A note from Mrs. Snoke...


Hi Kids,

Our Summer Reading Program is under way. If you haven't signed up already, it's not too late to come to the library and sign up! And check out our Summer Reading Calendar. You will want to be a part of the fun programs, Brown Bag-Its, and workshops. We have a new beautiful spot for our outside programs called Hannah’s Reading Garden located behind the library. I have also been ordering lots of new books for you to enjoy during summer break. Have a wonderful summer!

With Much Joy,
Mrs. Snoke 

Dear Parents,

Help your kids discover their reading super powers this summer by joining one of the Morton Public Library’s reading programs. Children and teens can register for the program during library hours and receive prizes throughout the summer.

The Read-to-Me Program is a great way for preschoolers to take part in the summer reading fun. When parents read library books to children they receive credit towards their goal of listening to ten or more books. When the child achieves their goal, they receive stickers & stars to place on their log. Participants and their parents are eligible to attend the special Read-to-Me party which will be held on Saturday, July 25.

Children going into grades 1st thru 6th can register for the reading program, Every Hero Has A Story, and enjoy activities all summer long. Children who register for summer reading check out books from the library and write them down on a log sheet that is kept at the library. They also earn prizes when they have met their reading goals. They must either read 5 books from the Children’s Area or 10 books from the Preschool & Early Readers Area. Reading more than this set goal will earn them additional prizes. The last day to write down books and receive prizes is Saturday, August 1.

Students going into grades 7-12 are invited to participate in Teen Reading Program, Read to the Rhythm. There are reading incentives geared toward teens such as gift cards from Eli’s or Dairy Queen, coupons for Firehouse Pizza, and much more. A drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate from the Chamber of Commerce will be given at the end of the summer session. Teens may read from the young adult and adult sections of the library. Register to read 5 Young Adult or Adult books and receive a prize.

In addition to the reading programs there are many other activities offered throughout the summer. The calendar is full of opportunities to have fun with art and science, visit creature friends and attend workshops. Bring a friend and be entertained by BABALOO, Pulse of Peoria Drumline, Police Dog-Shadow and music by Mike Anderson.

Families can also enjoy Brown Bag-It Picnics every Friday throughout June and July. Enjoy Juggling Shows, Ventriloquist Chris McBrian & Lisa Laird, Magic, Ronald McDonald, Morton Fire & Rescue, and a Comedy Team called Laughing Matters. These talented performers will teach and entertain all ages. Bring your whole family and a picnic lunch to enjoy at Noon. Programs begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will be held outdoors on the library’s back lawn in Hannah’s Reading Garden, weather permitting. 

Specialized workshops are offered at the library throughout the summer. These workshops include Young Rembrandts-Drawing Fun, Spanish Fun & Games, Science Fun, Peoria Fencing Academy, and Fun with Art. Registration will be available one week before each of the workshops.

Our Rhythm & Rhyme Preschool Fun program is for 3-5 year old children and will be held on Thursdays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. from July 9-30th. There will be stories, songs, games and a craft each week. This is limited to 20 children and registration is required each week. Registration will begin June 22.

The Peoria Humane Society’s Paws to Read will be visiting on Tuesday, July 14 from 11:00 a.m.-Noon. This program is for children 8 years and older who love dogs and want to practice their reading skills. Register by calling the Peoria Humane Society at 309-672-2447.

The summer fun concludes with the Pool Party on Tuesday, August 4th for all readers who have achieved their reading goals. Join us and make the Morton Public Library a part of your summer. If there are questions, please call or visit the Morton Public Library, 315 W. Pershing, 263-2200 or email us at mortonlibrary@gmail.com. 

Mrs. Snoke