Library OPEN on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Library will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and we will be having baby lapsit that morning.

30th Annual Used Book Sale

Thursday, February 27th: 6-9PM (Early Bird Special)
Friday, February 28th:  8AM-4PM
Saturday, February 29th:  8AM-12PM

Mark your calendars and get ready to fill up bags and bags of books!  It’s time for the Beecher Library Foundation’s Annual Used Book Sale! 

The sale will take place in the basement of the Community Center, 673 Penfield St. and will feature all types of books.  Many thanks to those who’ve donated books throughout the year!

The Library will temporarily cease accepting book donations on Saturday, February 22nd through the time of the sale.

Animal Marionettes

Animal Marionettes

(Ages 6-12)
Wednesday, January 29th, 4PM
Register to attend by Wednesday, January 22nd

Make a marionette puppet!

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Pinterest Party

Wednesday, January 29th, 7PM
Register by Wednesday, January 22nd
$5.00 Fee, Ages 18+

Make a cute garland with playing cards and fabric!

Posicle Stick Catapults

Ages 6-12
Wednesday, February 19th, 4PM
Register by Wednesday, February 12th

Build a catapult with popsicle sticks!

Machu Picchu

Sunday Afternoon Travelogue: A Trek to Machu Picchu

Sunday, February 23rd, 3PM
Refreshments will be served.

Local resident Doug Short will share his travels to Machu Picchu in Peru.  He spent time in the city of Cusco, which was once the capital of the Inca empire and is known for it’s Spanish colonial architecture. 

The journey to Machu Picchu involved arduous hiking and camping, but the views, and the pictures he’ll show us, were well worth it!

BOOK DROP: New Location

We recently replaced our Book/DVD returns with a brand new combined return for books and media.  It is located on the east side of the building. After the addition is finished, patrons will be able to drive around the back of the building to access the return.

Thank you for your patience!

Library Story Times

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,

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

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.

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.

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.

CDs

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!