Library Events & Programs

Join us for upcoming events and programs at Morton Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted. Choose an age group in the drop down box below to narrow your search.

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Book Cover Scavenger Hunt
 Book Cover Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, Oct. 1,
Teen Area
Search through the Young Adult area to find book covers that have specific things on them. Enter your answers in our drawing for a prize! October 1-15, during hours library is open. Grades: 7-12
Medicare 101
6:00 - 7:30 pm
 Medicare 101
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6:00 - 7:30 pmMedicare 101
Reuling Room
This class is for anyone desiring updated information on Medicare Parts A-D or Medicare Supplements as we approach the annual enrollment period. Presented by Independent insurance agent, Julie Bicksler. Ages: Adult. Registration required.

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Early Explorers - Planets
10:30 - 11:15 am
 Early Explorers - Planets
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10:30 - 11:15 am
(Wednesdays, Sept 4-Oct 9)
Early Explorers - Pl
Hauter Room
Enter the galaxy and explore the planets in this six week class. Ages: 3-5 yrs old. Registration required. Register once for all 6 sessions.

Lights, Camera, Lunch! - Aladdin
12:30 pm
Lights, Camera, Lunch! - Aladdin
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 12:30 pmLights, Camera, Lunc
Reuling Room
Bring your sack lunch and a blanket for an indoor picnic after early dismissal and eat while enjoying the movie, Aladdin (PG; 128 mins.) All Ages / Families. Movie titles will be released one month prior to the showing date. Any food brought into the Library must remain in the Reuling Room...read more
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Kinder Readers
4:00 - 4:45 pm
 Kinder Readers
Thursday, Oct. 3, 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Hauter Room
Kinder Readers is a program designed to help preschoolers and their caregivers practice kindergarten readiness skills and reinforce those same skills for current kindergarten students through guided activities and storytime. We will learn about our favorite authors, craft, and play - all while worki...read more

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Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 4, 9:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs
Toddler Time
10:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 4, 10:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs 
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Sign & Sing Storytime
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Sign & Sing Storytime
Monday, Oct. 7, 10:15 - 10:45 amSign & Sing Storytim
at Morton Public Library
Join Communication Junction on the first & third Mondays of the month for rhymes, stories, bubbles, and to learn basic American Sign Language. Ages: Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers
Lego Club
3:15 pm
 Lego Club
Monday, Oct. 7, 3:15 pmLego Club
Hauter Room
Children will explore the possibilities of building with LEGOs in a small group setting. They will learn to present their ideas to the group and enjoy positive feedback and encouragement. Meets the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month. Grades: 1-6
Crazy 8s Math Club
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Crazy 8s Math Club
Monday, Oct. 7, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
(Aug 26; Sep 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28)
Crazy 8s Math Club
Reuling Room
Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess...it’s a totally new kind of math club. Make mischief and memories with activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics. You’ll get to take home some...read more

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Meal Prep 101
10:00 am
 Meal Prep 101
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:00 amMeal Prep 101
Reuling Room
This is a beginners class to meal prepping. Participants will learn how to prepare whole freezable meals ahead of schedule, which tools to have on hand, and how to plan out meals for the month. Having meals prepared can help reduce portion size, meet nutrition goals, and help people make better food...read more
Baby Bounce
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Baby Bounce
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:15 - 10:45 am
(2nd & 4th Tues of the month)
Baby Bounce
Hauter Room
Enjoy time with your baby, listen to stories, and learn simple songs and rhymes. Ages: 0-18 months.
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Color by Design has been cancelled today
Color by Design has been cancelled today
Wednesday, Oct. 9,
Reuling Room
Early Explorers - Planets
10:30 - 11:15 am
 Early Explorers - Planets
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 - 11:15 am
(Wednesdays, Sept 4-Oct 9)
Early Explorers - Pl
Hauter Room
Enter the galaxy and explore the planets in this six week class. Ages: 3-5 yrs old. Registration required. Register once for all 6 sessions.

Fraud Fighters
11:00 am
 Fraud Fighters
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 11:00 am
Reuling Room
A Morton Police Detective will discuss fraud prevention including tips to avoid phone and internet scams. Ages: Adults. Registration required.
Color by Design
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Color by Design
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
(2nd Wed. of the month)
Color by Design
Reuling Room
Use markers or colored pencils to fill in intricate coloring pages while enjoying snacks and conversation. All supplies and snacks will be provided. Grades: 5-8. Registration required.

Library Board Meeting
4:30 pm
 Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4:30 pm
Board Room at Morton Library
The Library Board of Trustees Meetings are held in the Board Room at 4:30 p.m. (unless noted otherwise) and are open to the public. No January 2020 meeting.
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Be You Nique Crafting
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Be You Nique Crafting
Thursday, Oct. 10, 3:30 - 4:30 pmBe You Nique Craftin
Hauter Room
We're making popsicle stick spider webs! Grades: K-3. Registration required.
Family Trivia Night
6:00 - 8:00 pm
 Family Trivia Night
Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pmFamily Trivia Night
Reuling Room
Bring your family or a team of 2-6 people and join us for pizza and trivia! Prizes will be awarded at the end of the night to the teams in 1st and 2nd place! All Ages. Registration required. Only one registration needed per group/family. 
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Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 11, 9:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs
Toddler Time
10:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 11, 10:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs 
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Falling for Fashion with Thr3ads Boutique
10:00 - 11:00 am
Falling for Fashion with Thr3ads Boutique
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Reuling Room
Morton Public Library is pleased to welcome Keli from Thr3ads Boutique to share women’s Fall fashion trends, along with tips and tricks to polishing your outfits. Come join us for coffee and style chatting! Ages: Adults. Registration required.

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Wiggles & Giggles
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Wiggles & Giggles
Monday, Oct. 14, 10:15 - 10:45 am
(2nd & 4th Monday of the month)
Wiggles & Giggles
Hauter Room
Is baby on the move? You don't have to sit still for this storytime! This is an active storytime designed for new walkers, movers, and shakers to learn new songs and fun stories. Ages: 12-24 months
Celebrate 1492: Paint the Ocean Blue
2:30 - 3:15pm
Celebrate 1492: Paint the Ocean Blue
Monday, Oct. 14, 2:30 - 3:15pm
Hauter Room
Join us for a Columbus Day painting craft! Smocks will be provided, but please dress in clothes for painting. Grades: K-3. Registration required.

Whatever Floats Your Boat
3:30 - 4:15 pm
 Whatever Floats Your Boat
Monday, Oct. 14, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Hauter Room
Can you build an unsinkable ship? Design your own boat and put it to the test! Grades: 4-6. Registration required.

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Don’t Panic!: Computer Tips & Troubleshooting Tricks
8:00 - 9:00 am
Don’t Panic!: Computer Tips & Troubleshooting Tricks
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8:00 - 9:00 am
at Morton Public Library
Learn some simple ways to help yourself when your computer isn't cooperating, plus some simple tips and tricks that will make using the computer easier! Attendees should already have some computer experience and feel comfortable using a mouse and keyboard. Ages: Adults. Registration required.

G.E.M.S. Girls Science Club
4:00 - 5:30 pm
 G.E.M.S. Girls Science Club
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:00 - 5:30 pmG.E.M.S. Girls Scien
at Morton Public Library
DNA Genetics by Lisa McCormick, a genetics scientist. The girls learned some basic scientific concepts related to conducting good experiments, extracted DNA from a strawberry, and made DNA necklaces. Lisa explained her background and shared information about some of her favorite genet...read more

Books & Bites Book Club @ Monical’s Pizza
6:30 pm
Books & Bites Book Club @ Monical’s Pizza
3rd Tues of the monthBooks & Bites Book C
Monical's, 1067 W Jackson St, Morton, IL 61550
Join us for book discussion and local food. Request to join our Facebook group! Ages: AdultBooks & locations Sept-Dec:9/17: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick @ Schooner’s10/15: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield @ Monical’s11/19: Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl @ ...read more
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Find the Zombie
 Find the Zombie
Wednesday, Oct. 16,
Teen Area
Find the Zombie hidden somewhere in the Young Adult area and bring it up to the help desk for a piece of Halloween candy. October 16-31, during hours library is open. Grades: 7-12
A.A.R.P. Driver Safety Course
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
 A.A.R.P. Driver Safety Course
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Oct. 16 & 17)
A.A.R.P. Driver Safe
at Morton Public Library
In this 2-day course, (Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 16 & 17, 9:00am-1:00pm) learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. For drivers age 50 and older.  Must have a...read more

Chapter Chatters Book Club
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Chapter Chatters Book Club
3rd Wed. of the monthChapter Chatters Boo
Reuling Room
This is a Book Club for grades 4-6 and meets once a month for a book discussion, activities, and snacks. Snacks and drinks are provided.  Grades: 4-6. Here are the upcoming book selections:September - The Map-Trap by Andrew ClementsOctober - From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler ...read more
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A.A.R.P. Driver Safety Course
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
 A.A.R.P. Driver Safety Course
Thursday, Oct. 17, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Oct. 16 & 17)
A.A.R.P. Driver Safe
at Morton Public Library
In this 2-day course, (Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 16 & 17, 9:00am-1:00pm) learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. For drivers age 50 and older.  Must have a...read more

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Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 18, 9:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs
Toddler Time
10:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs 
Harry Potter Night at Morton Rec Center
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Harry Potter Night at Morton Rec Center
Friday, Oct. 18, 5:30 - 8:30 pmHarry Potter Night a
Morton Recreation Center, 324 S Detroit Ave
We're partnering with the Park District for a FREE, magical night of fun! Come to the Morton Recreation Center for Harry Potter crafts and games including Quidditch, potions, wand making, and more! Butterbeer made by Eli's Coffee will be for sale at the concession stand. A photo booth will b...read more
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Sign & Sing Storytime
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Sign & Sing Storytime
Monday, Oct. 21, 10:15 - 10:45 amSign & Sing Storytim
at Morton Public Library
Join Communication Junction on the first & third Mondays of the month for rhymes, stories, bubbles, and to learn basic American Sign Language. Ages: Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers
Lego Club
3:15 pm
 Lego Club
Monday, Oct. 21, 3:15 pmLego Club
Hauter Room
Children will explore the possibilities of building with LEGOs in a small group setting. They will learn to present their ideas to the group and enjoy positive feedback and encouragement. Meets the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month. Grades: 1-6
Crazy 8s Math Club
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Crazy 8s Math Club
Monday, Oct. 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
(Aug 26; Sep 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28)
Crazy 8s Math Club
Reuling Room
Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess...it’s a totally new kind of math club. Make mischief and memories with activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics. You’ll get to take home some...read more

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Baby Bounce
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Baby Bounce
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10:15 - 10:45 am
(2nd & 4th Tues of the month)
Baby Bounce
Hauter Room
Enjoy time with your baby, listen to stories, and learn simple songs and rhymes. Ages: 0-18 months.
ARTichokes and Crafts
6:00 - 7:00 pm
 ARTichokes and Crafts
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
at Morton Public Library
All are welcome to drop-in for art. Stamp and paint using vegetables! All supplies provided. All Ages.
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Tickets available for "Nutcracker" preview performance at MPL
Tickets available for "Nutcracker" preview performance at MPL
Wednesday, Oct. 23,
at Morton Public Library
Available beginning today! Tickets for the preview performance of the "Nutcracker" performed on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm. at Morton Library by dancers from the Central Illinois Ballet. Children will be invited to visit with the dancers and participate in a short ballet le...read more
Matinee - Yesterday (PG-13)
2:00 pm
 Matinee - Yesterday (PG-13)
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2:00 pmMatinee - Yesterday
Reuling Room
Enjoy a free movie! Today's movie isYesterday (PG-13). After a freak accident during a worldwide blackout, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes to discover that he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles. Using this newfound benefit to his advantage, Jack begins plagiarising...read more
UnBEElievable Science
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 UnBEElievable Science
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Hauter Room
Learn about how bees are crucial to our ecosystem and how you can help them thrive! Grades: 4-6. Registration required.

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Instant Pot Soups
5:30 - 6:30 pm
 Instant Pot Soups
Thursday, Oct. 24, 5:30 - 6:30 pmInstant Pot Soups
Reuling Room
Fall is the best time for a comforting bowl of soup! Come learn how to make several quick and easy soups using the Instant Pot. Live demonstration and taste testing included. Ages: Adult. Registration required.

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Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 25, 9:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs
Toddler Time Costume Parade
9:30 am
 Toddler Time Costume Parade
Friday, Oct. 25, 9:30 amToddler Time Costume
Reuling Room
Come to Toddler Time in costume and then parade around the library! After the 9:30 am Toddler Time. Ages: 0-5
Toddler Time
10:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Oct. 25, 10:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs 
Toddler Time Costume Parade
10:30 am
 Toddler Time Costume Parade
Friday, Oct. 25, 10:30 amToddler Time Costume
Reuling Room
Come to Toddler Time in costume and then parade around the library! After the 10:30 am Toddler Time. Ages: 0-5
Trick or Treat Main Street
4:00 - 6:00 pm
 Trick or Treat Main Street
Friday, Oct. 25, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
at Morton Public Library
Visit the Library during Trick or Treat Main Street for games, crafts, and treats! All Ages.
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Wiggles & Giggles
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Wiggles & Giggles
Monday, Oct. 28, 10:15 - 10:45 am
(2nd & 4th Monday of the month)
Wiggles & Giggles
Hauter Room
Is baby on the move? You don't have to sit still for this storytime! This is an active storytime designed for new walkers, movers, and shakers to learn new songs and fun stories. Ages: 12-24 months
Crazy 8s Math Club
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Crazy 8s Math Club
Monday, Oct. 28, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
(Aug 26; Sep 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28)
Crazy 8s Math Club
Reuling Room
Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess...it’s a totally new kind of math club. Make mischief and memories with activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics. You’ll get to take home some...read more

Enneagram for Parents and Grandparents
6:30 pm
Enneagram for Parents and Grandparents
Monday, Oct. 28, 6:30 pm
Reuling Room
Learn about the Enneagram and how it can impact the way you parent and grandparent. Discovers insights on how you interact with the most important people in your life. Presented by Jennifer Keithley, Behavioral Sciences Professor at ICC. Ages: Adults. Registration required.
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Sensory Sensitive Storytime
6:30 - 7:00 pm
 Sensory Sensitive Storytime
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Hauter Room
Sensory sensitive storytime is designed for toddlers and preschoolers that have sensory challenges or are more comfortable with a smaller, quieter story program. Books and activities are similiar as those at Toddler Time but adapted to meet the needs of our patrons with sensory processing special ne...read more

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Monster Mayhem
10:30 - 11:15 am
 Monster Mayhem
Thursday, Oct. 31, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Hauter Room
You'll meet some friendly monsters, make a craft and learn some new songs. Costumes welcome. Ages: 3-5. Registration required.

  
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