Complete the fun and educational activity on each square. Bring in your completed challenge sheet and receive a special prize when we reopen. Have fun, and keep learning!

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Family Archive Workshop


Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Do you know where your family history is? If you are like many busy people, the answer lives in unorganized boxes and computer files. Bring in one or two boxes of your family history; photos, letters, tapes, textiles and digital files, and learn how to do basic preservation and organization of your precious family memories and history with Elizabeth Morris, the Library’s Digital Librarian & Archivist. Be a hero in saving memories for future generations. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bensenville History: Introduction to Our New Local History Digital Collection


Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Join our Digital Librarian for an introduction to the new Bensenville Historical Collection on the Illinois Digital Archive. Learn about this grant funded project, how it was done, the collection today, and what you can do to help the library continue to save the history of Bensenville. Bring your family archiving questions and see Bensenville’s past come to life.

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 www.cielitolindo.co

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 2020census.gov.

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1,000 Books Before 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. 

While the library is closed, fill out the form below to register and get started tracking your books. Don’t have access to a printer at home? Download the free app available on Apple and Android devices. After registering, you will receive a special email from Miss Kyrie with further instructions and personalized eBook recommendations that you can access with your library card!

When it is safe to reopen, stop by the Youth Services Desk to claim your prizes. 

Milestones & Prizes

  • 100 Books — Picture on ELC wall milestone tracker and animal mask for pretend play
  • 300 Books — Set of 5 finger puppets for storytelling
  • 600 Books — Crayons and Notepad set for fine motor skills and creativity
  • 1000 Books — Wood puzzle for problem solving

1KBK is brought to you in partnership with Bensenville School District 2.

Sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten today!

Noche de Película

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, and are subject to change. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. — Frozen 2 (en español)

Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift — the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom — an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.

(Rated PG, 1 hr 43

Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. — Toy Story 4 (en español)

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

(Rated G, 1 hr 40

Personal Hygiene Supply Drive


Monday, December 2 — Monday, December 30

All month long bring in your unused, unopened toiletries to the Youth Services Department! Our Teen Justice League will package and donate these to local homeless shelters to help those in need. Get your name on the “Wall of Fame” for every item donated, a prize will be awarded to the person who donates the most items! Items accepted, but not limited to: toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, combs & brushes, wet wipes, nail clippers, etc. Travel-sized donations are preferred, but all donations will be accepted.

For more information on Teen Justice League, please visit: https://benlib.org/teen-justice-league/

 

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.