Art Workshops Inspired by Black History Month Sundays in February, 1:30-3:00 pm

Join us each Sunday in February for a FREE art workshop for all ages and all skill levels. Art by the following local artists currently on display in the main area of the library. See our Facebook Page for photos.

  • February 19 “Simply Watercolor” with Trish Ollie  A wonderful experience with watercolor to create.  Even if you have never painted before. Surprise yourself!
  • February 26 Basket Weaving with the Mays family Supplies provided for the first 45 participants. (Tickets available at 1:00, day of event.) See the African tradition of basket weaving and weave your very own basket.

Book Sale March 3 – 5


Family-Style Story Times Start Tuesday, February 14

2017 story times will begin on February 14 and run through April 25. We will meet each Tuesday morning at 10:00 am. No registration is required. Several books will be read, rhymes, songs and finger plays will be taught, a craft made and snack provided.


Tuesdays, February 21, March 7 and 21,

4:45 – 5:45 for a 15 minute session.

Kids in 1st grade and up can sign for 15 minute sessions to read to Lily the Therapy Dog.

Contact the library circulation desk to sign up. 618 457-0354

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday, February 22 10:00-11:30am

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, disease stages, treatment, and much more.

This program is 1.5 hours in length and includes time for questions and answers. Register at 618-985-1095 or Wednesday, February 22 10:00-11:30am

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Bad Kids Community Cinema Film & Discussion on Saturday, February 25 at 2:30pm

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called “bad kids.”

Discussion follows with Tina Carpenter, Director of Operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale. This film & discussion is presented in partnership with WSIU. Saturday, February 25 at 2:30pm



  • Socialize, Snacks, Screens – February 7, 4-5 PM Come to the library, have some snacks, and hang out with friends (or meet some new ones!) Laptops and iPads will be available so you can do your homework, play a game, or get on the internet.
  • Candy Crafting – February 14, 4-5 PM Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some edible crafting. We’ll be making chocolate covered Oreo pops and edible roses out of Jolly Ranchers. All supplies will be provided.
  • Open Video gaming – February 21, 4-5 PM Come and play Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Runbow, and more on our Wii and Wii U. Enjoy some friendly competition and snacks.
  • Table top Gaming – February 28, 4-5 PM Join us for a round of Magic the Gathering, the wildly popular trading card game. Every participant will leave with their own deck of Magic cards! This event is co-sponsored by Castle Perilous, and a staff member will be on hand to facilitate game play.

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Yes, we will take your book donations! Bring ’em on! Our storage building is fixed and we’re ready to accept your used books.

  • Please call ahead if you need to bring a large collection.
  • Please, no mold or mildew (If books were stored in a damp basement or a hot garage, or if they smell funny–no thanks.)

Thank you for all of your support!


Carbondale Public Library is offering free homework assistance to students in grades 5 through 8. High school juniors and seniors will be on hand to support students in all subjects. Students can drop in on Thursdays anytime between 4:00 and 6:00 PM.

HOMEWORK HELP For 5th – 8th Graders
Thursdays from 4-6 PM
Carbondale Public Library

QUESTIONS?? Contact Jennifer Johansson Teen Program Coordinator 618.457.0354 ext. 6

Teen Writers Workshop

The 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 Mondays, from February 6 through April 17, 2017.
Register: Online at or return attached form to the library. More Info: Contact Jennifer Johansson,, 618.457-0354 ext. 6

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

MUZZY CLUB, 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 CLUB uses functional language, repetition and “spiraling”. Words and phrases are first introduced and then reintroduced many times in several new contexts. MUZZY CLUB 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.

February Programs (Adult Services)

  • Art Workshops Inspired by Black History Month: February 5 “Patterns Among Us” with DeSande R, February 12 “Mixed Media Painting” with Najjar, February 19 “Simply Watercolor” with Trish Ollie, February 26 Basket Weaving with the Mays family (Supplies for basket weaving provided for the first 45 participants. Tickets will be distributed same day starting at 1:00pm.) Sundays in February, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Family Freestyle Art: Sundays in February, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Blind Date with a Book: Ends February 14. Prize drawing on February 20
  • The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease:Wednesday, February 22 10:00-11:30am
  • Bad Kids:This film & discussion is presented in partnership with WSIU. Saturday, February 25 at 2:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group:Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, February 25 from 9:30-12:00pm
  • KnittingMeets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Thursday, February 9 & 16 anytime from 9-2:00pm

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:

FREE Parenting Workshops

Free parenting workshops will be offered at the Carbondale Public Library on the first Wednesday 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:      

  • March 1, 2017             —         Managing Bedtime Difficulties
  • April 5, 2017                —         Improving Social Skills
  • May 3, 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.


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!

MARCH 8, 2017 What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves by Benjamin Bergen. 226 pages.

APRIL 12, 2017 Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. 222 pages.

May 12, 2017 Any book pertaining to Islam. Suggested Reading: The everything understanding Islam book : a complete and easy-to-read guide to Muslim beliefs, practices, traditions, and culture by Christine Huda Dodge. 289 pages.


Discussion follows each film. Community Cinema film & discussions are presented in partnership with WSIU. 

  • National Bird By Sonia Kennebeck. National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries. Saturday, April 29 at 2:30pm
  • Real Boy By Shaleece Haas. Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens. Saturday, June 17 at 2:30pm

Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the January-February 2017 Library Bookmark Newsletter!


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…



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.

 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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