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.


Teen Craftivity

Tuesday, December 11
Middle and High Schoolers
Create one-of-a-kind beaded earrings for a gift or for yourself!

Energy Efficiency Workshop

Tuesday, December 11
Rotary Room B
Please join us at for a FREE Workshop to learn more about energy efficiency for your home. The Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program offers a variety of cash incentives, discounts and rebates, all designed to help you enjoy a more comfortable energy efficient home while lowering your monthly energy bill. What can you expect at this workshop – free refreshments and sweet treats, a free Energy Efficiency Kit valued at $75, energy savings tips and more information on Ameren Illinois’ Home Energy Audit Program.

Movie Wednesday

Wednesday, December 12
Rotary Room B
Join us for a hilarious Christmas classic, A Christmas Story. In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect
Christmas gift. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks!

Library Legos

Wednesday, December 12
Rotary Room A
Grades K-8
Kids under eight, please bring a grownup to help!
If you love Legos, join us as we build together, take on challenges, show off building skills, and just have fun. 

Adult Holiday Make & Take

Friday, December 14
10:30am-4:30pm while supplies last
Information Desk area
Feeling Crafty? Need a  handmade gift to give someone for the holidays?  Stop by our Adult Holiday Make & Take! We will have a variety of holiday crafts for you to make and take home. From gift tags to DIY scratch off tickets. There’s something for everyone! Bring a friend and get your craft on!

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!