News & Announcements

Friends of Woodstock Public Library Fall Plant Sale

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped during this year's Fall Plant Sale!


Fall Happenings at the Library

Library Logo Contest

The Woodstock Public Library needs a fresh, new look for its logo—and we want your help! We are seeking new designs for our logo. Designs will be judged in one of three categories: Youth (0-18), Amateur (19+), or Professional (design companies or professional artists and designers). An award and a prize will be given for the best design in each category. One of the designs may be chosen as the library’s new image.

Full details and requirements. All submissions will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014.

 Half-Price Fines Week

Monday, September 15 through Sunday, September 21, the 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.

Introducing Our New Young Adult Library Assistant…

Kate Tripp is a grad school student at the University of Illinois working on her Masters in Library Science and will finish her degree in the spring of 2015. Kate will be working with youth services librarian Mary Ryan on many aspects of the Young Adult department. Kate is also a certified teacher. If you need help with your homework (especially English) she'd be more than happy to help you.

If you have suggestions on programming that you would like or books you would like the library to consider ordering, feel free to email Kate at Kate will usually be found upstairs in the new Young Adult area. Stop in, introduce yourself, and welcome her to WPL. 



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School Supply Drive

District 200 students are collecting school supplies on July 31 and August 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. outside the Woodstock 

Wal Mart. Please consider making a donation to help a child in need. Thank you! Familiesin need should contact their school's principals about receiving the donated supplies.



Summer in the Park

summer in the parkIt is time for Summer in the Park! A weekend filled with fun, food, games for the whole family.

Friday, July 18

Summer Music in the Park 7:00-11:00 p.m. 

Free Concert featuring singer, song-writer, and recording artist Rick Monroe and the popular Wisconsin-based group Chasin’ Mason

Food Court & Beer Garden open at 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, July 19

Summer at the Pool 11:00AM – 4:00 p.m.

A special day at Woodstock Waterworks ~ $4.00 Admission & special fun & games

Sunday, July 20

 Summer Fun in the Park begins at Noon. A day full of food, entertainment, and fun for all ages – most activities free. Click here for a complete schedule.

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2014 Summer Reading Program

SummerProgramsFizz, Boom, Read!

1300+ Readers Participated in this year's Summer Reading Programs! Thank you to the participants of all ages for making this our most Summer Reading Program ever! 


The Woodstock Public Library staff would like to extend a tremendous thank you to all the area businesses, organizations and volunteers who helped to make this year's SRP possible:

Friends of Woodstock Public Library

The Amazing Woodstock Public Library Volunteers

Challenger Center

Classic Cinemas

Conlon & Thompson Orthodontics, Ltd.


Dennis Swiftdeer Paige

Dolphin Swim Club Crystal Lake

Trudie and Dave Dreyer

Abby Goldberg

Golf & Games

Jaci’s Cookies

Illinois Railway Museum

The Jump Rope Girls

Kane County Cougars

Karen Slavin

Kingston Lanes

McHenry County Conservation District

McHenry County Fair

Jane Miller & Kalani

Read Between the Lynes

Smarty Pants

Papa Murphy’s

Pump it Up Crystal Lake

Woodstock Opera House

Woodstock Police Department

Woodstock Water Works

Yo Fresh

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. 

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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.

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.

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