Calendar and Upcoming Events

The list of events is below the calendar.

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

Special Events

Board Budget Hearing & Regular Meeting

Monday, August 26, 6:15 PM Budget Hearing
Monday, August 26, 6:30 PM Regular Meeting

September’s Movies

A Dog’s Journey
Wednesday, September 4, 2:30 PM

Men in Black International
Friday Movie, September 6, 3:00 PM

Marvel Monday, September 9, 2:30 PM

Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019, 2:30 PM

Aladdin (Live Action)
Cinematic Saturday, Sept. 14, 1:00 PM

Captain America: Civil War
Marvel Monday, September 16, 2:30 PM

Doctor Strange
Marvel Monday, Sept. 23, 2:30 PM

A Hard Day’s Night
Classic Cinema Sat., Sept. 28, 1:00 PM

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel Monday, Sept. 30, 2:30 PM

Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 2, 2019

Book Club

Monday, September 9, 2019, 1 – 2 PM 
This month’s book is They May Not Mean To, but They Do by Cathleen Schine. Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age. Her children did not count on a suitor from Joy’s college days and Joy becoming as willful and rebellious as their own kids.

Monarchs Presentation

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2019, 6:00 – 6:45 PM
Join Julie McDonald, Park Ranger, US Army Corps of Engineers as she talks about Monarch butterflies, their habitats, and migration patterns. (Description to be updated).

Teen Wii Sports open play

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, 3:30 – 5 PM 
Make your Mii and play the Wii! Stop in to bowl, golf, or box with your friends!

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.

Closed for Staff Training Day

Friday, September 20, 2019

Hearty & Healthy Polish Cooking

Class with Chef Michael Niksic
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6 – 7 PM 
Chicago native chef Michael Niksic rolls into the library bringing with him a boatload of fun, information, and savory ample servings from his e-book “Hearty & Healthy Polish Cooking.” His decades of food service experience along with some choices from his book in progress “Fish Fear My Name” will also be shared this evening. Limited seats, please register!

Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 10 – noon
A nurse from St. Margaret’s Hospital will offer the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (designed to protect against 2 influenza A viruses and 2 influenza B viruses) 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!

Regular Events


First Wednesday, 5:30 PM
Oglesby’s Citizens and Businesses of Oglesby typically meets at the library at this time.

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).

Teen Tuesdays

A Tuesday, usually 3:45 (after school)
Hosted by Oglesby Public Library Staff
We are starting to host teen events once a month, usually on a Tuesday. Events are aimed at middle school ages and up.

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

Name and logo are used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation.

Name and logo used with permission.

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

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.

Basic Computer Help (Adults)

Typical availability Tuesday afternoons or Thursday afternoon to evening

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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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.


Previous Events

A-door-able Pets Fundraiser

March 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a fundraiser during the month of our 20th anniversary in this building to raise money toward pushbutton accessible front doors. We have pet photos on display and have containers for voting for the most adorable pet. Vote with money through the month for the pet photo you think is the most adorable. Top entrants will be selected for prizes donated by local animal care companies (Novak-Rinker Veterinary ClinicAncare Veterinary HospitalBrothers Country SupplyBridgeview Veterinary HospitalFetching Frieda’s Dog and Cat Emporium and Starved Rock Pet Resort; and Andy’s Pet Shop & Extreme Sports). Winners will be contacted after the April 12 Friends of the Library meeting.

Book Club

Monday, April 9, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book club book is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, about a writer’s relationship with a member of a unique book club formed as an alibi to protect its members from arrest at the hands of the Nazis during WWII.

Build Your Cat a Castle

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1 – 3 PM
Build a castle for your cat (or other small pet)! The library will provide cardboard, boxes, some decorating supplies, and other tools – if there is something special you’d like to include in your own cat castle, feel free to bring it to the program.  Families and adults welcome. Only adults will use the sharp tools.

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.

Sketch It, Play It

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 2:30-3:30 PM
It’s an early out day from school, so why not stop by your library? Sketch instruments with pencil and paper, connect your artwork to a MaKey Makey Circuit Kit jam station with sound, and see how your drawing sounds! MaKey Makey Circuit Kit on loan from the Illinois State Library.

Book Club

Monday, May 14, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson, about Joe and Rose Kennedy’s beautiful daughter Rosemary, who attended exclusive schools and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. Yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful family, even as she became increasingly difficult in her early twenties, culminating in Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age 23 and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret.

Oglesby Library Hiring Event – canceled

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 10 – 1 PM
This mini job fair will feature multiple local employers. Bring your resume! Come prepared for a short interview – dress appropriately! Sponsored by your Illinois Department of Employment Security and Oglesby Public Library.

Friends of the Library Fundraising meeting

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:30 PM
The Friends of the Oglesby Public Library is a volunteer group dedicated to supporting the library and its programs. The Friends are looking for more ways to raise funds to support the library. Come to this meeting if you have ideas or are willing to help us raise funds!

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.

Book Club

Monday, June 11, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book club book is The Dinner by Herman Koch, about two couples meeting at a fashionable restaurant for dinner, the horrific act their sons are responsible for, and just how far the families are prepared to go to protect those they love.

Friends of the Library Book Sale!

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM
The Friends of the Library are holding a book sale at the library during Oglesby’s Summer Fun Fest. Want to donate books for the sale? Bring them to the library anytime! Want to help set up for the sale? Come to the library an hour before the sale to shift tables and carry boxes of books! Want to help clean up after the sale? Teardown time is from 1 – 2:30 PM, but with more hands, it should go faster! Volunteers may set books aside for when the sale opens.

Preschool Summer Reading

Starts Wednesday, June 13, 10-10:45 AM
Weekly on Wednesdays until July 18, not July 4
Start your preschool child’s morning with songs and stories, do a craft together and have a snack. Oglesby Library promotes 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten to help develop a lifelong love of books and reading and increase your child’s vocabulary.

Summer Reading

Starts Thursday, June 14, 2018, 3 – 4 PM
Weekly on Thursdays until July 19
Why not spend some at your library this summer? This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” All children K to 5th grade are welcome to join us for story reading, crafts, music, and snacks! You’ll keep track of minutes read through the week. Some weeks will have guest presenters and activities.

Summer Reading Special: Tree ID Walk

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 3 – 4 PM
This week during Summer Reading we will learn about invasive insects and have a special Tree Identification Walk (weather permitting) with guest presenter Tricia from The Morton Arboretum.

Summer Reading Special: Apple Chain Adventure

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 3 – 4 PM
This week during Summer Reading we will learn about apples and how they grow with Kayla from the LaSalle Farm Bureau and make apple chains.

Summer Reading Special: Linda Volker

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 3 – 4 PM
This week during Summer Reading guest presenter Linda Volker will lead the story and tissue-paper flower craft.

Summer Reading Conclusion

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 3 – 4 PM
We will conclude Summer Reading with prizes and pizza!

Traveling Office Hours with State Representative Jerry Long

Friday, July 6, 2018, 2 – 4 PM
State Representative Jerry Long invites citizens in the district to drop by and meet his staff.

Book Club

Monday, July 9, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Once We Were Brothers: A Novel by Ronald H. Balson, about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.

CABO meeting

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:30 PM
Oglesby’s Citizens and Businesses of Oglesby meets at the library on the 2nd Wednesday this month as we are closed July 4.

Christmas (decorations) in July

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Join Lori Mudge of De’Vine Floral Designs to make a small silk flower Christmassy arrangement. Beat the heat as we remember of winter! Materials will be supplied. Show off your natural talent! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please sign up; limited seats.

Illinois Prairies – A Sense of Place

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:00 PM
Presented by Charles Schweighauser
Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial at Oglesby Library by learning about Illinois prairies! Professor Charles will present a DVD chronicling the birth of the prairies from the age of the massive ice flows 9,000 years ago to the present sea of Illinois corn. The voices of several prairie poets including Masters, Bryant, Lindsay, Sandburg, and Knoepfle will reflect on the landscape’s impression upon their lives –a feast of sights and sounds which captures the prairie spirit, evoking in viewers an appreciation of the Illinois prairie heritage. The showing of the DVD will be followed by a discussion about the Prairie and its role in the history of the state.

Voter Registration

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Are you registered to vote? Representatives from Illinois Valley March to the Polls will be at the library during a two-hour time period to help you through the process! Voting is the first Tuesday in November!

CABO meeting

THURSDAY, October 4, 2018, 5:30 PM
Oglesby’s Citizens and Businesses of Oglesby meets at the library.

Oktoberfest Polka Variety Show with Mike Schneider

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2:00 PM
Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Oktoberfest? Celebrate the fantastic European tradition of polka at the library! Bring your kids and grandkids! Direct from Wisconsin, the state that made the polka its official state dance, award-winning accordion player Mike Schneider presents his “Oktoberfest Polka Variety Show!” Live performances of popular polka tunes from the 20th century abound during this anything-but-boring presentation. 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. 

OmniArts logo

Logo for OmniArts in Starved Rock Country

Book Club

Monday, October 8, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is My Beloved World an autobiography by Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. She recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, offering an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Friends of the Library meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 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 and raise funds for special needs. New members are always welcome. We have two business meetings a year: April and October. Annual membership is $5.00, due in October.

The Ghost Army of WWII

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:30 – 6:45 PM
Presented by Rick Beyer
ghost armyInterested in the exploits of 1,100 daring GIs who served in a bold, fascinating – and 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. This presentation brings the daring exploits of The Ghost Army to life in a multimedia presentation with video clips of veterans, WWII footage, photos, maps, and maps. The Q&A session is always lively, and the presenter’s books and DVDs will be available for purchase and author signing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

Rick Beyer co-authored the New York Times bestseller The Ghost Army of WWII and produced the PBS documentary The Ghost Army.

Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 10 – noon
Nurses from St. Margaret’s Hospital will offer the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (designed to protect against 2 influenza A viruses and 2 influenza B viruses) this morning. Bring your Medicare card or $30 (receipt available). Walk-ins are welcome.

Drop-In Bookmark Decorating

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, noon – 2:30 PM
Since Oglesby’s Scramble this year is Harry Potter themed, stop by the library during the day to make a quick Harry Potter bookmark!

Food for Fines

Monday, Nov. 5 to Saturday, Nov. 17
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 5-17 at area libraries.

Closed for Veterans Day

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Cancelled – History Fair Work Night

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 3:30 – 8:00 PM
Students! You are invited to a special after-hours History Fair Work Night at Oglesby Library the Monday before History Fair is due. The computers will be reserved for student use in half-hour time slots, table space will be available for you to work on displays, and we will provide something light to eat. Space is limited to 40 students, so sign up with Ms. Myer in advance. Parents are welcome. The outside doors will be locked at 5 PM, so be sure to arrive before 5. Plan that if you leave the building before 8, you are ready to head home.

Book Club

TUESDAY, November 13, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Playing for Pizza by John Grisham, about Rick Dockery, a third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, who gets a job as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers… of Parma, Italy. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be an understatement.

Library Town Hall Meeting

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
We are hosting a town hall meeting to talk about the library, discuss our October survey results and hear any other comments you have about the library.

Games Unplugged

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 1 – 3 PM
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!

Early Closing & Closed for Thanksgiving

5:00 PM Early Closing Wednesday, Nov. 21
Closed Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
Closed Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

Drop-In Paper Wreath Decorating

Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 – 3 PM
Stop by the library during Oglesby’s WHObilation to decorate a wreath. Pictures of completed wreaths may be put on our Facebook page. Hurry in before the Grinch steals all our craft supplies!

Book Club

Monday, December 10, 2018, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Visions of Sugarplums Janet Evanovich. It is five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn’t got a tree. She hasn’t bought any presents. There’s not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment. And there’s a strange man in her kitchen. Can he help her find a little old toy maker who has skipped out on his bail right before Christmas? Can he survive the Plum family holiday dinner?

Trustee Election Petition Filing

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 10:00 AM
until Monday, Dec. 17, 5:00 PM
Completed election packets must be returned and logged at the Oglesby Public Library between December 10 at 10am and December 17 at 5pm. The library is open 10am-5pm on Mondays and Fridays; 10am-8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; and 10am-4pm on Saturdays.

Closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Closed Monday, December 24, 2018
Closed Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Closed for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Closed Monday, December 31, 2018
Closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, 3-4:45 PM drop off
Saturday, January 5, 2019 pick up
Stuffed animals are invited to a sleepover at the library on the last Friday night of winter break. Drop off your stuffed animal after 3:00 PM. Fill out information about your stuffed pet, and come back Saturday morning to get your pet and find out what he or she did after hours in the library! Look for pictures of your stuffed animal’s adventures on the library’s Facebook page. Please do not bring the stuffed animal you MUST have to fall asleep.

Book Club

Monday, January 14, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Cutting for Stone is a story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles — and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Games Unplugged

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 1 – 3 PM
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!

Canceled Friends of the Library Reorganization Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, 6:30 PM
The Friends of Oglesby Library is a volunteer group that supports the library. We will be recruiting new members, redefining our role, and electing new officers at this meeting. Come see what you can do to help Oglesby Library!

RESCHEDULED TO 2/28 Organize Your Paper Without Resorting to Arson 

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 5:30 PM
Are you having trouble remembering the color of your countertop? Has a cluttered desk cost you money in late fees and problems with others? Will you have your papers together for taxes this year? Professional Organizer and life coach Kate Varness will show you how to Tackle paper clutter the minute it comes in the door; Decide if your papers are alive, dead, or just sleeping; Find alternatives to file cabinets if you are a piler; Create a system easy enough to maintain; and Know what papers you can discard. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

Book Club

Monday, February 11, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her treatise on plant life, but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. Hope extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment.

Organize Your Paper Without Resorting to Arson

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:30 PM
Are you having trouble remembering the color of your countertop? Has a cluttered desk cost you money in late fees and problems with others? Will you have your papers together for taxes this year? Professional Organizer and life coach Kate Varness will show you how to Tackle paper clutter the minute it comes in the door; Decide if your papers are alive, dead, or just sleeping; Find alternatives to file cabinets if you are a piler; Create a system easy enough to maintain; and Know what papers you can discard. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

Book Club

Monday, March 11, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Coglan. Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. Now the job she loved is no more. Nina moves to a sleepy village, buys a van and transforms it into a mobile bookshop. She drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

Meet the Candidates Forum

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:00 PM
Oglesby Public Library District is hosting a Meet the Candidates Forum for the general election on April 2, 2019. Individuals seeking elected office in the city have been invited to appear on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 PM to introduce themselves to the community and give a brief statement about themselves and what they plan to accomplish if elected. Candidates will speak in ballot order and will be available for questions after all the candidates have spoken.

Stars & Galaxies

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 PM
Professor Charles Schweighauser returns to Oglesby Library to present an illustrated slide lecture of stars and galaxies. He will cover the origin, evolution, and depths of stars, including our sun, and talk about the origin of the universe and galaxies, the evolution of the earth and galaxies, and the future of the universe.

Retirement Open House for Pam Delvallee

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1 – 3 PM
Please join us for a cake and punch open house honoring the retirement of Pam Delvallee after 21 years of dedicated service at Oglesby Library. Come, say farewell, and reminisce with Pam as she closes this chapter and opens a new one in her life. We hope to see you!

National Library Week

April 7-13, 2019
Celebrate National Library Week with the theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Tuesday of National Library Week is National Library Workers Day. We will have snacks available all day in honor of our library staff.

Book Club

Monday, April 8, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Below Stairs by Margaret Powell. Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, this classic memoir of time in service is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman. Powell first arrived at the servants’ entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s. Margaret’s tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Margaret Powell’s true story of a life in service is a fascinating “downstairs” portrait of glittering, long-gone worlds.

Blackout Poetry

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 2 – 3 PM
Teens! Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating unique blackout poetry artwork! It’s simple: grab something with printed words, block off a poem of words that catch your eye, black out the words you don’t want, and watch your poem emerge. Pages, markers, and snacks will be provided.

Springtime Babies Stuffed Animal Workshop

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 2 – 3 PM
Sign up for this an interactive story hour + stuffed animal workshop. Children will be read a story, then have the chance to bring a related character to life by stuffing it and wishing on a star. Children may then name their new friends with a birth certificate and take it home. Seats are limited, please sign up to reserve your child’s spot!

Family Coloring Club – stopped in April, 2019

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!

Mother’s Day drop-in craft

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1 – 3 PM
Come to the library to create a fun, messy handprint gift for your mom. Please bring a grown-up if you are under age 8 and appropriate clothing for a messy activity.

Book Club

Monday, May 13, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders. Mrs. Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In 1850, a wealthy and powerful industrialist asks Mrs. Rodd to investigate the background of a woman his son intends to marry. She travels to the family seat, Wishtide, where she soon discovers a man found dead outside a tavern. Mrs. Rodd’s keen eyes and astute wits are taxed as never before in her search for the truth.

Marion Dane Bauer author visit 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6 PM 
Children’s author, Newbery honor winner, and Oglesby native Marion Dane Bauer is returning to Oglesby for a visit. Her Newbery Honor title On My Honor is based on a real event in her childhood: a drowning in the Vermillion River. Fifth-grade students will have the chance to meet her during their school day; everyone can meet her at Oglesby Library in the evening. Come listen as she walks down memory lane, telling about growing up in Oglesby and about her interest in writing. Marion will read from her recent picture book, The Stuff of Stars, answer questions about the writing process, chat about life, and sign your personal copies of her books. 

Bad Art night (Teen event) 

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6 – 7 PM 
We’ll provide the wacky art material, you make the bad art. Leave your good taste at home and let your creativity run free! The “best bad art” will win a decorated plaque. For teens (grades 6 and up)

IVCIL Personal Assistant Training

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 1 – 4 PM 
Hosting PA training for IVCIL. Call 815-224-3126 ext. 213 or e-mail to reserve your seat. For more information, visit

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.

Summer Reading Continues

Wednesdays through July 24
Preschool Summer Reading runs from 10-10:45 AM until July 17 (joins the afternoon program on July 24). Programs for K to 5th grade run from 2-3 PM; until July 24. Both groups will conclude on July 24 from 2-3 PM.

Early Closing July 3 at 5:00 PM 

Closed July 4 – Independence Day

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.

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.

CABO meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 5:30 PM
Oglesby’s Citizens and Businesses of Oglesby meets at the library on the 2nd Wednesday this month as we are closed early July 3.

Teen Oreo Taste Test

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6 PM 
How better to celebrate our country’s independence than by sampling assorted Oreo cookies, guessing the flavor, and voting for your favorite? For teens (grades 6 and up), please sign up.

Combined Summer Reading Conclusion

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

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

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

U.S. Census Bureau Training at the Library

Monday, July 22, 10 AM – 4 PM
Monday, July 29, 10 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday, July 31, 10 AM – 4 PM
Be aware as you use the library these days that the library is providing space for Census Bureau training.

New Feature: Movies at Your Library

The library will be holding several movie days a month.

A Dog’s Way Home
Friday Movie, August 2, 1 PM

Thor: The Dark World
Marvel Monday, August 5, 2:30 PM

Escape Room
Teen Thursday, August 8, 2019, 3:45 PM

Cinematic Saturday, August 10, 1:00 PM

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel Monday, August 12, 2:30 PM

Friday Movie, August 16, 1:00 PM

Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Monday, August 19, 2:30 PM

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Monday, August 26, 2:30 PM

The Secret Life of Pets 2
Friday Movie, August 30, 3:30 PM

Singin’ in the Rain
Classic Cinema Sat., August 31, 1:00 PM

CABO meeting at City Hall

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Oglesby’s Citizens and Businesses of Oglesby will meet at City Hall this month. The City of Oglesby will be hosting a Special Events committee meeting at 6:30 at City Hall to discuss and coordinate future events within the city.

Book Club

August 12, 2019, 1 – 2 PM 
We are reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, in which Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins, witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for–and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened.

Teen Candy Sushi

Tues. August 13, 2019, 3:30 – 4:30 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. For teens (grades 6 and up), please sign up.

Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening

Thursday, August 15, 10:30-11:30 AM
Provided by a nurse from St. Margaret’s hospital.

Retirement & Investment University

August 22, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM 
This presentation is designed to help retirees, pre-retirees and investors alike uncover the mysteries of investing and reveal common pitfalls of conventional retirement planning. The evening is free of solicitation, provided by Christian Cyr. Christian Cyr has been a CPA for over 20 years, helping folks understand the best approaches for investing, building wealth and retiring comfortably. He has trademarked several nationally recognized investment strategies and speaks to audiences everywhere about his passion for investing and retirement.


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