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The Big Ditch: the Cape Cod Canal – by Charlotte Canelli

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts.  Read Charlotte’s column in the August 7, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

The Panama Canal and the Cape Cod Canal both opened the same year – 1914.  The Cape Cod Canal, 7 miles long, opened to some traffic on July 29 just one day after the start of World War One (or the Great War) on July 28.  The Panama Canal, 48 miles long, opened two weeks later on August 15. These amazing feats of engineering may have started years before by entrepreneurial investors, but both were completed as American ventures.

The centennial of these two principal waterways were celebrated this summer.  The Panama Canal has, of course, world significance as it provides a water route between the two oceans, or more accurately from the Caribbean Sea through the Isthmus of Panama to the Gulf of Panama at the Atlantic Ocean. Noted author David McCullough wrote “The Path Between the Seas” (2001), the story of the 400 years of blood, sweat and tears and the eventual successful building of the Panama Canal. The canal’s rich history includes its ownership by several countries and partnerships, its triumphant completion by the United States government, and its final control by the Panamanian government in 1999. (more…)

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Suggestions Please!

suggDid you know that there is a comment and suggestion box in the library?  There is also a comment and suggestion form on our website.  Director Charlotte Canelli reads those suggestions and includes them (and her replies) on this page on the website.  We’d love to hear yours!

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Library Closed – Monday, Labor Day

Monday, September 1st

The Library will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday morning at 9:00 am.

Please note that the Library will be open on Saturdays starting September 6th.

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Family Movie Night: Frozen – This program is full

Thursday August 21st, 2014 at 6:00 pm – FULL

FrozenCool off in the middle of the hot summer months! So many people have signed up for the July screening that we’ll be showing it twice this summer. Join the library on our second Family Movie Night, where we’ll be showing the popular Disney movie, “Frozen” (PG, 108 mins).  All are welcome.  Complimentary popcorn will be provided by the Bellingham Regal Cinemas, and the movie will be shown in our air-conditioned Simoni Room.  If you have any questions, please contact the Children’s Desk 781-769-0200 x225 or the Reference Desk x110.

Registration is required.  Please sign up at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222.  This film showing is made possible by a movie license funded by the Friends of the Library.

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