Category Archives: From the Library – A Weekly Column

A Whale of a Tale by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the January 29, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Over the recent holiday break, my husband, Gerry, and I toured the New Bedford Whaling Museum on the south coast of Massachusetts.  We’ve developed an appreciation for New Bedford, a city that has been undergoing a cultural Renaissance in recent years – much like that of Providence, RI, and Worcester, MA. New Bedford claims to have had one of the highest per capita incomes in the world during its whaling-capital heyday in the 19th Century.  New Bedford now boasts some of the best community theater in the country.  A visit to its cobblestone streets and views of its long wharves along the Acushnet River should be on anyone’s list of New England trips. (more…)

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Curing Cabin Fever Blues by Jean Todesca

Read Jean Todesca’s column in the January 22, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. Jean is the Head of Children’s Services at the Morrill Memorial Library.

Oh No!  The days are shorter and winter’s cold has settled in.  The kids are getting restless and cranky.  It’s time to find cures for “Cabin Fever”.  Bundling up everyone and getting some outside activity is an answer, but some days it’s too too cold.

Cure 1.  Let’s get moving!  The library offers books and DVDs to enhance your fun.  The DVDs; “Yogakids” and “Barney. Shake Your Dino Tail!” will get them exercising.  “Llama Hoppity Hop”, “From Head to Toe” and Doreen Cronin’s titles “Bounce” and “Stretch” are books you can move to. (more…)

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Airport: A Local Experience by Vicki Andrilenas

Victoria Andrilenas is an Information Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Vicki’s column in the January 15, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

My husband and I moved to Norwood a few years ago and have enjoyed learning about the town and community.  One local feature that was a nice surprise for me is Norwood Airport.  I grew up near a small airport and my family has long been interested in aviation and airplanes.  For me the noise of planes flying overhead brings back memories of being out in the backyard during the summer and looking up to see what kind of plane was overhead; one summer there were some gliders which was exciting. (more…)

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New Year? – by Liz Reed

Liz Reed is the Adult and Information Services Library at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Liz’s column in the January 8, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Happy New Year!  Well, maybe not so new.  Depending on where you are in the world and your cultural heritage, January 1st may or may not be the New Year you celebrate.  In fact, designating January 1st as the start of the year is fairly recent, and Western, in world history.  I dug into our Reference collection to learn more.

According to the “Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary,” there are 10 different major calendar systems used in the world today, and these calendars determine, among other holidays, when the New Year falls.  These various calendars are either lunar (based on movements of the moon), solar (based on movements of the sun), or lunisolar (simultaneously lunar and solar).  There are many more national, regional, religious, and civil variations among these calendars than can be covered in one article, but in general terms the calendars are: Julian, Gregorian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, Mayan and Aztec, Baha’i, and Zoroastrian (which has three calendars). (more…)

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