Read Beyond the Beaten Path

2022 Summer Reading Program
June 13th - July 25th

This year’s summer reading program is Read Beyond the Beaten Path!

Children keep track of their reading minutes and earn great prizes as they finish benchmarks based on their age.  Kids also earn raffle tickets as they read for fabulous grand prizes. Reading Logs and directions will be available starting Monday, June 13th. 

Adults can win prizes from their own summer reading program which runs at the same time.

Visit the Library each week to answer a fun trivia question for a chance to win more prizes!

Solar Oven S’mores

Ages 6-12
Tuesday, June 21st 4PM
Wednesday, June 22nd 4PM & 6PM
Register by Friday, June 17th

Build an oven and cook some s’mores!



Beaded Wind Chimes

Ages 6-12
Tuesday, July 5th, 4PM
Wednesday, July 6th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Friday, July 1st

Make a pretty wind chime!


Big Kids Book Club!

Mondays, July 11th—August 1st, 4PM
Call to Register

Over the course of 4 weeks, Miss Karen will read aloud James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.  Kids will discuss the readings and do a craft/activity.  Refreshments will be served to celebrate the last week.

(Participants do not have to read the book on their own, but will get a copy and reading schedule in case they have to miss a week.)

Stuffed Animal Story Time and Sleepover

Tuesday, July 12th, 7PM
Register by Friday, July 8th

Children will enjoy a story time with a favorite stuffed animal.  After tuck-ins, stuffed animals will spend the night at the Library.  Children will receive photos of their adventures the next day!

Tie-Dye T-Shirts

Ages  6-12
Tuesday, July 19th 4PM
Wednesday, July 20th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Friday, July 15th

Come tie-dye a t-shirt, perfect to wear all summer long!  T-shirts will be provided.

*Program will take place outside.

Pool Noodle Airplanes

Ages  6-12
Tuesday, August 2nd 4PM
Wednesday, August 3rd 4PM & 6PM
Register by Friday, July 29th

Build a fun plane with pool noodles!

Story Times in the Mornings and Afternoons

Enjoy stories, activities, games, and crafts!

Beecher Bookworm Buddies with Miss Karen
Thursdays & Fridays, 10AM
Runs through June 3rd.
Call to register.

Afternoon Family Storytimes with Miss Karen

Third Wednesday of the Month, 4PM
Wednesday, May 18th
There will be on afternoon story times during the summer.
Call to register.

Summer Story Times in the Park
Location:  The Bandstand at Firemen’s Park
Thursday mornings, 10AM
June 16th -  August 11th
(June 30th story time will be in the Library)

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The goal of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is to encourage caregivers to read to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Reading is important in early childhood - it sets kids up to learn to read and is an indicator of future academic success. Plus it's fun for adult and child!
1,000 books may seem like a lot but this goal can be reached in less than 3 years just by reading 1 book per day. Children receive a sticker and prize for every 100 books read. At 1,000 books, the child will receive a free book, certificate of achievement, and get their picture taken for our bulletin board! Sign up at the Library.

Library Study Rooms Now Available!

The library study rooms are now available.  Study rooms are available for two hour sessions for a max of four people.  Read more about the policies regarding study room use here.

Hoopla Now Available!

Hoopla Digital is now available for Beecher Community Library card holders!

Ebooks, music, audiobooks, comics, TV shows, and movies for all ages are available for checkout and can be enjoyed on all smart devices.

Patrons may check out a set number of items per month.  Best of all, checkouts are immediate…no waiting for holds to be filled!

Visit or download the app.

Beecher Sesquicentennial Books Now Available for Sale!

The Beecher Sesquicentennial Book is now available for sale at the Beecher Community Library! It celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Beecher and covers the years 1995-2020. Also available is the Beecher Quasquicentennial Book (1870-1995). Both were edited by Shirley Biery.

Price is $25 each or $40 for both. Stop by the Library during our curbside hours (M W F 10-2; Tu, Th 3-7), park in a curbside pickup spot, and call one of the phone numbers listed on the sign. Make checks out to Village of Beecher.

Downloadable E-Books and Audiobooks

The Library offers free ebooks and audiobooks through Media on Demand.  To get started, download the Libby (by Overdrive) app on apple and android tablets and smartphones, or for basic ereaders or other devices, click here for further assistance.  Books are available for adults, kids, and teens. 

Books are also available in foreign languages, such as Spanish. 

Need help?  Call (708-946-9090) or visit the Library.  

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Tumblebooks: Read Along Books for Children!

Tumblebooks is a digital collection of animated, talking picture books for children, whether they are learning to read or are already reading! To access TumbleBooks, click here and enter your Beecher Community Library card number. 

Can't Find What You're Looking for in the SWAN Catalog?

If you can't find a books or other materials in our SWAN Online Catalog, the Beecher Community Library may be able to find it for you through statewide interlibrary loan.  Call the Library (708-946-9090) to submit a special request for the material. 

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Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service Available

The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS), offered through the state of Illinois, supports the activities of the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped in providing excellent public library service to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability.  Through this service, citizens can borrow talking books, braille materials, and more.

For more information and to apply, visit the Talking Book and Brialle website.  The Beecher Community Library also offers audiobooks and large print materials for patrons with impaired vision.

Book Club

Join a Book Discussion at the Library

Looking for great reading and wonderful discussion? Try joining one of our book discussion groups.

Call the library for more information.


One-on-One Computer Instruction

The Beecher Community Library is offering 30 minute one-on-one computer sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM-5PM.  The following topics can be covered during the session:

  • Basic Computer Use
  • Using the Internet
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, or PowerPoint

Patrons should have a Beecher Library card and call the library to register for a session at least a day in advance.

Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Pass Program

Come to the library to get free or discounted tickets to 15 Chicago area cultural destinations, including the Brookfield Zoo and Legoland Discovery Center. Passes are available for Beecher Community Library cardholders on a first-come, first-served basis, but you can call the library to find out if passes are available. Visit for more information.


Library Board Meetings

Library board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of month at 7P.M. at the library and are open to the public. Visit the library board page for more information.