Morristown & Morris Township Library NEWS Morristown & Morris Township Library NEWS RSS Feed Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:47:06 GMT Library Closed on July 3rd and July 4th for Independence Day The library will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We wish all our patrons a safe and happy holiday. The library will be open on Sunday, July 5th from 1-5 PM. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:00:00 GMT Adult Summer Reading Contest: Escape the Ordinary! <em>Why should kids have all the fun?</em> Sign up for the library's Adult Summer Reading Contest and you’ll get a gift just for joining! The only requirement is to read or listen to a book of any kind - that’s it! You can join in person at the Reference, Circulation or Readers Advisor desks or <a href="" target="_blank">by filling out the online form found here.</a> Prizes given out every week. Enter to win lots of great prizes all summer long. And, as an added bonus this year, play our <strong>Book Bingo</strong> game and win even more prizes. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here for the Book Bingo Card. </a> <strong>Sign up now.</strong> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:00:00 GMT Parking at the Library There are lots of options for parking near the library. The library's parking lot has 18 spaces, accessible from Miller Rd., just behind the library. There are 2 handicapped spaces in this lot. There is also ample metered parking on all the streets surrounding the library.<p>The meters have a 2 hr. maximum time and it is .25 for &frac12; an hour or .50 for an hour. The meters are in effect from 8 AM &ndash; 8 PM Monday- Saturday. There is one handicapped space available on South Street in front of the library.</p> <p>The <a href=";SEC=%7BC3AE8F20-0883-494E-AEEC-5D3C99D07CD2%7D" target="_blank">Morristown Parking Authority</a> operates several garages and parking lots within easy walking distance of the library. The map below shows their locations.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="Public Parking Map" src="" style="float:left; height:282px; width:350px" title="Public Parking Map" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The closest public parking is at the <strong>Vail Mansion</strong> directly across the street from the library. On evenings when the Mayo Performing Arts Center has an event the parking at this location is $5.00 after 5 PM. <a href="" target="_blank">Please click here to see a brochure about parking at the Vail Mansion.</a><br /> <br /> The closest garage is the <strong>De Hart Street Garage.</strong>&nbsp; Parking at this garage is always $4.00 after 5 PM.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 04:00:00 GMT Library Closed For Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., Sun., and Mon. In celebration of Memorial Day the library will be closed Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25. Have a wonderful holiday. Tue, 19 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Exhibit Honors the 275th Anniversary of the Founding of the Township of Morris 1740-2015 In conjunction with the Mayor and Township Committee of Morris Township and The Historic Preservation Commission of Morris Township, The Morristown and Morris Township Library is hosting an exhibit celebrating the 275th anniversary of the founding of Morris Township. The exhibit will be on display in the second floor, F.M. Kirby Gallery from <strong>April 8 through August 16</strong>. The exhibit is also supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.<p>The colonial legislature of New Jersey created Morris County on March 15, 1739 naming the county, for the Governor of New Jersey, Colonel Lewis Morris (for which the Township and Morristown would later also be named). The county was initially divided into three townships in 1740: Pequannock, Hanover and Morris.&nbsp; Morris Township originally took up half of the county but has been subdivided many times since and now encompasses 15.45 square miles.&nbsp; In its first two hundred years the Township was primarily farmland but this changed drastically over time as much of New Jersey morphed into the &ldquo;urban&rdquo; designation tagged currently with the U.S. Census Bureau.&nbsp; The anniversary exhibit will focus not only on Morris Township&rsquo;s agricultural past, but also its part in the American Revolution and its fame as home to Gilded Age, New York City millionaire mansions.&nbsp; The exhibition will also examine the history of the Township&rsquo;s fire and police departments, The Seeing Eye, the College of Saint Elizabeth and other institutions as well as famous Township residents.&nbsp;</p> <p>People interested in more information about the exhibit are encouraged to contact the Library&rsquo;s North Jersey History &amp; Genealogy Center at (973) 538-3473.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Beers Atlas of Morris Township, 1868" src="/userfiles/image/morris%20township%20map.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:80px; margin:5px; width:100px" title="Beers Atlas of Morris Township, 1868" /><img alt="Convent Station and College of St. Elizabeth, ca. 1900" src="/userfiles/image/convent%20station.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; height:80px; margin:5px; width:100px" title="Convent Station and College of St. Elizabeth, ca. 1900" /><img alt="George Marshall Allen House, ca. 1920" src="/userfiles/image/george%20marshall%20allen%20house.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; height:59px; margin:5px; width:125px" title="George Marshall Allen House, ca. 1920" /><img alt="Washington Valley School House, ca. 1890" src="/userfiles/image/washington%20valley%20school%20house.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; height:81px; margin:5px; width:100px" title="Washington Valley School House, ca. 1890" /></p> <p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beers Atlas of Morris Township, 1868</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Convent Station and College of St. Elizabeth, ca. 1900</p> <p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; George Marshall Allen House, ca. 1920</p> <p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Washington Valley School House, ca. 1890</p> <p>Picture credits all courtesy of the North Jersey History &amp; Genealogy Center, The Morristown &amp; Morris Township Library.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT