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Cats and Christmas – by Marg Corjay

Marg Corjay is an Outreach and Circulation Assistant at the Morrill Memorial Library and a voracious reader.  Read Marg’s column in the December 24th, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

“Deck the Halls with Catnip Mousies, FaLaLaLa  LaLaLaLa, Wreck the Tree and Blame the Doggies.”  The Christmas season naturally lends itself to thoughts of warm, fuzzy things like sweaters, fireplaces, family, and cuddling with a cat.  I am a covered-in-fur longtime cat enthusiast, as most people quickly find out because of my cat clothes, jewelry, reading habits, and home decor. I even dress as a cat for Halloween, complete with whiskers and a long fuzzy tail, so I’m the obvious person to write on this subject.  Presently I only am owned by one cat, Nefertiti Isabella, but this year I am especially grateful because she just successfully came through a major health crisis.  Christmas always brings back memories of the year that a neighbor “gifted” me a kitten. (more…)

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Meet Me in St. Louis This Christmas – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the December 17th 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Apparently, the French are the only people who pronounce St. Louis without an s. Consider, for instance, the Louis kings of France. You most likely think Louis with a French accent. The folks who settled St. Louis in 1764, Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, may have assumed that the city (named after Louis IX) would have always kept its proper pronunciation.

Missourians, however, identify you as an outsider if you leave off the s in the name of their beloved St. Louis. It’s St. Louis (“lou-is”), and that’s that. (more…)

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Brave New World: TV Without Cable – by Kate Tigue

Kate Tigue is a Children’s Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read Kate’s column in the December 10, 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. 

This may shock you:  librarians do more than read!  Or, at least, this librarian does.  Reading is still my first love but visual media is becoming a close second! As I see it,  America is in the Golden Age of television.  TV shows are beginning to rival films in terms of high quality acting and storytelling.  There’s almost a cinematic quality to many cable TV programs that is even trickling down to network-produced shows. Programs like AMC’s Mad Men and HBO’s The Wire have demonstrated that TV audiences are interested in following programs with extremely intricate plots over multiple seasons. Similarly, attitudes about TV acting have changed within the industry as well.  Actors considered television work to be decidedly less prestigious than movie roles.  Not so today!  Many movie stars like Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, and Diane Kruger  are now taking on high-profile roles on TV shows.  In addition, television actors are having an easier time finding work in the movies.  Television as a visual medium is definitely coming into its own artistically and with popular appeal. (more…)

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Reserve Best Sellers and Sneak Peeks of Books Being Published in December and January

Reserve Best Sellers and Sneak Peeks of Books Being Published in December and January

2015 DecemberDownload or view December Fiction and December Non-Fiction. 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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