News & Announcements

Library announces Memorial Garden

The Winnebago Public Library proudly announces the Peggy Palm Memorial Garden in loving memory of Ms. Margelet E. “Peggy” Palm who passed away March 21, 2016. The South side of the library, once run down and unused due to overgrowth, has now been transformed to celebrate and honor the life of Ms. Palm by her loving family.

The Winnebago Public Library Board of Trustees wishes to thank the Palm Family who made a generous donation towards the transformation. Meridian Nursery included in their garden plans plants such as: Crimson Queen Japanese Maple, Lemon Chiffon Coral Bells, Pulmonaria, Karen Azealea, PJM Rhododendron, Green Velvet Boxwood, Midget Globe Arborvitae, and Luxiant Bleeding Heart.

Director Katie Schmoyer added, “It’s a special spot for members of the community to sit down, read a book and enjoy the picturesque garden whether you’re enjoying from an armchair inside the library or on a bench outside. We’re honored the Palm family chose our gardens to memorialize their loved one.”

As weather grows colder the community can enjoy the Memorial Garden through the upstairs and downstairs glass viewing areas.

The Winnebago Public Library Director and Board of Trustees encourage the community to stop by and pause for a moment to think of Peggy Palm in this serene garden.

The library had a special dedication ceremony June 28, 2017 with the Palm family, Library Friends and Board in attendance. Speakers Robb Firch (Meridian Nursery owner), Board President Irv Koning, Board Vice President and Director Katie Schmoyer expressed their appreciation and gave a more detailed report of the garden plants.

For pictures, please follow link:

Special Board meeting - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7 pm


Irv Koning, President Steve Scheider, Vice President Pat Wakeley, Secretary Chuck Fricke, Treasurer
Notice is hereby given that the Winnebago Public Library District, Winnebago County, Illinois, will hold a special meeting of the Winnebago Public Library District Board of Trustees at the Winnebago Public Library, 210 North Elida Street, Winnebago, Illinois 61088. The time, date and purposes of this meeting are set forth in the following agenda:

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7 pm

1. Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll call

3. Additions or corrections to the agenda

4. Reports, discussion & action items
4.1. Year end budget reconciliation & approval of fund transfers (Fricke)
4.2. First review of FY 18 Budget & Appropriation Ordinance (Schmoyer/Fricke)
4.3. First review of FY 18 Special Levy (.02%) Ordinance (Schmoyer/Fricke)

5. Other Business
5.1. 2017 Board Organization and Assignments (Koning)

6. Adjournment

Pat Wakeley, Secretary

Library page position available - July 13, 2017

Library Page
Winnebago Public Library

The Winnebago Public Library is looking to hire a part-time library page for approximately 6 hours per week. The individual seeking this position must possess the following abilities: to file library materials alphabetically and numerically, to communicate verbally and in writing with other library staff and with the public, and to follow verbal and written instructions. This position requires that an individual be able to work without direct supervision. The person applying for this position must possess the physical ability to push and pull loaded book carts, to bend, stretch, and kneel, and to climb on, and balance on, a kick stool. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to, sorting and shelving library materials, shifting collections as necessary, creating displays/dismantling displays, and assisting with cleanup procedures. The ideal candidate for this position must be able to work evenings and weekends, to work with others, and cooperate with all library staff. A library page will be expected to participate in training sessions and carry out additional duties not already listed above. The successful candidate must have the ability to work in concert with Library administrative staff and within the library’s guidelines and policies.

If you are interesting in applying for this position, please request an employment application from the Library service desk.
Qualifications: At least 16 years of age or 15 years of age with a work permit
Posted July 13, 2017


Introducing the Winnebago Public Library’s newest online database: Gale! Gale is a virtual reference library. It is great for research whether you are writing a paper or simply want to know more on a subject. The database provides thousands of full text eBooks covering numerous topics including: law, medicine, education, history, and much more. With this database, you are able to use the search function within publications making research easy.
For more information on using the database, simply watch this online video:

To access this database, follow this link:
You will need to use your library card number as your password when logging in.

Discontinuing Zinio/Digital Magazines

The Winnebago Public Library will be discontinuing its use of Zinio/digital magazines. Zinio/digital magazines will no longer be available after July 1, 2017.

National Library Week: Libraries Transform!

National Library Week (April 9 - 15, 2017) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

The theme for 2017 National Library Week is "Libraries Transform." Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy will serve as this year's National Library Week Honorary Chair.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate every year in National Library Week.

Please join us this week:

Discovery Center: Engineering Adventure: April 11th @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Culver's Princess and Superhero, Winnebago Public Library will be at Culver's for a special Story Time event--April 11th @ 5-8 p.m.

Story Time: April 12th @ 10:30 a.m.

Winnebago Lions Club Leader Dog Program: April 15th @ 11:00 a.m.

April Friends of Library Minutes

Friends of the Winnebago Public Library
Business Meeting Minutes
April 25, 2017

Mission Statement: Our association aspires to help stimulate the child, motivate the adolescent, educate the adult and sustain the elderly in our community within the world of books and ever-changing information technology.

The April 25th business meeting, with an attendance of 10 members, the library director, and 1 Board Member was called to order by Norma at 6:35pm.

Secretary’s Report: A motion to accept the minutes for the March 28th meeting as written was made by Judy, seconded by Rosemary, and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Marian provided a copy of the financial report :
Savings: $787.76 (as of 03-31-17) Checking Account: $8176.58 (as of 04-25-17)**
Cash on Hand: $38.02 Total Balance: $9,002.36 (as of 04-25-17)
**Includes $207.00 for the Fidder Memorial Garden and $400.00 for Not-for-Profit Expenses.
This report will be filed for audit.

Board Liaison, Irv Koning: He congratulated Katie and her staff on the library’s being chosen as a “2016 Business of the Year” award winner and shared that there are still some vacancies on the Library Board.

Director of the Library, Katie Schmoyer: Katie provided a written report about
• the Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award Night,
• various programs that have been provided at the library in April,
• new databases that have been posted on the library’s website,
• updates on the new table recently purchased for the children’s storytime use,
• possible plans for updating the staff work room,
• information about the next fiscal budget and objectives meeting,
• and a “Thank You” to the Friends for the gift certificates given to all library staff members during National Library Week.

Committee Reports: April’s Bloomin’ Book and Bake Sale: Paula reported that most work shifts for the book, bake, and bloom sale are filled. Several volunteers helped her on Monday and Tuesday to sort new books so that the set-up day (tomorrow, April 26th) would run more quickly and smoothly.

New Business: Steve asked when decisions would be made concerning needed purchases for the library. He asked if there are priority items that were requested from the funds of the Friends group on the wishlists we were given earlier this year. Katie will bring the librarians’ wishlist to our next meeting so that the Friends can consider funding some of the requests.
Old Business: Scholarships: Several Friends’ members met with Norma and Marian to read over the scholarship applications. They decided to approve five $200 scholarships. Judy wlll attend the Honors Night at WHS and will present the checks to the scholarship award winners.

Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:55pm, seconded by Cindy, and the motion carried. The next meeting is scheduled for May 30, 2017, starting at 6:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted by: Paula Black, Secretary

Crafting Paper Flowers Presentation

Did you miss our Crafting Paper Flowers Program? Perhaps you attended and want to try making another flower. Below is a link to the presentation used for the program. Go ahead and give this craft a shot. Happy Crafting!

EBSCO MasterFile Database

Check out our newest database, EBSCO MasterFile! MasterFile is an excellent research database. It contains full text journals, magazines, and trade publications. It covers topics such as business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

Access the database using this link:

Use your library card number as your patron ID when accessing the database.

Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award Winner

We are proud to announce that Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award Night the Winnebago Public Library was announced the winner of the 2016 Business of the Year Award. Special thanks to the businesses who partnered with the Library and to the staff for all of their hard work!