Library News


Library Refresh Project

Last day to use the library before the Refresh Project begins is March 23.

The last day the library will be open is  March 23, 2018.

It has been 20 years since the library opened its addition, and this spring we will be refreshing the library. This project will mean the library will be closed while walls are painted, new carpet is installed and the library’s departments are rearranged. When we reopen, you will enjoy a more open and welcoming lobby, a dedicated space for our young adult collection and an expanded children’s department. This project will be funded using the library’s reserves, which have been built up slowly over the past 18 years, as well as private gifts and memorials given to the library.

While the library is closed our staff will be making appearances at area businesses and the Morton Park District has graciously allowed us to hold our popular Friday Toddler Time program in their meeting room at Freedom Hall. Follow our library’s Facebook page or Instagram account to learn where we are popping up during our hiatus.

No items will be due during the closure and you may use your Morton Library card at any area library including East Peoria, Pekin, Tremont, Delevan and Peoria. You will also still be able to place items on hold and pick them up at a different library during the closure. We will be closed beginning March 24, 2018. We will reopen in May and will announce the exact date as soon as we know. Stay tuned for more information. 

  • For updates on our Refresh Project, make sure you're subscribed to our Library Link Newsletter! Sign up here.
  • Make sure your Morton Library card will not expire during our closed dates so you can use it at area libraries


What you CAN & CAN'T DO during the Refresh Project:



  • Visit our location
  • Pick up holds at our building
  • Renew your library card
  • Call the library - but you can email us at! 


Big Library Read April 2-16, 2018

Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha

Jennifer McGaha and her husband foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land. Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.

Flat Broke with Two Goats will be available in both eBook and audiobookformats for unlimited access between April 2-16, 2018, no holds, no waiting!

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