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A Librarian’s Approach to Marathon Training – by Meredith Ruhl

Meredith Ruhl is an intern at the Morrill Memorial Library from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  Read Meredith’s column in the March 10, 2016 issue of the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin.

If you drive along Commonwealth Ave. in Newton on a weekend morning in the late winter or early spring, you will likely see hundreds, if not thousands, of people running in the carriage lane next to the main road. Often braving not only the steep terrain of Heartbreak Hill but also subzero temperatures, snow, and ice, these intrepid runners are training for the Boston Marathon. Many are tackling their very first marathon and doing so to raise money for local charities, as I am this year.

As a child, I watched the Boston Marathon every April. I often handed out cups of water to runners at my elementary school’s water station and cheered on my teachers or my classmates’ parents who were running. I loved Marathon Monday, but I never imagined I would one day be preparing to run 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. (more…)

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Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive – Thank You!

PJ DriveOur pajama drive concluded March 15th and we’re happy to report that 327 pairs of pajamas were collected. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this worthwhile cause!

This is the second year that the Morrill Memorial Library partnered with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins for the 9th Annual PJ Drive to provide new pajamas for local children in need all across the Commonwealth.

A special thanks to our anonymous donor who matched donations* to help make this year’s drive a success.

*up to 200 pairs

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Just One Bite, or the Mantra of a Mother of a Picky Eater – by Diane Phillips

Diane Phillips is the Technical Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library.  Read Diane’s column in the March 3, 2016 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

I’ve been thinking a lot about food lately. It’s not due to any diet plans or anything fun like planning for a party. I’m finding that I’m becoming obsessed with food choices, calorie counts, nutritional values and meal plans because I live with a “picky eater.”

Meal planning for a family can be challenging in any household when taking into account everyone’s likes and dislikes. Try planning when you have child who rejects most vegetables, fruits and proteins. My son wasn’t always this picky. When he was a baby, he ate the cereals and pureed vegetables, fruits and yogurts. As a toddler, he liked fruits more than vegetables but started to turn up his nose at beef and pork and well, forget fish, that wasn’t happening. A real change came when he went to school and friends at the lunch table provided feedback on lunches to alert each other on what to eat and not to eat. Now, not every child cares or is influenced by others as much as mine but when they do listen to their peers, suddenly those good old standby meals that you used to count on start to go cold and untouched. (more…)

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Dealing with Canasta – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the February 25, 2016 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Weather everywhere can be unpredictable, and Florida is no exception. Freezing temperatures in the winter have killed orange crops as far south as Miami. Oppressive heat in the summer scares off most tourists all over the southernmost state.

Our recent vacation on the Floridian west coast last month was planned with only relaxation in mind. Oh, yes, of course we hoped to leave the frigid temperatures behind. However, we longed to visit with friends even more. They had recently moved to the Cape after living in Norwood for more than 40 years. As retired New Englanders often do, our friends now “snowbird” in Florida for the winter months. (more…)

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