Morris Public Library
4 North Street
Morris, CT 06763
Phone: 860-567-7440

Elena Granoth, Director

Library hours:
Tuesday and Wednesdays ~ 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Preschool Story hour ~ Tuesdays - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday and Friday ~ 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday ~ 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Story and Music Time
ages 0-4
every Tuesday at 10 am
Morris Public Library

The Morris Public Library is offering  Story and Music Time
 for the participants ages 0-4 every Tuesday at 10 am
 Play games, sing songs, read a story, do a
craft with our children’s coordinator Ms. G.

Registration is requested: 860-567-7440.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

You Are Not Alone Our Loved Ones
Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening,
with Sydney Sherman, author,
medium, paranormal investigator
Thursday, October 25 ~ 6:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Acclaimed Connecticut  Paranormal Author, Sydney Sherman,
 is continuing her successful book tour and speaking forums throughout
Connecticut and New England sharing her life experiences and book,  
You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening.  

Ms. Sherman will offer a presentation
and signing on Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 pm,
 at the Morris Public Library, Morris, CT.

The author encourages all of us to consider
the possibilities of connecting to the other side.  
Sherman’s book outlines her passage from confusion
 to acceptance of her relationships with the many
 spirits who inhabit her everyday world.  

You Are Not Alone approaches the paranormal with a healthy
 dose of common sense and encourages rational skepticism.  
The author looks at why and what we believe about the paranormal
and the afterlife.  Her book draws distinctions between myths and the
paranormal and recounts numerous experiences with spirits.  She offers
hints to avoid falling prey to the frauds in the paranormal field.  The author
educates readers on how they too can continue their relationship
with their loved ones. With step by step advice, Sherman encourages people
 to think about the potential the paranormal holds for all of us.  Sydney hopes
 readers will come to the same understanding ---they are not gone;
they are still very much here with us....we just need to start listening.

Sydney Sherman has two grown sons
and lives with her husband in Connecticut.
The presentation is sponsored by
 the Friends of the Morris Public Library.

Reservations are required
for the FREE event
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Trick-or-Treating at Story and Music Time
Tuesday, October 30 ~ 10:00 am
Morris Public Library
Trick-or-Treat on Tuesday, October 30th, 10 am-11 am,
at the Morris Public Library Story and Music Time.
Participants, ages 0-4, are invited to come to our special Story Time
 wearing their Halloween costumes. They will enjoy a thematic story,
 sing songs, say rhymes, and go trick-or-treating with a librarian.
To register and reserve your copy: 860-567-7440

For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, October 30 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Join our Fiction Book Club on Tuesday, October 30, at 7 pm.
We will discuss "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet'
by Jamie Ford. To register and reserve your copy:

For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Pajama Story Time
(Grades K-3)
Wednesday, November 7 ~ 6:30 pm
Morris Public Library
4 North Street, Morris, CT
Families and children (Grades K-3) are invited
to attend the Pajama Story Time on  
November 7 at 6:30 pm at the Morris Public Library.
Wear your comfortable pajamas, bring your most
favorite stuffed animal and enjoy amazing
 stories with your family and librarians.

Registration: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

“Horses Change History…and Change Lives”
with Ann Jamieson, author of the series
 “For the Love of the Horse”
Tuesday, November 13 ~ 6:30 pm
 Morris Public Library
Join Ann Jamieson, author of the popular series
“For the Love of the Horse” (volumes I - IV),
for a presentation and book signing on
Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm,
 at the Morris Public Library.

According to Ann, no animal has shaped the history of man more
than the horse. From providing us with transportation to delivering milk,
coal, groceries and the doctor, to pulling our fire engines, building our
roads and plowing our fields, horses have allowed us to expand beyond
 human limits. Horses have changed history in countless ways.

Ms. Jamieson is a United States Equestrian Federation judge licensed
 in hunters, jumpers, and hunt seat equitation, and she has shown
 her own horse, Fred Astaire, in hunters and First Level dressage.
 Ann has also written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers
 including a column for The Litchfield County Times. She currently
 writes for Today's Equestrian magazine, a regional publication
 focused on the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area.
Ann Jamieson lives in Kent, Connecticut.

This event is Free!
Registration: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, November 14 ~ 6:30–7:30 pm
 Morris Public Library
Join our Mystery Book Club on
Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm as we discuss
 "A Walk Through the Fire" by Marcia Muller.

To request your copy and register: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

One-One-Technology Assistance
The Morris Public Library offers
Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM - 8 PM
Morris Public Library
one-on-one Technology Assistance
 in half hour tech class sessions on
Tuesdays (3-4pm) and
Fridays (3-6 pm) by appointment.
Learn to use a computer, a smart phone or a tablet,
find out about how to download library e-books
and audiobooks to your device and use our online
catalog to request materials independently.

To register: call 860-567-7440
or visit the circulation desk
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Morris Public Library offers WOWBRARY
The Morris Public Library now offers WOWBRARY,
a digital subscription service that sends patrons FREE e-mail
alerts about library’s newest books, movies and other materials.

 The service also allows one to reserve the bestsellers
 instantly, provides the early notification about the newly
added library materials, and is completely private.

Patrons can subscribe to receive these newsletters
at, by entering their zip code and
choosing the Morris Public Library as their Home Library.

The Wowbrary widget is now featured on the
Morris Library Website –

The widget interactively displays the
weekly additions to our collection.
The Wowbrary newsletters are also automatically
 posted to the Library Facebook page.
Thank you, the Friends of the Morris Public Library,
for sponsoring the service.

 For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Morris Library Hosts Ice-Cream Social
to Kick-off Children’s Summer Reading Program
The Morris Public Library, facilitated by Library Director Elena Granoth,
held a kickoff gathering for 51 students pre-K to 6th grade
to sign up for the summer reading program. ~ contributed

Alexa, age 3, Olivia, age 8 and brother Ryan, age 5
of the Lauretano family who were among the first to
 register for the summer reading program.

Maddie Jeanfavre who recently moved to Morris with her
four-year-old sister Ava, enjoying an ice-cream sundae.

The library will continue to register for the Children’s Program through
July 25, 2017 and the program ends on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Helping to serve the ice-cream sundaes were Library Board
members Nancy Lundquist, Sally Irwin, Mary Erin Clem
and Beth Lovallo, among other friends of the library.

The library is located at 4 North Street in Morris
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Artwork by the Young Artists
at the Morris Public Library
Can you speak without making a sound?
Can you listen without your ears?
It is possible!

Sign language uses eyesight to communicate by hands
showing symbols for the letters of the alphabet.

American sign language inspired art is featured at the
Morris Public Library during the month of June.
The artwork has been created by the young artists
of Frances Clem Studios of Bantam, CT.

For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Ice cream social kicks off Morris reading program (06-22-17)
The Morris Public Library's summer reading program for children
got underway on Tuesday with an ice cream social for the 51
registered participants. Library volunteers Denis Williamson and
Nancy Lundquist, above, dished out the ice cream.

Below, Alexa Lauretano, top, and Harper Pond are set to dig into
their ice cream. The reading program encourages children to read
as many books as possible during summer vacation. The most prolific readers
will be rewarded when the program comes to a close in August. ~ BZ photos

For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Staying on top of technology
The Morris Public Library is following the patrons’ requests and introducing
easier ways to access library materials. We now participate in the
Library Mobile Phone App Boopsie provided by Bibliomation, Inc.
The app is available for free download for your iPhone or Android.
With Bibliomation Boopsie you can view the library catalog, request
materials right from your phone, find out about our events, easily
access our online resources, download eMedia and browse through digital
databases. The service is sponsored by the Friends of the Morris Public Library.
If a patron needs help with downloading the
Bibliomation Boopsie App or any other eMedia,
we now provide one-on-one technology assistance!

Call the Library at 860-567-7440
to make an appointment with a librarian today!
Available days and hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
3:00-3:30PM, 3:30-4:00PM.
Have all your technology questions answered:
learn how to use your device,
access our online catalog and more!

Art Around the Box benefits Morris Public Library (03-26-17)
The White Barn at South Farms in Morris was a hub of action on
Saturday night as the 6th Annual Art Around the Box Gala Auction
Fundraiser benefiting the Morris Public Library was held.

More than 200 came to support the library and bid on live
and silent auction items. Local artists painted boxes and
other items that were auctioned to the highest bidders.

Other items were also auctioned including a Little Free Library and
unique items including autographed guitars and a “Steampunk Ray Gun”
made by Denis Williamson. The Village Wine Cellar donated the wine and spirits.

A Mystery Puzzle Box and Mystery Treasure Envelopes were also
popular as well as a chance to bid on an overnight stay at Winvian.

Tracy Martin led the effort to organize this year’s event with a lot of
help from the library’s board of directors and community volunteers.

A highlight was the auctioning of signed guitars by Gregg Allmann
and Les Paul. Pete Graham, left, a classmate of Rose Buckens, right, from
Trumbull High (class of 1970) was the high bidder on both of those guitars.

Denis Williamson, below, was the high bidder on a box created by Dave
Hoffman. Denis plans to donate the box to the Bantam Lake Yacht Club.

Bev Huntley, below, proudly claimed the
Steampunk Ray Gun created by Denis Williamson.

Ronnie Gantz, below, from New Jersey was the auctioneer
and was recruited by library board member Tracy Martin.

Fran Clem, below right, was there to support the library and painted a
box for the auction. Her daughter Mary Erin Clem, left,
is a member of the library board and was helping with the event.

Yvette Haas, below left, was pleased to see her box
acquired by Carol Peringer a close family friend.

Library board members and Director Elena Granoth were there
to support the efforts of the Friends of the Morris Library.
Seated (L-R): Sally Irwin, Treasurer; Nancy Lundquist, Chairman; Ginny Williamson.
Standing (L-R): Mary Erin Clem, Secretary; Beth Lovallo; Tracy Martin,
Friends of the Morris Library, Art Around the Box 2017 Committee Chairman;
and Elena Granoth, Library Director.

Morris Public Library Event
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The Not-So-Good Life of a Colonial Goodwife” program
with Velya Jancz-Urban took place on Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 PM.

Velya gave a lively and information-infused presentation
about what life was really like for colonial women.
With the number of attendees of approximately 40 people,
the discussion was followed by questions and answers about
Velya’s book “Acquiescence,” her colonial times research inspiration.

Art Around the Box 2016
A Fundraiser for the Morris Public Library
Saturday, April 30, 2016
@ White Memorial Carriage House
The Friends and Board of Directors of the Morris Public Library sponsored
the fifth "Art Around the Box" social event and auction of more than 25
decorated boxes, birdhouses and mailboxes as fine art by noted local artists.
Besides the decorated boxes, they had the popular "Mystery Treasure Envelopes,"
with gift certificates and items donated by local businesses and,
a "Mystery Treasure Quest Box."

There was also a silent auction of art prints and artist's proofs.
All proceeds benefit the Library.








"Black & White Painting" by Pamela Urban for silent auction

Fundraiser for Morris Public Library is a success (03-24-14)
Part of the crowd watches the auction unfold during the Morris Public
Library's Art Around the Box fundraiser on Saturday.

Below, a mailbox decorated by Jodi Rockness of Litchfield
fetched $100 in the auction. ~ BZ photos
The Morris Public Library's fourth annual Art Around the Box fundraiser
on Saturday was a success as it raised more the $5,500.

The library and the Friends of the Morris Public Library co-sponsored the
event at the White Memorial Conservation Center Carriage House.

Decorated wood boxes, mailboxes, birdhouses and other items
donated by 32 local artists were auctioned off to raise money.
Guest auctioneer was Tim Chapulis of Tim's Auctions in Bristol.

The auction saw $600 bid on guitar signed by James Taylor, $550 bid on an
overnight stay at the Winvian resort, and $500 for guitar signed by Les Paul.

Proceeds will be used by the library to purchase books and DVS and fund programs.

Participating artists were Gabrielle Ammirati, Lori Barker, Jo Ann Battistoni, Rose Buckens, KC Chapman,
Anne Marie Charest, Fran Clem, Linda Conlon, Marsha Doran, Anne Haas, Yvette Haas, Barbara Hilpertshauser,
Jill Howland, Carrie Keppler, Ella Crampton Knox, Tracy Martin, Cheryl Martinelli, Grace Martinelli, Kerry McDevitt,
Carolyn Mitchell, Phil Moncuse, Amy Nicholson, Alane Powell, Jodi Rockness, Audrey Rougeot, Tarol Samuelson,
Laurie Sweet, Gayle Terrill, Elizabeth Wolff, Hilary Worster, Mary Young and Carol Zordan.

Auctioneer Tim Chapulis does his thing.

Library board member Nancy Lundquist
made sure everyone had enough wine.

Some of the auction items on display.

Cheryl Martinelli of Harwinton was one of the artists who donated work.
Artist Fran Clem of Bantam takes in the auction.

Anne Haas of Bantam and her daughter, Yvette, were among the artists.

Art Around the Box fundraiser nets cash for library (03-12-13)
Above, some of the artworks that was auctioned off at the Art Around
 the Box fundraiser for the Morris Public Library on Sunday.

Below, Cathy Wheeler of Morris, left, and Goshen health and wellness guru
Susan Wheeler were among those in attendance. BZ photos
The third annual Art Around the Box fundraiser held Sunday to benefit the
Morris Public Library raised $6,700 that will be used to fund new programs and technology.

The event at the White Memorial Conservation Center's Carriage House drew a large crowd to
bid on lunch boxes and bird houses decorated by 23 local artists. Prizes that include overnights
at the Winvian Resort in Morris and the Litchfield Inn also were auctioned off.
Tracy Keilty, a volunteer at the library, served as master of ceremonies.

A mystery puzzle box decorated by Bantam artist Elizabeth Wolff and Denis Williamson of Morris
was won by Guy and Laura Weik of Morris, for $200. The Weiks will have to successfully
figure out the mystery location by pressing buttons until a mystery treasure is revealed.

The $6,700 raised is the most in the three years of the event,
easily topping last year's $5,500 and 2011's $4,800.

Nancy Lundquist, chairman of the library's board of directors and co-chairman
of Art Around the Box, praised those who attended for their support and the
participating artists for donating their talent to the cause.

"They are indeed supporters of our library," Lundquist said. "They are the ones giving us their time,
support and money to enrich out library with the funds needed to ensure that the
library can provide the best opportunities for all to enjoy."

The artists besides Wolff were Gabrielle Ammirati, Jodi Rockness, Tori Savage,
Andrew Swell and Carol Zordan, all of Litchfield; Lori Barker and Laurie Sweet, both of Goshen;
Jo Ann Battistoni, Marsha Doran, Dave Hoffman, Jill Howland, Tracy Martin,
Gayle Terrill and Mark Young, all of Morris; Anne Haas, Yvette Haas,
Ella Crampton Knox and Toby Schmidt, all of Bantam; Tessa Griffin of Milford;
Barbara Hilpertshauser of Bethlehem; Kerry L McDevitt of Marble Dale;
and Audrey Rougeot of Torrington.

A box decorated by artist Elizabeth Wolff of Bantam was auctioned off.

Tracy Keilty served as the master of ceremonies for the fundraiser.

Artist Gayle Terrill of Morris and her husband Lester check out a box
created by Tessa Griffin of Milford depicting buildings and
building details by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.

Guy Weik of Morris and his wife, Laura, contemplate
bidding on the mystery treasure box.

Vin Aiello of Morris watches the auction unfold.

Anne Haas of Bantam was one of the contributing artists.

For more info, please contact Nancy Lundquist 860-361-6418
or via email: