The Ghost Army of WWII 10/16/2018

Interested in the exploits of 1,100 daring GIs who served in a bold, fascinating, 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. 

The Ghost Army of WWII presentation on Tues, October 16, 2018, from 5:30 to 6:45 PM will bring their exploits to life with video clips of veterans, WWII footage, photos, maps, and more.

There will be a Q&A session included. Presenter Rick Beyer co-authored the New York Times bestseller The Ghost Army of WWII and produced the PBS documentary The Ghost Army. His books and DVDs will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

Oktoberfest Polka Variety Show 10/6/2018

Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Oktoberfest? Celebrate the fantastic European tradition of polka at the library on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 2:00 PM! Bring your kids and grandkids!

Award-winning accordion player Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas and the Mike Schneider Band will play popular polka tunes from the 20th century. 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.

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Photos from the Oktoberfest Polka Variety Show, Saturday, October 6, 2018:

Survey responses requested

Oglesby Library is a recipient of your property taxes. We want to make sure we are spending your tax money to provide resources and programs that matter to YOU!

Please help us by filling out this survey. Completing the survey takes only a few minutes, but your impact as the voice of our community will resonate for years to come.

Whether you visit Oglesby Library several times a week, you haven’t been here in a year, or you have never used the library, we want to hear from you! Multiple family members and non-residents are invited to take the survey as well.

The survey is available at the library and here as a pdf. Please return your survey to Oglesby Library by October 31, 2018.

Thank you very much for your participation in this important process.

Rebekah Clark, Library Director & Richard Vollmer, Board President

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

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

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