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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dusty down in the basement, but cool and quiet, and all I had to do was rip barcodes off of old magazines, stamp them “WITHDRAWN,” and wheel my booktruck down through the stacks to get a new batch.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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)