New Library Telephone System

We have made plans to replace our nearly 30-year old phone system with a new one this December (we are glad we got a system back then that lasted as long as it did!).  That installation will take place Monday, December 21 through Wednesday December 23, so there may be times of limited or no phone service with the Library on those dates.  Our building will be open and our staff will be able to answer email inquiries or requests.  For patrons needing curbside pick-up, simply park in one of the Library’s curbside parking spots and one of our staff will keep an eye out and come out to you!  We will have some of the library’s main phone numbers active as soon as possible, but please be patient with us as phone service may be limited. Thank you for your patience and have a happy holiday season!

Current Services

HOURS

Mon.–Thur., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sat., 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

 

  • Patrons are asked to limit their time in the Library to 45 minutes per day. 
  • There will be no access to public restrooms, individual study rooms or the lower level meeting room at this time. There is no seating in the Library at this time.
  • According to State regulations and CDC recommendations, all patrons over the age of 2 must wear face coverings,
  • Please utilize hand sanitizing stations when entering and leaving the building and practice social distancing while on Library property. 
  • The back parking lot entrance will be closed to the public, please use Media or South Street entrances. 
  • Returned collection items should go into the Library’s book drops and should not be returned to staff or public desks.  
  • A limited number of public computers will be available for use. 
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and on the Library grounds and parking lot. 
  • Wireless printing is also available to be picked up curbside or in person through the PrinterON App or website.  For more information see the Library website or contact the Reference Department at (973) 538-2592.
  • The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center will be open by appointment only. Patrons interested in utilizing NJHGC materials should call (973) 538-3473 or e-mail njhgc@jfpl.orgto set up an appointment.
  • Curbside Pick-up will continue to be offered as an option for patrons, you can view information on Curbside pick-up here. We also offer Curbside Concierge service as well.
  • There will be no fines charged on Library collection items through December 31, 2020.   
  • All incoming library collection materials will be quarantined for 7 days and where applicable, cleaned/disinfected before being allowed to be checked out by other patrons.  This is to ensure patron and staff safety, but it will result in a delay in those items being checked out by the next patron.  During this period, items will remain on a patron’s card but no fines will accrue. 

 

 

Book Lovers Recommendations November 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
 
American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic By Andrew Cuomo
Book Of Hidden Wonders By Polly Crosby
The Convert By Stefan Hertmans
Finding My Father By Deborah Tannen
Lost Diary of Venice By Margaux DeRoux
Midnight Library By Matt Haig
Queen of Tuesday By Dawn Strauss
She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs By Sarah Smarsh
Snow By John Banville
The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the struggle for American Freedom By H.W. Brands
 
American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Andrew Cuomo
 
This book goes behind the scenes showing what had to transpire in New York State in order to go from a state with the highest number of Covid cases and deaths to one with one of the  the lowest.  Cuomo wrote this hoping that we can learn from his experience to keep from making the same mistakes again.
 
 
Book Of Hidden Wonders
By Polly Crosby
 
A debut novel.  A young girl living in a crumbling old house with her father in England has to figure out what is real about her life, and what is fiction.  It doesn’t help that her father writes books about her that confuse her even more.
 
 
The Convert
By Stefan Hertmans
 
In the early part of the Middle Ages, a young woman of noble background falls in love with a poor student, the son of a Rabbi.  She leaves her privileged life to be with him, and flees the knights that her father sends in search of her.  She ends up in the south of France, swept into a wave of anti-Semitism during the First Crusade.  A well researched historical fiction.
 
 
Finding My Father
By Deborah Tannen
Tannen, using material given to her by her father, sets out to find out about his past after his death.  She is especially intrigued by letters he sent that were written to a woman not his wife.  
 
 
Lost Diary of Venice
By Margaux DeRoux
 
In this debut novel, a Connecticut book restorer is intrigued not only by the book that her customer has brought to her business, but also  by the very handsome customer.  The book turns out to be the lost diary of the relative of the customer, who was in love with a courtesan in Venice in 1571.
 
 
Midnight Library
By Matt Haig
 
What if somewhere in the universe there is a library that holds an infinite number of books and they tell the story of your life, as you have lived it, as well as volumes which tell the story of your life if you had made different decisions along the way?  Would you want to read them?  This is the intriguing premise of this novel.
 
 
Queen of Tuesday
By Dawn Strauss
 
The  fictional story of Lucille Ball, the woman everyone wanted to watch on Tuesday nights during the years her hit show, “I Love Lucy,” was on the air.  Lucy was a ground-breaker, from being the first person to showcase an inter-racial marriage on television, to trying to balance marriage and motherhood while having a full-time job and running a studio.  She was a powerful woman-but she paid a price for her fame and fortune.
 
 
She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs
By Sarah Smarsh
 
This started out as a four part series in a music journal, but it was so popular that the author expanded it into a book.  Dolly Parton rose to fame from poverty-and also took control of her music, her life and her business.  
 
 
Snow
By John Banville
It is 1957 and a Protestant detective is sent to a wealthy home in Ireland to investigate the grisly murder of a Catholic priest- whose body was found in the library.  All kinds of twists and turns ensue as the body count rises, as does the snow falling outside.
 
 
The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the struggle for American Freedom
By H.W. Brands
 
Brown’s fierce morality fueled his hatred of slavery and led him to raid the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry.  In the end, this helped give the new anti-slavery party, the Republican party,  the energy it needed to defeat the Democrats-and put Abraham Lincoln, who did not wish to go to war over slavery, in office.  Two years after John Brown’s hanging, the Civil War started, and although the two men never met, their lives were entwined by history.

Book Lovers Recommendations October 2020 Part II

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
 
"Dear Child" - Romy Hausmann
"Devil and the Dark Water" - Stuart Turton
"Hollow Places" - T. Kingfisher
"Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" - Victoria Schwab
"The Lost Shtetl" - Max  Gross
"Jack"- Marilynne Robinson
"Leave the World Behind" - Rumaan Alam
"Night Portrait: a novel of World War II and Da Vinci
"To Tell You the Truth" - Gilly Macmillan
"When We Were Young and Brave" - Hazel Gaynor
 
Dear Child
By Romy Hausmann
 
A debut thriller.  A young woman is found who has been living in captivity for 13 years and has given birth to two children.  She claims to be Lena, a  student who disappeared, but Lena’s father does not believe she is his daughter.  So who is she?  Who are the children?  And what happened to Lena?
 
 
Devil and the Dark Water
By Stuart Turton
 
It is 1634 and lots of strange goings-on start happening on a ship bound for Amsterdam including a murder in a locked room.  This is an action filled mystery with a few dashes of horror, occult and paranormal.
 
 
Hollow Places
By T. Kingfisher
 
A science fiction horror story.  Kara, a young divorcee, finds a portal to alternate realities in the wall of her uncle’s house.  This is not just a sci-fi fantasy, but it also a coming-of-age novel.
 
 
Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
By Victoria Schwab
 
In 1714, Addie makes a desperate prayer to be saved from a forced marriage-and ends up making a deal with the devil.  She will never age, and live forever, but will always be forgotten by anyone who meets her minutes afterward.  She will be immortal and invisible.  She lives this way for 300 years, until one day, someone remembers her.  What does this mean?  Will she finally be able to connect to someone and be rescued from her isolation?
 
 
The Lost Shtetl
By Max  Gross
 
Kreskol, a little village in Poland, has been untouched for years.  It was never touched by the Holocaust, or the passage for time.   But when two residents, escape, the village fathers send Yankel, out into the world to find them and bring them back before the outside world discovers Kreskol. Things don’t work out as planned and the little village has to decide what to do next.  Told with love and humor.
 
 
Jack
By Marilynne Robinson
 
This is actually a prequel to “Gilead,” her prize winning novel about an aging pastor.  This is about Jack, his son, who has fallen by the wayside.  Jack’s life is made even more complicated because  has fallen in love with Della, his soulmate, who is a black woman.  It is 1957 and  their love is illegal. Robinson is a poetic and sensitive writer, and this is a beautifully written book.
 
 
Leave the World Behind
By Rumaan Alam
 
Amanda and Craig and their two children are vacationing in a remote Long Island cottage when the panicked owners of the cottage, who had been staying in Manhattan, show up at their doorstep because there has been a total black out in the city.  Now, without any means of communication to the outside world and the fear that something cataclysmic has happened, the two families are forced  to see if they can trust each other and  work together.
 
 
Night Portrait: a novel of World War II and Da Vinci’s Italy
By Laura Morelli
 
An historical fiction novel with two narratives.  One is the story of Leonardo DaVinci and the woman who posed for his Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine.  The other narrative occurs years later and concerns Edith Becker, an art curator, who inadvertently helps a Nazi get the DaVinci portrait and now teams up with a handsome  member of the Monuments team to get it back.
 
 
To Tell You the Truth
By Gilly Macmillan
 
Lucy Harper is a best selling novelist.  Now her husband Dan has disappeared.  Years before, Lucy’s younger brother, Teddy, also disappeared and Lucy’s story of what happened kept changing-to her parent’s dismay.  Has she hurt or even killed her husband and brother?  Now is the time for Lucy to tell the truth.  Will she?  Can she?
 
 
When We Were Young and Brave
By Hazel Gaynor
 
A World War II story. 
Elspeth is an Englishwoman teaching in a school in northern China.   When
Japan declares war on England and the US, she is sent to an internment camp where she provides support and instruction to children who have been taken from their parents.  Inspired by true events.

Call for Submissions: Morristown & Morris Township Quarantine Experience

The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, Morristown and Morris Township Library, would like to know how residents of Morristown and Morris Township have handled being quarantined or self-isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This unique time is worth preserving in writing so that we can help future generations understand how to handle a quarantine and what it is like for us being quarantined in 2020.  

Please tell us in 1500 words or less what being quarantined has been like for you. We would like to know:

  1. What has surprised you the most during this quarantine?
  2. What is your biggest fear?
  3. Have there been any positive impacts of this quarantine?
  4. What is the most difficult part of the quarantine?
  5. What are your hopes for the future when this quarantine is over? And how have those hopes changed from before this quarantine began?

 

Please let us know if you are willing to be contacted by the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center well after the quarantine is over.

All submissions must include your first and last name, age, other information including occupation, level of education completed, and whether you reside in the Town or Township. Please email your submission to njhgc@jfpl.org as an attachment or via USPS to North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, Morristown and Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960.

 

* Only send this work if in agreement that Morristown and Morris Township Library has permission to share the words with the public as part of the historical record and no benefit, financial or otherwise, is given or implied for the submitted material.

Originally Published April 10th, 2020

Book Lovers Recommendations October 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein

A Room Called Earth-Madeleine Ryan
All About the Story:  news, power, politics and the Washington Post by Leonard Downie, Jr.
"Atomic Love" - Jennie Fields
"Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett" - Annie Lyons
"Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey"  - Kathleen Rooney
"Dancing with the Octopus" - Debora Harding
"Impersonation" - Heidi Pitlor
"Smallest lights in the Universe" - Sara Seager
"Thursday Murder Club" - Richard Osman
"What You Are Going Through" - Sigrid Nunez
A Room Called Earth
By Madeleine Ryan
 
This is a debut novel and tells a very simple story.  A young Australian girl goes to a party.  Things appear normal, but when we get inside her mind, see the differences in how she perceives the world, as she is autistic.  The author identifies as neurodiverse herself.
 
 
All About the Story:  news, power, politics and the Washington Post
By Leonard Downie, Jr.
 
Downie is the former executive director of the Washington Post.  He took over after Ben Bradless left, and Downie served from 1991-2008.  He spent 40 years at the Post, working his way up from intern to executive director.  So has lots of stories to tell.
 
 
Atomic Love
By Jennie Fields
 
Rosalind Porter worked as a physicist on the Manhattan Projects and had an affair with one of her colleagues.  Five years later, the FBI approaches her and asks her to spy on her former lover, as they suspect he passed secrets to the Soviets.  Rosalind soon finds she is torn between her old lover and the feelings she has for the FBI agent she is working with.
 
 
Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett
By Annie Lyons
 
Eudora is 85 and feels she is finished with her life and has even made an appointment with a clinic in Switzerland so she can choose to exit the world on her own terms.  Then she meets 10 year old Rose, who is so full of life that she drages Eudora back into the world.  And Eudora starts an unlikely friendship with her recently widowed neighbor.  Will she keep that appointment?
 
 
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey
By Kathleen Rooney
 
The characters in this novel really existed.  Cher Ami is actually a British homing pigeon who was used during World War I and helped Major Whittlesey, an American soldier, save the battalion he commanded.  The story is told by both man and pigeon, and touches on both war and the challenges Major Whittlesey had as a gay man in the armed forces.
 
 
Dancing with the Octopus
By Debora Harding
 
This memoir deals with the childhood trauma of the author, who was kidnapped and assaulted when she was only 14 in 1978.  Year later, suffering from PTSD, she undertakes a search to meet her attacker and bring closure to her trauma.
 
 
Impersonation
By Heidi Pitlor
 
Allie, a single mother of a four year old, is happy to take on the job of ghostwriting a book about a high profile female lawyer who is considering a run for the Senate. She is also a single mother, raising a young child.  Because Allie has a difficult time getting the lawyer to give her material for the book, she starts to put in details of her own struggles.  Soon she will have to reckon with the impersonation.
 
 
Smallest lights in the Universe
By Sara Seager
 

The author was a MIT astrophysicist with two young children who depended on her husband to keep her grounded at home.  When he dies suddenly and leaves her a widow with two young children at age 40, she has to refocus her life.  No longer can she take solace solely in the stars-she connects to a Widows of Concord group which becomes a life saver.  A life affirming story of survival.

 
 
Thursday Murder Club
By Richard Osman
 
This is the debut of what the author hopes to be a series.  Four retires spend Thursday afternoon in their luxury retirement residence in Kent, England, examining old crime cases-until two new ones fall into their laps.  A fun and well written book.
 
 
What Are You Going Through
By Sigrid Nunez
 
This is not an escapist novel- the narrator, unnamed, as are all the characters, spends a lot of time listening to the experiences of others as she has found that most people want to talk about themselves.  Then a friend pulls her into a life crisis, where she needs to be more than just a passive reactor.  There’s a lot of stream of consciousness in this novel, but from the reviews, it sounds like another thought provoking book-a challenging read.

Book Lovers Recommendations September 2020 Part II

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
 
"All the Devils are Here" - Louise Penny
"Anxious People" - Fredrik Backman
"Caste-the origins of our discontent" - Isabel Wilkerson
"Monogamy" - Sue Miller
"Once I was you" - Maria Hinojosa
"One By One" - Ruth Ware
"Tales from the Ant World" - Edward O. Wilson
"Transcendent Kingdom" - Yaa Gyasi
"Twenty Five Great Sentences and How They Got That Way" - Geraldine Woods
"Vesper Flights" -  Helen MacDonald
 
All the Devils are Here
By Louise Penny
 
The is the 16th in the Inspector Gamache series.  This one takes place in Paris when a good friend of Gamache’s is killed in what was not an accident, but a deliberate attempt to kill him.  That sets the case in motion as Gamache starts to uncover more secrets
 
 
Anxious People
By Fredrik Backman
 
The anxious people referred to in the title are a group of people at an apartment open house who are taken hostage by a failed bank robber.  Each of them have their own issues and quirks, and are described as “the worst group of hostages in the world.”  A good excuse to get into the character development that Backman is so good at.
 
 
Caste: The Origins of our Discontent
By Isabel Wilkerson
 
Wilkerson writes about caste, which refers to the hierarchy of power in the US that we really don’t talk about, and possibly are not even aware of.  Caste is beyond race or class, but if we don’t recognize it, we can’t work to erase it.  
 
 
Monogamy
By Sue Miller
 
Annie is grieving the sudden death of her beloved second husband. They had had 30 happy years together-or so Annie thought.  She finds out after his death that he had been having an affair in the weeks before his death. 
She  has to grieve while at the same time, pull the pieces of her life together.
 
 
Once I was You
By Maria Hinojosa
 
This highly personal memoir serves as an immigration history as well.  Hinojosa was a baby when her father emigrated from Mexico to Chicago to join the faculty of the University of Chicago.  In 1986, she visited her first immigration detention center and has continued every since to advocate for immigrants.  She is the voice of people who came to America in search of the American dream and found a nightmare.
 
One By One
By Ruth Ware
 
Eight co-workers on a company retreat in the Alps find themselves trapped together, isolated in their chalet while cut off from the rest of the world.  There are enough work rivalries as it is, but soon they find that  they have a killer amongst them as well..
 
 
Tales from the Ant World
By Edward O. Wilson
 
Wilson is a two time Puliltzer Prize winner and scientist, who has always been fascinated by ants.  This is a personal account as well as a scientific one.  He has had experience with over 15,000 ant species-however, he writes in this book about only 25 of them.  It’s always fascinating to get a peek into the passions of others, especially when they are such good writers.
 
 
Transcendent Kingdom
By Yaa Gyasi
 
This is a novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.  The daughter is studying neuroscience at Stanford, using mice to understand depression and addiction, two problems that have plagued her own family.  
 
 
Twenty Five Great Sentences and How They Got That Way
By Geraldine Woods
 
Woods takes sentences from such great writers and speakers as Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf and Yoda-and reveals the craft that goes into creating a memorable sentence.  For those who admire great writing, this is a different way to look at the craft of writing.  It can also help would-be writers hone their craft.
 
 
Vesper Flights
By Helen MacDonald
 
This is a book of essays that are connected through what the author calls “the eye of the beholder.”  Most of them are tied into the world of science.  The author also used her essays to discuss how important it is to treasure all the species on our planet, not just our own.

Book Lovers Recommendations September 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein

"Daughter of the Reich" - Louise Fein
"Hieroglyphics" - Jill McCorkle
"Hindsight" - Iris Johansen
"In Five Years" - Rebecca Serle
"The Less Dead" - Louise Mina
"Lost Orphan" - Stacey Halls
"Memorial Drive" - Natasha Trethewey
"Party Upstairs" - Lee Conell
"The Patient" - Jasper DeWitt
"Royal Governess" - Wendy Holden
Daughter of the Reich
By Louise Fein
 
Hetta, a young girl in the 1930’s, is the perfect German child-except that she has fallen  in love with her brother’s best friend from childhood-a Jew.  Slowly Hetta sees that the changes in her German town reflect the changes in German society, and she realizes how the thoughts of her neighbors have been controlled by the party.
 
 
Hieroglyphics
By Jill McCorkler
 
Lil and Frank, now in their 80’s, return to Frank’s hometown to help him put memories of his childhood tragedy to rest.  He becomes involved with a young single mother who is trying to deal with her past as well.  The author writes well-drawn characters, all bound together by past tragedies not of their making.
 
 
Hindsight
By Iris Johansen
 
A renowned investigator is assigned to uncover the murderer of two people who were employed at a school she once attended. She soon finds that the murderers are, in fact, connected to her.
 
 
In Five Years
By Rebecca Serle
 
The book is based on an interesting premise-how differently would you lead your life if you knew the future.  Dannie has the next five years of her life all planned out-except that when she falls asleep and awakens five years in the future, the hour she spends in her future life then changes how she plans her life when she awakens back in the present.
 
 
Less Dead
By Louise Mina
 
Margo Dunlop’s adoptive mother has died, and a way to ease her grief is to try to locate her birth mother-only to find out that not only had her birth mother been murdered years before, but the murderer has never been found. Now  Margo starts getting threatening letters from him.
 
 
Lost Orphan
By Stacey Halls
 
In London, in 1754, Bess returns to the Foundling Hospital where she had left her illegitimate daughter.  Now, with enough money to support the child, she is shocked to find that someone has impersonated her and claimed the child for herself.  Bess crosses paths with a widow with a child that would be the same age as Bess’s daughter, and gets a job as her maid.  
 
 
Memorial Drive
By Natasha Trethewey
 
This Pulitzer Prize winning poet has written the story of her childhood, focusing on the brutal murder  of her mother by her step-father.  But this is also a book about inter-racial marriage during a time it was illegal, and the challenges of growing up as a mixed race child in that kind of atmosphere.
 
 
Party Upstairs
By Lee Conell
 
A debut novel that takes place during one day in an apartment in New York City.  Ruby, the daughter of the building’s caretaker, is forced to come home to live in the basement of their building as she cannot find a job after college.  She is invited to a party given by her childhood friend who lives in the penthouse upstairs.  The difference between two classes of society is reflected in this story told in the voices of Ruby and her father, Martin.
 
 
Patient
By Jasper DeWitt
 
Scientific suspense story with a touch of the supernatural.  A young psychiatrist takes a job in a decaying New England state hospital, where he decides to take on the most mystifying case-a forty year old man who has been there since he was 6 years old in solitary confinement.  The new doctor has been warned that every other person who has been in contact with him has either been driven to madness or suicide.  Just what is going on here?
 
 
Royal Governess
By Wendy Holden
 
Historical fiction based on the real life story of Marion Crawford, a spirited young woman who wanted to work with children of poverty, but instead is convinced she can make more change if she takes on the job of raising two  special young girls and gives them a modern education.  She takes on the job of governess-and they just happen to be two young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret Rose.  Definitely a book for royal lovers.

Phased Reopening

The Library will begin its next phase of reopening with public access to the Library building with limited services on Monday, August 31. 

 

The Library will move into its next phase of reopening with the opening of the Library building to the public with limited services on Monday, August 31 during the following hours: 

Mon.–Thur., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sat., 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Only 25% of the building’s patron capacity will be allowed into the building and patrons are asked to limit their time in the Library to 45 minutes per day.  There will be no access to public restrooms, individual study rooms or the lower level meeting room at this time.

According to State regulations and CDC recommendations, all patrons over the age of 3 must wear face coverings, utilize hand sanitizing stations when entering and leaving the building and practice social distancing while on Library property. 

The back parking lot entrance will be closed to the public, please use Media or South Street entrances. 

The Children’s, Young Adult, Fiction, Non-fiction, Media and new book collections will be open for patron browsing.  Returned collection items should go into the Library’s book drops and should not be returned to staff or public desks.  

A limited number of public computers will be available for use in the Media Center.  Unsecured Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and on the Library grounds.  Wireless printing is also available to be picked up curbside or in person through the PrinterON App or website.  For more information see the Library website or contact the Reference Department at (973) 538-2592.

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center will be open by appointment only. Patrons interested in utilizing NJHGC materials should call (973) 538-3473 or e-mail njhgc@jfpl.org to set up an appointment.

Curbside Pick-up will continue to be offered as an option for patrons, you can view information on Curbside pick-up here.

There will be no fines charged on Library collection items through September 8.   Patron cards that were set to expire during the Library closure were extended through September 8. 

All incoming library collection materials will be quarantined for 7 days and where applicable, cleaned/disinfected before being allowed to be checked out by other patrons.  This is to ensure patron and staff safety, but it will result in a delay in those items being checked out by the next patron.  During this period, items will remain on a patron’s card, but again, no fine will accrue on the patron’s card for these three days. 

The Library’s mission is to remain a resource for our residents.  These safety measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution and to be consistent with recommendations for social distancing. We appreciate our patrons’ patience and understanding. If you have any further questions, please email the Library at info@jfpl.org or call (973) 538-6161. 

Please note that patrons can also access the Library from Home. 

Resources from Home for Adults

Resources from Home for Teens

Resources from Home for Kids

Resources from Home for Parents and Educators

 

Statement on Library Preparations related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

In an effort to protect the high-risk populations that we serve, as well as minimize the potential exposure/transmission of COVID-19, The Morristown & Morris Township Library is taking precautions with its reopening to the public and is putting in place a phased reopening to ensure public safety.  This plan is based upon recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the County of Morris, local health departments, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Library and Library Link NJ in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.  We will reassess the situation regularly to ease restrictions and expand services, but it may also be necessary to reinstate restrictions, limit some services or even close the Library facility to ensure public health.  For any information on changes in Library services and hours, please follow updates on the Library’s website at: www.MMTLibrary.org

The Library takes the safety of its patrons and staff seriously, all patrons (especially those in high-risk categories) wishing to use the Library should exercise caution.  The Governor has asked for people to wear facial protection when in public, social distancing of at least six feet from other individuals and frequent hand washing to help ensure the virus is not spread.

 

Book Lovers Recommendations August 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
 
"Color of Air" - Gail Tsukiyama
"Cut to the Bone" - Ellison Cooper
"Death Comes To Durham" - Jeanne M. Dams
"Florence Adler Swims Forever" - Rachel Beanland
"Hamnet" - Maggie O
"The Mist" - Ragnar Jonasson
"Mother Land" - Leah Franqui
"Outsider" - Linda Castillo
"Pull of the Stars" - Emma Donoghue
"What You Wish For" - Katherine Center
 
Color of Air
By Gail Tsukiyama
 
In 1935, Daniel, a young doctor returns to his native Hawaii after practicing medicine in Chicago.  He returns to a family filled with secrets that slowly unravel against the background of the Mauna Loa volcanic eruption.
 
 
Cut to the Bone
By Ellison Cooper
FBI agent and neurologist Sayer  Altair, one of the few black women in this field, is desperately searching for 24 high schoolers whose bus has been hijacked.  Then the first body shows up-and the pressure is on.  The scenes switch from Altair’s investigation to find the hostages, to the hostages themselves, who are plotting an escape.  A page turning thriller.
 
 
Death Comes To Durham
By Jeanne M. Dams
 
Retired American school teacher Dorothy is visiting the historically rich and quaint tourist town of Durham, England, with her husband, a retired English policeman, when the aunt of the friend they are visiting is accused of killing a fellow resident of her nursing home.  The couple are determined to prove her innocence.
 
 
Florence Adler Swims Forever
By Rachel Beanland
 
This family saga, a debut novel, is loosely based on the author’s own family story.  It is 1934 in Atlantic City and Florence Adler is training to swim the English Channel.  In a tragic practice swim, Florence drowns-and her mother decides to keep the death secret from her other daughter, Fannie, who is pregnant and on best rest.  Lots of complications ensue, and there is a tie-in to the tragedy that is unfolding in Germany.
 
 
Hamnet
By Maggie O’Farrell
 
The story of the courtship and marriage of a penniless Latin tutor, who falls in love with an eccentric woman, who knows healing arts and has visions, and what happens when their young son, age 11, dies of bubonic plague.  No matter that the Latin tutor turns out to be Shakespeare-this is a beautiful story that tells us what happens when a couple loses a child.
 
 
The Mist
By Ragnar Jonasson
 
This is the third in the Hidden Iceland series featuring Hulda Hermansdottir.  This novel gives us the background of Hulda’s life while it also involves Hulda in a murder that she tries to solve that brings back her past.
 
 
Mother Land
By Leah Franqui
 
Rachel Meyer has married after a quick courtship and has moved to Mumbai with her Asian-Indian husband.  When her mother-in-law moves in, the two women have to navigate their way between their two cultures and personalities. 
 
 
Outsider
By Linda Castillo
 
Castillo continues her series starring Kate Burkholder as a former member of the Amish community who now serves as the police chief in a small Ohio town, where she uses her knowledge of the Amish to help solve crimes.  In this case, Kate has to help a former colleague find a safe place to hide. Against  her better judgment,  she involves an Amish widower to help her.
 
 
Pull of the Stars
By Emma Donaghue
 
It is Dublin in 1918, and young nurse Julia finds herself in charge of a ward of pregnant women who are fighting to stay alive during the flu pandemic.  The story takes place over the course of 3 days while 3 women have to take charge of a ward on the verge  of disaster.
 
 
What You Wish For
By Katherine Center
 
Center writes what I call “happy books,” and this one is no exception.  A young librarian in a progressive school has to stand up to the new principal whose beliefs are totally opposite to those of the beloved founder of the school, who has unexpectedly died.  And it’s complicated since she once worked with new guy -and has had a crush on him ever since.