Book Club: Book of the Month for May
The Round House
The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.
One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Club: Book of the Month for April
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far—an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32″ Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.
More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades.
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 for more information, call us at 217-392-2211, or e-mail at email@example.com.
Did you know that Greater West Central Public Library District with the main library in Augusta and branches in Bowen, Golden, Littleton, and Plymouth is a member of the Resource Sharing Alliance? What does that mean to you as a patron? It means endless possibilities of resources available to you throughout the State of Illinois.
It’s easy to get started. Simply know your library card number along with your pin number (your branch librarian will have this), log on to www.greaterwestcentral.org, and follow the “Search Our Catalog” link on the side. Then:
- To begin searching, type a term in the search box under Quick Search.
- To narrow your search, select one of the following options before clicking the Search button. Some systems may require that you click an option button, such as Author or Title, to begin your search.
- Words or phrase
- Periodical title
- If available, select a library branch, group of libraries, or catalog to search in the Library or Catalog box. You may select ALL to include all branches or catalogs in the search.
- When you find your item, simply click “place hold” on the left.
- You will be able to select the library you want your resource/book delivered
When your item comes in, we will give you a call and you simply come in and get it. For information or assistance on this available service, visit or call us at any of our district libraries. Augusta 217-392-2211, Bowen 217-842-5573, Golden 217-696-2428, Littleton 309-257-2202, or Plymouth 309-458-6616.
The Augusta Public library will be hosting an instructional night on the Library System’s Digital Media Library. E-Books and Audio Books are available for free checkout to library patrons of the Greater West Central Library District. As the popularity of e-readers such as Nook and Kindle are skyrocketing so is the demand for access to free books. Audio Books are also available for your iPod, or mp3 player these can be downloaded and listened to in your car, or home at your leisure. If you would like to find out more information on how to access this free program and you live in the Greater West Central Library District join us at the Augusta Library on Tuesday, February 12th from 6-8pm. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate how to access and use the Digital Media Library as well as help in acquiring usernames and passwords.
Greater West Central PLD Food for Fines
Greater West Central Public Library District will be collecting non-perishable food at all five libraries during the month of December. The libraries located in Augusta, Bowen, Plymouth, Golden, and Littleton will accept these food items in lieu of fines for overdue books. Videos will still accrue the fines of $1 a day.
Also, come enjoy the Season of Reading at the library. Christmas, holiday, and winter book displays are available for your enjoyment with a focus on the children’s section of the libraries. This is a perfect time to start a new holiday tradition of a reading a classic story or finding a new release to make your favorite.