Category Archives: Readers Page

Living and Building Small – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the October 16, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

The small-house phenomenon is a social and architectural movement that is sweeping the United States. It is a helpful trend for those who yearn to make their lifestyle sustainable … or for those who wish to deliberately downsize, or for those who want a little of both. The revelation about the small house movement is that small houses are actually nothing new. Most of the world’s inhabitants have lived in small homes like dug-outs, pit-houses and igloos throughout history. Only a small percentage of civilization have lived in palaces, mansions and castles. In fact, some might say that the American Tiny House movement has its roots in our very own Henry David Thoreau and his little, idyllic home on Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. (more…)

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Reserve Bestsellers and Sneak Peeks of Books Being Published in November and in December 2014

Reserve Bestsellers and Sneak Peeks of Books Being Published in November and in December 2014

2014 November Book NewsDownload or view November Fiction 2014 and November Non-Fiction 2014. Click on the links for the complete list with titles (in blue) linked to the Minuteman Library catalog. You may also pick up a complete list in the library and ask librarians to request them for you.

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Parenting in the Digital Age – by Diane Phillips

Diane Phillips is the Technical Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library.  Read Diane Phillips’ column in the October 9, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

While classifying a stack of non-fiction books, I came across one title that caught my attention, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up, by Janell Burley Hofmann. This book intrigued me because my husband and I just recently gave our son an iPad mini for his birthday. He unwrapped the gift and actually said, “Is this real or is something else in the box?” We told him that yes, indeed it was real but before he could have it, he had to listen to some rules regarding its use and care. I could tell that he was only absorbing about half (if that much) of what we were telling him. He just kept looking at the box and nodding his head and saying, “uh huh” every once in a while as we were listing the do’s and don’ts. He already knew how to do most everything already having used my iPad or his friends’ devices. I wanted to make sure that he fully grasped the restrictions and guidelines that we were trying to communicate. This is where Hofmann’s book, iRules, comes in handy.


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Hoopla Digital at the Norwood Library

Monday October 6th, 2014 – Launch date

hoopla_iphone_audiobooks_allegiantHoopla digital is now available to every Norwood resident! Hoopla provides free easy access to stream and temporarily download thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums, and audiobooks. There is no waiting list or reserve process for these titles, and no late fees. Allison Palmgren, our Technology Librarian, has created a simple how-to video to learn how to start using hoopla. Or, you can follow along with these written directions. To use hoopla, Norwood residents will need a valid library card and an email address. Everyone can borrow up to 5 titles per month, and each title will list the exact borrowing time period. We strongly recommend downloading the hoopla digital app from the iTunes app store or Android market so you can download content on you smartphone or tablet and take it with you. You can stream content directly to your home computer. Visit and Sign Up to get started!

Have questions? Ask Allison Palmgren, the Technology Librarian, or Liz Reed, Adult Services Librarian, 781-769-0200 x110. Happy hoopla!

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