Adult Programs



  • SUMMER@THE LIBRARY: Winning is easy! Just attend any library program for adults or check out library materials, June 12-July 21. You will receive a free SUMMER@THE LIBRARY ticket to enter into weekly prize drawings. Winners will be selected each week! It’s that simple! (We are giving out prize drawing tickets at the June 10 Not Throwing in the Towel film and at the June 11 Holistic Scrubs event too! Just because!) Visit the library for a list of prizes and weekly winners. Starts June 12 and ends July 21
  • Holistic Scrubs: The warm weather is upon us, time to get summer ready. Come and learn how to revive, thrive and bring your skin alive….holistically. Join us as Sonya Baquedano demonstrates how to make your own scrubs and explain how each ingredient benefits your body. June 11 – Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub, June 25 – Coffee Scrub. Sundays, June 11 & 25 at 3:00pm
  • Beginners Beekeeping: Join us as Scott Martin, owner of Heartland Honey in Murphysboro, shows the basics of beekeeping. See how to get started and what it takes to keep the hive healthy. You can even win local honey! Monday, June 19 at 5:30
  • The Kwanzaa Project: Celebrate African and African American culture. Learn about Kwanzaa through the arts of the African American’s culture, history, and contributions. Join Sharifa Stewart to make various sustainable African art projects, using everyday items around the house and your imagination. Sundays, June 25 & July 30 at 1:30pm ALL AGES!!!
  • Terrarium Workshop and Japanese Garden Tour: Make your own terrarium with the Evergreen Garden Club. Get information about the club and how to volunteer. Tour the library’s Japanese Garden. Free and open to the public. All supplies provided. Monday, July 17 at 5:30pm


  • Not Throwing in the Towel by Southern Illinois filmmaker Sandra Pfeifer: The story of two women, Ginny Farrugia and Debbie Carter, a gay couple living in Western Kentucky. The film explores the issues of social inequality in the LGBT community and brings home the message that changing cultural mores can often be as simple as walking in someone else’s shoes. When we see how someone else lives it changes us. Discussion follows with the filmmaker. Saturday, June 10 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. Our special guest for this screening and workshop is Brad Calcaterra of the Studio in NYC. Brad is a native of Herrin, IL and has achieved international distinction as a model, actor, and most recently, performance coach in the LGBTQ community. This film & discussion is presented in partnership with WSIU. Saturday, June 17 at 2:30pm


  • Brown Bag & A Book Discussion Group: Select any book or DVD (yours or the library’s) to share. Tell us what you liked or didn’t like. Lunch or snacks are welcome. Meets Mondays from noon-1:00pm
  • Book Club*: Meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon. JUNE 14 – Think Like A Freak by Steven Levitt. 268 pages. JULY 12 – Any Nonfiction Best Seller. Can be from any list any year. Wednesdays, June 14 & July 12 at 12:00pm


  • Creative Writing Star Group (SIH Second Act): Read your story and receive feedback. Meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00pm at the Carbondale Public Library. The Second Act is a free program sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare, age 50 or beyond. To register, call 877-480-4040. Thursday, June 1 & July 6 at 1:00pm
  • Saluki Writers’ Program: Free monthly fiction workshop for adults. Discuss the techniques used in published short stories with fellow writers, and take turns giving and receiving feedback on current writing projects. For more info email or visit the library. June 24, July TBA
  • Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS): Free and open to the public. (Additional fee if you wish to become a ISPS member). All ISPS members and other interested poets are invited. Please bring approximately 8-10 copies of two poems for critiquing and a snack to share. For more information see or Kathy Cotton, Facilitator, Meets on the second Sunday of every other month. Sunday, July 9 at 2:00pm


  • Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. (SOLOS): A unique support system created for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. A safe place to come together to share, to discuss, and to not feel alone. Thursday, June 8 & July 13 at 5:30pm
  • 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. Learn to use your computer, cell phone or tablet. See how to use your email or Facebook. Get help with downloading ebooks and audiobooks. Thurs, June 22, July 13, & 27 anytime from 9-2:00pm