Al Pine, the mascot of the Alpine Kiwanis, sports an RPL shirt as he checks out the Local History Room, Youth Services, and the Black History display of Rockfordians in the Hart Interim Library, 2023

Source: Photos by Patrick Yarbrough, during Rockford Public Library’s second Scan Day, February 25, 2023.

Rockford is crawling with ghost signs, by Jim Hagerty,, October 20-21, 2022


Rockford is crawling with ghost signs

Source:, October 20-21, 2022

William Leonard Rowland, first librarian, Rockford Public Library, died September 27, 1900, buried in Greenwood Cemetery

Source: Rockford Daily Republic, September 27, 1900; portrait by Peter Van Valkenburg

Rockford Public Library Dog, from Kathi Kresol Online, published in the Rock River Times, April 13, 2022

Azro Goodwin                                       Nellie Goodwin Rew                                Robert Rew                                       Rew house; was Julian-Poorman funeral home in this photo, 1950s, today, Julian-                                                                                                                                                                                                            Poorman-Welte funeral home, 304 N. 5th Street


Rockford Public Library groundbreaking ceremony, 215 N. Wyman Street, October 20, 2021

Dignitaries included Mayor Tom McNamara, library board president Paul Logli and director Lynn Stainbrook. Scandroli Construction Co. is building the new library at 215 N. Wyman Street.

Photographed by Jean Lythgoe, 10-20-2021

County’s First Census in 1835

Source: Rockford Register-Republic, May 3, 1940

Early Day Rockford Narrowly Escaped Going to Wisconsin

Source: Rockford Register-Republic, May 10, 1940