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Friends of Woodstock Public Library Trivia Contest!

Saturday, February 20

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Match your wits with the best in Woodstock at the first ever WPL trivia contest!

Team Entry Form   Contest Rules

 


Let us know how we are doing! Take the online library survey.

 


 

 HAVE A HEART WEEK

Food for Fines and Food Drive - February 8-14

Please bring non-perishable food items to the Woodstock Public Library during our annual “Have a Heart Week.” Donated food will be given to the Woodstock Food Pantry for distribution to McHenry County families in need.

The library will waive overdue fines in exchange for canned food donations. Maximum fine clearance is $5.00 per library card. Amnesty does not apply to lost or damaged charges.

Recommended food items include peanut butter and jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, dried milks, soups, noodles, and spaghetti sauce. Bathroom products such as soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, and personal care items are also needed. Expired and perishable items cannot be accepted.

Blood Drive - Wednesday/February 10

The Heartland Blood Center will be having a blood drive from 3:00-7:00 p.m. All donors must show a photo ID prior to donating. Please sign up for an appointment at www.heartlandbc.org, or call the library at 815-338-0542. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Cardiovascular Health Screenings - Wednesday/ February 10

The McHenry County Department of Health will be offering cardiovascular health screenings at the library from 9:00-11:00 a.m. The screening requires a 12 hour fast and includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure, and cardiovascular education. The cost is $45.00 cash or check and is to be paid by the individual to the MCDH at the time of the appointment. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling MCDH at 815-334-4852.

Health Wellness Event - Saturday/February 13

Professional staff from Mercy Health System will be on hand from 9:00 a.m.-noon to perform free blood pressure screenings as well as provide information and education on the influenza virus, vaccinations, and seasonally relevant child safety issues. There will also be free goodies for the kids.

 


Download eBook Help!
Want to learn how to get free ebooks and audiobooks from the library's MyMediaMall Overdrive download service?  Come to one of our drop-in Download Help Sessions on Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Thursdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. If these times do not work, please call the library (815-338-0542) and ask for Martha or Beth to set up an appointment.

Library Entry Way Project Update

The concrete entranceway to the library has been deteriorating for a number of years. This week, thanks in part to a grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation, the concrete is being removed and will be replaced by permeable pavers. oject progresses.

Construction Notes: the project is almost complete. The temporary walkway has  been removed.

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Pavers

Now Available for Checkout - Kindle Fires

Kindles

The library has two Kindle Fires available for checkout. They are preloaded with all of the books displayed in the photo. 

Kindles must be checked out by an adult (18+). 

Remote Printing Now Available

Printing to the library's public printers is now available for wifi and remote users. 

PrinteronWhether you are accessing the library's wifi on your own equipment or are at home you can send print jobs to the library's Reference Area Public Printer. The print job won't print until you are at the printer and enter your card number or name. To access or more information:  Print from Anywhere 

Print jobs must be retrieved within 12 hours or they will be deleted.

10 cents for grayscale / 50 cents for color. At this time, only letter-size, single-sided print jobs can be submitted.

Apps are available for tablets and smart devices.

 

MyMedia Mall Digital Book Service

 MyMediaMall

Download free eBooks and audiobooks from the library's MyMediaMall Overdrive download service.

Download Help Guides (Updated May 2015):

Downloading to smart devices, iPods, Kindle Fires, tablets, Windows 8 or 10, Chromebooks

Downloading to a computer, Kindle Paperwhite, eReaders, MP3 players

Overdrive listing of compatible devices

Need help figuring it out? Our reference staff are available to answer basic questions in person, on the phone, or by email. If you require extra assistance, please drop-in at the library for a how-to download lesson on Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. and Thursdays 10-11 a.m. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions you can schedule a one-on-one appointment at 815-338-0542 or email.

 

Online Meeting Room Reservations

The library is now using an online meeting room reservation system to allow organizations to easily check availability of the library's meeting rooms and schedule meetings. Room Reserve Screenshot

To Use:

1) Go to the WPL Room Reserve website

2) Find the date you are interested in reserving

3) Select the room you would like to reserve (Meeting Room or Training Room)

4) If the time slot shows as "OPEN" select the time slot by clicking on the check boxes to the right. Be sure to reserve the entire time needed, including set up and clean up time.

5) Click continue to access the reservation form. Be sure to verify your information and press the Submit button. 

Library staff will approve your reservation and contact you via email or phone. 

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Important change: The Woodstock Public Library Board of Trustees updated the library's meeting room policy. As of Novembe 8, organizations may only reserve a meeting room three months in advance: Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines for Use 2013

 

Explore Woodstock's Past

Preserve America Community

 

In 2014, Woodstock was named a Preserve America Community by the White House for our dedication to historic preservation, an honor shared by only 10 other communities in Illinois.  Visit the Preserve America website for more info.

 Interested in learning more about Woodstock history?

The library is the place to start - we have newspaper records dating back to 1856 for the Woodstock Sentinel on microfilm and to 1849 for the  Chicago Tribune (digital).

Discover what Woodstock looked like a 100 years ago through our photographic archives that have been scanned and are now available on Flickr: 

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Fragile historic books and other documents have been scanned and are available for viewing on the Look At Illinois website.

Search for early Woodstock residents and businesses that are listed in local history books using the library's Surname Index

In addition, the library has local history books, Woodstock High School yearbooks, plat maps, and city directories that are useful in researching local homes and families.

Help preserve history - early telephone directories (especially pre-1950s), photographs, postcards and other items are extremely useful to help librarians, genealogists, and other researchers learn more about Woodstock. If you have such itemsof Woodstock, please consider donating or allowing the library to scan them to help preserve Woodstock history. Please contact Martha Hansen at library@woodstock il.gov or 815-338-0542 for more information.

 

Mobile Library Catalog Available!

Mobil Catalog on iPodNew service available for patrons with smart phones and iPods! You can now search the library's catalog for books, DVDs, and CDs and put it on hold all from your smart phone!

Link for the mobile catalog: http://mobile.niclibraries.org

Link to the library's mobile website: http://library.booksite.com/6039/mobile/

 

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