Results for Weight Loss Challenge

Here are the grand results for the 2016 Get Lean in Spring ’16 Weight Loss Challenge!

We had 13 teams competing this season, and the results have been amazing! A total of 406.6 pounds were lost, accounting for a difference of 193.2%. There were some close races between teams and individuals, but one team came straight out to the top!

That’s right, the winning team of this year is Straight Out of RMH! The winning guy is Wayne Kocher and the winning gal is Lynita Arteberry! Come in on Monday, May 2nd to pick up your prize money.

3M Cloud and Overdrive Changes

Public Library Merges eBook Collection

The Olney Public Library is happy to announce that we have chosen the 3M Cloud Library as our exclusive platform for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks! If you are already using the 3M Cloud Library, you know that it is very easy to use. For those of you who are new to the 3M Cloud Library, please visit to get set up or grab our general how-to brochure. We think you will love it.

If you have been using Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go (Overdrive) through the Olney Public Library, please be aware that this service will be discontinued on April 1, 2016. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause. Please be advised that the Kindle Fire works with the 3M Cloud Library, but basic Kindles do not. You may have another device, such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer that you can use to access the Cloud Library.

It’s very easy to sign up for and use the 3M Cloud Library, but if you find that you need a little help, simply stop in or contact us for one-on-one assistance.

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You can look forward to an expanded selection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks all in one easy-to-use place!

Happy reading and listening!

One Book, One Community

This year’s One Book, One Community is “If You’re Reading This” by Trent Reedy.


Library Staff Kathryn has met with a group of Middle School students who have begun reading and show a great amount of interest in the plot of the book.

Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn’t recovered: Mike’s mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister Mary feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be “the man of the family,” Mike knows he’s missing out on everyday high school life.

Then, out of the blue, Mike receives a letter from his father — the first of a series Dad wrote in Afghanistan, just in case he didn’t come home, meant to share some wisdom with his son on the eve of Mike’s 16th birthday. As the letters come in, Mike revels in spending time with his dad again, and takes his encouragement to try new things — to go out for the football team, and ask out the beautiful Isma. But who’s been keeping the letters all these years? And how did Dad actually die? As the answers to these mysteries are revealed, Mike and his family find a way to heal and move forward at last.

Come in to the Olney Public Library to pick up a copy of “If You’re Reading This” today!

Before the Big Yellow Bus


“Before the Big Yellow Bus” is now available for purchase at the Olney Public Library. Single copies are $30 each. If you purchase two together, the total will be $55, for a $5 savings! Ron Scherer and Yvonne Scherer-Meckfessel will also be in at the library on October 17th at 2:00pm for a book signing and a presentation on the one-room schoolhouses of Richland County.