Art Programs at the Library Starting in February – Art Workshops Inspired by Black History Month and the Carbondale Art Hive

black_history_month_logo_250The Art Workshops Inspired by Black History Month will be a great opportunity to learn a new skill. It is a fun and unique way to celebrate Black History Month. These workshops are intended for adults, teens, and older children, and can be a creative opportunity for families. There will be a workshop every Sunday, from 1:30-300 pm:

  • February 7 – “West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols and Meanings” with DeSande R. You will be drawing a house using Adinkra symbols to decorate your doorway. Adinkra Symbols are from West African Wisdom. Each symbol has its own special meaning. You will get to choose which symbol describes you and the home you design.
  • February 14 – “Basket Weaving” with Maat & Adah Mays. Supplies provided for the first 25 participants. See the African tradition of basket weaving and weave your very own basket.
  • February 21 – Painting “The Harlem Renaissance: A Cultural Explosion” with Briana Redding. Music incorporated from the time period as the foundation for individual paintings. The emotions & imaginations that each artist forms will be expressed through the use of paint. A brief informal introduction will be given prior to the exercise to provide artists with information about the time period.
  • February 28 – African Paper Beads with Patrick Convy. See how African Paper Beads are made and make some of your own. Supplies will be provided for you to create a bracelet or a necklace with beads you make.

Carbondale-art-hiveThe Carbondale Art Hive is an open studio with a wide variety of art supplies. A teaching artist will be available for guidance and assistance. Come and use the supplies for free to create anything you are inspired to create. The Carbondale Art Hive is available to all ages. Young children must be accompanied with an adult. Carbondale Art Hive will be at the library from February 7 – March 23 on Sundays from 3:00 -5:00pm and on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm.

This program is partially supported by the Carbondale Community Arts Southern Arts Fund, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Art Education Program in SIU School of Art and Design.

Storytime Starts on Tuesday, February 9 at 10am


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.

Latino Hip-Hop as a New Poetry

LatinoHipHopCatalina Maria Johnson will present “Latino Hip-Hop as a New Poetry” at on Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 pm. This program will celebrate the musical works of Latino hip-hop artists in the United Sates, the Americas and Spain as a distinctive new form of poetry. Catalina will use music video examples and illustrations from lyrics to share hip-hop music primarily in Spanish. The program will be presented in English and is appropriate for older children, teens and adults.

Join us Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 pm!

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution on Saturday, February 13 at 2:30pm

THE BLACK PANTHERS is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library and will be followed by a discussion moderated by local community activist Melvin “Pepper” Holder, Imam Abdul Haqq of the Islamic Center of Carbondale, and Dr. Pamela Smoot, Clinical Assistant Professor in SIU Africana Studies.


  • teenCrafternoon for a Cause: Tuesday, February 2nd, 4-5 PM. 
  • Carbondale Art Hive: February 7th—March 23rd, Wednesdays 3:30—6 PM & Sundays 3-5 PM. 
  • Latino Hip-Hop as a New Poetry: Tuesday, February 9th, 5:30-7:00 PM.
  • Mario Kart Tournament: Tuesday, February 16th 4-5 PM.
  • Table Top Gaming with Castle Perilous: Tuesday, February 23rd 4-5 PM.
  • Volunteer Opportunity – Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Saturday, February 27th 3:30 PM. 

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SNAP & Food Stamp Assistance

snapDo You Qualify For Food Stamps? The St. Louis Area Foodbank will have a representative available on Thursday February 25th for an information session at 1:00 pm followed by a help session from 2-4:00 pm. There will be information on the SNAP (food stamp) application process, who is eligible to apply, assistance in completing the application, and case support for those already receiving SNAP benefits. Please bring the following items to help assist the application process: (but they are NOT REQUIRED TO APPLY) • Identification-driver’s license OR state ID • Rent receipt or lease OR letter from landlord stating rent expense OR mortgage statement • Utility bills (electric, gas, water, etc.) • Employment—Pay Stub/Income verification from past month OR letter from employer indicating amount per pay period OR income tax forms OR self-employment bookkeeping records • Non-work income– SSI OR Social Security OR letter showing income received from unemployment OR disability OR veterans assistance OR retirement OR pension. (This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.)

February Events (Adult Services):

Picture1Art Workshops Inspired by Black History Month: Sundays 1:30-3:00, February 7, 14, 21, 28
Latino Hip-Hop as a New Poetry: Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 pm
Employability Development Program: February 17 from 11:00am.
SNAP & Food Stamp Assistance: February 25 at 1:00pm, Walk-in help 2-4:00pm
Carbondale Art Hive: February 7 – March 23 on Sundays from 3:00 -5:00pm and on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm.
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution: Saturday, February 13 at 2:30pm
Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Mondays, February 1, 8, 22, & 29 from noon-1:00pm
Book Club: February 10 from noon-1:00pm
Storytellers Network: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00pm
Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, February 27 from 9:30-noon
Senior Coffee Club: Tuesday, February 2 from 9:30-10:30am
Knitting: Mondays, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29 from 6-7:45pm
Open Help: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25 anytime from 9-2:00pm

Find out more about these events…

Bookmark Library Newsletter

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

2016 Children’s Programs Soon to Start!

  • 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 16 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, 15, 29, APRIL 12, 26, MAY 10
  • STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER: SIGN-IN STARTS AT 3:30 PM Bring your stuffed animal for bedtime stories, a video, games and refreshments. Tuck them in and leave them overnight. Pick up your stuffed animal & see what fun they had! FREE TICKET AVAILABLE FEB.1 Sat., Feb. 27 4 — 5:30 pm. Pick up: Sun., Feb. 28 1 — 5:30 pm.
  • Story Book Harpist Milliece Dunkel. Musically Read Picture Books. NEW TITLES! No Registration — Just drop in! SAT., MARCH 12 AT 10:00 AM
  • ‘JUST FOR FUN SING-ALONG SONGS’ with Adam Miller. Folksinger, Storyteller & Autoharpist. Drop In & Sing! Sat., April 9 at 2:00 pm
  • “PARTNERS IN READING” A free program for kids grades 1 – 5. Kids will explore books and reading activities one-to-one with their reading partners (SIUC students). Partners will select reading materials based on individual interests. Register at the Circulation Desk through Feb 20. Also, register by phone at 457-0354, ext. 315 or by email at Feb. 24 – April 14, Wed. or Thurs. 4 – 5:00 pm. Sign up for 1 hour/week.

PNG Minecraft Mastermind: Free After School Fun for 5th – 8th graders!

Project Next Generation (PNG) is a FREE program for 5th-8th grade students at the Carbondale Public Library. The spring theme is Minecraft! Every session will include Minecraft themed crafts, games and time to play Minecraft on the library iPads. After school snacks provided. Space is limited. Register today!


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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.

February 10 Book: “Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen” by Mary Norris. (241 pages. Located at 428 NOR). February 10 from noon-1:00pm (Look ahead – March 9 Book: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo, 226 pages, located at 648.5 KON.)




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!

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…

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. 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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