News & Events at Morton Library


Free Tax Help By Appointment 

Appointments for free tax help will again be available at the Morton Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from February 3 to April 14, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. for Seniors over 50 and low-income persons.
Appointments MUST be made in advance by calling the library at 309-263-2200.

Here is the list of items to bring for your appointment:

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License Plate Sticker Discount Benefit Access Program for 2016

If you need help filing your 2016 Benefit Access Application, Mel Clauser, a volunteer for the Central Illinois Agency on Aging, is available to meet with applicants at the Morton Public Library to provide assistance in processing 2016 Benefit Access Applications. If you have internet access, you may file for yourself at

Mel will be available: February 10 through March 23, 2016 on 
Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., by appointment only.
Call the library at 309-263-2200 for an appointment.

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Rhythm & Rhyme Storytime 

Children ages 3-5 year olds will meet for six sessions from 10:00-10:45 a.m. every Tuesday, February 2 through March 8. The sessions will include stories, finger-plays, rhythm instruments, songs, and fun. This is a great opportunity for a child to meet and interact with children their own age and gain a love of reading at an early age.
Registration required. Call the library at 309-263-2200 to register or stop by the Children's Desk.


Sign & Sing Story Time

Sign and Sing Story Time will be held on the first and third Mondays for the entire year! The next sessions will be held February 1 and 15 from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Participants will enjoy 30 minutes of fun stories, rhymes, and fingerplays with their little one. 

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Make it Magical! - February 8

Come to the library on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. for an informational program on planning a Disney vacation. Disney travel pro Shannon Sandoval will help you figure out everything from a Fast Pass to Extra Magic Hours and provide you with expert tips and tricks to make your Disney vacation enjoyable. 


Teen Book Club - February 8

Teens! On Monday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. join us for games, snacks, and a discussion of Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver.

Copies are available at the checkout desk. 


Getting Started with Photoshop February 9

Join us at the library for "Getting Started with Photoshop" on
Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. 
This session will show participants how to get started in using Photoshop and will demonstrate some of its capabilities. Photoshop software is available for public use in the library's Digital Media Lab.
No registration required.


Eric Carle Art Fun Ages 4-6 February 11

Kids ages 4-6 are invited to take part in an art class utilizing the techniques of author/illustrator Eric Carle. The class will be at the library on Thursday, February 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Kids will paint, trace, cut, crop and use their imaginations to create their own piece of art. Kids willl sponge paint a seahorse representing Eric Carle's book, Mister Seahorse. This is a fun project everyone will enjoy.

We will be painting, so please bring a t-shirt to cover good clothes.

*Registration is required and will begin February 1.


Valentine's Day Party for Teens February 12

All teens ages 13-18 are invited to join our Valentine's Day Party for Teens on Friday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m. and enjoy holiday theme snacks and activities.
Register by calling the library at 309-263-2200

Live Video Stream of 2016 TED Conference - February 16

Morton Public Library has been chosen by the TED organization to offer one full day of the TED 2016 Conference to Central Illinois residents via live streaming on Tuesday, February 16.  This conference is one of the most exclusive events in America. You are invited to experience the conference that day as it happens!

The full conference runs from February 15-19, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The live streaming event at Morton Library is named TEDxMortonPublicLibraryLive and will feature four sessions throughout the course of the day.

The session times & themes on Tuesday, February 16 are:
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Radical Repatterning
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Imagination.  Invention.  Ingenuity.
4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Lifehacks
7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. - Deep Memory

  • There is no cost for attendance, and no registration is required.  
  • The event will be held in the Hauter Meeting Room. Seating is first come, first served. 
  • The full program schedule with descriptions of speakers can be found online at 

TED (short for Technology, Education and Design) conferences began in 1984 in California. Organizers invited some of the most fascinating people in the world, and gave each speaker 20 minutes and a microphone to give the “talk of their life.”  TED grew, and became a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” 

For more information, contact the Morton Library at 309-263-2200 or via email at


Tech Time Appointments Februrary 16 & 27

Februrary 16 - from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can make an appointment for a 30 minute, one-on-one tutoring session with our tech staff. 

February 27 - from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you can make an appointment for a 30 minute, one-on-one tutoring session with our tech staff.

Have basic tech questions answered such as: how to use a mouse; making an email account; downloading an eBook, etc. Call the library at 309-263-2200 to schedule your appointment.


Eric Carle Art Fun Ages 7-12 February 18

Kids ages 7-12 are invited to take part in an art class that utilizes the techniques of author/illustrator Eric Carle. The class will be at the library on Thursday, February 18 from 3:30-4:30 pm.
Kids will paint, trace, cut, and crop in order to create their own Eric Carle lady bug art. This is a fun project everyone will enjoy. We will be painting so please bring a T-shirt to cover good clothes.
*Registration is required and will begin February 8th.

Page-Turners Book Club - February 18 @ 2:00 or 7:00pm


You are invited to join the Morton Library book club on
Thursday, February 18 at either 2:00 p.m. or  7:00 p.m. 
in the Hauter Conference Room to discuss the book,
Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole.

Enjoy a casual discussion and refreshments with this book group as we talk about this sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars. Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart. 
Is this book a page-turner? See for yourself and join us! 

Contact the library to learn how to get your copy of the book. 
Offered at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm. Open to the public. No registration required.


AARP Safe Driver Class February 22 & 23

The AARP Safe Driver Class will be held February 22 & 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the library. Learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment.
For drivers age 50 and older. Must have a valid driver's license. This course has a fee. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members.
Please register at the library.

Fractured FAiRy TaLes February 25

Mrs. Snoke, our Children's Librarian, will tell fractured fairy tales for the family. Come to the library February 25 at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a new twist on old fairy tales.


Leap Day Program - February 29

On February 29 at 6:30 p.m. families are invited to join us for our Leap Day program. It only happens once every 4 years! Come join us for a jumpin' good time!


Y NOT? Adults Discuss YA Books March 1

Y NOT? is a new book club for adults discussing Young Adult (YA) books. We will meet in the Hauter Room at Morton Public Library on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Our next book discussion is:

March 1 - I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jandy Nelson's critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I'll Give You the Sun, received the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, Bank Street's Josette Frank Award, and a Stonewall Honor Book Award. A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal.

Books available at the library. Open to the public. Call the library at 263-2200 for more information.

Books available at the library's check-out desk!


Nov212015 available at the library

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At this time, lynda.comis only available to our patrons while in the library, not remotely, but you can preview many of their course selections from home and learn more about what is offered at