Story Time!


Story Time

is starting at Your Library!

Every Tuesday at:

Bowen: 9:00-9:45

Augusta: 10-10:45

Plymouth: 11:00-11:45


The Greater West Central Public Library District invites preschool age children (with adult supervision) to listen to stories, and participate in fun-filled activities. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Call 217-392-2211 or email



Summer Reading

Summer Reading activities are wrapping up at Greater West Central Public Library District. In four weeks we had 340 in attendance, participating in activities to help prevent summer slide. There were many great programs including Klutzy the Clown, and Z & N Magic. Hancock County Farm Bureau did a fantastic presentation on cows, where everyone got to participate in making ice cream. Schuyler County Farm Bureau visited Littleton Library to teach us about grapes. There was also a Beach Day, that got the kids outside and active, playing with water. Children are encouraged to bring in their reading logs weekly through the end of July, to spin the wheel for prizes.

However, it needs to be said without all of our generous donators none of these things would be possible.  A special thank you goes out to the following groups, individuals, businesses, and organizations: Suzy Qs Augusta, Carolyn Wright State Farm Agent, Judy Bell, Augusta Farmer’s Co-op, Bank of Advance Bowen, Brown County State Bank, Janssen Seed Services, Chicago Zoological Society, Knights Action Park, Augusta Plumbing and Heating, Fun City, Rhodes Market, Shed Aquarium, Field Museum, Magic House, Saint Louis Science Center, Chicago Children’s Museum, Adams Telephone Co-op, Casino Lane’s Quincy, Scotties Fun Spot, Treasures, and of course all the parents, grandparents, and day care providers for bringing the children. If I inadvertently forgot anyone, please let me know and accept my sincere apology.

Thank you for making this such a great community for our libraries as well as the community’s children.

Summer Reading Starts Tomorrow!

Summer Reading Starts Tomorrow!

Tuesdays, June 5-26th              Wednesdays, 6- 27th
Golden Library 9-10 am           Littleton Library 1-2
Bowen Library 11-Noon 
Augusta Library 1-2 pm
Plymouth Library 3-4

Week 1-Z & N Magic Show
Week 2-Klutzy the Clown
Week 3-Farm Bureau and Beach Day (Depending on Location)
Week 4-Farm Bureau and Beach Day (Depending on Location)

We look forward to seeing everyone! Bring a friend or relative and get ready for a great time!

Summer Reading Starts June 5th!



Greater West Central Public Library District is kicking off our Summer Reading Program “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” June 5th. All activities and programming are fun and games related, children of all ages are invited but preschoolers should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. The Summer Reading Program is the biggest event of the year! Join us for four weeks of fun, activities, and of course books! Snacks will be provided and children have the opportunity to earn prizes by completing the weekly reading challenge which will earn them the opportunity to spin our wheel of prizes! If you missed the kick-off, you can still come next week! The district has 5 locations for summer reading this year starting Tuesday’s June 5th thru June 26th in Golden Branch at 9:00 a.m., Bowen Branch at 11:00 a.m., Augusta Branch 1:00 p.m., and Plymouth Branch at 3:00 p.m. The Littleton Branch will be hosting Summer Reading on Wednesdays, at 1:00 p.m. June 6th thru June 27th. For further information contact your local branch or our Summer Reading Coordinator, Kimberly Lichtsinn, at

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

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.