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Incredible Bats 10/22/2019

Bat naturalists, Dan and Sharon Peterson return to Oglesby Library on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6 – 7 PM with a program that will educate


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

October's Movies

Spider-Man Homecoming
Marvel Monday, October 7, 2:30 PM

Interactive Hocus Pocus Teen Movie
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 2:30 PM

Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel Monday, October 14, 2:30 PM

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
Classic Cinema Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 PM

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
Classic Cinema Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 PM

Black Panther
Marvel Monday, October 21, 2:30 PM

Goosebumps 2
Cinematic Saturday, October 26, 1:00 PM

Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel Monday, October 28, 2:30 PM

Teen Tech (History Fair)

Begins Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 3:30 – 6 PM
Continues Tuesdays & Thursdays until 11/19
7th and 8th grade students are invited to work at the library after school with technologies that support their History Fair projects. We have a 3D printer and 3D pens (for small artifacts), a Cricut machine (for 2D display elements), and will have a digital camera and a laptop (for videos and video editing). Different technologies will be introduced in different weeks. Oglesby Library is Bringing History into the Future with Technology, due to a Project Next Generation grant funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) dollars.

Candy Sushi

Wed. October 2, 2019, 2:30 – 3:30 PM 
Come create colorful and delicious candy “sushi” rolls using a variety of candies (Rice Krispies, Fruit Roll-Ups, Swedish Fish, etc.) that you can eat or take home.

Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 10 – noon
A nurse from St. Margaret's Hospital will offer the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine this morning. Bring your Medicare card or $30. Walk-ins are welcome.

Rock Decorating

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00
Stop by the library during Harvest Fest to decorate rocks with geometric designs, words of kindness or encouragement, whimsical animals, or favorite characters. Materials are supplied. Bring your imagination; kids 8 and under please bring an adult!

Incredible Bats

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6 – 7 PM
with Dan and Sharon Peterson
Bat naturalists, Dan and Sharon Peterson return to Oglesby Library with a program that will educate and entertain you with exciting facts about bat species! Dan and Sharon’s presentation will allow you to see images of bats, hear their echolocation calls, and watch a short clip of bats eating a variety of foods. Along with bats of the world they will show slides of native species in Illinois and discuss the difficulties facing our natural bat species and what can be done to conserve them. After the lecture, the performer will display live bats and other unique animals and answer questions. Don’t miss this program!

Oglesby Library Friends meeting

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30 PM
An informational meeting will be held for everyone interested in joining the new Friends of Oglesby Library group. Its purposes are to provide library volunteers, raise funds for library projects, increase growth in library usage, and enhance the image of Oglesby as a forward moving community. Refreshments will be served, so please let us know if you plan to come by calling 815-883-3619.

National Bison Day

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1 – 3 PM
Each year on the first Saturday in November the country honors one of the most majestic beasts to roam the land: bison, the national mammal of the United States. Stop by the library to stamp out a bison track and compare it to your own footprint. While you’re here, check out some bison books or spend time coloring bison. We hope to see you.

Food for Fines

November 11 - 23, 2019
Have a fine? Want to help area food pantries? You can pay your fine by donating pre-packaged food (cans, boxes or bags, no glass, nothing expired) at the library. Food collected will be donated to area food pantries. Overdue fines will be waived at one dollar per item, up to $25 per person. Don't have a fine? Want to help area food pantries? Bring food items to the library for donation to area food pantries. The annual Food for Fines runs November 11-23 at area libraries (but remember, Oglesby Library is closed November 11). Donations brought to Oglesby Library will be dropped off at the Oglesby Micropantry.

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