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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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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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