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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.

Homeschool Networking Group
    June 9, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
An informative networking session for homeschooling parents. Activities for the children of the participants will be provided at the same time.


Summer Fest 2017
    June 12-July 23, 2017
Earn slips by reading or attending programs between June 12-July 23. Book Club 1 is for children who are listening to or reading picture books and easy reader books. Book Club 2 is for children who can independently read chapter books. Pick up your slips starting June 12 in the Children's Department. The last day to turn in slips will be July 23.


Family Magic Show
    June 12, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Come seen an awesome magic show with Magician Chris McBrien! For children & their families.


Minecraft
   Tuesday, June 13, 27, & July 11, 3-4 p.m.
Play Minecraft on X-Box or PC! Bring your Mojang login. Space is limited, so register now! June 13 registration, June 27 registration, and July 11 registration.


Stories at the Park-Lions Park
    June 14, 10:30-11 a.m.
Join Miss D for a story time in the park! After, stay to play and snack on popsicles! The story time will be held at the Library if there is inclement weather. Lions Park-598 Michael Drive, Morris.


Family Bingo
    June 15, 6-7 p.m.
Play some fun summer bingo with great prizes and refreshments!


The Pillow Case Project
    June 16, 10-11 a.m.
For children entering 2nd-5th grades in the fall. Register for this Disney-funded project in which children will be taught about how to prepare for emergencies and then decorate a large Disney pillowcase which can serve as the disaster preparedness kit! Register!


Stories at the Park-Goold Park West
    June 20, 10:30-11 a.m.
Join Miss D for a story time in the park! After, stay to play and snack on popsicles! The story time will be held at the Library if there is inclement weather. Goold Park West- 1000 Union St, Morris.


Stories at the Park-Chapin Park
    June 28, 10:30-11 a.m.
Join Miss D for a story time in the park! After, stay to play and snack on popsicles! The story time will be held at the Library if there is inclement weather. Chapin Park- 222 E. Chapin St., Morris.


Build With Legos
    June 29, 6-7 p.m.
Come build with Legos and Lego Duplos! Creations will be displayed in the Children's Department.


Kid's Planting Event
    June 30, 11 a.m.
Come plant some pretty flowers in our garden!


Harry Potter Diorama Contest
Enter your diorama showing your fav scene from any of the Harry Potter books to try to win prizes! Entries accepted Monday, July 3 -Monday, July 10. Judging begins July 10. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 17!


Stories at the Park-West Side Park
    July 5, 10:30-11 a.m.
Join Miss D for a story time in the park! After, stay to play and snack on popsicles! The story time will be held at the Library if there is inclement weather. West Side Park- 2050 Dupont Ave., Morris.


Movie: The Lego Batman Movie
    July 5, 2-4 p.m.
Cool off in our AC while enjoying the newly released DVD. Refreshments will be served.


Ice Cream Story Time
    July 6, 6:30-7 p.m.
Join us for a fun story time in the story time room followed by ice cream!


Stories at the Park-Good Park Central
    July 11, 10:30-11 a.m.
Join Miss D for a story time in the park! After, stay to play and snack on popsicles! The story time will be held at the Library if there is inclement weather. Goold Park Central- 308 Northern Ave., Morris.


Build Your Own Robot
    Infants-preschoolers
    July 12, 10:30-11 a.m.
Have you ever wanted to create your own robot? A funny one, a serious one, or maybe one with different faces on all sides? We know you've thought of it, so come have fun designing your own robot! Registration required.


Kids Life Size Games
    July 12, 10:30-11 a.m.
    Kindergarden - 5th Grade
Life-sized versions of Hungry Hippos, Tic Tac Toe, Memory Game, and Candyland will be available for some supersized game fun!


Creator's Village @ Liberty Arts Fest
    July 14, 11-4 p.m.
Come visit Mr. Matt & Ms. Rose G's table for stories, a fun literature activity, and craft projects!


Storybook Character Parade
    July 15, 11-11:30 a.m.
Dress like your favorite storybook character, meet at the library, and join in the parade through Downtown Morris for the Liberty Arts Fest!


Hidden Harry Potter
   Tuesday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
   Ages 11 and under must have parent/guardian with them in attendance
Go behind the scenes with this insider's peek at one of the most treasured film series of all time. Register.


Build Your Own Robot
    Kindergarden - 5th Grade
    July 19, 2-3 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to create your own robot? A funny one, a serious one, or maybe one with different faces on all sides? We know you've thought of it, so come have fun designing your own robot! Registration required.


Movie: The Lego Movie
    July 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cool off in our AC while enjoying the newly movie. Refreshments will be served.


Kids End of Summer Fest Fair
    July 29, 1-3 p.m.
Join us in celebration of a great Summer Fest 2017 with fun inflatables! Register now.


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