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.

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.


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!

AARP Driver Safety Course

Nov 13 2014 9:00 am
Nov 13 2014 6:00 pm

Why take the course?

Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions,and the roads you travel every day.  Some drivers age 50+ have never looked back since they got their first driver's license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.

By taking a driver safety course you'll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment.

(This is an all day class with a one hour lunch on your own) Registration Required.

$15 for AARP cardholders

$20 for non-AARP cardholders

Checks preferred, payable to AARP Smart Driver Course. Payment due the day of the class.

Bus Trip "A Christmas Memory"

Nov 15 2014 11:15 am

christmas memoryThe Morris Area Public Library will be taking a bus trip to Theater at the Center in Munster, Indiana to see Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory". Based on Capote's touching memoir of his childhood, this new musical is set in a small Southern town in the 1930's. "A Christmas Memory" chronicles a young boy's friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. "A Christmas Memory" is a festive tale whose songs celebrate the simple pleasures of country life, friendship and the joy of giving during the Christmas season.

$65.00 includes transportation, catered lunch, and show ticket.

Checkin at the library is 11:15 AM, Lunch is at 1:00 PM, Showtime is at 2:30 PM.

Payment is due by October 15, 2014.

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