Charleston Library
Curbside service currently available Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. Visit

Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Activities available, learn more and see their calendar at  Trails remain open, please follow social distancing guidelines.

18th Street Farmers Market
Saturdays 8am-Noon through September 26th at the Coles County Center for Human Services building parking lot in Charleston. Entrance to the market from Harrison Street. No pedestrians or bikes. Drive-thru pickup service only. Customers asked to wear masks.

Fairview Drive-In
16045 E Hwy 33, Newton. For list of movies or to purchase tickets, visit

Lincoln Log Cabin
Open to the public. Shelters, playgrounds, historic buildings and visitors center remain closed for the time being. Visitors will be able to hike trails, fish in the pond and tour the outdoor portions of the historic farms.

Mattoon Farmers Market
Fridays through early Fall at Lytle park from 8am-11am. Entrance along South 32nd street. Social distancing guidelines in effect. Customers asked to wear masks.

Mattoon Library
Currently open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Mattoon YMCA
Open 5am-1pm and 3pm-8pm Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm on Saturday, and Noon-4pm on Sunday. The number of people in the facility will be limited by the state. Pool hours available, reserve your time at Virtual workouts and other events available at

 Lucky Strike Bowling Alley
1310 E. Street in Charleston. Open now.

Mattoon Lanes Bowling Alley
On North US Hwy 45 in Mattoon. Now open.

Zax Trax Go-Carts
1120 Old State Rd. in Mattoon. Open now.

Planet Entertainment Arcade
1513 Old State Rd. in Mattoon. Offers a variety of virtual car racing games, claw games, and arcade games. Now open.

Silver Star Skate Center
1505 N. US Hwy 45 in Mattoon. Will open August 1st on Saturdays initially and then start offering Friday nights and Sunday afternoons in September.

Lytle Park
The playground area at Lytle Park in Mattoon is now open to the public. Equipment will not be sanitized. Visitors will use the equipment at their own risk and should utilize hand wipes/sanitizer at their own will. (Most parks and playgrounds in Mattoon/Charleston are back open to the public but will not be sanitizing the equipment.)

 Effingham Public Library
The library is open 9 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Library visitors will be limited to 35 at a time, all visitors should wear a mask, all visitors should come to the doors facing our East parking lot.  The first floor is now open for browsing and we have brought down a selection of items from the second floor as well.  There is no access to study rooms or the second floor at this time.  Digital resources continue to be accessible anytime/anywhere. Visit to learn more!

Ballard Nature Center
Visitor center exhibits remain closed.  Trails, kids’ fishing pond, and pavilions are open.  Weekly self-led trail activities.

Parks and Playgrounds
Effingham Parks and Playgrounds are open to the public, Rec Center is closed.

Workman Sports & Wellness Complex
We are now open with safety restrictions in place!  Please remember to adhere to local guidelines and maintain social distancing throughout your visit.

TREC Trail
Open, Please remember to follow guidelines and maintain social distancing.

Effingham County Case Manager
Available to help with unemployment, government phones, food assistance and so much more!  Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm at 200 N 3rd St, Suite 2, Effingham.  Call 224-209-6638 or email  The Case Manager also visits communities near you, so contact for their schedule!

Spanish with Raul
Online Mondays, beginning Monday, Sep. 14, 10 a.m. Join the Effingham Public Library Facebook page for simple Spanish lessons from Raul!

Online Bedtime Story Time
Online, Wednesday, Sep. 16, 7 p.m. Join the Effingham Public Library Facebook page for bedtime stories. Recommended for ages 2-5, No Registration Required.

Online Resume Class
The Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library is pleased to host an ONLINE Resume Class, offered Monday, September 21 at 11 a.m. Considering how you can increase your income?  Or looking for a new position?  Reviewing your resume is a great way to begin. Join Matt Cain, User Experience Coordinator with Effingham Public Library, as he demonstrates how to use Google’s many resources to update and save your resume. The focus of the session will be on how to use Google’s services, particularly Google Docs, to create an easy-to-read, accessible, and accurate resume and how to tailor that resume to a specific job or activity (e.g., employment, internship, scholarship, etc.),

Resume and Job Searching Sessions will continue online in August and September.
Monday, August 3 at 11 a.m.  Job Searching
Monday, August 17 at 11 a.m.  Resume
Monday, September 7 at 11 a.m. Job Searching
Monday, September 21 at 11 a.m. Resume

Thanks to Grow with Google and Libraries Lead with Digital Skills for providing funding for these virtual programs.  If you need assistance filing for unemployment, applying for a government phone or other help, please contact Effingham County Case Managers at 224-209-6638 or visit the library Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.