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Mark H.X. Glenshaw returns to Carlinville Library to give us an update on the Forest Park owls that he studies. In this program, he'll then go into detail about the different hunting and feeding behaviors he has been able to see and document-- with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors.

You may have heard about the owls and Mark's work with them from the regular media coverage they receive. Learn more and follow him on Instagram and X. @forestparkowls.



Alzheimer's Association

Monthly Dementia Caregivers Support Group

at Carlinville Library

5:30-6:30pm, 2nd Wednesday of every month in the Library Meeting Room. Registration requested by not required. Contact the library with questions and/or to register.

Meetings:  Dec. 6th, 2023

                   Jan. 3rd, 2024

                   and Feb. 7th, 2024



Carlinville Library now has LIBBY- the app for e-books and e-audiobooks!

Get in touch if you need help downloading the app and/or signing in. We're happy to help!


Now it's easy to manage multiple accounts, keep track of checkouts and due dates, and renew items from your mobile device using the SHARE Mobile Library, Carlinville Public Library's new app! Search for books, DVDs, video games, audiobooks, e-books, and more. Find it now in the Apple App store or Google Play Store.   Search for SHARE Mobile Library

Brought to you by Carlinville Public Library and the SHARE library consortium, a division of Illinois Heartland Library System.


Carlinville Library cardholders now have access to Explore More Illinois, a cultural pass program that provides discounts and other offerings from museums, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers, and other attractions across the state of Illinois. Offerings differ by attraction and include free or reduced admission, free parking, discounts at attraction shops, and more.  

 To begin, simply follow this link, and enter your valid library card number and password to log in. Call the library with any questions 217-854-3505.

 Current attractions include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield), Chicago Children’s Museum, and Discovery Center Museum (Rockford). Visit to see a complete list. New attractions are added on a regular basis so be sure to check back frequently.

Explore More Illinois is a service of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). RAILS is funded by a grant from the Illinois State Library through the Office of the Secretary of State Jesse White and provides a number of different programs and services for Illinois libraries and library users.

Donations to the Carlinville Public Library may be tax deductible; donors should check with their tax advisor. 


Please use our Cloud Library services for access to eBooks and eAudiobooks. 

Through your library account, you will have access to more than 37,000 eBooks and 28,200 eAudiobooks

To set up an account, go to

  • You will need: your patron barcode and pin number
  • Follow the prompts
  • When asked for your home library, choose
  • Illinois Heartland Library System
  • New titles may have a waiting list due to the licensing agreement with the big 5 publishing companies
  • If you have questions, call the library 217-854-3505 

Patrons also have access to browser-based reading through the Cloud Library web portal.  Patrons with older devices that are no longer compatible with the app, can now use any web browser to go to:

Just log in with: library barcode number and pin.  Patrons can then navigate to My Books.  Click on the Read button to access and read the borrowed items.  







The library is proud to present "Well Read & Well Fed," a hardbound cookbook with 318 recipes from many of Carlinville's best cooks.  Special features include:  the history of the library (1870 to present), the names of the library trustees, the names of all the library directors starting with Annie Welsh in 1871, and 24 pages of cooking tips.  A photograph of the library's bronze statue, "Two Kids on a Bench," is on the cover.  Each recipe includes the contributor's name, so it is easy to find the recipes of friends and loved ones.  Recipes are indexed separately by contributor and title.   Available at the library, the price is $18.  It also can be ordered by sending a check for $21 (which includes $3 postage) to Carlinville Public Library, PO Box 17, Carlinville, IL 62626. For more information, call the library at 854-3505.


We want to say THANK YOU for a fabulous Summer Reading program this year!

THANK YOU to our amazing, talented, and capable volunteer teachers: Andrea Duncan, Erin Crain, Dawn Peterson, Kelly Kaganich, Doug Aikin, Cynda Zeidler, Macy Walker, Mary Beasley, Joan Klaus, Mallory Bendorf, Jill Graham, Nadia Kahl, Nikki Harris, and Susan Millard. 

THANK YOU to the local businesses and organizations that donated Summer Reading incentive prizes: Boente Shell donated a $25 gift card for the adult grand prize, Carlinville Dairy Queen, Subway, and McDonald's donated coupons for free food for reading log prizes, Casey's donated coupons for free cookies and provided cookies for our After Hours Talent Show and Party on July 21st, and Carlinville Mason's -Mt. Nebo Lodge donated two Gotrax scooters that will be given out during our grand prize drawings on Friday, July 21st, and St. Louis Cardinals L.L.C. donated tickets to the Aug. 3rd game as a grand prize.

THANK YOU to the performers who visited us this summer: Magician Dan Gogh, percussionist Dennis Maberry, cast members and director from the Carlinville Summer Repertory Theatre, musician Bill Passalacqua, and storyteller Will Stuck.

And finally, THANK YOU to the KIDS and their parents and guardians who chose to spend part of their summer here with us at the library. You make our jobs fun! Thanks for being good readers and enthusiastic participants.

We love our community!!

Thanks to YOU  ALL!!


Reading logs will come in two varieties this year: one that will track how many books the child reads (or is read to), and another that will track how many minutes the child reads. Kids and their families can pick which style they'd like to use. Read to win new badges and prizes each week. It's going to be a FUN summer! Questions? Call the library at 217-854-3505.


Resources - Work and research from the office or from home, anytime:



First Monday of the month at 4:30 in the
Library Meeting Room unless otherwise noted

December 4th, 2023

January 8th, 2024

February 5th

March 4th

April 1st

May 6th

June 3rd

July 1st

August 5th

Tues. September 3rd

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd



November 22- close at 3pm

November 23rd- 25th

December 23rd- 27th

Monday, January 1st, 2024

Monday, January 15th

Monday, February 19th

Fri., March 8th (close at 1pm for Staff Development Day)

Monday, May 27th

Wednesday, June 19th

Thursday, July 4th

Friday, August 23rd (close at 1pm for Staff Development Day)

Monday, September 2nd

Tuesday, November 5th

Monday, November 11th

Wednesday, November 27th (close at 3pm)

Thursday-Saturday, November 28th-30th

Monday, December 2nd

Monday-Thursday, December 23rd-December 26th

Tuesday, December 31st

Wednesday, January 1st, 2025


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