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Sailing: No Day at the Beach – by April Cushing

April Cushing is the Adult and Information Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read her column published in the October 23, 2014 issue of the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin.

I spent a week in the winter of 2012 cruising the BVIs on a friend’s 54-foot yawl—which, I soon learned, is your basic sailboat with two masts. Sunny skies, warm trade winds, rum drinks sprouting paper parasols; it was paradise.

I couldn’t wait to get home.

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Reserve Bestsellers and Sneak Peeks of Books Being Published in November and in December 2014

Reserve Bestsellers and Sneak Peeks of Books Being Published in November and in December 2014

2014 November Book NewsDownload or view November Fiction 2014 and November Non-Fiction 2014. Click on the links for the complete list with titles (in blue) linked to the Minuteman Library catalog. You may also pick up a complete list in the library and ask librarians to request them for you.

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Together Yes Film Series: “Symphony of the Soil”

Wednesday, November 5th, at 7:00 pm

symphony of the soilTogether Yes is presenting a special screening of the award-winning film “Symphony of the Soil,” which addresses concerns such as how we can help conserve the world’s topsoil and what others are doing to preserve this vital resource. A debt of gratitude is owed to the Jerry Hopcroft family who purchased the film. This film is part of the Together Yes Fall 2014 Sustainability Series and runs 104 minutes.

Sign up at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222.

 

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Parenting in the Digital Age – by Diane Phillips

Diane Phillips is the Technical Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library.  Read Diane Phillips’ column in the October 9, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

While classifying a stack of non-fiction books, I came across one title that caught my attention, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up, by Janell Burley Hofmann. This book intrigued me because my husband and I just recently gave our son an iPad mini for his birthday. He unwrapped the gift and actually said, “Is this real or is something else in the box?” We told him that yes, indeed it was real but before he could have it, he had to listen to some rules regarding its use and care. I could tell that he was only absorbing about half (if that much) of what we were telling him. He just kept looking at the box and nodding his head and saying, “uh huh” every once in a while as we were listing the do’s and don’ts. He already knew how to do most everything already having used my iPad or his friends’ devices. I wanted to make sure that he fully grasped the restrictions and guidelines that we were trying to communicate. This is where Hofmann’s book, iRules, comes in handy.

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