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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Library Closed
 Library Closed
Sunday, Sep. 1Library Closed
at Morton Public Library
The Library will be closed Aug 31-Sept 2 in observation of Labor Day.
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Library Closed
 Library Closed
Monday, Sep. 2Library Closed
at Morton Public Library
The Library will be closed Aug 31-Sept 2 in observation of Labor Day.
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Map Your Vacations - Sept. 3-13
 Map Your Vacations - Sept. 3-13
Tuesday, Sep. 3,
Teen Area
Did you go on a great vacation over the summer? Or do you have a favorite vacation spot? Write the specific location on a post-it note and place it in the general area on the map. In the Teen Area during hours the library is open, September 3-13. Ages: Teens
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Early Explorers - Planets
10:30 - 11:15 am
 Early Explorers - Planets
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 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! The Secret Life of Pets 2
12:30 pm
Lights, Camera, Lunch! The Secret Life of Pets 2
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 12:30 pm
Reuling Room
Bring your sack lunch and a blanket for an indoor picnic after early dismissal and eat while enjoying a movie. Movies titles will be released one month prior to the showing date. All Ages / Families. This month's movie: The Secret Life of Pets 2. Any food brought into the Library must remai...read more
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Matinee
2:00 pm
 Matinee
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2:00 pm
Reuling Room
Enjoy a free movie. Titles will be released one month prior to the showing. September 5 - Rocketman (R; 120 min.) Ages: Adults
Kinder Readers
4:00 - 4:45 pm
 Kinder Readers
Thursday, Sep. 5, 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

Irish Step Dance Class for Ages 6-13
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Irish Step Dance Class for Ages 6-13
Thursday, Sep. 5, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
(Aug. 15, 22, 29 & Sept. 5, 13)
Irish Step Dance Cla
Hauter Room
Time to get ready for the Luck o' the Pumpkin! Isle of Erin will host Irish step dance classes at the library for four weeks leading up to the 2019 Morton Pumpkin Festival. Class participants will have the opportunity to join the dance troupe and other library dance students for a performance on...read more

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Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Sep. 6, 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, Sep. 6, 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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Wiggles & Giggles
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Wiggles & Giggles
Monday, Sep. 9, 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, Sep. 9, 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

Life After a Stroke
6:30 pm
 Life After a Stroke
Monday, Sep. 9, 6:30 pm
Reuling Room
Ieda Herman will share about her experience as a stroke victim and how she made the most of her time afterwards including completing a list of 93 new things to do before turning 94! Ages: Adult
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Baby Bounce
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Baby Bounce
Tuesday, Sep. 10, 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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Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Wednesday, Sep. 11
Pumpkin Festival, First Ave. & Jefferson St.
Intro to iPad
10:00 - 11:00 am
 Intro to iPad
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Reuling Room
Come learn the basics on how to use your iPad. Please let us know if you plan to bring your own device, or would rather we provide you with one during the class. Ages: Adult. Registration required.
Early Explorers - Planets
10:30 - 11:15 am
 Early Explorers - Planets
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 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.

Color by Design
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Color by Design
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 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.

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Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Thursday, Sep. 12
Pumpkin Festival, First Ave. & Jefferson St.
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Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Friday, Sep. 13
Pumpkin Festival, First Ave. & Jefferson St.
Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Sep. 13, 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, Sep. 13, 10:30 amToddler Time
at Morton Public Library
Join us for learning fun with fingerplays, rhymes, shakers, and songs. Ages: 0-5 yrs 
Irish Step Dance Class for Ages 6-13
4:45 pm
Irish Step Dance Class for Ages 6-13
Friday, Sep. 13, 4:45 pmIrish Step Dance Cla
at Pumpkin Festival
Participants of the Irish step dance classes held at the library will have the opportunity to join the dance troupe and other library dance students for a performance on the pumpkin festival entertainment stage! Ages: 6-13. 
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Library Closed
 Library Closed
Saturday, Sep. 14, Library Closed
at Morton Public Library
The Library will be closed Sept. 14 for the Pumpkin Festival.
Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Come see us at the Pumpkin Festival Info Tent!
Saturday, Sep. 14
Pumpkin Festival, First Ave. & Jefferson St.
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Celebrate Reading- Sept. 16-30
 Celebrate Reading- Sept. 16-30
Monday, Sep. 16,
Teen Area
In honor of Banned Book Week (22-28) let’s celebrate our love of books and reading! Pull one or more of your favorite young adult books and put it on the display case for others to find and enjoy. In the Teen Area during open library hours, September 16-30. Ages: Teens
Pirate Treasure Hunt
 Pirate Treasure Hunt
Monday, Sep. 16
(Sept 16-21)

at Morton Public Library
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) and stop by for a treasure hunt around the Library. During the week of Sept 16-21, follow the treasure map that we’ll provide and learn how to speak Pirate along the way! Find where X marks the spot and you’ll get a share of the treasure to kee...read more
Sign & Sing Storytime
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Sign & Sing Storytime
Monday, Sep. 16, 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, Sep. 16, 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, Sep. 16, 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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Pirate Treasure Hunt
 Pirate Treasure Hunt
Tuesday, Sep. 17
(Sept 16-21)

at Morton Public Library
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) and stop by for a treasure hunt around the Library. During the week of Sept 16-21, follow the treasure map that we’ll provide and learn how to speak Pirate along the way! Find where X marks the spot and you’ll get a share of the treasure to kee...read more
G.E.M.S. Girls Science Club
4:00 - 5:30 pm
 G.E.M.S. Girls Science Club
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 4:00 - 5:30 pmG.E.M.S. Girls Scien
at Morton Public Library
Did you know that Illinois has a state fossil? Come learn about types of fossils found in Illinois. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own fossil. Presented by Dr. Merrill Foster, retired Bradley professor. Session 4-5:30 PM.  Grades: 4-7. Registrati...read more

Books & Bites Book Club @ Schooner’s
6:30 pm
Books & Bites Book Club @ Schooner’s
3rd Tues of the monthBooks & Bites Book C
Schooner's 630 W. Jackson, Morton
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 Reic...read more
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Pirate Treasure Hunt
 Pirate Treasure Hunt
Wednesday, Sep. 18
(Sept 16-21)

at Morton Public Library
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) and stop by for a treasure hunt around the Library. During the week of Sept 16-21, follow the treasure map that we’ll provide and learn how to speak Pirate along the way! Find where X marks the spot and you’ll get a share of the treasure to kee...read more
Rules of the Road Review Course
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
 Rules of the Road Review Course
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pmRules of the Road Re
Board Room at MPL
The Rules of the Road Review Course gives drivers — especially senior citizens and persons with disabilities — the knowledge and confidence needed to renew or obtain a driver's license. The review course combines an explanation of the driving exam with a practice written exam. T...read more

Early Explorers - Planets
10:30 - 11:15 am
 Early Explorers - Planets
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 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.

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
Library Board Meeting
4:30 pm
 Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 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.
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Pirate Treasure Hunt
 Pirate Treasure Hunt
Thursday, Sep. 19
(Sept 16-21)

at Morton Public Library
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) and stop by for a treasure hunt around the Library. During the week of Sept 16-21, follow the treasure map that we’ll provide and learn how to speak Pirate along the way! Find where X marks the spot and you’ll get a share of the treasure to kee...read more
CANCELLED-Stellar Stencil Art
3:30 - 4:15 pm
 CANCELLED-Stellar Stencil Art
Thursday, Sep. 19, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Hauter Room
This class has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Sorry for any inconvenience. Create a cool looking piece of art in under an hour – even with no painting experience! Grades: 4-6. Registration required. Please wear clothes/a shirt for painting.
4H STEM Program: Bubbleology - Grades K-3
3:30 - 5:00 pm
4H STEM Program: Bubbleology - Grades K-3
Thursday, Sep. 19, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Reuling Room
4H STEM Program.  Bubbleology: Come explore many ways to create bubbles! Young people will make observations and evaluate their methods as we have soapy, foamy fun. (A portion of this activity will be best done outside). Grades K-3. Registration required.

CANCELLED-College Readiness Strategies
6:00 pm
CANCELLED-College Readiness Strategies
Thursday, Sep. 19, 6:00 pm
Reuling Room
This program was cancelled due to lack of interest. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Are you worried your student might not be ready for college? Find out what the most important skills are for them to succeed and how you can help them be prepared. Students are encouraged to come along! Presented...read more
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Pirate Treasure Hunt
 Pirate Treasure Hunt
Friday, Sep. 20
(Sept 16-21)

at Morton Public Library
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) and stop by for a treasure hunt around the Library. During the week of Sept 16-21, follow the treasure map that we’ll provide and learn how to speak Pirate along the way! Find where X marks the spot and you’ll get a share of the treasure to kee...read more
Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Sep. 20, 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, Sep. 20, 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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Pirate Treasure Hunt
 Pirate Treasure Hunt
Saturday, Sep. 21
(Sept 16-21)

at Morton Public Library
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) and stop by for a treasure hunt around the Library. During the week of Sept 16-21, follow the treasure map that we’ll provide and learn how to speak Pirate along the way! Find where X marks the spot and you’ll get a share of the treasure to kee...read more
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Wiggles & Giggles
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Wiggles & Giggles
Monday, Sep. 23, 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, Sep. 23, 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

Milkweeds and Monarchs
6:00 - 7:00 pm
 Milkweeds and Monarchs
Monday, Sep. 23, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Reuling Room
Learn what YOU can do to help the monarch butterfly, an endangered species. The Reed Family yard is a registered monarch way station and they are involved in tagging the butterflies to track migration. All Ages / Families. Registration.
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Baby Bounce
10:15 - 10:45 am
 Baby Bounce
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 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.
CANCELLED: Sensory Sensitive Storytime
6:30-7:00 pm
CANCELLED: Sensory Sensitive Storytime
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 6:30-7:00 pm
Hauter Room
This program has been cancelled due to lack of interest. We're sorry for any inconvenience. 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...read more
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Early Explorers - Planets
10:30 - 11:15 am
 Early Explorers - Planets
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 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.

Family Feud Night
6:30 - 8:00 pm
 Family Feud Night
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Reuling Room
Welcome to Family Feud! We’re your host, Morton Public Library, and we got a good one for you today! From Morton, Illinois it’s YOUR family (or friends) playing against other local families! The two teams playing first will be chosen at random upon arrival. Winning group stays to play; a...read more

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Redefining a Healthier Perspective
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Redefining a Healthier Perspective
Thursday, Sep. 26, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Reuling Room
Learn how proper goal setting and life changes can help create realistic health outcomes. Presented by Leslie Rusch-Bauer, RD, LDN, CPT from The Couri Center. Ages: Adult. Registration required.
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Toddler Time
9:30 am
 Toddler Time
Friday, Sep. 27, 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, Sep. 27, 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, Sep. 30, 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
Crazy 8s Math Club
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Crazy 8s Math Club
Monday, Sep. 30, 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

College Planning Institute: Getting a Jump start on college saving
6:30 - 7:30 pm
College Planning Institute: Getting a Jump start on college saving
Monday, Sep. 30, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Reuling Room
Learn the myth about financial aid and different sources of money available to you. Discuss need-based vs.non-need based planning and the different tax strategies that can benefit you. Explore FASFA and different websites that are accessible and get a jump start on college funding today! It's ne...read more
     
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