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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.

It’s Story Time!


at Your Library

Greater West Central Public Library District

Every Tuesday at:

Bowen: 9:00-9:45

Augusta: 10:00-10:45

Plymouth: 11:00-11:45

The Greater West Central Public Library District invites any preschool age children (with parental supervision) to listen to stories, and participate in fun-filled, age appropriate activities. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. You can call 217-392-2211 or e-mail

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Greater West Central Public Library District

Book Club: Book of the Month for October 2016

Whisky Beach by Nora Roberts

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves together passion and obsession, humor and heart, in a novel of two people opening themselves up to the truth—and to each other.

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be ex-wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all.

Book Club meets in Augusta on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00am. If you are interested in Book Club, or reading the “Book of the Month” stop by one of our libraries in Augusta, Bowen, Golden, Littleton, or Plymouth for more information, call us at 217-392-2211, or e-mail at