Trustee Election Packets Available

Petitions are available beginning September 20, 2022 at the Beecher Community Library for the April 4, 2023 election of Trustees for the Beecher Public Library District.

There are two seats to be elected, each serving six-year terms.  Filing dates are December 12, 2022 to December 19, 2022 during weekday hours from 10AM -5PM at the Beecher Community Library, 660 Penfield St.

Make a Present for Your Parent

Ages  6+
New Session Added:  Thursday, Dec. 8th, 4PM
Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 4PM  SESSION FULL

Register by Friday, Dec. 2nd

Kids will make and wrap a creative gift for a parent or other loved one.

Gingerbread Houses

For Kids of All Ages
NEW SESSION ADDED: Monday, December 19th, 4PM
Wednesday, December 21st, 4PM:  SESSION FULL

Register by Friday, December 16th

Build a gingerbread house!

Noon Year's Eve Party

For Kids Aged Birth - 8
Friday, December 30th, 11AM
Register by Friday, December 23rd

We’ll enjoy games and activities, and at 11:59, we’ll count down to the “noon year” and celebrate with balloons and confetti!

Drop-In Activities

Visit the Library while we’re open and enjoy these activities!

Ornament Coloring
Nov. 7th - Nov. 18th
We’re decorating a Christmas tree on Rt. 1 this year and have some cute book page ornaments to color for our tree!

Elf on a Bookshelf!
Mon, Nov. 28th - Wed. Dec. 21st.
For Kids Only
Everyday Elf will hide amongst the book shelves.  Find him and earn a small piece of candy and raffle ticket for a small prize. 

Christmas Card Making
Mon, Nov 28th - Wed. Dec. 21st.
Write and decorate a Christmas card to mail to family or a friend!

Christmas Community Mosaic
Beginning Mon, Nov 28th
Back by popular demand!  We’ll have a holiday-themed sticker mosaic for the public to enjoy.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Congratulations to everyone who entered pumpkins into our pumpkin decorating contest!  Everyone did a wonderful job, and both adults and children have enjoyed looking at the pumpkins on display.  Don't forget to pick up your pumpkins on Friday 10/28 or Saturday 10/29.  Anything left over will be disposed of.

The winners for the contest are:
Birth - PreK:  1st Place:  Ruby Bivian, 2nd Place:  Davina Hood, 3rd Place:  Ellie Walker
K-5th Grade:  1st Place:  Zoey Manning, 2nd Place: Gabino Bivian, 3rd Place:  Emily Ryan
6th-12th Grade: 1st Place:  Madison Gibson, 2nd Place: Delila Magana, 3rd Place: Marios Killis

                     

 

 

Story Times in the Mornings and Afternoons

Beecher Bookworm Buddies with Miss Karen
Thursdays & Fridays, 10AM
Call to register.

There will be no story times on November 24th & 25th and December 22nd, 23rd, 29th, & 30th.  Story times will resume January 5th & 6th.

Enjoy stories, activities, games, and crafts!

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 hoopladigital.com 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.

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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 www.museumadventure.org for more information.

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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.