Summer Reading 2018: Reading Takes You Everywhere!

June 11th - July 23rd

The Beecher Community Library is excited to announce the 2018 Summer Reading Program: Reading Takes You Anywhere!

Children keep track of their reading minutes and earn great prizes as they finish certain  benchmarks.  Reading logs and directions will be available starting Monday, June 11th.  Grand prizes will be raffled off for each age group.

Adults can also register for the adult reading program to win prizes.  The adult program runs the same time as the children’s program.

Summer Reading Special Event: Read Around the World

Friday, June 29th, 10AM,
Free, No Registration, All Ages Welcome!

Puppets!  Storytelling! Comedy!  Ventriloquist Chris McBrien will be putting on an entertaining show for kids on traveling the world through reading, Friday, June 29th at 10 A.M.

Join us for this hilarious, fun-filled educational event!  All ages welcome!

Yarn Turtles (Ages 6-12)

Wednesday, May 30th, 4PM
Register by Wednesday, May 23rd

Make a cute turtle with yarn and
popsicle sticks!

Let's Speak Spanish Story Time

Ages 5+
Thursdays, June 14th, 21st, 28th, & July 5th
9:30 A.M.
Register by the Saturday immediately preceding the scheduled story time.

Let’s have fun and learn some Spanish!  This story time will incorporate Spanish words.  Story times will have a theme, such as “around the house.”

Tetrahedral Kite (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, June 12th 4PM
Wednesday, June 13th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, June 6th
Build a colorful tetrahedral kite and try to make it fly!
*Kite flying will take place outside.

Sprout Houses (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, June 26th 4PM
Wednesday, June 27th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, June 20th
Let’s build a little sponge house that grows grass or sprouts.

Stuffed Animal Story Time and Sleepover for Young Children

Wednesday, July 11th, 7PM
Register by Thursday, July 5th

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!

Read to a Dog (Grades 1st - 5th)

Wednesday, July 18th, 3:30-5PM
Registration for a 15 minute session
required.

Sierra the German Shepherd and therapy dog loves to listen to stories.  Come read to her!
 

 

Tie-Dye T-Shirts (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, July 24th 4PM
Wednesday, July 25th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, July 18th

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

*Program will take place outside.

Homemade Ice Cream (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, August 7th 4PM
Wednesday, August 8th 4PM & 6PM
Register by Wednesday, August 1st

Let’s make homemade ice cream in a ziplock bag!

*Program will take place outside.

Preschool Story Time

 Stories, music, and crafts for children ages 3-5!
Wednesdays, 9:30A.M.

No Story Time April 4th
March 7:  Turtles
March 14:  Farm Animals
March 21:  Rain
March 28: Easter
April 11: Bed Time
April 18:  Trains
April 25:  The Circus
May 2:  Firefighters
May 9:  Mother's Day
May 16:  Lady Bugs
May 23:  To Be Determined
May 30: Beaches

Register by the Saturday before the scheduled story time.

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.

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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!