"ARTIST'S CROSSROADS PROJECT"

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.

MAY DAY TEA PARTY!

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

NEW BOOKS & MOVIES!!!

NEW FICTION
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

NEW NONFICTION
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

NEW DVDS
Black Mass
Game of Thrones Season 5
Spotlight
The Big Short
Room
Trumbo
Far From the Madding Crowd
A Little Chaos

GARDENING FOR KIDS: A PROGRAM FOR CREATING A LIBRARY GARDEN

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.

AUTHOR SIGNING

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

NEW BOOKS & MOVIES!

NEW FICTION
My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
The Murder House – James Patterson
Baltimore Blues – Laura Lippman
The Revenant – Michael Punke
Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter
A Harvest of Hope – Lauraine Snelling
Streams of Mercy – Lauraine Snelling

NEW NONFICTION
Rising Strong – Brene Brown
Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges – Amy Cuddy
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War – Ian Buruma
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain – Bill Bryson
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir – Carly Simon
Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate – William Albracht
The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star – Tom Clynes
Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea – Robert Curry
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae
The Wonderful Things you Will Be – Emily Winfield Martin
On the Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillman
Sleep Like a Tiger – Mary Logue
If Animals Kissed Good Night – Ann Whitford Paul
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes

NEW DVDS
The Martian
Sicario
Walk in the Woods

SATURDAY MORNING WRITER'S GROUP

A new group is forming at the Mt. Carroll Township Public Library
Our goal is to be a spontaneous writing circle.
The group will select a topic, write, and have a sharing segment.
Please join us to encourage, share, and motivate fellow writers!

AUTHOR SIGNING WITH TOM MCKAY

Tom McKay, historian and author, will be coming to the Mt. Carroll Library on Wednesday morning, February 24, at 9:00 am. 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

GRAPHIC NOVEL CONTEST!

Contest Open January 11 – February 8, 2015
The competition is open to 4 age groups:
Children up to 8
Children 9-12
Teens 13-17
Adults 18 and Up

Maximum of 8 pages including the cover.
Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are an original work (no clip art)
Entries may be from a single author or may be a collaboration between an author and illustrator.
The work can be fiction or nonfiction.
Text is optional.

All entries must be in by February 8, 2015
The winners will be announced February 12, 2015

Amazon Gift Cards will be awarded to 1st place winners!
Prizes awarded for runners up!

TAP DANCE FOR ADULT BEGINNERS!

Join us for these friendly, fun, and informal sessions. Liz McDermott will lead us through the basic steps and moves.
We will meet Jan. 25, Feb. 1, & Feb. 8 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Classes will be held at the Community House located at
101 N. Main, Mount Carroll.
Please call the Library to register. 815-244-1751
Tap shoes not required.
Free of Charge

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