Cooking with Herbs - Garlic

Thursday, May 16, 5:30
Learn how to grow, harvest and preserve herbs. Participants will cook a light meal to enjoy.
Call the library to register.
Presented by Illinois Extension

Oak Hill Cemetery


Mount Carroll, Illinois
Illustrating the tradition of the cultural and aesthetic roles of
“Garden Cemeteries” of Europe

The Mount Carroll District Library is continuing its series on the historical development of Mount Carroll, Illinois with a presentation exploring the relationship of the Oak Hill Cemetery to the European Rural Cemetery movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The “Building Downtown Communities Program” is a series of seminars created by Architectural Restoration Consultants, Inc. to further the understanding of historic preservation in the local community. Oak Hill Cemetery, practically speaking, is a place of entombment, but it is also, symbolically, built more for the living than for the dead. Oak Hill is an urban style cemetery in a rural environment with small town values and virtues.

On Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 6 PM the Mt. Carroll District Library will be the location of a program discussing the underlying philosophy and architectural creation of “Garden Cemeteries in Europe and America. Ernst Nemeth is recognized by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the National Park Service as an historic building assessor with over twenty five years of experience. A handbook concerning the presentation will be provided.

Seating is limited and to ensure receiving a handbook please make a reservation by contacting:

Mount Carroll District Library: 815-244-1751

"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.


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