Woodstock Public Library

Fall Happenings at the Library


Dias De Los Muertos Celebration - Saturday November 1

Come join the fun at Woodstock Public Library and celebrate The Day of the Dead, Saturday November 1st. This Mexican holiday, now celebrated all over the world, has roots that are thousands of years old. There will be two drop in story hours in the Children's department at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There will be a wide selection of various crafts and face painting that will be available throughout the day until 4:00 p.m. View the altar a central piece and learn about the history and customs of the culture that brought us this spirited holiday. Bring your cameras - there will be lots of photo opportunities!

Dual Language 8th Grade classes from Creekside & Northwood Middle Schools provided our Dias de los Muertos altars. The Northwood altar is dedicated to the Mexican Literature Nobel Prize Ocatvio Paz, who passed away in 1998.Besides some of Paz's mementos, like photos, books, poems, etc, the altar also contains some of the typical "ofrendas" like marigolds (cempasuchitl), sugar skulls, decorated skulls, perforated paper garlands, or the effigy of Catrina, a female skeleton that has become an icon for Dia de los Muertos.

Library Logo Contest

The Woodstock Public Library needs a fresh, new look for its logo—and we want your help! We are seeking new designs for our logo. Designs will be judged in one of three categories: Youth (0-18), Amateur (19+), or Professional (design companies or professional artists and designers). An award and a prize will be given for the best design in each category. One of the designs may be chosen as the library’s new image.

Full details and requirements. All submissions will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Anime Art Show

The Anime Art Show is BACK. Submit original art or fan art, there will prizes in both categories. Submissions accepted from November 10 - November 26. Art will be on display through December 7.  Grades 6-12. Submission forms will be available online and in the library starting November 1.

Follow Us on Instagram

Kate, our YA librarian has created an Instagram blog - give us a follow and see what develops in the YA Area.


2014 Summer Reading Program

SummerProgramsFizz, Boom, Read!

1300+ Readers Participated in this year's Summer Reading Programs! Thank you to the participants of all ages for making this our most Summer Reading Program ever! 


The Woodstock Public Library staff would like to extend a tremendous thank you to all the area businesses, organizations and volunteers who helped to make this year's SRP possible:

Friends of Woodstock Public Library

The Amazing Woodstock Public Library Volunteers

Challenger Center

Classic Cinemas

Conlon & Thompson Orthodontics, Ltd.


Dennis Swiftdeer Paige

Dolphin Swim Club Crystal Lake

Trudie and Dave Dreyer

Abby Goldberg

Golf & Games

Jaci’s Cookies

Illinois Railway Museum

The Jump Rope Girls

Kane County Cougars

Karen Slavin

Kingston Lanes

McHenry County Conservation District

McHenry County Fair

Jane Miller & Kalani

Read Between the Lynes

Smarty Pants

Papa Murphy’s

Pump it Up Crystal Lake

Woodstock Opera House

Woodstock Police Department

Woodstock Water Works

Yo Fresh

Library Newsletter

Library LogoSummer 2014 City Scene Newsletter has been mailed out -- but where are all the library programs?

In order to be able to distribute a mailing to our entire service area, including those in the Rural Woodstock Public Library District, the library is producing and mailing its own newsletter. Expect to see it in mailboxes in early May. Library staff has been busy planning a whole summer of activities - many of these programs are already listed on the library's Event Calendar.  The library newsletter will be mailed out three times a year.

Want to get regular updates about library news? Sign up for the library's once-a-month eNewsletter and receive notices about library programs, information, and new book suggestions.



Young Adult Area has Moved!

YAMoveThe library was closed on Friday, April 18 to facilitate the shifting the collection. The Young Adult Area is now located on the upper level, where the magazine collection used to be located. The old Young Adult Area, now hosts the adult New Book collection, DVDs and CDs.

The new Young Adult Area provides plenty of space for books, technology and comfortable seating for teens grade 6-12.  Photographs of the completed project are available here.

As part of the renovation, the newspapers, magazines and the Margaret Field Crane Local History Collection have been moved to the main floor Reference Area. A complete plan of the changes that have taken place is available here.

The library staff encourages you to visit the library and see all the changes that have taken place. 

Have a brand new tablet or smart device?

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

Overdrive listing of compatible devices: eBook and audiobook compatible / eBook only compatible / audiobook only compatible

Drop-in Help Sessions: Need help with eBooks for your eReader or smart device? You can drop-in at the library on Tuesdays between 10:00-11:00 a.m. for a how-to download lesson from Martha Hansen or Beth Ryan. 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. 



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


Download Books and Audiobooks

MyMediaMallUse the library's MyMediaMall download book service to 'check-out' your next eBook or eAudiobook. Powered by Overdrive, MyMediaMall allows you to get free books straight to your tablet or smart device, all you need to start is your Woodstock Public Library card and PIN.

eReader Drop-In Help Sessions - Need help getting started using library eBooks on your smart device? Stop by during one of the library's drop-in help sessions and staff can help you get it figured out. Drop-in sessions are on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m., no appointments necessary. If you are not able to come in at this time you  can schedule an appointment with Martha Hansen or Beth Ryan by calling 815-338-0542 or emailing library@woodstockil.gov.

PDF brochures with step-by-step information:

Downloading to Apple, Android, and Kindle devices

Downloading to NOOK, Sony, or other tablets/computers

Overdrive's List of Compatible Devices that work on MyMediaMall

The new Overdrive Media Console App 3.0 was released on August 20th. Some features of the new app include:

• A redesigned user interface with streamlined navigation, and a one-stop, reorganized menu. 

Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.

• Variable speed playback for Apple devices (iOS). Audiobook users’ most requested feature.

Overdrive has a brief video which demonstrates some of the highlights. 

Explore Woodstock's Past

 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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