News & Announcements
Download free eBooks and audiobooks from the library's MyMediaMall Overdrive download service.
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.
The library is now using an online meeting room resevation system to allow organizations to easily check availability of the library's meeting rooms and schedule meetings.
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
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
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.
Five Steps to a Novel Experience ~ Thursday/September 12 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Join 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.
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.
Use 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Benjamin Moore Company has announced a new program called “Main Street Matters” and has committed to repainting 20 main streets across the US and Canada over the next year with the help of local Benjamin Moore retailers and painting contractors. Woodstock is included in their initial selection of approximately one hundred towns.
The website www.paintwhatmatters.com has been established to explain the program and to allow people to vote for their favorite town. Voting began yesterday and will continue through June 30. You can vote once a day and be sure to spread the word to your friends via social media.
Have Book Will Travel!
The Summer Reading Program is Over! Thank you to everyone for a great summer of reading! Over 8,000 hours of reading were logged by the 900+ participants in the Children's & Young Adult Summer Reading Program. In the Adult program, 203 book reviews were submitted.
Highlights from this summer programs are available on the library's Flickr photostream: