Adventure Begins At Your Library

2024 Summer Reading: Adventure Begins At Your Library

June 3rd - July 29th

This year’s summer reading program is Adventure Begins At Your Library!

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 fabulous grand prizes. Reading logs and directions will be
available starting Monday, June 3rd. 

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


Outdoor Used Book Sale

During the warm weather months, the Library will have used books for sale on our front veranda for $1 per book.  Children’s picture books, junior books, teen books , and adult books are available for purchase.  

The sale will be ongoing during library open hours until the weather turns cold in the fall.  It will not be available on rainy/wet days.


Butterflies at the Library!

During the month of June, the Library will be growing butterflies from caterpillar larvae.

Drop by the Library from time to time to see our caterpillars eat, harden into chrysalides, and emerge into butterflies!   Patrons are welcome to help us release the butterflies when they are ready* -  we’ll have updates on Facebook and Instagram or you can register and we’ll give you call with the release day.

*Caterpillars grow into butterflies on their own schedule, but the process takes 3-5 weeks.

Story Time

Story Times

Enjoy stories, activities, games, and crafts!  Call to register.

Beecher Bookworm Buddies
Thursdays & Fridays, 10AM
Runs through May 31st.

Summer Story Times in the Park
Location:  The Bandstand at Firemen’s Park
Thursday mornings, 10AM
June 6th - 20th, July 11th - August 1st

Special Super Reader Storytime: 
Thursday, June 27th, 10AM

After story time, a reading specialist will be available to share easy tips on raising a reader and the magic of reading aloud to babies, toddlers, and kids of all ages!  This story time will take place in the Library.

Stuffed Bear

Stuffed Animal Story Time and Sleepover

Tuesday, July 9th, 6:30PM
Register by Friday, July 5th

Children will enjoy a story time with their stuffed animal.  Stuffed animals will spend the night at the Library, and children will receive photos of the animals’ adventures the next day!


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.

Theme:  Clouds, Rain Clouds in a Jar, and Gravity Art
Wednesday, May 15th, 4PM
Register by Friday, May 10th

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Graphic/Hybrid Novel Book Club for Kids

Wednesday, July 17th, 4PM
Pick up a copy and register at the Library

It’s a graphic/hybrid novel book club for kids!  The next book will be Dog Man Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea by Dav Pilkey. After the discussion we will make submarines out of twinkies.

Tape Painting

Tape Painting

Ages 6+
Tuesday, July 23rd, 4PM
Wednesday, July 24th, 4PM & 6PM
Register by Friday, July 19th

Create a geometric work of art!

Paracord Bracelet

Paracord Bracelets

Ages 6+
Tuesday, August 6th,  4PM
Wednesday, August 7th, 4PM & 6PM
Register by Friday, August 2nd

Create a bracelet out of super strong paracord.


Knitting and Crocheting Group

Tuesdays 12:30 - 2:30
April 16th - 30th, May 14th & 21st
Ages 18+, FREE

All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome to attend!  Learn to knit or crochet, get help and advice on your projects, or just come for the camaraderie of fellow yarn enthusiasts.

Participants should bring their own projects.  For those who are just starting to learn, the Library has a list of specific supplies to purchase.  Call the Library to register.

Rock and Roll Roadshow: Music of the 50's, 60's, and 70's Program

The Library’s “Rock and Roll Roadshow:  Music from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s” was held on Thursday, April 11th.  A large number of patrons came to enjoy the music and musical cookies to match the theme. Board trustees Beverly Wehling and Shirley Biery served the cookies and coffee afterward.


Tiny Art Show

Tiny Art Show

For Kids, Teens, And Adults Of All Ages
Patrons of all ages and artistic abilities can pick up a 4x4 inch canvas and paint supplies to create their own masterpiece to display at the Library!  Our tiny art show will run May 3rd - May 18th. 

Important Dates:
April 15th - May 1st:  Canvas and art supplies are available for pick up on a first come first serve basis.  Supplies are limited.
May 2nd:  Return finished art by this date.
May 6th -  May 30th:  Art is on display at the Library!
May 31st:  Artists can pick up their canvases.


Chess Nights

Tuesday, May 28th & Tuesday, June 25th
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.

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.

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!

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

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

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. 


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.


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.


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 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.