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Monday Night Book Club 2017 Schedule

For lively discussion and a chance to read some wonderful books join us the second Monday of every month in the library community room starting at 6:45 p.m. for our Book Club. Patrons can pick up a copy at our service desk or call our service desk to reserve a copy.


February 13: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

March 13th: Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

April 10th: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

May 8th: Once we Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

June 12th: TBA

July 10th: Promise me This by Cathy Gohlke

August 14th: TBA

September 11th: Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock

October 9th: TBA

November 13th: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hasseini

December 11th: Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah


Are you a user of Winnebago Public Library’s services and programs? Are you a supporter of this valuable community resource? Are you interested in an opportunity for public service? The Winnebago Public Library District Board of Trustees is looking for library district residents interested in appointment as Library District Trustees. One Board member has resigned due to leaving the area so there is an immediate vacancy for an unexpired term ending in 2019. In June, there will be additional openings for terms ending in 2021 that must be filled through appointment.

Residents interested in being considered for appointment should send a letter of application to Irv Koning, c/o Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida St., Winnebago, IL 61088 or email it to no later than April 30 . The board will review applications at its regular board meetings.

The Board of Trustees consists of seven district residents elected to four year terms. The Board meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Library. There is normally a Committee of the Whole meeting the third Thursday of each month and there are occasionally special meetings called to transact time-sensitive business. The board is responsible for policy development, financial oversight, long range planning, hiring and evaluating the library director, and advocating for and promoting the library in the community.

To learn more about the library’s current resources, programs and activities, please visit the library or check the library’s website To learn more about board service, please come to a Board meeting or read recent minutes at You may also contact Board President Irv Koning at

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2017 Consolidated Election Pre-filing for Winnebago Public Library District Trustee Candidates





NOTICE is hereby given that the office of Patricia J. Wakeley, secretary, Winnebago Public Library District Board of Trustees and local election official, which is the Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida Street, will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 am-8 pm; Friday, 10 am-6 pm; and Saturday, 9 am-3 pm beginning Monday, December 12, 2016 and ending at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2016 for the purpose of accepting candidate petitions or certificates for the consolidated election to be held on April 4, 2017 for the office of LIBRARY DISTRICT TRUSTEE.
Patricia J. Wakeley
Secretary, Winnebago Public Library District
Board of Trustees/election official

Donations to WPL

The Winnebago Public Library District welcomes material and monetary donations that further the mission and goals of the library district.

All donations to the library district, material or monetary, are tax deductible to the full extent of current tax law.

All donations are acknowledged in the library district’s Gifts or Memorials registers. Donors may request that their name remain anonymous.

The library district maintains a Wish List (please see attached) with a range of suggestions for material and monetary donations for those interested in making a donation.

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Alice Rowley, former Library Director

Last Saturday we honored former Library Director Mrs. Alice Rowley who died on Saturday, September 17, 2016. We are saddened by the news of her passing. At this time, we are keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Her contributions to this Library will always be remembered. She leaves a legacy as Library Director (1993--2007) and as a hardworking volunteer with the local Junior Women’s Club. The Junior Women’s Club was instrumental in starting our Library as a volunteer library and then eventually establishing us as a Library District. Our Library building was built in 1986 and with an addition completed in 2002. Director Alice Rowley played an important, valuable role in these foundational changes. Speaking as the current Library Director I respect and applaud her vision, hard work and determination at this Library. She will never be forgotten and is sadly missed.

For more information on Alice:

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New Branch in Seward

We've got a new branch at the Seward Community Center! A card catalog, baskets for returning items/picking them up, and general information are available! If you're looking for additional information or have questions please call 815-335-7050 and ask for Director Katie Schmoyer.

How to get a library card

Do you and your kids have updated library cards? Winnebago Public Library District cards need to be renewed every two years. Perhaps you've never signed up for a card before?

To sign up for a card, simply bring in one form of photo ID and one form of non-photo ID (see lists below) any time the library is open. Children under the age of 18 years old will need to have their parent's produce documentation on their behalf. We will ask you to fill out a registration card and enter you into our system.

Acceptable proofs of current residency:

Photo ID, Driver's license, State ID, Firearms ID.

Nonphoto ID: Bill (current or last months credit card or utility), auto
registration, checkbook with imprinted name and (current) address, driver's permit, lease, recent post office forwarded mailing label, mortgage, school registration, voter's registration card.

How do you know if you're in our library district? The easiest way (we suggest) is to go to the Winnebago County Treasurer "Parcel Tax Details Inquiry" page (click on this link: and fill out the appropriate information/directions.

At the very bottom of the final page under "Taxing Body" a library should be listed (ours will say "Winnebago Library"). Don't see a library listed? Please give us a call at our service desk at 815-335-7050 so we can help you determine where you should go.

Interlibrary Loans: What is it?

More than 5,000 multi-type (academic, public, school and special) member libraries contribute to the Interlibrary Loan program. Resources are shared among libraries in order to meet the information, recreation and research needs of library users. Individual libraries challenged to meet the requests of their users can do so through statewide cooperative collection management agreements.

The American Library Association Recognizes that the sharing of material between libraries is an integral element in the provision of library service and believes it to be in the public interest to encourage such an exchange. Interlibrary Loan (ILL), a mechanism of obtaining material, is essential to the vitality of all libraries. The effectiveness of the interlibrary loan system depends upon participation of libraries of all types and sizes.

According to the American Library Association, Interlibrary Loan is "the process by which a library requests material from, upon request of a library user, material not available in the user's local library."

The Winnebago Public Library participants in OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan Library and delivery service is through RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System).

Reciprocal Borrowing
A form of cooperative agreement between two or more libraries allowing their users on-site circulation privileges at another library. The Winnebago Public Library allows reciprocal borrowing for WPL material on site but doesn't participate in interlibrary loan with reciprocal borrowers. Reciprocal borrowers will need to put their request in at their home library (or the library to which they pay taxes to).

We've upgraded our limit for interlibrary loan requests from 3 requests at one time to a total of 6 interlibrary loan requests at one time.

Our interlibrary loaning system allows for our patrons to take advantage of other participating libraries (an their collections) in Illinois.

If we have a gap in our collection or are missing something you're interested in please let us know! This service is only offered to our district patrons for FREE. Contact our service desk with any questions or to place an order.