In accordance with the April 23rd announcement of Governor Pritzker's extension of the Stay at Home order, the library building will be closed until further notice. All in-person library programs and meeting room reservations are canceled through May 31, 2020. Find our latest updates on our website ,   Facebook page , or by signing up for our  eNewsletters
Questions:  For help while the library building is closed, please check our  FAQ  or email
Virtual Programs :  Enjoy our virtual programming via  Facebook YouTube , and  Zoom
Online Services :  Many services are available online when the library building is closed, including  library card registration eBooks and downloads online learning , and more. 
BPL News
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.
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
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. 
Virtual Programs and Digital Resource Update
Adult Services has been working to bring our usual range of programming to the virtual world. Keep a look out for more information as available.
Martina Mathisen Presents: Mae West
Monday, May 11
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Mae West: she shattered box office records and public sensibilities. She rocketed from Broadway to become the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Her one-liners scandalized the censors yet made her an icon. She rescued studios from bankruptcy and created stars. Without her, Cary Grant would have remained a nobody. Meed the woman behind the wit. Who was Mae West, really? Join this fun presentation and find out! Martina will present her living history portrayal of Mae West LIVE on Monday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m., and the video will remain available to view through May 24th. Check out the promo video on YouTube.
Chef Maddox Presents: Quarantine Cuisine
Weekly on Thursdays - April 30 through May 28

We will post a recipe and YouTube link on our 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 through May,
7:00-8:00 p.m.

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.

May 7 - 80's (video on YouTube) | May 14 - Disney | May 21 - ICONS | May 28 - 70's
Online Resources:

Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine distribution service which lets users access their favorite magazines from a variety of publishers through the library. Get instant access to your favorite magazines on mobile devices with the Flipster app or on your computer by visiting

NEW: Teen Video Game Scavenger Hunt
May 17 through May 30

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
Art Class for Teens: Start Your Own Bestiary
Tuesday, May 19
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us on Zoom to learn about Medieval bestiaries and create your own beast 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. Space limited to 10 participants in grades 7-12, registration required .
Virtual Weekly Storytimes & Programs
Youth Services has been recording virtual storytimes and programs to be shown on our YouTube channel.

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, 7:00-7:15 p.m.
(then available any time*) on YouTube 
Virtual Program:
Storytime with Miss Leslie
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
Virtual Program:
Stem Club: Tech Time
Thursday, May 14 | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
(then available any time) on YouTube
for Grades 3-6
Libraries are more than books - they are a great place to learn technology too, even remotely! Learn from this virtual program with tech in STEM Club!
Storybook Trail
Need to get out of your house on a beautiful day but keep up social distancing? Take a stroll on the Storybook Trail! Sponsored by the Bloomingdale Public Library and Bloomingdale Park District, the Storybook Trail follows the walking path at Circle Park. The story changes seasonally and has just been updated to Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson.
Come out and enjoy a beautiful scene, a bit of exercise, and a fun book!
Tech Programs Go Virtual!
Virtual Program:
Cutting the Cord
Saturday, May 16 | 2:00-3:30 p.m.
on YouTube 

Explore entertainment options beyond paying for cable. In class we will discuss how to connect your TV or other devices to streaming services, what options are out there to replace or improve on current service, and how to determine what’s right for you. Register here
#SupportMYBPL #BloomingdaleStrong
Show your support for BPL by printing out this coloring sheet (click the image for a full-size pdf)! Color it however you'd like, take a pic and post it to your social media (or ours!) with the hashtags #SupportMYBPL | #LibrariesStrong | #BloomingdaleStrong (also printed on the coloring sheet). Then hang it in your window to show your support!
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