The History of The Chicago Auto Show

Library trustees Beverly Wehling and Shirley Biery helped serve cookies in the shape of automobiles at the special program, "The History of the Chicago Auto Show" on Sunday, February 4th. A record number of patrons attended and enjoyed seeing photos dating from the first auto show in 1901.

KIDS STEAM TEAM!

SCIENCE! TECHNOLOGY! ENGINEERING! ARTS! MATH!  Who knew they could be so much fun!  We'll read a fun book about our STEAM subject for the month, discuss the topic, and end with a project to illustrate and make the subject come to life.  All ages are welcome, but younger children may require some adult help.

Wednesday, January 17th, 4PM
Register by Monday, January 15th
Theme:  Blubber Glove and Other Cold Weather Fun
See if you can make a "blubber glove" to keep your hand warm in cold water!

Wednesday, February 21st, 4PM
Register by Friday, February 16th
Theme:  Sled Challenge
Build different sleds and tracks to race them on!

Chess

Chess Nights

Tuesday, January 23rd & Tuesday, February 27th
6:30-8PM, last game 7:50
Call to register if you haven't done so already.

Enjoy an evening playing chess.  Any age player is welcome, but players must already know how to play the game.  Please bring along a chess set if you have it.

Car Show

The History of the Chicago Auto Show: 1901-2023

Sunday, February 4th, 2PM
Refreshments will be served.

Join auto historian M.J. Frumkin for a multimedia presentation of 100+ years of Chicago Auto Shows.  Witness historic vehicle debuts, decades of muscle and pony cars, imports, supercars, exotic cars, concept cars, stage revues, celebrity visits, and much more!

Tickets to the Chicago Auto show, car care products, and a copy of Frumkin’s book, First To One Hundred: History of the First 100 Chicago Auto Show, will be raffled off at the conclusion of the presentation. 

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Glass Bead Magnets

Ages 6+
Wednesday, February 28th, 4PM
Register by Friday, February 23rd

Make glass magnets from scrapbook paper or your own designs.

 

SWAN Libraries + App

New App for Physical Items Now Available!

The SWAN Libraries + app is available for iOS and Android devices. If you used the old SWAN Libraries app, you can delete it after logging in to the new app.

(Note: The new app is named the same as the old app, just with a “+” at the end.)

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

We are once again hosting a pumpkin decorating contest for kids!  Decorate a pumpkin based on a book or book character.

Winners will be chosen from 0-preschool, K-5th grade, and 6-12th grade.  For each group, first prize will a $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble, with small prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.

October 21st—27th:
Pumpkins will be on display for patrons to enjoy.  They can be picked up the 27th and 28th. Left over pumpkins will be disposed of.

Congrats to Our Winners!
Everyone did a fantastic job of decorating their pumpkins, and judging was extremely difficult!

0-PreK
1st:  Liam L. (Spot)
2nd:  Lainey N. (Sesame Street)
3rd:  Andi R. (The Grinch)

K-5
1st:  Aubrey L. (Pigeon)
2nd:  Addison B. (Turtle)
3rd: Violeta R. (Coco)

6-12th
1st:  Zoey M. (Where the Red Fern Grows)
2nd:  Jaxon E. (Holes)
3rd:  Aaralyn M. (If You Give a Mouse A Cookie)

Here is how judging worked:  All pumpins were assigned a number, so children were anonymous.  Four staff members served as judges.  For each age group, the judges collectively pulled 5 top pumpkins.  The judges then privately ranked the 5 pumpkins from 1 for the best down to 5, and the scores were tallied.  The pumpkins with the lowest total scores won. 

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Roku Player with Pre-Loaded Streaming Services Now Available

Connect a Roku to your TV and enjoy preloaded streaming services for free!  Apple TV+, Britbox, Disney +, Hulu, Max (HBO), Netflix, and Paramount are available!

Requires a wifi network and an HDMI port on your TV.

Beecher Community Library cardholders over the age of 18 may check out a Roku for 2 weeks and renew twice if there are no holds.  Overdue fines will be $1 per day. Please return hotspots at the circulation desk.  $5.00 will be charged if put in the book drop.

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Wifi Hotspots Now Available!

The Beecher Community Library is now circulating wifi hotpots!  Hotspots can be taken anywhere to connect mobile devices, like laptops, tablets or phones, to the internet.

Beecher Community Library cardholders over the age of 18 may check out a hotspot for 1 week and renew twice if there are no holds.  Overdue fines will be $1 per day. Please return hotspots at the circulation desk.  $5.00 will be charged if put in the book drop.

Hotspots can be placed on hold here* or ask at the circulation desk to check one out. 

* "Ask Staff" in the online catalog means the hotspot is available for checkout.  Ask for the hotspot at the circulation desk.

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We’re Growing a Frog From a Tadpole!

From Mid-May through July, the Library will be the temporary home of a tadpole.  Visit the Library to watch its progress as it grows into a frog!

During the first month, we’ll also be taking name suggestions for our new friend.  Look for updates posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Beecher Bookworm Buddies with Miss Jennie

Thursday/Friday Morning (10AM)
Enjoy stories, activities, games, and crafts!

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

                     

 

 

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.