Recent Updates

Monarch presentation 9/12/2019

Join Julie McDonald, Park Ranger, US Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2019, at 6:00 PM at Oglesby Library as she talks about


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

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.

Migrating Monarchs

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 
Oglesby Library welcomes Chef Michael Niksic as he shares an evening of Polish recipes from his e-book "Hearty & Healthy Polish Cooking." Chef Niksic has been the featured chef at the Taste of Polonia for 9 years running. The program promises to be FUN, casual, and very informative. Ample portions will be served and recipes shared. Limited seats, please register!

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!

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.

Candy Sushi 8/13/2019

Teens, 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 on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from 3:30 until around 4:30 PM.

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

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!

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