Summer Reading 2020
Prize Pick-up

All Summer Reading Program registrants can stop by the library to pick up your prizes. Prizes for children 6th grade and younger are at the Youth Services Desk downstairs, while prizes for teens and adults are at the Adult Reference Desk on the main level. Prizes will be available through September 5, 2020.
Open
Changes to BPL Hours - Now Open our Regular Schedule
Beginning Monday, August 17, we will be resume our normal business hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: closed through Labor Day,
then open 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Building 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.
  • Time in the library is limited to 1 hour.

Meeting Room usage and in-person indoor programming will continue to be unavailable through October 31, 2020.

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.
We’re partnering with Keith’s Komix to offer free comic books for all ages! Stop by the Adult Services Reference Desk for your free comic now through September.
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.

You can also watch previous programming on our
YouTube channel at your convenience
Check out our YouTube video premiere of

A list of supplies needed will be in the video description.
 
 

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
7:00-8:00 P.M.
This week's theme:
All Requests

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 Computer Programs
Excel PivotTables
Monday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating dynamic lists using Excel PivotTables. Modifying reports, formatting tables, and keeping data tables up to date will be discussed. Students will work with several examples to develop a comfort level with the tools Excel provides. Click here to register or for more information.
Virtual Teen Programs
Teen GREEK MYTHOLOGY Scavenger Hunt
August 23 - 29

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 Weekly Youth 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.
This week's storytime is called Back to School
and has a craft associated with it. Find the craft page in our Take It, Make It Craft Cabinet outside the library or you can print your own here.
Virtual Escape Room:
Escape the Mummy's Tomb!
Open now!

Grades 3-6

Click through the clues to think your way out of the Egyptian Mummy's Tomb. Online only. See our calendar for the link.
Outdoor Kids' Activities
Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Calling all detectives: Join our Outdoor Scavenger Hunts! Each month a new page will be in the new box to the left of our front door. Grab your sheet, look for the matching images, unscramble the clues and spell the mystery word! Once you've found all of the clues and solved the puzzle, bring your sheet to the Youth Services Desk to receive a prize!
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!
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!
BPL General Information:
The library has resumed normal business hours. All in-person library programs and meeting room reservations are cancelled through October 31, 2020.

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

Online Services: Many services are available online when the building is closed: 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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