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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.

Bus Trip- “The Polar Express”
    Sunday, December 17, 11 a.m.
Come take a ride with us on “The Polar Express”! Let’s start the holiday season with something magical! The bus will leave the library around 11 a.m. We will be boarding the train to the North Pole at 1:45 p.m. (at Chicago Union Station). Cost is $50 a person. Registration is FULL!


Kid’s Winter Reading Program
November 1- January 30! Stop in to get full details!


Fall Into a Good Book Story Time
    Thursday, Nov. 2-16, 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Matt will be reading stories by the light of flashlights and lanterns. Wear your pj’s!


Crafty Kids- You Are My Sunshine
    Saturday, November 4, 2 p.m.
Register, as space is limited!


Homeschool Networking Group
    Monday, November 6, 2:30 p.m.
Meet other homeschooling families from the Morris Area. This is a networking session with activities for children provided simultaneously.


Free Willy Movie Series
   Monday, November 6, 13, 20; 5:30 p.m.
Watch Free Willy 1 on November 6, Free Willy 2 on November 13, and Free Willy 3 on November 20.


Lap Sit/Story Time
    Tuesday, Nov. 7 & 14, 9:30-10 a.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 8 & 15, 9:30-10 a.m.
Bring your kiddos to a fun-filled story time! Mrs. Sarah & Mr. Matt will have songs, stories, and maybe some dancing! All ages welcome!


Wiggle Worm
    Tuesday, Nov. 7 & 14, 10-11 a.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 8 & 15, 10-11 a.m.
Enjoy fun activities to help release energy before naptime. The auditorium will be filled with many activities to ensure our little friends have a great time.


Veteran Gratitude Letter Writing
   Thursday, November 9, 4:30 p.m.
Spend some time writing or drawing a thank you letter for veterans of the United States military. This is an all-ages event.


Fire Prevention Program
   Saturday, November 11, 11-1 p.m.
Learn about fire prevention and fire safety!


Family Saturday Movie
   Saturday, November 18, 1 p.m.
Vote for the movie in the Children's Department!


Breakfast With Santa
    Registration by phone only; ask for the Children's Department. Registration begins November 1.     Program is Saturday, November 25.
Register for a time slot. Get a picture with Santa, make an ornament, and have a breakfast snack!


Santa's Workshop
    Thursday, November 30, 4 p.m.


Lab Ratz
    Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how things work? Come discover the wonders of science by exploring it with hands on experience.


Homeschool Networking Group
    Monday, December 4, 2:30 p.m.
Meet other homeschooling families from the Morris Area! This is a networking session with activities for children provided simultaneously.


MCHS Madrigals
    Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Enjoy the carols of the Morris Community High School Madrigals choir! Snacks will be served.


Family Saturday Movie-Polar Express
   Saturday, December 16, 1 p.m.
Snacks will be provided!


Family Painting Night
    Tuesday, December 19, 6 p.m.
Register for this limited space event.


Project Linus Blanket-Making
    Wednesday, December 20, 5:30 p.m.
    Grades 5+
Spend some time making blankets for children in hospitals. Service hours will be offered.


DIY Card Making
    Thursday, December 21, 4:30 p.m.
This DIY is open to all ages.


Lab Ratz
    Saturday, December 30, 2 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how things work? Come discover the wonders of science by exploring it with hands on experience.


Tumble Book Library
This collection has TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math Stories, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, Tumble Puzzles & Games, and TumbleResources for teachers and students. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.

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