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Carbondale, IL 62901


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Fri-Sat: 9am-6pm 
Sun: 1pm-6pm
"You are the same today that you are going to be in five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read."

—Charles Jones


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Library Closed
The library will be closed Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday. We will resume our normal hours Saturday, April 19 opening at 9:00 am.
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Art Exhibits at the Library
Synthesis - May 15Celebrating National Poetry Month in conjunction with Art Exhibits at the Library, The Carbondale Public Library presents 'Synthesis', a collection of digital collage and poetry by Kathleen Cotton. The exhibit will be displayed through May 15th.

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Local and regional artists may now apply to exhibit their works at the Carbondale Public Library. Artwork will be hung on the ramps leading to the upper and lower floors of the library. Library staff will sell artwork and collect a small commission to be donated to the library. Exhibits will last from six to eight weeks. Art organizations and individual artists are encouraged to apply. Interested artists can apply by filling out the CPL Art Exhibit Application, Agreement and Information form available on our website or at the library circulation desk. For further information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Patrick King at (618) 457-0354, extension 7 or email
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Sunday by Bike in Carbondale
Sunday by Bike in Carbondale MapApril 27, 2014 from 12:30-5:00 pm you are invited "Sunday by Bike in Carbondale". Short or long routes available (3-15 minutes).

Take a break at one of the following stops:
  • Carbondale Public Library Japanese Garden: Bike adjustments by Bike Surgeon, and music by Dogwood Flats will be playing from 3:00-5:00 pm, parking and route maps available. 
  • Attucks Park : Kids Bike Rodeo, parking & maps available.
  • Phoenix Cycles: Open House, air tires, adjustments.
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Teen Events (ages 13-17)
  • April 8th (4:00 – 5:00pm): Poetry Activity! We will be creating poetry via blacking out sections of old books. Sounds weird, but the results are awesome! 
  • April 15th (4:00 – 5:00pm): Prepare for World Book Night! Just like last year, we will be getting our books ready for distribution on World Book Night (April 23rd). 
  • April 23rd (4:00pm - ?): World Book Night! This will be taking the place of our TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting this month. The designated book givers will be going to various locations to distribute free books! 
  • April 29th (4:00 – 5:00pm): Teen Poetry Reception Winners of the Teen Poetry Contest will be announced!
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Computer Help Workshops 
Help Key
  • OPEN HELP: Each Thursday 9:00-2:00 pm 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. Practice on our computers or bring your own. Anyone is welcome. Come anytime from 9:00-2:00 pm. 
  • DOWNLOADING EBOOKS: Wednesday, April 30 at 1:00-2:00 pm Learn how to download eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos from the library onto your computer, Nook, Kindle, iPad or your smart phone. Use our equipment or bring your own.
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Poets Encouraged to enter the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announces that entry forms are available for the tenth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition’s Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.
The competition is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning, Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. Also, it is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, who succeeded Brooks as Illinois Poet Laureate.
The competition is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2014. The award for first place is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $100; winning poems will be submitted for possible publication in the Ninth Letter, RHINO, and Quiddity magazines and Poetic License Press publications. Winners will recite their poems and receive their prizes at a ceremony later this year at the Illinois State Library in Springfield.
Forms and information may be found at For more information, contact Bonnie Matheis, Illinois Center for the Book Coordinator, at 217-558-2065 or
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Bookmark: Library Newsletter
The March-April 2014 Bookmark: Library Newsletter is now available.      View Newsletter...
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Winter/Spring Children's Program Schedule
We have some really fun events planned for the Winter/Spring. All programs are free. Some events require tickets or registration.   View More Details...
  • Bookworm ReadingFamily-Style Story Times: Tuesdays at 10:00 am Feb. 11-April 8 & April 22-29 (No Registration)
  • Partners In Reading: February 26-April 24. Each child may sign up for 1 hour/week. Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 or 4:30-5:30. (Register by Feb 21)
  • ‘Making Music’ with the Belletones: Kids of all ages! Saturdays at 10:00 am Feb. 8, March 15, April 19 & May 17 (No Registration)
  • Family Vacation Night: 5:30-7:00 pm. Feb 3-Family Game Night at Carbondale Public Library, June 2-Paws to Read at Turley Park. View Event Flier For More Dates and Details...
  • President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by David Wolfe. Celebrate Presidents’ Day with Stories, History & Stovepipe Hats: Saturday, Feb.15 at 2:00 pm (Free tickets available Feb. 1)
  • Edible Book Festival: Tuesday, April 1, 3-6:00 pm at SIU Morris Library. Book-building contest with prizes. Special EDIBLE BOOK STORY TIME Tuesday, March 25 at 10:00 am at Carbondale Public Library
  • Let's Write! Poetry Workshop For Kids (4th-8th graders): Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm on Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 20, 27, April 3, 10 (Registration begins Feb. 1)
  • Spring Break Boredom Buster Mystery Movie: Tuesday, March 11 at 2:00 pm Free Popcorn! (Free tickets available Mar. 1)
  • Folksinger, Storyteller, Guitarist & Autoharpist ADAM MILLER presents: “Paws, Claws & Tails” Traditional Children’s Folksongs About Animals (For K-4th Grade) Sat., April 5 at 2:00 pm (Free tickets available Mar. 1)  “WOODY GUTHRIE: AMERICAN BALLADEER” Historical Folksongs for Adults & Young Adults (For Grade 2 to Adults) Sat., April 5 at 10:00 am
View Print Version of Children's Program Bookworm Newsletter...
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Family Vacation Night Spring Calendar
Welcome to all families! Free fun! 5:30-7pm, 1st Monday of each month.
  • February 3rd Family Game Night at The Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St., Carbondale. Sponsored by The Carbondale Public Library and PYD partners.    View Event Flier For Feb 3...
  • March 3rd Family Iron Chef at The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, 250 N. Springer St., Carbondale. Sponsored by The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale and PYD partners. 
  • April 7th Kids in Wonderland at The University Mall Sponsored by Shawnee Health Service & PYD partners for Child Abuse Prevention Month. 
  • May 5th Gross Science at The Science Center in University Mall. Sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters & PYD partners. 
  • June 2nd Paws to Read at Turley Park, 1010 N. Glenview, Carbondale. Sponsored by Carbondale Public Library, Carbondale Park District & PYD partners.
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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.
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Wednesday Noon Book Club
If you are interested in joining the book club, it meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone is welcome! You can view the reading list for January 2014 - December 2014.   View Reading List...
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Brown Bag and a Book Discussion Group
Brown BagBrown Bag and a Book Discussion Group is a group of book lovers that meets together each and every Monday. The discussion begins promptly at noon. Just bring your brown bag lunch and one book to discuss/share!
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Health Insurance Marketplace LogoNew health insurance options will become available to individuals and small businesses on October 1, 2013, when the Affordable Care Act takes effect. Information is available at The Health Insurance Marketplace website at or
  • Contact for local assistance (by appointment) 
Jackson County Health Department:
Shawnee Health Service:
Southern Illinois Hospital Services:
 Obamacare Info Video
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Community Cinema 2013-14
Riveting documentary films and community discussions. Last Saturday of the Month. September-October; February - May. 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library. Thanks to our partners: WSIU & SIU College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. 
  • February 22 "Las Marthas." Two Mexican-American girls in Laredo, Texas prepare for the annual debutante ball during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration. 
  • March 29 "The Trials of Muhammad Ali." Learn about Ali's battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. Military service. 
  • April 26 "Medora" follows Medora, Indiana's varsity basketball team over a season, capturing players' stories on and off the court as the town fights for economic survival. 
  • May 31 "The New Black." Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film examines how the African-American community grapples with gay rights.
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Savon Kirksey Receives the Roy Rogers III Legacy Award
Congratulations to our library teens who attended the Teen Institute. They are all truly inspiring leaders! And a big congratulations to Savon Kirksey for winning a prestigious award. We admire you, Savon!

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Kindles Available For Check Out
Kindle TouchDid you know the library now has Kindle Touch ebook readers available at the library? All you need is a library card. Each are ready to go with 6 best sellers already on them. You can also create an account and load your own ebooks to the device from Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go

Need help? We have tutorials and instructions available on our EBook Help page. Come to any of the library's Open Help Workshops. We can walk you through it. Give it a try it!
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For Sale At The Library
Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Reusable Shopping Bags are $3 each. 
  • Choose from 3 different styles and colors.
  • Logos created by patrons.
  • Click here to see larger image of bags.
  • Available while supplies last.
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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 "Research Databases, Book Suggestions & Other Resources for You!" (located on the upper left hand of our website) and then selecting "Research Databases."
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Why Support Your Local Library?
Just a few great reasons to SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY! Read More...
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Explore Your Family History at the Library
Genealogy Tree The Library’s Genealogy Resources:

We have, Heritage Quest, and African American Heritage Quest, available here:

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NEW: List of Scholarships for African American and Minority Students
Graduation Cap and MoneyWe 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.
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Download eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos and Music from
Southern Illinois Libraries On The Go
Southern Illinois Libraries on the GO! LogoYou can now download eBooks, audiobooks, videos and music. All you need is your library card and pin number. You can check out up to 5 at a time on your computer, electronic book reading device, or smart phone. To check out items, go to Southern Illinois Libraries On The Go.

We have lots of help available at the library and on our website. Read More...
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MUZZY ONLINE teaches English, French, Spanish, Italian or German. MUZZY ONLINE is the fun way to learn a foreign language.

Muzzy Online VerticalMUZZY 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.

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Accelerated Reading List at AR BookFinder
AR BookFinder AR 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.  
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Support Carbondale Public Library with a Schnucks Customer Card!
  • Schnucks Customer CardPick 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...
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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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