PNG Starts February 6! Sign up TODAY!


Registration is now open for the spring 2017 session of Project Next Generation (PNG) at Carbondale Public Library.

In this free program for 5th – 8th graders, participants gain exposure to art and technology through a variety of entertaining and engaging activities.

Click the link to register today!

More Program Information…


Family-Style Story Times Start Tuesday, February 14

2017 story times will begin on February 14 and run through April 25. We will meet each Tuesday morning at 10:00 am. No registration is required. Several books will be read, rhymes, songs and finger plays will be taught, a craft made and snack provided.

Book Spine Poetry Contest – All Ages 

To enter:  Grab some books and stack them up. (At least 3.)
Arrange the words on the spines so that they make a poem.
Snap a photo of your poem. Email your photo to:

BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, AGE (IF UNDER 18), & CONTACT INFORMATION. Don’t have a camera? Bring your stack up to the circulation desk and we’ll take a picture for you.


1st place winners receive Barnes & Noble gift cards! Entries due January 31st, 2017

January Programs (Adult Services)

  • Blind Date with a Book: Go on a blind date with a romance novel. Check out a wrapped book available January 14-February 14. Rate your date by filling out the enclosed bookmark and returning it to the library for a chance to win prizes. Starts January 14 and ends February 14.
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: Meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon. January 11 Book: “Hillbilly Elegy” by JD Vance. 264 pages. Located on the Cloud Library or on the new shelf at 921 Vance, J. D. Jan 11 at 12:00pm
  • NEW Reading by Ear: A book club for Talking Book patrons and audio book readers. Meets first Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm. January 3 Audiobook: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. (Look Ahead: February 7th – “The Rosie Project” by Graeme C. Simsion.) Tuesday, January 3 at 1:00pm
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): January 5 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Saturday, January 7 from 9:30-12:00pm
  • NEW Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS): Sun, January 8 at 2:00pm
  • NEW Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. (SOLOS ): A unique support system created for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. SOLOS is a safe place to come together to share, to discuss, to vent, to learn, and to not feel alone. Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30pm. Thursday, January 12 at 5:30pm
  • Senior Coffee Club: Seniors are welcome for coffee, doughnuts and learning. Tuesday, January 3 at 9:30am
  • Knitting: Come to socialize and share tips. All experience levels welcome. Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Thursday, January 6 & 12 anytime from 9-2:00pm

Find out more about these events…

Do you have a program idea that you would like to see at the library? Contact Wendy Schoof, Adult Program Coordinator at the Carbondale Public Library, Phone: (618)457-0354, Email:

FREE Parenting Workshops

Free parenting workshops will be offered at the Carbondale Public Library on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 6:00 pm.  A different parenting topic will be covered at each 15 – 30 minute session.  The workshops will be presented by Dr. Erica Jowett Hirst and graduate students of the Rehabilitation Institute at SIUC. Workshops will be on the lower level near the Children’s Department.

Scheduled workshops are:      

  • February 1, 2017         —         Teaching Your Child Safety Skill
  • March 1, 2017             —         Managing Bedtime Difficulties
  • April 5, 2017                —         Improving Social Skills
  • May 3, 2017                —         Managing Challenging Behavior

Dr. Jowett Hirst is an Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a child behavior specialist with over 14 years of experience working with parents and children.


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!

JANUARY 11, 2017 – Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy. 264 pages.

FEBRUARY 8, 2017 – Any African-American autobiography or memoir. Suggested Reading: Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 304 pages. Special Guest: Debbie Martin, Founder of Race Unity Group of Carbondale

MARCH 8, 2017 Bergen, Benjamin. What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves. 226 pages.


Discussion follows each film. Community Cinema film & discussions are presented in partnership with WSIU. 

  • The Bad Kids By Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe. Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It’s their last chance. This coming of age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combatting the crippling effects of poverty. Saturday, February 25 at 2:30pm
  • National Bird By Sonia Kennebeck. National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries. Saturday, April 29 at 2:30pm
  • Real Boy By Shaleece Haas. Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens. Saturday, June 17 at 2:30pm

Bookmark Library Newsletter

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

No Book Donations At This Time…

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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!


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…



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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