Special Event

Children's Summer Reading Fest FINALE

Jul 17 2015 1:30 pm

Don't miss Andy Head's award-winning Comedy Juggling Show!

Adults and children alike will be astounded by his gravity-defying tricks, juggling, and comedy. He will leave you cheering for more!

Plus refreshments!

Attendees must have five stickers from weekly visits in his/her reading folder.

Lance Brown presents...Sing Them Blues, What They is, and What They Ain't

Jun 23 2015 6:00 pm

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Join us for a fun, entertaining look at the history of blues and its influence on music today! Lance Brown has toured as a singer/songwriter from Maine to Colorado and has created a vast collection of original seriously satirical songs. His major influences can be found in swing, jazz and blues. 

Call or visit us to register today!

Barry Cloyd presents...Woody Guthrie, Dustbowl Troubadour

Jun 11 2015 6:00 pm

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Join us for an exciting one-man original presentation of the life, times, and rough and tumble story of America's balladeer, Woody Guthrie! Guthrie's stories and songs chronicle America's human history of struggle, work and the hard-driving spirit that saw our country through many hard times. Songs like "This Land is Your Land" and hundreds of others are a staple in our national heritage, and you won't want to miss seeing this story brought to life!

Barry Cloyd is a Midwestern based, touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, who has spent a lifetime creating a performance style that weaves the genres of Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music into a unique blend all his own.

Call or visit us to register today!

"Who's Your Character?" Kick Off

Jun 11 2015 3:00 pm

"Who's Your Character" Kick Off

Suit up and celebrate the "Who's Your Character?" Summer Fest!

Make your own costume to compete in the cosplay contest. The categories are: best comic character, best anime/manga character, and best overall character. 

Stop in for further info and rules, and to register!


Bus Trip to "Les Miserables" at the Paramount Theatre Cancelled

Apr 9 2015 5:40 pm

The Morris Area Public Library will be taking a trip to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora to see Les Miserables.

Author Talk~Stephen Bardo

Oct 4 2014 2:00 pm

Bardo Book CoverStephen Bardo will be speaking at the Morris library on Saturday, October 4 at 2 PM.

During his standout career at the University of Illinois, 6’5″ Bardo scored 909 points and compiled 495 assists. He was part of the Flyin’ Illini team that qualified for the 1989 NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four. That Fighting Illini team gained the moniker “Flyin’ Illini” by Dick Vitale while broadcasting a game during the 1988-89 season. Bardo was named Big Ten defensive player of the year in 1989. Bardo was selected in the 1990 NBA Draft by theAtlanta Hawks, but never played for the team, playing one game (one minute) with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1991–92 NBA season. He also appeared for the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons, amassing 32 more regular season games, and leaving the National Basketball Association with averages of 2 points, 2 rebounds and one assist.  Bardo also played in Europe, Japan, and theContinental Basketball Association. Since retiring from basketball in 2000, Bardo has worked in broadcasting. He has served as a color analyst for the Illini Sports Network, a sports reporter for WBBM-TVin Chicago, an analyst and reporter for CBS Sports, and a color analyst for college basketball on ESPN and Big Ten Network. He has also participated on ESPN First Take. Additionally, he works as a motivational speaker.

  Bardo will have copies of his recent book, “The Flyin’ Illini – The Untold Story for One of College Basketballs’ Elite Teams," available for purchase and signing. Register today by calling 815.942.6880 or stopping in to the library to reserve your place in line for the book signing.


Food For Fines

Sep 15 2014 9:00 am
Sep 30 2014 8:00 pm

From September 15- September 30, we will offer a Food For Fines program.  

If you have overdue fines, you can donate food instead of paying with money.  For every one non-perishable food item that you bring in, we will waive $1.00 in overdue fines.  All food collected will be donated to WeCare.  

For more info, and a list of acceptable items, stop by the library today.

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.

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