Talking Service: An Evening with VETERAN BRIAN TURNER

brian-turner-carbondale-flyer-nov-15Meet Veteran Brian Turner, a poet and memoirist, who served seven years in the US Army, including tours of duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. His poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, have won major national awards such as the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, the New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

Prizes! Refreshments! Reading & discussion!

Saturday, November 12 at 2:00pm

Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations Nov 2, 10-12pm & Nov 16, 11-1pm

grantsThe Carbondale Public Library is offering informational workshops for local nonprofit organizations. Get grant proposal writing tips and learn how to search the library’s grant databases.

Sessions are Wednesday, November 2 10 AM – noon and Wednesday, November 16 11 AM – 1PM. Contact Lori Torbeck for more information. (618) 457-0354 or email

Southern Illinois Eclipse Business Planning Meeting

sieSouthern Illinois Eclipse Business Planning Meeting: Take control of your eclipse plans & events. Establish your business on the Southern Illinois Regional Eclipse Website (expected to launch in November).

Meeting intended for businesses only. In partnership with Carbondale Tourism.

Thurs, Nov 17 from 9-12:00pm

FREE Parenting Workshops

parentingworkshopsFree parenting workshops will be offered at the Carbondale Public Library on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. A different parenting topic will be covered at each 15 – 30 minute session. The workshops will be presented by Dr. Erica Jowett Hirst and graduate students of the Rehabilitation Institute at SIUC. Workshops will be on the lower level near the Children’s Department.

Scheduled workshops are:

  • November 3, 2016 — Toilet Training
  • December 1, 2016 — Improving Language & Communication
  • February 2, 2017 — Teaching Your Child Safety Skills
  • March 2, 2017 — Managing Bedtime Difficulties
  • April 6, 2017 — Improving Social Skills
  • May 4, 2017 — Managing Challenging Behavior

Dr. Jowett Hirst is an Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a child behavior specialist with over 14 years of experience working with parents and children.

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November & December Programs (Adult Services)

  • Talking Service: An Evening with VETERAN BRIAN TURNER Sat, Nov 12 at 2:00pm
  • Southern Illinois Eclipse Business Planning Meeting: Wednesdays, November 2, 10-12:00pm & November 16, 11-1:00pm
  • Meet the Patels: Saturday, Dec 10 at 2:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets each Monday from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: November 9 Book: “H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald, 322 pages, located at 921 Macdonald, Helen. December 14 Book: “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough, 336 pages, located at 921 Wright Brothers.
  • Storytellers Network: Tuesday, November 1 & December 6 at 6:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, Nov 3 & Dec 1 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, Oct 29, Nov 19 from 9:30-12:00pm (Dec date to be determined.)
  • Senior Coffee Club: November 1 & December 6 at 9:30am
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Thursday, November 3, December 1, 15 & 29 anytime from 9-2:00pm
  • HireLevel Powered By Extra Help Job Recruitment: Thursday, Nov 3 & Dec 8 from 10-2pm 

Find out more about these events…

Do you have a program idea that you would like to see at the library? Contact Wendy Schoof, Adult Program Coordinator at the Carbondale Public Library, Phone: (618)457-0354, Email:

Upcoming Children’s Programs

  • bookwormFamily-Style Storytimes: Stories, songs, crafts and crazy fun. For Birth and Up! No registration is required. Tuesdays, October 11-December 6 at 10:00 am.
  • Making Music with the Belletones: Young children and their parents can sing along and keep rhythm with favorite children’s songs. No registration is required. September 24, October 22, November 26 & December 17 from 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Young Poets’ Workshops (4th — 8th Grades) Wednesdays, 4:30 — 5:30 pm, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 & Dec. 7. Saluki Writers Project (Taught by SIU MFA Poets). On-going registration starts Sept. 21.
  • Storybook Harpist Milliece Dunkel musically reads picture books! Drop in early & stay after for bonus music! Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 am.
  • Pop-in Pumpkin Party Sat., Oct. 22 1 — 3 pm. Just pop in when you can! Hear stories read along the pumpkin path! Decorate a real pumpkin to take home! Yummy treats! Wear your costume if you like! (Co-sponsored by the SIU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta)
  • Tattered Tales Kids, guess the title of a shredded book a jar to win a gift card! (Cool Spoons, AMC, etc) One book each week in October! Entry deadlines Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Books & entries at circulation desk.
  • Family Reading Night Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:00 pm. Fish tales! Crafts, snacks, prizes. Photos with Pout-Pout! Read With Your Family!
  • Paws to Read with Lily, the Therapy Dog. Practice reading this fall with Lily and her trainer, Abby! (For 1st grade and up) (Parent/guardian present) Check in October for available dates.
  • “Finding Dory” Holiday Family Movie Wed., Dec. 28 at 1:00 pm. Pixar’s FISHY Sequel — PG Rated! No tickets required. Free popcorn!
  • “Partners in Reading” A free program for kids grades 1 – 5. Kids will explore books and reading activities one-to-one with their reading partners (SIUC students). Partners will select reading materials based on individual interests. Oct. 12 – Dec. 8 Wed. or Thurs. from 4 – 5:00 pm Each child signs up for 1 hour/week. Register at Circulation Desk through Oct. 8. Also, register by phone at 457-0354, ext. 315 or by email at
  • “PROJECT NEXT GENERATION” Free after school program for 5th — 8th graders Oct. 3 — Nov. 21 Mondays, 4:00 — 5:00 pm. Learn how to make computer games and websites. Fall theme: CODE CLUB 

Teen Writers Workshop – REGISTER NOW

teenWritersWorkshopThe Carbondale Public Library will host a series of FREE teen writer’s workshops for students in grades 9-12. Students will work with Heather Weatherwax from the Saluki Writer’s Project to hone their creative writing skills. Participants will learn how to properly workshop/critique writing and provide constructive criticism for fellow writers.  In addition, they will take part in fun but challenging writing exercises to bring their writing up to the next level.  All genres and levels of writers welcome.

  • WHO: Teens in grades 9-12.
  • WHERE: Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main Street, Carbondale IL 62901
  • WHEN: 4:00-5:30  PM on Thursdays, from September 29 through November 17, 2016.

Register: Online at or visit the library. More Info: Contact Jennifer Johansson,, 618.457-0354



  • Table Quidditch: October 18, 4-5:00 PM This is a special event for all of you Harry Potter fans! We’re playing a simple version of table top Quidditch, golden snitch, spells and all! No broom or robes required, just come and enjoy Harry Potter themed snacks and some friendly competition.
  • Table Top Gaming: October 25, 4-5:00 PM Each month we play a different board or card game. The game this month we’re playing Redneck Life, an irreverent version of the classic Life Game. This event is co-sponsored by Castle Perilous, and a staff member will be on hand to facilitate game play.

Read More Program Information…

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Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the September-October 2016 Library Bookmark Newsletter!

No Book Donations At This Time…

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printanywhere1You can now print from any device (laptop, cell phone or tablet), yours or ours, home or at the library. You will pick up the prints from our library circulation desk. Printing is in black/white and $0.10 per page. Give it a try!


Compassionate Community survey

Take the Compassionate Community survey at

We’re collecting examples of compassionate efforts in our community, and ideas for future actions as we work toward becoming a Compassionate Community. More info at

Brown Bag and a Book Discussion Group

brown-bag-lunchBrown Bag and a Book Discussion Group is a group of book lovers that meets together every Monday at the Carbondale Public Library. Discussions are friendly and we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We keep discussions limited to one hour starting promptly at noon. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a Carbondale Public Library cardholder to be a part of the group. Just bring your brown bag lunch and one book to discuss/share to the Library’s Meeting Room on Monday afternoons at noon!

3M Cloud Library – New and improved ebook and digital audiobook service!

3m menu buttonNow you can check out ebooks and digital audiobooks from one convenient place, the 3M Cloud Library! Our e-book consortium is moving its entire collection from Overdrive (Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go) to the 3M Cloud Library (formerly called eRead Ilinois). This will provide you with access to more than 32,000 e-books! These ebooks and digital audiobooks can also be found when searching the online SHARE catalog. To download the new service or for more 3M Cloud Library information, go to If you need assistance or a walk-through on how to use the new service, come to Open Help. (You can see our calendar available dates and times.) When signing in for the first time, remember to choose “Illinois Heartland Library System” as your library.

View More Information About Our 3M Cloud Library Ebook Lending…


keep-calm-and-join-book-clubJoin the library BOOK CLUB! We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from noon – 1:00pm. Anyone is welcome!

View our January – December 2016 reading list.

  • November 9 Book: “H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald, 322 pages, located at 921 Macdonald, Helen.
  • December 14 Book: “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough, 336 pages, located at 921 Wright Brothers.



The Japanese Garden was vandalized. There is a Japanese word, Kintsugi, which refers to finding beauty in repairing that which is broken. This campaign is an act of Kintsugi.

Please join us in this act of beauty.



The Carbondale Historical Quilt hangs is on display on the north ramp at the library. Finished in 1983, this quilt took 27 people two years to complete. The quilt is made up of 24 squares that depict important historical people, places and events from Carbondale, Illinois. Read More…

Have a library card from another town?

We no longer have a 5 item limit.
Now you can check out as many items as Carbondale card holders:
5 DVDs, 5 VHS, 5 video games, no limit on books and magazines!

Tax Documents for Taxpayers with Disabilities

Did you know the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides online tax products and services for taxpayers with disabilities? Individuals may visit the IRS Accessibility page ( to download forms, publications, and other products and to access tax-related videos in English and American Sign Language. The IRS recommends checking the website often as it is continuously adding more products to assist persons with disabilities.

For Sale At The Library

image_thumb (1)Reusable Shopping Bags are $3 each. Choose from 3 different styles and colors. Logos created by patrons.

Available while supplies last.


Morningstar Mutual Funds Now Available Online

Morningstar Mutual Funds (paper version) is being discontinued at the library. You can now access the online version from home or at the library.

You will have access to their classic one-page summaries, as well as detailed mutual fund, stock, and exchange-traded fund analysed reports, real-time data, and investment tools.

This useful website and many others can be found on our website by clicking on the “Research” tab, located at the top of your screen.

Explore Your Family History at the Library

genealogytreeThe Library’s Genealogy Resources: We have, Heritage Quest, and African American Heritage Quest available. This useful website and many others can be found on our website by clicking on the “Research” tab, located at the top of your screen.

List of Scholarships for African American and Minority Students

gradcapWe now have a List of Scholarships for African American and Minority Students for your use. Please let us know if you see that any of the links do not work or if you know of any scholarships that we should add.

MUZZY ONLINE teaches English, French, Spanish, Italian or German. It’s the fun way to learn a foreign language.

image_miniMUZZY ONLINE, the award-winning BBC Language Course for Children is now available to CPL patrons through the library’s website using their 14-digit library card number. MUZZY ONLINE uses functional language, repetition and “spiraling”. Words and phrases are first introduced and then reintroduced many times in several new contexts. MUZZY ONLINE uses a natural immersion approach surrounding learners with visual, aural and contextual language, modeled on the way we learn our first language. It’s perfect for beginning to intermediate language learners of all ages.

 Accelerated Reading List at AR BookFinder

AR BookfinderAR BookFinder allows users to search for books in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program used by local schools. Books may be searched by title, author, reading level, interest level and point value. 

 Support Carbondale Public Library with a Schnucks Customer Card!

SchnucksPick up your Schnucks Customer Card at Carbondale Public Library.
Present your card to the cashier every time you shop at Schnucks.
When you shop, a percentage of money will be donated to Carbondale Public Library. Read More…

Online Payments and Donations

You can now pay fines, pay for lost materials, or make monetary donations online. All you need is your library card and credit card. It’s easy! You can now use your credit card at the library. Read more…

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