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The Facts and Fears About Ebola – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the October 30, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

The Ebola virus was first identified in remote villages in Central Africa in Sudan and Zaire nearly forty years ago in 19 The Ebola virus was first identified in remote villages in Central Africa in Sudan and Zaire nearly forty years ago in 1976. Between 1976 and 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) documented 2,387 cases (restrained to Africa only) and about half have died. Of course, in the last two years that number has now climbed to over 10,000 cases. On October 23, WHO convened a crisis meeting to figure out how get the two vaccines now in development, through clinical trials, and developed at an “accelerated pace.”

An epidemic involves a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease in one community all in a particular time period. A pandemic, on the other hand, means (from the Greek) “pertaining to all people.” A pandemic, then, is an outbreak in a wide area or global sphere. Pandemics in history have included notorious outbreaks, including the Black Death and Bubonic Plagues that devastated Europe in the 1300s and 1800s. There have been extensive outbreaks of Cholera and Influenza. The Spanish Flu was responsible for millions of deaths in 1918, 1919 and 1920. (Read local author, and past library trustee, Patti Fanning’s account in “Influenza and Inequality,” published in 2010 in which she discusses how that epidemic affected our Norwood community.) In just three years, the Spanish Flu affected 500 million people worldwide and killed 50-100 million of them. (more…)

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Stitch Therapy November 25th

stitchtherapyJoin stitchers of all types (knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, etc.) for Stitch Therapy. Motivate yourself to start or finish a project or to learn a new craft by watching others. This is an informal group of stitchers helping stitchers.  No formal instruction is planned.

Stitch Therapy will be held in the Trustees Room unless otherwise noted from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The dates for Stitch Therapy will change in the fall of 2014 and winter and spring of 2015 to Tuesdays:

November 25, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16.

Space is limited; please register for this group by visiting or calling the library, 781-769-0200 x110 or x222. You may also sign up by emailing norprograms@minlib.net.

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Living and Building Small – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the October 16, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

The small-house phenomenon is a social and architectural movement that is sweeping the United States. It is a helpful trend for those who yearn to make their lifestyle sustainable … or for those who wish to deliberately downsize, or for those who want a little of both. The revelation about the small house movement is that small houses are actually nothing new. Most of the world’s inhabitants have lived in small homes like dug-outs, pit-houses and igloos throughout history. Only a small percentage of civilization have lived in palaces, mansions and castles. In fact, some might say that the American Tiny House movement has its roots in our very own Henry David Thoreau and his little, idyllic home on Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. (more…)

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Mini-Golf Fundraiser

minigolf Mini-Golf!
@ The Morrill Memorial Library

Thank you to everyone who came out and made our first ever Mini-Golf fundraiser a success!  We hope everyone had fun and made some memories. photo 2 (1) Thanks also to all our generous sponsors, who donated items and gift cards for the silent auction, funded mini-golf holes, and even supplied all the food!photo 1

We wouldn’t have had this fun afternoon of mini-golf at the library without the hard work of the Friends of the Morrill Memorial Library organization. You can thank them yourself on their Facebook page, or visit this page to learn more about the Friends.

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