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Use Wishlists in our Online Catalog?

We are migrating to a new online catalog on April 14th, so you will need to export this information prior to April 8th.  Visit http://new.swanlibraries.net/content/my-wish-lists for instructions.  

Japan and Tulips

Spring Travelogues

Japan, Monday, March 30th, 7pm

Wendy Whited, local resident and explorer, has spent much time teaching and traveling in Japan.  She will show slides from such cities as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kumamoto while discussing her adventures.  Japanese sweets will be served.

Spring in the Netherlands, Monday, April 20th, 7pm

Shirley Biery, library trustee, will discuss her barge trip through the Netherlands.  Come see photos of the beautiful windmills, tulips, canals, tiles, and bicycles of the country.  Hear of her visits to museums to view paintings by famous Dutch artists.  Refreshments will be served.

Spring Story Hour

Wednesday, April 1st, 4pm
Register by Wednesday, March 25th

Young children can join us for stories and a craft to celebrate spring!
Catapult

Catapults!

Wednesday, April 8th, 4pm
Register by Wednesday, April 1st
Ages 7-13

We’ll be making catapults out of tissue paper boxes, followed by fun marshmallow launching contests.

 

Baseball

Sunday at the Library

Sunday, April 26th, 2-4pm

Celebrate Spring with some Baseball Lore (and Legends) and a short story by a famous American author.

Adults and children are invited.

Refreshments will be served
Computer

New Online Catalog Coming Soon!

Beginning April 14th, the Beecher Community Library will have a new online catalog with many enhanced features.  Here’s what you need to know.

1. Your Pin:  On April 14th, your pin will change to the last 4 digits of your primary phone number.

2. Wishlists: Use wishlists in our current online catalog?  You will need to export this information by April 8th.  It will not migrate to the new catalog.  Ask staff or visit the Library’s website (villageofbeecher.org/library) for instructions on exporting this information.

3. All checkouts, holds, reading histories, and fines will migrate to the new catalog.

Online Catalog Basics Workshop
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7pm

Learn to search our new online catalog.  Patrons will learn tips and tricks for finding materials, how to place holds, pay fines, renew, and more!  No registration required.

Can't Find What You're Looking for in the SWAN Catalog?

If you can't find a books or other materials in our SWAN Online Catalog, the Beecher Community Library may be able to find it for you through statewide interlibrary loan.  Call the Library (708-946-9090) to submit a special request for the material. 

Handicapped Sign

Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service Available

The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS), offered through the state of Illinois, supports the activities of the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped in providing excellent public library service to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability.  Through this service, citizens can borrow talking books, braille materials, and more.

For more information and to apply, visit the Talking Book and Brialle website.  The Beecher Community Library also offers audiobooks and large print materials for patrons with impaired vision.

Book Club

Join a Book Discussion at the Library

Looking for great reading and wonderful discussion? Try joining one of our book discussion groups.

Call the library for more information.

Computer

One-on-One Computer Instruction

The Beecher Community Library is offering 30 minute one-on-one computer sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM-5PM.  The following topics can be covered during the session:

  • Basic Computer Use
  • Using the Internet
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, or PowerPoint

Patrons should have a Beecher Library card and call the library to register for a session at least a day in advance.

Free Music Now Available Through Freegal

Patrons can now download 3 songs per week through Freegal to keep.  Songs are compatible with most electronic devices (computers, tablets, smartphones, Apple products, mp3 players, etc.).  An app is also available for Apple and Android devices.

To get started visit the Freegal website or FAQs. A valid library card and PIN from the Beecher Community Library is required to use this service.  

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New Library Hours

Beginning January 2nd, the Beecher Community Library will be open Monday through Friday, 10A.M. - 7P.M. and Saturday from 9A.M. - Noon.

One of the strongest comments from our recent survey concerned improving our hours.  In response, the Library Board of Trustees has expanded our hours to make them more convenient and easier to remember.

We appreciate all those who took the time to fill out our survey!

 

Christmas Tree

Open House to Celebrate Carol Harris's Retirement

 
Carol Harris was honored at an Open House at the Beecher Community Library on Sunday, December 8, 2013.  She will retire at the end of the year.  The event was sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees.  View a slideshow of the event.

Calendar

Library Program Pictures

The library hosts many programs throughout the year, including children's storytimes, book discussions, summer readling programs, and occasional special programs for adults and kids.  View a slideshow from some of our programs here.

Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Pass Program

Come to the library to get free or discounted tickets to 15 Chicago area cultural destinations, including the Brookfield Zoo and Legoland Discovery Center. Passes are available for Beecher Community Library cardholders on a first-come, first-served basis, but you can call the library to find out if passes are available. Visit www.museumadventure.org for more information.

Stack of Books

Book Donations

The library accepts book donations for either our collection or our annual book sale. The library does not accept Reader's Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, or magazines, including National Geographic. Please do not put donations in the book drop.

Tablet Computer

Downloadable Ebooks and Audiobooks are Here!

Click here to visit our helpful Media on Demand page.

Remember, this is a seperate service from the lending of physical items. Staff has no control over your account through Media on Demand because your items will not show up in our circulation software or in the SWAN catalog. We won't be able to contact you when holds are available either, as this is done via email.

Book

Library Board Meetings

Library board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of month at 7P.M. at the library and are open to the public. Visit the library board page for more information.

CDs

DVD/CD Dropbox

For your convenience, the Library now has an outdoor DVD/CD Drop Box for DVDs, audio books, and music CDs. A $2.00 fine will be charged for any books put in the DVD/CD Drop Box, and the patron will be responsible for any resulting damaged media. A $2.00 fee will also be charged for any media put in the book drop. It is important that materials go in the right box, so expensive, fragile media doesn't get crushed by heavy books!

Laptop

E-Resources Now Available

The Beecher Community Library now subscribes to online databases our patrons can access from their home on their computers. Articles in hundreds of magazines, professional and peer-reviewed journals, or newspapers are available through these databases to aid you in your research. Topics include business, health, gardening, the environment, literature, home improvement, and so much more! Kids can even look up information for school projects on kid-friendly websites like "Student Resource Center Gold" or "Kids InfoBits." .

Santa Claus

2012 Holiday Housewalk Pictures

The Beecher Community Library partipated in the 2012 Holiday Housewalk, sponsored by the Beecher Beautification Committee.

Foreign Language Dictionaries

Foreign Language Materials and the Library

Books, movies, and other materials in Spanish and other languages are available to order through our online catalog(SWAN). Ebooks in other languages may be downloaded via Media on Demand as well. To find these materials, simply click on "advanced search" and pick the language of your choice in the language field.

Hispanic magazines are available for research via the informé database.