Thanks for reading this month's newsletter!
We want to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped the library through donations of money, gifts, personal time, and more.
Last year’s annual campaign raised over $9,000 in donations.

The library continued its
effort to be the center of the Charleston community by focusing on our four pillars: CONNECT – CREATE – PROMOTE – LEARN.

We are connecting with our community by partnering with local organizations and groups to provide new experiences and services. We are happy to continue working with the EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office to help provide the Grandma’s Got Gmail, Get Your Resume Ready, and Homebound Delivery programs. We are also working with the Urban Butterfly Initiative to
create urban butterfly hotspots in our parking lot medians, and we had 15 local businesses and organizations support our Summer Read program.

We created unique collections, including our Seed Library, which allows our patrons to “check out” seeds and start their own flower or vegetable garden. We created non-fiction collections focusing on Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Addiction and Recovery with the help of the Back to Books Grant. We are also currently launching our new Professional Accessories Library (PAL), which will allow our patrons to check out neckties, handbags, and other accessories—keep your eyes open for more information regarding this collection.
We promoted over 11,900 hours of reading from 801 participants via Reading Takes You Everywhere—our Summer Read program! During Summer Read, we offered a total of 84 programs and had 1,809 attendees. We also had 91,669 items checked out this past year, and thanks to our network of libraries, our community received an
additional 27,621 items.
We spent over 200 hours learning as part of our staff development efforts, ensuring that the Charleston Carnegie Public Library staff continues to provide the wide variety of unique and compelling programs,
services, and materials all of you deserve.
This year, we held our biannual fundraiser, Literature & Libations, Vol. 2, and it was a blast! We had live music from Tequila Mockingbyrd and an EIU Jazz trio, libations from Gateway Liquors, and wonderful hors d’oeuvres from Brick House Bar & Grill. This event was focused on raising money to help us maintain the original Carnegie Library, and we are able to raise over $5,000.
We are eternally grateful to the generosity of our community, and we aim to have Literature & Libations as a biannual fundraiser focusing on larger projects. We still rely on your support to help us in our efforts to
CONNECT – CREATE – PROMOTE – LEARN in all areas of the library, so please consider joining us by making a donation to the Charleston Carnegie Public Library.
Thank you!        

Chris Houchens, Library Director

Veterans' Day Book Sale
Friday, November 9, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, November 10, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Charleston Carnegie Public Library Book Sale Room

Hardcover books, audio books, DVDs and vinyl records are $2.
Paperback books, children’s books, music CDs, puzzles and games are 50¢.
There also is a large selection of sale books for 25¢.
Any veteran  will receive 50% off their total purchase.
Thank you for your service!

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.
We accept cash or checks.

Holiday Cards for Veteran
November 1-30
At All Library Desks
Open to all ages
Send a little holiday cheer to a veteran. Stop by any desk and fill out a holiday card to a deserving veteran. All cards collected will be delivered by our local VFW post #1592 to Veterans hospitals. What a great way to spread holiday cheer to those that need it!
*If you have any unused Christmas cards that you are not using, please drop them off at the front desk anytime the library is open. 
Fine Free Veteran's Day
Sunday, November 11
Any veteran with a military ID can come in this day
and have their Charleston Library overdue fines waived (not applicable towards lost item charges). We thank you for your service!
Library closings
The library will be closed
the following dates for Thanksgiving:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - closing early at 5:00pm
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018

Have a safe, happy, and full holiday!
For Kids
Preschool Story Time
September 10– November 27
Mondays 10:30am, 1:15pm, 5:30pm or Tuesdays 10:30am
Craft Room
Ages 3-5
Wake up Mr. Turtle and participate in stories, activities, crafts, and other fun literacy builders. One program, but different times and days to come and enjoy the fun.
Books & Babies
Thursdays, September 13-November 29
Craft Room
Ages infant through 36 months with caregiver.
Bouncing rhymes, songs, finger plays, stories, and other early literacy fun will be presented. 
Lego My Library
Wednesday, November 7
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. 
Make and Take
Saturday, November 10
10:30am-4:00pm, or while supplies last.
Kids under eight, please bring a grown-up to help.
KidSpace Atrium
Love to Craft? Drop in  for some autumn crafts to make one, some, or all of our crafts, then take them home!
For Teens
Teens, Button Up for Autumn!
Tuesday, November 6
Middle & High Schoolers
Design your own buttons! Limit of 2 buttons per student. Keep it clean, keep it kind!
Teen Craftivity
Tuesday, November 13
Middle and High Schoolers
Autumn themed crafty fun!
For Adults
Affordable Care Act Basics & 2019 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) Update
Thursday, November 1 at 6:00pm -  ACA Basics
Thursday, November 1 at 6:45pm - 2019 OEP Update
Friday, November 2 at 10:30am - 2019 OEP Update
Saturday, November 3 at 10:30am - 2019 OEP Update
Rotary Room
This year’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is from Nov. 1 thru Dec. 15, so we’re bringing in local health insurance expert Paul Tomshack of Clarence Miller Insurance to give an informational presentation regarding the Affordable Care Act and this year’s OEP details. Come at the time that works best for you!
ACA Basics topics will include: Premium Tax Credit, Cost Sharing Reduction, and Qualified Health Plans.
2019 OEP Update topics will include: Overall changes for 2019, information on Short Term Limited Health Plans, and Question & Answer time.
Paul has a lot of experience navigating the Marketplace and has reviewed all the individual plans available in our area, so this is a terrific opportunity to take advantage of his expertise. He will be available for questions after the presentation, so come prepared.
Mackinac Island
Wednesday, November 7
Rotary Room B
June Hayden is back to take us on another travel adventure! Join June as she shows pictures and talks about her trip to Mackinac Island in upper Michigan. Bring a friend and plan your next trip!
Grandma's Got Gmail Open House
Friday, November 9
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 that can work with you one on one to help you with all of your technology needs. Anything from, “What’s an App?” to “How do I put a profile picture on Facebook?” Feel free to bring your own devices and any questions you have. Hope to see you and your friends there!
Folded Book Christmas Tree
Tuesday, November 13
Rotary Room B
Adults 18+
Repurpose a book into a folded Christmas tree. Add seasonal scrapbooking paper and other holiday embellishments for a pretty tabletop tree. Bring a friend and enjoy a fun night of holiday crafting!
Movei Wednesday: Crazy Rich Asians
Wednesday, November 14
Rotary Room B
This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller by Kevin Kwan, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. Feel free to bring your own snacks!
DIY Sugar Scrub!
November 14
Rotary  Room B
Cooler temps equal dry skin!
Join us for an evening of fun as we make a sugar scrub with all natural ingredients! Lemon and Lavender will be the featured scents! If you would like to bring a small decorative container for your scrub, a small 2-4 ounce size is suggested. 
*These could also make great holiday gifts!
Senior Social Group: Year in Review
Wednesday, November 28
Rotary Room B
2018 is almost over! Join us for fun trivia and discussion about this past year...from pop culture, current events, to politics, a lot has happened! Refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend!
Get Your Resume Ready
Thursday, November 29
Rotary Room A
Need help with your resume? Join us for Get Your Resume Ready with help from volunteers
from Eastern Illinois University’s Civic Engagement
and Volunteerism office. All EIU students
and community are welcome! We will offer FREE help with resume creation/updating, interview strategies, and job searching techniques. *Please bring a paper copy, flash drive, or laptop with your resume on it (if you have one).
National Fears & Television: Are They Related?
Thursday, November 29
Rotary Room B
Ages 18+
Dr. Melissa Ames discusses the connections between pop culture on television and different cultural concerns. From 9/11 to Ferguson to the 2016 Presidential Election, Ames considers the ways in which national fears make their way into television
programming across genre (vampire and zombie series, reality television, etc.), and the ways in which these fears impact viewers.
Make sure you check out the Ready To Respond newsletter brought to you by the Charleston Fire Department!
Thurs 1 Books & Babies 10:30am

ACA Basics & Open Enrollment Period

Holiday Cards for Veterans
Fri 2 ACA Basics & Open Enrollment Period
Sat 3 ACA Basics & Open Enrollment Period
Sun 4  
Mon 5 Preschool Story Time 10:30am, 1:15pm, or 5:30pm
Tues 6 Preschool Story Time 10:30am

Teen, Button Up for Autumn! 4:00pm-5:00pm
Wed 7 Lego My Library 4:00pm-5:15pm

Mackinac Island 1:00pm
Thurs 8 Books & Babies 10:30am
Fri 9 Veteran's Day Book Sale 10:00am-6:00pm
Sat 10 Veteran's Day Book Sale 10:00am-5:00pm

Make and Take 10:30am-4:00pm
Sun 11 Fine Free Veteran's Day
Mon 12 Preschool Story Time 10:30am, 1:15pm, or 5:30pm
Tues 13 Preschool Story Time 10:30am

Teen Craftivity 4:00pm-5:00pm

Folded Book Christmas Tree 6:00pm
Wed 14 Movie Wednesday: Crazy Rich Asians 1:00pm

DIY Sugar Scrub! 6:00pm
Thurs 15 Books & Babies 10:30am
Fri 16  
Sat 17  
Sun 18  
Mon 19 Preschool Story Time 10:30am, 1:15pm, or 5:30pm
Tues 20 Preschool Story Time 10:30am
Thurs 22 CLOSED
Sat 24  
Sun 25  
Mon 26 Preschool Story Time 10:30am, 1:15pm, or 5:30pm
Tues 27 Preschool Story Time 10:30am
Wed 28 Senior Social Group: Year in Review 11:00pm
Thurs 29 Books & Babies 10:30am

National Fears & Television 6:00pm

Get Your Resume Ready 5:00pm-7:00pm
Fri 30  
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