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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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Monday, Apr. 1
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Sign & Sing Storytime
10:15 am
 Sign & Sing Storytime
Monday, Apr. 1, 10:15 am
Join Communication Junction for rhymes, stories, and bubbles and learn basic American Sign Language.Ages 0-5.
Sign & Sing Storytime
11:00 am
 Sign & Sing Storytime
Monday, Apr. 1, 11:00 am
Join Communication Junction for rhymes, stories, and bubbles and learn basic American Sign Language.Ages 0-5.
The Help Desk
1:30-3:00 pm
 The Help Desk
Monday, Apr. 1, 1:30-3:00 pm
Do you have tech questions? Book a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment by calling 309-263-2200. Topics could include: finding items on the internet and using email; MPL apps; navigating a new device; and connecting with social media. We can give a little assistance to get started doing something new o...read more
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Tuesday, Apr. 2
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Preschool Pals Storytime
9:30-10:00 am
 Preschool Pals Storytime
Tuesday, Apr. 2, 9:30-10:00 am
Is your little one ready for a gentle introduction to a classroom setting? Each session of Preschool Pals includes books, music, and a simple craft focusing on one topic.Ages 2.5-5, siblings welcome.
LEGO Club
3:15-4:00 pm
 LEGO Club
Tuesday, Apr. 2, 3:15-4:00 pm
Explore the possibilities of building with LEGOs and meet other LEGO lovers! Use the library's LEGO bricks to build a creation to display in our children's area.Grades K-6.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Wednesday, Apr. 3
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
POSTPONED: The Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinkers with Dr. Temple Grandin
7:00-8:00 pm
POSTPONED: The Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinkers with Dr. Temple Grandin
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 7:00-8:00 pm
Zoom
This program has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 4.Join us for a special event with Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. Dr. Grandin has been at the forefront of research and activism for autism and neurodiversity for decades.Register h...read more
Early Explorers: Things That Go
10:30-11:15 am
 Early Explorers: Things That Go
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 10:30-11:15 am
From trucks to trains, we will explore it all in this four week class. Each session will feature a different form of transportation with a craft and a story. Register once for all 4 sessionsAges 3-5.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
Crafternoon: Watercolor painting
1:30-2:30 pm
Crafternoon: Watercolor painting
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 1:30-2:30 pm
In April, we will try our hand at some simple watercolor techniques.Adults.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Thursday, Apr. 4
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Homeschool Hangout
9:30-10:30 am
 Homeschool Hangout
Thursday, Apr. 4, 9:30-10:30 am
Travel the globe and learn about different cultures. Each session we will focus on a different geographic region. For each region, we will learn about the continent, culture, and a few phrases in the primary language using Mango Languages. Sign up once for all 6 sessions. Meets the 1st and 3rd Thurs...read more

or call 309-263-2200.
Pinhole Projection Eclipse Viewer
3:45-4:30 pm
Pinhole Projection Eclipse Viewer
Thursday, Apr. 4, 3:45-4:30 pm
Bring a shoebox or cereal box and make a pinhole projector you can use to safely view the solar eclipse on April 8. We'll also talk a little bit about the sun, earth, and moon, and what makes a solar eclipse.Grades 4-6.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
Let’s Learn About Eclipses
6:00-7:00 pm
Let’s Learn About Eclipses
Thursday, Apr. 4, 6:00-7:00 pm
What exactly is a solar eclipse, and how does it happen? Come as a family to learn how the sun, moon and Earth make an eclipse happen and how you can safely observe the partial eclipse on April 8. Register once for the whole family.Recommended for families with kids age 4-10.Registration required.Al...read more
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Friday, Apr. 5
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Friday Friends Storytime
9:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 5, 9:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
Friday Friends Storytime
10:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 5, 10:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Saturday, Apr. 6
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Monday, Apr. 8
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Tuesday, Apr. 9
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Seed Starting 101
6:30-7:30 pm
 Seed Starting 101
Tuesday, Apr. 9, 6:30-7:30 pm
Join gardener Janine Donahue as she teaches you how to start your favorite annuals, perennials and vegetables from seed. Learn how starting your own plants from seed can be fun, economical and allow for more diversity of plantings in your garden.All Ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.Reg...read more

or call 309-263-2200.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Wednesday, Apr. 10
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Thursday, Apr. 11
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Required Reading Book Club
1:30-2:30 pm
 Required Reading Book Club
Thursday, Apr. 11, 1:30-2:30 pm
Join us as we explore some of the most influential novels of the past century. In April, we will read and discuss the 2012 thriller, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which helped pave the way for future unreliable narrators and wild plot twists. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at t...read more
Kidding Around: Hot Air Balloons
3:45-4:30 pm
Kidding Around: Hot Air Balloons
Thursday, Apr. 11, 3:45-4:30 pm
Have you ever wondered how a hot air balloon flies through the sky? Learn about hot air balloons and decorate your own balloon creation.Grades K-1.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
Required Reading Book Club
6:30-7:30 pm
 Required Reading Book Club
Thursday, Apr. 11, 6:30-7:30 pm
Join us as we explore some of the most influential novels of the past century. In April, we will read and discuss the 2012 thriller, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which helped pave the way for future unreliable narrators and wild plot twists. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at t...read more
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Friday, Apr. 12
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Friday Friends Storytime
9:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 12, 9:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
Friday Friends Storytime
10:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 12, 10:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Saturday, Apr. 13
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Monday, Apr. 15
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Remember the Past: 100 Years of Library History
9:30 am
Remember the Past: 100 Years of Library History
Monday, Apr. 15, 9:30 am
Morton Public Library
Be the first to see the library’s timeline of its 100 year history, hear from the library director about the past, and future of the library. Plus take a behind the scenes tour of the library.AdultsRegisration required. 

Crafty Kids
6:00-6:45 pm
 Crafty Kids
Monday, Apr. 15, 6:00-6:45 pm
Morton Public Library is turning 100!!! Help us celebrate by making birthday cards for the library. These cards will be on display during our Centennial Celebrations.Grades K-4.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Tuesday, Apr. 16
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Preschool Pals Storytime
9:30-10:00 am
 Preschool Pals Storytime
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 9:30-10:00 am
Is your little one ready for a gentle introduction to a classroom setting? Each session of Preschool Pals includes books, music, and a simple craft focusing on one topic.Ages 2.5-5, siblings welcome.
LEGO Club
3:15-4:00 pm
 LEGO Club
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 3:15-4:00 pm
Explore the possibilities of building with LEGOs and meet other LEGO lovers! Use the library's LEGO bricks to build a creation to display in our children's area.Grades K-6.
GEMS: Money Smarts
4:00-5:30 pm
 GEMS: Money Smarts
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 4:00-5:30 pm
Money Smarts will be presented by Mary Jane Johnson, a Certified Financial Planner Practioner. Tips to make, save, and invest money will be explored. An interactive format will be used to help participants develop smart money habits and future financial success.Girls, grades 4-7.Registration re...read more

or call 309-263-2200.
Books & Bites Book Club
6:30 pm
 Books & Bites Book Club
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 6:30 pm
Jack's Cafe (Tremont)
Join us for bookish conversation at a local restaurant. Request to join our Facebook group for updates. Pick up a copy of the current month's selection at the Checkout Desk.Adults. New members always welcome.April 16 at Jack's Cafe (Tremont): The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord D...read more
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Wednesday, Apr. 17
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
The Help Desk
9:30-11:00 am
 The Help Desk
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 9:30-11:00 am
Do you have tech questions? Book a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment by calling 309-263-2200. Topics could include: finding items on the internet and using email; MPL apps; navigating a new device; and connecting with social media. We can give a little assistance to get started doing something new o...read more
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Thursday, Apr. 18
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Homeschool Hangout
9:30-10:30 am
 Homeschool Hangout
Thursday, Apr. 18, 9:30-10:30 am
Travel the globe and learn about different cultures. Each session we will focus on a different geographic region. For each region, we will learn about the continent, culture, and a few phrases in the primary language using Mango Languages. Sign up once for all 6 sessions. Meets the 1st and 3rd Thurs...read more

or call 309-263-2200.
Playdough Club
1:00-2:00 pm
 Playdough Club
Thursday, Apr. 18, 1:00-2:00 pm
Playdough is lots of fun--and great for practicing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and imagination! Children and their caregivers can join us for any amount of time during our monthly meet up.Ages 6 months to 5 years.
How Much Is 100?
6:30-7:15 pm
 How Much Is 100?
Thursday, Apr. 18, 6:30-7:15 pm
The library is 100 years old, but what does that really mean? Come celebrate the number 100 and see how big it really is.Ages 3-5.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
Morton Pottery Showcase
6:30-8:00 pm
 Morton Pottery Showcase
Thursday, Apr. 18, 6:30-8:00 pm
How much do you know about Morton Pottery? Did you know that there were several pottery works in Morton over the course of almost 100 years, all operated by members of the Rapp family, and that each produced unique collections? Do you own a pottery piece that you'd like to have more information ...read more

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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Friday, Apr. 19
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Friday Friends Storytime
9:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 19, 9:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
Friday Friends Storytime
10:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 19, 10:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Saturday, Apr. 20
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Happy Birthday to Us!
10:30-11:15 am
 Happy Birthday to Us!
Saturday, Apr. 20, 10:30-11:15 am
You're invited to Morton Library's 100th birthday party! Join us for a story, craft, games, and a birthday snack as we celebrate our centennial.Recommended for ages 3-8.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Monday, Apr. 22
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Wiggles & Giggles Storytime
10:15-11:00 am
 Wiggles & Giggles Storytime
Monday, Apr. 22, 10:15-11:00 amWiggles & Giggles St
You don't have to sit still for this storytime! Wiggles & Giggles is an active storytime designed for new walkers, movers, and shakers to learn new songs and fun stories.Ages 1-3 years, siblings welcome.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Tuesday, Apr. 23
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Preschool Pals Storytime
9:30-10:00 am
 Preschool Pals Storytime
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 9:30-10:00 am
Is your little one ready for a gentle introduction to a classroom setting? Each session of Preschool Pals includes books, music, and a simple craft focusing on one topic.Ages 2.5-5, siblings welcome.
Baby Bounce Storytime
10:15 am
 Baby Bounce Storytime
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 10:15 am
What to do with baby? Bring them to the library! Baby Bounce features songs & rhymes to use at home as well as a chance to socialize with others caring for little ones.Ages 0-18 months, siblings welcome.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Wednesday, Apr. 24
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Mini Masters of Library Science
10:30-11:15 am
 Mini Masters of Library Science
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 10:30-11:15 am
Celebrate Morton Library's centennial by earning your Mini Masters of Library Science! Future librarians will practice skills like sorting items and recommending books to earn their diploma.Ages 3-5.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Thursday, Apr. 25
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
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LIBRARY CLOSING AT 5 PM
 LIBRARY CLOSING AT 5 PM
Friday, Apr. 26,
Morton Public Library
The Library will close early, at 5 pm, for a special Centennial Event.
Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Friday, Apr. 26
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Friday Friends Storytime
9:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 26, 9:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
Friday Friends Storytime
10:30 am
 Friday Friends Storytime
Friday, Apr. 26, 10:30 amFriday Friends Story
Join us for learning fun with songs, shakers, and stories!Ages 0-5, siblings welcome.
ADULTS ONLY - TICKETED EVENT "A Century of Stories"
7-8:30 pm
ADULTS ONLY - TICKETED EVENT "A Century of Stories"
Friday, Apr. 26, 7-8:30 pm
Morton Public Library
A Century of Stories is an adults-only dessert reception celebrating the past, present, and future of the library. Purchase tickets on our website or at the library. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and include 2 drink tickets, dessert, and a gift bag.PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://morto...read more
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Saturday, Apr. 27
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Monday, Apr. 29
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Sign & Sing Storytime
10:15 am
 Sign & Sing Storytime
Monday, Apr. 29, 10:15 am
Join Communication Junction for rhymes, stories, and bubbles and learn basic American Sign Language.Ages 0-5.
Sign & Sing Storytime
11:00 am
 Sign & Sing Storytime
Monday, Apr. 29, 11:00 am
Join Communication Junction for rhymes, stories, and bubbles and learn basic American Sign Language.Ages 0-5.
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Favorite Books
 Favorite Books
Tuesday, Apr. 30
Drop by the teen area and share your favorite books in these categories: realistic fiction and fantasy. We will tally up the totals to see what books are best-loved.Teens.
Preschool Pals Storytime
9:30-10:00 am
 Preschool Pals Storytime
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 9:30-10:00 am
Is your little one ready for a gentle introduction to a classroom setting? Each session of Preschool Pals includes books, music, and a simple craft focusing on one topic.Ages 2.5-5, siblings welcome.
Curiosity Club: Paper Plate Frisbees
3:45-4:30 pm
Curiosity Club: Paper Plate Frisbees
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 3:45-4:30 pm
How do Frisbees stay in the air? Learn and create your own paper plate Frisbee to fly through the air.Grades 2-3.Registration required.

or call 309-263-2200.
Community Conversation: Dyslexia Resources
6:30-7:30 pm
Community Conversation: Dyslexia Resources
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 6:30-7:30 pm
Morton Public Library is a recipient of the American Library Association's Libraries Transforming Communities grant and would like your input on purchasing! What are resources we can acquire to aid in learning and library accessibility for those with dyslexia?Unable to join us? Complete our...read more
    
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