Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ventress Voice, February 2016



VENTRESS VOICE
Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
Marshfield, Massachusetts

FEBRUARY 2016         Volume 23,   No. 2


Do we have Book Groups?!


From the Director…
Did you know that the Ventress Library offers our patrons not one, not two, not three book groups but four, starting this month! Yes, whatever is your reading pleasure, we’ve got you covered! Groups are ongoing and all are accepting new members at any time. See below for details. Contact us if you need a book copy. Happy Reading/Discussing!

VML Classic Book Group – meets second Wednesday of each month in the Historical Room from 4:30 - 6 p.m. We read the “classics”, both traditional and modern. Refreshments served. Facilitated by Assistant Director Chris Woods. Next meeting: Wed., 2/10, “The Secret Chord,” by Geraldine Brooks.

VML Non-fiction Book Group – meets first Tuesday of each month in the Historical Room from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Read and discuss a different non-fiction book every month. Refreshments served. Facilitated by Reference Librarian Rachel Breen. Next meeting: Tuesday, 3/1, “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon,” by David Grann.

VML Monday Night Book Group – meets first Monday of each month in the Historical Room at 7:00 p.m. Read and discuss contemporary fiction. Facilitated by Library Director Cyndee Marcoux. Next meeting: Monday, 3/7, “All This Talk of Love,” by Christopher Castellani.

NEW, NEW, NEW!!   ALES AND TALES BOOK CLUB - Ales and Tales is a new social book group for readers in and around the Marshfield area. It is geared toward readers in their twenties and thirties, and book lovers in general. The group will meet at Marshfield’s Cask ‘n Flagon on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Join us for a drink and a wonderful read! The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm Our very first book will be “Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt. The Cask ‘n Flagon is located on 804 Plain St, Marshfield, MA.  No registration required, just show up. Members are responsible for the purchase of their own drinks and food. Facilitated by Reference Librarian Rachel Breen. Hope to see you there!

So many choices… Now you just have to pick a group, and come on in and join us!!

Children’s Corner…
By Jennifer Struzziero, “Ms Jen”, Head of Children’s Services, jstruzziero@ocln.org

Children's Department Activities February
Shake Rattle Rhyme Storytimes for ages 0-3 continue on Tues and Weds at 10:30 ( Drop-In). On Your Own Storytime for ages 4 on Mon at 10:30 (Registration Required), and Storycraft for ages 5-7 on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Registration Required.
Family Movie Night takes place on Monday, Feb 16th 1:30
Mama Steph joins on Feb 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Dads & Donuts is back on Sat Feb 20th at 2:00 p.m.
Tinker Time: Experiment with Candy Science ~ Feb 22nd at 4:30 Registration required.
Lego Club Feb 29th Drop-in; Legos provided.
Teens:
Teen Writing Group Feb 3rd 5:00 p.m.
Teen Game Night Feb 4th 2:30 Program Room Bring your favorite game!
Teen Movie & Pizza Night Feb 25th  5:00 p.m.
Kids Book Clubs:
Grades 2-3 Feb 9th; registration required. Snacks provided.
Grades 4-5 Feb Feb 11th 4-30-5:15 registration required. Snacks provided.
Teen Book club: The library, MCTV, and the middle school run a Book-to- Movie Book group for ages 12+. Contact the children's librarian at either the Ventress LIbrary or Furnace Brook Middle School for more info on how to join.

UPCOMING: In April, we will teach 8 STEM course sessions on Engineering Earthquake Resistant Buildings.
Sign-up is REQUIRED & LIMITED.
Please complete each session unit.
April 11th, 12th & 14th at 4:30 P.M.;
April 19th, 20th, 21st ( Vacation Week 1:00 P.M.);
April 26th & 28th ( 4:30 P.M. after School). Please speak with the children's librarian for more details.     Visit ventresslibrary.org, or call us @ 781-834-5535.

Backroom Bailiwick…
By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services, nkelly@ocln.org

For those of you who are looking to dispose of gently used copies of older but still popular titles – please keep the Ventress in mind.  We are constantly screening incoming donations for replacement copies of heavily used titles.  Classic “good reads” by authors such as James Michener, Sue Grafton, John Grisham, Rosamunde Pilcher, (just to name a few!) are always on our watch list.  Some copies of our most popular titles have circulated over 100 times and are in serious need of retirement.  So when preparing to tidy up those home bookshelves, please remember how much we value your donations.  As the old saying goes:  “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Reference Notes…
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director/Head of Reference, cwoods@ocln.org

Did you know you have a wealth of research tools at the ready to be used 24 hours per day? That’s right…just visit the magic portal and these resources will be yours. What is the key? Your library card! Listed below are a few of the reference tools awaiting when you click the database link on our website www.ventresslibrary.org Enter your Marshfield library card number (no spaces) to begin your research:
CONSUMER REPORTS – All the information in the paper magazine and more content available online. This is our most popular database!
AMERICA’S NEWS – “Marshfield Mariner” full article content back to 2005 and “Patriot Ledger” full article content back to 2000. You never pay for content, the library subscribes for you!
AUTO REPAIR REFERENCE CENTER – Repair diagrams, service alerts and more for many makes/models of vehicles back to 1954. Repair it yourself with help from this database and save money!
HERITAGE QUEST – Need to research family history at 2 a.m.? You can access a subset of Ancestry Library Edition through our website 24/7, including census information. To use the complete version of Ancestry Library Edition, come into the library when we are open and a librarian will set you up!

PLUS MANY MORE DATABASES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR USE. STOP BY THE REFERENCE DEPARTMENT AT ANY TIME, AND WE WILL BE GLAD TO SHOW YOU THE FULL SLATE OF RESEARCH TOOLS.    INFORMATION IS POWER!

Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services, echandler@ocln.org
If you’re a teen or adult fan of young adult literature, you might have noticed that we did some some serious work to expand our collection and bring our readers an amazing selection of new and popular titles. We finally had a chance to give the graphic novels a little bit of the same love, beefing up our existing collection and adding 40+ new titles, with more to come monthly. Catch up on the most recent titles from DC and Marvel, the titans of the comic book industry.  Check out Marvel’s “Black Widow,” “Hawkeye,” “Ms. Marvel,” or DC’s breakout hits “Aquaman,” “Batgirl,” “Batwoman,” and the New York Times bestseller, “Harley Quinn volume. 1: Hot in the City.” Mature readers might want to try some of the buzz-worthy and acclaimed independent titles being published by Image, including “Rat Queens,” “Saga,” “The Wicked + the Divine,” “Alex + Ada,” “Shutter,” and “Pretty Deadly.” Are you a fan of amazing graphic literature? Try Farel Dalrymple’s “The Wrenchies” and NYT bestsellers “Seconds,” by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and “The Sculptor,” by Scott McCloud.  

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 781-834-5535
Library hours:  Mon-Th 9-8, Fri/Sat 9-4:30 closed Sunday visit www.ventresslibrary.org
Newsletter staff:  Chris Woods/Editor   Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ventress Voice, January 2016



VENTRESS VOICE

Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts



JANUARY  2016         Volume 23,   No. 1


Happy New Year!
From the Director…
Greetings in the New Year! A brand new year is a good time to look back on progress made and plan for future improvements. The Trustees and I are working hard to transform your library into one deserving of this wonderful community. We formed a Long Range Planning Committee to get your feedback to guide us into the future. Thanks to all who completed the survey, and to those who came to our outreach event in November to give input in person. We are taking note of all the suggestions, and you will be seeing further changes at the library based on all the constructive comments. Meanwhile, come on in and enjoy our new Adult Reading Area and sip a cup of coffee or cocoa in this cozy place in from the cold. As always, stop in and say “hello” to me anytime – my door is always open!
Warm regards,
Cyndee

Children’s Corner…
By Jennifer Struzziero, “Ms Jen”, Head of Children’s Services, jstruzziero@ocln.org

The Ventress Public Library is a fun place for kids! The kid’s room features train and Lego tables, along with puzzles and coloring pages.  Shelves full of books, comfortable seating just right for sharing a story, and even a cool Lego display to showcase our monthly Lego club creations.  Thanks to a great turnout at our first annual Noon Year’s Eve party!  We had a blast making crazy hats, dancing the limbo, and counting down with a cider toast to the Noon Year!

Join us the week of January 11th for Winter Story Times: ages 3+ on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and ages 0-3 on Tuesdays & Wed at 10:30 a.m. Thursday 2:00 P.M. Ages 5-7 Storycraft requires advance registration. Children below the age of 8 years old must be accompanied by someone 13 years of age or older in the Children’s Library. A parent or guardian with photo ID (one with a current address) must be present to sign a child up for a library card. “Please Respect yourself, Respect others, and Respect the library.”  The Ventress Memorial Library is breastfeeding friendly. Changing stations are available in the Children’s Room bathroom.

Backroom Bailiwick…
By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services, nkelly@ocln.org
Just a reminder to patrons who are on the lookout for the “hottest” new titles…be sure to check out the “Hit or Miss” shelves during your next visit to the Ventress.  At present we have over 90 copies of the most in-demand titles available for your perusal.  These items are not subject to holds or renewals so the turnover is usually quite speedy. Don’t miss your chance to snag a bestseller! First come, first served…you may get lucky today!!

Reference Notes…
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director/Head of Reference, cwoods@ocln.org
The Reference Department was so happy to welcome Rachel Breen, Information Services Librarian, to the desk in September. A newly-minted 2015 graduate of Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), she brings to the job up-to-date knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas. Please stop by the desk and introduce yourself! Among Rachel’s duties are teaching the “Tech Monday” classes, running the new non-fiction book group (meets one Tuesday per month), coordinating the new Adult Coloring Classes (next one is Saturday, January 16) and planning special events (kudos on her recent “Downton Abbey Tea and Episode Viewing”). Look for more new programs in the coming year. Make sure you “like” us on Facebook to get all the updates including fun photos of events. We are compiling an email list of those who wish to be notified of upcoming programs. To get on this list, please send an email to me at the address above and your name will be included in our next mailing. There is always something going on at the Ventress – your community gathering place!

Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services, echandler@ocln.org
Have you ever wondered how many books the Ventress Library circulates in a given year? Well here are some statistics to give you an idea of how much material passes over the Circulation Desk. The library circulated 188,739 items in FY 2015, including 9,544 eBooks and eMagazines, and 3,098 audio books; provided 20,085 in interlibrary loans and received 29,074 in loans. Now, that’s a busy library!
Do you notice our new display case in front of the desk? Library Assistant Jaclyn Robinson wants to spread the word about this opportunity for patrons to share their collections, hobbies and interests with fellow library users. We are currently featuring her aunt’s milk glass collection, but would welcome the chance to display your collections in coming months. Ask at the desk for an application!

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 781-834-5535
Library hours:  Mon-Th 9-8, Fri/Sat 9-4:30 closed Sunday visit www.ventresslibrary.org

Newsletter staff:  Chris Woods/Editor   Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator