Library Closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day

The library will be closed today on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. We will resume our normal hours Tuesday, May 31, opening at 9:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience.


“Challenges of Poverty” Community Forum Series on Tuesday, June 21, 5:30pm

Screening of “Senior Insecurity,” a film on poverty issues facing senior citizens, followed by discussion with the filmmaker Diane Nilan, founder of the non-profit organization, “Hear US Inc.” Program sponsored by the Sparrow Coalition, Imagining Geographies-Civic Soul and the Carbondale Public Library.

READ for the WIN! Summer Reading Program June 10 – July 21

READ for the WIN at the Carbondale Public Library this summer. We have a lot of great programs planned for you and your family!

Winning Family Movies

Check out our summer movies! Wednesday Matinee Movies at 2:00 pm. Free movie and popcorn. No tickets required. Parents must determine appropriateness for child. Small children must be supervised by parent.

  TheGamePlanposter The Game Plan: A football superstar & perpetual bachelor learns he has a seven-year old daughter who suddenly comes to live with him. June 15 Rated PG 110 Minutes  
  download Cool Runnings: The true story of four Jamaican athletes competing for the gold as Olympic bobsled racers. June 22 Rated PG 98 Minutes  
  akeelah-cover Akeelah & the Bee: Akeelah works hard to advance to the state level and the ultimate goal of the national spelling bee. June 29 Rated PG 112 Minutes  
  51YP4C-LjhL Cars: Lightning McQueen is sure he can win an upcoming race in California if he can only make it cross-country to compete. July 6 Rated G 116 Minutes  
  open-uri20150422-12561-d6mjnk_20e42018 Air Bud: Josh finds the dog, names him Buddy & discovers the dog can shoot a basketball. July 13 Rated PG 98 Minutes  
  MillionDollarArmdvd_zpsdb65af04 Million Dollar Arm: Sports agent JB Bernstein goes to India to find a cricket player whom can be taught to be a baseball pitcher. July 20 Rated PG 124 Minutes  


Teen Writer's WorkshopThe Carbondale Public Library will host a series of FREE teen writer’s workshops for students in grades 9-12. Students will work with Maria Romasco Moore from the Saluki Writer’s Project to hone their creative writing skills. Participants will learn how to properly workshop/critique writing and provide constructive criticism for fellow writers. In addition, they will take part in fun but challenging writing exercises to bring their writing up to the next level.  All genres and levels of writers welcome.

  • WHO: Teens in grades 9-12.
  • WHERE: Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main Street, Carbondale IL 62901
  • WHEN: 4:00-5:30 on Mondays from June 13th through August 1st, 2016. (No meeting on July 4th.)
  • REGISTER: Online at or return PRINT HERE and return to the library.

More Info: Contact Jennifer Johansson,, 618.457-0354

Summer Events for Adult Services:

  • 74497___gustavorezende___Kids_6_03READ FOR THE WIN Blind Date With A Book: Starts June 10 and ends July 21.
  • Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30pm
  • Eat Smart: Mondays, July 11, 18 at 11:00am
  • Reading and Book Signing with Author Wade Rouse (pen name Viola Shipman): Thursday, June 23 at 6:00pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets each Monday from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: Wednesday, June 8, July 13 from noon-1:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, June 2, July 7 at 1:00pm
  • Storytellers Network: Tuesday, June 7, July 5 at 6:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, June 25 from 9:30-noon (July date TBA)
  • Senior Coffee Club: Tuesday, June 7, July 5 at 9:30am
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Help: Thursdays, May 19, June 2, 9, 16, 30, July 14, 28 anytime from 9-2:00pm
  • HireLevel Powered By Extra Help Job Recruitment: Thursdays, May 26, June 9, 30, July 14, 28 anytime from 10-2:00pm

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

Find out more about these events…

Project Next Generation

PNGlogoProject Next Generation (PNG) is a FREE program for 5th-8th grade students at the Carbondale Public Library. Participants will explore arts and crafts, science, games and technology through a variety of entertaining and engaging activities. Students will utilize laptops, ipads, 3-d printers, and more. Each week has a different theme, sign up for one week or all nine. There are always extra activities, snacks and surprises. Join us for some great fun at the library! No skills required, and space is limited. Register today online at 

More Program Information…

Print Registration Form and Program Information…

Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the May – June 2016 Library Bookmark Newsletter!

Compassionate Community survey

Take the Compassionate Community survey at

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

MAY EVENTS for TEENS (13-18)


  • 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. 

Read More Program Information…

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

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…

2016 Spring Children’s Programs

  • bookwormMaking 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.
  • 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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