Day of the Dead: DIY Calaveras


Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
AGES: 13 years old and up

Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) is an important holiday in Mexican culture — family and friends gather to pray for their dead loved ones’ journey in the afterlife with parades, food, and ceremonial altars. One traditional offering left on altars are intricately decorated calaveras, or skulls. Join us as 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.

 

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.

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.

 

No School Movies


Friday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m., Detective Pikachu

Friday, November 29 at 1:00 p.m., The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Friday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m., Kim Possible: Disney Live Action

No school? No problem! Join us for a movie on the days that school is closed 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. Admission to the show is free! Admission is open to all, though space is limited. All films are rated PG. Registration is not required to attend, but space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages!

 

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.

Holiday Card Making


Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 5 years and up, adults welcome

There are many ways to tell someone that they are in your thoughts during the holidays—the most creative is by making them a homemade holiday card! Join us for an evening of holiday crafting and cheer. Registration is not required to attend, but space and supplies are limited on first-come, first-served basis.

 

Learn To Take Photos


Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.
AGES: 13 years old and up

Do you want to learn how to take photos using a digital camera? Want to take better photos with your phone? We will utilize the Library’s beautiful grounds and walk through the Garden of Knowledge and around the historic Korthauer Log House to learn photography basics with a professional photographer. You are welcome to bring your digital camera or phone camera if you’d like to practice your photo skills first-hand. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held indoors.

Bensenville Reads & Author Visit: Reyna Grande


Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.
AGES: 12 years and older, adults welcome 

The Bensenville Library and Bensenville School District 2 are delighted to welcome award winning author Reyna Grande! Ms. Grande will talk with the audience about her books, her life experiences, and her career as an author.

A limited number of copies of The Distance Between Us and The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition will be available for giveaway in English and Spanish beginning on Sunday, September 15. Copies will also be available for purchase the evening of the event. Book autographs will end precisely at 8:00 p.m. Free copies and author autographs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.