Friends of the Mount Carroll Library

Who are the Friends?

The Friends of the Mount Carroll Township Public Library is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers who support the library and its mission.  It is open to all who are interested in the library and wish its continued success.

What do the Friends Do?

The Friends sponsor events throughout the year to raise funds for the library and to promote use of the library by the community.

The Friends:

Completed the Library Centennial celebration with the Library Board in 2008.

Completed the restoration of the North Reading room of the Library with Library Board oversight and support in 2008. ($20,000)

Purchased a plaque lising the former librarians and directors.

Currently implementing a 5 year plan to complete the restoration of the library. ($90,000)

Development of brochures and other marketing materials to promote the library.

Hold book and memorabilia sales to help raise funds for the library.

Currently, the Friends are busily raising funds to complete the library's renovation.

Why is This Important?

The Mount Carroll Township Public Library has served the community since its opening in 1908.  It is a Carnegie Library, one of a select group of libraries across the country built using grants from the Carnegie Foundation.  All of its exterior, and much of its interior, are in "as built" condition, a unique heritage for our community.  Updating the building to meet current needs while remaining true to its historical character and identity is an ongoing challenge.  Funding is always needed; all funds raised by the Friends will find a good use.  The newly completed North room restoration is testament to that.  We sincerely thank all of the volunteers, Board, and donors who helped to make that happen.

How to Participate?

Membership in the Friends is open to both residents of Mount Carroll and non-residents.  Persons of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.  Meetings are held at the library on the first Wednesday of each month.