Anonymous donor challenges others to support library

The Mount Carroll District Library building, partially funded by Andrew Carnegie, was built in 1907. An anonymous donor has challenged the community to contribute towards the library’s Rehabilitation and Expansion Fund by matching individual gifts up to a total of $10,000, dollar-for-dollar or until the end of January.

The Mount Carroll District Library received notification late Friday afternoon, Dec. 4, that an anonymous donor has challenged the community to contribute towards the library's Rehabilitation and Expansion Fund by matching individual gifts up to a total of $10,000, dollar-for-dollar or until the end of January.

It is the hope of the donor to motivate other donors and community members with the ability to give to help the Mount Carroll District Library reach its goal of unlocking the $1.15 million Illinois Public Library Construction Grant.

"We are thrilled with this matching gift challenge allowing donors to effectively double their contributions to the library's rehabilitation and expansion project," said Library Board President Laurel Bergren.

The Mount Carroll District Library building, partially funded by Andrew Carnegie, was built in 1907. Although well maintained, the building has not been upgraded or modernized over the years. Besides space, accessibility and climate control requirements, public needs greatly exceed those of 1907.

The planned rehabilitation and expansion adds 7,289 square feet of library space, addresses ADA accessibility, adds modern restrooms, and rehabilitates the historic Carnegie building portion while maintaining its historic integrity.

"The community's support has been overwhelming," said Library Director Pam Naples. "In just a few short weeks, over $70,000 has been received for the planned rehabilitation and expansion."

When completed, the donor gift challenge represents $20,000 of the $610,000 still needed by Feb. 28, 2021, enabling the Mount Carroll District Library to move to the next phase of the project.

To participate in the challenge and support Mount Carroll District Library's rehabilitation and expansion project, checks should be made payable to: Mount Carroll District Library Rehab & Expand Fund, 208 N. Main St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053

Charitable contributions to governmental units are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, if made for a public purpose.

For more information, visit www.mountcarrollpubliclibrary.org/rehab-%26-expand-2021 or contact Pam Naples, Director, at 815-244-1751 or director@mountcarrollpubliclibrary.org.