Receive a FREE Summer @ the Library drawing entry by attending adult or teen library programs or checking out any library materials. Additionally, teens 13-18 can enter by completing an online book review.

It’s that simple!


Visit the library for a list of prizes and weekly winners. 


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.





  • Anime Club: June 6, June 20, July 18, 3-4 PM Are you an anime fan? Would you like to meet others who are too? We invite you join our brand new teen Anime Club. Each month we’ll get our otaku on, watching anime, doing anime/manga themed crafts, eating Japanese snacks (like pocky) and more!
  • Game On: Thursdays, June 15-July 20, 3-5 PM Join us downstairs on Thursdays for Wii U gaming, chess, checkers, card games, board games, and more! We have an awesome collection of new games for you to try out. *GAME ON IS FOR ALL AGES!
  • Maker Meetups: June 13, July 11, 4-5:30 PM Calling all teen artists, crafters & makers. Come and share your skills and interests with other DIY’ers. Each month we’ll have a project on hand for you to try out. (You can also bring your own projects!) In June we’ll make custom buttons with our new button maker and in July we’ll turn old books into art journals.
  • Teen Book Club: June 27, July 25, 4-5:30 PM Each month you’ll receive a new book that’s yours to keep. We’ll get together over snacks to discuss the book and make a craft or do an activity inspired by our book. Our first book is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. (Now a movie!) REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Email Jennifer Johansson –jjohansson@carbondale.lib.il.us to register and arrange book pickup.

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

  • SUMMER@THE LIBRARY: Starts June 12 and ends July 21
  • 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
  • Real Boy by Shaleece Haas: Saturday, June 17 at 2:30pm
  • Beginners Beekeeping: Monday, June 19 at 5:30
  • Open Tech Help: Thurs, June 22, July 13, & 27 anytime from 9-2:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: June 24, July TBA
  • Holistic Scrubs: June 25 – Coffee Scrub. Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm
  • The Kwanzaa Project: Sundays, June 25 & July 30 at 1:30pm ALL AGES!!!
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, July 6 at 1:00pm
  • Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS):  Sunday, July 9 at 2:00pm
  • Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. (SOLOS): Thursday, July 13 at 5:30pm
  • Terrarium Workshop and Japanese Garden Tour: Monday, July 17 at 5:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm

More Event Details…

Children’s Summer Programs

  • Summer Reading Begins June 12. (ages 0-13) To register online, click the Log Reading icon in our quick links. Then select child’s age group, register & record reading. OR Visit kids’ summer reading table where volunteers will help you register & record reading. Paper reading logs are available. The last day to record reading is July 20. Register, Log-in & Record Your Reading! Each week (6 weeks), each age group will have 1 winner drawn. At the end, each age group will have 1 Grand Prize winner drawn. READ MORE — MORE CHANCES TO WIN! DRAWING PRIZES AWARDED FRI., JULY 21! Also — Three Reading Goal Levels: Level 1 Prize: Coupon Booklet & Level 2, Level 3 Prize: Paperback Book. Click here for more information…
  • Family-Style Story Times Tuesdays at 10:00am June 13 – July 18. Stories, songs, crafts and crazy fun as we “Read By Design!” For Birth and Up!
  • Start Summer Off With A Bang with Babaloo Thursday, June 15 at 10:00am. Hilarious Musical Comedy! Fun For All Ages!
  • Meet Curious George June 19 at 10:00am. Curious George Stories, Prizes & Photo Ops!
  • 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. All new show combines S.T.E.M.— Science, Math & History to design your success! Ventriloquism, Comedy, Magic Storytelling.
  • Free-Form Building & Games Fri, June 16, June 23 & Fri, July 14. 10 – 11:30 am. Legos, Duplo, Recycled Materials, Boxes, Foam Tubes, Plastic Spoons, Giant Jenga, Games & More.
  • Metal Smithing for Kids by SIMS Children’s Outreach Thursday-Friday, July 6-7, K-3rd grade at 10:30am-12:30pm. 4-8th grades at 1:00-3:00pm. Create metal pendants, neckwires and small sculpture. Safely use hammers, letter punches, wire & more. SIGN-UP AT CIRC DESK BEGINNING JUNE 1. PARENTS MUST SIGN PERMISSION FORM. LIMITED SPACE IN WORKSHOPS.
  • Mad Science presents Fire & Ice Saturday, July 15 at 10:00am. Live, interactive science of St. Louis. Discover states of matter with exciting demonstrations & fun experiments.
  • Read with Lily, the Therapy Dog!  (Parent/guardian must be present) Tuesdays, June 13 from 5-6:00pm. June 27 from 4:45-5:45pm. July 11 from 4:30-5:30pm. Kids first grade and up can sign up at circulation desk for 15 minute sessions this summer.
  • The Magic of the Eclipse with Abra-Kid-Abra Friday, July 21 at 1:00pm. Learn about the coming solar eclipse through magic, comedy & puppetry. Eclipse Viewing Glasses for Kids! Drawing Prizes & Reading Ribbons awarded afterward!
  • Summer Family Movies Wednesdays at 1:00pm June 14, 21, 28, July 12, & 19 Free popcorn! No ticket required! (Check back soon for movie titles.)
  • 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.


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 www.surveymonkey.com/r/compassionatecarbondale

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 www.nonviolentcarbondale.org

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 http://ebook.3m.com. 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 (www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility) 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 Ancestry.com, 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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