Adult Programs



  • The CCC Boys of Giant City State Park: Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps (also called the CCC Boys) on Monday, March 27 at 1 pm. This program includes stories, showing a video clip from his PBS film, reading excerpts from his novel and singing original songs with his guitar. Kay Rippelmeyer, local historian and author, will be at the performance selling and autographing copies of her books. Monday, March 27 at 1:00pm
  • Genealogy for Everyone: For the beginners, Valerie Gildehaus, Registrar and experienced genealogist, will be presenting how to start your search as well as how to use public records, genealogy libraries, and online resources.  For the advanced, get one on one help with one of several experienced Volunteer Genealogists. This program is in partnership with Daniel Brush Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Saturday, April 1 at 10-12:00pm
  • Human Library*: An educational opportunity focused on understanding, compassion and kindness. We will have various genres of living books (people) available for 15 minute loan period. For example, you could check out a police officer, a person who is Muslim, an immigrant, someone who was formerly incarcerated, a veteran. In the library you can sit with your living book, chat, ask questions and learn their experiences. Check our website at to see what living books will be available. Saturday, April 8 from 1-5:00pm
  • Cybersafety with Officer Watson: Presented by Illinois State Police Safety Education Officer Joey Watson as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month community education efforts, Trooper Watson will share how predators interact with young children online and steps parents can take to prevent abuse and exploitation. Monday, April 17 at 6:00pm
  • Resume Writing: If you are looking for a job, you need to attend this workshop. Come and create a resume or improve a current one. It would be beneficial to bring a list of achievements, education and employment. Skills you will learn during this 2-day workshop include: how to use email, using Microsoft Office to format your resume, how to write a cover letter, and how to prepare for your interview. Wednesday & Thursday, April 26 & 27 from 10-12:00pm


  • The Sultan and the Saint*: Two men of faith, one a traveling Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground. It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian- Muslim conflict known as the Crusades. Free Admission. Reserve your ticket at Sunday, April 2 at 3:00pm (Located at SIU Law Auditorium, Rm 120 at 1150 Douglas Dr.)
  • National Bird: This film 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


  • 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
  • Reading by Ear: A book club for Talking Book patrons and audio book readers. Meets first Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm. Tuesday, April 4 at 1:00pm
  • Book Club*: Meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon. April 12 – Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. 240 pages. (Look Ahead: May 10 – Any book about Islam. Suggested Reading: The everything understanding Islam book by Christine Dodge.) Wednesday, April 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, April 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. Saturday, April 8 from 9:30-12:00pm


  • 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, to learn, and to not feel alone. Thursday, April 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, April 6 & 20 anytime from 9-2:00pm

*These events are part of “11 Days For Compassion” April 1-11. This is a community wide initiative. Go to for a complete schedule of activities.