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.
Download free eBooks and audiobooks from the library's MyMediaMall Overdrive download service.
Overdrive listing of compatible devices
Drop-in Help Sessions: Need help with eBooks for your eReader or smart device? 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 reservation 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
In 2014, Woodstock was named a Preserve America Community by the White House for our dedication to historic preservation, an honor shared by only 10 other communities in Illinois. Visit the Preserve America website for more info.
Interested in learning more about Woodstock history?
The library is the place to start - we have newspaper records dating back to 1856 for the Woodstock Sentinel on microfilm and to 1849 for the Chicago Tribune (digital).
Discover what Woodstock looked like a 100 years ago through our photographic archives that have been scanned and are now available on Flickr:
Fragile historic books and other documents have been scanned and are available for viewing on the Look At Illinois website.
Search for early Woodstock residents and businesses that are listed in local history books using the library's Surname Index.
In addition, the library has local history books, Woodstock High School yearbooks, plat maps, and city directories that are useful in researching local homes and families.
Help preserve history - early telephone directories (especially pre-1950s), photographs, postcards and other items are extremely useful to help librarians, genealogists, and other researchers learn more about Woodstock. If you have such itemsof Woodstock, please consider donating or allowing the library to scan them to help preserve Woodstock history. Please contact Martha Hansen at library@woodstock il.gov or 815-338-0542 for more information.
New service available for patrons with smart phones and iPods! You can now search the library's catalog for books, DVDs, and CDs and put it on hold all from your smart phone!
Link for the mobile catalog: http://mobile.niclibraries.org
Link to the library's mobile website: http://library.booksite.com/6039/mobile/
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