Carbondale Eclipse Information
- Carbondale Eclipse Website: www.carbondaleeclipse.com (lists most things you’d need to know, such as parking and events both downtown and at SIU Saturday – Monday)
- SIU Eclipse Website: eclipse.siu.edu
- Finding a Place to Stay:
- www.airbnb.com (private homes/rooms)
- www.kayak.com (search the Internet for the closest hotel rooms)
- www.carbondaleeclipse.com/stay-here (local hotels are booked, but some cabins and campsites may be available)
- www.hipcamp.com(campsites, including private back yards, etc.)
- freecampsites.net (campsites)
- Parking at the Library: Our parking lot will be closely monitored August 18-21 to ensure that there are enough spaces for people who need to use the library. You can park here only while using the library. Violators are subject to tow, even during library hours. We’d rather not tow you, so when you leave the library, take your car with you. The lot will be roped off on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. Any cars left in the lot at closing will be towed (or trapped here). This means you can’t drive up to the book drop when we’re closed. Don’t worry. No overdue fines will be charged for August 18-21.
- Parking In Carbondale:
- Shuttle Parking Service: Provided to and from these locations to Carbondale City Hall/Civic Center during August 19-21. The cost is $5 (cash) or $7 (card) per vehicle. The shuttle will operate daily from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. The shuttle is free and will travel to and from the parking areas, City Hall, and SIU.
- Premium Parking: Premium parking in Lot #4 (just south of Grand Ave.) will be available for $20 per day.
- Metered Parking: All city-owned public parking lots will be open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis. Two-hour metered parking will be enforced.
- Accessible Parking: Available at city hall for those with a handicap parking permit.
- Eclipse Glasses: The library will have free glasses available on August 21st (while supplies last). Glasses are available for purchase (usually $1) at several area businesses:
- Quatro’s Pizza, Fat Patties, Primo’s Pizza, Tres Hombres, Murdale True Value, First Mid-Illinois Bank, Vic Koenig, Chris Auffenberg, Dunkin Donuts, Carbondale Tourism Visitor Center, Walmart (and at the outdoor Eclipse Marketplace downtown throughout eclipse weekend).
- What time will the eclipse pass over Carbondale? The total solar eclipse enters Illinois at 1:17 p.m. CDT and leaves at 1:25 p.m. The predicated time of full totality is 1:20 p.m. Totality will last 2 minutes 38 seconds.
- View the Eclipse at the Carbondale Public Library!
- TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY: Monday, August 21 from 1-1:30pm. The main library will be closed for 30 minutes, but the meeting room and restrooms will remain open. Join us in the yard for free Moon Pies and sun tea. Bring your eclipse glasses! Don’t have any? We will have free eclipse glasses available during the event while supplies last.
Join the library BOOK CLUB! We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from noon – 1:00pm. Anyone is welcome!
SEPTEMBER 13 O’Neil, Cathy. Weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. 259 pages.
OCTOBER 11 Mukherjee, Siddhartha. The Gene: An Intimate History. 592 pages.
NOVEMBER 8 Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers. 336 pages.
Bookmark Library Newsletter
See what’s going on at the library! Read the July-August 2017 Library Bookmark Newsletter!
UPCOMING EVENTS for TEENS (12-18)
- Tuesday, August 15, 4-5 PM Calling all teen artists, crafters & makers. Share your skills and interests with other DIY’ers. This month we’ll be making custom eclipse t-shirts. Supplies are all FREE but are limited. Want to secure your place? Email Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Tuesday, August 22, 4-5 PM Blow off some back-to-school steam with some video gaming. We’ll fire up the Wii and the WiiU and we’ll play Super Smash, Mario Kart, Mario 3-d or whatever the group decides on. *THIS EVENT IS FOR TEENS 12-18 ONLY.
- Tuesday, August 29, 5:30-6:30 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 August book is the Walled City by Ryan Graudin. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Email Jennifer (email@example.com ) to register and arrange book pickup.
- TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY: Monday, August 21 from 1-1:30pm
- Welcome Blanket Meetup: Monday, August 14 from 6:00-7:30pm
- Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm (cancelled August 21)
- Book Club: Wednesdays, September 13 at 12:00pm
- Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, August 26 from 9:30-noon
- Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm (cancelled August 21)
- Open Tech Help: Thursday, August 17, 24, & 31 anytime from 9-2:00pm
NOW ACCEPTING BOOK DONATIONS
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.
PRINT FROM ANYWHERE!!!
You 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 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!
- See What Titles We Have Been Sharing… (updated 2/27/17)
3M Cloud Library – New and improved ebook and digital audiobook service!
Now 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.
THE CARBONDALE HISTORICAL QUILT
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
Reusable Shopping Bags are $3 each. Choose from 3 different styles and colors. Logos created by patrons.
Available while supplies last.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE LIBRARY!
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
The 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
We 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 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!
Pick 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…