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The Power of Music – by Bonnie Wyler

Bonnie Wyler is a Literacy/Outreach Librarian at the library. Read Bonnie’s column in the June 5, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

I began playing the piano when I was nine years old, and very quickly found that playing music was an outlet for my emotions, feelings I could not have articulated but that I felt intensely when I played beautiful music. There is something very powerful and life-affirming about expressing yourself in this way. Recently I’ve found that other people in some very unlikely places are having this same experience. One of the places is a garbage dump in Paraguay and the other is in the Republic of Congo in Central Africa. These stories are from two of the poorest countries on earth, yet in each instance, the power of music allows people to transform their lives and find hope. (more…)

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How Does Your Garden Grow? – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts.  Read Charlotte’s column in the May 29, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

As a very young child, I played outside in every season (as children of past generations did). In the 50s and 60s, our parents said goodbye to us on a summer day and simply hoped that we would show up for lunch and dinner. This was a childhood in a small city: tennis and swimming lessons, backyard croquet, day camp in the California foothills parks.

Then came my teen years when I developed allergies to grass and tree pollens that made outdoor living virtually impossible for me from spring through summer. I was a miserable, sniffling mess for four months of every year – either in complete misery or groggy from allergy medications (none of the daytime use prescriptions had been invented yet).
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The Films We Love, Actually – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts.  Read Charlotte’s column in the May 22, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

The 2003 holiday hit. “Love Actually” is one of my favorite movies.  That explains to a few people that it’s obvious I have no taste in movies. “A few” people include my dearest oldest daughter.  She loathes “Love Actually” and she is not alone.  Critic Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote in Salon (December 2012) that “Love Actually” is “one of cinema’s nastiest, most depression commentaries on love.”  Other reviewers call it the worst Christmas movie of all time.  Ha, what do they know? My youngest daughter and I adore watching it several times each year. (more…)

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Spring 2014 Musical Sundays Series – Final Concert – May 18th

Sunday, May 18th at 3:00 pm in the Simoni Room

The Spring 2014 Musical Sundays Series final performance will be cellist Daria Titova-Janssen.  For a PDF brochure, download it here.

Registration is necessary to attend the concert. Sign up at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222.

We are grateful for the support of the Library Endowment Fund which makes these concerts possible.

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