We offer a rich local history collection assembled by the award-winning Linda Stengele. Among our treasures listed below, you can even find fun facts about the early days of the library:

● In January 1936, the Village appointed a Library Board and accepted a $65 donation from the Norge Ski Club.
● Our first librarian, Miss Graves, came to the library thanks to the WPA, and she catalogued the library's 300 books.
● By 1951, the library held 2200 books and was open weekdays 3:30-4:30pm for children, and 7:30-8:30pm Thursdays for all others.

Collection Contents

  • Library scrapbooks: 1954- early 2000's
  • Community/historical scrapbooks: 1942- early 2000's
  • School photos binder
  • "Village of Fox River Grove officials" binder
  • Lists of gifts/memorials given to the library: 1955-2003
  • Balloonport binder
  • Train station & village redevelopment binder
  • Binders on Fox River Grove residents, businesses, and telephone books
  • Norge Ski Club binders: 1905-present
  • Czechoslovakian Newsletters
  • Binders on Fox River Grove Friends of the Library
  • Binders on the Fox River Grove Lions Club
  • VHS tapes about Village history
  • Historical photographs
  • Other items dating as far back as 1834

And More!

We also have historical information on Algonquin Township, Cary, Chicago, Huntley, Nunda Township, and several items on McHenry County, including:
● Cemeteries and obituaries: Cary, McHenry County, and Nunda & Algonquin townships
● IL Turner camp binder
● Biographical index to McHenry County
● McHenry county marriages: 1837-1899
● Books about McHenry county: 1832-1968, 1995