Currently On Display:


(for children ages birth – 13 years old)


TOTS (0 – 5 years) Leap Pad 3

BIG KIDS (6 – 9 years) Kindle Fire HD Kids

TWEENS (10 – 13 years) Kindle Fire HD 7

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FAMILY-STYLE STORY TIMES Tuesdays at 10:00 am


Join us each Tuesday for FAMILY-STYLE STORY TIMES. No registration required. We hope to see you there!


No experience needed. All supplies will be provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Join us!

Next up…

  • Jewelry Making with Jeannie Kernaghan: Learn to make a bracelet and earrings. (We will have supplies for the first 16.) Sunday, June 28 from 1:30-3:00pm
  • Wearable Art with Sarah Shoot: Join us as we create mixed media brooches using upcycled fabrics, papers, buttons & more! Sunday, July 5 from 1:30-3:00pm
  • Pastel Drawing with DeSande R: Learn how to make a soft pastel drawing. Sunday, July 12 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Abstract Art with Eamonn Talkington: Experiment with paint application to create an original piece of art. Sunday, July 19 from 1:30-3:00pm

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Summer Children’s Programs (Birth-13 yrs)

  • bookwormBabaLoo! 2015 Summer Reading Kick-Off! Outrageous Songs! Drumming by the Kids! Dancing in Bubbles! First Day to Register for Summer Reading Online & at Library! Friday, June 12 at 1:00 pm
  • FAMILY-STYLE STORY TIMES Join Ms. Pat & Ms. Wendy for a 6-week session of story time programs for kids (all ages). Stories, songs, crafts and crazy fun as we “Read to the Rhythm!” TUESDAYS AT 10:00 am June 16 – July 21 
  • MEET Little Critter at the Sock Hop! Stories, Music, Dancing, Prizes! BRING A PAIR OF SOCKS! Wed., June 17 at 10:30 am
  • Read With LILY, THE THERAPY DOG (For 1st grade and up) (Parent/guardian must be present) PRACTICE READING THIS SUMMER WITH LILY AND HER TRAINER STARTING JUNE 16! To sign up, visit the library circulation desk beginning June 1 for sessions on TUESDAYS from 4-5:00pm.
  • Chris McBrien, The Musical Irish Traveler. Irish Music, Singing, Stories & Ventriloquism! Learn an Irish Jig! Monday, June 22 at 2:00 pm
  • Make Music with the BELLETONES! Sing-along with Classic Kids Songs for Kids of All Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 am
  • MAD SCIENCE “Sounds Like Science” Discover how sound travels and make music! Monday, July 6 at 1:00 pm
  • Jeanie B! Kids Music for Everyone! DANCING, SING-ALONGS & ORIGINAL INTERACTIVE MUSIC! Loved by Kids and Parents!!!!! Thursday, July 16 at 5 pm
  • KENYA AJANAKU “Rhythms & Folklore of Africa” Storytelling, Drumming & Dance. Reading Ribbons & Drawing Prizes will be Awarded Afterward. Friday, July 24 at 2:00 pm
  • PROJECT NEXT GENERATION (PNG) is a FREE program for 5th-8th grade students. Explore arts and crafts, science, games and technology through a variety of entertaining and engaging activities. More Information & Sign-up Information… All Classes are Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30am, June 8 – August 5
  • “Musical Family Movies” at the Library! Free tickets required. Seating is limited. Free popcorn. Titles will be posted! Parents must determine appropriateness for their child! Some will be Sing-alongs! Free tickets weekly at the Circulation Desk! Thursdays at 2:00 pm. June 18, 25, July 2, 9, & 23 at 2:00 pm (Free tickets available after the previous week’s movie.) See Movie Schedule With Dates Here…


  • teen-scene-carbondale-headerWant to Be a DJ? – June 16, 4-5:30pm
  • Teen Advisory Board – June 25, 6-7:00pm
  • Movie & Popcorn – June 30, 4-5:30pm

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Do forget to “like” the Teen Scene on Facebook…

Summer Programs and Workshops for Adults (over 19)

  • Picture1Adult Summer Reading Program: June 12 – July 24.
  • Antiques “BOOK” Show: Saturday, June 27 at 1:00pm.
  • Art with an Artiste: Sundays, June 28, July 5, 12, & 19, 1:30-3:00 pm.
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 from noon-1:00pm.
  • Book Club: Meets June 8, 13, 27 from 1:30-2:30pm.
    July 8 – “Six Amendments: how and why we should change the Constitution” by John Paul Stevens (177 pages).
  • “You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Movie” Book Group: Meets June 8, 13, 27 from 1:30-2:30pm.
    July 13 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” book by Harper Lee (384 pages), 1962 film (129 min).
    July 27 – “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard Morais (272 pages), 2014 film (122 min).
  • Senior Coffee Club: Meets first Tuesday of each month, 9:30-10:30am 
    July 7 – Build a better memory with Family Life Educator, Susan Sloop. 
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6:00pm-7:45pm. June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27.
  • “AGAINST ALL THE ODDS” film by Sandra Pfeifer. Saturday, July 18 at 2:30pm.
  • Open Help: Thursdays June 18, 25 July 9, 16, 23 anytime from 9-2:00pm. (No Open Help July 2 & 30).

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Senior Coffee Club

Join us June 2 as we welcome members of the Evergreen Garden Club. They will be giving a tour, as well as the history, of the Japanese Garden which is located on the grounds of the Carbondale Public Library.

On July 7, learn how to build a better memory with Family Life Educator, Susan Sloop. Does aging and memory loss go hand in hand? Not necessarily, we can do things to improve our memories. Learn some strategies and techniques for improving your memory!

Meets first Tuesday of each month, 9:30-10:30am.

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Project Next Generation (PNG) Begins Monday June 8! Sign Up Today!

PNGlogoFree Summer Fun for 5th – 8th graders! Explore arts and crafts, science, games and technology through a variety of entertaining and engaging activities. Students will utilize laptops, ipads, cameras and more. No skills required. To enroll your student, please return a completed sign-up form to the library or email to Jennifer Johansson (

All Classes are Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30am, June 8 – August 5

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Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the May-June 2015 Library Bookmark Newsletter!

Summer Youth Volunteers Needed

Volunteers aged 12 to 17 are sought to help with Summer Reading program registration and special events. Applications are available at the circulation desk or here. Youths are required to volunteer once per week from June 12th-July 24th. Application deadline is June 5th. For more information, contact Patrick King, Volunteer Coordinator, at (618)457-0354, extension 315 or


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!

Download eBooks from eRead Illinois or Southern Illinois Libraries on the GO!

OnTheGo3mYou can now download eBooks and audiobooks from two different services. All you need is your library card and pin number. You can check out up to 5 at a time from each. No late fees. View More Information…

Wednesday Noon Book Club

If you are interested in joining the book club, it meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone is welcome! You can view the Reading List for January 2015 – December 2015.

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!

Family Vacation Night! 

June 1 at Turley Park, Aug. 3 at Evergreen Park.

Family Vacation Nights are sponsored by the Positive Youth Development Coalition (PYD), a coalition of organizations serving area youth. For more information about Family Vacation Night or PYD call Diana Brawley Sussman at the Carbondale Public Library 457-0354 ext 13 or Ramona Girtman at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson & Perry Counties / Centerstone 618-457-6703 ext 216

View 2014-15 Family Vacation Night Schedule to see more information, dates, topics and locations. Or visit the Family Vacation Night Website at

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. You can also create an account and load your own ebooks to the device from Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go.

Need help? There are online tutorials and instructions available. 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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