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.

Summer Series Story and Music Time
ages 0-4
every Tuesday at 10 am
during the summer months (June-August)
Morris Public Library

The Morris Public Library is offering the Summer Series Story and Music Time
 for the participants ages 0-4 every Tuesday at 10 am during the
summer months (June-August). 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.

Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps
with author and historian Marty Podskoch
Thursday, September 20 ~ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Author and historian Marty Podskoch from East Hampton, CT
will give a presentation on his new book, Connecticut Civilian
Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy on Thursday,
 September 20, at 6:30 pm, at the Morris Public Library.
This year is the 85th anniversary of the founding of the
Civilian Conservation Corps. It began on March 31, 1933 with
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” program to relieve the
 poverty and unemployment of the Depression. The US Army supervised
 the camps which had approx. 200 men (18-25, with families on relief)
who enrolled for 6 months and worked a 40-hour week for $30/mo.
The government sent $25 a month home and the boys received $5 spending money.
The boys got good food, uniforms, shelter, and medical care.
At first they lived in tents; later they lived in wooden buildings.

Workers built trails, roads, campsites, dams, stocked fish, built &
maintained fire towers, observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires,
& planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.

After the presentation Marty Podskoch will have his new Conn.
CCC book available for sale and signing and also his seven books
 on the Catskills & Adirondack mountains. Presently, Podskoch is
writing a travel book, Connecticut 169 Club: A Passport and Guide
and also conducting research on the CCC camps in Rhode Island.
This FREE event is sponsored by
the Friends of the Morris Public Library.
Registration: 860-567-7440.

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

Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, September 25 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Morris Public Library
Join our Fiction Book Club on Tuesday, September 25, at 7 pm.
We will discuss The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes.
To register and reserve your copy: 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: