Category Archives: From the Library – A Weekly Column

Reinventing the Librarian of Congress – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the May 26, 2016 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

I visited the Library of Congress on a trip to Washington, DC in 1999 and I applied for my first LOC library card. During that first trip to the Library of Congress I was awed that I, merely a citizen of the United States, could get a library card from such an iconic American institution. I remember registration as quick and, while I managed to visit a few of the library’s research collections, I admit that I really just loved returning home with the card in my wallet.

Today in 2016, you can complete on online pre-registration application for what is now called a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card. Once you have submitted your identification (in person in Washington, D.C.), and you’ve had your photo taken, you are good to go.  You’ll receive a card that is valid for two years and it gives you access to the library’s catalog, the research areas, and the Copyright Office. (more…)

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The Bravest Character I Know – by Nancy Ling

Nancy Ling is an Outreach Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read the published version of Nancy Ling’s column in the May 19, 2016 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

I thought I would take this opportunity to let someone else’s words speak to our library readers. This year the topic for our annual essay contest was “The Bravest Character I know.” We had over 100 entries and while the decision to choose winners from the various age groups is never easy, the best writing seems to rise to the top.

We had twelve judges read and reread all of the fabulous entries that we received. We would like to thank the teachers and librarians who work so hard to give this opportunity to their students. Perhaps you, too, will find a character to admire from a selection of the winning essays below: (more…)

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Saying Goodbye to Big Blue – by April Cushing

April Cushing is an Adult and Information Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read her column published in the May 12th, 2016 issue of the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin.

I paced the mini-mart attached to the former Mobil station on Nahatan Street, anxious why it was taking so long. My recent inspection had resulted in a big red rejection sticker so this was the last hurrah. The door to the garage finally opened; the verdict was in.

It wasn’t good. The mechanic droned on about oil leaks and emission standards and emergency brakes and how I shouldn’t have let Jiffy Lube reset the diagnostics to make the engine light disappear. I had already decided against taking drastic measures to keep my car on the road, but it still felt like signing a DNR. Although I’d seen it coming–the dashboard’s warning lights had lit up like Las Vegas–it didn’t lessen the guilt. Or my grief at having to say farewell to a car I considered family. (more…)

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Player Piano – by Samuel Simas

Samuel Simas is the technology assistant at the Morrill Memorial library; he is a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Read Samuel’s column in the May 5th issue of the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin.

Alice cleans up when people move, or leave, or need to cut the clutter of their never-organized closets. And she finds, between the discarded lamps, yellow curtains, creaking bed frames, rusted bicycles, and cracked tile floors, the remnants of family holidays, birthdays, and many, many, abandoned pianos.

Most people don’t come into the possession of pianos by chance. Some don’t even come into the possession of pianos on purpose. They’re hard to move, to sell, to learn to play if one didn’t have the luck of being born a child prodigy. Pianos are not for the faint of heart. After seeing a few upright and baby grand pianos passed me by, not even my second-floor apartment would stop me from shouting an emphatic, “Yes!” when Alice asked if I wanted an old out-of-tune spinet piano–a perfectly apartment-sized piano. (more…)

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