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Stitch Therapy October 21st

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:

October 21, 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.

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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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Birthday Books!

Birthday BalloonsCelebrate a birth or a birthday by giving a book to the library in some special someone’s name! Click here for information or choose Birthday Books from the drop-down menu under Children’s Services.

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A Young Librarian – by Jillian Goss

Jillian Goss is a circulation assistant at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts.  Read Jillian’s column in the October 2, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

In 2007, about a week after my fifteenth birthday, I began working at the Morrill Memorial Library.  I never could have known at the beginning what an adventure I would be in for.

When I was a child I would come to Miss Hope’s story times. I would talk to Michele when checking out.  I would pick up stacks of books that would tower over my short frame and I started reading books from the Young Adult room by the age of eight.  I am thankful everyday that my mother made it a priority to get her children involved in the library early in life. It has definitely had a grand and inspiring effect on me.

One of the biggest things that the library has done for me is help me grow up. I’ve spent the last few years growing up and growing into myself. I’ve weeded my friend garden many times over and I carry the library’s quiet confidence in me. I’ve been lucky enough to accumulate many special bonds while working here, between my lovely co-workers, the patrons I get to interact with, as well as my wonderful craft time crew and class.

Working at the library over the years has taught me about people, it has allowed me to learn from my mistakes, and qualified me to be an adult. The library has witnessed me grow up and it has stood in wait while I went on grand adventures while supplying me with the tools I needed to grow into myself.

I’ve learned to laugh between these walls; I’ve learned and I’ve loved, I’ve contemplated life. But it wasn’t an easy journey.

I’ve lived in Norwood for twenty-two years. I graduated from the old building of Norwood High in 2010. Then I went to the University of Massachusetts Boston for Nursing.

Looking back, my reasons for becoming a nurse were less well thought-out than I had originally conceived. Between my grandparents and my aunt, I had almost always had someone to visit in the hospital and I was grateful for the work that the nurses did to help them feel better. That, coupled with throwing a career decision at a seventeen year old, led me to choose Nursing as my major. It wasn’t a dumb decision but it definitely wasn’t right for me.

My first year of college I struggled to keep up in classes where nothing made sense to me, and nothing truly interested me. My only refuge was my work at the library. There was always this calming balm when I walked through the library’s doors, and it became my sanctuary.

If you ask my family, I am someone who loves to give up on things, be it sports (I am the exact opposite of athletically inclined), instruments, or whatever else. But giving up on Nursing, the life raft I’d grabbed onto when leaving high school, was terrifying. Once again, the only thing that calmed that fear was working at the library. Finally it clicked and I nearly bopped myself on the head.  Why not become a librarian?  While I wouldn’t be making people feel better in the medicinal sense, I could try and nurture their minds.

After fighting so hard to keep up with my Nursing coursework, transferring to a major in English was like easing into a warm bath. While it was still work, it was work that I enjoyed and it helped ease the burn left behind by my Nursing studies.  The last three years of school have been amazing. I have had the opportunity to interact with like-minded people and discuss my favorite thing: books!

In order to continue my journey into a literary career I aim to get my Master’s degree in Library Science starting in January. I’ve recently been accepted to several programs all across the country.  Now with graduate school on the horizon I’m excited to achieve my MLIS but I’m worried about leaving this library behind.  While I may be an adult by most standards (twenty-two meaning I can frequent night clubs, casinos, and other places I will probably never go to) I feel like this library has been an integral part of my continuing growth. Working at the library has given me the big-girl shoes I needed to get out there and kick the world’s butt.  I love seeing families come in with their kids and I hope that our library is able to make as big an impact on them as it did on me.

There have been many amazing novels that have helped me mature.  Our library has an amazing assortment of books to help ease the painful process of growing up and accepting yourself, including loving yourself when it’s hard:

“The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend” by Kody Keplinger

“You Are Here” by Jennifer E Smith

“The Princess Diaries” by Meg Cabot

“The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West

“The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Fat Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler

These books are some of my favorite reads; they have really helped me in my journey of self-acceptance. Plus most of them are hilarious.

In order to get your child involved in the library at an early age, please check out some of our amazing children’s programs.  The library can help your kids love learning, and help them develop as tiny people too!  Get in touch with the Children’s Department by calling us at 781-769-0200 x225 or emailing us at norchild@minlib.net.

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