Come North to Alaska: A Travelogue

The Mount Carroll District Library’s new Travelogue Series begins on Thursday, February 22, with a slide show presentation by Mount Carroll’s own Tom and Nola Charles. Tom and Nola will share tips on how to take “the road off the beaten path” when visiting Alaska, based on their extensive vagabonding around the 49th state in 2016 and 2017.  Their presentation begins at 6 pm.


Tell It Like It Is w/Stephanie Samuels

Make your own Edible conversation Hearts! Bring your ideas to the library and create your own valentine sweets.  All supplies provided. 



Jam Space Open House

Friday, January 26 at 6:00 pm

The Mount Carroll District Library is highlighting a new community informal music effort called "Jam Space" by hosting an evening of live music featuring regional band members, Evan & Drew, from "Westfield." Patrons, parents, and musicians of all ages and representing all musical genres are invited to learn and share ideas about the library's plan to make a vacant basement space available for the fostering of informal musical groupings. The space will be used to learn, teach, and explore music. This program is still being developed, and the library is inviting public participation in helping define the use of the space and helping in its management. The Jam Space is not limited to Mount Carroll-based musicians. 

New Materials



End Game – David Baldacci

The Midnight Line – Lee Child

Cardinal Cabin – Joanne Demaio

The Amish of Bee County Series – Kelly Irvin

The Freedom Broker – K.J. Howe

The Marsh King’s Daughter – Karen Dionne

Fierce Kingdom – Gin Phillips

Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig



Endurance: A year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery – Scott Kelly

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder

Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill – Deanne Stillman

Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do – John Bargh

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay

Dining In – Alison Roman

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism – Dan Rather

Succulents – Terry Hewitt

Ghost of the Innocent man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption – Benjamin Rachlin



Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Silver Eyes and The Twisted Ones – Scott Cawthon


Owl Diaries – Rebecca Elliott

Squish – Jennifer L. Holm

Full Color Captain Underpants and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants – Dav Pilkey

Annabelle the Drawing Fairy – Daisy Meadows

Gamora’s Galactic Showdown – Brandon T. Snyder

A Smart Girl’s Gide to Cooking – Patricia Daniels

Practical Knots: A Step by Step Guide – Barry Mault

Far Out Fables – Stephanie Peters

Totally Amazing Facts About Outrageous Inventions – Cari Meister

Modeling Clay – Bernadette Cuxart

Britannica Kids Animals All Around



Game of Thrones Season 7

Miracle on 34th Street

It’s a Wonderful Life

Arctic Currents



The Midnight Line – Lee Child

Killer of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann


Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Ripcord – Keith Urban



The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonson (Large Print)

First Women – Kate Andersen Brower


New Materials



The Cuban Affair -  Nelson DeMille

To Be Where You Are – Jan Karon

The Identicals – Elin Hilderbrand

The Lady of the Lakes – Josi S. Kilpack

Jane, Unlimited – Kristin Cashore

Love and Other Consolation Prizes – Jamie Ford

The Trick – Emanuel Bergmann

Hanna Who Fell From the Sky – Christopher Meades

Caroline Little House, Revisited – Sarah Miller

George & Lizzie – Nancy Pearl

The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld


Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables – Joshua McFadden

An American Sickness: how healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back – Elisabeth Rosenthal

The last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home – Denise Kiernan

The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery – Bill James

Dear Fahrenheit 451 – Annie Spence

The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements – Carly Cylinder

The Flower Workshop – Ariella Chezar


The Famouse Fjord Race – Geronimo Stilton

Stay Strong, Geronimo! – Geronimo Stilton

Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark – Jerry Pallotta

Bird & Squirrel on the Run! – James Burks

JoJo and the Big Mess – Jane O’Connor

Rappy Goes to the Library – Dan Gutman

Hello Kitty’s Superterrific Sleepover! – Mark McVeigh

Captain underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets – Dav Pilkey

The Bad Guys – Aaron Blabey

The Boy Who Cried Vampire – Benjamin Harper

The Book That Dripped Blood – Michael Dahl

The Eye in the Graveyard – Michael Dahl

Peppa Goes Apple Picking – Meredith Rusu

Can You See What I See? Big Book of Search-and-Find Fun – Walter Wick

Thomas’ Color Book

Which Came First? Food Creations & Clothing Creations – Jacqueline A. Ball


The Vietnam War – a Film by Ken Burns

Home Fires Season 1



"Finding Fossils in Point Rock Park"

Saturday, October 14 from 2-4 pm

This program will feature paleontologist Dr. Robin Whatley, Associate Professor in the Science and Mathematics Department at Chicago’s Columbia College.

Residents who have fossils and interesting geological specimens in their possession are encouraged to bring them to the program for a “show and tell”

Following the introductory program, Dr. Whatley will then lead an informal fossil hunt and walk in Point Rock Park to look at the fossil record of ancient animals and environments that can be seen in the park’s limestone rock faces.

For information and to sign up for the geology program, call the Mount Carroll District Library at 815-244-1751 This program is open to all ages.


Saturday, October 21 at Henry's Double K in Mount Carroll at 7:00 pm

A special evening of performance poetry and spoken word.
Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith
Featuring-from France!-the Slam Poetry Group "Zurg and Yopo"
The Round Midnight Jazz Trio from Dubuque
Guest Poets from The Green Mill in Chicago
Local performance Poets form the poetry workshop in Mount Carroll
This is an Open Mic! Speak your mind!
$50 fo Best Performance
Tickets $10.00 - H.S. Students Get in Free!
Tickets available at the Mount Carroll Library
Proceeds will benefit future library programs.
Sponsored by The Mount Carroll District Library and Henry's Double K



Reincarnation Blues – Michael Poore
Seeing Red – Sandra Brown
The Right Time – Danielle Steel
The Driver – Hart Hanson
Sourdough – Robin Sloan
The Address – Fiona Davis
Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
How to Find Love in a Bookshop – Veronica Henry
The Velveteen Daughter – Laurel Davis Huber
Emma in the Night – Wendy Walker
Garden of Her heart – Shanna Hatfield
Home of Her Heart – Shanna Hatfield
Stalking Ground – Margaret Mizushima
Hunting Hour – Margaret Mizushima
Virtue Falls – Christina Dodd


Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family – Kathy McKeon
The Cancer Revolution – Leigh Erin Connealy
Living with Cancer – Vicki A. Jackson
Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill – Nishi Whiteley
Minecraft: The Island – Max Brooks


The Hero
Beatriz at Dinner
Paris Can Wait
The Big Sick
Longmire Season 1


No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher – lee Child
Boar Island – Nevada Barr
Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect – Jonice Webb

Mount Carroll District Library Expands Service Area

All persons residing in the West Carroll School District will soon have access to public library services. The Mount Carroll District Library Board of Trustees, at its regular September 13th board meeting, approved an ordinance to expand its district north and east of Mount Carroll, eliminating the West Carroll School District’s public library service gap. The area includes parts of Salem, Freedom, and Woodland Townships.
“The Mount Carroll District Library has come under increasing pressure over the years to provide materials, electronic access, research assistance and programming to school children and individuals who reside nearby, but outside our boundaries,” said Dan Brinkmeier, President of the Mount Carroll District Library Board. Expansion planning began in 2013 with a series of focus group meetings consisting of community members, board members, and library consultants.
“The library isn’t just about books anymore.” said Pam Naples, Director of the Mount Carroll Library, “The mission of the library is to serve as a gathering place and a gateway to knowledge, community resources, and an opportunity for life-long learning.”
During the past 15 months, 8,414 people visited the library and 2,011 people participated in 241 programs. Over 11,000 items (almost 6 items per hour) were borrowed from the library’s collection of books, e-books, and DVDs. Five public access computers were in constant use. Free, open-access WIFI was used day and night both inside and outside the library building.
By expanding its service area, the Mount Carroll District Library expects to better meet the needs of all patrons. The library will increase hours, services, and programming. In the longer-term, a facilities upgrade and addition to the west side of the current building is planned to provide needed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility compliance, rest rooms, a meeting room, distance-learning facilities, and space for services, materials, and additional programming.
New patrons are invited to a special event at the library on Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 am to learn more about the expansion and library services. For more information contact: Pam Naples 815-244-1751

Poetry Slam Workshop

Sign up today for performance poetry workshops with Marc Kelly Smith at the Mount Carroll District Library!

Starting Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:30 to 9 pm for 3 sessions at the Mount Carroll Library
208 N. Main

Participants from high school age and above are encouraged to sign-up today. There is no charge for the workshops. Space is limited.

To register please call the Library at 815-244-1751

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