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The Art and Business of Creating Music
Join us Thursday, August 28 5:00 to 6:30 PM. A Free Educational and Entertaining Event for Children and Adults of all Ages featuring interviews, performances, and discussions. Read About the Performing Artists...
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Senior Coffee Club 9/2/2014 at 9:30 am
Coffee and DoughnutsThe first Tuesday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., seniors are invited to come to the library’s meeting room for coffee, donuts and fun! Themes of interest to seniors will be presented each month. 
The Guest speaker for 9/2/2014 is Kim King-Wren sharing information about Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
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Carbondale Public Library to Host Teen Author Visit
Deanna Francis 09152014Come meet the author who wrote a book and got it published as a teenager! Miss Deanna Francis will be at the Carbondale Public Library on September 15th at 6:30 pm. She will be discussing her books, her writing process and how she got published. This program is free and open to all age groups. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Stoner, Adult/Teen Librarian, at or (618) 457-0354.
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Behavioral Strategies Discussion
On the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm, Ms. Keely Sabaini, from Monarch Behavioral Care, will host a discussion focusing on the functions of behaviors and how to redirect those behaviors toward a more positive result. This discussion is open to parents and adults wanting to learn how to work with small children. Discussions will take place in the Carbondale Public Library’s meeting room. This free event is open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Stoner, Adult Librarian, at (618) 457-0354.
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Computer Help Workshops 
Help Key
  • OPEN 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. Practice on our computers or bring your own. Anyone is welcome. Come anytime during the times specified. Thursdays from 9:00 – 2:00 pm 8/14, 8/21, 8/28
  • IPAD 101: Get to know your iPad. Learn how to install and remove apps, videos and pictures. See what the iPad can do for you. All are welcome. Tuesday 8/19 1:00-2:00 pm
  • DOWNLOADING EBOOKS: 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. Tuesday 8/26 1:00-2:00 pm
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Teen Events (ages 13-17)
  • Monday, 8/4–Teen Monday cancelled 
  • Monday, 8/11-End of Summer Party (3-5pm on Library Lawn) 
  • Monday, 8/18-The Giver movie field trip (Time TBA; teens must reserve ticket & read book ahead of time!) 
  • Thursday, 8/28-Teen Advisory Board Meeting (6-7pm)
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Get Covered Illinois - Special Enrollment Period

Get Covered IllinoisOpen Enrollment for 2014 coverage is over, but if you have had a Qualifying Life Event or could not complete the process before March 31 due to a complex issue, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

Every Friday in July and August from 9:00-11:00 am, LaShonda Thomas from the Jackson County Health Department will be on hand at the library for help with enrollment. Look for her downstairs by the internet computers.

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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 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! 
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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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Bookmark: Library Newsletter
The July-August 2014 Bookmark: Library Newsletter is now available.      View Newsletter...
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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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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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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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