Category Archives: From the Library – A Weekly Column

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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The Library Without Walls-Kids on the Move – by Jean Todesca

Jean Todesca is the Head of Children’s Services at the Morrill Memorial Library.  Read Jean’s column in the April 28th issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. 

We’re so excited!  The MBLC Preschool STEAM Grant has given the Children’s Department the chance to flex its creative muscles.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Since November, we have provided many opportunities to examine these subjects.  Now nature is our upcoming point of interest!

Our next adventure is three storytimes to be held at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon.  We are taking our programming outside the library walls!  On Wednesday, May 11, 18 and 25, our young patrons ages 3-6 will have the opportunity to learn about frogs, butterflies, and songbirds.  Patti Austin will guide through the activity.

“Touch & Feel” of specimens, stories, and a nature walk will round out the programs.  We are hoping to see some frogs!  The sanctuary provides natural items for the children to examine.  We ask the adults to expand the child’s experience by using the K-W-L Strategy.  Before you arrive, ask the child-“What do you know about frogs?”  After they respond, ask-“What do you want to learn about frogs?”  Finally, after the event, ask-“What did you learn about frogs?’  These conversations will enhance the child’s observation skills as well as create a fun family discussion and shared experience.

Our Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary programs will illustrate that reading and learning can expand outside of the brick and mortar buildings.  The library isn’t just for books anymore!

If you and your preschooler would like to join us, email norchild@minlib.net.  Space is limited and you must provide your own transportation.  We are planning on beautiful weather, but as New Englanders we never know.  So, dress for the weather.

The Children’s Department is happy to provide these unique experiences.  So, see you there!

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