Morristown & Morris Township Library Children's Room
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Wednesday, January 24

Craft Story Time 10:00 AM
Craft Story Time
Come listen to some stories and make a craft to take home. We will meet on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings from January 9th to March 28th. For ages 2-5. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

Saturday, January 27

Family Craft Story Time 11:00 AM
Family Craft Story Time
Join us every Saturday morning starting on January 13th and continuing through March 31st for some stories and crafts. For ages 3-8. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Kids Calendar

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Highlight of the Month

Fall + Fun = Football

When most people around the world think of football, they think of soccer.  Here in the United States wefootball on field think of something else.  We think of a game you play with a brown, oval-shaped ball. But before it became the game we know it was a mix of rugby and soccer.  Both games were played in colleges and rutgers princeton footballuniversities in America, and out of those two sports football was born.  It took awhile for each school to agree on rules and how the game should be played.  The first college football game was played in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  On November 6, 1869, Rutgers played Princeton at Rutgers.  Rutgers won 6-4, but you might not recognize the game they played as football.  There were 25 players on each side, and you couldn't touch the ball with your hands!  Eventually more colleges started to play and they had a meeting to set standard rules.
Rutgers football playerColleges helped create American football and from this game professional football was formed.  The first player to be paid for playing football was William "Pudge" Heffelfinger.  He was paid $500 to play for the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.  At first there was no organization among all the teams playing football.  Teams Jets helmetand players came and went until 1922 when the National Football League was formed with 18 teams.  College teams developed rivalries and the first Rose Bowl Game was played on January 1, 1923.  Now Giants helmetalmost 100 years later the game is still being played! Rules continued to change to try and make the game more exciting and a draft debuted to help give each team equal chances at good talent.  Equipment and teams kept improving and the game became more popular with each change.
So the next time you cheer your team on, just remember the game is more than 100 years old, it developed in the United States and the first college game was played here in New Jersey.

Book Talk


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The library now subscribes to TumbleBooks, a collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eReadAlongs, graphic novels, National Geographic videos, interactive games, and more, just for kids.

Are you ready for some football?

Don't throw it to MoDon't throw it to Mo!
by David Adler
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team.  The kids on the rival team tease him for being a butterfingers who is too tiny to catch the ball.  But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.
Goodnight footballGoodnight Football
by Michael Dahl
In rhyming text a child, home from a game, bids goodnight to all the sights and sounds of a school football game.
Hooray for Fly GuyHooray for Fly Guy!
by Tedd Arnold
Fly Guy joins Buzz's football team, despite Coach's misgivings, and hits the field for a special, secret play.
Down the field 10, 20, 30Down the Field 10, 20, 30
by Martha Rustad
Count up to 100 by tens, learning about the sport of football along the way.
Football ABCFootball ABC
by Mark Weakland
This football themed alphabet book features full color photographs and fun, simple text.
Football's Record BreakersFootball's record breakers
by Hans Hetrick
Peyton Manning's pursuit of Brett Favre's record for career passing yards fascinated football fans, as did Tom Brady's effort to surpass Manning's mark for touchowns thrown in a single season.  Get more of those stories and other tales of pro football's greatest records and the players who have held, chased, and broken them.
QB 1QB 1
by Mike Lupica
Jake Cullen, fourteen, lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and finally has his chance to shine.


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