Mondays, October 10th, 17th, and 24th
6:00-7:30 at the Community House
Instruction and live calling provided by Tim and Paula Schars
No Partner Necessary
Please call the library to register, as space is limited.


The Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library will be hosting
a presentation by author and filmmaker Abbie Reese through the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.
Abbie will share her work with cloistered contemplative nuns in Rockford, Illinois.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted and refreshments will be served. The presentation will be held at
6 p.m. Sunday, October 23 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
301 South Clay Street, Mount Carroll.
Through still photographs, audio, and video, Abbie will share details
of monastic life, the nuns’ motivations, and their internal journeys.
A question-and-answer session will follow.



Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
The Black Widow – Daniel Silva
Sweet Tomorrows – Debbie Macomber
It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover
Bay of Sighs – Nora Roberts
NYPD Red 4 – James Patterson
The Promise – Robert Crais
Belonging – Robin Lee Hatcher
Eden Hill – Bill Higgs
Nine Women, One Dress – Jane L. Rosen
The King of Lies – John hart
Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living – Louise Miller
The Good Father – Noah Hawley
The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
The Second half – Lauraine Snelling
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko – Scott Stambach

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis – J.D. Vance
Vegan Bowl Attack 1 – Jackie Sobon

The Family Fang
The Dresser
The Dark Horse
Born to be Blue
The Very Hungry Caterpillar


America’s First Daughter – Stephanie Dray
Life’s Golden Ticket – Brendon Burchard
The Weekenders – Mary Kay Andrews
The Ringmaster’s Wife – Kristy Cambron
Miller’s Valley – Anna Quindlen
Second Life – S.J. Watson
Brighton – Michael Harvey

Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman – Mary Mann Hamilton
Missing Man: The American Spy who Vanished in Iran – Barry Meier
Blue Book Used Car Guide July-Sept. 2016
How the Post Office Created America – Winifred Gallagher
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary who Became an American Hero – Timothy Egan
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America – Nancy Isenberg
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time – Arianna Huffington
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment – Marianne Williamson
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise – Anders Ericsson
How Successful People Think – John C. Maxwell
The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book – Don Miguel Ruiz
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It – Chris Voss
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – John M. Gottman
Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love – Marcia Naomi Berger
Love & Respect – Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Things I Wish I’d Known Before we Got Married – Gary Chapman
Coming Apart: Why Relationships End & How to Live Through the Ending of Yours – Daphne Rose Kingma
Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay – Mira Kirshenbaum
Home Schooling 101 – Erica Arndt
They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate – Mrs. Sam Sorbo
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World – Kristen Welch
Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time – Jamie C. Martin
The Whole-Brain Child: Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind – Daniel J. Siegel
The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting
Growing up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience – Christopher Willard
A parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder – Sally Ozonoff
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew – Ellen Notbohm
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain – Daniel J. Siegel
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year – Armin A. Brott
The Nursing Mother’s Companion – Kathleen Huggins
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child


Brighton – Michael Harvey
The City of Mirrors – Justin Cronin
Circling the Sun – Paula McLain
Paradise Sky – Joe R. Lansdale
The Last Mile – David Baldacci
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero – Timothy Egan
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss – Anderson Cooper
Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Codependent No More – Melody Beattie

The Trials of Apollo – Rick Riordan

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2


Saturday mornings from 10:30- 12:00 at the Library Tent
Along with our drop-in story time, we will have special events:
7/2 A visit with Steve the famous balloon twister!
7/9 Friends of the Library with book necklaces for sale
7/16 Junior Ambassadors to help make dream pillows
7/30 Paper creations

Also available at the Library tent, from 8:00-10:30 are registration forms for the Mount Carroll Library Artist’s Crossroad Project and Archive. Area visual artists, performers, writers, and craftspeople are all invited to participate. The project is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council and a Community Arts Access Grant from the Freeport Art Museum.


Summer reading program at the library is on Wednesdays from 10-11:00 am. Please attend all or as many sessions as your schedule allows. Crafts and snacks included!
June 15th Librarians’ Day Decorate a cape and write about YOUR superpowers.
June 29th Super Farmer’s Day Ms. Kate will tell us how good food makes us superpower-strong.
July 6th Police Chief Day Chief Cass will read us a story about keeping people safe.
July 13th Veterinarian’s Day Dr. Whitebread will read to us. Bring a small stuffed animal and make a cape for it.
July 20th Nurse’s Day Ms. Heidi will read to us about medical people who keep us healthy and strong.

HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters' First One Hundred Years

This program is for adults who are interested in the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, sisters who both lived to be over a hundred years of age. They tell of growing up in a large family in the South during the time of Jim Crow laws, of their education and professions, and of their strong family ties.

May 31st Sign-up will begin, and a copy of the book will be available for you. The ticket for the performance is $20 if you would like to reserve your seat through the library.
June 13th 5:30 We will have a short book discussion and then watch the movie.
June 21th 6:30 We will meet at the theater for an outdoor pre-party and attend the performance.


The Three Little Pigs
This program will be for children of all ages. Parents or adult caretakers are welcome to attend the meetings and must attend the play at Timberlake.
June 14th Sign-up will begin. We will have many versions of the story for you to read.
June 28 Watch the movie and bring a T-Shirt to decorate and wear at the play.
July 5th Attend the play at Timberlake at 11:00 am.


Missing Pieces – Heather Gudenkauf
Eligible –Curtis Sittenfeld
A Murder in Time – McElwain
Aundy, Caterina, and Ilsa – Shanna Hatfield
Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
She’s Not There – Joy Fielding
Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben
The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The Lightkeepers – Abby Geni
The Stargazer’s Sister – Carrie Brown
The Obsession – Nora Roberts
The Girl in the Red Coat – Kate Hamer
Dodgers – Bill Beverly
Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye

Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter – Barbara Leaming
We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War – Doug Bradley
H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
The $64 Tomato – William Alexander
5 Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America’s Greatest Economic Challenges
Tough as They Come – Travis Mills
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss – Anderson Cooper
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts – Joshua Hammer
I Stooged to Conquer: The Autobiography of the Leader of The Three Stooges

The Revenant
And Then There Were None
The Last Man on the Moon


Mount Carroll Library receives Community Arts Access Grant to develop a digital archive of local artists and their work.

The Mount Carroll Township Library has received a $1,256 grant from The Freeport Art Museum, through the Illinois Arts Council.

The Community Arts Access Grant will help fund the library’s new “Artist’s Crossroads Project,” an artist’s registry documenting the life and work of past, and current Mount Carroll area artists, musicians, craftsmen, and other creative individuals. Biographical information collected about individual artists will be paired to digital examples of each artist’s visual, written, or audio/video material. This digital “card catalog” will become part of the Mount Carroll Library’s permanent collection. The collected materials will then serve as a reference for diverse audiences, and will be available for checkout at the library, exhibited in small displays, and will be accessible in digital formats on-line.

Mount Carroll has a rich history of supporting the arts and artists, partially due to the past presence of Shimer College and its arts faculty and students. We had and continue to have our own local artists as well— visual artists, musicians, and other talented residents who pursued their own very personal vision of art and creativity. Our town still attracts artists, many of whom grew up here, or relocated from larger cities and other areas. There are at least a dozen visual artists working in their own studios in Mount Carroll at present.

There is also a thriving popular music scene in Mount Carroll in which the region’s professional and amateur musicians gather to play music together. There are also has a number of musicians who maintain recording studios, and help to support young people who are writing and recording their own music.

The Community Arts Access Grant will help us to share the unique artistic community that is Mount Carroll with a broader public— our community serving as a “crossroads” of many types of cultural expression in rural Northwestern Illinois. The pride we have in our own tradition of artistic expression will also be shared with others through this project.

Mount Carroll visual artist Dan Brinkmeier will serve as coordinator for the project, which will also involve a large number of local residents as content providers and production team members.

Interested residents who want to help us develop and carry out this community based project can join us for an informational meeting Wednesday, May 4, at 6:00 pm at the Mount Carroll Library.

This program is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Freeport Arts Museum.

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