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Essay Contest Winners and Reception

PenPaperThe Outreach Department would like to announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Essay Contest. Our topic was “The Bravest Character I Know.” Click here to see a fun graphic of the winners and titles, or read below to see our winners.
The celebration will be held in the Simoni Room on Monday, May 9th, from 7-9 pm. The winners will be reading their essays at that time. Please join us. In the meantime, stop by the library to see a poster that honors our entrants.

And the winners are:
Group 1 (3-4th grade):
1st place – Ananya Ramamoorthy, 2nd place – Catherine Cronin and 3rd place – Joy Xu-Allan

Honorable Mentions: Nevan Sujit, Nirjara Akkole, Scotty Lynch

Group 2 (5th-8th grade):
1st place – Venkata Dasuri, 2nd place – Alyssa Lahaise and 3rd place – Cameron Badger

Group 3 (9th-12th grade):
1st place – Mary Erickson and  2nd place – Meenu Ravi

Congratulations to all the winners! We’d like to thank all of the participants for entering.

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A Writing Life – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the April 21, 2016 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

I started writing newspaper columns in 2001when I was a librarian at the Peterborough Town Library in New Hampshire. All four professional librarians on staff there shared the writing task and I was assigned every third week of the month. I joyfully wrote about children’s books and programs that we offered to the youth of Peterborough. Sometimes, I volunteered for an additional week because it was the part of my job that I loved best.

In January 2009, shortly after I came to Norwood as library director, I asked the Norwood Bulletin if I could write a weekly column. They were happy to oblige and the From the Library column began. Within a few months, I realized I was burning out quickly by writing every week, especially when I was too busy to write but still had a deadline to meet. (more…)

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Etymologist by Night – by Liz Reed

Liz Reed is an Adult and Information Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Liz’s column in the April 14, 2016 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

The library building may be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but being a librarian involves a set of skills that aren’t always easy to switch off. When I’m not being a librarian in the workplace, I find that I’m most often engaged as an etymologist for friends and family. In other words, I’m the go-to person when someone wants to know the history of a word beyond the simple definition. Luckily for them, I find etymology, or the history of words, fascinating. (more…)

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Beyond My Job Description – by Samuel Simas

Samuel Simas is the technology assistant at the Morrill Memorial library; he is a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Read Samuel’s column in the April 7th issue of the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin.

When I worked at the Washanuck Library there was a wasp-nest humming in its eaves; a football sized wasp-nest that discharged angry bullets (or were they wasps?), which, if they could have spoken, would have said, “Stay away from our hive.”

I carried overdue books, a backpack, and a water-bottle up to the front door where I didn’t notice the yellow fiend, dart side pointed skyward, who had positioned itself on the door-handle.  The eaves weren’t enough; the hive wanted the whole building, the books and their vanilla scented pages, the crisp air-conditioning, the new computers and DVDs.  I imagined the queen sitting in her glob of honey, rubbing her prickly feelers, humming, “More!  More!” (more…)

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