The Spoon River College Literacy Program is pleased to announce the 30th Annual Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 18. Held in partnership with libraries and schools throughout the SRC district, the goal is to encourage families to take time to read together as a family. With help from a grant from Dollar General, Spoon River College will provide 25 free books to each library to hand out to attendees.

“Taking time to read together as a family is a great habit to cultivate, and we hope this event will inspire families to make time to do that. Our libraries do a wonderful job of finding fun and creative ways to support Family Reading Night,” said Cyndi Johnston, adult education program coordinator at Spoon River College.

The activities, locations and times of each library’s event are listed below.

Astoria: The Astoria Public Library will celebrate with Family Reading Kits that will be available for families to pick up anytime on Thursday, November 18. The kits are filled with snacks, book marks, family activities, as well as a book and other surprises.

Canton: Parlin-Ingersoll Library will give out take-home packets November 15-19 that will include a book list, a canvas, playdough, and how-to-draw pages. They will also host an in-person event, “Reading Colors Your World: Family Art Night,” on Thursday, November 18 from 5:30-7 p.m., that will feature three stations: Doodles, Sculpture, and Painting. Registration is required for the painting sessions. For more information or to register, please call the library at (309) 833-6038 or stop in and ask for Ms. Tiffany.

Cuba: The Spoon River Library will celebrate Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 18 from 5:30-6:30 with games, treats, and prizes for all ages.

Farmington: The Farmington Area Public Library will celebrate with a book walk, snacks, a reading corner and more on Thursday, November 18 from 6−7:30 p.m.

Havana: Havana Public Library will celebrate with a hybrid family reading program. Special packets will be available to pick up inside the library starting November 15 until supplies run out, and those participants will be eligible for a door prize drawing that will be held on November 30. There will be a book log inside the packets to fill out and return for extra chances in the drawing. In addition, watch their Facebook page for interactive activities and challenges November 15-20.

Lewistown: The Lewistown Carnegie Library will celebrate Family Reading Night Wednesday, November 17 starting after school until 8 p.m. with a book give away and a craft for all visiting families.

Macomb: The Macomb Public Library will host Reading Day on Thursday, November 18 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Rushville: The Rushville Public Library will celebrate by giving away a free book and a take and make Thanksgiving themed craft from 4−7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.

For more information about the Literacy Project at Spoon River College, visit or call Cyndi Johnston at (309) 833-6038.