Like many small town libraries, the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, IL has a rich history and a vibrant current life. And it’s about a lot more than books!
It was with foresight and good will that a former Carlyle resident, Eckstein Case, donated his family home and property to the City in 1938 for the purpose of a library and reading room. His only request was that the building be named for his father and mother. To get it started, he also donated more than 1500 of his own books to the cause. Citizens and local organizations volunteered their time and the following year, the Case-Halstead Library opened its doors.
By 1975 the Library was outgrowing its needs, and a new East Wing was added. In the 1990’s another growth spurt saw the building of a North wing that would hold children and youth materials. Today, the Library boasts free internet, genealogy materials and nearly 50 different magazines, in addition to a wide range of books. It has also become a place for performance, with musicians magicians, storytellers, author interviews and much more, all free of charge. A website calendar contains a list of all events, as does its Facebook page.
One of those enjoyable events is a monthly Friday night movie. Next up is the new film, Goosebumps. Bring the family—you can even get popcorn and soda there!
550 Sixth Street, Carlyle, IL
Monday- Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Movie Night: Goosebumps
Friday, February 5, 2016
Doors open at 6:30
This is just one great example of the community spirit that’s alive and well in Clinton County!
Photos courtesy of the Case-Halsted Library.