Caldecott and Newbery Winners Announced for 2014

Go to ALA's Caldecott webpage for more information about this year's Caldecott Winner and Honor books. 
Go to ALA's Newbery webpage for more information about this year's Newbery Winner and Honor books.


Animated, Talking Picture Books!

Welcome to TumbleBooks! 
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.
*TumbleBooks are now available for iPads. TumbleBooks were created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. 

The Language Learning Section includes a growing selection of books in Spanish and French. Many are bilingual titles which allow the user to read the book in two languages. 

There are also Puzzles & Games and don't forget to check out Tumble TV!

The TumbleBookLibrary has a wide selection of children's story books... old time favorites (such as "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch) and new titles. There are also read-alongs and non fiction titles .

Morton Library is happy to provide TumbleBooks to our patrons. There are many ways to learn and many ways to encourage the enjoyment of reading!


Great Ideas for Parents...

Here is a list of things to do with your children to make time together fun!

Bring them to the Library

Morton Public Library welcomes children of all ages. Once inside there are a number of things you can do with your child. Discover all the wonderful books full of enchanting stories. There are toys and a train table for children to enjoy. Crafts and color sheets are provided for the budding artist. Learning computer games and the Wii can be played during your visit. Puzzles are throughout our library. You can even pick a movie for later. Check our website for special children’s programs. Our goal is to make your visit one of discovery and fun.

Get them in the Kitchen

There are lots of recipe books for children at the library. Look through them together and pick some to try. Cooking teaches children so many valuable skills and it's time together creating something fun for family and friends. My son and I enjoy making mini banana breads for our neighbors and friends. They have become his specialty.

Make Paper Planes

Use up all that scrap paper that was destined for the recycling and build a fleet of paper airplanes. You could make different kinds and see which one flies the furthest.

Write a Story

Use your imaginations and write a story together. It doesn't have to be original, the kids could write down their favorite fairy tale and just change the ending. Another great idea is to write chain stories with friends. Each person writes a paragraph and then shows the final line only to the next writer. Once the final person has written their section, read the whole story out loud - it usually pretty funny!

Create a Play

Encourage your child's creative side, by finding a box of dressing-up clothes and get them to come up with a story for a play. You might need to help them with some ideas (princess trapped in a castle; stranded on a desert island are two). Don't forget you'll also have to sit through the performance.

Create a Scavenger Hunt

Come up with a list of odd and fun items for your kids to find. They can hunt around the house or your neighborhood.


Build a Den

All you need is a large blanket or sheet and some cushions and let them pretend they're in a tropical rainforest or somewhere similar. A large box is also a great idea for a cave - this is likely to entertain them for hours. 

Become a Model Maker

What kid doesn't love getting his hands dirty? Get some modelling clay, a plastic knife and mould away. You can even buy self-hardening clay if you want them to become permanent.

Host a Dance Party

Get a bunch of your children’s favorite CDs and let them dance til they drop. Share with them some of your favorite music and dance moves. Your children will love it.

Learn Origami

The ancient Japanese art of paper-folding easy to do and is also fun. You can fold a sheet of paper into pretty much anything, as long as you've got a pattern. The library can provide book resources that will show step by step directions.  

Create a Map

You draw the squares on a large sheet of paper and see how easy they find it to draw the local neighborhood. Get them to imagine they're a bird in the sky looking down. Not as easy as it sounds.

Create a Family Tree

How much do your kids know about their family? Do they know anything about your parents' parents? Not only is drawing family trees fun, but it also teaches them a bit about history. You may unearth some really interesting stories about your own family that you never knew.


"Find a Book" - a Free Search Tool

You can help your child select books appropriate for their reading level with “Find a Book - Illinois” - a free, online book search that allows you to quickly and easily select books that will match your child’s reading level and interests. 

Here are the five easy steps to get you started:

  1. Click here to visit the "Find a Book - Illinois" website 
  2. Enter a child's Lexile measure
  3. If you do not know the child’s Lexile measure, you can search for books based on his or her comfort with grade-level materials.
  4. Have children pick interest categories
  5. View and refine the search results.
  6. As you browse books, click the “Find in a Library” button next to the book titles to check its availability at your public library.
  7. Add books to a child’s reading list
  8. You can print or email the child’s custom book list.

Use this free search tool to build custom lists for readers at all ability levels, and then locate your selections at the local public library. Helping your child find age appropriate books will contribute to his/her happy and successful summer of reading!


What is Playaway View┬«?

Morton Public Library was honored to receive $1,100 toward the purchase of  Playaway View® portable video devices & travel DVDs for preschool and elementary school children from the Morton Community Foundation in 2012. Our collection continues to grow. 

What are they? Education meets entertainment with the first self-playing, pre-loaded, all-in-one video player, exclusive to libraries. Playaway View® is pre-loaded with multiple videos, offering the best in award-winning programs, popular television episodes, animated picture books and curriculum based learning. Kids will love the content and parents will approve. This unique device is not available in the consumer marketplace.

Visit our display in the Children's area or ask a librarian for more information.

 Playaway View® is: 

  • Portable
    Includes a head-phone jack and speakers
  • Convenient
    Pre-loaded content; no internet or downloads needed
  • Durable and Scratch-Resistant
    Made with kids in mind
  • Multiple Videos
    Each View holds hours of great content
  • Chargeable
    Simply use the included standard AC Adaptor

Some sample titles are:

Caps for Sale and Other Storybook Classics
Dinosaur Train - Ocean Adventures!
Liberty's Kids - Revolutionary Beginnings
New Classics from Annick Press
American History: Things You Should Know
Be a Scientist!
Draw Me A Story: Cinderella and Other Classic Tales. 

Each Playaway View® has multiple stories on each device.


Fun at the Library

There are many things to do at the library...

  1. Play Wii at the library. Families are invited to register for a time slot to play Wii at the library. Choose a game from Wii Sports or try Wii Fit for fun. Call and register for a 20-minute time slot.
  2. New large puzzles are available from 40-100 pieces in the juvenile area.
  3. Children may bring books in good condition and swap them for books from the Children's Swap Box located near the Children's desk.
  4. Make a craft at the Craft Table.
  5. Checkers and board games are available to play in the juvenile area. Challenge Mrs. Snoke to a game of BLINK!
  6. Find a treasure in our Book Sale.

 Bring the whole family and enjoy opportunities for fun at the library!