Calendar and Upcoming Events

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Special Events
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Interested in an upcoming event? Visit, email, or call the library to sign up! 815-883-3619


Special Events

Candid Conversations

Thursday, February 8, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 PM and 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Come to the library to watch TED videos and discuss our thoughts, opinions, and ideas brought up from the talks. This month’s topics are the cosmos and the world. This friendly discussion group provides a forum for respectful conversation. Same video/s scheduled both times in one day.

Make a Valentine

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Stop by the library to decorate a valentine for someone you like or someone who’s lonely. We’ll provide blank cards, markers, and shapes cut by a Silhouette Cameo Kit from the Illinois State Library.

Book Club

Monday, February 12, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book club book is Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman, about two best friends in need of cash who sell a face cream with a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient to the wealthy beauties in a La Jolla book club.

Games Unplugged

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12 – 3 PM
It’s cold outside, so it’s time to play inside! Stop by the library to play card, board, or table games – any game that doesn’t require a plug. Bring a favorite game to teach someone to play!

Great Loop Adventure

Thurs. February 22, 2018, 6-7 PM
Jim Krancic will show photos and share stories about his incredible 350-day, 5,700-mile boat journey on the Great Loop: circumnavigating the waterways of eastern U.S. and part of Canada. The Great Loop often includes a stop in Ottawa and Loopers travel just past Oglesby on the Illinois River.

Pillowcase Project

Wed., February 21, 2018, 4 – 5 PM
Presented by a Safe Families Americorps member with the American Red Cross
Helps students in grades 2-6 understand hazards, have practiced how to prepare for emergencies, and are able to share what they learned. Children will receive and decorate a preparedness pillowcase. Participants must register; minimum to hold the class.

A-“door”-able Pets Fundraiser

March 1, 2018 – March 29, 2018
Do you think your pet is ADORABLE? Bring in a (3×5 to 5×7) picture of your pet to the library by March 1. We’ll put the pet photos on display and have containers for everyone to vote with money for the pet they think is the most adorable. Top entrants will be selected for prizes donated by local animal care companies! Voting opens March 3. Winners will be contacted after the April Friends of the Library meeting. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a fundraiser during the month of our 20th anniversary in the new building to raise funds toward pushbutton accessible front doors.

The 1990’s: The Macarena, Beanie Babies, and Clinton

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6-7 PM
Presented by historian Jim Gibbons
As we’re celebrating 20 years in our new building throughout March, Jim will talk about the world as it was, 20 years ago. He will remind us of the music, fashion, fads, and trends of the 1990’s, discuss the Gulf War, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the possible impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and talk about the rise in technology and the tragic death of the world’s much-loved Princess Diana. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

First Aid and CPR Certification

Sat. March 10, 2018, 10:00 AM-12 and 12:30-3 PM
Presented by a Safe Families Americorps member with the American Red Cross
This 3 to 6-hour program for high school students to adults teaches how to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. Two-year certification, free for community members. Please register, plan to bring a lunch.

Book Club

Monday, March 12, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book club book is Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, about Flavia de Luce: an eleven-year-old girl aspiring chemist with a passion for poison who happens upon a murdered stranger and decides to solve the crime herself.

Oglesby Hiring Event

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10 – 1 PM
This mini job fair will feature 4-5 local employers. Come prepared for a short interview – dress appropriately!

Eggs: From Farm to Fork

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Susan Glassman returns with another great-tasting informational program! Join Susan at the library to get some new ideas on enjoying eggs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Minimum to hold the class; please register.

Friends of the Library meeting

April 12, 2018, 6:30 PM
The Friends of the Oglesby Public Library is a volunteer group dedicated to supporting the library and its programs. We sponsor summer reading and other programs at the library. New members are always welcome. We have two business meetings a year: April and October. Annual membership is $5.00, due in October.

Main Street, Illinois 

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
A Digital Slide Show by Wee Little Johnny Lynn
Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial at Oglesby Library by investigating Illinois towns. John Lynn presents the product of a 30-year continuing project to capture the many ways our Illinois towns offer Roots, a Hometown, and a Little America for us all. “Main Street, Illinois” is a memorable and fun-filled tour of the charms, traditions, and personalities of our Illinois towns — mostly small towns — led by the only person who has visited and photographed all 2400 of them. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

Observations of a Curious Naturalist

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6 – 7 PM
John and Cindy McKee have both been avid observers of the natural world since early childhood. In this presentation, John will use Cindy’s photographs to present a sampling of the fascinating birds, bugs, and other assorted critters they have encountered in over 20 years of field observations and to discuss some of the fascinating aspects of the natural history of these animals. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.


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Regular Events

Family Coloring Club

First Thursday, 5:30-7:30 PM
Hosted by Oglesby Public Library Staff
Bring your own coloring books and favorite colors, or use ours! Feel free to come and go; you don’t need to commit to the whole 2 hours!

Book Club

Second Monday, 1-2 PM
Hosted by Oglesby Public Library Staff
Come to the library for Book Club! Find out the title we’re reading in the library. Read the book in advance and come ready to talk about it. We’ll have conversations and sometimes a snack – feel free to bring suggestions for upcoming books (we select a few months in advance).

Lapsit in the Library (children to age 3, with caregiver)

Wednesdays school is in session 10-10:45 AM
1st & 3rd Wednesday, led by library staff
2nd & 4th led by Miss Kim, Oglesby Early Childhood
5th Wednesdays in a month, no Lapsit
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Start your child’s morning with song and story, a craft and a snack as your children develop knowledge and skills for learning.

The Oglesby Library promotes 1000 Books Before Kindergarten during library staff led lapsit times, to encourage families to read aloud to children while introducing children to a variety of books, which helps children increase their vocabulary and develop a lifelong love of books and reading. Reading logs are available and stickers as each log is completed. (Name and logo are used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation.)

Basic Computer Help (Adults)

Typical Availability (times need to be requested in advance):
Tuesdays, 1:00 or 2:00 PM
Thursdays, 4:00 or 5:00 PM

Taught by Oglesby Library Staff
Sign up for a half hour individual session to learn something about using a computer. Whether you’d like to know how to type documents on a computer, navigate the internet, or set up an email account, library staff will work with you for a half hour. Sign up in the library with your name and what you want to know!

Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening

Every third Thursday, 10:30-11:30 AM
Monthly blood pressure and glucose screening by nurses from St. Margaret’s hospital.

Games Unplugged (All ages)

The third Saturdays of November, January, and February, 12-3 PM
Hosted by Oglesby Public Library staff
Stop by the library this Saturday to play card, board, or table games – any game that doesn’t require a plug. Bring friends and family members! Bring a favorite game to teach someone to play! You do not need to sign up to attend.

Board Meeting

Monthly event, held on the fourth Monday unless posted otherwise, 6:30 – 7:30 PM or later as needed
Meetings are open to the public.
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The Oglesby Public Library is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the library will be closed to observe the holiday on the following Monday, except if Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve fall on a Sunday, when the library will be closed the previous Saturday.