Once again on May 23, 2017, the Morrill Memorial Library's submission to the Massachusetts Library Association 2015-2016 Public Relations Awards won first place in the News category. A representative 25 columns were submitted. They were written by Charlotte Canelli, Nancy Ling, April Cushing, Allison Palmgren, Kate Tigue, Liz Reed, Bonnie Wyler, Diane Phillips, Norma Logan, Jeff Hartman, Sam Simas, Nicole Guerra-Coon, and Meredith Ruhl

On May 4, 2015 the Morrill Memorial Library's submission to the Massachusetts Library Association 2013-2014 Public Relations Awards won first place in the News category. A representative 24 columns from 2013 and 2014 were submitted. They were written by Marg Corjay, Shelby Warner, Nancy Ling, Diane Phillips, Brian Samek, Bonnie Wyler, Marie Lydon, Norma Logan, Allison Palmgren, April Cushing, Liz Reed, Kate Tigue, Jillian Goss, and Charlotte Canelli.

Library staff have written over 492 columns since 2009.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Little Library Tale

Patty Bailey is a Circulation Assistant at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read the published version of Patty's column in the July12, 2013 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. 

As a little girl growing up in South Norwood, I was fortunate to have two library sources in my neighborhood.  One was in the Balch Elementary school; the second was the little South Norwood branch of the Morrill Memorial Library.

I loved to visit the little library in my neighborhood;due to lack of transportation, I did not have the opportunity to visit the main branch that often.  Before I was old enough to be allowed to travel on the MBTA bus on my own, I would just check out a book, and start reading it on the walk home.  I can’t remember what age I was when the branch closed, but it was a sad time for the residents in the area.

When my older daughter Lauren, now age twenty-three, started Kindergarten at the Balch School, I wanted to be actively involved at her school.  I was limited to a few volunteer opportunities at that time due to my pregnancy with my younger daughter Jessica.  Once Jessica was born, I happily jumped in to help with fundraising opportunities with the PTO, but also wanted to help in the library.

Lo and behold, my former librarian from my own childhood at the Balch was the library assistant.  Mrs. Mary Pudsey, still as sweet as ever, was there to show me the ropes.  Mary Burnell was the librarian and the three of us soon forged a wonderful working relationship.  These lovely ladies were so enthusiastic about building the foundation of reading with youngsters.  Library time for most students was a special time each week, first having a carefully selected book read aloud by the librarian, then an opportunity to choose a book to bring home and read.

Sadly at the time of budget cuts, the library assistant positions were cut and Mary Burnell moved on to the Willett School, I then was in the company of another great librarian, Lora Roberts.  She was eager and enthusiastic.  No longer having a library assistant, she needed to fill and extra pair of shoes; hence the need for more volunteers.  Many parents stepped up to the plate to help her and we had a very well-run and organized library.  We did have a few setbacks with a renovation and expansion, as well as a flood shortly after the renovation; after a short hiatus, we rallied to the rebuild the library once again. 
Being the more senior volunteer at the library, I was given the privilege to assist Ms. Roberts with the first graders checking out their very first books.  Each child was given a shelf marker with his or her name on it.  They were told when they take a book off the shelf; they were to place their marker there in order to mark the place on the shelf for correct placement of the book.  Some of the youngsters knew exactly what type of book he or she was looking for.  Others were a bit overwhelmed, not sure which book to borrow.  I would love to step in and ask what was of was on interest to them. Once the selection had been made, the child would have to sign his or her name and understand that the book needed to be returned the following week during library time.  Also the importance of taking good care of the book was explained.  A book is a special item that needed to be safe guarded so the next child in school could borrow and enjoy it as well.

Fast forward forty years, I still live in the neighborhood I grew up in, the South Norwood branch of the library closed many, many years ago, but I now work at the Morrill Memorial Library.  One of my favorite tasks in the Circulation Department is to issue library cards; whether it is a new comer to town, someone who hasn’t been to the library in many years, but most importantly, a youngster receiving a card for the very first time.  I truly enjoy making that moment in time an event to remember. Once the card is issued, I tell the young child to then visit the Children’s Librarian in order to receive a special token.

 Young or old, please feel free to come visit us.  We have so much to offer our patrons, not just with books, but with DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks, Periodicals as well as the latest technology with E-books and Freegal, our new music downloads.  

Contributors to the Morrill Memorial Library "From the Library" Column

Library Director, Charlotte Canelli began writing columns for the Peterborough Transcript in 2001 when she was the Youth Services Librarian at the Peterborough Town Library, 2001-2005. Soon after becoming the director of the Morrill Memorial Library, she began to write weekly columns for the Norwood Bulletin and Transcript. Since February 2009 other Morrill Memorial librarians have written many other columns. They include: April Cushing, Vicki Andrilenas and Liz Reed, Adult and Information Services Librarians; Jean Todesca, Kate Tigue, Nicole Guerra-Coon, Children's Librarians; Allison Palmgren, Technology Librarian; Sam Simas, Web Designer; Bonnie Warner, Literacy and Outreach Librarian; Diane Phillips, Technical Services Librarian; Norma Logan, Literacy Coordinator; Nancy Ling, Outreach Librarian; Cynthia Rudolph, Graphic Artist and Circulation Assistant; Jeff Hartman, Sr. Circulation Assistant; Margaret Corjay, Circulation and Outreach Assistant; Patricia Bailey, Circulation Assistant; retired librarians Hope Anderson, Marie Lydon, Shelby Warner, Margot Sullivan and Tina Blood; previous MML librarians, Beth Goldman, Kelly Unsworth, Brian Samek and Jenna Hecker; and library interns Kirstie David, Meredith Ruhl, Samantha Sherburne, Melissa Theroux and Khara Whitney-Marsh.