Woodstock Public Library

2014 Summer Reading Program

SummerProgramsFizz, Boom, Read!

1200+ Readers Are Already Participating in the Summer Reading Programs! 

It isn't too late to sign up:

Children (up to those entering fifth grade) register in the Children's Room.

Young Adults (entering 6th grade through high school) register at the Reference Desk.

Adults click here to register online and to log-in your reviews for WPL's Adult Summer Reading Program. Read & post reviews to win prizes - including a chance at a Kindle Fire. Looking for a good book? Skim through the posted reviews to see what others are reading. Paper registration is available at the Reference Desk, if preferred.

Bonus Adult Summer Reading Fun - Reading BINGO Playing cards & instructions may be printed here, or picked up at the Reference Desk. Reading BINGO provides an opportunity to challenge yourself and read outside of your usual selections. Complete a BINGO and you can enter to win a Kindle Fire!



Complete listing of summer programs and general library information is provided in our newsletter. Sign up for programs online.

Please Note: the library is closed on Sundays in summer through August 31. 


Star Wars Day 2014

Thank you for everyone who turned out for Star Wars Day 2014 - especially the members of the 501st Legion, Midwest Garrison. More photographs from the day are available on our Facebook page.  Reminder that the D200 All School Art Show will be ending on May 9.


Closed Days

Friday, May 9 - Library will open at noon (staff training)

Sunday, May 11 - Closed for Mother's Day

Sunday, May 25 & Monday, May 26 - Closed for Memorial Day

Closed Summer Sundays - May 25 - August 31

When the library building is closed our website is always open. Take advantage of the many online resources that are available through our website, including downloads of eBooks and audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, genealogy materials and more. All that is needed to access these materials is a Woodstock Public Library card number.

Book Returns: Library materials may be returned in the book drop to the left of the library doors and at the book return at the Wonder Lake State Bank in Wonder Lake IL (3316 Thompson Road).

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. 

Life at Todd School Historic Photograph Display

Orson WellesMay 15-June 1 - a historic photography display of Life at Todd School for Boys will be on display at the Woodstock Public Library. Orson Welles attended Todd, a private boarding school, from 1926 to 1931. The library's display will feature photographs of Welles during his time at Todd.

A brief history and description of the school is available in this brochure.

The photography display is being planned to run in conjunction with the Woodstock Celebrates (TM) Orson Welles and the 80th Anniversary of the Todd Theatre Festival.  A Welles Film Festival is also being held at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre.

Mini Links 2014

Mini-Links 2014 is a wrap! The Friends of Woodstock Public Library and the library staff would like to extend a huge thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year's event such a success!

More photographs posted on the library's Facebook page


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? Beginning January 7, 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


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