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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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


Beading Workshop

Third Saturday of the month* at 1:30 p.m.
AGES: 8 to 16 years old

Sept. 21 | Oct. 19 | Nov. 16 | Jan. 18 | Feb. 15

Join Mr. Parish for an awesome, casual craft the third Saturday of each month! Let your imagination run wild as you use all sorts of different colored beads and create whatever design you’d like. Every month we will highlight a different style bead — pony beads, perler beads, glass beads, and more. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. *The Beading Workshop does not meet in December.

Teen Justice League

Second Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m.*
AGES: Incoming/current high school students

Are you a student in high school who is looking for community opportunities? Do you like pizza? Join us at the library for a free pizza lunch and earn some volunteer hours while doing so. This is a community service club made for teens. Teens will develop and implement service projects to learn leadership skills.

March 10 | Easter Bunny Workshop (preparing crafts, etc.)
April 14 | Clean Up Your Library
May 12 | Korthauer Log Cabin *Meets at 2:30 p.m.
June 9 | Children’s Clothing Drive
July 14 | Teen Choice
August 11 | Library Summer Toy Cleaning

Questions about Teen Justice League? Contact the Youth Services Department!

Twilight Tales

Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 0 to 8 years old

Families are welcome to join us after a long day to listen to our favorite relaxing bedtime tales and rhymes. A simple coloring craft will also be provided. Registration is not required, but space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Little Listeners

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
AGES: 3 to 5 years old

Join Ms. Diane as we read lively stories, sing songs, and do some early learning about letters and counting. We will finish by making a fun craft to take home! This program is designed for children with a little longer attention span. (We also love homeschoolers!) Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and preschoolers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. 

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!

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.

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

Trivia at the YS Desk!

Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia
Monday, September 16 — Tuesday, October 15 

Help us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and stop by the YS Desk to test your knowledge about famous Hispanic heroes! Each day we’ll have a different icon on display; answer correctly for a sweet treat!

Black History Month Trivia
Monday, February 3 — Saturday, February 29

Help us celebrate Black History Month and stop by the YS Desk to test your knowledge about famous Black heroes! Each day we’ll have a different icon on display; answer correctly for a sweet treat!