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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

November's Movies

Toy Story 4
Wednesday, November 6, 2:30 PM
Interactive Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Teen Movie
Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 PM
Antman and the Wasp
Marvel Monday, November 18, 2:30 PM
Classic Cinema Saturday, November 23, 5:30 PM
Captain Marvel
Marvel Monday, November 25, 2:30 PM

Teen Tech (History Fair)

Continues Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 – 6 PM, 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.

National Bison Day

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1 – 3 PM
Each year on the first Saturday in November the country honors one of the most majestic beasts to roam the land: bison, the national mammal of the United States. Stop by the library to stamp out a bison track and compare it to your own footprint. While you’re here, check out some bison books or spend time coloring bison. We hope to see you.

History Fair Work Night

Monday, Nov 4, 2019, 3:30 – 8 PM
7th and 8th grade students are invited to an after-hours History Fair Work Night. Use our computers, table space, and snacks. Space is limited. Sign up with Ms. Myer in advance. Parents are welcome. The outside doors will be locked at 5 PM.

Teen Escape Room games

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1 – 3 PM
Come with a friend or team to challenge one of our escape room games. Your team will have 60 minutes to decipher the codes that will set you free in Jumanji or to solve 19 mental and physical puzzles before a mad scientist turns you into werewolves.

Food for Fines

November 11 - 23, 2019
Have a fine? Want to help area food pantries? You can pay your fine by donating pre-packaged food (cans, boxes or bags, no glass, nothing expired) at the library. Food collected will be donated to area food pantries. Overdue fines will be waived at one dollar per item, up to $25 per person. Don't have a fine? Want to help area food pantries? Bring food items to the library for donation to area food pantries. The annual Food for Fines runs November 11-23 at area libraries (but remember, Oglesby Library is closed November 11). Donations brought to Oglesby Library that meet the Micro Pantry’s needs will be dropped off at the Oglesby Micro Pantry.

Book Club

TUESDAY, November 12, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
This month’s book is Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Auggie Pullman was born with extreme facial abnormalities and endures the taunting and fear of his classmates but wants to be seen as just another student.

Oglesby Library Friends meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30 PM
An informational meeting will be held for everyone interested in joining the new Oglesby Library Friends group. Its purposes are to provide library volunteers, raise funds for library projects, increase growth in library usage, and enhance the image of Oglesby as a forward moving community. Refreshments will be served, so please let us know if you plan to come by calling 815-883-3619.

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.

Cold Weather? Visit Your Library

As cold weather approaches, remember the library is a warm place to hang out!

Come in, check out a stack of books to read at home, or curl up in one of our comfy chairs! We also have newspapers, board games, puzzles, and coloring pages.

We open at 10am every day except Sundays. We close at 5pm Mondays and Fridays, 8pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 4pm Saturdays. If the library is closing due to wintry weather, we will have it posted on our website and facebook page, and a sign on our door if possible.

If you can’t make it in, visit our eBook catalog and use your library card to check something out to read. You can read books on the Axis 360 app or even read them online!

If you must travel, check out Illinois Department of Transportation’s Winter Road Conditions website. You can see if roads you wish to travel are reported to be clear of ice and snow, covered with patches of ice and snow, or snow or ice covered.

Incredible Bats 10/22/2019

Bat naturalists, Dan and Sharon Peterson return to Oglesby Library on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6 – 7 PM 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!

Rock Decorating 10/19/2019

Stop by the library during Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 19, 2019, between 1:00 and 3:00 to decorate rocks with geometric designs, words of kindness or encouragement, whimsical animals, or favorite characters.

Materials are supplied.

Bring your imagination; kids 8 and under please bring an adult!

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