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Summer Reading Coordinator Position


Like children? Interested in earning an extra income? Greater West Central Public Library District is seeking a Summer Reading Coordinator for Summer 2018.

Duties will include: Planning program with assistance of Library Director, purchasing supplies, gathering donations, decorating, preparing flyers, publicity and final report.

The Actual program is on: Tuesday’s 9-10 Golden, 11-12 Bowen, 1-2 Augusta, and 3-4 Plymouth. Wednesday’s 1-2 Littleton during the month of June.

Please send resume and cover letter to:, or call Jennifer at 217-392-2211.


Bowen Library Extended Hours


Bowen Library Hours

Bowen Library has great news! Due to patron usage, we have extended our hours. The library will now be open on Thursday evenings from 5-7pm starting in February. This is on a trial period until the end of March. So, make sure to utilize the extra time we are open.

Weekly Bowen Library Hours are: Tuesday’s 9-12 and 1-4, Thursday’s from 5-7, and Saturday mornings from 9-11.

Our small-town libraries’ have many great options for it’s patrons. We keep a great selection of new book, as well as videos. If we do not have what you are looking for, it can be ordered through Reaching Across Illinois Library System at NO COST to the patron. All patrons have access to their own online accounts, where they can order their own materials, librarians can order for you, or show you how to manage your own account.

Bowen Library currently is hosting Story Time for pre-school age children is every Tuesday from 9-10am, all new comers are welcome.

Please call Dixie, at 217-842-5573, during open hours for any questions.

Letters to Santa

When it comes to Christmas Wishes, kids know it is smart to put them in writing. Kids who drop off letters to Santa at the Greater West Central Public Library District: Augusta, Bowen, Golden, Littleton, and Plymouth by December 14th, will get a personalized reply by Santa mailed to their home before Christmas.

Kids can write their own letters to Santa or fill out the “Dear Santa” forms handed out at the library. No postage is required, but each letter must include the child’s full name and address so Santa’s reply arrives at the right place. Just drop letters off in the special mailbox in the library.

Letters to Santa is a free program of the Greater West Central Public Library District. Questions should be addressed to 217-392-2211.Santa

A Few More Augusta Stories

Author Brent Engel has written another book about Augusta! Be sure to head to the Greater West Central Public Library District in Augusta on December 2nd from 10AM to Noon to get your copy of “A Few More Augusta Stories” signed by Brent himself! Hear more about the book on later today and call Brent today to get your copy at 573-754-2022.

Food for Fines

Greater West Central Public Library District will be collecting non-perishable food items in the months of November and December, this holiday season for the local food banks. The libraries located in Augusta, Bowen, Golden, Littleton, and Plymouth will be collecting non-perishable food items for fines November – December. Please bring in items in lieu of your fines or feel free to drop off any donation.

All Donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Story Time


Bowen and Plymouth Libraries are starting Story Time on Tuesday, September 19th. Times are as follows: Bowen Library 9-9:45, and Plymouth Library 10:00-10:45. This program will continue through the year on Tuesday mornings. Golden Library will be starting Story Time on Thursday September 14th at 9:00 am, and will continue through the year on Thursday’s.

Last year was the fourth year to re-launch this program at our libraries and this year we have teamed with the Tracy Family Foundation Early Literacy Foundation, with assistance in our program development. We encourage all children to attend. Daycares are invited to participate as well.

Retired teacher, Doris Dieckmann, runs the program in Bowen and Plymouth, bringing a great resource to these small communities of not only her educational background, but her dedication to life-long learning. Krista Grieve leads the program in Golden.

If you have any questions, to pre-register, or would like further information please feel free to call your local library or Jennifer, Library Director, at 217-392-2211 or email

New Hours for Littleton

Greater West Central Public Library- Littleton District would like to announce their new hours of operation.

Tuesdays- 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesdays- 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays- 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Head Librarian: Mandy McClelland

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Summer Reading Starts in June!

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Ho, Ho, Ho!


This Friday Night is Home for the Holidays (December 9th), and the Augusta Library will be having a very special guest, SANTA!! Open house will be from 5-7, with Mrs. Claus here to read stories with a special surprise including cookies. Santa, makes his arrival at 6 pm. We are looking forward to seeing all the good little boys and girls, and hearing what they would like for Christmas.

Lust, Intrigue, and Murder- Augusta Style

Local author, Brent Engel, will be at the Augusta Library on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to unveil his new book to local readers for a special book signing. The public is cordially invited.