Pokemon Go Meetup – All Ages – Last one on Tuesday, September 27 from 6-7:00 pm

pikachu_cute_happy_jumpAttention all Pokemon trainers:

Pikachu is making a special guest appearance at the Library on Tuesday, September 27th!

Join us downstairs at 6:00 pm, have a snack and get your picture taken with Pikachu. Then join us for our last Poke walk of the season. We’ll be giving away some awesome Pokemon prizes as well. Hope to see you!

Indie Author Day, October 8 from 11:00-4:00pm

iad10-8The Carbondale Public Library invites you to INDIE AUTHOR DAY on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8. Various events throughout the afternoon. Come to one or all. Feel free to reach out and bring a friend. Please share this event from our Facebook page.

We hope you can join us!

  • 11:00-11:45am Publishing 101 Amy Etcheson has many years of experience working at publishing companies. She is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager at SIU Press. Q&A follows.
  • 12:00-1:00pm Chat & Chew Join us for lunch. Interact with fellow writers. panel
  • 1:00-2:00pm Indie Author Day Digital Panel Presentation Watch a live streaming video about self-publishing, featuring veterans of the literary community Jon Fine of Amazon, Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, Jim Blanton of Louisville Free Library and Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) award-winning author L. Penelope.
  • 2:15-4:00pm Readings From Local Authors Hear authors Andrew Bynom, Pamela Hearon, Jon Musgrave, & Lynn Cahoon read excepts of their work. Q&A follows. Authors available for book signing after the event.

Don’t forget to visit The Bookworm table where books from local authors will be available for purchase.

FREE Parenting Workshops

parentingworkshopsFree parenting workshops will be offered at the Carbondale Public Library on the first Thursday 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:

  • October 6, 2016 — Dealing with Picky Eaters
  • November 3, 2016 — Toilet Training
  • December 1, 2016 — Improving Language & Communication
  • February 2, 2017 — Teaching Your Child Safety Skills
  • March 2, 2017 — Managing Bedtime Difficulties
  • April 6, 2017 — Improving Social Skills
  • May 4, 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.

On Display At The Library…


Project Next Generation (PNG) Registration

code-club-flier Project Next Generation (PNG) is a FREE program for 5th-8th grade students at the Carbondale Public Library. The fall theme is computer coding. Students will utilize laptops and ipads to access free web-based tools that teach concepts of computer programming, provide puzzles and projects, and allow free form creation of games, animations, and websites. After school snack provided. No skills required. Space is limited, so register today!

MONDAYS, 4:00-5:30 PM (Participants may arrive as early as 3:30.)
OCTOBER 3 – NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (No meeting October 31)

REGISTER ONLINE or visit the library. 

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Bobby Norfolk! Join us on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10 at 3:30pm!


Upcoming Children’s Programs

  • bookwormMaking Music with the Belletones: Young children and their parents can sing along and keep rhythm with favorite children’s songs. No registration is required. September 24, October 22, November 26 & December 17 from 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Family-Style Storytimes: Stories, songs, crafts and crazy fun as we “Read for the Win!” For Birth and Up!
    No registration is required. Tuesdays, October 11-December 6 at 10:00 am.

Teen Writers Workshop – REGISTER NOW

teenWritersWorkshopThe Carbondale Public Library will host a series of FREE teen writer’s workshops for students in grades 9-12. Students will work with Heather Weatherwax from the Saluki Writer’s Project to hone their creative writing skills. Participants will learn how to properly workshop/critique writing and provide constructive criticism for fellow writers.  In addition, they will take part in fun but challenging writing exercises to bring their writing up to the next level.  All genres and levels of writers welcome.

  • WHO: Teens in grades 9-12.
  • WHERE: Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main Street, Carbondale IL 62901
  • WHEN: 4:00-5:30  PM on Thursdays, from September 29 through November 17, 2016.

Register: Online https://goo.gl/forms/Fq8J9gsTtSpSQWK52 at or visit the library. More Info: Contact Jennifer Johansson, jjohansson@carbondale.lib.il.us, 618.457-0354



  • Pizza and a Pow-Wow: September 6, 4-5 PM Help us make Carbondale Public Library the place where YOU belong. Brainstorm and plan your kind of teen events, and advise us on the books you’d like to see at the library. We’ll also have pizza, time just to hang out, and a coloring contest too! Bring your ideas and bring your friends.
  • Crafternoon – September 13, 4-5 PM Don’t you just love new school supplies?!? For Crafternoon this month, we’re making our own personalized notebooks. We’ve got all sorts of washi tape, fancy papers and stick-on letters you can use to make a notebook that your friends will be jealous of. All supplies will be provided. All you need to do is show up, have fun. and create!
  • Super Smash Bros Tournament: Sept. 20, 4-5:30 PM Join us for some friendly competition and a chance to win a Game Stop gift card. Enter our teen Super Smash Bros competition on the Wii U. Registration will begin at 3:45 and matches will begin at 4:00 PM sharp. Every entrant will play at least two matches. Bring your own Wii U controller if you like, or use one of ours.
  • Table Top Gaming: September 27, 4-5:00 PM Each month we play a different board or card game. The game this month has yet to be decided. Whatever we play, it will be fun! Check the library website for updates. This event is co-sponsored by Castle Perilous, and a staff member will be on hand to facilitate game play.

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

September Events (Adult Services):

  • Library Sale: Our storage area is in need of repairs, so our junk has got to go! Thursday, September 15, noon-8:00pm & Friday, September 16, 9:00am-noon
  • Pokémon Monday Meetups: Come on, trainers. Let’s walk together! Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, & 27 at 6:00pm
  • Dream On (Community Cinema Film): Hear fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. Discussion follows with Miriam Link-Mullison, Administrator Jackson County Health Department and Marleen Shepherd, Sparrow Coalition. This Community Cinema film & discussions is presented in partnership with WSIU and the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. Saturday, September 10 at 2:30pm
  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Select any book or DVD (yours or the library’s) to share. Meets each Monday from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club: My Mistake by Daniel Menaker, 258 pages. September 14 from 12-1:00pm
  • Storytellers Network: A gathering for writers, illustrators, and poets. Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm (Not meeting in September.)
  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Read your story and receive feedback. Thursday, September 1 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Free monthly fiction workshop for adults. Saturday, September 24 from 9:30-12:00pm
  • Senior Coffee Club: Seniors are welcome for coffee, doughnuts and learning. Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm (Not meeting in September.)
  • Knitting: Come to socialize and share tips. All experience levels welcome. Meets each Monday from 6-7:45pm
  • Open Tech Help: Get help with any technology issue. Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 anytime from 9-2:00pm
  • HireLevel Powered By Extra Help Job Recruitment: On-site interviews and job placements with open jobs in the area. Please bring 2-3 forms of ID, resume, & high school/college transcripts if applicable. Thursday, September 22 from 10-2pm

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: wschoof@carbondale.lib.il.us

Find out more about these events…

Bookmark Library Newsletter

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

No Book Donations At This Time…

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Now On Display At The Library!


“Go, Granny D!” 

Join us on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:15pm at the Carbondale Public Library for “Go, Granny D!” performed by actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens. This event is co-sponsored by the Jackson County League of Women Voters and the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.


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 www.surveymonkey.com/r/compassionatecarbondale

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 www.nonviolentcarbondale.org

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 http://ebook.3m.com. 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.

  • September 14 Book: “My Mistake” by Daniel Menaker, 258 pages, located at 921 Menaker, Daniel.
  • October 12 Book: “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking, 208 pages, available with interlibrary loan.
  • November 9 Book: “H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald, 322 pages, located at 921 Macdonald, Helen.
  • December 14 Book: “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough, 336 pages, located at 921 Wright Brothers.



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 (www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility) 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 Ancestry.com, 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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