Margot Sullivan is a part-time reader's advisory and reference librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. Read her column as published in the November 6, 2014 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.
Years ago we had a pull down staircase constructed in order to easily access the attic. How nice this addition allowed us to store items for “safe” keeping out of sight and also out of mind. I knew there were some extra dining chairs, a suitcase, and some Christmas decorations but what else I wondered? I stood at the top of the stairs and looked at the poorly labeled boxes.
As I brought items downstairs and opened the boxes my son’s young years flashed before my eyes. The thousands of pieces of Legos were magic for him and his Dad as they created towers and buildings and bridges and spaceships, Now those Legos are in my son’s garage ready for his two young children. Looking at the current Lego merchandise I am sure his kids are going to want many more Legos which are more creative than ever. The Star Wars action figures might be worth something if he hadn’t lost a sword or a hat but the original carrying case has them all lined up. The Star Wars space stations have already moved to his home for his children.
We laugh now at all the baseball cards carefully stored away in special notebooks. These baseball cards were going to make my son wealthy. Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Ricky Henderson, Dwight Gooden….. were among his many favorites. I remember him actively climbing over a back fence at Fenway to get an autograph.
I decided he must have loved high school as the boxes FILLED with loose papers from his senior year are labeled “ DO NOT THROW AWAY – IMPORTANT”. In an email he said to me “Mom just pick out a few representative papers so I can show my children”. That was a trip through nostalgia- European History, Creative Writing, History of Art, French, and Biology and a few math papers. The recycling bin for that week was loaded! I forgot completely that we had put the sports and academic trophies in a paper bag and then a plastic bag. I took them out and relived some of the fun CYO basketball and summer baseball tournaments.
Now we go to his college years! A heavy box marked Rolling Stone and Hullabaloo contained copies of “Rolling Stone” and “Spin” which he did not want Mark was the Arcade (music) editor of the Tulane Hullabaloo – loved the late nights when issue went to press and loved traveling to Dallas and Atlanta for college newspaper conferences. Sooooooo “Save the Hullabaloos, Mom”. Another box marked books contained a wide variety of titles best sellers of ages ago. The most interesting paperbacks were very old “MAD” editions – with musty yellowed pages. “What Me Worry?” as Alfred E. Neumann would say!
I wouldn’t say that I was actually decluttering but I did find some books that had some advice about attics and organizing “stuff” – what to keep and what not to keep. Mary Lambert’s “Living with Less” 648.5 Lambert; 10,001 Ways to Declutter Your Home on a Small Budget by Ed Morrow (648.5) and ”Throw Out Fifty Things Clear the Clutter Find Your Life by Gail Blanke (648 Blanke) provided some help. The book “Mint Condition How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession” by Dave Jamieson (769.357) was interesting!
The attic is almost empty but I have wonderful memories of those years.
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, November 6, 2014
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.