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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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Fun With NYRA! – by Jean Todesca

Jean Todesca is the Head of Children’s Services at the Morrill Memorial Library.  Read Jean’s column in the December 3, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. 

What is it?  NYRA is the Norwood Young Readers Awards.  Every year 4th and 5th grade students in the Norwood Public Schools participate in this reading event.  From November 1st until the end of January, students are encouraged to read from a list of books preselected by the public school librarians.  There are twelve titles to choose from.  Each student who reads four books has the opportunity to vote for the book that they felt was the best.  The winning title is awarded the Norwood Young Reader’s Award.   (more…)

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A Passion for Writing – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the November 26th 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Michael Tougias is the third author to visit the Morrill Memorial Library this fall (as part of the Stuart Plumer Author Night Series). He is a local author and his book, The Finest Hours (coauthored with Casey Sherman in 2009) is the basis for a Disney film that will be released in theaters in January of 2016. Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger and Ben Foster star in the movie that portrays a daring and harrowing rescue off the coast of Cape Cod. The movie has had several planned release dates over the past few years – one as early as this October and the other as late as the spring of 2016. (more…)

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