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The Library Without Walls-Kids on the Move – by Jean Todesca

Jean Todesca is the Head of Children’s Services at the Morrill Memorial Library.  Read Jean’s column in the April 28th issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. 

We’re so excited!  The MBLC Preschool STEAM Grant has given the Children’s Department the chance to flex its creative muscles.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Since November, we have provided many opportunities to examine these subjects.  Now nature is our upcoming point of interest!

Our next adventure is three storytimes to be held at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon.  We are taking our programming outside the library walls!  On Wednesday, May 11, 18 and 25, our young patrons ages 3-6 will have the opportunity to learn about frogs, butterflies, and songbirds.  Patti Austin will guide through the activity.

“Touch & Feel” of specimens, stories, and a nature walk will round out the programs.  We are hoping to see some frogs!  The sanctuary provides natural items for the children to examine.  We ask the adults to expand the child’s experience by using the K-W-L Strategy.  Before you arrive, ask the child-“What do you know about frogs?”  After they respond, ask-“What do you want to learn about frogs?”  Finally, after the event, ask-“What did you learn about frogs?’  These conversations will enhance the child’s observation skills as well as create a fun family discussion and shared experience.

Our Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary programs will illustrate that reading and learning can expand outside of the brick and mortar buildings.  The library isn’t just for books anymore!

If you and your preschooler would like to join us, email norchild@minlib.net.  Space is limited and you must provide your own transportation.  We are planning on beautiful weather, but as New Englanders we never know.  So, dress for the weather.

The Children’s Department is happy to provide these unique experiences.  So, see you there!

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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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