Adult Summer Reading Club, Now – August 21, 2020

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.

Reading Club Registration Form

Reading List Form

Jigsaw Puzzle Progress

Click on an image to see a larger picture and to scroll through the photos.

We started by doing the edges. Now we need your help to do the rest.

Week one and we added 48 pieces.
 
 
Week two and we added another 56 pieces. So far you’ve read 26 books.
 

The Basics of Curbside Pickup

There are Three Ways to Request Materials

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Quarantine Reading Challenge

Update 6/30/20:

Thank you to all who participated in our Quarantine Reading Challenge! It was a close competition, but the winners have been selected. Our first place winner, Annette Tyler, read 12 books and our second place winner, Diana Merritt, read 11 books. Congratulations to our winners, and well done to all who participated!

 

Have you been reading as much as we have? The staff at the Morristown and Morris Township Library realize that many people have upped their reading while under quarantine. And while being stuck at home isn’t fun, we thought we could make it a bit more fun!

From May 1st-May 31st, we challenge you to read or listen to as many books as you can, and keep a list of how many you have read or heard. At the end of the month, submit your list to us and whoever has read the most books wins! First and second place winners will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant which is delivering or offering curbside pickup during this time! This contest is for adults only (ages 18 and up) who have a library card with a library in Morris County.

Include in your submission: a list of each book you have read (title and author), your name, address, phone number, email address, and library card number. Only one submission per person. Submissions will be accepted via email or regular mail postmarked by or on June 7th, 2020.

Please email submissions to: amanda.murphy@mmt.mainlib.org

Or mail them to:

Morristown and Morris Township Library
ATTN: Reading Challenge
1 Miller Road
Morristown, NJ
07960

You can keep up with what we’re reading on our Goodreads page. You can access public domain ebooks and audiobooks free with your library card through the RBDigital website or app, and more recent titles free through the Cloud Library app with your library card. 

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.

Resources for Small Businesses Owners During the COVID-19 Outbreak

List compiled by Luis Rodriguez, Director of the Butler Public Library
 
From the Morris County Government site
 
For information regarding financial assistance, please visit the State of New Jersey’s website for businesses and COVID-19 or call 1-800-JERSEY-7. To apply directly to the Small Business Administration for a loan, visit the SBA online loan application.
New! NJDEA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grants are now available! Apply now through April 10
 
Read The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. 
 
Read The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. 
 
Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community: visit the State of NJ COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
 
From the NJ Economic Development Authority
 
COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses
 
From the New Jersey Business and Industry Association
 
NJBIA Coronavirus Resource Connection
 
From the Small Business Administration
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19): SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
 
From the New Jersey Business Advocacy Center
 
COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses
 
From the NJ Small Business Development Center
 
COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
 

National Poetry Month

Enrich your lives with poetry during April, which is National Poetry Month, and during this time of collective hibernation. You can enjoy the magic of poetry from a variety of online resources!

You can sign up to receive A Poem a Day to be delivered to your email from Knopf Poetry here.

Poets.org also has the option for a poem-a-day sent to your email account if you sign up, or, you can read the daily poem on their website found here. Poets.org is sponsored by The Academy of American poets and has lots of poetry to browse and listen to in addition to the Poem a Day program.

The Poetry Foundation is “an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.” As such, they have a large collection of searchable poetry, as well as browseable by theme or era.

The Library of Congress celebrated National Poetry Month in 2015 by launching their Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, and have continued to grow their collection since.

Open Culture has a large collection of free, downloadable eBooks which includes poetry classics.

Poet’s House is a poetry library in lower Manhattan, and “is a comfortable, accessible place for poetry—a library and meeting place which invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry.” They are now offering many of their programs online.

We hope you’ll celebrate with us by enjoying some poetry this month.

 

Resources to Use From Home

Latest update: 6/30/20

The Library subscribes to many resources you can use from the comfort of your own home, and many of them are also working with us to bring you more remote resources during these difficult times. Below are some of our resources to help keep you and your family entertained and informed while the Library is closed to the public.

There are also various additional although temporary resources becoming available from outside providers during this difficult and largely home-bound time. While we will list those resources that may be of interest to our patrons on this page, we will also note that they are an “outside provider” at the end of the description so you will be able to tell which resources are of this temporary variety, and not controlled by the Library itself.

We will be updating this list as necessary. You can also always check out our Research Database page for a list of many more resources available to you from the comfort of your home. We also have a post for resources geared towards educators, as well as one for resources geared towards children, and another for teens.

 

Entertainment

Cloud Library

Cloud Library is a platform for reading ebooks and listening to digital audiobooks. Our collection is always growing, and though our physical location is closed we are doing our best to keep up with your reading needs remotely! Visit the Cloud Library page for information on how to download the app to a variety of devices, and then check out this blog post to help us grow our collection to suit your reading wish list.

We are also creating eBook Booklists to help in your selection, take a look at them here.

 

Outside providers with always free ebooks:

Project Gutenberg transcribe public domain books into ebook format and make them available for the widest number of reading devices.

LibriVox is a collection of public domain digital audiobooks, read by volunteers from all over the world.

Standard eBooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, and free.


Comics & Graphic Novels: Virtually!

During the COVID-19 social distancing period, leading comic, graphic novel, and children’s book publishing partners are pitching in to help libraries excel at delivering remote services through the Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) project. The New Jersey State Library is participating, and so all residents in New Jersey have free, unlimited access through August 31st to thousands of high-quality graphic novels, comics, and visual YA and children’s content.

 


Infobase Video on Demand

Infobase is currently offering free access to its products for our patrons through 6/30/20. These include a wide range of educational resources, as well as a Writer’s Reference Center and the aforementioned Video on Demand which also has a portal Just for Kids.

You can access all of these resources through 6/30/20 by logging in: the Username and Password to log in are both MAINlib.

 


Kanopy

Kanopy is a digital streaming service that includes feature films, TV shows, documentaries, and collections for kids. You can sign up with your library card and get started right from home. Our patrons usually receive 6 “play credits” a month, but right now, to help us all stay entertained during these difficult times, Kanopy is offering a playlist with a variety of videos that will not deduct from your play credits. There is also a collection of Kids Videos on Kanopy for any young ones you have at home! 

 


Virtual Arts Resources brought to you by MPAC

The Morristown Performing Arts Center has put together a list of resources for us to experience the arts from home, including streaming concerts, Broadway shows, virtual tours, and much more. Outside Provider.

 


OpenCulture has compiled a wide variety of free online resources. They have a collection of free audiobooks, ebooks, and educational lessons ranging across the spectrum including language learning. Their resources span a wide variety of interests, from entertaining to educational, from indie movies to art and image resources.  Whether you are a student looking for online resources, or just looking for free content you can watch or read from home, check them out! Outside Provider.

 


Scribd is offering free 30-day trials to anyone who would like to sign up using their email, Facebook, or Google account. They are not requiring a credit card to sign up, and are used and trusted by libraries throughout the U.S., including the New York Public Library. Scribd offers a collection of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. They may contact you after the 30 days asking for you to sign up. Please be aware that fees may be involved at that point. Outside provider.

 


TumbleBooks

Many of TumbleBooks resources are both educational and entertaining! TumbleBooks has something for all ages. TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of ebooks for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading! Access is unlimited – you can read 24/7, from the comfort and safety of your home! There are over 1100 titles, including 350 animated, talking picture books! The site also features graphic novels, read-along chapter books, and non-fiction books. TumbleBooks resources are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. TumbleBooks also offers the following resources, free to our patrons through 8/31/2020:

 


RBDigital

RBDigital is a browser and app-based platform that includes both a large selection of current magazines on many topics, and a large collection of digital Marvel comics (strange bedfellows, you may say, but at least we’ve got variety!). 

 

 

 

 

Education, Research, & Information

 

Many of TumbleBooks resources are both educational and entertaining! Check their information in the “Entertainment” section.


Our History & Genealogy Center collects primary and secondary sources that document New Jersey and American history, including photographs, postcards, maps, archival material, rare books, and prints. Thousands of items are available online for use by educators, students, and others. Those researching their family histories can also access many genealogical databases from home; some require a current library card, which Morristown & Morris Township residents may apply for here.  

 

 


GCFLearnFree.org

“For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.” Outside Provider.

 


JSTOR

JSTOR is an online database and has opened up it’s collection of over e-books and scholarly journals for free during this time of wide-spread closures to Universities and Libraries. JSTOR is working with publishers to make more of its content freely available, so if you don’t see what you need today, it might be worth trying again tomorrow! Outside Provider.

 


Mometrix

Test-prep and study database.

 

 

 


Scholarly Content Free on Project Muse 

In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide. Outside Provider.

 


Gale COVID-19 Support

The Gale Database has put together an online resource center that includes:

  • Interdisciplinary, curriculum aligned resources to support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate
  • Live and on-demand training materials
  • Professional development eBooks to help transition to and strengthen virtual learning
  • Authoritative Gale resources on health-related topics and global issues

 

Contact Us During the COVID-19 Closing

While we are closed due to the novel coronavirus, we will be monitoring emails to answer your questions.

 

Circulation Questions: circ-mmt@mainlib.org

 

Reference Questions: info@jfpl.org

 

History Center Questions: njhgc@jfpl.org

 

Children’s Department Questions: mmtsummerreading@gmail.com

 

The NJ State Library is also offering remote services, including answering reference, research, and law questions. For reference or research service, contact the State Library by email at refdesk@njstatelib.org or by calling (609) 278-2640 x 103.  For legal research email reflaw@njstatelib.org or call (609) 278-2640 x 102.