Calendar and Upcoming Events
Look below the calendar for event lists.
Interested in an upcoming event? Visit, email, or call the library to sign up! 815-883-3619
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.
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!
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.
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
Interested 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 25, 2018, 10 – noon
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 flu shots at the library this morning and afternoon. Bring your Medicare card or $30. Walk-ins are welcome.
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.
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?
First Wednesday, 5:30 PM
Oglesby’s Citizens and Businesses Organization typically meets at the library at this time.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 Clinic; Ancare Veterinary Hospital; Brothers Country Supply; Bridgeview Veterinary Hospital; Fetching 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.
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.
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 due to state budget issues 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:30 PM
Oglesby’s Citizens and Businesses Organization 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.