Calendar and Upcoming Events

Look below the calendar for special events and regularly scheduled events!

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Special Events
Regular Events

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

 

Special Events

 

Candid Conversations (TED Talks Discussion Group)

Thursday, September 14, 2017
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 topic will be social media, your online life, and a humorous look at spam email. This friendly discussion group provides a forum for respectful conversation. Same video/s scheduled both times in one day.

Art of Design

Thurs., Sept. 21, 5:30 – 6:15 PM
Presented by Dan Laib
Artist Dan Laib is coming to your library to do an entertaining and interactive presentation about design. You’ll learn about the basic elements of design from stories, hand-painted puppets, magic, and live art demonstrations in a fun and entertaining way. At the conclusion of the show, you will step right into a popular fairy tale centered around design and be able to observe it firsthand. This show is designed to be lots of fun and is sure to entertain, inform, and inspire you to greater creativity! This program is supported by a grant from OmniArts.

Oglesby Library Rocks

Thursday, Sept 28, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Family rock painting event
Are you finding beautiful, painted rocks every time you go to a park or to the library? Join us to paint rocks of your own to hide around the community to surprise and delight those who discover them. Materials are supplied, though you can bring your own rocks or paint if you’d like. Bring your imagination; kids 8 and under please bring an adult! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please sign up.

Book Club

Monday, October 9, 2017, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book club book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. We’ll have a book-related snack while we discuss the novel about how a web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered a family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

Candid Conversations (TED Talks Discussion Group)

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Come to the library to watch TED videos and discuss our thoughts, opinions, and ideas brought up from the talks. This month’s topic will be chosen with input from the group. This friendly discussion group provides a forum for respectful conversation.

Friends of the Library meeting

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:30 PM
The Friends of the Library is a volunteer group dedicated to supporting the library and its programs. New members are always welcome. They sponsor summer reading and special programs at the library and help raise funds for the library. The group has two business meetings a year: April and October. Annual membership is $5.00, due in October.

Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months old and older as the first step in protecting against the flu. Nurses from St. Margaret’s Hospital will offer the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses) at the library this morning from 10 to noon. Bring your Medicare card or $30 (receipt available if needed). Walk-ins are welcome.

Fall Centerpiece Demonstration

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Join Lori Mudge of De’Vine Floral Designs as she shares how to make a beautiful fall centerpiece, then experiment with making your own. Materials will be supplied. Show off your natural talent to your family this holiday season! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Limited seats, please sign up.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale – not scheduled this year

Saturday, October 21, 2017, (9 AM – 12 PM)
The Friends of the Library are NOT planning to hold a book sale at the library this fall during Oglesby’s Harvest Fest. Feel free to continue to bring donated books to the library for next summer’s sale.

Candid Conversations (TED Talks Discussion Group)

Thursday, November 9, 2017
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 topic will be chosen with input from the group. This friendly discussion group provides a forum for respectful conversation. Same video/s scheduled both times in one day.

Introduction to Smartphones

Monday, November 6, 10:15 – 12:15 PM
Presented by Illinois Valley Cellular
Get to know a smartphone at the library. Learn about: Basic setup and overview; WiFi; Sending, receiving, and attaching emails; Button configuration; Picture messages; Voicemail; Apps; and Fun tips and tricks. The presentation will be followed by an hour of hands on training. You do not need to own a smartphone to attend. This class is repeated. You may attend again.

Candid Conversations (TED Talks Discussion Group)

Thursday, November 9, 2017
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 topic will be chosen with input from the group. This friendly discussion group provides a forum for respectful conversation. Same video/s scheduled both times in one day.

Book Club

Monday, November 9, 2017, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book club book is any version of the classic The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. We’ll have a book-related snack while we discuss the classic novel set in France in the seventeenth century, a story filled with thrilling swordplay, royal intrigue, heroism, and treachery.

Book Club

Monday, December 9, 2017, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book club book is any holiday book of your choice. We’ll have a holiday snack while we discuss our books – why we chose them, whether we would recommend them, and what we should read next.

iPhone Camera 101

Friday, January 12, 2018, 10:15 – 12:15 PM
Presented by Illinois Valley Cellular
Get to know basics and some advanced tips on how to use your iPhone camera to create the best images. Presentation will be followed by time for questions and answers. Participants need to have an Apple smartphone (iPhone) or tablet (iPad as information will only apply to Apple devices. Please sign up to come to this class.
 
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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 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 schedule:
Second Monday or Tuesday, 1:00 or 2:00 PM
Second Thursday, 4:00 or 5:00 PM
Other dates/times by request

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.