Category Archives: From the Library – A Weekly Column

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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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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