Category Archives: From the Library – A Weekly Column

Election Fever – by Norma Logan

Norma Logan is the Literacy Volunteer Coordinator at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read Norma’s column in the June 24, 2016 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Since last June, for anyone paying attention to the political arena, it has been a whirlwind of emotions and news bites. More than twenty politicians have come and gone out of the presidential campaign, and we are now edging closer to seeing one non-politician and one career politician left standing. Emotions are running high, and we still have a long way to go.

As we enter the summer months, it looks like this ride will heat up even more as two final candidates go the final stretch into the November election. One thing is for sure; this presidential election is nothing like we have ever seen before. The earliest presidential election that I can remember was in 1956 when Eisenhower won a second time. The “I like Ike” slogan was catchy and memorable, even to a young child. (more…)

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Trains and More Trains – by Margot Sullivan

Margot Sullivan is a part-time reader’s advisory and reference librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read her column in the June 9th issue of the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin.

Many, many, many years ago at Boston University I took a course on Middle Eastern History with a young professor who is now Professor Emeritus – foreign policy in the Middle East.  I am not really sure why I took the course other than it was something totally new and different but I ended up writing the final paper on the construction of the Berlin to Baghdad Railway. I do remember enjoying the research.  From 1899 to 1914 and eventually 1940 this immense project was fraught with politics, finances, and confusion. The reasoning behind such an enormous and long linking between two geographical areas was that Germany would get oil and Turkey would trade for needed goods. Abdul Hamid ll was the last sultan to have absolute control over the Ottoman Empire from 1876 to 1909 when he was deposed. The alliance with Germany and Kaiser Wilhelm ll which included the Baghdad Railway construction was unsuccessful. There is still discussion today as to whether this undertaking helped bring about World War l. (more…)

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Libraries I’ve Known and Loved – by Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman is the Senior Circulation Assistant/Paging Supervisor/Graphic Designer at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood Massachusetts.  Read Jeff’s column in the June 2nd issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

I started out in the basement, two afternoons every week, all summer long.  It was hot that year, and I rode my bike downtown, but it was a good chance to get out of the house.  And I got all of my volunteer hours out of the way before my freshman year of high school even started in the fall.  It was dusty down in the basement, but cool and quiet, and all I had to do was rip barcodes off of old magazines, stamp them “WITHDRAWN,” and wheel my booktruck down through the stacks to get a new batch. (more…)

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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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