Board Meeting Date Change

The April library board of trustees meeting has been moved to April 23rd. It will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Stengel Community Room. As always, the public is welcome to attend.

Autism: One Family's Journey

April is Autism Awareness Month and we are pleased to share a very personal story of a family who lives with autism. Cynthia Laughlin will share her family's story of her son's diagnosis and their struggle to deal with all that autism involves. This is a journey of an out-of-control child to a gentle, thoughtful adult.
The program will be held Sunday, April 27th, at 2:00 p.m. at the library. Registration is appreciated (call: 815-734-4927, email:, or stop by the library).

Don't Know Much About Nuclear Energy?

On Sunday, April 13, 2:00 p.m., the library will be hosting a representative from Exelon. He will share information about the Byron nuclear facility and answer your questions about nuclear energy. This informative program will be of interest to both adults and older children.
Registration for the program can be made by calling the library (815-734-4927), by email (, or by stopping by the library. Registration is not required, but appreciated.

More E-Books/Audiobooks Available!

The Mt. Morris Library has joined the OMNI eBook consortium (OverDrive) and eRead Illinois. Mt. Morris Library card holders are now able to access thousands of eBooks--and audiobooks (through OverDrive only)--free of charge through this library website. You must have a valid library card (either resident or non-resident) in order to access these collections. The eBooks are downloadable to your computer and laptop, and are supported by popular reader devices such as the iPad, Kindle,Sony Reader, Nook, and Apple and Android devices.

An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns

Author Abbie Reese will join us on May 18th, 2:00 p.m., to talk about her book Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns (Oxford University Press, 2014). In 2005 Reese began working with the cloistered contemplative nuns of the Poor Clare Colettine order––one of the strictest religious orders in existence. The book recounts her experience there. The author will also share some footage from a collaborative ethnographic film in-progress that will form a portrait of a young woman, Heather/Sister Amata, the newest member of the Poor Clare community.

Mobile Vet Center at Library

The Department of Veteran Affairs Mobile Vet Center will be at the library on April 30th from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. The Vet Center program provides free and confidential counseling to Veterans of combat zones and their families. The Vet Center also helps veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST) while serving in the military. Active duty service members are also eligible. For more information contact the Rockford Vet Center at 815-395-1276.

Tax Forms Available

Some pre-printed tax forms, both state and federal, will be available at the library. These are free of charge. Some forms, however, must be photocopied and there is a 20 cent per page charge for these. Please know that not all forms are available in print format. We can only provide what is sent to us from the IRS and the Illinois Dept. of Revenue.


Library Receives Grant

The Mt. Morris Library was one of the recipients of the state-wide grant, "Back to Books". This grant of $5,000 allowed the library to purchase children's nonfiction books and DVDs. Materials purchased support school and homeschool curriculum (grades K-5). Come in and see all the great new books we've added to the collection. These cover many subject areas, including biography, science, history, animals, gardening, ancient civilizations, pet care, weather and natural disasters, agriculture, and much more.

Students--Homework Help Online Here!

Students of all ages (especially junior high, senior high and college)--are you looking for reliable, accurate information for a school paper or project? You can link to hundreds of excellent reference books right here.

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