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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Library Closing Tonight at 4:00 p.m.

Feb 17 2014 4:00 pm

Because of the current weather conditions, the Morris Area Public Library will close at 4:00 p.m. this evening.

We suggest staying in and staying warm!

The Library will be Closed Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving

Nov 28 2013
Nov 29 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

The Library will be closed Thursday November 28th and Friday November 29th.

Raiders of the Lost Books

Jul 30 2013 1:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:30 PM for "Raiders of the Lost Books"!  Travel the mysteries of Illinois vaudeville, magic, comedy, and ventriloquism with Chris McBrien as Illinois Jones.  This program is for children entering 1st-5th grades; adult supervision is required.  No registration needed.

This program is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John Hynds.

 Raiders of the Lost Books

Folk Traditions with Adam Miller

Apr 23 2013 6:00 pm

Adam Miller will be at the Morris Library on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. to present his program, Folk Traditions, to the Morris community.  This entertaining and interactive sing-along program introduces audiences to American folksongs and folklore.  Not only does the program aid in the development of cultural and historical literacy, it emphasizes the importance of history as a story well told.  People of all ages will have a great time learning about American folklore and folk traditions while singing along. 

One of the premier auto harpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist, and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over 5,000 songs.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beatiful autoharp melodies.  A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages. 

This program is free and open to the public.  Cal 815-942-6880 to register today. 

March Movie Night: Life of Pi

Mar 13 2013 5:30 pm


The Morris Area Public Library's movie night for March will take place on Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m.  We will be featuring the movie Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee.

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery.  While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor:  a fearsome Bengal tiger. 

This movie is free and open to the public.  To register, please call 815-942-6880 or visit the library.  Refreshments will also be available. 

Book Sale at the Library!

Oct 12 2013 4:00 pm
Oct 12 2013 6:00 pm

Book Sale in the Courtyard!

The Friends of the Library are having an outdoor book sale during Cruise Night on Saturday, October 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.The sale will be held in the South Courtyard Garden.

The Friends of the Library are a volunteer organization formed in October 1998. The Friends raise money to fund special events and purchase items and materials for the Library. Help support the Friends and the Library!

 If you would like to donate gently used books for the sale, you may drop them off on Friday, October 11th between 9:00 AM and Noon at the South entrance to the Library. There will be volunteers to assist you.

Life Below Stairs: From Scullery Maid to Lady's Maid

May 30 2013 6:00 pm

You've read about them in books.  In Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Cosette is treated as a scullery maid for the duration of her stay in Montfermeil.  In Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, the protagonist Ella becomes a scullery maid for her wicked stepmother.  Last but least, in The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the character Martha is also depicted as a scullery maid. 


You've seen them in movies.  Snow White in the 1937 Disney animated film was a scullery maid.  Disney's Cinderella in the 1950 film was one as well.  


Presenter Rachael Mellen has over 30 years of experience in genealogical research and teaching.  She will share her personal connection to "Life Below Stairs:  From Scullery Maid to Lady's Maid," as well as slides, recipes, and first-hand accounts from those who lived below stairs.  This program will take place on Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m.


Reserve your seat today by calling 815-942-6880 or stop in the library.

Waltzing Australia

Jun 11 2013 6:00 pm

Waltzing Australia

Do you want to learn more about the beautiful country of Australia?  The Morris Library has just the program you've been waiting for.  On Tuesday, June 11 at 6 p.m., Cynthia Clampitt will be at the library to tell you everything she has learned throughout her journeys in Australia. 

From sophisticated cities to rugged outback, desert to rainforest, Great Barrier Reef to ancient inland ranges, the "Land Down Under" offers a kaleidoscope of memorable experiences.  Australia is a splendid destination with friendly people, astonishing landscapes, strange animals, great wineries, abundant birdlife, and rich history.  Though writer-photographer Cynthia Clampitt has visited Australia several times, this presentation focuses on places visited during the six-month, 20,000-mile journey that is the subject of her award-winning book, Waltzing Australia.

This program is free and open to the public.  To register, please call 815-942-6880 or stop in! 

Vintage Music and Humor!

Jun 20 2013 6:00 pm

Lance BrownVintage Music and Humor with singer/songwriter Lance Brown

Lance Brown was nick-named "Archtop Brownie" after his old 1946 Gibson L-7 arch top guitar. His original music is rooted in the humor and profundity of life with influences like Dylan, Cohen and Waits. A performance by Lance is a journey into the music and humor of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. Lance says he wrote the show in order to take us back to a time when people had less - but seemed pretty darn happy anyhow. He says he wanted to show how the music in those days told you to get up, get out of bed, stop feeling sorry for yourself and tackle your day. And how the humor did not dwell on other people's misery but was more about laughing at ourselves as we tripped over our own shoelaces. To that end, Lance plays guitar and sings from his roots in jazz, swing and blues while indulging his audiences in stories and anecdotes that are funny but not offensive. Lance Brown has 25 years of experience as an actor, musician and entertainer.

This program is free and open to the public.  To register, please call 815-942-6880 or stop in!

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