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Hot days, cool library!

Our AC works and we’re available if you need a cool place to get out of the heat. We have comfy chairs, games and movies,


The Oglesby Public Library is proud to have been serving the people of Oglesby since 1920, as a Library District since 1989.

We open six days a week at 10am, but are closed on Sundays and holidays. The following items can be checked out from our library: Books, DVDs, magazines, audio books, CDs, and ebooks.

Is there something you would like to order that we don’t have? Call us or stop in so we can order it for you from another library!

We have six public computers with Internet access that are available in hour long sessions, up to two sessions per day.

We also provide copy and fax services for a small fee.

Please check out our F.A.Q. for more information!

Special Events List

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

Special Events

New Feature: Movies at Your Library

The library will be holding several movie days a month.

Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel Monday, July 1, 2:30 PM
The Incredibles
Friday Movie, July 5, 1 PM
Marvel’s The Avengers
Marvel Monday, July 8, 2:30 PM
Five Feet Apart
Teen Thursday, July 11, 2019, 3:45 PM
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Cinematic Saturday, July 13, 1:00 PM
Iron Man 3
Marvel Monday, July 15, 2:30 PM
Apollo 13
Friday Movie, July 19, 1:00 PM
Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train
Classic Cinema Sat., July 27, 12:30 PM

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.

Events Calendar

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Fri, January 4, 3pm – 5pm
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.

Hot days, cool library!

Our AC works and we’re available if you need a cool place to get out of the heat. We have comfy chairs, games and movies, friendly staff, and lots of cool books. Mondays and Fridays we’re open 10-5, Tuesday through Thursday 10-8, and Saturday 10-4. Hope to see you, and stay cool!

Hamilton Duel Trivia 7/9/2019

Hamilton star picture

Teens, test your trivia knowledge of Broadway’s hit musical, Hamilton, at Oglesby Public Library District.

Battle other fans to win a pair of tickets to Hamilton: The Exhibition in Chicago – an exhibition where you can see Alexander Hamilton’s story through his eyes in a 360-degree immersive museum exhibition from the creators of the revolutionary musical.

For teens (grades 6 and up), please sign up to participate.

Check out a Hamilton book while you wait!

Summer Reading is coming 6/19/2019

Summer Reading is almost here!

This year’s summer reading program theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library”

All children preschool K to 5th grade (going into 6th grade) are welcome to join us for various programs and activities!

For preschool children; a program with stories, crafts, and snacks will run on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM, from June 19 to July 17, for about forty-five minutes. On July 24 at 2:00, you are invited to join the afternoon program group for our concluding musical, magical presentation hosted by Mr. Steve! 

For K to 5th grade, the program will run on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM, from June 19 to July 24, for about an hour. You’ll keep track of minutes read.

Full funding for our concluding musical, magical presentation hosted by Mr. Steve on July 24 was received from The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund.

For teens (sixth grade and up) we have BINGO reading challenge cards. We also have some fun events planned for you: June 18, 6 PM Deconstruction Day, July 9, 1 PM Hamilton Duel Trivia, and July 16, 6 PM Oreo Tasting – see the calendar page or follow our Facebook page for more details.

For adults, we have BINGO challenge cards to challenge you to read outside of your comfort zone AND, since it’s SHOWTIME at the library, for adults and interested ages, we will be showing some MOVIES in the library

Anticipated movie titles and times are listed on the calendar page; we plan to show Marvel movies on Mondays until we get through the entire series, host occasional First Hold watch parties, and show some classic movies or hold sensory sensitive showings.

We request that a parent or guardian accompany any children under the age of 8. Older children are welcome to be dropped off and picked up or to come on their own.

We ALL win when we read!

Bad Art Night 5/23/2019

Bad Art Night flyer

We’ll provide the wacky art material, you make the bad art on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 6 to 7 PM.

Leave your good taste at home and give us your worst!

Let your creativity run free…

The “best bad art” will win a plaque decorated in everyone’s best bad art style.

For teens (grades 6 and up)

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