This Week at the Library (Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29)


(Purple-All Ages, Green-Children, Black-Teen, Blue-Adult, Orange-Board of Trustees)

Find more information about these events and more by going to our calendar…

Pokemon Go – All Ages Meetup – Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 6-7:00 pm

3045687-3026698-pokémon+go+logo+copyCalling all Pokemon Trainers! The Carbondale Public Library is hosting a Pokemon Go Meetup every Monday during August. Meet your fellow trainers, have a snack and collect ’em all at these FREE all ages events!  At 6:00 PM sharp, we’ll throw up a lure module at the library Poke Stop. After the lure has worn off, we’ll take a walk around the neighborhood and hit a ton of Poke Stops and Poke Gyms that are within just a few blocks.  Dont know how to play? We’ll teach you! Just bring your smart phone. HEADS UP: You need to have your own fully charged device with a data plan to play Pokemon Go. The game takes a lot of battery power! AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 * WEEKLY PRIZE DRAWING!

Adult Coloring Celebration – Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00 pm

adult-coloring-celebration-header-smallWe’re celebrating National Coloring Book Day and the opening of the Adult Coloring Table at the library. Join our very own Jennifer Johansson, Teen Program Coordinator and coloring book artist for a coloring tutorial and free coloring pages! We’ll also supply snacks, colored pencils and markers for your use. Win door prizes too! (Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.) The adult coloring table will be available throughout August. Grab some colored pencils, relax, and color your cares away! Tuesday, August 2, 4:00 – 5:00 PM 

Read with Lily, the Therapy Dog – Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00 pm

lilyRead with Lily, the Therapy Dog! Parent/guardian must be present. 

Kids first grade and up can sign up at circulation desk for a 15 minute session on August 2 and 9, 4:30 – 5:30pm

Fishing 101 Monday, August 8 at 5:00pm

Picture1-6Are you new to town and want to know where to fish? Is fishing something you are interested in but do not know how or where to start?

Join us August 8 at 5:00om to learn all about fishing with Ethan Stephenson from IDNR Urban Fishing Program. At this free, all ages fishing clinic you will learn how to set up a rod and reel, learn about different types of fish and the bait used to catch them, learn where fishing is permitted locally and how to obtain a fishing license. We will also be practicing casting.

Spelling Bee for Adults Saturday, August 27 at 6:00pm

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We are currently trying out a new printing service. You can now print from any device, 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. This service is a 30 day trial, so please use it and let us know what you think. Please give it a try!




  • Crafternoon: August 2, 4-5:00 PM We’re celebrating National Coloring Book Day and the opening of the Adult Coloring Table here at the library. Join our very own Jennifer Johansson, Teen Program Coordinator and coloring book artist for a coloring tutorial and free coloring pages! We’ll also supply snacks , colored pencils and markers for your use. PLEASE NOTE: We’ll be meeting downstairs in the open area. Both adults and teens.
  • Chocolate Olympics: August 9, 4-5:00 PM Join us for a delicious celebration of the Summer Olympics. Test your skill in M&M sorting, candy stacking, the Whopper Relay, Chocolate Shuffleboard and much more! Bring your appetite and your friends for this super sweet event!
  • Super Smash Bros: August 16, 4-5:00 PM Let off some back to school steam with a round of Super Smash Bros on the new Wii U. Enjoy some friendly competition. in this fun, fast paced game. Get some practice in for our Teen Super Smash Bros Tournament coming this fall!
  • Socialize & A Snack: August 23, 4-5:00 PM Enjoy some fresh, movie-style popcorn, relax, and hang out with friends (or meet some new ones!) Laptops and iPads will be available for your use.
  • Table Top Gaming: August 30,  4-5:00 PM We’re playing “Codenames,” a fast-paced  and social word game. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of their agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. This event is co-sponsored by Castle Perilous, and  a staff member will be on hand to facilitate game play. 

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August Events (Adult Services):

  • Spelling Bee for Adults: Saturday, August 27 at 6:00pm
  • Pokémon Monday Meetups:  Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 6:00pm
  • Adult Coloring: Coloring tips and tutorial Tuesday, August 2, 4-5:00pm. Table available all August.
  • Fishing 101: Monday, August 8 at 5:00pm
  • Community Cinema Film – TED Talks Education Revolution: Saturday, August 13 at 2:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: August 10 from 12-1:00pm
  • Storytellers Network: Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, August 4 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, August 13 from 9:30-12:00pm
  • Senior Coffee Club: August 2 at 9:30am
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Help: Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18 & 25 anytime from 9-2:00pm
  • HireLevel Powered By Extra Help Job Recruitment: Thursdays, August 11 & 25 from 10-2pm

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

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Currently On Display at the Library: A Collection of Indigenous Photographic Prints by Brian Kearney


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 

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Bookmark Library Newsletter

See what’s going on at the library! Read the July-August 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

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…


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.

August 10 Book: “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation” by Bill Nye, 352 pages, located at 576.8 NYE. 



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!

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.

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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