Make Music with the Belletones

Join us on the following Saturdays for some family fun with music. Children love to sing along and make music with shakers. No registration needed. Fun for kids of all ages. Saturday, December 16 from 10 – 10:30am



Carbondale Archeologist, Michael McNerney, Speaks At The Library About Necked Discoid Gravemarkers on Sunday, December 17 at 2:30pm

Are you interested in the genealogy of this region?

Are you looking for an ancestor’s grave marker?

Join us on SUN, DEC 17 AT 2:30PM as Michael McNerney,

Carbondale author & archaeologist, speaks about the

migration of the necked discoid grave marker.

This event is FREE and open to the public. REFRESHMENTS, PRIZES!

Books available for purchase

at the event. Makes a great gift!


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) HOLIDAY FAMILY MOVIE – Wednesday, December 27 at 1:00pm

Beauty and the Beast
Rated PG, 129 minutes, 2017
Walt Disney Pictures

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, and more.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the journey of Belle, who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

No tickets required — Free Popcorn
Parents must determine appropriateness for children.
Small children must be supervised by parent.


  • TEEN GAME ON Tuesday, December 19th, 4-5 PM
    Enjoy open gaming on the WiiU, iPads and laptops. Feel free to bring your own WiiU games.

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Don’t forget to “like” the Teen Scene on Facebook…

Adult Services Program Schedule for December

  • Historian Michael McNerney presents his book A shape in time and space : the migration of the necked discoid gravemarker–the Illinois sample on Sunday, December 17 at 2:30pm This is the story of a uniquely shaped pioneer gravemarker brought by the first wave of immigrants arriving in southern Illinois in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The book explores the origins of the marker in America and Europe, offers a preliminary look at stylistic change, and tracks the migration of some of the families whose names are inscribed on the markers. Book for sale at the event. Refreshments & Prizes! Sun, Dec 17 at 2:30pm
  • Book Clubs Holiday Party: Let’s celebrate! Get information about joining the book clubs. Refreshments, games, and prizes! Anyone is welcome. If possible, bring one or more, wrapped, new or gently used, book or reading related item (bookmark, tote, etc.) to be given away in a game. Monday, December 18 from noon-1:00pm
  • Knitting: Come to socialize and share tips. All experience levels welcome. Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm

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Children’s Programs 

  • MAKING MUSIC WITH THE BELLETONES Saturday, December 16 from 10 – 10:30am
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) HOLIDAY FAMILY MOVIE – Wednesday, December 27 at 1:00pm. Disney’s Live Action Fairy Tale! Rated PG. No tickets required. FREE POPCORN!

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Bookmark Library Newsletter

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


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.


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.

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.


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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