New Library App!

We are excited to announce a new Mobile app, so you can bring the Library with you in your pocket! 

Our consortium, Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) has been hard at work with SOLUS to create this dynamic app that delivers advanced functionality, and gives patrons easy access to the diverse shared collection of resources in our consortium. The app also includes a digital library card with linkable accounts, downloadable electronic resources, full-catalog searching with the ability to place holds, multi-language support, curbside pickup, self-check-out and more.

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You can download the app from the Apple and Google Play App stores by searching “MAIN Libraries.”

Once downloaded, the app will guide users through a one-time login, then take them directly to their local library environment from that point on.

 

Adult Summer Reading 2021

From July 6th – September 6th

 

Join us for Adult Summer Reading fun! For every book you read, or program of ours that you attend, you can fill out a raffle ticket for a weekly chance to win a Grab Bag of Books, AND the chance to win our grand prize at the end of the summer: a gift certificate to a local business. 

There are two steps to participate:

  1. Sign up for our Summer Reading
  2. Fill out a raffle ticket anytime you finish a book or attend a program
  3. Profit!

Sorry, that’s three steps.

You can sign up in-library by visiting our Circulation or Reader’s Advisory desks and a staff member will help you sign up. To fill out the raffle tickets in-library, visit our Circulation room, where the tickets will be on a display table near the doors onto South Street.

If you prefer not to come in, you can also participate remotely! Use this google form, which both signs you up for Summer Reading and functions as a raffle ticket — fill it in whenever you complete a book (audiobooks count too!) or attend one of our programs (Zoom programs count too!)

Happy reading!

 

We also have Summer Reading Programs for Kids and Teens.

Current Services: Updated 6/7/21

HOURS

Mon.–Thur., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sat., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Jul/Aug – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Sunday 1-5 p.m.

 

  • Patrons are asked to limit their time in the Library to 45 minutes per day. 
  • There will be no access to individual study rooms or the lower level meeting room at this time. 
  • Please utilize hand sanitizing stations when entering and leaving the building and practice social distancing while on Library property. 
  • 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
  • Fines resumed as of January 15th, 2021.   
  • Our Library of Things is once again available!

 

 

PressReader is Here!

Our county consortium, MAIN, has switched from RBDigital to an app called PressReader.

PressReader provides unlimited access to over 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines! These titles include The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, Los Angeles Times, Daily Mail, L’Équipe, Der Tagesspiegel, Libération, and many more. The app also allows you to translate articles into 18 different languages, so you can read international news and magazines in your native language.

You can access by downloading the app to your preferred device through this link or by using your devices’ App or Play store. Our patrons can now sign into PressReader using their library card number and PIN, and check out what they have to offer!

You can also check out PressReader’s how-to video playlist and get to know them a bit!

Let us know what you think about PressReader by connecting with us on social media, email, or giving us a call to share your impressions. Your feedback is important as MAIN decides whether or not to continue using PressReader in 2022, and we will pass on your thoughts to them.

 

Fines Resume January 15th

Dear patrons,

The board of MAIN, our consortium of libraries in greater Morris County that administers our online catalog, has decided to allow fines to begin to accrue on items checked out and now past due.  Thus, beginning January 15, 2021, the Morristown & Morris Township Library will resume collecting fines on our items. Our staff will begin to again accept cash and checks as methods of payment for future fines.  Please note that some MAIN libraries began accruing fines on their items as of January 1, 2021, so any items checked out from other libraries may accrue fines for items due since that time.  For any Morristown & Morris Township Library items, patrons will not be charged before January 15. If you have any questions or concerns about your account or your items, please contact our staff at the main Circulation desk at 973-538-6161 or via email at circ-mmt@mainlib.org.

Our online catalog system will be down from January 8-12 in order to bring the records of  two new MAIN members, Bernardsville Library and the Hunterdon County Library system, into our system.  The addition of these two new members will provide additional resources for patrons to borrow and utilize.  The Bernardsville Library has been our partner in borrowing for years through the Morris-Union Federation (MUF) and more recently MAIN has shared costs with the Hunterdon County Library in acquiring online databases.  For more information on these new MAIN libraries, please see: https://www.mainlib.org/press/

Thank you for your continued support of our library!

 

Best,

The Morristown & Morris Township Library Staff

Coming soon: PressReader

Our county consortium, MAIN, is switching from RBDigital to an app called PressReader in January.

PressReader provides unlimited access to over 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines! These titles include The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, Los Angeles Times, Daily Mail, L’Équipe, Der Tagesspiegel, Libération, and many more. The app also allows you to translate articles into 18 different languages, so you can read international news and magazines in your native language.

You can prepare for access by downloading the app to your preferred device through this link or by using your devices’ App or Play store. On January 1st, our patrons will be able to sign into PressReader using their library card number and PIN, and check out what they have to offer!

In the meantime, you can also check out PressReader’s how-to video playlist and get to know them a bit!

Let us know what you think about PressReader by connecting with us on social media, email, or giving us a call to share your impressions. Your feedback is important as MAIN decides whether or not to continue using PressReader in 2022, and we will pass on your thoughts to them.

 

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
  • 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