"Look, See, Enjoy!"

Do you love art? Or...have you ever stood in front of a painting wondering, “What’s the big deal?”

“Look, See, Enjoy” is the first in a series of lively presentations, demonstrations, and discussions about art and art history for both beginners and experts to be held at the Mount Carroll District Library on Thursday, April 25 at 6:00 pm.

Laurel Bergren, a former art dealer and forever Japanese art historian will weave together history, techniques, and art elements for a greater understanding and appreciation of Western and Eastern art. Famous and not-so-famous pieces of art from the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country, will form the basis of each session.

“Love of art is contagious,” says Laurel Bergren, “We will be using the Art Institute’s collection because it is so easily accessible by car for those who want to look at, see, and enjoy our subjects first-hand.”

Seating is limited, so please call the library at 815-244-1751 to register.


A local 4-H member will bring rabbits of different breeds so we can learn about them.

For more information and to register for this free program, please call the library at 815/244-1751. 

The Black Hawk Wars

Thursday, March 28th, at 6:00 pm

Our resident lifelong amateur historian Doug Bergren will be giving a presentation on the Blackhawk War, predicated on the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and other “legislative” efforts. Doug’s interest in the Blackhawk War and its local effect took shape when he decided to write his undergraduate paper for history. Doug’s talks at the Library are intended to offer information on the background events that isn’t taught in school that drive the much larger events we do learn about. Many of the laws passed in the 1830’s through the 1870’s still affect us to this day, and we may be surprised to learn as to which ones and how. 

New Materials


The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb – Melanie Benjamin

Past Tense – Lee Child

On Second Thought – Kristen Higgins

Good Luck with That – Kristen Higgins

Sweetest Heartbreak – Heather Bentley

At the Wolf’s Table – Rosella Postorino

Temple Secrets – Susan Gabriel

Finding Dorothy – Elizabeth Letts

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides


Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing

The Best of Royko: The Tribune Years – Mike Royko

Montaigne in Barn Boots – Michael Perry

Days on the Family Farm – Carrie A. Meyer


The Children Act

The Sisters Brothers


Boy Erased

The Wife

Bohemian Rhapsody

Learn Needle Tatting

Learn Needle Tatting with Catherine Pokropinski.

Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 am

All materials are provided.  Class size is limited, so please

 call the library to reserve your spot. 815-244-1751 

Weather Closings

The Library will be closed Wednesday, January 30 &

Thursday, January 31 due to the expected inclement weather. 

A Visit to Ireland: A Travelogue

Carol & Michelle visited many natural sites and historic landmarks during their two-week visit.  They will have photos and stories to share with us, as well as tips on trip planning and budgeting.

 Mount Carroll Public Library

Thursday, January 24th, at 6:00 pm



Abraham Lincoln and the Law

Our resident lifelong amateur historian Doug Bergren will be giving a talk on Abraham Lincoln’s life after he moved to Illinois, his prewar professional life, his early political career and his legislative efforts during the Civil War, and how they affect us today. Doug’s interest in Illinois and local history started when he failed to return a book on the Freeport Lincoln/Douglas Debate to the Freeport Public Library when he was in junior high school.

Thursday, January 17 at 6:00pm

Please call the library to register.


New Materials

Night of Miracles – Elizabeth Berg
The Dakota Winters – Tom Barbash
Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield
Kingdom of the Blind – Louise Penny
Death of a Rainmaker – Laurie Loewenstein
Sunburn – Laura Lippman
The Travelling Cat Chronicles – Hiro Arikawa
Waiting for Eden – Elliot Ackerman
November Road – Lou Berney
The Night Visitor – Lucy Atkins

Natural Causes – Barbara Ehrenreich
Jello-O Girls – Allie Rowbottom

It’s a Book – Lane Smith
The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook – Selwyn E. Phipps
Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology – Ernest Drake
Dinosaurology – Raleigh Rimes
Funny Jokes for Funny Kids – Doctor Meme
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce
Santa Bruce – Ryan T. Higgins
Big Cat, little cat – Elisha Cooper
Grumpy Monkey – Suzanne Lang
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas – Eric Litwin
Train Your Angry Dragon – Steve Herman
They All Saw a Cat – Brendan Wenzel
What Should Danny Do? – Ganit Levy
Miracle on 34th Street – Valentine Davies
The Tree of Goodness – Andrew Newman
The Christmas Wish – Lori Evert

How to Draw a Dragon: Drawing Dragons for Kids Step by Step – Water Studios
Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Guinness World Records 2019
Ripley’s Believe It or Not 2019

Black Panther

Simply Fabulous Jewelry and Accessory Sale

Beginning Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00am-1:00pm
at the Mount Carroll Library!

The sale
will feature a large selection of gently used jewelry and accessories at incredibly reasonable prices!!
The sale will continue through December 22nd during library business hours.

Refreshments will be served.
All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library who support the library’s programming & restoration.

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