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4th Of July Hours

Friday, July 1st:  10AM-4PM
Saturday, July 2nd:  9AM-Noon
Monday, July 4th:  CLOSED
The parking lot will open for all 4th of July festivities.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

Summer Reading 2016: Read for the Win!

June 13th - July 25th

The Beecher Community Library is excited to announce the 2016 Summer Reading Program, Read - For the Win!

Children keep track of their reading minutes and earn great prizes as they finish 300, 600, and 900 minutes.  Reading logs and directions will be available starting Monday, June 13th.  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.

Read to a Dog

Tuesday, June 28th, 3:30-5PM
Registration for a 15 minute session required.
For kids going into grades 1st - 5th

Sierra the German Shepard and therapy dog loves to listen to stories.  Come read to her!
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Wetland Wonders (All Ages)

Wednesday, June 29th, 3-5PM
No Registration Required

Come join the Interpreters from Plum Creek Nature Center at Goodenow Grove to discover all the cool critters that live right under your waterways.  Learn why protecting our water is important and just how little freshwater we have!  We will bring the water to you for easy, fun, wet exploration.  So come out and get up close and personal with us and our wetland wonders.

This is a free, drop-in, accessible program for all at ages that will take place at the Beecher Community Library.

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Bubble Wands (Ages 4-12)

Wednesday, July 6th 4PM
Thursday, July 7th 4PM
Register by Wednesday, June 29th

We’re making beaded bubble wands, and then playing with bubbles!

*Program will take place outside.

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Stuffed Animal Storytime for Young Children

Wednesday, July 13th, 7PM
Register by Wednesday, July 6th

Children will enjoy a story time and craft. After tuck-ins stuffed animals will spend the night at the Library.  Children will receive photos of their adventures the next day!

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Tie Dye T-Shirts (Ages 7-12)

Wednesday, July 20th, 4PM
Thursday, July 21st, 4PM
Register by Wednesday, July
13th

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

*Program will take place outside.

Ping Pong Ball Launcher

Ping Pong Ball Launcher (Ages 7-12)

Wednesday, August 10th, 4PM
Thursday, August 11th, 4PM
Register by Wednesday, August 3rd

Build a machine that flings a ping pong ball!

 

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The Beecher Community Library is now on Facebook!

The Library is now on Facebook.  We'll be posting event information, book reviews, and more!  Like us here.

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The New Online Catalog is Here!

Our new online catalog is up and running at catalog.swanlibraries.net/bcs.  Patrons may now resume placing holds, renewing,  and paying fines online.

Remember:  Your PIN is now the last 4 digits of your phone number.  You may change it once you login to your account.  If you are having problems logging in, give us a call and we can verify your PIN.

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.  

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New Library Hours

Beginning January 2nd, the Beecher Community Library will be open Monday through Friday, 10A.M. - 7P.M. and Saturday from 9A.M. - Noon.

One of the strongest comments from our recent survey concerned improving our hours.  In response, the Library Board of Trustees has expanded our hours to make them more convenient and easier to remember.

We appreciate all those who took the time to fill out our survey!

 

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Open House to Celebrate Carol Harris's Retirement

 
Carol Harris was honored at an Open House at the Beecher Community Library on Sunday, December 8, 2013.  She will retire at the end of the year.  The event was sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees.  View a slideshow of the event.

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Library Program Pictures

The library hosts many programs throughout the year, including children's storytimes, book discussions, summer readling programs, and occasional special programs for adults and kids.  View a slideshow from some of our programs here.

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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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Book Donations

The library accepts book donations for either our collection or our annual book sale. The library does not accept Reader's Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, or magazines, including National Geographic. Please do not put donations in the book drop.

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Downloadable Ebooks and Audiobooks are Here!

Click here to visit our helpful Media on Demand page.

Remember, this is a seperate service from the lending of physical items. Staff has no control over your account through Media on Demand because your items will not show up in our circulation software or in the SWAN catalog. We won't be able to contact you when holds are available either, as this is done via email.

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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!

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E-Resources Now Available

The Beecher Community Library now subscribes to online databases our patrons can access from their home on their computers. Articles in hundreds of magazines, professional and peer-reviewed journals, or newspapers are available through these databases to aid you in your research. Topics include business, health, gardening, the environment, literature, home improvement, and so much more! Kids can even look up information for school projects on kid-friendly websites like "Student Resource Center Gold" or "Kids InfoBits." .

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2012 Holiday Housewalk Pictures

The Beecher Community Library partipated in the 2012 Holiday Housewalk, sponsored by the Beecher Beautification Committee.

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Foreign Language Materials and the Library

Books, movies, and other materials in Spanish and other languages are available to order through our online catalog(SWAN). Ebooks in other languages may be downloaded via Media on Demand as well. To find these materials, simply click on "advanced search" and pick the language of your choice in the language field.

Hispanic magazines are available for research via the inform? database.