WHIPPANY, NJ (Morris County) – The Morris County Library, which had been operating on a truncated schedule during the pandemic, is delighted to announce it will resume full hours of operation starting Monday, May 2, 2022 – coincidentally in time for its centennial celebration.
Both floors and all sections of the Hanover Avenue facility in Whippany will be open for public use. No restrictions will be in place regarding social distancing or mask wearing; although both will be left to the discretion and comfort level of staff and patrons.
Library hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The library was shuttered from March to June 2020 at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Curbside service with modified hours of operations were offered by July 2020, and the public was permitted back into the building in October 2020, however with capacity limits and other restrictions.
“By June 2021, the public was allowed full access to all areas of the building and Saturday hours resumed. It has been a slow but steady climb to successfully resuming full hours of operation. Many thanks to our faithful public for their support during these two years of struggle,” said Director of Library Services Darren O’Neill,
The library is urging visitors to stop in to help commemorate the Morris County Library’s Centennial, 1922 to 2022!
“We have many, in-person programs and classes planned over the course of the year. Please check our website and social media pages for more information,” said O’Neill.
Two music performances in recognition of the Morris County Library Centennial Celebration already are planned prior to the full opening:
GLENN CRYTZER QUINTET
Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 3-4 p.m.
Glenn Crytzer specializes in music from the Jazz Age and Swing Era. His orchestra was named “best group” in the 2017 NYC Jazz Awards, and his recordings have appeared in dozens of TV shows and films. Along with his quintet – featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo and piano – he will present a concert of songs composed in 1922 in honor of the library’s centennial.
SONGS OF SPAIN
Aleksandra Durin, soprano
Darren O’Neill, classical/terz guitars
Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 3-4 PM
The “Morris County Library Centennial Concert Series” continues with an afternoon of Spanish classics for voice and guitar. Rising star and soprano extraordinaire, Aleksandra Durin, will be joined by Library Director and guitarist, Darren O’Neill, for an inspiring performance of music by Federico Moretti, Ramon Carnicer, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Federico Garcia Lorca.
Performances will be held in the Public Meeting Room and will be free of charge.
Doors will open thirty minutes before curtain time.
Seating is limited to 40 audience members and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Performances will be livestreamed through the library website via Zoom. For more information, call 973-285-6934.