Reading By Design Summer Read

June 5-July 30, 2017
Welcome to Reading By Design 
Summer Read!

All ages are welcome and
encouraged to participate!

What is it?
An 8 week reading/activity oriented program. Once you complete and submit your reading/activity, you’ll receive a prize and be eligible for a grand prize!

How do I join?
No registration required. Each week you will submit the goal you have completedHERE.

*The week switch will happen at 10:00am each Monday. Please ask Staff for any help with submissions.

Charleston 18th Street Farmer’s Market, What’s Cookin’, Jackson Avenue Coffee, Fraternal Order of Police #88, Friends of the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, Charleston Parks and Recreation, Dairy Queen, Alexander Briggs, Ace Hardware, Mack Moore Shoes, Planet Fitness, Papa Murphy’s, Plush Boutique, 
JilleBeans Upcycled Stuff, Ekko Jewelry Designs, 18th Street Garden Stop, Lola’s Naturals, Monical’s Pizza,
& Bob’s Bookstore

Check out our Summer Read newsletter for more information and events!

Big Library Read

Get your FREE eBook, The Other Einstein, at and join us for the book discussion at the end of the month!

Fast Reads

Mondays & Wednesdays, June 12-July 19
Rotary Rooms
Boys, Grades 4th-6th
(The girl’s program is at  Mattoon Public Library!)
A reading and fitness program for boys! Discuss the book you are reading together, enjoy a healthy snack, complete exercises and begin training for the Bagelfest 5K. This program requires a registration of $15. Please ask at the KidSpace desk if you need a scholarship. Fee includes a water bottle, an age-appropriate book and free entry in the Run for the Bagel 5K set for July 23rd. Coordinated by Mr. Josh of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Systems.

To register, contact him at or 217-345-6826.

Preschool Story Time

Mondays, June 12-July 31
(Will not meet 7/3)
10:30am, 1:15pm, or 5:30pm
Craft Room
Ages 3-5
Wake up Mr. Turtle and participate in stories, activities, crafts, and other fun literacy builders. One program, but 3 different times to come and enjoy the fun.

Books & Babies

Thursdays, June 15-July 27
Craft Room
Ages infant through 36 months with an adult.
Bouncing rhymes, songs, finger plays, stories, and other early literacy fun will be presented. 

Make & Take

Saturday, June 24 & July 22
10:30-4:00, or while supplies last.
KidSpace Atrium
All Ages: Kids under 8 with an adult.
Love to Craft? Drop in to make one, some, or all of our crafts, then take them home.


Day Time Astronomy

Tuesday, June 27, 5:30pm
Tuesday, July 11, 1:00pm
All ages: under 13 with an adult 

Weather permitting, we will meet in the Library’s parking lot where telescopeswill be set up for participant guided viewing in an informal question and answer

format. Learn about sun spots,lunar craters, and projection telescopes.


Senior Social Group: Douglas-Hart Nature Center

Wednesday, June 28
Address: 2204 Dewitt Ave E, Mattoon, IL
Douglas-Hart Nature Center consists of 65 acres of native Illinois habitat including prairie, woodland, and wetland.
We will meet at Douglas-Hart Nature Center’s main entrance at 11:00am and from there, take a walk on one of their paths around the
property. Afterwards, we will check out the
Visitor Center and amenities.
Please wear appropriate shoes/clothing.

Big Library Read Book Chat

Wednesday, June 28
Rotary Room A
Share your thoughts during a book talk about the Big Library Read selection:The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

Family Movie: Sing

Thursday, June 29
Wednesday, July 19
Rotary Room B 
Come in from the heat and enjoy two newly released movies on our big screen. Sing will be shown on Thursday, June 29 and  The Lego Batman Movie will be shown on Wednesday, July 19. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! 

2nd Annual Mini Golf in the Stacks

Thursday, June 29
Are you hooked on mini golf? Can you slice your way through the stacks? Bring your family and friends to putt putt your way through the library. Holes will be designed and set up by your fellow patrons. Vote for the hole you like best, and then see who wins the golden putter award!