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Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the September 24, 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.
It’s that time of year again. The days are warm and the nights are cool and thoughts of a steamy kitchen full of ripe tomatoes, peaches, apples, spices, herbs, and glass canning jars can be comforting. Years ago I bought Gravenstein apples by the bushel to make homemade applesauce and Roma tomatoes by the box to make sauces. I relied on my trusty Ball canning jar insert literature and my Better Homes and Gardens canning and preserving recipe books. I also relied on my time as an at-home mom. (more…)
Kate Tigue is a Children’s Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read Kate’s column in the September 17, 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.
The Morrill Memorial Library is proud to announce that our Children’s Department has won a Full STEAM Ahead LSTA (Library Services and Technology Association) Grant from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners. This grant will allow us to implement STEAM programming for children at the preschool level. We will also install a new science station in our Children’s Room and well as some other permanent STEAM related areas in the library.
“What the heck is STEAM”, you ask? These days, we are bombarded with acronyms in everyday life: LOL, BTW, OMG, etc. Technology has abbreviated our speech (or text, if you will!) and we seem to shorten everything for the sake of brevity and, often, at the expense of clarity. If you have a child in school or work in a library or in education, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the acronyms that seem to show up daily. In particular, STEM and STEAM educational policies, programming, and lingo keep popping up in the news and in our everyday surroundings. (more…)
Nicole Guerra-Coon is a Part-time Children’s and Reference Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read Nicole’s column in the September 10, 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.
What do you think of when I say, “Food allergies”?
Maybe you think they are like seasonal allergies, where there is discomfort, a stomach ache, and maybe some coughing and sneezing.
Maybe you think about how your child or grandchild can no longer bring a peanut butter sandwich to school, and how that seems to be an overly cautious response to a very rare circumstance.
Maybe you think, ‘No one used to have these allergies. It must be a case of over reacting parents.’
You have probably heard the horror stories of a child having a life threatening response to food, or even dying, but that seems to be the rarest of occurrences.
These would all be very common responses. A few years ago, I would have agreed with you. (more…)
Allison Palmgren is the Technology Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Allison’s column in the September 3, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.
As another school year begins and I start to see the St. Catherine’s students trickle in each afternoon to get a jump on their homework, I am hit by a familiar pang of jealousy. They have no idea how much I would give to trade places with them. I love my job, I just love school too. I always have.
In high school, I managed to talk my guidance counselor and parents into granting me an exception in order to get out of having an assigned lunch or study hall so that I could take more classes…for fun. My guidance counselor looked at me like I was nuts as she signed the paperwork, but I figured I could eat between classes and do homework on the bus ride to tennis matches or in the lodge between ski races. No one can say I didn’t try to get the most out of my 13 years of public education. (more…)