There are so many things going on at Bloomingdale Public Library this month!
Join the Winter Reading Program at BPL and earn chances to win prizes! For registration and more information, see our website at
7th graders to adult

Cozy up with a warm drink and read!
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 at BPL for our music series "Live Music @ the Library" featuring Heather Braoudakis. Come to the library monthly through April to enjoy a themed hour-long concert from this Chicago Symphony Chorus singer. January's concert brings broadway favorites to the library. We hope you can join us!
January Programming
in Adult Services
Registration required for all adult programs unless otherwise noted. Click on the photo for registration details.
Fueled by the (2000) novel and (2003) film The Girl with a Pearl Earring, seventeenth century painter Jan Vermeer's popularity in the twenty-first century is very high. This slide lecture discusses a number of Vermeer's paintings and provides a historical context for each. This program will enrich the reader/viewer's understanding of the forces behind Vermeer's work. Paintings to be discussed include Woman Holding a Balance, Allegory of Painting, and of course Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Art Historian Jeff Mishur presents this slide lecture. Mishur is an owner of Art Excursions, a company that provides private guiding in Chicago, lectures, and boutique art and culture tours in the Unites States.
Join artist, Lindsay Budzynski, for a short discussion on the aspects of outsider art, self-taught/untrained art making, and basic drawing techniques. You will then have the opportunity to create your own unique drawing. Supplies needed: paper, pencils/erasers, ruler. Tracing paper, markers, or colored pencils optional. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you the week of the event. 

Registration is required and limited to 15 participants, teens are welcome to register.
From The Jazz Singer to La La Land, from Meet Me In St. Louis to Moulin Rouge, certain musicals have had a revolutionary approach to cinematic storytelling. Challenging audiences with fresh and unusual styles of music and dance, these films dared to break the rules and reinvent the musical. We’ll view clips from Little Shop of Horrors, The King and I, Hair, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bugsy Malone, An American in Paris, All That Jazz, and more!

Presented by retired teacher and film enthusiast Steven Frenzel of Marquee Film Talks. 
Ice: it’s not just the stuff you shovel off the sidewalk. Many different ices are all over our Solar System – and it is really – ahem – cool stuff to study. We’ll investigate ices on hot planets and cold comets, moons made of a huge amount of ice, flowing and floating ice glaciers, and even ice volcanoes.
Presented by Astroeducator Michelle Nichols. 
Come enjoy a movie with us at BPL's Drop-In Movie and enter for a chance to win a copy of that day's movie on DVD. Movie giveaway will be held following the conclusion of the movie and you must be present to win. No registration necessary.

In the Heights: A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life. Starring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Jimmy Smits Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 2 hr., 23 min.
Come enjoy a movie with us at BPL's Drop-In Movie and enter for a chance to win a copy of that day's movie on DVD. Movie giveaway will be held following the conclusion of the movie and you must be present to win. No registration necessary.

Funny Face: An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson
Rated: PG | Running Time: 1 hr., 43 min.
Genealogy Club is now online via Zoom. Learn about internet and archival genealogy and research support. Computer, tablet, or phone is required to attend via Zoom. 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.
Bloomingdale Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Using the library's computers or Wi-Fi, you can access millions of locked FamilySearch digital records that are only available in a Family History Center or Affiliate Library. Free personal account is required and locked records are only accessible for in-library use.
Need a book suggestion? Try Goodreads!
Check out our page for reading suggestions and reviews shared by library staff and Board members.

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You can also get book recommendations with our own Book Lists at
See all of our December/January programming in the Village Almanac (in mailboxes soon) or see just the Library portion here. You can pick up a paper version in the library, as well.
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