August/September programming is now available in the Village Almanac! Click here to see the library's upcoming programming.
Open
We're Open!
We will be open to the public the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

New Requirements
In order to help protect our patrons and staff, everyone visiting the library must follow these requirements:
  • 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.

Questions? Call us at 630-529-3120, email bdref@mybpl.org or see our website at www.mybpl.org/covidinfo.
BPL Makerspace
While our building has been closed to the public, we've been hard at work creating a new makerspace in the library.

We're asking for your input on what you’d like to see in YOUR makerspace, including equipment and instruction, as well as what types of hours would suit your needs. A survey can be found at www.mybpl.org/survey, or at www.mybpl.org/makerspace.
Saturday is the last day to log your accomplishments for
Summer Reading 2020
June 1 - August 1

For more information, go to www.mybpl.org/srp for details and links for logging your information.

Participants will be contacted about prize pickup.
Digital Resource & Programs
We have been working to bring our usual range of information and programming to the virtual world. Keep a look out for more information as available.
Click here for updates on accessing your favorite databases from home,
like Ancestry.com, CreativeBug and Kanopy.
When the Music Died... The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' Breakup
Monday, August 3
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Zoom Webinar
It was 50 years ago in spring/summer of 1970 that the Beatles called it quits. Incredibly, it was only 6 years earlier that the Beatles exploded in America on the Ed Sullivan Show.  However, in that brief period they became - and remain - the world’s most iconic band thanks to a treasure chest of memorable songs and an uncanny ability to chart fresh musical direction with every new release. Using performance and interview clips we’ll investigate the reasons it all fell apart 50 years ago and what – if anything - could have been done to keep the band intact. It was 50 years ago in spring/summer of 1970 that The Beatles called it quits. Using performance and interview clips, we’ll investigate the reasons it all fell apart and what - if anything - could have been done to keep the band intact. 

Registration required - click here to register. You will receive the Zoom link by email 3 days before and the day of the event. If you don't receive the link, please check your spam/junk folder.

Presented by Gary Wenstrup,a lecturer on pop music history at Oakton, Harper, and the College of DuPage. 
Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine
Weekly on Thursdays through August
We will post a recipe and YouTube link on our calendar and Facebook page . It will be available for you to watch the entire day on Thursday before the video is taken down, so you can watch at a time that is convenient for you. No registration necessary.
Total Request Live:
BPL Piano Show
Featuring Kaleen Dolan

Thursdays in August
NEW TIME for August shows: 6:00-7:00 P.M.
THIS WEEK'S THEME - TBA

Kaleen Dolan will be performing themed piano shows via Facebook Live for our BPL audience! She will be taking your requests on Facebook Live to keep you and your families entertained while you are staying safe at home.

 Gather the family around and sing along to some of your favorites each week on Facebook Live! (Facebook account not required). See our calendar here and our Facebook events here . You can watch past videos on our YouTube channel.
Virtual Art Class: Make Your Own Surrealist Drawing
Tuesday, August 11
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us on Zoom to learn about Surrealism and create your own Surrealist drawing with artist Lindsay Budzynski. Supplies needed: paper, pencils/erasers, ruler. Tracing paper, markers, or colored pencils optional. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom, and the Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you the week of the event. Registration is required and limited to 10 participants, teens are welcome to register.  register here
Virtual Teen Programs
Teen Take and Make: Color-In Stained Glass
August 1 - 8

Pick up your craft kit and let the sun shine in with this sensational reimagining of Paper Stained Glass!  Color‑in Stained Glass takes coloring sun catchers to radiant new heights. Decorate your windows to see beautiful colors and designs! Limited to 10 teens.  

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1. Please email Katie Yager at  kyager@mybpl.org  if you're interested in this craft project. 
Teen DC UNIVERSE Scavenger Hunt
August 2 - 8

Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be announced when the scavenger hunt closes. One entry per teen, grades 7-12. Click Here to Start!
Virtual Art Class for Teens:
Create Your Own Character
Tuesday, August 4
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us on Zoom to learn basic drawing techniques and draw your own unique character. Supplies needed: paper, pencils/erasers, ruler. Tracing paper, markers, or colored pencils optional. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom, and the Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you the week of the event.  Registration is required and limited to 10 participants in grades 7-12.
Virtual Weekly Storytimes & Programs
As virtual programs begin to be more plentiful, check our calendar and our Facebook events for more details and availability.
Virtual Program:
Wednesday Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
(then available any time*) on YouTube 

*Copyright restrictions only allow our storytime videos to be shown for a limited time and will be removed based on agreements with publishers.
Virtual Program:
STEAM - Design, Craft, and Share
Thursday, August 6 10:30-11:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Calling all scientists, tech kids, engineers, artists, and mathematicians!
Sign up, drop in to the Youth Services area to pick up your bag of miscellaneous craft materials, then go home and design something awesome! Join our Zoom call on Thursday, August 6 for a LIVE show and tell and show off your creation. We can't wait to see and hear all about what you designed and how you did it!

Pick up materials at the Youth Services desk between July 31 and August 5.

Space/kits are limited and registration is required before kit pickup.
Take It Make It: Rock Out and Learn About Geology
Friday, August 14 | 10:30-11:05 a.m.
for grades K-6


In this Take and Make Program we will provide you with everything you need to get started with a rock collection. Watch a video to learn a little about the different kinds of rocks and how to perform science experiments to identify rocks. Pick a kit at the Youth Services desk that will have materials to make a rock collection including some sample rocks to hide in the yard to have a real rock collecting experience.

Sign up is required to participate and is limited to 15 children.
Pick up will begin August 10 and you have until August 14 to pick up your materials.
Take It, Make It - Kid's Craft Kits
Want to create a craft? Each week, staff will design new craft kits for 24/7 pick-up at our library craft container along Fairfield Way. Stop by anytime to take a kit to make at home!
Kindness Rocks
Take a walk along Fairfield Way and check out our Kindness Rock Garden!
Take one for inspiration,
Share one for motivation,
Leave one to help our garden grow!
BPL Building Update
The library building is reopening on Monday, July 6. All in-person library programs and meeting room reservations are canceled through August 31, 2020. 

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

Online Services : Many services are available online when the building is closed:  library card registration eBooks and downloads online learning .

Questions: Please check our  FAQ  or  contact us .
Latest Updates: Check our  website Facebook 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 8:30am to 10:00pm every day.
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