Programs and Services

The Morris Public Library offers a variety of programs and services to the members of our community.

We have a wide variety of books and magazines available for our patrons, digitally and in hard copies; DVDs and Audio Books, rotating and permanent collections; museum passes, newspapers, games are also offered at the Library. Multiple online resources, e-books, audiobooks, research databases for all ages are an essential part of our collection and can be accessed through our website on your device or through a computer at our Library. One-one-one technology assistance is also offered to interested patrons, at a convenient appointment time.

We have expanded our programming efforts following the requests of the community. We offer Summer and Winter Reading  Programs for every age and interest group, have enhanced our Early Literacy programming (Story and Music Time, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten), have introduced a variety of programs  for school age children (Pajama Story Time, After School Stories and Crafts and more!)

Adult/General Audience events at the Library draw participants of different interests and backgrounds.

Adults and General Audience

MORRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY ADDS FILM STREAMING SERVICE, KANOPY

With Kanopy, Morris Public Library Patrons Will Have Access to more than 30,000 Films, For FREE

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Morris Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting https://morrispubliclibrary.kanopy.com

Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Featuring a subdivision Kanopy Kids, the service gives access to a collection of high quality children’s programs to help young viewers develop empathy, mindfulness and critical thinking.

Kanopy is sponsored by the Friends of the Morris Public Library.

To access Kanopy at the Morris Public Library: https://morrispubliclibrary.kanopy.com;

Help with Kanopy: https://help.kanopy.com/hc/en-us

Information: 860-567-7440 or https://morrispubliclibrary.net

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Get The Libby App

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?

You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE FOR YOUR PHONE OR TABLET:

https://meet.libbyapp.com/

Click Here

FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO USE

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One-On-One Technology Assistance

The Morris Public Library offers one-on-one Technology Assistance in half hour tech class sessions on Tuesdays (3 pm- 4pm) and Fridays (3:30 pm-6 pm) by appointment. Learn to use a computer, a smart phone or a tablet, find out about how to download library ebooks and audiobooks to your device and use our online catalog to request materials independently. To register: call 860-567-7440 or visit the circulation desk

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Morris Public Library is now on Burbio

We are excited to announce that our events are now on burbio.com and Amazon Alexa.

Join Burbio - for FREE - to follow our calendar and get email updates on upcoming events!

You can also enable the Burbio Skill to ask Alexa about our upcoming events.

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The Morris Public Library is introducing Wowbrary

Wowbrary, a digital subscription service that sends patrons FREE e-mail alerts about Library’s newest books, movies and other materials. The service also allows one to reserve the bestsellers instantly, provides the early notification about the newly added Library materials, and is completely private. To sign up for weekly emails: www.wowbrary.org. The service is sponsored by the Friends of the Morris Public Library.

For more information: 860-567-7440.

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Mystery and Fiction Book Clubs

The September Mystery Book Club will take place at the Morris Public Library on Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. The group will discuss "Gaudy Night" by Dorothy Sayers.

The dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, and the mystery writer Harriet Vane are at the Oxford University reunion night. This evening, Harriet's alma mater turns the characters into the targets of a nightmare of harassment and mysterious, murderous threats.

To register for the Club and reserve a copy of the book: 860-567-7440 or https://morrispubliclibrary.net/library-calendar-event-registration/.

The Fiction Book Club will meet at the Morris Public Library on Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. and discuss "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate.

The novel tells the readers about the events that occurred in Memphis, Tennessee in 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, only to find herself and her siblings in a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals that involved poor children being kidnapped and sold to wealthy families, Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

To register for the Club and reserve a copy of your book:
860-567-7440 or https://morrispubliclibrary.net/library-calendar-event-registration/

"Horses...Horses...Horses" is our August Glass Cabinet Display that introduces the upcoming Country Fair season! The items in the display were loaned to the Library by Morris resident, Harriet Ellis. Thank you!

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"Read Around the Globe" at the Morris Public Library is our new Center Shelf Display featuring novels that will take the reader on a trip around the world, to many foreign countries and new locales, with fascinating characters and intricate plots.

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Children and Teens

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Story and Music Time at the Morris Public Library

The Morris Public Library offers the Story and Music Time Program for the participants’ ages 0-4 every Tuesday at 10 am.

Play games, sing songs, read a story, do a craft with our children’s coordinator Ms. G.

Registration is requested: 860-567-7440.

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The Morris Public Library supports the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Beginning October 1, 2018, families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Morris Public Library.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

The program is available to all families with children (ages 0-5).

For more information, please call the library at 860-567-7440 or visit our website, www.morrispubliclibrary.net

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The Children's Area

Our Children's Area Book and Bulletin Board Display this month is "Camp Out with a Good Book," with adventures and fairy tales, exciting stories about #camping, animals and the fair season fun.

The "Back to School" display, with children's favorite picture and chapter books, can be also found in the Area.