Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary on SUNDAY, OCT 22 at 2:30pm

Special guest for the premiere screening on October 22 is Dr. Richard Kelley, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at the SIU School of Music.

Set against the social, political, and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio, and interviews with musicians who worked with him through the years, along with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and rare television appearances from around the world. 

Three additional Indie Lens Pop-Up film screenings will be held at Carbondale Public Library this fall and next spring, including I Am Not Your Negro on Sunday, November 19; Tell Them We Are Rising on Sunday, February 11; and Dolores on Sunday, March 25.

FALL BOOK SALE by Friends of the Carbondale Public Library

  • PREVIEW SALE Friday, October 20, 4-6:00pm (for FRIENDS or $5 fee)
  • BOOK SALE Saturday, October 21, 8-3:00pm
  • HALF-PRICE SALE, Sunday, October 22, 1-4:00pm

We welcome your donations of books, DVDs, CDs, etc. Rain or shine. In the Library’s Brush Building.


We are now hiring for a Maintenance Manager. 37.5 Hours per week (full time with Benefits). Qualifications: 2 yrs. related experience & basic handyman & custodial skills required. Stationary Engineer’s license or equivalent experience in plumbing, electricity, maintenance, commercial janitorial & some college preferred.

Application Deadline: By 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Apply at Carbondale Public Library 405 W. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Applications submitted in the past year may be considered, but applicants are strongly encouraged to re-express their interest in writing.

See job description for basic qualifications and further details.

Print an application.


This year the library is inviting kids to decorate a pumpkin like their favorite book character.  It’s easy and fun. Buy or pick a real pumpkin. (A limited supply of free pumpkins will be available at the library starting Thurs., Oct. 12 @ 5:00 pm) (1 per child) Decorate & dress your pumpkin to look like a children’s book character. Use markers (permanent – work best), paint (acrylic – works best), yarn, paper, fabric, tape, etc. attached with paste, glue or tape.  (No holes) NO CARVED PUMPKINS, PLEASE. Pumpkins with carving or any holes through rind will be not be accepted. (They tend to attract bugs.) No giant pumpkins, please. Pumpkins should be decorated mostly by the kids. Be creative and have fun. DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME on your pumpkin. Pumpkin must have an entry form. One entry per child. (up to 13 years)

Most Popular Pumpkin $75 AMC Gift Card Library Patrons (1 vote/person)
Most Artistic/Creative    $50 AMC Gift Card Library Staff
Most Funny $50 AMC Gift Card Library Staff
  • Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5:00 pm ———————– A limited number of free pumpkins will be available at the library     
  • Monday, Oct. 23 at 8:00 pm—————————- Last day to drop off entries
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 – Friday, Oct. 27———————- Voting
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 2:00 pm————————— Pumpkin Party – Winners Announced/Prizes  
  • Monday, Oct. 30 @8:00 pm ————————- Pumpkin Pick-up Deadline (abandoned pumpkins will be composted)

See more information and entry form…

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance

Open enrollment November 1 – December 15, 2017
Register online at Get Covered Illinois
The Official Health Marketplace
Need help? Shawnee Health Service provides Assistance with Affordable Care Act Insurance registration: 618-519-9900 Medicare: 618-985-8322

View More Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Information…

“HANDS-ON HOMESCHOOLING – Montessori Third Great Lesson: How Humans Came to Be” Workshop Series, October 17 at 6:00 pm

Join us as Renee Schwartz compares the Montessori and Waldorf Methods in a free series of 10 workshops at the library. Each 45-minute workshop will be valuable to homeschooling parents, school teachers and students of education focused on elementary and middle school aged children.

Offered weekly on Tuesdays from 6 – 6:45 pm, October 3 through December 12, 2017. Each session is a short presentation and demonstration of the featured method followed by exploration, discussion and practice of the technique. No registration is required. Attend one, several or all sessions.

October 17 – Montessori Third Great Lesson: How Humans Came to Be

More program information…

Catch-On Series: Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions Thursday, November 2 at 6:30pm

Every minute, eight people become baby boomers! We are also living longer than any generation before us. What do we have in store for us as we age and how can we help ourselves live optimally? Join us Thursday, November 2 at 6:30pm. 

Save the date ~ December 7 at 6:30pm: Working in Teams to promote your health.

Sponsored by Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine and School of Social Work, Center for Rural Health and Social Services and the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Illinois Chapter.

The Work of Brianna Pay – DAYDREAMS – on display at the library Oct 3-Nov 14


Take part in the Illinois Veterans History Project at Carbondale Public Library. You will conduct and record veteran interviews for inclusion in the Illinois Veterans History Project archives. We will work with young 21st century veterans, a vastly underrepresented group in the Illinois Veterans History project archives. You will gain a better understanding of what it means to serve in active military duty and the veterans will be able to share, preserve, and validate their stories in a very meaningful way.

MEETING DATES & TIMES Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 PM (9 total meetings) October 4 – December 6, 2017 (No meeting November 22) at the Carbondale Public Library


PARTICIPATION PERKS – Get to know local young veterans. Gain experience with lighting, sound, and video gear. Learn interview skills with reporter from channel 3. Learn how to conduct and video record an interview. Gain a better understanding of contemporary history. Get a copy of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” Scholarship opportunities. Participation looks great on a college application. Build your resume. Snacks at every meeting.

Funding for this Project Next Generation program was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act .

See Event Flier for More Information…

Project Next Generation (PNG) is a FREE technology based program at the Carbondale Public Library for students in grades 5-8. The fall theme is Code Club: Art & Design. Using Scratch and CS First (free web-based coding tools), participants will gain computer programming experience while exploring art & design. No previous computer experience is necessary. An after school snack is provided. Read More About PNG…

PNG Dates & Times Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm (Participants may arrive as early as 3:30.)
October 2 – November 27, 2017


Fall Children’s Program Preview 2017 – A more detailed Book Worm Newsletter will be published late-September. 

  • FAMILY-STYLE STORY TIMES – Tuesdays at 10 am:  Oct. 10 – Dec. 5   Stories, songs, rhymes & fun followed by snack & a craft.
  • FREE PARENTING WORKSHOPS – 1st Wed. each month 10:30 – 11:00 am Presented by Dr. Erica Jowett-Hirst. Nov.1 (Toilet Training), Dec. 6 (Improving Language & Communication)
  • FAMILY READING NIGHT WITH PINKALICIOUS – Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:00 pm• Share reading time together. • Bring your family to the library to hear stories about Pinkalicious & have your photo taken with her. • Prizes, refreshments and more. 
  • KIDS POETRY WRITING WORKSHOPS – Dates & Times TBA.  For 4th – 8th graders.After school writing workshops hosted by SIUC English graduate students.
  • MAKING MUSIC WITH THE BELLETONES Saturdays, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16 from 10 – 10:30am
  • READING WITH LILY – Dates TBA Kids in 1st Grade & up read with Lily, the therapy dog.
  • PROJECT NEXT GENERATION (PNG) — Mondays, 4:00-5:30 PM (Participants may arrive as early as 3:30.) OCTOBER 2 – NOVEMBER 27, 2017. Project Next Generation (PNG) is a FREE technology based program at the Carbondale Public Library for students in grades 5-8. The fall theme is Code Club: Art & Design. Using Scratch and CS First (free web-based coding tools), participants will gain computer programming experience while exploring art & design. No previous computer experience is necessary. An after school snack is provided. Read More About PNG and Register…


  • Teen Game On: Join us for some friendly competition as we play Runbow Deluxe, the critically acclaimed Wii U party game for up to 9  players. The world changes with each swipe of the background, so you’ll have to stay on your toes to make it through. Tuesday, October 17, 4-5 PM
  • Teen Book Club: Book Club is getting a little creepy this month. Our October book is I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and you’ll get a free copy of the book that’s yours to keep!  On October 24th, we’ll get together over snacks to discuss the book and do an activity inspired by it.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Email  to register and arrange book pickup. Tuesday, October 24, 4-5 PM
  • Teen Writing Workshop: Heather Weatherwax from the Saluki Writer’s Project will lead a series of creative writing workshops for students currently in grades 9-12. Participants will learn how to properly critique writing and provide constructive criticism for fellow writers. All genres and levels of teen writers welcome. Thursdays 4—5:30 PM, September 14 Through November 16


Read More Program Information…

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


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!

OCTOBER 11 Mukherjee, Siddhartha. The Gene: An Intimate History. 592 pages.

NOVEMBER 8 Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers. 336 pages.


Bookmark Library Newsletter

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

October Programs for Adults

  • Chasing Trane: The life and work of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others. Discussion follows. Community Cinema film & discussions are presented in partnership with WSIU. Sunday, October 22 at 2:30pm Save the date – I Am Not Your Negro on Sunday, November 19 at 2:30pm. Tell Them We Are Rising on Sunday, February 11 at 2:30pm. Dolores on Sunday, March 25 at 2:30pm.
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: October 11 Mukherjee, Siddhartha. The Gene: An Intimate History. 592 pages. Wednesday, October 11 at 12:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Thursday, October 5 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, October TBD from 9:30-noon
  • Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. (SOLOS): Thursday, October 12 at 5:30pm
  • Knitting: Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Thursday, October 19 anytime from 9-2:00pm

More Event Details…

Make Music with the Belletones

Join us on the following Saturdays for some family fun with music. Children love to sing along and make music with shakers. No registration needed. Fun for kids of all ages. Saturdays, October 21, November 18, and December 16 from 10 – 10:30am



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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