Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 2016


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

APRIL  2016         Volume 23,   No. 4

April 10 - 16 is National Library Week!

From the Director…
”First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.”

“This year's National Library Week theme is ‘Libraries Transform,’ reminding all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people. Increasingly, libraries are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.”

Source:, an initiative of the American Library Association

We welcome you here at the Ventress Library anytime, but especially during National Library Week. Come on in and talk to the staff about your reading likes and dislikes. We can help you find your next read! Let us know about  programs you already enjoy here and ones you would like to see the library sponsor. We encourage your feedback, and always would like to know how you think your library can serve our community better. While you are here, linger to browse our print, non-print and magazine/newspaper collections. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa in the reading area. We are here for you all the time, not just during National Library Week. Hope to see you at the library soon!!

Children’s Corner…
By Jennifer Struzziero, “Ms Jen”, Head of Children’s Services,

During Spring vacation week, Mama Steph joins us on April 20th at 11:00 a.m.
Also, Arabelle, our visiting Therapy Dog will be here on April 23rd at 11:45.
No regular storytimes during school vacation week, but a special Family Story Time is planned for Tuesday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. for families with toddlers and pre-schoolers.
** Grade 4-5 Book Club, April 4, 4:30
** Lego Club April 25, 4:30, Drop-in.
** Teen Writing Group, April 6, 5:00 p.m.
** Teen Movie & Pizza Night, April 7, 5:00 p.m.

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.  May's book-to-movie is The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey!

Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services,

As a part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that your library experience is both productive and efficient, the Ventress Memorial Library now provides self-service checkout. The self-checkout does not replace our well-trained and friendly staff; it is an additional service that allows you, our valued patrons, the opportunity to bypass long lines at the Circulation Desk during peak periods if you wish. It allows you to checkout and renew books (provided the book is not on hold for another patron) at the same time. Located at the Circulation Desk, self-check is easy, quick and efficient. To use the self-check machine, you must have:
·         A valid Ventress or Old Colony Library Network library card (library account must be in good standing.)
·         Materials eligible to be borrowed, including books, DVDs, audiobooks, and select CDs (picking up items on hold and removing items from a security case still require visiting a librarian-staffed checkout station)
Follow the simple instructions on the screen, scanning your card and books yourself. After approving the transaction, you have the option to print a receipt telling you when the items are due. As always, if you need assistance, a library staff member will be happy to help.

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 781-834-5535
Library hours:  Mon-Th 9-8, Fri/Sat 9-4:30 closed April 18,  closed Sundays visit

Newsletter staff:  Chris Woods/Editor   Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ventress Voice, March 2016

Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

MARCH  2016         Volume 23,   No. 3

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 
From the Director…
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
~ Irish Blessing~

Did you know that Marshfield and surrounding towns have such a large Irish-American population that the area is referred to anecdotally as the “Irish Riviera?” In keeping with Irish themes, the Ventress Library Cultural Series will present two free events in March. See below for details – hope to see you!

Saturday Concert - Saturday, March 19, 2:00 p.m., "Native Irish Music Returns!" With Eamonn Sheehan and Friends.

We welcome back Eamonn on the guitar and vocals and a friend or two on fiddle and vocals for foot stompin’ authentic Irish music and some American-Irish favorites as well. Sing-a-long encouraged. Bring the family! A Ventress Library tradition!  Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Refreshments!

Wednesday Night Lecture - Wednesday, March 30, 7-8:30 p.m., "The Wreck of the St. John and Irish Famine Ships" Presented by John Horrigan.

On September 7th, 1849 a "famine ship" (a ship full of Irish immigrants) left Galway, Ireland. One month later, it was smashed up against a rocky ledge on the coast of Cohasset in the Great October Gale of 1849. One hundred people lost their lives. Join New England folklorist John Horrigan as he provides an overview of the Irish famine and details the tragic voyage of the St. John.  visit

~Cyndee Marcoux~

Children’s Corner…
By Jennifer Struzziero, “Ms Jen”, Head of Children’s Services,
Spring is around the corner!
Join us this Spring, 3 weeks in April, for a multi-class STEM program on Earthquake Engineering.  Register now to attend all 8 sessions.  Check out the Kids page on the library website for more details:  - 781-834-5535.
In March, join us for a special visit from our Therapy Dog, Annabelle, on March 26th.

Here are some fun things you can do at the library:
  • Books, magazines, CDs, Kits, DVD’s
  • Free Research Databases for Kids
  • Kids Ebooks Collection
  • A Train & Lego table; puzzles
  • Children’s internet access and Children’s Game Computers
  • Seasonal Storytimes
  • Summer and Winter Reading Programs
  • Seasonal programs featuring stories and crafts
  • Special monthly STEAM program for  8-12 year olds
  • Book groups for ages 8-11
  • Teen programs: Book, Movie, Writing groups for ages 12+

Join us 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.   Storytimes end May 16th week.

*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. 781-834-5537

Backroom Bailiwick…
By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services,

Attention all Seniors!  In case you missed the notice posted at our checkout desk, please be advised that the library is now offering fine-free status on all of our MARSHFIELD items to our MARSHFIELD residents who are age 60 or over!  Please let us know that you are eligible to start enjoying this special privilege today!

Reference Notes
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director/Head of Reference,

Tax Form Update
Mass Resident and Non-Resident tax booklets have been received. Reference staff will keep a few of each stocked in the tax form information rack located next to the current bird nest display case just inside the library entrance. The rack also contains copies of the most frequently used Federal forms (1040, 1040a, 1040ez) but we encourage patrons to print out their own or call the numbers on the handout info sheets to have forms sent directly to their homes. One copy each of the 1040 and 1040a Instruction booklets are on reserve at the Reference Desk for patrons to sign-out and read in the library. All the forms and publications are also available to read online at the IRS site, information on which is printed on the handout in the tax form display rack. Happy Filing!

Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services,

Welcome Hoopla!
The library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital – all you need is a valid library card! Library card holders can download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Simply ‘Sign Up’ to get started. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks.  And Hoopla Digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. For more information, feel free to ask a member of our library staff.
We hope you enjoy this new service!

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

Newsletter staff:  Chris Woods/Editor   Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ventress Voice, February 2016

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,

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.
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.
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, or call us @ 781-834-5535.

Backroom Bailiwick…
By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services,

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,

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 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!


Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services,
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
Newsletter staff:  Chris Woods/Editor   Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator