Special Event

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.

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


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