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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!


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


Project Linus Blanket-making
    Tuesday, October 3, 6 p.m.
    Grades 5 and up
Bring materials to make blankets for Project Linus! Project Linus is a non-profit organization that aims to provide home-made blankets to children in need. New, handmade blankets will be collected and delivered to seriously ill and traumatized children ages 0-18. Time spent making blankets at this program will count as volunteer hours. We will also accept donations of materials to be used for blankets.


Yarn Globe Pumpkin
    Thursday, October 5, 4:30-6 p.m.
Make festive pumpkin art out of yarn!


Kids Spooky Movies
    Mondays in October, 6 p.m.
October 2nd- Casper
October 9th- Hocus Pocus
October 16th-_Monster House
October 23rd- The Witches October
October 30th- Halloween Town
Each movie will have a spooky treat to go along with the movies!


Family Movie-”Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul”
    Saturday, October 7, 1-3 p.m.
Watch this movie in our auditorium! Snacks will be provided.


Lap Sit/Story Time
    Tuesday, Oct. 10-31, 9:30-10 a.m.
    Wednesday, Oct. 18 & 25, 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! On October 31, parade your costume around the library!


Wiggle Worm
    Tuesday, Oct. 10-24, 10-11 a.m.
    Wednesday, Oct. 18 & 25, 10-11 a.m.
Enjoy fun activities to help release energy before naptime. The auditorium will be filled with many stations to ensure our little friends have a great time.


Camp Site Story Time
    Thursday, October 12-Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Matt will be reading stories by the light of flashlights and lanterns. Wear your pj’s!


Building With Lego
    Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m.
Build with Lego and Lego Duplo! Creations will be displayed in the Children’s Department.


Lab Ratz
    Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how things work? Come discover the wonders of science by exploring it with hands on experience. Please register online!


“Native Americans of Aux Sable”- Grundy County Historical Society
    Tuesday, October 24, 6 p.m.
Lou Aiello of the Aux Sable Company will give an interactive presentation geared for grade school through adults about the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodland culture who lived in the Aux Sable area.


Haunted Garden
    Thursday, October 26, 4:30 p.m.
Visit our Haunted Garden during Downtown Morris Trick ‘r Treating for candy! The Haunted Garden is located on the South end of the library building.


Kid’s Winter Reading Program
Get ready, kiddos! You spoke, we listened! You all did such an amazing job during the summer, I am positive that we can do even better for the Winter Reading Program. This starts in November so be watching for our final details!

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