By Carl Safina
By Christobel Kent
By J. Courtney Sullivan
By Julia Spence-Fleming
By Kate Milliken
By Samantha Schweblin
By Lisa Duffy
By Elizabeth Kay
By Claire Fuller
By Chinelo Okparanta
Summer’s here and the time is right for reading on the lounge chair. We’re putting together a jigsaw puzzle and need your help. Join our Summer Reading Club and for each book you read we will add pieces to the jigsaw puzzle. The idea is for everyone to read lots of books, help us add lots of pieces to the puzzle, and complete the puzzle by the end of August to reveal the picture. Sign up on this page through the Registration Form, and tell us what books you’ve read in the Reading List Form. We’ll do the rest. Pictures showing the progress of the puzzle will be posted weekly.
And, best of all, at the end of the club we will randomly draw 12 names from the Reading List entries and give out 12 gift certificates to local restaurants in downtown Morristown. You can participate in the Reading Club from your lounge chair and help us support local businesses at the same time! Please join us. The club runs from now until August 21.
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We started by doing the edges. Now we need your help to do the rest.
The Children’s Summer Reading Program is going virtual this year using the READsquared platform! Sign up at mmtlibrary.readsquared.com and/or download the free READsquared app, available for iOS and Android. You can make individual or family accounts. Log reading minutes and complete program activities to earn small rewards and points towards raffle prizes! The program begins on June 22 and will conclude on August 22.
Please place returns in either of our outside return bins. One is located in our parking lot, across from our back door. The other is located at our South Street entrance, to your left if you are facing the automatic doors.
The State has stopped statewide delivery of library materials. Until that resumes, MMT Library patrons will only be able to check out MMT Library materials at our location.
Monday-Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Friday, 9:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, 10:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
You can read our full statement regarding curbside pickup here.
Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
The Library will begin a phased reopening to the public beginning with Curbside Pick-up on Wednesday, June 17th.
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 ensure the virus is not spread.
The Library will begin a phased reopening to the public beginning with curbside pick-up and moving into the opening of the Library building at a later date. Curbside Pick-up will follow the following schedule and procedures:
Patrons will be able to pick up library materials by contacting the Library by phone in advance, by placing holds through the online MAIN catalog [https://catalog.mainlib.org] or if you know the Title and Author, you can use our online form, which you can find here. After placing holds, the Library staff will contact the patron to set up a pick-up time and verify any other additional information. Please wait to come to the Library until you have been notified your holds are ready. Patrons should call (973) 538-6161 when they arrive, provide 1.) name, 2.) vehicle make and color and 3.) parking spot number and items will be brought and placed into the vehicle’s trunk. Please pop your trunk before Library staff arrive to ensure safe social distancing practices. Parking spaces for curbside pickup will be designated near the rear parking lot entrance of the Library. Patrons who are not driving to the Library should also call upon arrival and their materials will be brought to a table in the parking lot for their retrieval.
The Library book drops will be open and should be used for the safe return of Library materials. No Library materials should be returned to the inside of the building.
Please note that the State has stopped statewide delivery of library materials. Until that resumes, MMT Library patrons will only be able to check out MMT Library materials at our location.
The hours of curbside delivery at the Library will be between the following hours:
Monday-Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Friday, 9:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, 10:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
All library materials that are currently checked out by patrons received auto-renewals and will be charged no fines through July 31. Patron cards that were set to expire during the Library closure were also extended through July 31. However, due to the cessation of statewide delivery and possible high patron demand, the Library staff reserve the right to limit the number of items checked out at one time.
All incoming library collection materials will be quarantined for 72 hours 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 email@example.com or call (973) 538-6161.
Please note that patrons can also access the Library from Home
The Library’s digital services give resident card holders 24/7 free access to many resources:
Recommendations by Susan Lipstein
Animals at Lockwood Manor
By Jane Healey
This is a debut novel set in England in 1939. Hetty Cartwright, only 30 and single, is given the responsibility of taking care of the mammal collection of a London natural history museum when it is moved to an isolated manor house to be safe from the blitz. Hetty soon finds mystery in the old mansion, owned by the mysterious Major Lockwood, who lives there with his troubled daughter. A gothic novel with a few modern twists.
By Brooke Fossey
A debut novel. Two elderly residents of an assisted living center in Texas find their lives up-ended when the grand-daughter of one of the room-mates crashes into their room looking for a safe place to hide from her abusive boyfriend. The two decide to help her out, even if it means they might be evicted.
Book of Longings
By Sue Monk Kidd
This is the fictional account of a young woman living in the time of Jesus. In fact, in this novel, she meets Jesus when he is 18 years old-and she marries him. They live for a time with his family, until Ana, who never conforms to the dictates of society, has to flee to Alexandria. The author treats the life of Jesus in a respectful and reverential manner.
Family for Beginners
By Sarah Morgan
Flora Donovan is a single woman in New York City who finally meets the man of her dreams. Of course, he comes with baggage-he is a widower with two children, one of whom is a surly teenager who does not want a new mother. Flora goes with them on a family vacation and finds that the future of her being part of this family is at stake.
Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs
By Jennifer Finley Boylan
Boylan is a New York Times opinion columnist and human rights activist. In this book, she explores the age old topic of giving and receiving love through her relationships throughout her life with seven special dogs.
By Alka Joshi
A debut novel. This is set in India in the 1950’s, eight years after India’s independence from Britain. Lakshmi has escaped from an abusive marriage and has made a life for herself as a henna artist. When her younger sister needs to live with her, Lakshmi finds that she now needs to put her family first.
By Stephen King
Four novellas from the legendary storyteller and master of horror and suspense returns with four novellas. If you don’t like one, go on to the next. And if you do like them, you’ve got four great stories to enjoy. You really have nothing to lose.
Know My Name
By Chanel Miller
Chanel Miller wrote an anonymous victim input statement when the young man who sexually assaulted her on the Stanford campus was convicted but only given 6 months in the county jail. There was such a tremendous reaction to her statement that it gave her the courage to come out of the shadows and tell her story using her name and face. She is a wonderful writer with a painful story to tell.
By Alexis Schaitkin
This is a debut novel. When Claire was only 7 years old, her college age sister disappeared on the last night of their family vacation. Her body turned up several days later. Two local men were arrested, but eventually let go. Years later, Claire meets one of them in New York City and decides to try to find out the truth about her sister’s death-and she learns some truths about her sister’s life as well.
Simon the Fiddler
By Paulette Jiles
23 year old Simon is conscripted into the Confederate Army in the waning days of the Civil War. Because he is a fiddler, he gets a fairly safe assignment in a regional band. He meets a beautiful Irish girl who is an indentured servant. Their paths separate, but Simon is determined to find her again and make her his bride.
Recommendations by Susan Lipstein
By Julia Alvarez
A return to adult fiction by renowned author Alvarerz. Antonia Vega, an immigrant from the Domenican Republic, her sisters and an undocumented pregnant teen-ager all that center stage in this novel which explores the different immigrant experiences, and what people need to learn from the past in order to navigate the future.
Boy From the Woods
By Harlan Coben
The protagonist is a young man named Wilde, who was found 30 years before living in the woods, with no memory of his past. He has never fit into society and now leads a quiet, reclusive life on his own. Then he is asked by a criminal attorney to investigate the disappearance of a local teen-age girl, who herself was an outcast at school. His investigation will open up old secrets that could have dangerous consequences.
Darling Rose Gold
By Stephanie Wrobel
A debut novel. Rose Gold Watts was 18 years old when she found out that the serious illnesses she always thought she had were really all in her mother’s mind. Rose Gold was a victim of Munchhausen by proxy, and her mother is convicted on child abuse charges and jailed for 5 years. When she is released with no place to go, townspeople are surprised when Rose Gold allows her mother to come to live with her. Is Rose Gold as sweet as she appears? A psychological suspense.
By Julia Phillips
Two young girls disappear in the tundra of Far East Russia, in a disappearance that mirrors the disappearance of a native girl that was all but ignored. This is a great debut novel, utilizing intriguing characters, a complex story and a new setting. The author spent a Fulbright year on the isolated Russian peninsula that is the setting for this story.
Honey Don’t List
By Chirstina Lauer
Melissa and Rusty Tripp are a celebrity couple who have made their fortune as home design and renovation experts. Now they have published a book about now to have a perfect marriage-which unfortunately, they don’t have. Two personal assistants, one male and one female, are hired to accompany them on the tour to keep them in line. How is this going to work out? It’s a sweet rom-com, just right to read when you need a little escape.
Ladies Handbook for her Mysterious Illness
By Sarah Raney
This is Sarah Raney’s memoir of her 17 year search for a diagnosis and treatment of a condition that destroyed her health and stumped one medical professional after another. She refused to believe that her illness was “all in her head” and persevered until she found a diagnosis and treatment. Her sense of humor, evident in this book saved the day.
By Meng Jin
Liya, a Chinese born American, is only 17 when her mother, Su Lan, dies. Liya knows very little about her mother’s past. What little she finds after her death prompt Liya to return to China-to discover what she never learned about her mother-and everything she can about the father she never knew. Three narrators tell this moving story. The author is Chinese-born and Harvard educated, and shows great promise in this debut novel.
By Benjamin Black
This is a novel for Anglophiles and royal lovers. It is the fictional story of two very special young girls who are secretly sent to the Irish countryside during World War II to keep them safe. They just happen to be the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, who are sent with a female English secret agent and a male Irish detective. Are the girls going to stay safe? Are sparks going to fly?
By Donna Leon
Guido Brunetti’s newest case comes when a woman on her deathbed sends him on a case that turns out to threaten all of Venice. This is the 29th in a series that does for Italy what Louise Penny does for Three Pines. Great story, as always.
Yellow Bird Sings
By Jennifer Rosner
Shira and her mother are hiding in a barn in Poland in 1941. Shira, only five years old, and she is a musical prodigy, but she is not allowed to say or sing anything, so her mother helps her create a fantasy world where a yellow bird sings all the music in Shira’s head. Eventually, they must leave the shelter and find safety elsewhere. The author tells the story from the point of view of different characters. It is a debut novel inspired by true stories of children hidden during World War II.
Happy Star Wars Day! If you’re looking for some Star Wars things to do at home today to celebrate, try taking a look at some of these pages!
Our very own Miss Rachel made an instructional video for how to create your very own Baby Yoda Craft
The “Star Wars Kids” channel has how-to-draw videos and other craft videos, quick summaries of different characters, original short videos aimed at kids, and a series of animated videos called Galaxy of Adventures, which retell key scenes in Star Wars. You can find that last one here.
The “Star Wars Forces of Destiny” series has animated shorts that focus on the many amazing female characters in the galaxy far far away, you can start watching the first in the series here or view the entire series here.
For younger kids, check out a Star Wars storytime with Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO, here.
Also check out the reading that Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels,” and “Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” will be doing of her Ahsoka Little Golden Book “I am a Padawan” at 3pm on Instagram Live.
For teens and adults, E.K. Johnston’s Padmé Amidala novel “Queen’s Shadow” is available to download as an ebook for free until May 8th. Find a preview and the link to download here.
Lastly, even though you can’t come to the library right now, you can still find lots of Star Wars ebooks and audiobooks to borrow from us through Cloud Library! Just search “Star Wars” in Cloud Library. Visit mmtlibrary.org/cloud-library to learn more about our Cloud Library service.
The Library Building remains closed to the public, but we are now offering Curbside Pickup.
All items that were checked out before our closing on March 15th have received auto-renewals and will not accrue fines until July 31st.
The Friends of the Library are not accepting donations during this time.
Stay tuned to our website for online programs.