Category Archives: Outreach

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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Senior Center Book Club Discovers a Tree . . .

. . . A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, that is. Written by Betty Smith, this classic novel is a coming of age story about a young, sensitive, and idealistic Francis Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Brooklyn. We meet on Monday, December 17th, at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center here in Norwood, and all are welcome to attend.

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Senior Center Book Club Meets on Monday, November 19th, 10 a.m.

When we think about World War II and the devastation that Germany inflicted on its surrounding countries, Poland is a country that is sometimes forgotten. In her book The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, Diane Ackerman unveils the lives of two zookeepers, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who rise above their fear of discovery by the Germans, to smuggle Jews into the empty cages at their city zoo. A copy of the book is available at the library and anyone is welcome to attend.

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