There are so many things going on at Bloomingdale Public Library this month!
It's not too late to celebrate the new year with our Winter Reading Challenge!
Log your books and challenges for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Reading prize drawing:
Log one book, earn one entry. All books count!

Challenge prize drawing:
Log one book in a challenge category, earn one entry. Read books in different genres and subjects to complete challenges.

Join us on Facebook Live for a themed piano show for the whole family!
The video stream will be posted on the library’s Facebook Page shortly
before each show starts at 7:00 p.m.

You can request songs via the comments section, so make sure to come with a few ideas!

January shows are Thursdays, January 7 & 21, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ancestry Library is a research tool for genealogy and local history. Through it you can examine census data, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, and more.
While typically only for in-library use, this service is available for home use for Bloomingdale Public Library Cardholders through March 31, 2021.
January Virtual Programming
in Adult Services
Monday, January 18
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Between the world wars, African American artists produced an extraordinary output of painting, sculpture and photography answering a call to action from Professor Alain Locke (Howard University). Diverse in style, these artists often told the story of important events in African American history, including The Great Migration. In this Zoom presentation, art historian Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions discusses artists associated with this movement, including Aaron Douglass, Augusta Savage, Archibald Motley, Jr., James Van Der Zee, and Jacob Lawrence.

Registration required. Click here to register.
Monday, January 25
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his book called: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities “ and presents a selection in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.

The grotesque 10 schools are:
  • Yale University
  • Trinity College in Hartford, Ct.
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • The City College of New York
  • Duke University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Mathew Duman is a photographer, author and graphic designer who grew up in Bethany, Connecticut. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University. but while studying abroad, he developed a fascination with the grotesque sculptures of the cathedrals of Britain. In addition to England, Matt has made photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia & New Zealand. As a personal project, he began exploring the variety of sculpture found on the buildings of Yale University & published a book called “An Education in the Grotesque”, containing his findings at Yale and has now turned his sights on the sculpture at other campuses around the US.

Registration required. Click here to register.
Tuesday, January 26 on Zoom
6:00 7:00 p.m.

Join Shari Pontillo, owner of Twisted Fiber Studios, on zoom and learn how to use cereal boxes to make your own Valentine's Day post cards! The first 20 people to email Kristina Giovanni at will receive a bag of supplies to make a post card. You must provide your own scissors and cereal box cardboard.

Registration required. Click here to register.
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. 

eNews Update:
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