Charleston library to offer educational events

Cassie Buchman, Staff Reporter

The Charleston Carnegie Public Library will be hosting a variety of events for many different kinds of audiences this month.

Beth Lugar, the youth services manager for the library, said the library has hosted many events before, such as a “teddy bear picnic,” and attendance varies due to factors such as community interest and how the program is structured.

Audiences can range in size, with some being smaller and some accommodating audiences of over 100.

For those interested in astronomy, the library will be having an Astronomy Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday in either the Rotary Room A or in the Library Parking Lot, depending on the weather.

Telescopes will be available and set up for participants to use, and participants will be guided in how to use the telescopes in an “informal question and answer format.”

The Astronomy night is free and the general public is welcome.

The next event being hosted by the library will be the “Make and Take Crafts” from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, or until supplies run out.

Those interested can see samples of the types of crafts that will be made all week at the library or can go see photos on the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Facebook page.

Crafts will have a snow theme, such as snowmen and snowflakes. The supplies will be set up in the KidSpace Atrium in the library. The program is a drop-in event and is “open to children of all ages.”

An event that will resume in the library will be the “Books and Babies” event beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and will continue every week until May 14.

The event is designed with infants up to the age of 36 months and older in mind.

The event will include bouncing rhymes, songs, finger plays, stories and other activities geared to encourage early literacy in children. The event is free and open to the public.

None of the events require a library card to attend.

Further information on these and other upcoming events can be found on the Charleston Carnegie Public Library web site at or by calling 217-345-1514.


Cassie Buchman can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]