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.
“Telling your senator how to vote is as easy as ‘liking’ a Facebook picture.”
– Tech Crunch
If you’ve been sparked to engage more meaningfully in the current political climate and are overwhelmed by the amount of information flooding from the news and social media, then Countable, an application available through Google and Apple products, may help you make sense of it all.
The company’s slogan is “Your government, made simple.” And, although that kind of easy-to-use jargon doesn’t always mean “easy-to-use,” this app makes it quick and easy (really–I’ve tried it) to find information about the laws that Congress is considering.
Countable links you to your state representatives, making it easy for you to share your opinions and express concerns to the people who can help make changes. You’ll get information on different pieces of legislature including fiscal considerations, considerations for and against, as well as some historical context to be able to make better informed decisions. This app provides information in clear, clean language that is easy to understand. AND! it provides information and perspectives for both ends of the political spectrum.
Here is their promotional video:
No fake news here.
Oh! And, in case you were worried about the credentials of the people who are providing this information. You can find their credentials here.
If you want to know more about how it works, then please check out their About Us page to make the decision about whether or not this app is right for you.
“Countable is slick, easy to use and could definitely help inform your opinions.”
– The New York Times
“Tinder, but for Unsexy Congressional Bills, Is Kind of a Great Idea!”
“You don’t have to wait for your representatives to adopt anything. All you have to do is sign up and start sending your thoughts to Congress.”
“This New App Could Be Your Congressman’s Worst Nightmare.”
– The Blaze
The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi
One Sunday morning before church, when Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day, and just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature.
A standout athlete growing up in Upper Nyack, NY, Welles was also a volunteer at the local fire department, along with his father. He cherished the necessity and the camaraderie, the meaning of the role. Fresh from college, he took a Wall Street job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but the dream of becoming a firefighter with the FDNY remained.
When the Twin Towers fell, Welles’s parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles’s mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. “I’m going back up,” was all he said.
The survivors didn’t know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna.
Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make.
Review from Amazon.com
Fried Eggs with Chopsticks by Polly Evans
Polly Evans’s itinerary for China was simple: travel by luxurious high-speed train and long-distance bus, glide along the Grand Canal and hike up scenic mountains. Instead, the linguistically impaired adventurer found herself on a primitive sleeper-minibus where sleep was out of the question; perched atop a tiny mule on a remote mountain pass; and attempting a dubious ferry ride down the Yangtze River. Polly was getting to know China in a way she’d never expected–and would never, ever forget.
From battling six-year-olds in kung-fu class to discovering Starbucks in Hangzhou, Polly relives her Asian adventure with humor, enthusiasm, frustration, and determination. Whether she’s viewing the embalmed cadaver of Chairman Mao or drinking yak-butter tea, this is Polly’s eye-opening account of a culture torn between stunning modern architecture and often bizarre ancient mysteries…and of her attempt to solve the ultimate gastronomic conundrum: how exactly does one eat a soft-fried egg with chopsticks
Review from Amazon.com
Yoga for Kids
with Carolyn Bradley
Friday, February 24th
4-6 Year Olds : 10:15 am – 11:00 am
7 -12 Year Olds : 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Keep your kids active this February Vacation and join Miss Carolyn for introduction to yoga for children! Registration is required so please call the library at 781-769-0200 x225 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up your child today.
Please note all participants must wear comfortable clothes!