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!
Feb 5 2014 3:30 pm
Early Dismissal Day!
The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain.
For children in Grades K - 5.
Showtime: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
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.
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.
Feb 28 2013 6:00 pm
Chicago area musician Lee Murdock will give a musical presentation, Lighthouse Legends, as part of the Morris Library's Centennial Celebration Concert series.
Like the great castles of Europe, there is an aura of mystery and romance surrounding a lighthouse. Lee's songs and stories share the tragedy and the heroics, the isolation and the breathtaking beauty of lighthouse lore and the U. S. Life Saving Service (later known as the Coast Guard).
Noted as a fluent instrumentalist on the six and twelve string guitars, Murdock specializes in songs from the history of his local Illinois, songs from the prairie and songs from the Great Lakes, also known as the "sweetwater" seas.
Jun 20 2013 6:00 pm
Vintage 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!
Nov 6 2013 6:30 pm
"The Ancient Coal Forest of Mazon Creek" will be presented by David Dolak, geologist, environmental scientist, musician, artist, and string instrument maker.
The Mazon Creek fossils are one of the world's "fossil mother lodes", especially famous for their unique method of preservation. Amateurs and professionals have collected the concentration fossils from this area since the 1840s and important collections of these can be found in major museums throughout the world, including the Field Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and the Royal Ontario Museum. The "Tully Monster", the Illinois State Fossil, is unique to the Mazon Creek area and can still be found along the Mazon River.
Reservations are requested. Register now at 815-942-6880 or in person at the library.
Nov 14 2013 6:00 pm
In 1847 the Rock Island and La Salle Railroad Company was chartered to build between Rock Island on the Mississippi River and La Salle, where connections would be made with the Illinois and Michigan Canal to Chicago. Construction began October of 1851. The first train ran 40 miles southwest from Chicago to Joliet on October 10, 1852. Its power was a 4-4-0 named Rocket.
Local historians Pat Rooney and Brian Nolan will be at the Morris Area Public Library to present a program on the founding community leaders and the histories of the train depots on the Rock Island Line beginning with New Lenox and ending at Annawan, Illinois.
This program is free and open to all.
Don't miss Brian Nolan's artwork on display in the Main Lobby display case; as well as the huge N-Trak Train display in the library lower level November 19-23!
Nov 26 2013 5:00 pm
Free Movie Night: Featuring Man of Steel
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from, and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the sumbol of hope for all mankind.
This movie is rated PG 13, and has a running time of 143 minutes.
Tuesday, November 26, at 5:30 p.m. Register in person (604 Liberty Street, Morris) or over the phone (815.942.6880).
Aug 8 2013 9:00 am
*A Day at Navy Pier bus trip is full at this time. You may put your name on the waitlist by calling the library. If an opening becomes available you will be notified.
There is always something happening at Chicago's lakefront playground. Offering more than 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions, Navy Pier is host to an unparalled array of family-oriented events and entertainment. Your ticket for "A Day at Navy Pier!" will include admission to Shakespeare Theater to see Shrek the Musical. Join everyone's favorite ogre Shrek and wise-cracking Donkey as they embark on a life-changing adventure to rescue the cursed Princess Fiona. This beloved, far from traditional, fairytale journey illuminates the value of friendship and will appeal to all ages; children, teens and adults. You will have plenty of time to view the international fleet of majestic and historic Tall Ships, only at Navy Pier for this one week. There will also be time for shopping, restaurants and seeing all the attractions offered at Navy Pier.
Tickets per person are $30.00 (children age 5 - adult). Under age 5 not recommended for this trip. Children ages 5 up to 18 years must have an adult accompany them. The bus leaves the library at 9 am, Shrek the Musical is at 2 pm, and the bus will depart Navy Pier at 4:30 pm to return to the library.
Register now by calling 815-942-6880, or in person at the library. Payment is due by July 8, 2013.