Library's 'Rehab & Expand' 2021 gets major gift

The Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library made a $25,000 donation Saturday, Oct. 17, to the library’s “Rehab & Expand 2021” fundraiser.  Anna Gray, president of the Friends group, front row second from right, and Pam Naples, library director, hold the oversized check. “We are considering this donation as the “Kick-off” to the library’s “Rehab & Expand 2021” fundraiser,” said Laurel Bergren, front row far left, president of the Board of Trustees. “With the Friends’ donation, we are $41,100 closer to our goal.” Also participating in the check presentation are, front row far right, Kadina Atherton, and back, from left, Catherine Mahaney, Nancy Gimitro, Alan Rosenberg, Diane Manikowski and Terry Tonon.

With a gift of $25,000 from The Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library NFP on Saturday, Oct. 17, the Mount Carroll District Library officially kicked off its Rehab & Expand 2021 capital campaign.

As of this printing, the Library has raised $41,100 of the $680,000 needed to access the $1,157,245 grant from the Illinois Public Library Construction Act Grant Program reserved exclusively for the Mount Carroll District Library. In order to move on to the next phase, the library must raise the balance by Feb. 28, 2021.

Since 2012, the Mount Carroll District Library planned, designed, wrote grants, sold surplus items, and accumulated funds through bequests and donations in an effort to meet its accessibility, space and climate control needs.

"The Rehab & Expand 2021 capital campaign is really not about a building, it's about what you will do inside," explained Laurel Bergren, Mount Carroll District Library Board President.

"The rehabilitation and expansion of the library facility removes barriers of entry by providing an accessible entrance, accessible restrooms,” said Bergren, “along with adding more space for everyone to participate in programs, access books, socialize, enjoy quiet time, work from ‘home,’ and access technology.”

The planned upgrade adds 7,289 square feet of library space, addresses ADA accessibility and rehabilitates the historic Carnegie building portion while maintaining its historic integrity. Construction is planned for summer of 2021.

For more information, contact Pam Naples, at or 815-244-1751.

You may also visit Rehab & Expand 2021 at