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Thursday, June 21

Chess Club Chess Club
Morristown & Morris Twp. Library is starting a Chess Club in 2018! Join us for chess on the third Thursday of the month starting in January 2018 and running through June. The group will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. upstairs in the F.M. Kirby Gallery. We will enjoy friendly, non-competitive, short games of chess between players of all skill levels. Improve your game, make new friends and enjoy playing chess! Players of all ages are welcome to play as long as they know the rules. Please bring your own chess board, pieces, and time clock. Games will be between 20-30 minutes as agreed upon between players.

LIVING WITH PRIDE: Pride Month Film Series: <em>God's Own Country</em> 7:00 PM
LIVING WITH PRIDE: Pride Month Film Series: God's Own Country
The Library is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual “Pride Month Film Series” for 2018. Airing Thursday nights this June at 7pm, and centered on the theme “Living with PRIDE,” these four films from the U.S. and overseas celebrate the spectrum and diversity of the LGBTQ+ experience.

Our movie on Thursday, June 21 will be God’s Own Country, winner of two Sundance Awards and more than two dozen other film awards. Set in rural northern England and cited as a “stunning love story that in its finest moments is pure poetry,” “[y]oung farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.” (U.K., 2017, 1:44, Not Rated)

Subtitled in English. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, June 22

Morning Yoga with Munah Hayes 9:30 AM
Morning Yoga with Munah Hayes
Yoga in the morning at the library! Patrons will have the chance to experience the Krishnamacharya tradition of Hatha Yoga. Program held in the second floor Gallery.  Read more...

Saturday, June 23

North Jersey Sewing Circle: Our Second Annual Fabric Swap 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
North Jersey Sewing Circle: Our Second Annual Fabric Swap
Last year's fabric swap was so much fun, we’re doing it again! Trade that fabric in your stash that is the wrong color/style for something better! (I yard or more only please-no scraps.) We have a lot of beautiful fabric, and will have free door prizes and other giveaways too. We will begin the program with a show and tell of all our past year's completed projects, followed by the swap. Show and tell participants will receive special prizes!  Read more...

Sunday, June 24

Springtime Sunday Tai Chi 1:30 PM
Springtime Sunday Tai Chi
Are you interested in learning about the Chinese art of Tai Chi? Join us for weekly instruction by Master Gang Huang, who specializes in helping novices learn this fascinating martial art form. Proficient in many styles of Tai Chi, including Chen and Yang, Master Huang enjoys teaching people about the many health and wellness benefits of Tai Chi and will lead us in learning the basic aspects of traditional practice. These free classes are open to all abilities. No registration required.  Read more...

Monday, June 25

Evening Yoga with Munah Hayes 6:00 PM
Evening Yoga with Munah Hayes
Evening yoga at the library! Patrons will have the chance to experience the Krishnamacharya tradition of Hatha Yoga. Program held in the second floor Gallery.  Read more...

Tuesday, June 26

Friends Book Sale 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friends Book Sale
The book sale offers a large selection of paperback and hardcover books. All proceeds benefit the library.

Wednesday, June 27

Just Out of the Box…Office Movie Series at 2 & 7 PM <em>Black Panther</em> 2:00 PM
Just Out of the Box…Office Movie Series at 2 & 7 PM Black Panther
2017, Rated PG-13, 134 minutes

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Following the death of his father, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is crowned the king of Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. T'Challa is charged with defending the nation in his guise as the costumed superhero known as Black Panther, but his reign is challenged by a Wakanda dissident named Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who wants to sell the country's natural resources to fund an uprising.

In our Just Out of the Box Office series we show a recently released movie each month. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more...

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The Rotary Club of Morristown and John Bickford Foundation Provide the Library with a Technological Boost

The Rotary Club of Morristown and John Bickford Foundation Provide the Library with a Technological Boost
The Morristown & Morris Township Library was the recipient of two grant awards from the Morristown Rotary Club and the John Bickford Foundation for the purchase of laptops in the Library’s Technology Training Lab. Each $4,000 grant enabled the Library to update all of the laptops in the lab, which are used for public computer classes the Library offers throughout the year as well as for other purposes. The Rotary Club provides grants and sponsorships to organizations in order to better serve the community, while the John Bickford Foundation has a long history of supporting institutions in Morristown.

The Library offers traditional classes in Microsoft Excel and Word and other software-based programs such as photo editing and web browsing software.  In the past, the Library has also offered classes on social media, coding, and even a popular Savvy Seniors class that examines multiple topics in computing.  “We receive a lot of interest, especially in classes in Excel,” says Library director Chad Leinaweaver, “and we began offering classes in Spanish a few years ago that are well-received.  The new laptops really help us to fulfill our mission of providing education to the general public and helping everyone from those learning a new software program for their job or even retirees, like our Savvy Seniors, who just want to stay current with technology.”

However, the Library’s Technology Training Lab is used for more than just computer classes.  Local English as a Second Language (ESL) providers often book the space for classes with their students and over the past several years, certified health care counselors have provided Affordable Care Act information and helped resident sign up with insurance providers.  In addition, Young Adult Librarian Kristie Revicki uses the Technology Training Lab with teenagers in her programs.  For example, this summer, teens engaged in creative writing using Google applications in the Technology Lab in order to write one story altogether.  “With our young adult programming we really try to connect to a student’s creativity,” says Revicki, “whether that creative outlet is art, writing or something else, they all are interested in using technology to develop their own ideas.  Thus the Technology Lab is a great resource for us to all do something as a team.”

The Library’s Technology Training Lab was set up in 2006, when the latest wing was built through a combination of public and private funds.  Although the laptops in the Technology are still currently functional, it was time for an upgrade.  “Here at the Library we are pretty good about getting the maximum amount of use out of our equipment.” says Leinaweaver.  “We find ways to reuse older equipment around the building, but with Windows 10 and the advent of much faster processors, we were in need of new laptops in order to provide patrons with more current software and applications, which they are likely to see at their college or workplace.” 

The Rotary Club of Morristown looks to serve the Morristown community by awarding grants that are in line with the six areas of focus for Rotary International: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.  The John Bickford Foundation has supported many Morristown institutions since its inception in 1971.  The Foundation has provided support within education, human services and children’s and family services in Morristown and has funded such local institutions such as the Market Street Mission, Preschool Advantage, Good Grief and Cornerstone Family Programs. 

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