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.

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

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.

 

Announcing Curbside Concierge

Not sure what your next great read should be? Let us pick for you! Fill out our Curbside Concierge form to let us know your reading habits, likes and dislikes, and our Reader’s Advisors, Children’s Librarians, or YA Librarians will pick a handful of books just for you (or your kids)! 

After we have made our selections for you we will notify you when they’re ready for pickup. Please allow 2-3 business days for us to get your bundle ready. Happy reading!
 
 
 

Adult Summer Reading Club Has Now Ended

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Adult Summer Reading Club this summer. Over the course of 8 weeks you read 227 books and we completed the puzzle together. We will be randomly selecting 12 winners to receive a gift certificate to an eatery in Morristown. You will hear from us if you have been selected.

We wish everyone continued good health during these difficult times.

Jigsaw Puzzle Progress

Here is the completed puzzle!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the how we got there.
Click on an image to see a larger picture and to scroll through the photos.
 

 

The Basics of Curbside Pickup

There are Three Ways to Request Materials

  1. Browse our Online Catalog and place items on hold
  2. Know the Title and Author? Use our Online Form
  3. Or give us a call at (973) 538-6161

 

There is also Curbside Concierge!

Not sure what your next great read should be? Let us pick for you! Fill out our Curbside Concierge form to let us know your reading habits, likes and dislikes, and our Reader’s Advisors, Children’s Librarians, or YA Librarians will pick a handful of books just for you (or your kids)! 

After we have made our selections for you we will notify you when they’re ready for pickup. Please allow 2-3 business days for us to get your bundle ready. Happy reading!
 

What to Know For Pickup

  • Parking spaces for curbside pickup will be designated near the rear parking lot entrance of the Library.
  • You will be notified via email or phone call when your holds are ready for pickup. Please wait until you are notified to come to the library.
  • When you arrive, please call our main line (973) 538-6161 and provide 1.) your name, 2.) vehicle make and color and 3.) parking spot number.
  • Items will then be brought and placed into your vehicle’s trunk.
    • Please pop your trunk before Library staff arrive to ensure safe social distancing practices!
  • If you are walking to the library, please also call upon arrival and your materials will be brought to a table in the parking lot for their retrieval.

 

What about returns?

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.

 

Also Please Note

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.

Update: As of 9/11/20 MAIN Libraries holds sharing has resumed.

 

Library Hours During Curbside Pickup

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.
Closed Sundays

 

You can read our full statement regarding curbside pickup here

Curbside Pickup Will Begin Wednesday June 17th

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:

 

Curbside Pick-up begins Wednesday, June 17

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.
Closed Sundays

 

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 info@jfpl.org 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:

  • eBooks and electronic audiobooks purchased by the entire MAIN consortium through the Library’s CloudLibrary
  • Magazines, comic books and eBooks from the RB Digital
  • Streaming video movies and documentaries through the Kanopy
  • Children’s eBooks, games, Facts on File database and streaming video for kids via the Children’s Resource page on the Library website.
  • Research databases available through the Library website.
  • Story times, craft ideas, instructional videos and book/film talks available through the Library’s YouTube channel.
  • For patrons who do not currently have a library card, Morristown and Morris Township residents can apply online for a card directly through the Library website.
  • The Library also provides virtual programming from yoga and book clubs to meditation classes to film clubs! Check the Library’s website events page for more information.

 

 

May The 4th Be With You! Resources to Help You Celebrate

May the Fourth be with you

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 official Star Wars YouTube channel 

The official “Star Wars Kids” YouTube channel

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.