To sign up for any or all of these programs or events, call 781-769-0200, ext. 110, email or stop by the library Reference or information Desk. For information:

Great courses collection: New additions to the Great Courses Collection are now available to Norwood students and residents. The additions bring the total number of courses available to 75. The new courses include: Do-It-Yourself Engineering with Professor Stephen Ressler, United States Military Academy at West Point; Law School for Everyone, Torts, Professor Edward K. Cheng, Vanderbilt Law School; Criminal Law and Procedure, Professor Joseph L. Hoffman, Indiana University School of Law; Litigation & Legal Practice, Professor Molly Bishop Shadel, University of Virginia Law School; Civil Procedure, Professor Peter J. Smith, The George Washington University Law School; America’s Founding Fathers with Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg College and The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life with Dr. Eddie O’Connor, Clinical Sport Psychology.

Display Space Available at the Library: Looking for a free, month-long display area for your organization? You can reserve the display cases at the Morrill Memorial Library to promote your nonprofit organization or favorite cause. The three adjacent locked cases include removable glass shelves set against a fabric-covered bulletin board. The cases, measuring a total of 49 inches high by 26 inches wide by 10.5 inches deep, are located just inside the side entrance to the library, immediately visible to all who enter. To inquire about availability, please call the library at 781-769-0200, ext. 100 or 110.

Viola Sastavickas Scholarship: The family of Viola Sastavickas made a donation to the Morrill Memorial Library in 2007 in order to create a permanent scholarship in the amount of $500. This scholarship was to be awarded annually to a current or former library employee or library volunteer for one of the following purposes: undergraduate or graduate school, a formal course of study, or an enrichment opportunity (continuing education). This scholarship has been awarded ten times since 2007. The scholarship will once again be awarded in 2019 thanks to the continued generosity of the Sastavickas family. Viola Sastavickas was a life-long resident of Norwood and a frequent library user. According to her daughter Kathy, the scholarship is “a fitting tribute to our beautiful mother and to the library and staff who treated her with great respect and affection.”

A brief application form is available to pick up at the library as well as on the library’s website, Please contact Charlotte Canelli at 781-769-0200, ext. 101. Applications are due by May 15 and must be submitted electronically to the director at The scholarship will be awarded by June 30.

Norwood Librarians Win Awards!: Four of Morrill Memorial Library’s finest were recognized for their contributions to the library field at the Massachusetts Library Association’s 22 nd Biennial P.R. Awards Ceremony on May 22 in Framingham. Library director Charlotte Canelli received the Library Support Staff Advocate of the Year award, as well as an Honorable Mention for Programming, Advocacy & Outreach in the field of News Coverage. Technical Services Assistant Patty Bailey took home the award for Outstanding Library Support Staff of the Year, while Carla Howard, Senior Circulation /Marketing and Media Assistant, won Second Place in the Print category. In addition, Adult Services Librarian Liz Reed received a PR for Pennies Award as well as an Honorable Mention in the Events Series category of Programming, Advocacy & Outreach. Reed’s awards were for the publicity she created for the Massachusetts Humanities Discussion Grant: “A Century Later: Norwood’s Experience in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918.” Congratulations to our outstanding library staff for their hard work and creativity!


Dr. Hylander to discuss the Doolittle Raid: 7 p.m. June 17. Popular historian Dr. Gary Hylander will present “The Doolittle Raid” at the Morrill Memorial Library. Planned by Admiral King and Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle, the bombing of Tokyo gave a tremendous boost to American morale after Pearl Harbor. In April 1942, the aircraft carrier Hornet launched sixteen B-25 bombers against the Japanese capital. While the Doolittle raid did little military damage, it stunned Japanese military strategists. As a result of the raid, Japanese military leaders planned to establish a broad defensive perimeter in the western Pacific to prevent future American air attacks against the Japanese home islands. To register for this program, funded by the Friends of the Library, go to, call 781-769-0200, ext. 110, or stop by the library Reference or Information Desk.

Library Book Group to Read “The Chaperone:” 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 19. Laura Moriarty’s novel “The Chaperone” is the selection for the next Turn the Page Book Group at the Morrill Memorial Library. The New York Times bestseller and the USA Today #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer, “The Chaperone” is a captivating account of the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. It was recently made into a feature film starring Elizabeth McGovern by the creators of Downton Abbey. Patty Bailey and first-time guest host Geri Harrold will lead the discussion. Copies of the book in a variety of formats are available to pick up at the Circulation Desk and refreshments will be served. To register for either the morning or evening session, please go to the events page at, call 781-769-0200, x110, or stop by the library Reference or Information Desk.

Baseball in Cuba and the U.S.: 7 p.m. June 22. The Friends of the Library will host José Ramírez, author of “Cuba and the “Last” Baseball Season,” at the Morrill Memorial Library. Ramírez’s 2018 book features a foreword by Red Sox Hall Fame member Luis Tiant Jr., and explores the impact of the Castro takeover in Cuba, including the abolishment of professional baseball at the end of the 1960-61 season. Join us to learn more about the little known story of baseball players in Cuba and in the U.S. minors who learned that their dream of playing professional baseball in their home country would go unrealized. Players were faced with a difficult choice: leave family, home, friends, and their beloved homeland, in order to play professional baseball or, stay at home and pursue a different and uncertain way of life. This is a story of the personal struggle thesemen and their families endured, and the heart-wrenching judgement they had to make. Ramírez was among the 14,048 unaccompanied minor children sent to the Unites States from Cuba by their parents through the fabled Pedro Pan Program between 1960 and 1962. A lifelong fan of Los Leones de La Habana (Havana Lions) and a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), in his retirement he writes and lectures about Cuba, baseball, Operation Pedro Pan, and his family. Copies of his book will be available to purchase at the program. To register for this event, please visit the library’s events calendar at, call 781-769-0200 x110, or visit the Reference or Information desk.

Special Summer Concert: Musical artist Maitreyee Chakraborty will be returning to the Morrill Memorial Library at 2 p.m. June 22 for a special concert, “Within me, within you: The universal spiritualism in Tagore's music.” The songs composed by the early 20th century Bengali Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore explore our multifaceted relationship with spiritualism outside the boundary of religion and rituals. The songs in this concert are for folks from all religions or with no religion at all. The concert will be presented in a lecture-demonstration style with live instruments. Translations of songs and descriptive photos will be shown on a slide show. Maitreyee will lead the group with vocals, accompanied by Subho on guitar, Mona on harmonium, and Subhankar on percussion. To sign up for this concert, visit, call the library at 781-769-0200 x110, or visit the Reference or Information desk. This concert is supported by the Friends of the Library as well as several chapters of the Massachusetts Cultural Council: Norwood Cultural Council, Walpole Cultural Council, and Canton Cultural Council.

Holocaust Survivor Aron Greenfield Returns to the Library: 7 p.m. June 26. Back by popular demand, Norwood resident Aron Greenfield will return to the Morrill Memorial Library to talk about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor during World War II. Greenfield, longtime owner of Brenner’s Children Shop in Norwood along with his wife Martha, will speak for about an hour, give a short slide show, and answer questions from the audience. To register for this event, please go to, call 781-769-0200, ext. 110, or stop by the library Reference or Information Desk.

Who Doesn’t Like (Carillon) Bells?: 6:30 p.m. June 27. Meet the musicians who play the Norwood Carillon and are featured in this summer’s 34th annual Carillon Concert Series during an informal evening at the Morrill Memorial Library. Over the last several years, a number of accomplished carillonneurs have moved to Eastern Mass. and have performed on the fine set of 50 English bells in the tower of the Norwood Town Hall. There will be an opportunity to hear about each person’s carillon background, learn how Norwood’s carillon provides unique challenges and experiences, and to ask questions. Hosted by Lee Leach, Norwood’s carillonneur since 1995, this event is sure to be an enriching and enlightening experience for all. To register, please go to our calendar of events page at, call 781-769-0200, x110, or stop by the library Reference or Information Desk.

Movie Musical Mondays: The Morrill Memorial Library’s popular summer film series, Movie Musical Mondays, will be offered again this year, featuring a total of seven musicals or music biopics shown at 6:30 p.m. on most Mondays in July and August. The series will begin on July 1 with the 1943 classic, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” based on the story of George M. Cohan and starring James Cagney and Walter Huston. The remaining films are: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” on July 8, “Funny Face” on July 15, “Mary Poppins Returns” on July 22, and “A Star is Born” on July 29. The series will resume two weeks later on Aug. 12 with “Royal Wedding” and will conclude on Aug. 19 with “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Popcorn will be provided, and a CD of the soundtrack from each musical will be raffled off before the screening. To register for any or all of these films, go directly to, call 781-769-0200 x110, or stop by the library Reference or Information Desk.

Meditation for Beginners: 7 p.m. July 10. Come to a one-hour introductory meditation session at the Morrill Memorial Library to learn Isha Kriya, a simple practice to help you learn to meditate. No previous experience is necessary, and it can be done while sitting in a chair. This class will be taught by Francesca DAbramo of the Isha Foundation, an international non-profit dedicated to achieving well-being through yoga and meditation. The class is open to everyone ages 12 and up and is limited to 20 participants. To register, please go to, call 781-769-0200, x110, or stop by the library Reference or Information Desk.

Children’s Room

Toddler Time: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings. Librarians Kate Tigue and Nicole Guerra-Coon will lead two sessions of Toddler Time, a story time for toddlers and their caregivers in the Simoni Room at the Morrill Memorial Library. These fun-filled story times feature short books, lots of singing and plenty of movement for busy little ones. The program is geared toward ages one to three but older and younger siblings are welcome! No registration necessary.

On My Own Pre-K Story Time: 10 a.m. Thursdays. Librarian Jane Bradley has begun her popular “On My Own Pre-K” Story Time for children ages three to five. Miss Jane will read funny, interactive stories perfect for the preschool set. This program requires registration so please call the library at 781-769-0200 x225 or email the Children’s Room at to sign up your child today!

Babes ‘n’ Books: 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Library Assistant Dina Delic welcomes caregivers and babies for Babes ‘n’ Books, the library’s special story time for our youngest patrons in the Program Room, Dina will read short stories, introduce her favorite puppets and sing songs for pre-walking babies and their caregivers. No registration necessary.