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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.

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.

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.
Next week is the last week to participate in
Summer Reading 2020
June 1 - August 1

For more information, click here for the full brochure or go to www.mybpl.org/srp for details and online registration.
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.
Adult Take & Make: Postage Stamp Collage Art
Tuesday, July 28
6:00-7:00 p.m. on YouTube
Check out our YouTube video premiere of "Postage Stamp Collage Art" and learn how to make a simple and beautiful collage art piece for your home.
The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at kgiovanni@mybpl.org or call (630) 924-2735 will receive a take & make bag that includes colorful vintage postage stamps, a 5x7 cut out design, a glue stick, and a 5x7 white frame. Supplies are first come, first served and are limited to 20 Adults. 

Anyone can follow along from home, but must provide their own supplies. Instead of postage stamps, you can use torn up magazines, stickers, or anything colorful to fill in your cutout design, which you can also make yourself by tracing a silhouette image onto construction paper and carefully cutting it out with scissors. 
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

Thursday, July 30
7:00-8:00 P.M.


THIS WEEK'S THEME - TOP 40

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.

Please note: Piano Shows in August will be Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Virtual Computer Programs
Virtual Program:
Google Docs & Cloud Backup
Monday, July 31
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Sean

Google provides a number of free cloud applications perfect for safe storage or collaboration with friends, family, or colleagues. Learn the basics of working with these tools to create, edit, and share documents. Students will also learn about other cloud based backup and recovery options for computers, tablets, and phones. This program will be shown via our YouTube Channel .
Virtual Program:
VHS to Digital
Friday, July 31
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Charlie

Have some old tapes you’d like to be able to watch on a DVD player or share online? Students will learn to use library equipment to digitize VHS tapes and prepare them for modern viewing. Techniques from basic recording to more advanced tricks like chapter creation will be covered.
This program will be shown via our YouTube Channel .
Virtual Teen Programs
Teen CHICAGO BASEBALL
Scavenger Hunt
July 26-August 1

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:
Happy Books, Happy Cooks Storytime
Mondays in July, 7:00-7:30 p.m.
(then available any time*) on YouTube 

*due to copyright restrictions, our storytime videos are not available indefinitely and will be removed based on agreements with publishers
Virtual Program:
Wednesday Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
(then available any time*) on YouTube 

*due to copyright restrictions, our storytime videos are not available indefinitely and will be removed based on agreements with publishers

For this week, create a Dog Puppet before storytime so you can play along! Get a supply kit from our Take & Make Cabinet outside the library. If none are available, you can email bdys@mybpl.org to ask for a set, or make your own with a paper lunch bag and some paper.   Click here for instructions.
Take It Make It: Deep Blue Sea Party
Friday, July 31 | 10:30-11:05 a.m.
for grades K-6


Dive deeper and explore the animals and environments of the ocean with crafts, snacks, interactive displays, music, and virtual field trips from home! Register for a kit today.

Registrants can pick up kits beginning on Monday, July 27. If you have concerns about food allergies, staff will gladly remove the individually wrapped treats from your kit upon request.

Registration to pick up a kit is required.  Click here to register!
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 - 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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