Trustee Election Petition Packets available 9/18/2018


The Library Board of Trustees has 3 full term (6 year) seats up for election this spring, at the election Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

The Library Board is the elected group of individuals that governs the library. Meetings are typically on the fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 PM in the library.

Interested people living in the Oglesby Public Library District are invited to stop by the library to pick up a petition packet on or after September 18, 2018. Candidates must be qualified voters who have lived in the Oglesby Public Library District for at least one year and must obtain at least 5 signatures on their petitions.

Packets are due back to the library between December 10, 2018, at 10 am and December 17, 2018, at 5 pm.

Stop by the library desk to ask questions or pick up a packet!

Illinois Prairies – A Sense of Place 9/13/18

Illinois Prairies

Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial at Oglesby Library by learning about Illinois prairies! On Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:00 PM, Professor Charles Schweighauser, retired from U of I Springfield, 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.

Professor Charles Schweighauser has an upcoming speaking itinerary as follows:

Tues 9/18/2018 at Pleasant Plains Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Sangamon River, A Sense of Place
Thur 9/20/2018 at Flossmoor Public Library at 7 p.m. Illinois Prairies: a Sense of Place
Mon 9/24/2018 at Brookfield Public Library at 7 p.m. Illinois Prairies: a Sense of Place
Tue 9/25/2018 at Riverside Public Library at 7 p.m. Three Poets from Central Illinois: Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay, and Edgar Lee Masters
Mon 10/1/2018 at Hudson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. The Universe from Aristotle to Einstein
Wed 10/17/2018 at Streamwood Public Library at 7 p.m. Illinois Landscape Painting
Thurs 10/18/2018 at Ashland Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Illinois Prairies: a Sense of Place
Tue 10/23/2018 at Colchester Public Library at 7 p.m. Illinois Landscape Painting 1848-1975
Sat 11/10/2018 at Decatur Agriculture Watershed Institute (membership dinner) Sangamon River, A Sense of Place – may not be free or open to the public

Voter Registration 8/7/2018


Are you registered to vote? If not, 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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, they will be here from 10 – 12 PM.

Remember, voting is the first Tuesday in November!

Book Sale 6/16/2018, 9-1


Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 9 AM to 1 PM in the library’s circle drive during Oglesby’s Summer Fun Fest.

Kids who participate in the first week of Summer Reading will receive a card for 2 free books of their choice from the Book Sale!

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.

Open House and Presentation Celebrating 20 Years 3/13/2018

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Come to the library between 1 and 4 on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for an open house and presentation celebrating the library being 20 years in this building on Woodland Avenue.

The presentation at 2:00 will honor those who helped build this building including: Irene Claudnic, library director at the time; previous Board members; the Hunter Family who donated to brick the building; Mike Beenenga, the mural artist; and a current staff member who has worked in both buildings.

Individuals and their contributions will be recognized whether or not they are able to attend.

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