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Summer Reading is coming 6/19/2019

Summer Reading is almost here! This year’s summer reading program theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library” All children preschool K to 5th grade (going


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

Special Events

New Feature: Movies at Your Library

Beginning June 1, the library will be holding several movie days a month.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Cinematic Saturday, June 1, 1:00 PM

Iron Man
Marvel Monday, June 3, 2:30 PM

Incredible Hulk
Marvel Monday, June 10, 2:30 PM

Captain Marvel
Teen Thursday, June 13, 2019, 3:45 PM

Sensory Cinema Sat., June 15, 1 PM

Iron Man 2
Marvel Monday, June 17, 2:30 PM

Wonder Park
First Hold Friday, June 21, 1:00 PM

Marvel Monday, June 24, 2:30 PM

Fiddler on the Roof
Classic Cinema Sat., June 29, 12:30 PM

Book Club

Monday, June 10, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor by Mark Seal. This expose goes behind the headlines to uncover the true story of Clark Rockefeller, wealthy scion of a great American family, who kidnapped his own daughter and vanished. The police and FBI were baffled. Every lead was a dead end—because “Clark Rockefeller” did not exist. Mark Seal reveals how German native Christian Gerhartsreiter came to the United States, posing as a Rockefeller for 12 years, married to a wealthy woman who had no idea who he really was. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and updated with stunning details, this work chillingly reveals the audacity and cunning of a shape-shifting con man.

Deconstruction Day (Teen event) 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6 – 7 PM 
Ever wondered what was inside old broken electronic items? Come to the library to deconstruct some and find out! For teens (grades 6 and up)

Preschool Summer Reading

Starts Wed., June 19, 10-10:45 AM; Weekly until July 17 
For preschool children; stories, crafts, and snacks. The library promotes 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to help develop a lifelong love of books and reading and increase your child's vocabulary.

Summer Reading 

Wed., June 19, 2-3 PM; until July 24
Why not spend some at your library this summer? This year's theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library.” All children K to 5th grade are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, and snacks! You’ll keep track of minutes read. Some weeks will have guest presenters and activities.

The Natural History of Starved Rock

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6 PM
Master Naturalist John McKee’s presentation will take the audience on an exploration of the geologic forces that shaped the Starved Rock landscape, along with a look at the fascinating floral and faunal diversity it supports.

Hamilton Duel Trivia (Teen event) 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 1 – 2 PM 
Test your trivia knowledge of Broadway’s hit musical, Hamilton, at Oglesby Library. Battle other fans to win a pair of tickets to Hamilton: The Exhibition in Chicago. For teens (grades 6 and up), please sign up to participate.

Combined Summer Reading Conclusion

Wed, July 24, 2-3 PM
Concluding musical, magical presentation hosted by Mr. Steve.

Full funding for this presentation was received from The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund.

Book Club

Monday, July 8, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Sourdough by Robin Sloan. A software engineer at General Dexterity, Lois Clary codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers from whom she orders dinner. When the brothers have visa issues, they give Lois the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her, and learn to bake with it. Soon Lois is providing loaves to the General Dexterity cafeteria, then the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up.

Oreo Tasting (Teen event) 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6 PM 
Participants will taste various flavors of Oreos, guess what flavor is which, and vote for their favorite. For teens (grades 6 and up)

Moon Landing Flashback 

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 1 PM 
Millions of people around the world watched when astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon on July 20, 1969. Join us 50 years later watch a video chronicling the highs and lows of the era from 1957-1975, beginning when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik and continuing until a joint mission between the United States and the Soviet Union. Segments include • U.S.-Soviet Rivalry • People & Places of NASA • Incredible Path to the Moon • Armstrong Air & Space Museum • Space Feats After Apollo

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