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.
Sunday At the Library: American Short Stories
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2-4p.m.
Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe (read by Jim Kreske)
The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry (read by Gwen Dean, John Dean, and Jean Smith)
Refreshments will be served.
Illinois in the Civil War
Tuesday, November 11, 7p.m. Author Tom Emery will cover a wide array of topics relating to the Civil War in the Land of Lincoln, including Illinois men in key Civil War battles, life on the Illinois home front, top fighting units from the state of Illinois, Civil War prisons in Illinois and the importance of Illinois to the Union effort.
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.
2015 Annual Used Book Sale
The 24th Annual Used Book Sale will take place on the following days:
Thursday, February 26th: 6-9p.m. (early bird special)
Friday, February 27th: 8a.m.-4p.m.
Saturday, February 28th: 8a.m.-2p.m.
The annual sale is sponsored by the Beecher Community Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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." .
2012 Holiday Housewalk Pictures
The Beecher Community Library partipated in the 2012 Holiday Housewalk, sponsored by the Beecher Beautification Committee.
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.