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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.




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, 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.

Trivia Registration Form, 2016.pdf26.81 KB
Trivia Contest Rules, 2016.pdf12.4 KB

Half Price Fine Week with Food Pantry Donation: Sept 14-20

Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 20, the Woodstock Public Library will cut the amount of overdue fines in HALF. Pay only HALF the total amount for your overdue fines, lost or damaged charges, and collection agency fees and the library will waive the remaining charges. This discount covers only Woodstock Public Library materials and not those borrowed from other libraries. Those taking advantage of the half-price fines are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food to the library for the Woodstock Food Pantry during Half-Price Fines Week.

Fall Plant Sale Sept 11 & 12

Fall Plant Sale

The Friends of Woodstock Public Library's Annual Fall Plant Sale features a wide variety of locally grown fall plants and grasses from Hoffie Nursery in Union. This year the sale will also include ornamental pepper plants and pumpkins!

The sale will be held on Friday, Sept 11 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until all plants are sold). The Woodstock Public Library is located at 414 W Judd St in Woodstock.

The Friends of Woodstock Public Library supports the library by providing equipment, programs and services that the library would not be able to afford on a tight budget.

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.



Summer Reading Program Fun



Already this summer Summer Reading Program participants have logged over 6,000 hours of reading time! The race is on to see which school will have the most number of reading hours by the end of the summer. Adults participating in the online Adult Summer Reading Program have posted over 100 book reviews.

It isn't too late to join the Summer Reading Program -- Reading Program Registration:

Children Preschool-entering Grade 5 - Pick up your reading log in the Children's Room

Young Adults-entering Grade 6 through High School -  Pick up your reading log in the YA Dept (or if unstaffed then Reference Desk)

Adults-register online (link)

Upcoming Program Highlights:

Splash Party at Woodstock Water Works - Friday, June 26 5-7 p.m. All Ages. Bring your Summer Reading Log to be admitted.

Dominate Your BBQ - Tuesday, July 7 6:30 p.m. Chef Michael Niksic ignited the Mesquite Grilling cooking wave that swept over the Chicago area in the 80’s. Check out why, as he shares his knowledge and how to apply it in your backyard. Register Online.

Blood Drive - Monday, July 13 3-7 p.m. Heartland Blood Centers Mobile Coach will be in the library parking lot. Sign up for a time online. Donors must show a picture i.d.

Lion King, Jr. - Friday, July 17 at 2 p.m. Ages three and up. Children who have 12 hour of reading on their reading logs may choose a voucher to this performance of the Lion King, Jr at the Woodstock Opera House. Vouchers will be available starting June 29. Limit of one voucher per participant, while quantities last. More information.

Complete information about programs and registration available in the library newsletter

Citywide Celebration

Join the City of Woodstock in celebrating summer with five days of activities at Emricson Park. A full schedule of events is available on the City's website. The library staff will be part of the celebration at the park on Sunday, July 19 with stories, activities and fun. 


Now Available for Checkout - Kindle Fires


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.


April Events

Friday, April 10 - Library will be closed for staff training and a computer software upgrade.

Friday, April 17 - Friends of WPL Book Sale



Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at the Woodstock Opera House

The City of Woodstock and the Urban Land Institute Chicago District Council (ULI Chicago) invite you to the public presentation to share recommendations for the reuse of the Old McHenry County Courthouse and the Sheriff’s House based on a two-day, technical assistance panel conducted in March of this year. The presentation is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Swasti Shah, Director of Community Engagement, ULI Chicago, at 773-549-4972 or

Library Happenings


 It is almost time for Mini Links!

This popular once-a-year event transforms the Woodstock Public Library into a 18-hole miniature golf course. Swing your putter and hit a golf ball on an intricate course that runs through all three floors of the library.

Each hole has a theme put together by a local sponsor. Our sponsors created some delightfully challenging holes last year, and this year they promise even better fun!

Kids, parents, and grandparents love to play together, and some friendly competition even arises as all ages try to hit tricky shots like the "elevator hole" and the ever-popular water hole. Tickets are $3 for children and $5 for adults and may be purchased at the door. Mini Links  will be on Saturday, March 14 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tickets for Library After Dark are on sale at the front desk - Experience the fun of Mini Links while relaxing with a glass of wine or beer and appetizers. Must be 21 years or older to attend. $25/person. Advance Ticket Sales Only.  Library After Dark will be on Friday, March 13 7-9 p.m.

Bark for Books 

Saturdays/February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16

10:00-11:30 a.m. 

Children need some reading practice? Read to a Dog! Dogs are great listeners and they can listen in any language. Held in the Story Room every third Saturday of the Month. Sign up at the Children’s Desk starting at 9:00 a.m.