What’s Happening @ Odell

May 2021

Come in: We’re Open! As of May 3rd, patrons no longer need to make an appointment to use the library. Odell will continue to offer curbside services. Masks are still required and we do ask that patrons keep visits short. Computer use is currently limited to 45 min/day. Thank you for your patience — we are so happy to take this step toward normalcy! (Click image to enlarge)
May hours and updates 2021

Visit our Seed Library courtesy of the University of Illinois Extension office

  • Stop in and check out our wide variety of fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower seeds! We also have a wonderful variety of books and magazines to help get you growing.


March Madness STACK ATTACK!

  • And the winner is…John Grisham! After a month and half of grueling battles, Grisham overtook Janet Evanovich for the championship! Thanks to everyone who voted along and to staff member Emily who organized the bracket!

Between the Stacks

  • Have you heard? Odell has it’s very own PODCAST! Tune in as Krysta, Gillian, & Emily discuss new releases, spotlight areas of the library, talk tech, answer patron questions, and so much more! Look for episodes every other Monday. This month’s podcasts will be released on 5/10 and 5/24. Listen here.

Save the Dates: Author Fireside Chats

  • The Odell Public Library Friends have generously sponsored 25 tickets to the following virtual “Fireside Chat”:
    • Author Alex Kotlowitz – May 6, 2021 @ 7:00pm
  • Registration is required for this ticketed virtual event. Reserve your place by completing the Google Form. Patrons are welcome to suggest questions for the author up to 10 days prior to the event by emailing ask.odell.library@gmail.com.

Community Picks

  • We’d love to hear about what you’re reading: the good, the bad, and the ugly! Fill out this Google Form to submit a book review! We’ll post reviews on our bulletin board at Odell and may even feature a review or two in a future “Between the Stacks” episode (with permission, of course)!

New Materials

  • You can find all of Odell’s newest books here or by scrolling to the bottom of our home page.

Kids & Family

  • Virtual Storytime takes place each Wednesday evening from 7:00-7:30pm on Facebook Live! Snuggle up with your young people and enjoy themed stories, songs, and rhymes with Miss Katie each week. Storytime videos remain posted online for 2 week so watch anytime! Storytime season wraps May 26th and will resume in September.
  • Discovery Book Packs: These themed backpacks make checkout a breeze for families on-the-go! Each pack includes 5-7 books, early literacy tips and activities, and a non-electronic toy. More topics are being added each week. Be on the lookout for Bugs, Mo Willems, Shapes, and more!
  • Summer Reading Club
    • We are so excited to share our 2021 Summer Reading Program: READING COLORS YOUR WORLD! The program, sponsored by the United Way of Whiteside County, is a free five-week experience for preschool through 8th grade students filled with lots of opportunities to read, make art, explore, and win prizes! For more information or to register, visit http://odellpubliclibrary.com/wp/summer-reading-club
  • Putnam and Niabi Zoo passes are available for checkout!
    • Odell owns one of each pass which is available for checkout on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that you may need to call and reserve a time to visit each venue per the organizations’ pandemic guidelines. Ask a staff member for more details.
  • Morrison Garden Club Coloring Contest
    • Children ages 2-10 are invited to participate now through May 5th
    • Winners receive a basket of garden supplies and K&R gift card
    • Coloring sheets may be picked up at Odell or download and print your own at http://odellpubliclibrary.com/wp/garden-club-spring-coloring-contest-2021
      • Be sure to include the child’s name, age, and contact information on the BACK of the coloring sheet.
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