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1,000 Books & More Before Kindergarten
Have you registered your child for "1,000 Books & More Before Kindergarten" yet? There's still time!

Visit the Children's Department for full information and to register!

This program is designed with all preschool children, from birth to 5 years old, in mind. The main goal of the program is to encourage families to read aloud to children, while introducing children to a variety of books.

Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" and Concert
    May 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Come hear a concert from members of the Morris High School Band! After the concert, participants will be able to touch some of the instruments!


Hidden Star Wars
   Saturday, May 6, 2-3:30 p.m. p.m.
Experience Star Wars like never before with this thrilling insider's peek at one of the most treasured film series in the galaxy! Hear inside jokes, secret references to other Star Wars films, and dozens of additional exciting moments with this fantastic collection of clips. Registration appreciated.


Sing and Play
    May 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
For infants-5 year olds (pre-k) with parents and caregivers: come join us for songs and story time favorites, and more! After singing, there will be play time with a variety of toys and puzzles!


Chalk the Walk
    May 10, 4:30-5 p.m.
For birth- 5th graders: drop by to help bring some color and cheer to the library's sidewalk. In case of inclement weather, we will bring our art indoors.


Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" and Concert
    May 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Come hear a concert from members of the Morris High School Band! After the concert, participants will be able to touch some of the instruments!


Crafty Kids: Make a bird house
    May 16, 4:30-5 p.m.
K-5th gradeers: come create and style your very own bird house to take home! Registration required.


Family Bingo
   May 18, 6-7 p.m.
For children with their parents and caregivers: join us for bingo fun with great prizes! Refreshments will be served.


Treasure Hunting in Sand
    May 24, 10:30-11 a.m.
Infants-pre-K with parents and caregivers: Small toys and objects will be hidden in sand for the children to dig up like treasure!


Build with Legos
    May 25, 6-7 p.m.
Build with Legos and Lego Duplos! Creations will be displayed in the Children's Department.


Kids Life-Sized Games
    May 30, 4-5 p.m.
Classic games come to life in GIANT form! K-5th graders will play Hungry Hungry Hippos, Tic Tac Toe, Memory Game, and Candy Land, but they won't be board games on a table top. We've super-sized the fun! There will also be game-themed snacks. Registration required.


Library Cards

Children three years and older are eligible for a free library card. Parents must reside in the Morris Area Public Library District. (Check your voter registration card, property tax bill, or call the library at (815) 942-6880.) When applying for a child’s library card, parents must provide two forms of current identification, one must be a photo ID. Library card applications are available at the main desk or in the Children’s Department.

Using the Computer at the Library

Children age 11 and up may use a library computer on their own with a signed parental permission form on file at the library. Children 10 or younger must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian.

Children’s Book Lists

Monarch Award Nominees Illinois K - 3 Reader’s Choice Award

Bluestem Award Nominees Illinois Grades 3 - 5 Reader’s Choice Award

Rebecca Caudill Award Nominees Young Readers Book Award Grades 4 - 8

Newberry Medal Winners Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children

Caldecott Medal Winners Awarded Annually to the Artist for the Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children