Community Resources/Recursos en la Comunidad


Main Campus & Blue Island Education Center

Salvation Army is doing Zumba again. See what makes it so much fun! For $15 per month, you can have fun and get into shape!
When: Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 10 am
Where: Salvation Army Crossgenerations Worship and Community Center, 2900 W 127th St
John D. Rita Rec Center Hours 
The John D. Rita Recreation Center is having Open Gym at the following times:
Mondays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School 
Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm, grades 4 - 8; Boy Scouts, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm 
Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School  
Thursdays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School  
Fridays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School, Girl Scouts, 6 pm to 8 pm 
Story Time at the Library
The Blue Island Public Library is sponsoring 3 different Story Times each week now through March!
Cuentos en Espanol
Mondays, through March 30 at 6 pm
Bilingual Storytime
Thursdays, through March 26, 6 pm
Lapsit Storytime
Wednesdays, through April 1, 10 am
Follow Your Dreams!
Celebrate Black History Month with a motivational talk presented in historical context of Black History in America. Follow Your Dreams, and Achieve Your Goals!
When: Wednesday, February 19th, 7 pm
Where: Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St
Black History Month Film
Come to the Blue Island Public Library to watch Malcolm X. The movie is a biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. Based on the book by Alex Haley, it stars Denzel Washington in this Spike Lee directed film.
When: Tuesday, February 25th, 5 pm
Where: Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St

Blue Island Public Library

There's lots going on at the Library--for adults, kids and anyone in between! Check it out--at the Blue Island Public Library! Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm. For information about any library services or programming, please call the reference desk at 708.388.1078 x 19

Free Computer Help
Do you need help on the computer? You can get One on One Computer Help at the Library. It's available every day by appointment. Call 708.388.1078 x 19 to make your appointment!
Blue Island Public Library…now mobile!  The Blue Island Public Library is now offering access to library materials to homebound readers. If you know someone who is unable to visit the Library because of illness, injury or a disability, please contact Reference Services Department for details by calling Sofia Aguilera at 708.385.1078 x 20



The Blue Island Seed Library is open year-round. All seeds are free and donations of saved or leftover seeds are always welcome. We strive to make open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seeds available to area gardeners. The seed library is located near the front door of the library.




Black Culture Night
Neighborhood Watch Group #37 is hosting their annual Black Culture Night on Friday, February 21st. They will be presenting a documentary by Dana Michael Bruce, MPA, PHD on the history of Afro American Jazz. There will be live entertainment by Gregory Bingham, Saxophone; Dianna Nicole, Singer-Actress, Singer Zechariah James; Poet Undra Ware; the Gospel Group Galilee Voice of Victory and the District 130 dancers. Free admission and great food will be served!
When: Friday, February 21st.
   Meet and Greet Dinner, 6 pm to 7 pm
   Program, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: City Hall East Annex, 2434 Vermont St
Seniors Ride Free!
If you are a Senior in town, the Calumet Township Senior Center has a free ride program! They will pick you up at your door and take you anywhere in Blue Island, Calumet Park and Riverdale. Even if you live in the Worth Township side of town, they will pick you up. They need 24 hours of advance notice. A great and easy way to get around town! Call 708.388.6606
Blue Cap Collection Boxes
Blue Cap has set up collection boxes to make it easy for you to make a donation to their Food Pantry. They can be found at the Blue Island Library, 2433 York St., First Midwest Bank, 12015 S. Western Ave., Council Oak Montessori School, 2521 Grove St., John D. Rita Rec Center, 2805 141st St., and Access Family Health, 13000 Maple Ave., Blue Island, IL 60406. They accept non-perishable food, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream, disposable razors, toilet paper, tissue, laundry detergent, dish soap, multi-purpose cleaners, disinfectant wipes, and baby diapers and wipes.

Blue Cap Food Pantry

The Food Pantry at Blue Cap provides real life training for the residents of Blue Cap and a real service for those in need in Blue Island and Robbins. You must provide a valid ID or piece of mail proving residency.

When: Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Where: Blue Cap, Market St at rear of building


City of Blue Island Meetings 

The City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 7 pm. Committee meetings for the City of Blue Island are open to the public and is where discussion about what is happening in town occurs. Each alderman is a member of two committees and each committee receives reports from staff members who work for the City.
The committees are: Finance Committee (meets 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 6 pm); Judiciary Committee (meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 pm); Public Health and Safety (meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6 pm); Municipal Services (meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6 pm) and Community Development and Human Services (meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7 pm). All meetings take place in City Council Chambers or in the Conference Room behind the Chambers in the East Annex at 2434 Vermont St. Meeting times and days can change. Agendas are always posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting on the bulletin board outside of the East Annex.