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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. (more…)

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The Season for Stitching – by Liz Reed

Liz Reed is an Adult and Information Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Liz’s column in the September 25, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

You can feel it in the air, you can smell it on the crisp morning breeze – Autumn has arrived.  The Fall season means different things to different people: to parents and their children, it means the back-to-school hustle and bustle.  To gardeners, the season means harvest and preparing the ground for a winter respite.  For others, this is the time to enjoy changing leaves, picking apples to bake apple pies, and hot beverages on chilly mornings.  For me though, Fall means knitting, Fall IS knitting. (more…)

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Vermeer: Master of Light

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the September 18, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Johannes Vermeer died at the age of 43 in 1675. He left his wife and family of ten children in debt and certainly could not have been considered a financial success. Although it is believed that Vermeer may have produced as many as 60 works of art, only 35 known paintings remain known to the world. 21 are housed around the globe and the majority are housed by museums in Europe. Another 14 of them are owned by institutions or private collections in the United States. One of those is, of course, missing. The Concert was stolen from the Isabella Gardner Museum in a notorious theft on March 18, 1990.

The net worth of Vermeer’s paintings would certainly astound his poor wife today. The Concert, the painting stolen from Boston’s museum, is estimated to be worth $200 million. The Saint Praxedis, a painting attributed to Vermeer, was auctioned at Christie’s this past summer and sold for over $10 million dollars. It stands to reason, then, that Vermeer’s complete works total over a billion dollars.

Vermeer has mystified and delighted us for about 1-1/2 century. The funny thing is he had actually been forgotten until the mid-nineteenth century before a French art critic began singing his praises. Over the years since, Vermeer paintings have become major works of art. In fact, the real sign of a worthy artist might be the amount of forgeries made of his art. Many Vermeer forgeries were bought and sold beginning in the1920s when wealthy Americans came into large discretionary incomes and had enormous amounts of money to invest in art. (more…)

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