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Welcome To The Central Citizens' Library District
Whether you are a sometime visitor or a regular patron, the staff and the collections of the library are at your service. While the materials are selected with you in mind, we welcome suggestions for improvements. We hope you will use your library and work with us to make it successful. Come visit the Library!
Library Summer Hours:
Sunday-Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Wednesday: 9am-5:30pm
Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday-Saturday: 9am-2pm



Central Citizens’ Library District is taking registrations for this year’s summer reading program “Read for the Win.” This program is open to all cardholders of the Central Citizens’ Library District. The program starts June 7 and lasts four weeks. Our programs include reading, crafts, snacks and fun activities! Each week’s program is presented on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00 AM and on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM. Students who have completed grades 6-12 participate in the Tween program which meets at 2:00 PM on Wednesdays. The Tweens are also invited to an overnight program at the library on June 23.Froggy

NEW this year: Adult Summer Reading Program! All Adults are invited to partake in our new program by registering at the library. Participants will receive a log to record the number of hours spent reading. Each returned log will earn a raffle ticket for one of our prizes baskets. There is no limit to the number of reading logs you may turn in during the four weeks of the program.

Everyone is invited to our Summer Reading Kick-Off program on Tuesday, June 7, at 11:00 AM in the high school auditorium. Come see Dave Herzog’s Marionettes as they present “Stars on Strings.”


The summer days are long and hot so that must mean it’s time for the Central Citizens’ Library District’s Summer Quilt Retreat Weekend! Summer is the perfect time to relax and spend time doing something you love! Join us for an uninterrupted time and plenty of space to quilt. Anyone can join this group for the weekend, day, or just come whenever you can. Whether you are a beginner or a long time quilter, nothing is more fun than being around fellow quilters who are happy to give advice and admire your work. The quilting starts on Thursday, July 21, from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Everything can remain set up for quilting again on Friday, July 22, from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. You do not have to be here the whole time. Quilting will resume at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 23, until 9:00 PM and then again on Sunday, July 24, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Quilters may come and go to meet their own schedules. Bring your meals (Friday and Saturday dinner will be provided), wear comfortable clothes, and bring a big project or lots of small ones! Please register to help us determine how many tables will be needed by calling the library at 815-694-2800 or completing the online registration.



The library is pleased to announce a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests. This new service includes free practice tests based on the real state DMV written exam. It includes 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 10 CDL practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.


The library is now offering a wide variety of shaped cake pans for checkout! Novelty shapes such as teddy bears, castles, tractors, and footballs are available as well as round, heart, and hexagonal tiered pans. Also available are different sized cupcake pans, tart/quiche pans, and springform pans. A Castle Decorating Kit and a Carousel Kit can also be used. A set of decorating tips is also available. Items may be checked out for a two week period. Many pans include baking and decorating directions and ideas. See a list of available cake pans or contact the library at 815-694-2800.



Central Citizens’ Library District is now offering access to dozens of popular magazines that can be read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone through Zinio for Libraries. Recently added magazines include Bon Appetit, Brides, and Self. See the complete list of available magazine titles here. All magazines are complete editions, some with enhanced content such as audio and video. Get started with Zinio by setting up your accounts, one to view the library’s magazine collection and one for your personal viewing collection. Get helpful tips setting up your account here. Best of all, there is no waiting list and no need to return issues!

Central Tots

The Central Tots program will be starting up again for this coming school year. The first session will be on Tuesday, September 8th, at 6:30 PM. This program is for preschool-age children and features read-aloud stories, some skills work, and a related craft. It is also an opportunity for both children and parents to socialize with others. The Tots program is offered twice a week with an evening session on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM and a repeat session on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM. No registration is required. Contact the library at 815-694-2800 for further information.

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