The Morrill Memorial Library is the public library for the Town of Norwood, Massachusetts.
In 1790, when the area was known as South Dedham, Reverend Jabez Chickering began loaning his collection of 95 books to his parishioners. This was Norwood’s first library. For 100 years a growing collection of books was housed in various town buildings but never had a home of its own. In 1872 Norwood became a town and the book collection became its public library. Francis Tinker, a member of the original Board of Trustees, was Norwood’s first librarian. In 1898 Mr. and Mrs. George H. Morrill presented the Morrill Memorial Library building to the town in memory of their daughter, Sara Bond, who had recently died of typhoid fever. Joseph H. Neal of Pittsburgh was the architect of the Romanesque-style granite building which featured stained glass, elegant mahogany woodwork and furnishings. A rear wing was added in 1928, thanks to a gift from Alice Morrill Plimpton, Sara’s sister. In 1965, following years of discussion, a modern front addition designed by Korslund, LeNormand and Quann allowed the library’s collection and services to expand greatly. Boston architects CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares completed a renovation in 2001. Their work unified the building’s three existing spaces, keeping the beauty of the 1898 design while creating a beautiful and accessible interior with modernized systems, upgraded wiring and more usable space.
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MORRILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT (2010-2014 Long Range Plan)
Norwood residents and all who visit the library, regardless of age, ability or educational backgrounds, will have access to innovative and effective library services enabling them to:
• locate and evaluate information.
• appreciate the diversity and history of our community.
• enhance their lives with current cultural, educational and recreational materials in all formats.
MORRILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY Vision – Service Priorities (2010-2014 Long Range Plan)
The library will meet community needs for information and answers to questions on a broad array of topics related to work, school and personal life.
The library will enable members of the community to develop and maintain skills needed to find, evaluate and use information productively.
The library will encourage residents to gain an understanding of all cultural heritages.
The library will provide information and resources to satisfy residents’ desires for materials in a variety of formats both at the library and through its virtual presence.
The library will continue to strengthen its support for literacy and continuing educational opportunities for all.
The library will continue to support the mission and financial needs of its Literacy program.
The library will ensure that residents are aware of and have access to all library services and resources.
The library will be a comfortable, safe and well-maintained place to learn, read, study and gather.