Introducing PAL

The Charleston Carnegie Public Library is excited to announce to the launch of a brand new collection—the Professional Accessories Library (PAL). PAL is a collection of ties and handbags with the purpose of helping our patrons prepare for interviews or similar professional events.


PAL pairs perfectly with the Get Your Resume Ready workshop provided by the EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office--watch for that workshop to return in January. We will also have more workshops in the spring focused on varying aspects of job hunting, including finding applications, filling them out, and interviewing. 


PAL can be found by the Information Desk on the 4th floor of the library, and items will check out for 14 days. We are also accepting donations of professional accessories for the collection, preferably in like-new condition. 


Why PAL?

Walk in with confidence.

Make the right first impression.

Save your money for celebrating your new job.


Grandma's Got Gmail Open House

Monday, January 21
Information Desk Area
Not sure how to use the tablet or smart phone your kids thought you needed? Be a part of our Grandma’s Got Gmail outreach program. We have teamed up with volunteers from Eastern Illinois University’s Civic Engagement and Volunteerism office that can work with you one on one to help you with all of your technology needs. Feel free to bring your own devices and any questions you have.

Teen Craftivity

Tuesday, January 22
In the Zone
Middle & High Schoolers
Join us in the Zone for this month’s DIY “make it” project. Make it here and take it home!

Senior Social Group: Iceland with the Glossers

Wednesday, January 23
Rotary Room B
Iceland…..From black sand beaches to waterfalls, there is so much to experience on this volcanically and geologically active island of Iceland.  Come and enjoy photos and tales of churches, continental shelves, glaciers, northern lights, Icelandic horses, and the geothermal life. Of course there’ll be a bit about cuisine and farming in a place where only lichen, moss and scrub grass grow; and always, at the periphery of one’s vision – Icelandic fairies. 


Financial Workshop

Wednesday, January 23
Rotary Room B
Adults 18+
Have you set some financial goals but feel a little overwhelmed with where to start? Join us for a Financial Workshop!  Dave Price, a financial planner from Effingham, will help you take a deep breath and feel empowered to take control in 2019! This informative workshop will cover topics such as: Creating a “zero based” budget, ideas for getting out of debt. How am I going to retire or pay for college costs? Learn how to add some financial tools to your “toolbox” to help “build” your financial house.

Did Dinosaurs Live in Illinois?

Thursday, January 24
Rotary Room B
Join Katie Lewandowski, PH.D. as she talks about why there are no dinosaur fossils in Illinois. She will talk about what sorts of environments existed in the midcontinent and what happened to them. She will discuss what types of dinosaurs would have roamed across Illinois, and highlight what kinds of fossils we do have here in Illinois.

Did you know?

Enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles? 

The library is playing host to the creation of the world's largest jigsaw puzzle--it's 40,000 pieces and split into 10, 4,000 piece parts! This will be a community driven art project. A section at a time, we will have the jigsaw puzzle on the tables upstairs by the paperbacks, allowing any person to sit down and work on it.

When it is entirely finished, the donor plans to then donate the final piece to a facility that can house it. Fully put together, the puzzle will be 6.25 ft. tall and 22.25 ft. long!