Meet the Candidates Forum 3/12/2019

The Oglesby Public Library District is hosting a Meet the Candidates Forum for the general election on April 2, 2019. Individuals seeking elected office in the city have been invited to appear on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 PM to introduce themselves to the community and give a brief statement about themselves and what they plan to accomplish if elected.

Candidates will speak in the order they will appear on the ballot. After all the candidates have spoken they will be available for questions.

Oglesby Public Library District board candidates will be present and introduced but the focus of this forum is hearing from city candidates.

The program is open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact the library at 815-883-3619.

Mayoral Candidates:

  1. Dominic Rivara
  2. Donald J. Finley

Commissioner Candidates:

  1. Thomas J. Porter
  2. Eric Zborowski
  3. Carrie Lijewski
  4. Thomas R. Argubright
  5. Jason Curran
  6. Gregory M. Mcdermott
  7. Paul Danekas

Write-in Candidates (will not appear on the ballot):

  1. Jim Cullinan

Library District Candidates (to be introduced):

  1. Mary Jane Hansen
  2. Dorothy Debosik
  3. Wanda Lent
  4. Becky Clinard

The forum was published on the library’s Facebook page via Facebook Live. Click here to watch.

Town Hall Meeting 11/16/2018

Join the Oglesby Public Library Board of Trustees for a town hall meeting after hours at Oglesby Library on Friday, November 16, 2018, starting at 6:30 PM as we discuss the results of our October community survey, talk about the direction for the library’s future, and invite community comments. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to everyone who came, and to the 264 people who filled out surveys! Here is a pdf of the document with the graphs of the results that was handed out at the meeting: Survey results 2018.

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:

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

Hearty Soups & Stews 2/16/2017

Susan Glassman returns to the Oglesby Library on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 5:30-6:30 PM with another great-tasting informational program. Program includes a slide presentation, free recipes, soup garnishes food demonstration, and recipe sample.

Soup is nutritious and generally inexpensive to prepare – many delicious soups start with last night’s dinner. Great soup starts with creating layers of flavor. It warms you up from the inside out on a cold winter night.

Enjoy learning about soup terms, stocks, and the many nutritious benefits of soup at the Oglesby Library!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

The History of Polka Music 9/15/2016

PintsizepolkasThursday, September 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM we held a musical look at the history of polka for adults and families with children.

Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas, aka “Uncle Mike,” covered the history of the accordion and polka music and introduced us to the three main polka styles during this anything-but-boring presentation.

We learned and practiced the steps to the “Chicken Dance,” took part in an interactive video quiz on the German, Polish, and Slovenian styles of polka music, danced the polka together, and enjoyed the sounds of famous polka songs. At the end Mike played polkas by request.

There was an enthusiastic crowd and I think we all had fun!

This is the second of Three Third Thursdays with a Musical Theme at the library this fall. This program is supported by a grant from OmniArts and funds from the Friends of the Oglesby Library.

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