Meet the Patels Community Cinema Film, Saturday Dec 10 at 1:30pm

wsiu_ilpu_meet_the_patels_ecard_fnlWatch the comedy film, Meet the Patels, by Geeta and Ravi Patel on Saturday, December 10 at 1:30pm at Carbondale Public Library. Ravi Patel is almost 30 and still single, and his tradition-minded Hindu family is not happy. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, he enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America. Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life – love. Discussion follows with Soumik Pal, doctoral student of SIU Mass Communication & Media Art. This Community Cinema film & discussions is presented in partnership with WSIU. 


  • The Bad Kids By Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe. Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It’s their last chance. This coming of age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combatting the crippling effects of poverty. Saturday, February 25 at 2:30pm
  • 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

THIS ABLE VETERAN Presentation & Demonstration on Saturday, December 17 at 2:00pm

thisablevetThis Able Veteran (TAV) returns hope to injured veterans and their families by providing service dogs and a trauma resiliency program for those with psychological and physical injuries. Join us Saturday, December 17 at 2:00pm for a presentation and demonstration.

Learn more about This Able Veteran by visiting their website at

FREE TEEN (13-18) ART WORKSHOPS – December 6th & 13th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM

pencilsAre you interested in art? Do you want to give back during the holiday season? Join us for two FREE art workshops at the Carbondale Public Library. We will be creating artwork for donation to the “For Kids’ Sake Art Auction,” which takes place every year at the Longbranch Café in Carbondale. Your artwork will be framed, hung at the café in spring 2017, and auctioned off. All proceeds benefit orphans and students in Bangladesh.

Artist and art instructor, Jennifer Johansson will be on hand to provide guidance and project ideas. There will be a variety of art supplies available for your use. Come and make whatever you’d like and feel free to bring a work in progress. No registration needed.

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On Display At The Library…



istock_000021846055_smallToy Drive Sponsored by owners of Levels Nightclub, Greg & Elizabeth Knoob, and hosted by Majik Myke the Dj. Event will be held on December 10th, from 10pm until 2pm. 750 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901. Entry into the Event is a toy. Goal is 500 plus toys donated. All toys will be donated to families in need and Single mothers. Drop off locations for toys before the event is at the Carbondale mall, Clothing store”Dare to Be”, Kampus Kuts Barbershop, and Arnett’s Barbershop in Carbondale. Toys can be picked up December 11th at Carbondale Public Library from 2pm until 4pm. If you have any questions please feel free to call 618-713-5590 or see thier Facebook page

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:

  • 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.

November & December Programs (Adult Services)

  • Meet the Patels: The program will start at 1:30 with fun activities celebrating south Asian culture. The film will begin at 2:30pm. Saturday, Dec 10 at 1:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets each Monday from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: December 14 Book: “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough, 336 pages, located at 921 Wright Brothers.
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, Oct 29, Dec 10 from 9:30-12:00pm
  • Senior Coffee Club: December 6 at 9:30am
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Thursday, December 15 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:

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. December 17 from 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Young Poets’ Workshops (4th — 8th Grades) Wednesdays, 4:30 — 5:30 pm, Nov. 30 & Dec. 7. Saluki Writers Project (Taught by SIU MFA Poets). On-going registration starts Sept. 21.
  • 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) Tuesdays from 4:45 – 5:45pm, Nov. 8 & 29.
  • “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 

Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the November-December 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.

  • 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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