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MAY EVENTS for TEENS (13-18)


  • No Teen Tuesday – April 26th
  • Star Wars Trivia Contest: May 3, 4-5 PM May 4th is Star Wars Day and we’re celebrating (the day before) with a trivia contest.  You’ll work in teams to answer questions about all 7 of the Star Wars movies, including “The Force Awakens.” The winning team will receive AMC movie gift cards! 
  • Crafternoon: May 10th, 4-5 PM Let’s get our “green” on and our hands dirty. Using seeds native to Southern Illinois,  a little clay, and  some soil, we’ll make seed bombs that you can use to bring spring color to your own yard. We’ll be meeting outside at the benches near the Japanese garden, on the east side of the library.
  • Mario Kart Tournament: May 17th, 4-5:15 PM We just got a Wii U and we’re going to break it in with a Mario Kart Tournament. Join us as we play this addicting, fast paced, and super fun racing game!  Registration begins at 3:45, tournament begins at 4:10.  Winner will receive a Game Stop gift card. Don’t want to enter the tournament? Come and help Ms. Jen organize the brackets and keep score.
  • Apples to Apples: May 24th, 4-5 PM You asked and we listened! As requested, we’re playing “Apples to Apples,” the game of hilarious comparisons.  The objective of the game is to come up with the best match to the Description card  drawn from the deck. If the judge picks your selection, you win that round of the party card game. It’s super easy and so much fun! Join us!
  • Table Top Gaming: May 31st, 4-5 PM We’re bringing back one of our faves! Join us for a few hands of “The Resistance,” a card game where players deduce each other’s secret identities. This event is co-sponsored by Castle Perilous. Scott Thorne,  store owner,  will facilitate game play. 

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May Events for Adult Services:

  • Picture1Extra Help Job Recruitment: Thursdays, April 28 from 10-2pm
  • Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: Monday, May 16 at 5:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Mondays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: Wednesday, May 11 from noon-1:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, May 5 at 1:00pm
  • Storytellers Network: Cancelled. Next meeting June 7.
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, May 7 from 9:30-noon
  • Senior Coffee Club: May 3 at 9:30am
  • Knitting: Mon, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Help: Thursdays, April 28, May 12 & 19 anytime from 9-2:00pm
  • HireLevel Powered By Extra Help Job Recruitment: Thursdays, April 28, May 12 & 26 from 10-2pm

Questions? Contact Wendy Schoof, Adult Program Coordinator at the Carbondale Public Library, Phone: (618)457-0354, Website:, Email:

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Creative Writing: Express Your Dreams

  • creative-writing-diploma-course-p56-165_zoomWho: 4th-8th graders
  • What: Come and learn tips and ideas for creative writing. Start writing a short story or novel with encouragement. Presenter: Josie Pimentel, CCHS 11th grade student as part of a Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Gold Award Project
  • When: Mondays after school 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., April 25, May 2, 9, 16
  • Where: Carbondale Public Library
  • Cost: FREE, FREE, FREE
  • Includes: Snack and drink, all supplies

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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…

Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the March-April 2016 Library Bookmark Newsletter!

2016 Spring Children’s Programs

  • bookwormFamily-Style Story Times – Kids of all ages and parents/caregivers can drop in at the Carbondale Public Library on Tuesdays at 10:00 am for Family-Style Story Times. Stories, rhymes, songs and fun are followed by a snack and a craft. Story Times begin on Tuesday, February 9 and continue through April 26. No registration is necessary.
  • Making Music with the Belletones – Join in with the melodies of The Belletones on selected Saturdays from 10:00 – 10:30 am. The songsters will lead the music-making on January 23, February 20, March 19, April 23 (rescheduled date) and May 21. Young children and their parents can sing along and keep rhythm with favorite children’s songs. No registration is required.
  • LET’S WRITE! YOUNG POETS’ WORKSHOPS (4th – 8th Graders) Saluki Writers Project (led by SIU English Grad Students) ONGOING REGISTRATION BEGINS FEB. 1. Mondays 4:30 — 5:30 pm. Feb. 22, 29, March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 11.
  • READ WITH LILY, THE THERAPY DOG Practice Reading with Lily & her trainer, Abby! (Parent/guardian must be present) FOR GRADE 1 & UP Sign up for 15 minute sessions. Tuesdays from 4:30 — 5:30 pm. MARCH 1, 29, APRIL 12, 26, MAY 10


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.

May 11 Book: “The Professor and the Madman” by Simon Winchester, 288 pages, located at 423 WIN. 



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!

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!

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. 

Need help? 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.

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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