Mount Carroll District Library Expands Service Area

All persons residing in the West Carroll School District will soon have access to public library services. The Mount Carroll District Library Board of Trustees, at its regular September 13th board meeting, approved an ordinance to expand its district north and east of Mount Carroll, eliminating the West Carroll School District’s public library service gap. The area includes parts of Salem, Freedom, and Woodland Townships.
“The Mount Carroll District Library has come under increasing pressure over the years to provide materials, electronic access, research assistance and programming to school children and individuals who reside nearby, but outside our boundaries,” said Dan Brinkmeier, President of the Mount Carroll District Library Board. Expansion planning began in 2013 with a series of focus group meetings consisting of community members, board members, and library consultants.
“The library isn’t just about books anymore.” said Pam Naples, Director of the Mount Carroll Library, “The mission of the library is to serve as a gathering place and a gateway to knowledge, community resources, and an opportunity for life-long learning.”
During the past 15 months, 8,414 people visited the library and 2,011 people participated in 241 programs. Over 11,000 items (almost 6 items per hour) were borrowed from the library’s collection of books, e-books, and DVDs. Five public access computers were in constant use. Free, open-access WIFI was used day and night both inside and outside the library building.
By expanding its service area, the Mount Carroll District Library expects to better meet the needs of all patrons. The library will increase hours, services, and programming. In the longer-term, a facilities upgrade and addition to the west side of the current building is planned to provide needed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility compliance, rest rooms, a meeting room, distance-learning facilities, and space for services, materials, and additional programming.
New patrons are invited to a special event at the library on Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 am to learn more about the expansion and library services. For more information contact: Pam Naples 815-244-1751

Poetry Slam Workshop

Sign up today for performance poetry workshops with Marc Kelly Smith at the Mount Carroll District Library!

Starting Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:30 to 9 pm for 3 sessions at the Mount Carroll Library
208 N. Main

Participants from high school age and above are encouraged to sign-up today. There is no charge for the workshops. Space is limited.

To register please call the Library at 815-244-1751

Brain Health Series

Join us for an interactive, three-part series designed to better understand our brains as we mature. Each session will cover information related to brain health research, as well as fun and interesting strategies and exercises to challenge ourselves.
Sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension

September 19 & 26 at 2:00pm and October 10 at 10am

New Materials

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
The Broken Road – Richard Paul Evans
Y is for Yesterday – Sue Grafton
If the Creek Don’t Rise – Leah Weiss
Gone to Dust – Matt Goldman
Class Mon – Laurie Gelman
The Boy Who Loved Too Much – Jennifer Latson
The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II – Svetlana Alexievich
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse
What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories – Laura Shapiro
A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter

Trapped in a Video Game – Dustin Brady
Victor Sparks: The Apocalypse Hero – Joe Smith
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Dragons Love Tacos 2 – Adam RubinMinecraft: The Island – Max Brooks
Black Belt Bunny – Jacky Davis
What Do You Do With an Idea? – Kobi Yamada
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth – Judd Winick
Game Changer – John Coy
Around the World – John Coy
Night Driving – John Coy

Gap Life – John Coy

The Lost City of Z
The Dinner


The Last Secret of the Deverills – Santa Montefiore
Leopard at the Door – Jennifer McVeigh
The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness - Anthony A. Goodman
The War That Saved My Life – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Escape Room in a Haunted Library!

Reginald, the resident ghost, has been stealing books from the library and hiding them in the basement. Do you have what it takes to find the books and return them to the librarian?
Thursdays in August! Two Sessions offered!
6:15-7:15 & 7:30-8:30
For High School Students, Adults, and Families. Teams of 2 to 6 people. Register online or at the Mount Carroll Library. Free of Charge.

New Materials!

Testimony – Scott Turow
Whiskey & Charlie – Annabel Smith
Do Not Become Alarmed – Maile Meloy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Salt House – Lisa Duffy
The Little French Bistro – Nina George
Camino Island – John Grisham
Jewelweed – David Rhodes
Same Beach, Next year – Dorothea Benton Frank
Since We Fell – Dennis Lehane

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam – Mark Bowden
Settle for More – Megyn Kelly
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2017
Guinness World Records 2017
Minecraft: Guide to Creative

Dog Man, Dog Man Unleashed, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties – Dav Pilkey
The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, and The land of Stories – Chris Colfer

The Shack
Planet Earth II
Life Animated


My First Love – Francine Pascal
For Keeps – Natasha Friend
So Much Closer – Susane Colasanti
The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey
Let It Snow – John Green


On Wednesday Mornings beginning June 21st through July 26th at 10:00am
We will have stories, crafts, and snacks at each session along with a visit from or a visit to community helpers: employees from the post office, ambulance, veterinary clinic, farm, bank, and nursing home.



The River of Kings – Taylor Brown
The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict
A Simple Favor – Darcey Bell
Edgar & Lucy – Victor Lodato
The Wanderers – Meg Howrey
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti
Eggshells – Caitriona Lally
The Hearts of Men – Nickolas Butler
The Women in the Castle – Jessica Shattuck
Say Nothing – Brad Parks
Daughters of Castle Deverill – Santa Montefiore

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
The Magnolia Story – Chip and Joanna Gaines
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit – Michael Finkel
The Undoing Project – Michael Lewis
Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy – David A. Nichols
The Lost City of the Monkey God – Douglas Preston
Mask of the Sun: The Science, History, and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses – John Dvorak

The Girl on the Train
20th Century Women

Art Tour

Local Artists Will be on Display

Sunday, April 23 from 1-4 pm

Sesquicentennial Tea Pary!

Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library Sesquicentennial Tea Party

Tea & coffee served with delectable finger sandwiches & delicious desserts
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Doors open at 1:30
Program at 2:00 Laura Keyes portrays Laura Ingalls Wilder

Guests are encouraged to honor the Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial by wearing historic/vintage clothing

Tickets available at the Mount Carroll Library
Sponsor a Table for Four: $40.00
Individual Tickets: $10.00 per person

The event will be held at the Mount Carroll Community House
101 N. Main

Tea cup treasures and heirloom crafts sale
All proceeds will be used to benefit the Library's programming & restoration.

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