The Ghost Army of WWII 10/16/2018

Interested in the exploits of 1,100 daring GIs who served in a bold, fascinating, secret World War II unit? The 23rd HQ Special Troops, also known as The Ghost Army, was an unsung top-secret deception unit that used inflatable tanks, sound effects, and illusion to fool Hitler’s legions on the battlefields of Europe. Many of the soldiers were artists, recruited to handle visual trickery. In stolen moments, they painted and sketched all they saw. 

The Ghost Army of WWII presentation on Tues, October 16, 2018, from 5:30 to 6:45 PM will bring their exploits to life with video clips of veterans, WWII footage, photos, maps, and more.

There will be a Q&A session included. Presenter Rick Beyer co-authored the New York Times bestseller The Ghost Army of WWII and produced the PBS documentary The Ghost Army. His books and DVDs will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

Oktoberfest Polka Variety Show 10/6/2018

Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Oktoberfest? Celebrate the fantastic European tradition of polka at the library on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 2:00 PM! Bring your kids and grandkids!

Award-winning accordion player Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas and the Mike Schneider Band will play popular polka tunes from the 20th century. You’ll learn about the history of polka music, its various styles, plus how the accordion is played via one very special magic trick. A little German lingo will be thrown in for good Oktoberfest measure. Happy Oktoberfest, Oglesby!

This program is supported by a grant from OmniArts.

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Photos from the Oktoberfest Polka Variety Show, Saturday, October 6, 2018: