News & Announcements

Young Adult Area is Moving

YAMoveMany changes are happening at the library this month. Library staff is busy preparing to move the Young Adult Area to the upper level, where the magazine collection used to be located. The current Young Adult Area, geared for teens and tweens, is located near the front doors of the library. In the thirteen years since the library was renovated, this collection has been over-crowded with not enough space for books, magazines and computers. The adult New Book collection and DVD collection will be expanded and relocated to the old Young Adult Area. 

The new Young Adult Area will provide plenty of space for books, technology and comfortable seating for teens. Work is well underway, with shelving, wiring and painting. More photographs of the renovation 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 taking place in the library is available here.

The library will be closed on Friday, April 18 to facilitate the moving of the collection. 

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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. An opening night reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

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. Visit their website for a full listing of events. 

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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


Antique Appraisal Program

Come to the library on Thursday, October 3, between 4:30-7:30 p.m. for an antiques and collectible appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran. Formerly the senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wisconsin, Moran has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine, served as editor of Antique Review East magazine, producer of Atlantique City, as editorial director of F+W Media’s Antiques Group, and co-authored more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles including 3 editions of the annual Warman’s Antiques and Collectibles. Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years and has been active as an appraiser for more than 20 years.

Registration is required for those who wish to bring in an item to be appraised. Appointments will be scheduled in one-hour segments, aprox 12 particpants per hour. Participants may only bring one (1) item to be appraised.  Click on the link to schedule an appointment during one of these times: 4:30-5:30 p.m.  //  5:30-6:30 p.m. // 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Appointments & wait list spots are now full (as of 9/25/13).

Persons not having an item appraised are welcome to drop-in to observe the appraisal process without registering.

Because of the expected demand for appoitments, registration is limited to Woodstock Public Library cardholders. Should appointments still be available, non-residents are welcome to register beginning Wednesday, September 25. 

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal. Objects welcome for appraisal include fine art, small pieces of furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks, and costume jewelry. Excluded items include all weapons (including swords and knives), coins and paper money, Beanie Babies, and fine jewelry including precious gems. Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted in advance to determine if they are appropriate.

Mum's the Word: Fall Plant Sale

Friends_Mum_SaleMum's the Word: Fall Plant Sale

A huge thank you to all the Friends volunteers who made last weekend's Fall Plant Sale a great success, especially to Gayle Hoch for her unending enthusiasm and energy. 
We still have a few plants from this weekend for sale in the lobby, at bargain prices.

Author Program: Amy Gail Hansen

Five Steps to a Novel Experience ~ Thursday/September 12 ~ 6:30 p.m.

Butterfly_SisterJoin former Woodstock resident Amy Gail Hansen (nee Bauer), author of the recently released book The Butterfly Sister (William Morrow/Harper Collins), as she draws on  her own experiences on becoming a published author. Amy will inspire, encourage, and motivate you to turn your dream of writing a novel into a reality. A reading and signing of The Butterfly Sister will follow, with Read Between the Lynes bookstore providing books to purchase during the event. 

Register Online


Stuff the Bus

STUFF THE BUS! School Supply Drive

August 7th and 8th there will be a D200 school bus parked outside Woodstock Walmart from 10am-8pm.

Please come out and shop and support D200 students by helping to fill the bus with school supplies for D200 students in need.

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

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.