Author Phil Klay, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Reading and Signing His Book Redeployment

Phil Klay Poster CarbondaleJoin us Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 pm where the author Phil Klay will be reading and signing his recent book Redeployment. This book is a collection of short stories about war and its psychological impact. Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to imagine what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in the stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. This event is co-presented with the Carbondale Public Library and the Illinois Library Association, the event is open to the public, but requires registration at or by phone (312) 422-5580. Read More…

Grantseeking: A series of workshops to help your nonprofit organization find a grant

grantsThe first half hour of each workshop will be devoted to instruction on searching the above grant databases. After that, feel free to stay as long or as little as your schedule allows. There is no pre-registration and walk-ins are welcome at any time. Attend one or multiple workshops.

  • October 22 (Wed) 11:30 AM – 2 PM
  • October 23 (Thurs) 2:30 PM – 4 PM
  • October 29 (Wed) 11:30 AM – 2 PM
  • October 30 (Thurs) 2:30 PM – 4 PM
  • November 3 (Mon) 9 AM – 11 :30 AM
  • November 5 (Wed) 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Young Poets’ Workshops

pencilYoung Poets’ Workshops are after school programs open to students between 4th – 8th grade. MFA Poets from SIUC will work with students to explore poetry through a variety of writing activities. Workshops will meet Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at the Carbondale Public Library on September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6. Registration is on-going.

Teen Calendar for October 

  • 10/7-Teen Tuesday (4-5pm) Video Gaming
  • 10/14-Teen Tuesday (4-5pm) create Teen Read Week Display
  • 10/21-Teen Tuesday (4-5pm) create Halloween decorations for haunted house
  • 10/30-Teen Advisory Board Meeting (6-7pm) set up haunted house
  • 10/31-No School; Haunted House/Costume Contest (9-6pm; Contest 4-5pm)

Computer Help Schedule for November & December


  • OPEN HELP: Get help with any technology issue. Learn to use your computer, cell phone or tablet. See how to use your email or Facebook. Get help with downloading ebooks and audiobooks. Practice on our computers or bring your own. Anyone is welcome. Thursdays 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 anytime from 9:00-2:00 pm NOTE: No Open Help 11/13.
  • DOWNLOADING EBOOKS: Learn to download from our two services, eRead Illinois 3M Cloud Library and Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go. Friday 11/7 1:00-2:00 pm, Sunday 11/16 1:30-2:30 pm, Tuesday 12/2 1:00-2:00 pm, Monday 12/15 9:30-10:30 am, Monday 12/29 3:30-4:30 pm
  • USING APPS: Learn to install, delete and move around your apps. Bring your device and password. Wednesday 11/12 1:00-2:00 pm
  • FRIDAY OPEN HELP: This is a normal Open Help workshop. We are meeting on Friday since we cannot meet on Thursday this week. Friday 11/14 11:00-2:00 pm
  • TRANSFERRING PICTURES: Learn to move you pictures from your phone, camera or tablet to your computer. Remember to bring your device and cords. Monday 11/24 1:00-2:00 pm
  • YOUR FACEBOOK: Let’s work on your Facebook profile. Get help with your account. We can take your picture for a new profile picture. We can update your content and see what your privacy settings are. Come with your username and password and be prepared to work on your Facebook page. Tuesday 12/9 1:00-2:00 pm

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!


The ABC’s of Music

14969353810_d071e375fbNOTE: Performance scheduled for October 30 has been canceled. 

Helping young Southern Illinois musicians reach their potential in the music business. The goal of the program is to engage adolescents and young adults in activities that increase knowledge, build skills and increase job awareness in the fields associated with Performing, Composing, Recording/Mixing and Marketing music. The ABC Music Program is a free, educational and entertaining monthly music program at the Carbondale Public Library. The program is geared toward adolescents and young adults and has a focus on the performance and business aspects of making music. Performances are Thursdays  from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, September 25, November 19 (Wednesday), December 18, January 29, February 26. Read More…

Wednesday Noon Book Club

If you are interested in joining the book club, it meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone is welcome! You can view the reading list for January 2014 – December 2014. View Reading List…

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.

Kindles Available For Check Out

image_thumbDid you know the library now has Kindle Touch ebook readers available at the library? All you need is a library card. Each are ready to go with 6 best sellers already on them. You can also create an account and load your own ebooks to the device from Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go.

Need help? There are online tutorials and instructions available. Come to any of the library’s Open Help Workshops. We can walk you through it. Give it a try it!

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.

Download eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos and Music from Southern Illinois Libraries on the GO!

OnTheGoYou can now download eBooks, audiobooks, videos and music. All you need is your library card and pin number. You can check out up to 5 at a time on your computer, electronic book reading device, or smart phone. To check out items, go to Southern Illinois Libraries On The Go.

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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