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Fireside Reads

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm

fireplaceCome join us for this annual January book review fun! Librarians Beth Goldman and Margot Sullivan will each review 12 or so titles of an eclectic mix. One never knows, maybe a good mystery, fiction, cookbook, biography, or art book? Coffee, goodies, laughter, and good old sharing “book talk.” What more could one ask? No registration necessary. This Norwood tradition is funded by the Friends of the Library.

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No Need to Wait for the New Year – by Jillian Goss

Jillian Goss is a graduate student of library science at Simmons College in Boston while she also works as a Library Assistant at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Jillian’s column in the January 1, 2015 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

As the new year blossoms, the trope of New Year’s resolutions overwhelm us. We quickly assess our lives and find them lacking just in time for a clean slate. Just like the first fresh page of a new notebook, there’s so much opportunity to the new year. Maybe I’ll get in shape and lose that weight this year, maybe I’ll read “War and Peace,” maybe I’ll quit smoking, or finally organize my shoe collection. All of these are great ideas but usually by Feb. 1 they end up crumpled in a corner. So how do we make New Year’s resolutions stick?

First of all we need to throw out the idea of New Year’s resolutions (I know it sounds counterintuitive, just stick with me). The appeal of New Year’s for changes is simply an engrained tradition, it’s much more difficult to face your problems on a random day of the week. Resolutions for the new year actually go back further than you’d think. The ancient Romans used to make promises of what they would accomplish in the new year to the god Janus: the god of transitions. Their resolutions probably weren’t much different from what ours are today. In ancient Babylon there were numerous religious ceremonies that involved promising good deeds and repaid debts in the coming year. (more…)

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Starting Your Own Book Club – by Nancy Ling

Nancy Ling is an Outreach Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read her column in the December 25, 2014 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

At first it might seem intimidating—the idea of starting a book club. After all, there’s a lot to think about, and so many books available to read. Where does one begin?

As you begin to narrow down your options however, you may discover this is the perfect time to organize a club of your own. With four book clubs under my belt, I believe I’m getting the hang of it now. That said, each group is as different as the people and the books that come to the table.

Keeping these seven questions in mind when forming a book club of your own might prove to be beneficial:

1. Why start a book club?
It’s essential to answer this question before you work out all the other details. Initially, there is quite a bit of work that goes into organizing your group. Take a moment to ask yourself how important this venture is to you and why. What do you hope to gain from this endeavor? Of course sharing a love of books is the main reason why most people start a book club. Likewise it’s a way to grow a community, bringing people closer around a theme or book. This is the reason I started two book clubs at different housing facilities in town—with the hope that a community would come together around a book discussion. So far, so good. (more…)

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This Year’s Books Make Great Gifts – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the December 18, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

Librarians really aren’t against purchasing books. In fact, most librarians have one thing in common – a love of their own collections of books. Becoming a librarian customarily involves working among thousands and thousands of books, all at our fingertips. Owning one of your own, however, makes it even more special.

I adore giving books as gifts. However, I ponder carefully about it, though, because I want to make certain that the book will be treasured. I stay away from fiction unless it’s a classic or for a child because fiction seems so fleeting. I want the recipient of my book to go back to it again and again.

Cookbooks make fabulous gifts and some delicious titles were published this year. Gabrielle Hamilton wrote her memoir, “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” in 2012. Trained as a writer (she received her MFA) but drawn to serving and cooking food most of her life, Hamilton opened her NY City restaurant, Prune, in 1999. Fifteen years later, she has written the cookbook by the same name. “Prune” is a journey through the recipes of yummy, unfussy, relaxed food that she has served in her 30-seat restaurant. Although Hamilton sensed that her cookbook should be about the food and not her profound philosophies (don’t forget, she already wrote the memoir), she includes annotations and brief commentary along the way. The book is very popular in the Minuteman Library System and copies are repeatedly checked-out in most libraries. It’s a perfect book to add to your favorite cook’s bookshelf. (more…)

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