Now Hiring: Library Page/Circulation Clerk

The Library is hiring for one Library Page/Circulation Clerk.  A job description and application is available here.  Applications may also be picked up from the Library.

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

June 10th - July 22nd

This year’s summer reading program is A Universe of Stories!

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 grand prizes. Reading Logs and directions will be available starting Monday, June 10th. 

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

Everyone can win Buddy’s gift certificates from our fun weekly trivia raffles!

Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles Show

Friday, June 21st, 2PM
All Ages Welcome, No Registration Required

 

The Traveling World of Reptiles is an up-close, live, hands-on presentation about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. The show is very funny, educational and interactive. Be sure to join us and see a 15 foot python, 5 foot monitor lizard, alligator, giant tortoise and many more!

Note:  This event will take place in the basement of the Beecher Community Hall, 673 Penfield St.

Name Bracelets (Ages 6-12)

Wednesday, May 22nd, 4PM
Register by Wednesday, May 15th

Make cute beaded bracelets with your name or other fun phrases!

Stained Glass (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, June 11th 4PM
Wednesday, June 12th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, June 5th
Make a pretty stained glass frame to hang on your window!
*This program will take place outside.

Dogs, Dogs, and More Dogs!

Wednesday, June 19th, 4PM
Register by Friday, June 14th

Ages 5+
Learn about man’s best friend!   A Passion for Animals Inc. will present and discuss the short video “In the Company of Dogs” which teaches kids how to greet dogs, read their body language, and prevent attacks/bites.  We’ll even have a dog as a special guest!

Pool Noodle Rocket Flinger (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, June 25th 4PM
Wednesday, June 26th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, June 19th
Make a pool noodle rocket that flies!

*Rocket flying will take place outside.

Stuffed Animal Story Time and Sleepover for Young Children

Wednesday, July 10th, 7PM
Register by Wednesday, July 3rd

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 23rd 4PM
Wednesday, July 24th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, July 17th

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

*Program will take place outside.

Propeller Cars (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, August 6th, 4PM
Wednesday, August 7th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, July 31st

Build a cool car that runs by propeller!

Summer Library Story Times for All Ages!

All storytimes begin at 9:30AM before the Library officially opens at 10AM.  Doors open for story time participants at 9:15AM.  Call the Library to register!

Baby Lapsit
Monday Mornings, 9:30AM
Stories and songs for baby and caregiver to enjoy together!

Toddler Time (2-4 Years Old)
Wednesday Mornings, 9:30AM

Lots of songs, dancing, stories, and a craft just for
toddlers!

Preschool Story Time (3-5 Years Old)
Thursday Mornings, 9:30AM, Runs Through June 6th

Preschool age children can enjoy stories, music, crafts, and more at our story time.

Family Story Time For All Ages
Thursday Mornings, 9:30AM, Begins June 13th

Books, music, crafts, and fun for everybody. 

Let's Speak Spanish Story Time
Ages 5+, Tuesdays June 11th - July 16th, 9:30AM, Call the Library to Register!

Let’s learn some Spanish!  Kids can learn Spanish while they hear stories, sing songs, and more!

Thanks for Helping with the 29th Annual Used Book Sale

Our thanks to those who helped move the books from the Library across the street to the Community Building.


Left to Right: David Hudik, Greg Szymanski, Bob Barber, Steve Reilly, Jerry Meyer, Frank Basile, Blake Wehling


Kids Helping with the Sale:
Front Row, Left to Right:  Michael Carr, Alex Vandermay, Jack Flora
Back Row, Left to Right:  Emily Vlach, Brendan Bunte, Taylor Forsythe, Nick Smith

 

Book Donations

The library accepts book donations for either our collection or our Annual Book Sale, sponsored by the Beecher Community Library Foundation.

Items accepted include clean adult fiction and non-fiction in all genres, as well as children and youth books.  Due to changing reading habits, videos, text books, manuals, and pocket paperback books will no longer be accepted. 

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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.

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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.

Free Music Now Available Through Freegal

Patrons can now download 3 songs per week through Freegal to keep.  Songs are compatible with most electronic devices (computers, tablets, smartphones, Apple products, mp3 players, etc.).  An app is also available for Apple and Android devices.

To get started visit the Freegal website or FAQs. A valid library card and PIN from the Beecher Community Library is required to use this service.  

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.

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DVD/CD Dropbox

For your convenience, the Library now has an outdoor DVD/CD Drop Box for DVDs, audio books, and music CDs. A $2.00 fine will be charged for any books put in the DVD/CD Drop Box, and the patron will be responsible for any resulting damaged media. A $2.00 fee will also be charged for any media put in the book drop. It is important that materials go in the right box, so expensive, fragile media doesn't get crushed by heavy books!