Special Event

N-Trak Train Exhibit

Nov 19 2014 9:00 am
Nov 22 2014 4:00 pm

MCHS Madrigals

Dec 11 2014 6:00 pm

Open House Reception to welcome new Director and open new Teen Space

Aug 17 2014 1:00 pm
Aug 17 2014 3:00 pm

you're invited

The Morris Area Public Library invites the community to attend a reception Sunday August 17, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM to welcome Lorene Kennard as the new Director. Refreshments will be served by volunteers from the Friends of the Library group.

Lorene was hired after a unanimous vote by the Morris Area Public Library Board of Trustees. “We are very happy to be getting a hometown person as director for our library.” Board President Jo Dergo said. “We feel she’ll do an outstanding job.”

Lorene, who was born and raised in Grundy County, attended Morris Elementary School District 54 until sixth grade, when the family moved to Mazon. She graduated from the former Mazon Verona Kinsman High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in English from Illinois State University, and her master’s degree in Library Information Science from the University of South Carolina.

Lorene said she is happy to be the director of the library she went to as a child. “I’m really excited to be the director of my hometown library.”

The community is also invited to view the new Teen Space at the Morris Area Public Library. As the recipient of the annual Bowker-Ostrem-Holderman Endowment, the library was able to purchase new furniture, shelving, a rug, books and other materials for teens in grades six through twelve. The Community Foundation of Grundy County stewards the grant funds of the endowment that was set up by the Holderman granddaughters to benefit the library and lifelong learning.

The Morris Area Public Library is located at 604 Liberty Street, Morris, IL 60450. For further information please contact the library at 815-942-6880.

Furry Friends Traveling Zoo

Jul 15 2014 1:30 pm

Furry friends will be bringing animals to the library! The program will consist of 1/2 hour of information on each animal with question and answer time. The later half of the program is a "hands on" portion where the children are allowed to touch and pet the animals.

Kick off the Summer Reading Program with a Childrens Pet Parade!

Jun 6 2014 10:30 am

Bring any pet, real or stuffed, to the Morris Area Public Library Pet Parade. Parade lineup will begin on the sidewalk of the south gate of the library's flower garden. Once the parade begins, participants will march in front of the library, turn west around the block and head to Chapin Park.

*Please note that live animals must be on a leash or in a cage.

Pet Portraits with ELBE Photography!

Jun 7 2014 10:00 am
Jun 7 2014 1:00 pm

The Morris Library welcomes Lauren Broderick of ELBE Photography who will set up in the lower level of the library on Saturday June 7th from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring your pet to be photographed, there is NO sitting fee, NO obligation to purchase, however prints may be viewed and ordered online at a deep, deep, deep discount!

* Pets must be leased or contained. No registration, just drop in between 10 am and 1 pm.

Bus Trip to Drury Lane to see The Game's Afoot

Sep 4 2014 10:00 am

the games afootThursday, September 4th the library is taking a bus trip to Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook to see "The Game's Afoot".

From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper. $61.00 includes transportation, lunch, and matinee show ticket. Call 815-942-6880 to register. Payment is due by August 4, 2014.

Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards - Best Play!

10:00 am Checkin at the library

11:30 am Lunch at Drury Lane

1:30 pm Showtime


Pet Food and Shelter Supply Drive June 8-21!

Jun 8 2014 1:00 pm
Jun 21 2014 4:00 pm

Make a difference by donating pet food and supplies! Drop your donation off during normal library hours.

Requested items are- Dog and Cat Collars, Ceramic Food and Water Bowls, Towels and Small Blankets, IAMS Dog Food, IAMS Cat Food, Purina Kitten Chow, Canned Cat & Kitten Food, Nylabone Chew Bones, Big Rawhide Chews, Large Trash Bags, Small Kitchen Bags, Paper Towels, Laundry Soap & Bleach, Dishwashing Liquid, Postage Stamps, Gift Cards! (Farm & Fleet, WalMart, Brother's Country Supply, Menards), and Monetary Donations!

Your donations will be divided among Just Animals No-Kill Shelter, Pet Project No-Kill Shelter, and Grundy County Animal Control.

Bus Trip to Shipshewana

Oct 7 2014 8:15 am

The Morris Library is taking a bus trip on October 7, 2014 to Shipshewana, Indiana.

ShipshewanaTake a step back in time..... to Shipshewana! In Shipshewana you'll find buggy rides, all sorts of tours from furniture making, to cheese making, to trips down country lanes. Famous for some of the best shopping in Amish country, Shipshewana has over 125 delightful shops, which are open all year. There is definitely a wide variety of stores filled with quilts, antiques, crafts, tools, and much more!

Autumn along the Amish backroads  is almost magical. The harvest is in. The aromas of freshly baked goods-- especially the dozens of different pies-- fill the air. Color is in the leaves, the markets and on the tables as the bounty of the summer is shared with friends and family. Whether you're doing some early holiday shopping, seeking fresh, farm-grown produce for canning and preserving or just in the mood to wander among artisans while enjoying the first crisp air of the season, there's nothing quite like the markets in Shipshewana.

$32.00 per person includes transportation to Shipshewana, located in La Grange County, Indiana. The trip is just under 3 hours, however there will be a stop halfway to get out and stretch.The bus leaves the library at 8:30 AM and will return to Morris at approximately 7:45 PM. Beware-- A long day and lots of walking!

SPECIAL!  Register and pay by September 7 and you will be entered into a drawing. Two people will go for FREE!

May the Fourth Party

May 4 2014 1:00 pm

Chicago Jedi 

Join us for some Star Wars fun!

Games! Star Wars trivia, Force (bingo), destroy the Death Star (it's made of candy)

Food! Who amongst us doesn't like food?

Costume contest! See handout for more deets

Meet the Chicago Jedi! Learn lightsaber skills, Jedi Mind Tricks, or just hang out with real Jedi


Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All ages welcome! 

Registration appreciated, call or stop by for further details

815.942.6880       604 Liberty St., Morris

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