MORRILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closed Saturdays July 1 through Labor Day
Closed Sundays from Memorial Day - Columbus Day Weekend

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Learn to Knit Class

Picture-of-person-knittingThursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 30th, 2o17 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit, but don’t have the tools and aren’t sure who to ask? This program is for you! Several librarians, who happen to be veteran knitters, will lead a workshop about how to knit, from casting on to binding off. The class will work together on the same project, and all materials will be provided in a kit for $5.00. After you’ve taken the Learn to Knit Class you’ll be able to join us later in the month for Stitch Therapy to continue working on your project.

Space is very limited, so call 781-769-0200 x110, visit the Reference or Information Desk, or fill out the form below to sign up. Let us know if you have any questions! Participants must be 14 years of age or older.








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Love Around the World Film Series: “P.S. I Love You”

PS-I-love-you-movie-posterThursday, March 9th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Fall in love with the movies during our Love Around the World Film Series, featuring romantic travel movies. The series concludes with “P.S. I Love You,” starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, and Harry Connick Jr. “P.S. I Love You” (2007) is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours 6 minutes.

All films will begin at 6:30 pm and popcorn will be provided by Regal Cinemas in Bellingham. To sign up for this film or for all the films in this series, fill out the form below, call 781-769-0200 x110, or visit the Reference or Information Desk.

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Lunch & Learn Workshop: Social Media Demystified

Socail-media-iconsWednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 12:00-1:00 pm

Come to the library for a productive lunch break! Technology Librarian, Allison Palmgren, will offer several Lunch & Learn workshops, each focusing on explaining different aspects of technology. Feel free to bring your lunch, or just come to learn! Beverages and dessert will be provided. These workshops will be held in the Simoni Room. Registration is not required but is appreciated.

Wednesday, Mar. 15: Your Digital Library

Wednesday, Apr. 12: Topic TBA

If you have any questions, please call 781-769-0200 x110 or email Allison at apalmgren@minlib.net. To sign up, please call 781-769-0200 x110, fill out the form below, or visit the Library Reference or Information Desk.

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Love Around the World Film Series: “Eat Pray Love”

Eat-pray-love-movie-posterMonday, February 13th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Fall in love with the movies during our Love Around the World Film Series, featuring romantic travel movies. The series kicks off with “Eat Pray Love,” starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco, and based on the bestselling book by the same title. “Eat Pray Love” (2010) is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours 13 minutes. The following movies and times will be:

Thursday February 23: “Midnight in Paris,” 2011, Rated PG-13, 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates.

Wednesday March 1:“Under the Tuscan Sun,” 2003, Rated PG-13, 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, and Sandra Oh

Thursday March 9: “P.S. I Love You,” 2007, Rated PG-13, 2 hours 6 minutes
Starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, and Harry Connick Jr.

All films will begin at 6:30 pm and popcorn will be provided by Regal Cinemas in Bellingham. To sign up for this film or for all the films in this series, fill out the form below, call 781-769-0200 x110, or visit the Reference or Information Desk.

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A Little Love for the Library

The Story is Valentine (002)It’s no secret that many of you love the Morrill Memorial Library. We receive compliments each day–at all the desks of the library–from many of you.

Often, we hear it on Norwood’s community Facebook page, Norwood Now. You praise us for the print books and magazines we have in the library. You love the streaming and downloading services we offer 24/7. You are thrilled that we now offer appointments for passport and notary services.

You attend and applaud our children’s and adult programs and make appointments for our technology training from our staff who solve problems for you every day. You recommend our Outreach services to the homebound and public-assisted housing, and you commend our amazing literacy programs and services. Finally, you appreciate the varied answers to most of the questions you can think to ask. Remember, if we don’t already know the answer, our talented and educated reference staff who will try to find it for you.

Each year, around this time, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners fights for additional funding for libraries. You already know that the Town of Norwood generously funds the library (all 360 towns in Massachusetts rely on local funding for basic library services), but are you aware that we rely on state support too? That funding awards grants so that we can provide innovative programming (for example, Norwood Reads in 2013-2014 and the children’s STEAM programs in 2015-2016). The Commonwealth also provides the State Aid to Public Libraries grant that we receive each year (if we meet the regulatory and statutory requirements). That grant allows us to offer terrific programs such as Titles on Tap, our many movie series, and fantastic technology additions to our collection such as ROKU steaming players, Wi-Fi hotspots, digital downloads. And so, so much more.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, or MBLC, is the agency of our Commonwealth that has the responsibility to develop and improve library services for Massachusetts residents. The nine commissioners and the MBLC staff have a mission to provide each and every resident equal access to the resources that the library has to offer in every town across the state.

State budget lines not only pay to staff and fund the MBLC, but they provide necessary funds for online resources, for the talking book libraries for the blind at Perkins and Worcester, for digital resources, and for additional funding for the nine library networks across the state (Minuteman is ours, for instance). State funding pays for 100% of the operating costs for the Massachusetts Library System, a cooperative that provides training for library staff, fosters innovation in all libraries, and nurtures cooperation between all types of libraries (public, academic, law, medical, school, etc.). Most importantly for most of Norwood’s library users, the Massachusetts Library System operates the free service known as delivery – sharing books and other materials between libraries in the state. If you request an item from another library, the delivery service provides the sort and travel to you and back to the home library.

Won’t you take a minute or so to send a little love to the state senators and legislators to thank them for their support? Let’s face it – we know that there is only one funding pie. All agencies and services in the Commonwealth are fighting for its share. Legislators in the State House have tough decisions to make and letting them know how much you appreciate us is important to them.

I’m proud to serve on several of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners task forces and committees and I’ve been a member of the Public Relations Advisory Committee since 2006. We are the ones responsible for getting the word out about libraries –letting every resident know about the library jewels in their town.

This February, it’s time for us all to thank our legislators for their past, present and future support of libraries. That’s why we are hoping you’ll show a little love for us. We have valentines all ready for you to send so that you can praise us to them. Those valentines will be on the delivery vans to Boston where they will then be delivered to legislators around Valentine’s Day by staff at the MBLC.

You can also visit lovemasslibraries dot com and fill out the online version and tell them why you love YOUR library. As that website says: “During our busy everyday lives, we don’t always get a chance to let our libraries know how much we care about them. And we rarely take the time to share that with our state legislators.” Why do you love visiting your library? Is it a smiling face at one of our desks? Is it the cozy reading room? Or perhaps the fantastic selection of items you can borrow? What critical service does it provide to you or your family? Is it free internet and Wi-Fi? Incredible educational or entertaining programs offered almost every day of the week? Or answers to your many questions?

Please share a little of your love for us! #LibraryLovers on Facebook.

Charlotte Canelli is the Director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts.  Read Charlotte’s column in the February 9th issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

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