Resources to Use From Home

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.

 

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.

 


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.

 


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.

 


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 educational and entertaining! Check their information in the “Entertainment” section.


Our very own North Jersey History and Genealogy Center has a fantastic Digital Collections archive of photographs, art and text. Our materials range in subject matter from photographs of Morris County life by the early 20th century photographer Frederick Curtiss, the art of Thomas Nast and A.B. Frost, detailed historical maps and atlases, and many other images that document Morristown’s unique history. They also have available genealogical research databases and more research resources that you can use from home, so you can continue your family research.

 


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

 

Suggestions for Purchase Through the Cloud Library App!

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Cloud Library Brochure

While the Library is closed, we hope you’ll be enjoying our many resources you can use from home! One of those is Cloud Library, 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! To that end, we wanted to let you know about a feature in Cloud Library that allows you to suggest we purchase a digital title if we do not already own it.

Before we get to that, if you do not already have the Cloud Library app, you can download it to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can download our brochure by clicking the thumbnail to the left, or check out Cloud Library’s website which is full of great how-to’s and answers to your Frequently Asked Questions. 

One update to our brochure, effective during the COVID-19 closing: Patron Check-outs have been increased to 10 items at a time, and holds have increased to 5 items at a time.

Once you have the Cloud Library App installed, it’s time to turn on Suggestions, which will allow you to tell us what you’d like us to purchase! And we would love to hear your suggestions, so please use them! Each patron can suggest up to 5 titles for purchase per month.

Now, how to turn on Suggestions! You can see what the steps look like on an iPhone in the images below the post.

  • In your app, look for the “Search” button at the bottom of the screen, it will have a magnifying glass icon. Click “Search”
  • In the next screen, look for a “Filter” icon in the top-right of the screen. Click the “Filter” icon
  • The next screen is your preferences for what you would like to see when you search in the app. It’s first section, “Format,” allows you to choose if you want to see either ebooks or audiobooks, or both. The second section, “Availability” will allow you to choose one of its three options. Those are:
    • Available Now: for when you want a book right now and aren’t that picky which one it is
    • All Library Titles: for when you want to see everything we currently own, both available right now and those that you’d have to put a hold on and wait a bit for
    • Suggestions for library: for when you want to see everything we currently own, and items we can purchase. A great way to let us know what you’d like from us!
  • Once you’ve made your selections, click the “Save” button in the top right corner. You can always change these options, so if you turn on “Suggestions” and later want a book right now you can switch your preferences around.
  • If you’ve turned on Suggestions and you search for a book we don’t own yet, it will have an orange “Suggest” button instead of a green “Borrow” or blue “Hold” button. Simply click the orange “Suggest” button and your suggestion will be sent to us! When we purchase a title you have suggested, you will get a notification that it is now on “Hold” for you!

While we are closed, we hope to build our Cloud Library collection so more patrons can enjoy it from the safety of their homes. We will be monitoring the suggestions and purchasing new titles on a regular basis, to get you what you want as close to when you want it as we can. 

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.

Updated Statement on Library Preparations Related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The Library will be closed to the public beginning Sunday, March 15.  Statement on Library Preparations related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The Library will close to the public starting 5:00 pm Saturday, March 14 with a tentative reopening date of Wednesday, April 1. Edit: now closed until further notice. By Governor’s Order libraries are one of many businesses and gathering places to remain closed until further notice.

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 will close the Library facility and grounds starting Sunday, March 15 through Tuesday, March 31.  Based upon recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the County of Morris and other local health departments to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, all Library programs, classes and events are also cancelled through March 31. This includes any scheduled public meetings.  We will reassess the situation at that time to determine further cancellations and closings.  For additional information on future Library opening and program resumption, please follow updates on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org

All library materials that are currently checked out by patrons will receive auto-renewals and will be charged no fines through April 30.  We are instructing our patrons to hold onto any checked out Library materials for now and return them once the Library has re-opened.  Again, no late fees will be charged.  Holds on all physical items are being frozen, so patrons do not lose their spot in line. Our Friends of the Library will not accept book/media donations during this period.

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.  Any updates will be on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick. 
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions.

Additional recommended resources regarding COVID-19 include:

 

You 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 and comic books from the Library’s RB Digital
  • Streaming video movies and documentaries through our 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 from the Library website.
  • As more resources from home become available, we will be updating this blog post with information on them and how to access them.

 

 

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

Please see our latest update here: Updated Statement

 

The Morristown & Morris Township Library currently remains open for public access with normal hours of operation.  Based upon various recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the County of Morris and other local health departments in reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, all library programs, classes and events are cancelled beginning Monday, March 16 and through March 31. This also includes any scheduled public meetings.  We will reassess the situation at that time to determine further cancellation at that point.  For programs and meetings scheduled after that point, please follow updates on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org

The Library is open more than 60 hours per week and our mission is to remain a resource for our residents.  However, we are planning for sudden and unexpected closures that are in the best interest of the health of the community.  

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. For questions, please contact the Library. Any updates regarding programming at the Library will be on the Library’s website. 

The following are some steps that the Library is undertaking to ensure a safe environment:

  • Posted signage with recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 around the Library.
  • Elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures in all public areas, including surfaces, door handles etc. by staff and commercial cleaning services.

Note, the Library does not currently disinfect borrowed materials when they are checked in or used in-house.  Disinfecting these types of items and materials is currently not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick. 
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions.

Additional recommended resources regarding COVID-19 include:

But you 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 and comic books from the Library’s RB Digital
  • Streaming video movies and documentaries through our 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 from the Library website.

Give a Little Love to our Reader’s Resources

We know we’re pretty techie now, with streaming video, ebooks, and our website makeover, but we also have many valuable Reader’s Resources to keep you in touch with the beloved medium of print! Each month our very own Susan Lipstein creates a list of recent and upcoming books in a variety of genres and styles, over on our book blog Turning the LeavesUnder “Books & Media” on our main menu you can find a link to the blog as well as other Reader’s Resources, information about our various Book Clubs, and a series of Booklists to keep your reading inspiration going!

While we keep evolving with our growing world, we still love putting your next favorite book in your hands. 

A New “Addition” to the Children’s Room Castle

Some of our patrons have noticed a new addition to our Children’s Room ‘Castle’ near our story time area, thanks to two of our very supportive patrons! Richard and Susan Brown have donated a bench in memory of their grandson Samuel Benedict Brown. The Browns are avid readers and big library users who wanted to make a gift to remember their grandson and have something special for the children who come in to use the Library. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Brown!

“The Castle is a popular area of our Children’s Room,” says Library Director Chad Leinaweaver, “and it is great that we can add to it, for I think a lot of younger patrons seek out a place to sit in our castle! It was so kind of the Browns to remember the Library with such a generous gift.”

Arlene Sprague, who heads up the Children’s Department, is happy to have more space for her younger patrons too. “The Children’s Department at the Library is as busy as ever, as many parents often want to get their children familiar with and reading books at a young age to prepare for school and also to instill a love of reading. This donation really helps with that too. Many children get excited having a special place to read. It encourages young readers!”

If you would like to see the new castle bench for yourself and secure a nice little spot for a young person to read, pay a visit to our Children’s Room. Also, be sure to check out a few books while you visit with your family so they can read in their own castle at home!

New Test Practice Database

Mometrix eLibrary

We have a new database, Mometrix, that allows our patrons to prep and practice for a variety of tests, including GED, GRE, Praxis, ACT, SAT, and many more!

Mometrix can be accessed at any time from our Research Databases list, under the subject “Education & Scholarship”. In order to access the database, choose your home library from the list, and on the next screen you can enter your library barcode number (located on the back of your card, beneath the barcode). You can then choose “Practice Tests” from the left-hand menu to view all available tests. 

F.M. Kirby Gallery Exhibit Maya Tillman: Woman – Her Story

Exhibit Opening: January 11th 2020. Reception January 23rd 2020. Exhibit closing February 28th, 2020.

Maya Tillman is a 22 year old artist from Morris County. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she currently attends Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University, Her major areas of focus are media studies and graphic design. For the past two years her ongoing research has been focused on understanding and creating enlightenment around the female psyche (mind, body and soul) and how it is affected by society. This exhibit presents her evolving level of appreciation for the WOMAN. She invites you to sojourn with her on this exploration of empowerment and liberation.

Exhibition runs January 11th-February 28th. There will be a reception on January 23rd.

Access Consumer Reports Online

We’re pleased to announce our patrons now have access to Consumer Reports online! Anyone familiar with the magazines will find all they’re familiar with and more on the web-based version of Consumer Reports. Looking for a new fridge, car, humidifier, or mattress?  You can find ratings, specifications, articles, and more to help guide you through the decision making process on Consumer Reports online. You can access it on our website through our Recommended Websites page or our Research Databases page, or by clicking here.

If accessing from home, you will need your Morristown & Morris Township Library card to login.