News & Announcements
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. A temporary walkway has been constructed to allow access to the building as the demolition and rebuilding. We apologize for the noise and inconvenience as the project progresses.
Construction Notes: Asphalt is expected to be installed on Friday, July 31
Paving stones will begin to be installed on Monday, August 3
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.
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.
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+).
Printing to the library's public printers is now available for wifi and remote users.
Whether 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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. It was great to see the many different ways the artists 'envisioned' the library through a logo.
The winners of the logo contest were selected on Saturday, December 6 by a select panel of judges:
Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune political cartoonist;
Brian Sager, Mayor of the City of Woodstock; Kathy Weber, Local area artist
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.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped during this year's Fall Plant Sale!