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Stigma-Free September at the Library

Morris County Stigma Free logoThe Morris County Library will host inspiring and fun-filled events in September to bring people together to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use/abuse through creative expression, education and resources.

To register for these events, visit, email [email protected] or call 973-985-7548! Learn more about stigma at

  • Open Mic Night, Sept. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Open to all ages. Performers, musicians, instrumentalists, singers, storytellers, comedians, poets, dancer, magicians and all others are welcome to perform in a supportive and sober environment where they can explore and expand their talents.
  • KickOff Event, Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m.  Premiere showing of the animated short film “Fighting Stigma: Heroes & Villians.” Children 12 and under can create a mask and everyone is welcome to listen to performances and personal stories from people who have experienced mental illness and/or substance use and abuse.
  • Words & Rhythms: Storytelling & Drum Circle, Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This workshop is created for families, combining the power or traditional and personal storytelling with traditional drumming to create positive family memories. It offers parents and children activities that foster understanding and a sense of belonging in a safe space.
  • Learn to Talk to Your Teens: Transformational Storytelling for Parents, Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Work to improve your ability to communicate a clear message to your teens on bullying, drugs, peer pressure, suicide and substance use under the guidance of professional speaker and counselor Anna Toby and professional storyteller Rivka Willick. Anna will lead a candid and honest conversation with adults about substance use and challenges of today’s youth. Rivka will share her unique system to discover, shape, transform, and share personal stories focused on the topics that matter.

Talk Like a Pirate Day and Swashbuckling Saturday!

Join us on Wednesday, September 19 for Talk Like a Pirate Day! From 2:00-3:00pm, it’s Pirate 101 – make flags and maps, create patches and other decorations – and Treasure Planet will be shown at 3:00pm.

Saturday, September 22 is Swashbuckling Saturday! Come to a Pirate Treasure Hunt from 9:00-11:00am. Join us for a second round of Pirate 101 from 2:00-3:00pm. Round out the day at 3:00pm –  watch a live show where actors from Period Productions portray the life and times of a pirate!


“A Look Into The Paranormal” – A Lecture by Frank Rigillo

Join Frank Rigillo, founder of Specter Seekers Paranormal Society and 28-year paranormal investigator veteran. The Spector Seekers Paranormal Society is comprised of passionate researchers who are dedicated to seeking the truth of the other side. Using scientific and skeptical methods, the team attempts to contact, confront, and communicate with paranormal entities. This haunting and entertaining lecture will explore the science of ghost hunting and explain the different methods and equipment used during an investigation.

Participants will also have the opportunity to check out real ghost hunting equipment. Spector Seekers Paranormal Society has appeared on TV, including the “Spirits and Spumoni” episode of the Cake Boss and on “Paranormal Survivor” season 1, episode 9.

Date: September 24
Time: 7:00 – 9:00PM

Morris County Library 2018 Young People’s Creative Writing Contest

Submit an original poem or short story for a chance to win gift card prizes! Open to Morris County residents ages 10-18.

Get more information and instructions on how to enter.

Jazz Pianist Dan Kaufman

Dan KaufmanOn Saturday, October 6 at 3pm, our jazz series concludes with a performance by pianist Dan Kaufman and his trio.

Dan Kaufman has emerged as a leading and promising voice in jazz piano. His playing is adventurous and dynamic while firmly rooted in the tradition. As a versatile and sensitive sideman, Kaufman has performed for audiences around the world, with many prominent figures in jazz such as Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride and Mark Turner. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Dan will present a program devoted to the unforgettable music of the great composer and Ellington collaborator, Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967).

The program will be held in the library’s Public Meeting Room. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 973-285-6934.

Download E-Books, Audiobooks, Magazines, and Digital Materials for Kids!

Tumblebook iconCheck out the digital offerings from the Morris County Library – e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and now a collection of children’s digital media from Tumblebook!

Adult Programs at the Library

Illustration of yarn and knitting needlesWe’re now featuring a host of programs just for adults. Check out our Book Club, Scrabble Club, Italian Conversation, and Knitting group!

New Arrivals

New at the LibraryCheck out what’s new in the library!

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Free Movies at the Library

Movies at the LibraryCome see the library’s free screenings of recent blockbusters and indie hits every Friday at 2. We occasionally include a second showing Monday evenings. Check the schedule, pop some popcorn, and come on in.