SCREENAGERS Film & Discussion on May 27 at 2:30pm

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Join us for this free film & discussion on May 27 at 2:30pm.

Looking for Youth Volunteers

The Summer Youth Volunteer Program at the Carbondale Public Library is seeking mature, hard-working, and reliable 12 – 17 year old volunteers for summer work. Selected volunteers will be asked to work at least one 3-hour shift each week and one weekend shift per summer. Those who are selected will begin on or after June 12th and may be scheduled for shifts through or on July 21st.

Application and Read More…

Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the May – June 2017 Library Bookmark Newsletter!

On Display at the Library: Art by Barbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett is an Illinois-based artist whose photographs and collage paintings have been featured in Stampington & Company’s Publication Life Images; Somerset Studios’ Gallery, Somerset Home, Somerset Wedding, Stampington and Company’s 2004 Art Journal Calendar and in Somerset Studio presents Signatures: The Art Journal Collection. This is the first showing of her work.

See art by Barbara Bennett on display at the Carbondale Public Library, May 16 through July 4.




Project Next Generation (PNG) is a FREE program at the Carbondale Public Library for students entering grades 5-8. Participants will explore art, science, technology, and gaming through a variety of entertaining and engaging activities. There are 6 unique sessions and students are welcome to sign up for one or all six! All supplies and snacks are provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Join us for some great fun at the library!

Program Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 5th – June 29th and July 10th – August 2nd. 

Program Times: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Register: online at or by returning attached form to the library.

Summer 2017 Themes & Activities: Solar STEM – June 5, 7, 12, 14, Eclipse Crafts – June 19,21, Creative Journaling – June 26, 28, Scratch Game Design –  July 10, 12, 17, 19, Harry Potter Party – July 24, 26, Video Game Madness – July 31, Aug 2

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  • Coloring and Cartoons: May 30, 4-5 PM Do you need a little time to chill during finals week? Come watch cartoons and color with us. We’ll have all sorts of coloring sheets on hand along with a big supply of colored pencils, gel pens & markers. Cartoons TBD.

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  • SCREENAGERS film & discussion: Saturday, May 27 at 2:30pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, May 27 from 9:30-12:00pm
  • SUMMER@THE LIBRARY: Starts June 12 and ends July 21
  • Holistic Scrubs: June 11 – Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub, June 25 – Coffee Scrub. Sundays, June 11 & 25 at 3:00pm
  • Beginners Beekeeping: Monday, June 19 at 5:30
  • The Kwanzaa Project: Sundays, June 25 & July 30 at 1:30pm ALL AGES!!!
  • Terrarium Workshop and Japanese Garden Tour: Monday, July 17 at 5:30pm
  • Not Throwing in the Towel by Southern Illinois filmmaker Sandra Pfeifer: Saturday, June 10 at 2:30pm
  • Real Boy by Shaleece Haas: Saturday, June 17 at 2:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: JUNE 14 – Think Like A Freak by Steven Levitt. 268 pages. JULY 12 – Any Nonfiction Best Seller. Can be from any list any year. Wednesdays, June 14 & July 12 at 12:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, June 1 & July 6 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: TBA for June/July
  • Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS):  Sunday, July 9 at 2:00pm
  • Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. (SOLOS): Thursday, June 8 & July 13 at 5:30pm
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Thurs, June 22, July 13, & 27 anytime from 9-2:00pm

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Children’s Programs

  • Making Music with the Belletones Saturdays, 10-10:30am, May 20 & June 17
  • Drop-in Lego Challenge Mondays, 10-11:30am, Jan 30-May 22
  • Summer Reading Begins June 12
  •  Tuesdays at 10:00am June 13 – July 18
  • Start Summer Off With A Bang! with Babaloo Thursday, June 15 at 10:00am
  • Meet Curious George June 19 at 10:00am
  • S.T.E.A.M. Curiosity Centers (ages 3 & up) Mondays from 9:00 – 12:00pm, June 19 – July 17
  • Make Music with the Belletones Saturday, June 17 at 10:00am
  • Read, Design, Succeed with Chris McBrien Thursday, June 29 at 6:00pm
  • Mad Science presents Fire & Ice Saturday, July 15 at 10:00am
  • The Magic of the Eclipse with Abra-Kid-Abra Friday, July 21 at 1:00pm
  • Summer Family Movies Wednesdays at 1:00pm June 14, 21, 28, July 12, & 19
  • Project Next Generation (5th – 8th grades) Mondays & Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 am June 5 – 29 July 10 – August 2 Click here for more information about PNG

Find out more about these events…


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.


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!

June 14, 2017 Think Like A Freak by Steven Levitt. 268 pages.

July 12, 2017 Any Nonfiction Best Seller.


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

  • 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


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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