Now Hiring

The Olney Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for approximately 10 hours per week, with a varying schedule that includes some evenings and Saturdays. Duties include helping patrons at the circulation desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, and assisting patrons with electronic reading devices. Prior library experience is desired, but not required. Pay for the position is $9.00 per hour. The ideal candidate for the position has strong customer service skills and computer skills. Application forms are available at the library during business hours. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Animal Tales


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After a wonderful Animal Tales program at the Olney Public, Librarian Kathryn got to hold a baby wallaby! What were your favorite moments from the Nature’s Olympian program? Send an email to the Olney Public Library ( with a photo to have it added to the Photo Gallery!

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National Coloring Day

The Olney Public Library will be hosting an all-day event for National Coloring Day on Tuesday, August 2nd from 10am to 7pm. Coloring materials for all ages will be provided at the library for guests to come in and enjoy at their leisure.

July Story Time

Summer is almost over, and so is the Summer Reading Program! If you haven’t already signed up for the Reading Challenge, there’s still time to register and meet your reading goals. If you have signed up for the Reading Challenge, don’t forget to bring in your reading log frequently to update your progress on the team windows and to collect your earned rewards. You can bring you reading log in anytime the library is open.

July Schedule and Events

Wednesday, July 6th – Story Time @ 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 13th – Troy Roark Wet and Wild Outdoor Show @ 10:00am. Participants may get wet. No Story Time.
Wednesday, July 20th – Story Time @ 2:00pm
Friday, July 22nd – Ag in the Library @ 2:00pm. Registration NOT required.
Monday, July 25th – Animal Tales: Nature’s Olympians @ 2:00pm
Thursday, July 28th – Reading Party at the Park @ 2:00pm. This party is for Winners of the Reading Challenge only.

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!