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Boston’s Own Dr. Spock – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the March 12, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

We’ve all taken our seats at the Mugar Omni Theater at Boston’s Museum of Science and settled in as the lights dim. The first thing we always hear is an explanation of the amazing visual and audio effects with its 180 screens and 360-degree speakers. It begins “this is a test” and during the three-minute introduction we listen to a familiar voice, that of Boston-born Leonard Nimoy. His voice has been testing “who put the bomp in the bomp, she’bomp, she’bomp” since the theater opened in 1987. (more…)

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The Winter of Our Discontent by April Cushing

April Cushing is the Adult and Information Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read her column published in the March 7, 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin.

If you were to pick one title to sum up this much maligned season, Hugo’s “Les Miserables” might come to mind. Or what about “The Winter of Our Discontent”? I was pretty sure it was William Shakespeare who first penned those immortal words, but to be sure, I did what any good reference librarian would do: I googled it. So begins the tragedy “Richard III”: “Now is the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this sun of York.” I wondered if the future sovereign had survived a tough winter himself back in 1471 before “snow events” become commonplace, so I read on. It seems Will was waxing more metaphorical than meteorological. (more…)

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Sweet Land: Tale from the Heartland – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the February 27, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

With the exception of a few years I spent living in such exotic places as Texas and Ireland, I spent the other 60 years of my life making my home on either the west or east coasts of the United States. I’ve lived within a drive to an ocean and sometimes had a bird’s eye view of a bay.

What about spacious skies, fruited plains, and waves of grain and the landscapes of The Great American Midwest? Besides a very quick drive (mostly at night) through the uppermost United States, the tall grasses of the prairies and the little houses in the big woods were simply foreign to me. (more…)

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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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