Towanda District Library

 301 S Taylor St
 Towanda, IL 61776-7582
 (309) 728-2176
 Fax: (309) 728-2139
 Email:  [email protected]
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  Link to the TumbleBook Library Collection which contains great animated stories, quizzes and puzzles for children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books licensed from children's book publishers.
  Link to NoveList for descriptions of novels, information on Author Read-alikes, Discussion Guides, lists of best fiction, lists of books by genre and reader age group, and more. Login with your Towanda District Library card number.   Link to NoveList K-8 for descriptions of children's novels, information on Author Read-alikes, Discussion Guides, lists of best fiction, lists of books by genre and reader age group, and more. Login with your Towanda District Library card number.
  Link to the website of the Village of Towanda, Illinois   Link to the Towanda Area History website, which contains newspaper articles, photographs, personal stories, audio interviews, and much more about the history of the Towanda area.
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Special Programs and Events

September 2015 Library News

Pre-School Story Hours on Wednesdays @ 10:30: September 9 = Making Friends plus Tumblebooks Introduction; September 16 = Shapes and making Play-Doh; September 23 = Colors/Shapes; September 30 = Colors/Shapes and making puppets.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K): Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Towanda District Library. The program challenges parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families reach the 1,000-book goal in three years - or 3 books per night to reach the goal in one year. This provides essential early literacy skills.

Bull Dog Book Club Starts September 16: The library welcomes 4th and 5th Graders to read and discuss award-nominated books, form friendships, enjoy snacks, and engage in book-related activities. The group meets immediately after school on the “Late Start Wednesdays” of Unit #5 Schools. There will be 14 Book Club sessions this school year. Parents must sign a permission form at the Towanda Library by September 15.

Read to the Dogs Open House on Tuesday September 29: Beginning at 5:30 parents and children will meet all of the dogs that will be available for reading sessions each Tuesday during October and November. Parents may select appointment times at the Open House.

Save the Date: Saturday, November 7th is the 6th Annual Artist/Vendor Christmas Tea sponsored by the FRIENDS of our library. Shop for holiday gifts while enjoying complimentary cookies and hot drinks supplied by the FRIENDS. Support local entrepreneurs/artists, as well as the library.

Select Summer Reading Material for Your Child

Find a Book is a free, online book search that allows children and their parents to quickly and easily select books to match a child’s reading level and interests as well as locate the selection at their local library.

The “Find a Book” tool uses a child’s Lexile® measure, a measure of reading ability and text complexity derived from state standardized tests, including the ISAT. The search tool also features a search option to access appropriate book choices based on grade level and comfort with typical reading materials at that grade level. For more information, please visit

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School Librarians and Student Literacy Needs

In the wake of recent cuts to librarian jobs in Unit #5 School District, we would like to provide this link to new federal legislation that recognizes the essential role school librarians play.

When school libraries take cuts, the student needs remain. Often filling the needs then falls to public libraries in the area.

Parents Love Libraries

Parents believe that libraries help instill the love of reading in their children.

Visit this site to read the Pew Study that tells why parents are some of the best library users.

Downloading E-Books from our Library's Website

Downloading our library's e-books is easier now - thanks to a recent update by Overdrive. Find the Overdrive link in the left column of this site. Click the "Download audiobooks and eBooks" icon.

Step-by-step description of Overdrive's new features:

Towanda District Library Long-Range Plan

  1. Continue to use technology to enhance library services.
  2. Provide a variety of high-quality services and programs that educate and inspire.
  3. Encourage and support the love of reading for all ages to promote life-long learning.
  4. Continue to strengthen the relationship between the library and the community served.
  5. Provide a welcoming environment for all patrons.
  6. Continue to be financially responsible

Our Library Subscribes to WORLD BOOK WEB For You

You now have access to World Book Encyclopedias online! That means you can use our library even when the doors are locked for the evening. Use our library from the comfort of your home.

Just click the WORLD BOOK WEB icon to the left. Then enter your Library card number (no password) and you have access to all that World Book has to offer! The World Book offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.

Our library also added a few special features to our subscription:

  1. World Book Online for Kids: Easy-to-read articles, multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for young readers.
  2. Craft Corners: A great resource for teachers and 4-H or scout leaders who are looking for craft projects for a specific age group and topic.

Audio Book Collection Expands

The library's collection of audio books is now shelved in one convenient location. We are also expanding the collection. We see so many people borrowing books on CD when they take long car trips. We hope you enjoy the new, broader selection.

Audio Books Online

So many of you are aware that the library offers e-books online, but did you know that Overdrive, the library's e-book vendor, also offers you audio books online? From the Towanda District Library website, select "download audio books and e-books" in the left column. You can listen on an MP3 player or in WMA format.

Used Book Donations

The library is no longer accepting donations of used books - due to space constraints at the library. Gently used books that have been published within the past 2 years are still being accepted for possible inclusion in the collection.


Towanda District Library is one of 3,700 libraries that belong to the RAILS Library System. RAILS service area covers the northern half of the Illinois. Library systems recently merged to create a new and more sustainable business model that will reduce costs and safeguard services to Illinois libraries during Illinois' unprecedented fiscal crisis. The foresight to merge Illinois' library systems from 10 regional systems to two began nearly 2 years ago. RAILS is the result. Uninterrupted services such as Inter-library Loan for local library customers is also the result. Towanda's Library Director serves on the governing board of RAILS.

Towanda District Library Selected for Business Package

Towanda District Library has been chosen to receive almost $4,000 worth of equipment, hardware and software to help businesses and entrepreneurs in our community create new economic growth opportunities. The "Business and Libraries: Working Together" technology package is the result of a $300,000 grant to the State Library from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Items provided to libraries include a laptop computer with Microsoft Office Suite; projector; screen; DVD player; camcorder with tripod; 2 audio headsets with microphones; DVDs for OSHA required training in both English and Spanish; Business Plan Pro, Sales and Marketing Pro, and Adobe Acrobat software; Acrobat training materials; jump drives; and books on starting and growing business. Participants were selected on the basis of the local unemployment rate, poverty level, proximity to a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE or other business organization, and statewide geographic distribution.

In the News

News Coverage for Library: This story, which mentions Towanda District Library and local business owners Linda Garbe and Ryan Bliss, ran on the front page of the Peoria Journal Star Business Section on March 8th - the opening day of the Illinois Rural Economic Development Conference.

Peoria Journal Star: I LEAD-U grant

Peoria Journal Star: Illinois Rural Economic Development Conference

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Five-Minute Tutorials

Want to refresh your memory about how to renew your books online or order books from other libraries? Ask a library staff member to give you a Five-Minute Hands-On Demo. We do it all the time! And remember, if you forget your PIN, all you have to do is ask the person at the front desk to look it up for you.

DVD Rentals

This is a great time of year for DVD releases! The library adds new DVD's to its collection nearly every week. As always, DVD rental is free at the Towanda Library. All we ask is that you return the DVD's promptly after one week - so that others may enjoy them too.

Borrow Books from 200+ Libraries

One of the privileges of using a library in Illinois is the fact that you may order books online from any of the surrounding libraries and pick up the books at your own home library. From the Towanda Library homepage, simply select the RSACat link on the right-hand side of the page. Find the book you want. Place a HOLD (reserve the book). Within a week your book will arrive via free delivery. We will phone you when the book arrives for you. No hassle! No charge!

Economize at the Library

  • Magazines can be checked out free-of-charge.

  • There is no charge for DVD and video rentals.

  • Summer Reading and other programs are free.

  • Books on Tape and MP3 Play-a-Ways are free.

  • Wireless access to the internet is free - on our computers or on your laptop.

  • Copier and Fax are available for a small fee.

  • Towanda History

    The Towanda District Library has partnered with the Towanda Area Historical Society to document and display Towanda Area History on the web at

    A new feature of the Towanda District Library is a History Corner, with books, displays, and archives of Towanda area history. Following is a list of history binders contain information researched, compiled and donated to the library by Nancy J. Miller of Bloomington:

  • Census records for 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930

  • Civil War Soldiers from Money Creek Township

  • Towanda in the Black Hawk War - 6/3/1832 - 8/3/1832

  • History of Elizabeth 'Mattie' Stephenson (1853-1873) of Towanda, Proclaimed a Heroine by Citizens of Memphis, Tennessee

  • Miscellaneous Collection of Newspaper Articles on Towanda, 1850 - 2008

  • Section 33 and Landowners in Money Creek Township

  • History of the William R. Duncan Family and Descendents, 1818 to 2008

  • Library delivery service 

    If you have difficuties getting to the library due to age or health issues, please call us and we can bring library materials to you.  We have two very dedicated volunteers ready to deliver books and other library materials to your home monthly.  Right now they only have one customer and they want more!  A staff member at the library will select items based on your requests.  Please  call the library at 728-2176 and ask for Karen.

    On-line Catalogs

    RSA Cat: catalogs of 190 libraries in the RAILS library system, including the Towanda District Library. You can order books from any of the libraries in the library system. (Place a 'Hold' on the book and it will be delivered to the Towanda District Library for you to check out.)

    New Books / New Movies / New Music

    Bloomington: Bloomington library web site with Bloomington Library catalog (not on RSAcat)

    I-Share: catalog of the Illinois State Library and of 76 academic and research libraries in Illinois.

    SILC: Statewide Illinois Library Catalog;  Search all libraries in Illinois using World Cat. 

    World Cat First Search: Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Contact your library for an authorization and password

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