Morristown & Morris Township Library NEWS Morristown & Morris Township Library NEWS RSS Feed Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:13:44 GMT Library Opening at 1 PM on Thurs. Oct. 2 The Library will open at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 2 due to planned electrical work in the neighborhood by JCPL. The electrical work will render the library without power for that morning. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT Recent Gift Reflects Early Morristown History The <a href="" target="_blank">watercolor painting</a> on the left is a recent gift to our library. It illustrates the family home of Major Daniel Phoenix, who was a local merchant, property owner and civic leader in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Morristown. The house stood on the current site of the old Y.M.C.A building, which is now a commercial space known as the Courthouse Plaza. The building is located across from the Morris County Courthouse at 60 Washington Street in Morristown.<p><a href=" Phoenix Jr article by Linda Ross.pdf" target="_blank">Read more</a>&nbsp;about the story of this property's transformation through the years, as it passed through the hands of several owners.</p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT Morristown Festival of Books, Sept. 26 - 27 The festival will feature 21 authors in Morristown on the evening of Friday, September 26, and all day Saturday, September 27. Authors will speak and answer questions for one hour at one of several convenient Morristown locations. Book sales and signings, following author presentations, will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to see the full schedule of events.</a> <strong>The library will be hosting three authors on Saturday, Sept. 27.</strong><p><img width="75" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="75" border="0" align="left" src="/userfiles/image/festival%20of%20books%20glasses.jpg" alt="Red Glasses" title="Red Glasses" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Library Author Talks will be as follows:</strong></p> <p><strong>10 AM - 11 AM</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Marta McDowell author of <em>Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales</em></p> <p><strong>11:15 AM - 12:15</strong> <strong>PM</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Nancy Krulik author of <em>Super Burp! # 1 (George Brown, Class Clown series)</em></p> <p><strong>1:45 PM - 2:45</strong> <strong>PM</strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Teen Panel with: Emmy Laybourne, Kieran Scott&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp;Elizabeth Eulberg</p> <p><img width="100" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="103" border="0" align="left" title="Picture of Marta McDowell's Book" alt="Picture of Marta McDowell's Book" src="/userfiles/image/book%20festival%20marta.jpg" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img width="100" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="104" border="0" align="left" title="Image of Super Burp! # 1" alt="Image of Super Burp! # 1" src="/userfiles/image/book festival nancy.jpg" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img width="100" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="103" border="0" align="left" title="Image of teen author books" alt="Image of teen author books" src="/userfiles/image/book festival teen panel.jpg" /></p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT Exhibit: Pawn Stars, Fake Money and Chancy Die Rolls: The History of Classic Board Games The library is putting together an exhibit on the history of some of the most classic board games from Monopoly to Risk. The exhibit will be on display in the second floor, F.M. Kirby Gallery from <strong>September 26 through December 1.</strong> It will feature various types of board games, examining games of strategy, ones geared toward children, ‘home games’ of TV game shows, ones involving money and even the appearance of popular culture in board games.<p><em>&ldquo;I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.&rdquo;</em> &ndash; Comedian Steven Wright</p> <p><img width="125" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="93" border="0" align="left" title="Candy Land board" alt="Candy Land board" src="/userfiles/image/Candy-Land-board.jpg" />Although the age of <em>Pac Man</em>, <em>Tetris</em> and <em>Halo</em> have made video games reign supreme since the 1980s, board games have always had their place whether as dedicated family time, a passion for serious enthusiasts or as a simple divergence from a screen. In fact, board games have made a serious comeback recently consisting in 15-20% increases in sales each of the last three years according to industry experts. Crowdfunding sites are financing new game projects, various bars provide board games for their clientele and even high tech designers use computer-based tools to (ironically) create tactile, table-top games. Whether a game is a night of family fun or whether it sits on the dining room table for months as players strategize moves, the classic games in this genre are ones that Baby Boomers and Gen Xers recognize without a fault. <em>Stratego, Candy Land, Scrabble, Life,</em> etc. are still immensely popular decades after their initial release and games such as <em>Parcheesi, Backgammon</em> and even <em>Chutes and Ladders</em> were actually developed thousands of years ago.</p> <p>To coincide with the exhibit, the Library is participating in the American Library Association&rsquo;s seventh annual celebration of <a href="{d '2014-11-15'}&amp;Calendar_Code=">&ldquo;International Games Day @ The Library&rdquo;</a> on Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The library will have a host of different games for adults and families alike to play against each other or against the library staff! Help us celebrate the power of games and play.</p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT Literary Elements: An Adult Summer Reading Program <em>Why should kids have all the fun?</em> Sign up for the library's Adult Summer Reading Program “Literary Elements” this year 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 by calling Reference at 973-538-2592 or <a href="" target="_blank">by filling out the online form found here.</a> <strong>Enter to win lots of great prizes all summer long.</strong><p>Sign up anytime this summer between June 30 and August 30. We just need your name, library card number and phone or email. The program is free and all MAIN patrons 18 and older are invited to participate. When you sign up, you&rsquo;ll get a reading log where you may keep track of what you read and just for registering you will receive a great gift!<br /> <br /> The only objective of the Adult Summer Reading Program is to promote reading and fun. There is no required reading - fiction or nonfiction, eBook or audiobook &ndash; anything goes! (It doesn&rsquo;t have to be a library item.) For each book or eBook you read or audiobook you listen to between June 30 &amp; Labor Day, fill out a book lottery ticket. Write your contact information and the title of the book you read on the ticket and place it in the book lottery ticket box. <strong>Prizes are awarded every week.</strong> The more you read or listen to, the more chances you have to win fabulous prizes like huge tote bags filled with free books! Last year, participants had the chance to win 25 prizes!<br /> <br /> At the end of the summer, all book lottery tickets will be entered into a <em>Grand Prize Drawing</em>. Grand Prizes include <em>gift cards for Barnes &amp; Noble!</em><br /> <br /> If you have any questions or need a reading or listening suggestion, ask at the Readers Advisory or Reference desks or email us at We&rsquo;re happy to help you find the &ldquo;Literary Elements&rdquo; of a good read!</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT