Dear Editor:

The Mount Carroll District Library is the heart of our community. In addition to providing access to books and resources, it is a vibrant gathering place for all age groups. The library provides information rich programs ranging from health issues to dancing classes, handicraft classes, local history sessions, music and more.

Since 2005, the Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library have supported the library and its mission by raising funds and generating community support for educational programming and for the restoration of the library.

The Friends also sponsor enrichment programs and special events for the community's enjoyment through the Illinois Humanities Program. The Friends provide funds for book purchases, purchase equipment for the library, and also support special children's programs.

Upcoming fundraisers conducted by Friends include a book sale during the annual City of Mount Carroll Garage Sale Days and Farmer's Market, Tea Party in October, and quilt raffle in December.

As a member of the Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library you can be part of a dynamic group that makes a difference in celebrating the heart of our community, our library. Your financial support and, if you choose, active membership and attendance at meetings will contribute to the continued success of the library and its mission of service to the community.

Yearly supporting membership donations are $10 for individuals and $20 for families. Please send your donations to Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library, 208 N. Main St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053.

We truly appreciate all donors and volunteers for their ongoing generosity to support the work of Friends and the Mount Carroll District Library. The Friends meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the library, at 6 p.m. and new members are always welcome to attend.

The bookshelf quilt that is displayed over the fireplace is an ideal way to honor someone special in your life. This original quilt was designed and crafted by Friends members to recognize gifts of $250 or more by adding names to the books on the shelf.

To add a name to the quilt, please visit the library and pick up a brochure or send your gift to the Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library, 208 N. Main St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053.

For more information about the Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library, please call 815-244-1751.

Anna Gray

President

Friends of The Mount

Carroll District Library