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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.

Crafty Kids
    August 4, 5-5:45 p.m.
    K-5th
Get creative and make an awesome marble maze craft. Just drop in and you'll find something easy and fun to make and take home.


Homeschool Networking Group
    August 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
An information and networking session for homeschooling parents. Activities for the children of participants will be provided at the same time.


Crafty Kids
    August 8, 1-2 p.m.
    K-5th
Get creative and make a wonderful suncatcher. Just drop in for something easy and fun to make and take home.


Chalk the Walk
    August 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Birth-5th
Drop by to help bring some color and cheer to the library's sidewalk. In case of inclement weather, we will bring the art indoors.


Back To School
    August 9, 3-6 p.m.
Come join us for a fun time with games, snacks, and refreshments with Mr. Matt, Mrs. Sarah, Mrs. Holly, and our special guest, Mr. Raffel the principal!


Bedtime Stories
    August 10, 6:30-7 p.m.
Bring a blanket and wear PJs for great stories, songs, and more!


Lab Ratz-SLIME
    August 12, 2-3 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how things work? Come discover the wonders of science by exploring it with hands on experience. Registration required.


Family Just Dance
    August 14, 4-5 p.m.
Get your groovy on at the library! Enjoy fun dance and refreshments. Everyone can play!


Bedtime Stories
    August 17, 6:30-7 p.m.
Bring a blanket and wear PJs for great stories, songs, and more!


Build With LEGO
   August 18, 5-5:45 p.m.
    Toddlers-5th Grade
Build with LEGO and LEGO Duplo! Creations will be displayed in the Children's Department.


Purrfect Caturday
    August 19, 12-3 p.m.
Join Joliet Township Animal Control at MAPL for a cat adoption event right after story time! Facebook event.


Bookmark Challenge
    August 21-30
    K-5th Have you ever had a bookmark idea that you would love to have printed? This is your chance! Create a fun bookmark and turn it in before the 30th. That gives you a chance to win and have your creative bookmark printed and handed out at the library. Everyone gets to vote to choose the winner!


Story Time
    August 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Themed story time with a craft.


Lap Sit
    August 23, 9:30-10 a.m.
Story time with songs.


Bedtime Stories
    August 24, 6:30-7 p.m.
Bring a blanket and wear PJs for great stories, songs, and more!


Family Bingo
    August 25, 5-5:45 p.m.
For children with their parents and caregivers: join in some Bingo fun with great prizes! Refreshments will be served.


Family Movie
    August 26, 1-3 p.m.
You-the kids- get to choose the movie from the jar. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Visit the Children's Department for more info.


Lab Ratz-
    August 28, 6:30-7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how things work? Come discover the wonders of science by exploring it with hands on experience. Registration required.


Story Time
    August 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Themed story time with a craft.


Minecraft
    August 29, 5-6 p.m.
Play Minecraft on PC or X-Box 360. Bring your own Mojang login for PC use. Registration required.


Lap Sit
    August 30, 9:30-10 a.m.
Story time with songs.


Create Your Own Puzzle
    August 30, 5-6 p.m.
    K-5th grade
Do you like puzzles? At this fun program, you get to create your very own puzzle to take home! Registration required.


Bedtime Stories
    August 31, 6:30-7 p.m.
Bring a blanket and wear PJs for great stories, songs, and more!


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