Woodstock Public Library

Library Logo Contest


Logo Contest

Online and in-library voting has ended for the Library Logo contest. 

Finalists based on the popular vote will be announced on November 24.

On December 6 at 4:00 p.m. at team of judges will make the final determinatiion in each category.

Judges selected by the library's PR committee are: Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune political cartoonist;

Brian Sager, Mayor of the City of Woodstock; Kathy Weber, Local area artist


Honoring Our Veterans

Veterans Day

Honoring Our Veterans

Displayed in the photograph are the Thank You cards created by storytime participants that were sent to Hines Veterans Hospital. On display in the library is also the "We Applaud Our Veterans" panels that customers and staff wrote the names of family and friends who have served in the military.

Watch the rare silent film footage of the 1919 Homecoming Celebration of McHenry County's Servicemen on the Woodstock Square. 

Honoring Woodstock's Own - photographs from the Illinois National Guard Delta Company Homecoming in July 2009 and still photographs of the 1919 homecoming. 


Fall Happenings at the Library


Dias De Los Muertos Display

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.


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 are available in the library or here.

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.


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.


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