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DOLORES The Movie. Sunday, March 25 at 2:30pm

Join WSIU Public Broadcasting and The Carbondale Public Library for a free screening of the film DOLORES by Peter Bratt. Community conversation follows led by College of Liberal Arts SIU professors, Dr. Jennifer Smith and Dr. José Najar. Join us!

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century and she continues the fight to this day, at age 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt. Community discussion follows. This Indie Lens Popup film is provided in partnership with WSIU. Sunday, March 25 at 2:30pm

Making Music with the BELLETONES

Saturdays at 10:00 am – 10:30am. MARCH 24, APRIL 21 & MAY 19

Kids of all ages! Sing-a-long with Kids’ Classic Songs. NO REGISTRATION NEEDED.


Children’s Winter/Spring 2018 Programs:

  • Family-Style Story TimesTuesdays at 10:00 am. Ends April 24. Join Ms. Pat & Ms. Wendy for a weekly story time for 0 to 6 yr. olds. (Cancelled March 20.)
  • Making Music with THE BELLETONES. Saturdays at 10:00 am. March 24, April 21 & May 19. Sing-a-long with kids’ classics! NO REGISTRATION NEEDED! Kids of all ages!
  • FREE Parenting Workshops. 1st FRIDAY 10:30-11:00 AM Led by Dr. Erica Jowett Hirst. April 6 – Improving Social Skills. May 4 – Managing Challenging Behavior.
  • LET’S WRITE! YOUNG POETS’ WORKSHOPS (4th – 8th Graders) Saluki Writers Project (led by SIU English Grad Students) Tuesdays 4:30 — 5:30 pm March 20, 27 & April 3 ONGOING REGISTRATION BEGINS FEB. 1.
  • FARMER JASON!!! followed by “Almost Earth Day” activities Sat., April 21 at 1:00 pm A ROLLICKING, LIVE SHOW WITH SING-A-LONGS & DANCING. Award-winning entertainer brings original songs of nature, ecology & farming through folk/country/rock/punk music.
  • “PARTNERS IN READING.” A free program for kids in grades 1–5. Kids explore books and reading activities one-to-one with their reading partners (SIUC students). Partners will select reading materials based on individual interests. Feb. 28 – April 19. Wed or Thurs 4 – 5pm. Sign up for 1 hour/week. Register at the Circulation Desk through Feb 11. Also, register by phone at 457-0354, ext. 7 or by email at

GAME ON: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 4-5 PM Play video games, board games, card games, whatever your heart desires. If it’s a game you can play it! We’ll have the X-Box and Wii U set up and we’ve got a large collection of tabletop games for you to play. Feel free to bring your own games too.


  • Essential Oil 101: Katrina Cerutti, Young Living Essential Oils, will demonstrate easy ways to incorporate and use essential oils. Learn the health benefits, both physical and psychological. Tuesday, Mar 6, 4:00pm
  • Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. (SOLOS): A unique support system created for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. A safe place to come together to share, to discuss, and to not feel alone. Meets second Thursday of each month. Thursday, Mar 8 at 5:30pm
  • Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS): Free and open to the public. (Additional fee if you wish to become a ISPS member). All ISPS members and other interested poets are invited. Please bring approximately 8-10 copies of two poems for critiquing and a snack to share. For more information see or Kathy Cotton, Facilitator, Meets on the second Sunday of every other month. Sunday, March 11 at 2:00pm
  • Book Club: Discuss your likes and dislikes. What is all the talk about? March 21 reading Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Book by Michael Wolff. (Please note that we are meeting one week later than normal.) Wednesday, March 21 at 12:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Free monthly fiction workshop for adults. Discuss the techniques used in published short stories with fellow writers, and take turns giving and receiving feedback on current writing projects. Saturday, March 17 from 9:30-noon
  • DAR Genealogy Workshop: Are you a DAR member? Get help using your DAR member resources for your genealogy search. Bring your own laptop or use ours. Saturday, March 24, 10-11:30am
  • DOLORES The Movie: Directed by Peter Bratt. Community discussion follows. This Indie Lens Popup film is provided in partnership with WSIU. Sunday, March 25 at 2:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Select any book or DVD (yours or the library’s) to share. Tell us what you liked or didn’t like. Lunch or snacks are welcome. Meets each Monday at noon. Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 from noon-1:00pm
  • Knitting: Come to socialize, get help, and share tips. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own supplies. Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Get tech help. Thursdays, March 8 & 22 available from 9-2:00pm

FREE Spring Parenting Workshops

Meets 1st Friday of the month 10:30-11:00am. Anyone welcome. No library card or registration needed.

April 6: Improving social skills
May 4: Managing challenging behavior

All trainings are provided by Dr. Erica Jowett Hirst, Ph.D., BCBA-D. 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 15 years of experience working with parents and children.


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!

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.

Need Help? Here are instructions for accessing and logging into Muzzy from any device. (Use your library card to access from the computer. No library card needed to use Muzzy through app. Read more.)


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!


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.

You can also use the service online at (Just remember to choose Illinois Heartland Library System from the list of libraries and systems.)

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


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.


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.

 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…