Staff Pick

Kattie’s pick:
Long Way Round : Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman
and the DVD TV Series Long Way Round

“For the adventurer in all of us! This book and TV series made me laugh, cry, and dream of far away places. It’s a true lesson in human spirit. My husband, daughter, and I really enjoy watching the series together.”

Pre-school Story Time

Monday, May 1
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. Summer Story Time will start June 12.

Daytime Astronomy

Tuesday, May 2
Parking Lot
Open to all ages, however if you are under 13, please bring an adult!
Cloud cover permitting, we will meet in the Library’s parking lot where telescopes will be set up for participant guided viewing in an informal question and answer format.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friday, May 5, 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 10:00am-5:00pm

Hardcover books, audio books, DVDs and vinyl records are $2. Paperback books, children’s books, music CDs, puzzles and games are 50¢. For easier shopping, the books are sorted into categories such as Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Hobbies & Crafts, History, Inspiration, Biography, Cookbooks, Sports, Gardening, Classics, and Children’s books.
Members of the Friends of the Charleston Carnegie Public Library receive a 50% discount on their purchases. You can become a Friends member at the sale.
We accept cash or checks.
Featured at this sale will be FREE books for all children who attend. There is also a large selection of sale books for 25¢.
All proceeds from the Friends’ book sale supports programming at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library.

Changes in the Library


The Charleston Carnegie Public Library Board & Staff are excited to welcome Chris Houchens as our new library director! Chris earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English from EIU, and during that time, he worked as a clerk in this library. After graduating, he moved to Champaign, worked in management and then went back to school. Chris graduated in May of last year with a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. 
“I am excited to return to the CCPL and the Charleston community. I look forward to working with the amazing library staff to continue connecting people through information, technology, education, and experiences.”  ~Chris

Our prior director, Kattie Livingston, is still working here and has moved back into her prior role of Adult Services Manager. While she was honored to take on the role of 
director, it wasn’t the best fit for her. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity, but I realized that working with the community, programming, and being a creative librarian is more my speed than the administrative level. I am so happy to continue to be a part of this amazing library and community!” ~Kattie
Make sure you say hello to all of the new faces on our staff! We have added quite a few over the past few months.