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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Keep Kids Learning: Free Online Resources

Looking to keep your kids engaged and learning? Take advantage of the wealth of free, online, educational resources available to you for free – from home! Explore this list we’ve compiled of our favorite lessons, games, science experiments, storytimes, live demonstrations, virtual tours, and more! We’ll be adding more resources as we discover them, and if you have a favorite free, online resource that you love that isn’t listed here, please share it with us!

KidLit: Explore the World of Children’s Literature

Enjoy fun read-aloud, crafts, lessons and fun interviews from authors. KidLit is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, and creators working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter

Is your child’s school closed due to coronavirus concerns? PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home. ALL AGES

Brookfield Zoo: Bring the Zoo to You!

Join Brookfield Zoo on Facebook every weekday at 11:00 a.m. Central for a “Bring The Zoo To You” Facebook Live featuring one of our animals as well as plenty of educational, informative insight from one of our Animal Care Specialists. ALL AGES

Watch Bensenville Library Storytimes: On Demand!

Take your favorite storytimes with you – wherever you are! Watch as your favorite Bensenville Community Public Library librarians, and other special guests, read a variety of stories to you.

Read Brightly: Reading Through It Together

Brightly has put together educational resources and engaging activities so there’s always something to keep your kids occupied. Whether you’re looking to keep them focused on learning, just need some peace and quiet, or a little of both, we’re here for you.  AGES: 0 to 13+

Wonderopolis

Each day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites today. ALL AGES

National Geographic Learn at Home

A curated collection for curious learners in grades K-3. With minimal supplies needed, these activities will keep young learners’ minds engaged in social studies, geography, science, and more. GRADES: Kindergarten to 3rd

Stuck at Home Science: by the California Science Center

Fight boredom and continue your child’s science learning with easy to follow activities. Designed for families to explore, investigate, and learn together without ever needing to leave the house. All activities use easy to find household supplies. ALL AGES

Scholastic: Learn at Home

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. GRADES: PreK to 9th

Tumblebooks

Download, read, and listen for free!

  • TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device.

  • There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly!

  • Free, unrestricted access until August 31, 2020.

K-6 children’s eBook database

K-6 math eBook database

Grades 7-12 eBook database

All ages audiobook database

Audible: Stories | Free Audiobooks!

For as long as schools are closed, kids and families everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream! ALL AGES

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of creating together. ALL AGES

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. AGES: 0 to 8

NASA STEM

Launch rockets, build a Moon Habitat, solve spacey puzzles, and more! These science, technology, engineering, and math activities are fun for kids, adults, and the whole family. GRADES: Kindergarten to 12th

The Spanish Experiment

Online beginner Spanish lesson with audio, and well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English. ALL AGES

Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Learning doesn’t just have to be about writing, math, or reading! Use these scavenger hunt ideas to get your kids active – both mentally and physically. ALL AGES

YMCA 360: Online Exercise Classes

Take group exercise classes right in your own home at no charge for a limited time! Explore sports classes and more for people of all ages and all interests. ALL AGES

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Created by Peters Township Public Library, use your knowledge of Harry Potter and try to escape as a family or by yourself! AGES: 9+

Write Your Name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Royal Ontario Museum

Learn to write your name like ancient Egyptian royalty! The Royal Ontario Museum breaks down at-home activities into learning goals, background information, and also provides step-by-step instructions. AGES: 8 to 14+

Jumping Jax Gym: Kids Workout

25 minutes of physical activity to get your kids moving while indoors! ALL AGES

San Diego Zoo: Watch & Learn

The Southern California animal park has a website just for kids, featuring animal profiles, fun facts, stories, videos, activities, games and conservation information. Craft activities include instructions for making sock puppets, animal figures, a pinata and more. ALL AGES

Shark Story Hour

Brought to you by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy! Join them weekdays at 10:00 a.m. for live videos or anytime for their saved content. Hear great read alouds and learn facts about your favorite underwater friends – SHARKS! AGES: geared towards K-5 grade, but good for all ages

Story Time From Space

Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation that sends children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. ALL AGES

Virtual Farm Tours: American Dairy Association

Tour a farm and learn more about how Farmers grow and raise what you eat.

AGES: 4-9 | AGES: 10-13 | AGES: High School

Circle Time Fun

Circle Time sessions are dynamic and interactive. You have an opportunity to spend time with your child, as the educator leads you through developmentally appropriate hands-on activities. Free Beta Classes available. AGES: 0 to 6

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from home. Many museums, zoos, and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. It’s easier than ever to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch. ALL AGES

ABC Mouse – Free 30 Day Trial!

Full online learn curriculum available for a free for 30 days. Content available in math, science, reading, and art & colors.  AGES: 2 to 8

Operation Storytime

Have fun listening to your favorite children’s authors read you a storyAGES: 0 to 7

Search on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube using #OperationStorytime

Free Coloring Pages

Find lots of fun and free pages to color for hours for fun. ALL AGES

Nickelodeon Parents

Find printables, recipes, crafts and more from your child’s favorite Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows. AGES: 1 to 12

Children’s Clothing Drive


May 1—31, 2020

Image result for children's clothingAll month long bring in your new or gently used children’s clothes to the Youth Services Department! Our Teen Justice League will package and donate these to local charities that supply clothing to children in need.

Get your name on the “Wall of Fame” for every item donated, a $20 gift card prize will be awarded to the person who donates the most items!

New items ONLY accepted for socks and underwear, gently used items accepted for shirts, pants, and sweaters in children’s’ sizes 2T to 10. All items must be in good condition; items with holes or tears will not be accepted.

 

 

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!

Youth Programs

Youth Special Events

  • Summer Reading 2020 & Kickoff Event
  • The Lucky Band: A Grammy-winning family band!
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
  • No School Movie
  • Spring Butterfly Ball
  • Mother’s Day Card Making
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Father’s Day Card Making

Youth Summer Friday Special Events

  • Lil’ Block Party
  • DuPage County Farm Bureau Presents: Honeybees
  • DIY Bookends
  • Andertoons Presents: Boom! Pow! Smash!
  • Rockin’ and Reading with Leonardo
  • Drive-In Theater
  • Nursery Rhyme Olympics
  • The Stu Show: Be Kind, Be Positive, and Read!

Spring Break Programs

  • Lunchtime Theater
  • Build-A-Poem Terrarium
  • Art Club
  • Teen Crafting
  • Video Game Clue Tournament
  • Life-Size Candy Land: Family Edition!
  • See all of our Spring Break programs on our calendar

Summer Programs

  • Storytime at the Park
  • The Reading Club
  • Klub Książki
  • Art Club
  • Summer Reading with Adele
  • Disney+ Lunchtime Theater
  • Summer Reading 2020 & Kickoff Event
  • The Lucky Band: A Grammy-winning family band!
  • Teen Crafting
  • Video Game Club
  • Video Game Club Tournament
 

Bensenville Community Public Library Photo Policy

The Bensenville Community Public Library reserves the right to utilize photographs or video taken at the Library for publicity purposes in printed materials and online. All Library patrons consent to the use of their photo taken at the Library or during Library events, unless they specifically inform staff of an objection to such use. No names will be utilized in conjunction with photos without express written consent.

Museum Adventure Pass

 

Visit the Library and check out a museum with the Museum Adventure Pass program! You can use your Bensenville library card to check out a pass to great Chicago area museums! Museums that participate in the program include:

  • Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
  • Bronzeville Children’s Museum
  • Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)
  • Cantigny Park
  • Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton  College
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
  • Elgin History Museum
  • Elgin Public Museum
  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • KidsWork Children’s Museum
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
  • Naper Settlement
  • Oriental Institute Museum
  • Pleasant Home Foundation
  • St. Charles Heritage Museum

Stop by the Library and check out a museum pass today! For more information visit the Museum Adventure Pass website.