New book on New Philadelphia

Local History:


New Philadephia


The library is pleased to have a copy of Gerald A. McWorter’s book on the local historical site of New Philadelphia

(Information taken from back cover) New Philadelphia, Illinois, was an abolitionist town just 20 miles from slavery, inhabited for more than 100 years. Town founder Frank McWorter bought a total of 16 family members out of slavery, starting with his pregnant wife. Thanks to the efforts of local activists and others, New Philadelphia has been recognized:

1988 — Frank McWorter gravesite on the National Register of Historic Places

2002-2011 — Archaeological dig funded by the national Science Foundation

2009 — National Historic Landmark

2013 — National Park Service Network to Freedom

2017 — In the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and National Museum of African American History and Culture

2018 — Under study to become a National Park

Gerald A. McWorter is a great-great-grandson of Frank McWorter and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Kate Williams-McWorter is associate professor at the same university


Local Author Thomas Mavity

T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U

Everyone grows up in different environments, and the messages we see and hear shape them either positively or negatively. What is important is anyone can achieve success if they choose positive words and actions and want to better themselves. When we mentally discipline and train our mind to positive thinking, physically create a healthy body and lifestyle, emotionally manage our emotions controlling our tongue, and spiritually develop a grateful and loving relationship with God, many self-perceived barriers are eliminated. What is in our thoughts and words comes from our heart.

Heartfelt gratitude, no matter where we are in life, is an ingredient that takes our mind off ourselves and makes us serve others. Act as a leader and not a follower. Speak up for those who cannot help themselves. Use positive words and actions to build a model for success which others will follow. Please and thank you go a long way in life, so when we generate all these qualities and accept God’s grace, there is no stronger ally for life!

We are not alone as we all have made mistakes and hopefully learn by example. Let our positive words and actions bring happiness, love, joy, and creativity into our lives to help others succeed. Are we doing all we can to develop ourselves with the skills God has granted us? Are we mentoring those who are struggling in life who need guidance? Will we leave a positive legacy for our family and society to use as a pillar? The book T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U. will provide powerful, positive words and examples that will help lead to success. If you can visualize, stay focused, work like no other, and give it all to God, your positive life will arrive.

Library Christmas Ornament

Are you looking for a unique, regional Christmas decoration or gift?

How about an ornament commemorating the 110th anniversary of our community’s Carnegie Library?

Christmas ornament

You’ll also be supporting your local library.

Only $5.00.

The Vanishing American Adult



In an era of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and an unprecedented election, the country’s youth are in crisis. Senator Ben Sasse warns the nation about the existential threat to America’s future.

Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, America’s youth are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy.

Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant―are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduate. One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents.

From these disparate phenomena: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close, sees an existential threat to the American way of life.

In The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body―and explains how parents can encourage them.

Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly―without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we’re raising our children and the future of our country.”
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Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Dangerous Games

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world from riots in America to protests on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex-Navy SEAL, Alix revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.

Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America’s most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin’s bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support from Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.

As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben’s help as never before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined. (Back cover blurb.)

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