Category Archives: From the Library – A Weekly Column

Sweet Land: Tale from the Heartland – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the February 27, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

With the exception of a few years I spent living in such exotic places as Texas and Ireland, I spent the other 60 years of my life making my home on either the west or east coasts of the United States. I’ve lived within a drive to an ocean and sometimes had a bird’s eye view of a bay.

What about spacious skies, fruited plains, and waves of grain and the landscapes of The Great American Midwest? Besides a very quick drive (mostly at night) through the uppermost United States, the tall grasses of the prairies and the little houses in the big woods were simply foreign to me. (more…)

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Prints in the Snow by Jean Todesca

Read Jean Todesca’s column in the February 19, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. Jean is the Head of Children’s Services at the Morrill Memorial Library.

Let’s just say, I live in the woods.  Although my home is 17 miles southwest of Boston, you would think I lived in the Maine wilderness.  Day to day, I forget the large amount of wildlife that surrounds me.  With the current snowstorms that we have experienced, there are reminders everywhere.  The many paths the deer created through the snow.  The tiny white footprints impressions placed all over my driveway.  The mounded tunnels running across the ground.   (more…)

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A Gift You Never Thought to Ask For – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the February 13, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Last summer, we learned that we would be grandparents, again, in early 2015 and it was twins. Two more babies to love! How cool was that!

Early in the fall, our family was told that one of the babies not only had a severe heart defect but that she, our precious new granddaughter-to-be, would be one of the 6,000 babies born each year in the U.S. with Down syndrome. Her twin and brother would be born “normal.” (more…)

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Answers to the Questions Why by Bonnie Wyler

Bonnie Wyler is a Literacy/Outreach Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Bonnie’s column in the February 6, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

I am known in my family of origin as the one who’s always asking questions, and often too many.  The answer I often got was an exasperated, “WE don’t know!”  Perhaps that is why I am drawn to books that answer the question “Why?”   Although I love a good story I can lose myself in, at this point in my life I am more likely to browse the nonfiction shelves of our library, looking for answers to questions about health, nutrition, sleep and other quality of life topics.  I’m finding books that address these questions in depth and satisfy my curiosity in the process.  Two of the topics I’ve read about recently are memory and sleep. (more…)

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