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New Year? – by Liz Reed

Liz Reed is the Adult and Information Services Library at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Liz’s column in the January 8, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Happy New Year!  Well, maybe not so new.  Depending on where you are in the world and your cultural heritage, January 1st may or may not be the New Year you celebrate.  In fact, designating January 1st as the start of the year is fairly recent, and Western, in world history.  I dug into our Reference collection to learn more.

According to the “Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary,” there are 10 different major calendar systems used in the world today, and these calendars determine, among other holidays, when the New Year falls.  These various calendars are either lunar (based on movements of the moon), solar (based on movements of the sun), or lunisolar (simultaneously lunar and solar).  There are many more national, regional, religious, and civil variations among these calendars than can be covered in one article, but in general terms the calendars are: Julian, Gregorian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, Mayan and Aztec, Baha’i, and Zoroastrian (which has three calendars). (more…)

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No Need to Wait for the New Year – by Jillian Goss

Jillian Goss is a graduate student of library science at Simmons College in Boston while she also works as a Library Assistant at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Jillian’s column in the January 1, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

As the new year blossoms, the trope of New Year’s resolutions overwhelm us. We quickly assess our lives and find them lacking just in time for a clean slate. Just like the first fresh page of a new notebook, there’s so much opportunity to the new year. Maybe I’ll get in shape and lose that weight this year, maybe I’ll read “War and Peace,” maybe I’ll quit smoking, or finally organize my shoe collection. All of these are great ideas but usually by Feb. 1 they end up crumpled in a corner. So how do we make New Year’s resolutions stick?

First of all we need to throw out the idea of New Year’s resolutions (I know it sounds counterintuitive, just stick with me). The appeal of New Year’s for changes is simply an engrained tradition, it’s much more difficult to face your problems on a random day of the week. Resolutions for the new year actually go back further than you’d think. The ancient Romans used to make promises of what they would accomplish in the new year to the god Janus: the god of transitions. Their resolutions probably weren’t much different from what ours are today. In ancient Babylon there were numerous religious ceremonies that involved promising good deeds and repaid debts in the coming year. (more…)

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Purchase your Holiday Ornament!

library ornamentThis beautifully-crafted  porcelain ornament was commissioned by the Friends of the Library in 2013 and is again available this 2014 holiday season. A sketch of the library is on the front and the library’s 115-year history is printed on the back.

The ornament is 3-1/4″ round with a gold-string hanger and comes in a sturdy plastic bag.

The cost is $15 and you can purchase the ornament at the library with cash or check at the front desk.  It can be purchased by credit or debit in the administrative office of the library.  This is a perfect gift for past-present-future Norwood family and friends.

If you live out of state and can’t make it to the library, please write to the director, Charlotte Canelli at ccanelli@minlib.net.

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Starting Your Own Book Club – by Nancy Ling

Nancy Ling is an Outreach Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read her column in the December 25, 2014 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

At first it might seem intimidating—the idea of starting a book club. After all, there’s a lot to think about, and so many books available to read. Where does one begin?

As you begin to narrow down your options however, you may discover this is the perfect time to organize a club of your own. With four book clubs under my belt, I believe I’m getting the hang of it now. That said, each group is as different as the people and the books that come to the table.

Keeping these seven questions in mind when forming a book club of your own might prove to be beneficial:

1. Why start a book club?
It’s essential to answer this question before you work out all the other details. Initially, there is quite a bit of work that goes into organizing your group. Take a moment to ask yourself how important this venture is to you and why. What do you hope to gain from this endeavor? Of course sharing a love of books is the main reason why most people start a book club. Likewise it’s a way to grow a community, bringing people closer around a theme or book. This is the reason I started two book clubs at different housing facilities in town—with the hope that a community would come together around a book discussion. So far, so good. (more…)

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