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.


Friends of the Mount Carroll Library are hosting a
May Day Tea Party!
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Mount Carroll Community House
Tea served with delectable finger sandwiches, tarts, scones, and delicious desserts.

Program: Photographic Flower Tour by Penny Thacher

Tickets available at the Mount Carroll Township Public Library 815-244-1751

Sponsor a table for four: $40.00
Individual tickets: $10.00 per person

All proceeds will be used to benefit the Library's programming & restoration


Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
Breaking Wild – Diane Les Becquets
The Forgotten Recipe – Amy Clipston
The Long Walk – Stephen King
A Thousand Falling Crows – Larry D. Sweazy
Hanging Mary – Susan Higginbotham
The Swans of Fifth Avenue – Melanie Benjamin
Someday Home – Lauraine Snelling
The Memory of Light – Francisco X. Stork
The Brilliance Trilogy: Brilliance, A Better World,, and Written in Fire – Marcus Sakey

Concussion – Jeanne Marie Laskas
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill – Sonia Purnell
Grow For Flavor – James Wong
Improving your Soil – Keith Reid
Microgreens: How to Grow Nature’s Own Superfood – Fionna Hill
Mathew B. Brady: America’s First Great Photographer – Wayne Youngblood and Ray Bonds
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collins
The Complete Chicken – Pam Percy

Black Mass
Game of Thrones Season 5
The Big Short
Far From the Madding Crowd
A Little Chaos


GARDENING FOR KIDS: A Program for creating a Library Garden
Ages 3 and UP

Saturday, March 19 11 am “How Seeds Grow” by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro
Saturday, April 9 11 am Planting seeds indoors for transplanting outside
Saturday, April 30 11 am Transplanting vegetables and flowers into raised beds and hanging pots on the library grounds
Saturday, May 14 11 am TBA

Throughout the summer children can stop by to water and pick vegetables. We will also offer ideas and recipes for preparing what we grow. There is no charge for this program, and children may attend any or all sessions. A Mount Carroll library card is not necessary.

The Friends of the Library have generously donated the raised beds.
The Home Community Extension has kindly provided bags of soil.


Tom McKay, historian and author, will be coming to the Mt. Carroll Library on Wednesday morning, February 24, at 9:00. He will present his book West Fork, a novel set in a small western Illinois crossroads community; his story begins in 1968, and his characters face the many changes in rural areas during the next three decades. Guests will see themselves and neighbors in both the characters and events in his book, which is available at the Library.

Mr. McKay will discuss his story with us and will bring copies of West Fork to sign. He will donate half of the purchase price back to the library. There is no charge for his program. Please join us for a lively discussion and light refreshments.
Contact the library at 815-244-1751 for more information

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