Category Archives: Outreach

Senior Center Book Club Meets on February 24th, 10 am

Monday, February 24th, at 10:00 at the Senior Center

Dinner with the Smileys PhotoIn our day to day lives, it’s easy to forget the sacrifice of our military for our country. In this “heartfelt true story,” Sarah Smiley recounts her yearlong experience as a mother and wife, as she invites a different guest every week to dinner while her husband is deployed overseas. In total 250 strangers visited the Smileys, and in the process each one helps to raise three boys in the absence of their father. “It’s a love story about marriage, motherhood, and the importance of community in all of our lives.”

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Holiday Reader’s Theater

PLEASE NOTE, the date for the Holiday Readers’ Theater has changed to December 19th, at 7:00 pm in the Cushing Reading Room

GiftoftheMagi_zpsb7e1f2eaSweet, warm recollections and stories of giving and good cheer. It’s a sweet time to celebrate how sweet life can be!

Join Beth Goldman and Luke Andrews for a reading of “The Gift of the Magi” and other stories of giving and good cheer. Beth Goldman, formerly a librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library, is now the librarian at Norwood High School.  She has acted, directed, coached, and taught drama.  This past summer she accompanied NHS drama students to the Edinburgh Ringe Festival where they performed.  She is affiliated with Mansfield’s New England Repertory Company.  Luke Andrews, a sophomore at NHS, performed in Godspell and Annie at St. Catherine of Siena.
Refreshments will be served.
Please sign up at the Information or Reference Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222.

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Morrill Memorial Library Annual Essay Contest

Pencil for Essay ContestThe Morrill Memorial Library will hold its 2nd annual essay contest for Norwood residents between May 15th  and June 15th. The categories this year are “The Best Book Ever” (Grades 3-8) and “The Book that Changed My Life” (Grade 9-Adult).

Anyone interested in entering the contest may stop by the library for the details and the entry form or find them below. The essays should be submitted by email to or to Nancy Ling in the Outreach Department.

Prizes will be awarded to the First, Second, and Third Place winners in each group. The prizes are $45, $25, and $15 gift cards to Barnes & Noble. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 8th, and essays will be read at the awards ceremony in September.

The library wishes to express its appreciation to the Andrew and Ernest J. Boch Memorial Fund for its generous donation to this contest.

The forms are available in pdf format below and at the library Information and Children’s desks.

Student Entry Form 2013

Adult Entry Form 2013

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Making Poems into Stories on a Snowy Day

The Snowy DaySaturday, March 2 from 10-12 noon

We have some exciting news at the Morrill Memorial Library. We have received a grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation to present an INTERGENERATIONAL program in honor of the legendary children’s author. Poetry and children’s stories have weaved a long history together. Making Poems into Stories on a Snowy Day will take place Saturday, March 2nd from 10-12 noon. With the help of beloved author/illustrator Nancy Poydar (First Day Hooray, Zip, Zip Homework, and Fish School) and author Nancy Tupper Ling (My Sister, Alicia May, Character, and Coming Unfrozen), participants will create a storyboard from a poem.

Each participant should bring a poem that is 16 lines or longer. The poem may be the participant’s own creation or that of a favorite author. The poem should be a narrative one—a poem that tells a story. We will read picture books by Ezra Jack Keats and other authors to discover how poems and picture books relate. Participants will learn about line breaks and where words fall best on the page. Then we will map out our poem-story onto a story board. Finally, we will transfer our stories into hardcover blank books, adding illustrations to enhance the story. As Ezra Jack Keats knew well, in the silence of a snowy day, creations come alive.

To sign up, please contact the Information or Reference Desk at the library, 781-769-0200, x110 or x222.

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