Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Join us all month as we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Sones de Mexico: A Musical Geography of Mexico
Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Blackhawk Middle School

Take a guided musical tour around Mexico with Sones de Mexico, a Grammy-nominated folk music ensemble specializing in Mexican ‘son’, including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The group was formed in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive. Join us as we welcome this internationally-renowned musical group to our community and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! This performance is presented in partnership with Bensenville School District 2, and
sponsored by the Bensenville Arts Council.

Colombian Coffee
Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about the history and current production of coffee from Colombia – one of the world’s largest producers of coffee. How is it grown and how is it exported to the United States? We will have a guest presenter from Colombia who currently works in the coffee import business and holds a degree in International Business.

Frida Kahlo and Mexican Art
Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us in welcoming Justin Witte, the current Curator of Cleve Carney Art Gallery of the College of DuPage, as we learn about the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. We’ll explore Kahlo’s portraits and self-portraits, surrealism style, and 20th century works.

Brazilian Sweets
Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Meet Jorgianne and learn how she makes traditional Brazilian sweets!  She will explain how to make three Brazilian dessert dishes referred to in Portuguese as Quindin, Brigadeiro (de Pistachio), and Pave. There will be time to try these delicious treats from Latin America’s largest country.  Registration is not required, but space is limited.

Latin Foods Night
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us and enjoy foods from Mexico, the Caribbean, and other parts of Latin America! Try some foods from a variety of cultures and learn about what is happening at your local library as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Registration not required, but space is limited.

Spanish Conversation Group
Tuesdays from 6:00—7:00 p.m. | September 18—February 26 | Adult Services Area
AGES: Adults and teens

¡Hola amigos! Do you want to practice speaking Spanish? This informal group meets weekly to bring people together to have the opportunity to communicate in Spanish. The goal of the group is to talk about common everyday topics in español. Prior experience with the language is a plus, but anyone with the desire to learn is welcome. Registration not required.

The Piano in Latin America
Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Professional pianist Kimberly Davis will perform works by some of Latin America’s most distinguished composers, including pieces from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guatemala, Brazil, and Argentina.  Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn how each country has left its mark on the piano repertoire.  This bilingual program is a fun and educational musical experience for the whole family.

Game Night: Loteria
Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.
AGES: 13 and up

Let’s play Loteria! Loteria is a popular board game from Mexico that is very similar to bingo.  Come brush up on your Spanish as you fill your bingo card! This bilingual event is for ages 13 and up! Registration is not required but space is limited.

Papel Picado Pennants and the Flags of Latin America
Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Come out to the Library and learn how to make papel picado – the Mexican art of making flags out of colorful paper. We’ll also have some different national flags from Latin countries that you can color and cut out. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Doors to the event will open at 6:45 p.m. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats cannot be held.

Day of the Dead: DIY Calaveras
Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
AGES: 13 and up

The Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) is an important holiday in Mexican culture. During its observance on November 1, family and friends gather to pray for their dead loved ones’ journey in the afterlife. There are parades, food, and ceremonial alters created to honor dead relatives. One traditional offering left on alters are intricately decorated Calaveras, or skulls. We will be painting small ceramic Calaveras in the traditional Mexican style.  Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited. Doors to the event will open at 6:45 p.m. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats cannot be held.

Hispanic Heritage Film Festival

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library will present the following films on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Library:

September 17 – Bless Me, Ultima
September 24 – No culpes al karma de lo que te pasa por gilipollas / Don’t Blame Karma for Being an Idiot 
October 1 – Sin Nombre / Nameless
October 15 – Más negro que la noche / Darker Than Night


Spanish Storytime
First Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. | Third Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
September 6—February 16 | AGES: 2 to 5 years old

Join Lizzeth Fausto as she presents books, rhymes, and movement activities bilingually. A healthy snack will also be provided. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration | Saturday, September 22

Spanish Storytime at 10:30 a.m. | AGES: 2 to 5 years old
Join Lizzeth Fausto as she presents books, rhymes, and movement activities bilingually. A healthy snack will also be provided. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited.

Hispanic Heritage Crafts from 12:00—2:00p.m. | AGES: 3 to 18 years old
Join us for crafts celebrating different Hispanic cultures! All supplies will be provided, just bring your creativity. No registration is required, but it is a first-come, first-served program, and supplies are limited.

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Craft Resources


Art and Craft Shows Net – Search for an arts/crafts show, festival or fair by dates, city, state, or region in this database.

Crafting with your kids

Crochet Guild of America – Dedicated to the art of crocheting.

Fave Crafts – Free craft projects, home decor ideas and DIY tips, new projects and tips added every day.

Free Patterns – Free online patterns for your projects.

Jo-Ann Project Archive – Library of projects for knitters, quilters, crafters and more.

Michaels, the Arts & Crafts Store – Floral and handcraft project ideas.

Pinterest – Arts and Crafts Inspiration! Organize your project ideas and get fresh inspiration.

Quilt.com – Quilting information for the novice, the expert and all those in between.

WoolWorks – Projects for hand-knitters.





Parenting Resources

Positive Parenting DuPage – Official website for the county-wide collaboration comprised of dozens of organizations in DuPage County that work with families during the first three years of a child’s life.

Reading is Fundamental – Founded in 1966, this organization’s site is all about getting kids to read.  Visit their “Reading Planet” section for fun activities and recommended reads.

La Leche League International – Dedicated to providing education, information and support to breastfeeding mothers.

The Baby Center  

Investment Resources


Bankrate – Provides consumers with financial data, research and editorial information on non-investment financial products.

Chicago Board Options Exchange – Official site for the CBOE.

Edgar Database – Database of corporate information from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

InvestorGuide – Covers online brokers, stock information, and provides a comprehensive list of publicly traded companies (including home pages, research, and discussion).

IPO Central – IPO information from Hoover’s Online.

Motley Fool – Wide array of investment resources. Sign up for news to be delivered to your e-mail.

New York Stock Exchange – Official site of the New York Stock Exchange.

NASDAQ Stock Market – Commonly known as the NASDAQ, news and information for the investor of this American stock exchange.



Consumer Resources


Better Business Bureau – Access the national site or find your local bureau.

Consumer Information Center – Provides access to full text of federal consumer publications.

Consumer Product Safety Commission – Government site; report an unsafe product or check on the latest recalls.

Consumer Protection – Government site giving you the scoop on what you need to know to protect yourself from scams and hoaxes.

Consumer World – Large index of online consumer resources.

Edmund’s Consumer Information Experts – New and used car pricing and information.

Kelley Blue Book – New and used car pricing guide.

National Fraud Information Center – Provides information on a variety of frauds and scams.

U.S. Consumer Gateway – Government site providing access to a variety of consumer information

Food Safety Product Recalls