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2016 Sneak Peeks

Reserve October & November Best Sellers and Sneak Peeks

Want to get a preview of some of the new releases coming out next month?

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Download or view the  October Fiction and October Non-Fiction lists to see if anything interests you. Click on the links for the complete list with titles (in blue) linked to the Minuteman Library catalog.  Log into your account and place a reserve. You may also pick up a complete list in the library and ask librarians to request them for you.

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October Fright Fest Film Series: “Frankenstein”

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Get in the Halloween spirit with our October Fright Fest Film Series! We’ll be showing 4 classic horror films during the month of October, beginning on Tues. Oct. 4 with the original 1931 version of “Frankentstein” (not rated, 1h 10mins) starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, and Mae Clarke. On Thurs. Oct. 13 we’ll be showing Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” (1960, rated R, 1h 49mins) starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles. We’ll show our third film, “Poltergeist” (1982, rated PG, 1h 54mins) starring JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, and Craig T. Nelson, on Thurs. Oct. 20. Our final film will be shown on Thurs. Oct. 27: Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” (1980, rated R, 2h 26mins) starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley DuVall, and Danny Lloyd.

All films will begin at 6:30 pm and will be shown in the Simoni Room. Popcorn for this film series is being generously provided by Regal Cinemas in Bellingham. To sign up for any or all of the films in this series, please email norprograms@minlib.net, call 781-769-0200 x110, or visit the Reference or Information Desk.

2016 Sneak Peeks

Reserve September & October Best Sellers and Sneak Peeks

Want to get a preview of some of the new releases coming out next month?

2016 September Prepub

Download or view the  September Fiction and September Non-Fiction lists to see if anything interests you. Click on the links for the complete list with titles (in blue) linked to the Minuteman Library catalog.  Log into your account and place a reserve. You may also pick up a complete list in the library and ask librarians to request them for you.

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Yoga at the Library

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BOTH SESSIONS ARE FULL

Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to try a yoga class? Join local yoga instructor, Kathryn Ford Richter, RN, at the Morrill Memorial Library on Monday September 26 and/or Monday October 3 from 6:30-7:45 pm to try Kripalu yoga.

Kripalu yoga is a gentle yoga practice that uses poses, breath work, and relaxation techniques as a way to quiet the mind and integrate mind, body, and spirit.  This class focuses on the flow of energy, practicing compassionate self-acceptance,  and taking what is learned “on the mat” into daily life.  This class will include some gentle warm-ups, standing and seated poses, ending with essential oils during sivasana leaving you calm and refreshed. This class is an all-levels class but is perfectly suitable for beginners.

People can sign up for one or both sessions, and class size is limited to 15. Yoga at the Library is open to adults, and teens ages 13-17 with a parent. Please bring your own yoga mat, yoga blocks if you have them, and a blanket if desired.

Please register by email norprograms@minlib.net, by calling 781-769-0200 x110 or 222, or by visiting the Reference or Information Desk.

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Boxer: A Woman’s Best Friend

chuisleIn 2005, I worked as a library director by day and renovated a haunted Victorian home by night and on the weekends. I was single, lived alone and craved a companion – the four-legged kind. On Labor Day weekend, eleven years ago, an adorable 3-1/2 month old Boxer came to live with me.

I was a bit naïve about the Boxer breed, I admit. I didn’t realize that this cute puppy with her uplifted nose and chronic under bite possessed an inbred desire to protect me above all else. Boxers are considered a personal-protection breed in the AKC working dog category. And she took her work very seriously. Any two or four-legged creature coming within sight of our car or our home was simply there to kill us. Or so she instinctively believed.

This became a problem, of course, when I brought anyone to my home or wanted to give them a ride in my car (if she was sharing it with us.) I worked continually on teaching her that my friends were her friends. But, she would have none of it and rarely understood.

However, when I met my husband Gerry and his grandson Colin, she amazingly and immediately figured out that they were to be tolerated. In fact, she came to love and protect them as much as she adored me – with her complete heart and soul. She never once barked at them or approached them with aggression. As a matter of fact, Colin at 8 years old could be extremely annoying but she simply looked the other way. His friends, however, were another matter entirely. She terrorized each and every one of them. One friend even crossed the street when he was passing our house. He didn’t trust the closed door or the expanse of lawn. Only the street-width gave him any confidence he would have a running start.

The Boxer was bred in Europe from a strain of dog originally used for fighting. It is a cousin to the Bulldog, is extremely courageous, and has a built-in desire to please and protect his or her owner(s). He or she is solid and muscular with a very short coat that can be velvety soft on the underbelly and face. Traditionally, a Boxer’s ears are cropped and its tail is bobbed. Today many countries actually prohibit the practice; the purpose for cropping and bobbing was to give the Boxer an inapproachable demeanor. No friendly feeling could be given away – the ears stood stern and the shortened tail could be seen wagging only from behind. Germans perfected the Boxer’s temperament for personal protection and immense love of its master(s). When trained for protection, no one will get between a Boxer and his charge.

The American Kennel Club describes the Boxer as “fun-loving, bright, active and loyal.” Certainly, many people who have come to our front door would not have described our protective Boxer as fun-loving. Her mission in life was to protect her loved ones and the postal worker and UPS driver were suspect enemies. Eventually, our Boxer came to understand who was okay and who wasn’t. We fine-tuned the meet and greet process and trained her to be calm and reserved before approaching new friends. Astoundingly, she was gentle and patient with each and every young grandchild born to us in the past three years.

Our Boxer’s life was filled with love and fun. When possible, she traveled with us and spent many hours in the car on the way New Jersey, New Hampshire or Maine. We rented houses on the Cape or the coast of Maine that allowed for her presence. We had to spell the word R-I-D-E when we discussed any potential that she would accompany one of us to the dump or the store. Her excitement, her high-arching jump, and her absolute joy were worth the inconvenience of short needle-like hair on the seats and in every nook and cranny of the car.

Due to a bout of Boxer Colitis as a young pup, she enjoyed a homemade diet, rich in sweet potatoes and meat broth all of her life. She was as active as a Boxer can be, racing around and across any large grassy expanse with wild abandon. Couches were her favorite sleeping spot and she never understood why some furniture was off-limits.

She snuck off into the tick-laden woods behind our Marion home as often as she could, although she was never out of our sight and she was admonished severely for leaving it. Once I mistook a deer for her. As it munched on some plants on the dip of land outside my kitchen window, it resembled our graceful fawn-colored Boxer with splashes of the whitest white on her neck and head.

While some do live longer, Boxers generally live only 8-10 years. They are susceptible to bloat (a fatal twisting of their elongated stomach) and to cancers of all types. They are playful, loving, loyal and comical as elderly dogs in their final years, however. We know this to be true.

Our beloved Boxer passed away this week after Labor Day, eleven years after she first came home with me. She had spent her first years riding shotgun in my VW Cabrio convertible (always belted in) everywhere I went. Her floppy ears flew in the breeze and people in passing cars could not help but smile. She often slept in my bed (soon enough sharing it with my new husband, Gerry) on cold winter nights. She crept on her belly to very bottom underneath piles of blankets and stayed until she was too hot to breathe. She sat still and erect, waiting for cheese sticks for lunch where Gerry visited her at lunch every weekday in our Norwood home. She took one last long ride to visit our grandson, Colin who had left for college just the week before.

And she passed away on her own terms with me beside her. She was a woman’s best friend.

Read about the Boxer in one of the many books in the Minuteman Library Network such as The Boxer Handbook by Joan Hustace Walker. Or share the joys of this breed with a young child by reading Boxers Are the Best by Elaine Landau.

Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the September 22, 2016 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

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