The Oglesby Public Library District will be CLOSED effective 5 p.m. Friday March 13 until April 1, 2020, out of an abundance of caution; no
The Oglesby Public Library is proud to have been serving the people of Oglesby since 1920, as a Library District since 1989.
We open six days a week at 10am, but are closed on Sundays and holidays. The following items can be checked out from our library: Books, DVDs, magazines, audio books, CDs, and ebooks.
Is there something you would like to order that we don’t have? Call us or stop in so we can order it for you from another library!
We have six public computers with Internet access that are available in hour long sessions, up to two sessions per day.
We also provide copy and fax services for a small fee.
Please check out our F.A.Q. for more information!
Special Events List
Interested in an upcoming event? Visit, email, or call the library to sign up! 815-883-3619
Fern Schumer Chapman Program
Thursday, March 12, 5:30-6:30 PM
Award-winning author and journalist, Fern Schumer Chapman, will share the moving story of her journey with her mother to find their past, as well as the horrific tragedy of the Holocaust that haunts it. Her program, Edith’s Immigration Story, details the childhood immigration story of the author's mother, an unaccompanied minor, who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 all by herself.
Saturday, March 21, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Drop off those jigsaw puzzles you've put together one too many times anytime between Monday, March 16th and Friday, March 20th by 4:00 PM. Receive a ticket for each puzzle you donate, and come in Saturday to swap your tickets for some fresh puzzles that are new to you!
National Crayon Day Stories & Activities
Tuesday, March 31, 4:00-7:00 PM
Celebrate your favorite crafty utensil by joining us for a fun evening of coloring with readings by Jeanne Struna at 5:00 PM. We’ve got plenty of supplies to share, so all you have to bring is yourself!
Classic Cinema: Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Saturday, March 14, 1:00-2:30 PM
A wily old Irish codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.
Friday, March 13, 10:30-11:30 AM
We are now offering free Tai Chi classes on the 2nd Friday of each month. This is a low-impact exercise program for those aiming to improve muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. Exercises can be adapted for every level of ability. Classes are led by Sandy Marini of IVCH.
Wednesdays in March, 3:30-6:00 PM
Teen Tech is now working on a local history display for National Library Week in April. The group will also continue to work with our Nikon digital camera, photo & video editing software, Cricut Maker, 3D pens, and 3D printer, all purchased through the Project Next Generation grant. This program is designed for children and teens of middle school age and up.
Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening
Thursday, March 19, 10:30-11:30 AM
Monthly blood pressure and glucose screening provided by nurses from St. Margaret's Hospital on the third Thursday of each month, 10:30-11:30 AM.
Monday, March 23, 6:30 PM
Regularly scheduled board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, unless posted otherwise, beginning at 6:30 PM. Meetings are open to the public.
Wednesday, April 15, 5:30-6:30 PM
Welcome to the world of container gardening! University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Natalie Martin, will demonstrate how container gardening allows you to create special gardens to fit any situation, even with limited time and space. Supplies will be provided. There is no cost for this event, but please register at the library by Thursday, April 9th.
Saturday, April 25, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
It's time to clean out those craft closets again! Drop off your unused art, craft, and sewing materials between Monday, April 20th, and Friday, April 24th at 4:00 PM. Those who donate will receive an early entrance pass to the Craft Swap on Saturday, April 25th, and may enter at 10:00 AM. From 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, the Craft Swap will be open to everyone to pick up free, new-to-you craft supplies. Remaining supplies will be used by the library or donated.
National Library Week - "Find Your Place at the Library"
Monday, April 20 - Saturday, April 25
Our Teen Tech group will be using the different types of technology they've learned recently to put together a display of local history during National Library Week.