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posted Feb 11, 2014, 11:39 AM by Erica Hanke-Young   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 1:31 PM by Katie Stotlar ]

Genealogy Notes

posted Apr 24, 2013, 8:19 AM by Erica Hanke-Young

Did you miss our genealogy classes?  If so, don't worry.  Here are the notes from the class taught by Ed O'Day from the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois.

Discovery Boxes

posted Apr 22, 2013, 12:49 PM by Erica Hanke-Young

Marion Carnegie Library has added more fun: Discovery Boxes. In each drawer there is an interesting find. The Science Center of Carbondale has donated some goodies along with a few
awesome finds from Dena Porter, Supervisor of Circulation. Every so often the items in the boxes will change, leaving you to wonder what is in them. Come in and check them out in our Children’s Department and Young Adult Department

Marion Carnegie Library Supports Local Gum Drops Organization

posted Jan 7, 2013, 1:23 PM by Erica Hanke-Young

Every December, Marion Carnegie Library waives fines for library visitors and supports a local charitable organization at the same time. This year, the library supported Gum Drops. Anyone with outstanding library overdue fines could bring a donation of new/unopened food items to have the overdue fines forgiven. Ron Simpson (middle), Gum Drops director, is pictured with the donated items, presented by Dena Porter (left), Supervisor for Operations, and David Patton (right), MCL director, on January 4.  Marion Carnegie Library collected 363 pounds of food this December.


Gum Drops is a local non-profit organization that helps local at-risk children by providing a backpack of easy to prepare food for weekends. They serve 932 at-risk children per week in Carterville, Christopher, DeSoto, Giant City, Herrin, Johnston City, Marion, Murphysboro and Pinckneyville.


The group accepts monetary donations, food donations and volunteer help. Volunteers give their time to assemble the backpacks at Gum Drops’ location at 1005 Briarwood in Carterville. Drop-offs are also accepted at that location. The organization prefers non-perishable, easy to prepare items. Examples include granola bars, ramen noodle cups, Jell-o or pudding cups and raisins.


Contact Gum Drops at 618-319-3829 or Their website is

Food for Fines

posted Nov 27, 2012, 7:22 AM by Erica Hanke-Young

Beginning November 26th, Marion Carnegie Library will waive fines for library visitors and support a local charitable organization at the same time. This year, the library is supporting Gum Drops. Gum Drops is a local organization that helps local at-risk children by providing easy to prepare food.

 Anyone with outstanding library overdue fines may bring a donation of new/unopened Ramen noodle cups, Easy Mac cups, granola/cereal bars, tuna or chicken salad kits, single serving cereal boxes, canned soup or canned spaghetti/ravioli to have the overdue fines forgiven. Donations are also welcome from all community members and library visitors. Please drop off items during regular library hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fines will be forgiven in the following manner:

                                                                                One donated item = $1 in fines

                                                                                Two donated items = $2 in fines

                                                                                Three donated items = $3 in fines

                                                                                Four donated items = $4 in fines

                                                                                Five donated items = $5 in fines

                                                                                Six donated items = $10 in fines

                                                                                Seven donated items = $15 in fines

Donations are not valid for lost or damaged items or printing costs. Only new/unopened items from the above list will be accepted and only through the month of December. The library staff reserves the right to refuse any item.

Get Ready to Vote

posted Sep 25, 2012, 2:34 PM by Erica Hanke-Young

November 6th is election day. Are you registered to vote? Go to and click "Registration And Polling Place Information" to see your registration information and polling place. You can register at City Hall and other locations. Click "Voter Registration" to learn more about how to register. Registration ends 27 days prior to the election.

Non-Partisan Guides for Voters:
  • -- Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. 
  • -- League of Women Voters of the US provides voting information 
  • -- Candidate biographies, voting records, issue positions, speeches and campaign finance information 
  • -- Center for Responsive Politics provides information for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data, lists of donors by donor name and candidate name. Note --covers only information required to be made public  

Library of Congress Magazine

posted Sep 20, 2012, 12:18 PM by Erica Hanke-Young

September-October 2012 issue coverThe Library of Congress is publishing a bi-monthly magazine called LCM.  Check out the first issue online here!

Digital Video Production

posted Sep 11, 2012, 10:56 AM by Erica Hanke-Young

If anyone is interested in a beginner's class on digital video production John A Logan Community College has a class beginning September 15th. The class is $138 with a $10 supply fee. Students can register online at   

Find Astronomy Events and Clubs

posted Jun 13, 2012, 9:42 AM by Erica Hanke-Young

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Truth About Faerie Folklore

posted May 1, 2012, 10:43 AM by Erica Hanke-Young

In case you were unable to attend the Truth About Faerie Folklore program presented by Mary Ellen Lamb, SIUC English Professor, is the link to watch the eight part video series.  You can also find the two page handout attached to this post.

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