What's Going On at BPL in January?
It's not to late to start - celebrate the new year with our
Winter Reading Program!

Open to all ages!
Earn changes to win prizes by reading and completing challenges!

See our website for full details at www.mybpl.org/winterreading
Get Creative with BPL!
At BPL, we have creative activities for all ages and skill levels.
See what's going on this month:
For Adults:
We offer Zoom classes (through March) that allow you to follow along with artist Lindsay Budzynski to create your own art with that month's theme. Limited to 10 adults/teens, registration is required to receive the Zoom link. January's class is Make Your Own Art Nouveau Drawing. Click here for more information and to register.

Adult Take & Make Art Classes are either video classes on our YouTube page or Zoom classes with a theme. The first 20 people that email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org will receive a kit that includes most of the supplies necessary to create one craft. January's class is a Zoom meeting titled Valentine's Day Post Cards. Registration is required via email. Click here for more information.
All previous craft videos can be found on our YouTube page and watched at your convenience.
For Teens:
Our Teen Territory has multiple crafts available monthly via the Teen Take and Make program. Registration is limited to the first 10 teens to email Katie Yager at kyager@mybpl.org. Registration begins on the date listed.

Crafts for January:
1/4 - Mini Garden Plushies
1/11 - Cake in a Cup
1/25 - Origami Art

See the December/January Almanac for more information (page 5).
For Kids:
Kids can enjoy monthly and ongoing creative art programs especially for them!

Virtual Storytimes are on our YouTube channel and are premiered each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. They include songs, stories, and sometimes crafts.

Our Take It, Make It programs are for various ages and include kits to pick up at the library to craft and learn at home.

In January, Tech Time Online for grades 3-6 will be creating Virtual and Paper Snowflakes! Click here for more information.

Also in January we have Valentines for Vets, running January 5-28. Come in to pick up supplies and create a Valentine's card at home, then return it to the Youth Services desk to be delivered to Hines Veteran's Hospital.
Looking for more creative ideas?
Visit mybpl.org!
At mybpl.org, you can access CreativeBug, a crafting site that offers thousands of online art and craft classes to help spark your DIY projects. From knitting to cookie decorating, you're sure to find something new!

Creativebug is free with your library card. Click here for details and other databases that can help you tap into your creativity!
Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth. The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public. 

As always, check our calendar to see exciting programming for all ages!
eNews Update
The Bloomingdale Public Library has 5 monthly eNewsletters and 1 bi-monthly eNewsletter - you may subscribe to just the ones that interest you!

We publish monthly newsletters focused on the following areas:
  • General Interest / Library Information (BPL Bulletin) - this is also published 'as needed' to let you know of important announcements and updates
  • Adult Services (The Shelf Life)
  • Youth Services (Kids' Corner)
  • Teen Programs (Teen Territory)
  • Computer Classes (Tech Talk)
  • Digital Almanac - bi-monthly (BPL Almanac)

Click the link below to update your subscription or add a new email address.
BPL General Information:
Bloomingdale Public Library will remain open during our regular hours. The procedures we currently have in place fit within the state's updated guidelines (which began Friday, November 20). We will continue to offer in-person services such as reference help and book/DVD checkouts, as well as virtual programming, until further notice. Feel free to contact the library with any questions at (630) 529-3120 or email bdref@mybpl.org.

Our meeting rooms are closed through January 31, 2021.

We will be following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the state's Restore Illinois plan as we expand our services in the future. Please see www.mybpl.org/covidinfo for future updates.

Entry Requirements
In order to help protect our patrons and staff, everyone visiting the library must follow these requirements:
  • Building capacity is 35 patrons at a time.
  • Wear a face covering or mask covering their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  • Short visits are recommended, 1-hour time limit with very limited seating is available.

Virtual Programs: Enjoy our virtual programming via FacebookYouTube, and Zoom.

Online Services: Many services are available at any time from home: library card registrationeBooks and downloadsonline learning.

Questions: Please check our FAQ or contact us.
Latest Updates: Check our websiteFacebook page, or by signing up for our eNewsletters.
PLEASE remember that, at this time, we are NOT accepting material donations of any kind. Do not leave boxes of books, papers, DVDs/CDs, etc, outside our doors. We are not able to bring these materials indoors, and left outside they are a hazard and will be damaged by weather. Please hold materials until an announcement is made after we reopen that we are once again accepting donations. We thank you for your patience.
Zoom a Librarian
Need some help with our Library eBooks, streaming movies, databases, or other services? Set up a one-on-one Zoom appointment with us, and a librarian will teach you via video chat.

To make an appointment, call us at 630-924-2730 and leave a voicemail or email us at bdref@mybpl.org
Rent a Tech...from home!
Want 1 on 1 computer assistance on any topic? Call Sean at
630-924-2766 to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with someone in our Computer Services department. 
Wi-Fi Extended throughout Parking Lot
BPL has installed an exterior Wi-Fi antenna to our building so that our Wi-Fi signal now extends throughout our parking lot and Gazebo area. Residents without home Wi-Fi may now use this resource for remote learning, downloading of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and more. We have designated the back row of our parking lot as the official Drive-Up Wi-Fi location and is signed as such. Please remember to keep up social distancing rules. Remember that this is a parking lot that is still used by the Village of Bloomingdale and others, so observe all safety precautions as normal. Wi-Fi is availabe 8:00am to 10:00pm every day.
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