Eat at Denny’s on July 26 from 4-10:00pm!

Denny’s is donating 15% of sales to the Carbondale Public Library!

Wednesday, July 26 from 4:00-10:00pm.

Go eat!






African Drum Making on Sunday, July 31 at 2pm

The Kwanzaa Project celebrates the principle of Kuumba (which means creativity in Swahili, one of many African languages), by teaching and exploring the importance of the African drum. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own drum to take home or leave on display at a local organization or business.


Register online here or give us a call at (618)457-0354. 


Welcome Blanket Meetup Mondays, July 31, August 7, & 14

The Carbondale Public Library and the Southern Illinois Immigrants Rights Project invites you to work on a collective Welcome Blanket while getting to know other people in the community and discussing local and national immigrant rights issues! We will be knitting and crocheting 10″ x 10″ squares to create a communal blanket to submit to national project. If you don’t feel confident you can complete a whole blanket, we have some awesome volunteers willing to take your squares home and work them into blankets!

Bring your own supplies if you have them. Have a lot? Feel free to bring some to share. We’ll have some snacks, and information about refugee resettlement in the U.S. as well as local efforts to welcome immigrants and refugees to our community. Plus, we’ll have writing materials for you to work on the notes that go along with your blankets!

Whether you’re a knitting or crocheting pro, or just getting started, come join us for solidarity, good conversation, and some fun! Learn more about this national project at**

What is a Welcome Blanket? “The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is almost 2000 miles long. Imagine if the massive distance of this wall was re-conceptualized and re-contextualized not to divide, but to include. Instead of wall, a concrete line, to keep people out, what if lines of yarn became 3,500,640 yards of blankets to welcome people in?

A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.” 

Book Sale on Saturday, August 5. Starts at 8:00am.


Friends of Carbondale Public Library invite you to Summer Book Sale!

Friday, August 4 from 4-6:00pm ~ Preview Sale for Friends Members or $5 fee 

Saturday, August 5 from 8-3:00pm ~ Book Sale

(Please note that there will not be a Sunday Sale.)




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!

AUGUST 9  Heinrich, Bernd. One wild bird at a time: portraits of individual lives. 224 pages.

SEPTEMBER 13  O’Neil, Cathy. Weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and   threatens democracy. 259 pages.

Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the July-August 2017 Library Bookmark Newsletter!


  • Tuesday, August 8, 3-4 PM Are you an anime fan? Would you like to meet others who are too? We invite you to join our new teen Anime Club. Each month we’ll  get our otaku on, watching anime, doing anime/manga themed crafts,  eating Japanese snacks (like pocky) and more!
  • 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 (
  • 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 ( ) to register and arrange book pickup.

Read More Program Information…

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

  • TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTYMonday, August 21 from 1-1:30pm
  • Welcome Blanket Meetup: Mondays, July 31, August 7, & 14 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm (cancelled August 21)
  • Book Club: Wednesdays, August 9 & September 13 at 12:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, August 3 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, August 26 from 9:30-noon
  • Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. (SOLOS): Thursday, August 3 at 5:30pm
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm (cancelled August 21)
  • Open Tech Help: Thursday, August 17, 24, & 31 anytime from 9-2:00pm

More Event Details…


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.


printanywhere1You 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-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!

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…


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 ( 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

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.

 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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