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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.

Banned Books Month
   September; Banned Books Week- September 24-30
Celebrate your freedom to read! Stop in and check out our banned or challenged books display and get "Caught reading a banned book"!! Your mug shot will hang in the library (you'll also get one to keep).

Lap Sit/ Story Time
    Tuesdays (September 5th, 12th, 19th), 9:30-10 a.m.
    All ages
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
    Tuesdays (September 5th, 12th, 19th), 10-11 a.m.
    All ages
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.

Crafty Kids- ”Spray Paint”
    Tuesday, September 5, 5:45-7:45 p.m.
Make a painting with a spray technique in our garden! Wear ‘messy clothes’, as we could get messy!

Camp Site Story Time
    Thursday, September 7th, 14th, 21th, 6 p.m.
Mr. Matt and Mrs. Holly will be reading stories by the light of flashlights and lanterns. Wear your pj’s!

Let’s Color By Numbers
    Friday, September 8, 1:30 p.m.
For the little ones who love to color, this activity will help your child identify colors and numbers.

Building With Lego
    Saturday, September 9, 2 p.m.
Build with Lego and Lego Duplo! Creations will be displayed in the Children’s Department.

Let’s Get Creative- Drop In Craft
    Monday, September 11, 10-6 p.m.
Stop in any time between 10-6 to get creative! What will we be creating? Drop in to find out!

    Friday, September 15, 4:30 p.m.
Play Minecraft on PC or X-Box 360! Bring your own Mojang login for Pc use. Register here!

Show Time Family Movie
    Saturday, September 16, 1-3 p.m.
Vote now to see which movie our little friends want to see: Boss Baby or Diary of a Wimpy Kid– The Long Haul. Share some laughs with us! Snacks will be provided.

Arrg Who’s A Real Pirate?
    Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 p.m.
Bring your best pirate impersonation and make your very own treasure map, then head off on a scavenger hunt!

Banned Books Week Movie– Bridge To Terabithia
    Thursday, September 21, 4:30- 6 p.m.
    Rated PG
Celebrate Banned Books Week by watching the 2007 version of the classic banned book. Plot- A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality. PG.

Lab Ratz
    Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how things work? Come discover the wonders of science by exploring it with hands on experience. Registration appreciated.

Wii Sports Battle
    Monday, September 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
All ages– stop in and get your sports on! Tennis, boxing, bowling… we have something for everyone. Will you be our champion?

Family White Elephant Bingo
    Tuesday, September 26, 6 p.m.
Bring at least one ’white elephant’ prize and spend some time playing bingo!

Family Flannel Fest
    Thursday, September 28, 5– 6 p.m.
Get into the Corn Festival spirit! Spend an hour dancing, hearing stories, and snacking on s’mores & cider!

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 open now! This will fill up fast, so reserve your spot today by calling (815-942-6880) or stopping by!

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