Library Catalog Will Be Offline: Mon, 8/31 & Tues, 9/1

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 Computer Catalog To Be Down For Two Days


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.


MyMedia Mall Digital Book Service


Download free eBooks and audiobooks from the library's MyMediaMall Overdrive download service.

Download Help Guides (Updated May 2015):

Downloading to smart devices, iPods, Kindle Fires, tablets, Windows 8 pcs, Chromebooks

Downloading to a computer, Kindle Paperwhite, eReaders, MP3 players

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.


Online Meeting Room Reservations

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. Room Reserve Screenshot

To Use:

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


Explore Woodstock's Past

Preserve America Community


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:
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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 or 815-338-0542 for more information.


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