Family Mystery Night at Galesburg Public Library April 28

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Galesburg Public Library is hosting a family mystery night at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28. The event is based on the children's Big Read companion title, “Chasing Vermeer,” by Blue Balliett. Participating families will engage in a scenario that there is a missing valuable treasure from the library, and it is up to those attending to piece together clues and solve the mystery.  The first few families to track down all the correct clues will receive a prize for their sleuthing skills. The event is open to families with school-aged children. This event is being held in conjunction with The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, that will run through April 30.

The theme of this year’s The Big Read is “The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.” Included in the event are writing contests, book discussions, film viewings and presenters, and will continue through April during The Sandburg Days festival for the mind, which runs April 13-17 and will present events in conjunction with The Big Read.

The Sandburg Days festival for the mind honors Galesburg-born, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer, Carl Sandburg, and his family by celebrating with the community through educational and recreational activities. A complete list of events for The Big Read and Sandburg Days festival for the mind appears below, and can be found online at

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information about Big Read events, visit, or call Karly Steele at the Galesburg Public Library at (309) 343-6118.