Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 2014

Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

APRIL  2014         Volume 21, No. 4

Lives Change @ Your Library

Celebrate National Library Week

From the Director. . .

Did you know that April 13 – 19 is National Library Week? This is a good time to show your support for your library. Libraries across the country will use this week to remind the public about the valuable contributions of our libraries, librarians, and library workers and how important they are to the community. Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone; students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, readers, and movie lovers.

Libraries have long been seen as priceless pillars of the community, providing educational, recreational, and useful materials to all free of charge.  In these challenging economic times, libraries are busier than ever.  Newspapers are teeming with stories about the dramatic increase in library usage throughout the country.  Things are no different here; in the town of Marshfield we have seen an increase in use.  Patrons are utilizing free internet access for a number of purposes, while also borrowing the latest books, DVD’s, music CD’s and magazines.  In addition, we continue to offer early literacy programs and story times to toddlers and preschoolers, lifelong learning and educational opportunities to adults of all ages!

Tuesday, April 15th is National Library Workers Day.  I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the wonderful staff.  Thank you Chris, Maureen, Jaclyn, Karen B., Karen D., Carol, Karen J., Nancy, Eileen, Jen, Elisha, Bethany, Carrie, Janet, Karen F., Sallie, Jeanne, Teresa, Rosalind, Linda, Jeanne, Gayle, Helen, Mary Pat, Karen P. and Barbara for all you do to make my job easier and our patrons’ visits to the library pleasant oneS!  This group of employees is dedicated to providing our patrons with excellent service, always with a smile and a kind word. I encourage everyone to take a moment on this day to thank library workers for their services.
Would you like to help make your library a valuable community asset?  One way to do this is by joining the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library.  This hardworking group is seeking new members.  The Friends meet the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the local history room. Please consider joining this hardworking group.
Another way to make your voice heard is by speaking with neighbors and local officials about how the library benefits you, or by writing or emailing your state representatives and senators and ask them to support the library.
 We’d like to invite each and every one of you to help us celebrate the valuable contribution libraries make to communities every day.  If you haven’t met me yet or would like to speak to me about ideas you may have for the library, please stop in on Thursday, April 17 between 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.; light refreshments will be provided. 
While you’re here you might want to check out our new materials, sign up for upcoming events or just relax in a welcoming atmosphere while reading the newspaper or a magazine. Head to your library during National Library Week to see what’s new and take part in the celebration. Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, bring a relative, and whether you’re a regular patron or a first time visitor, you’re sure to rediscover the magic that only a public library has to offer.

Yours Truly,
Cyndee J Marcoux

By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
If you’re as much of a die-hard fantasy fan as I am -- if you love amazing world-building, fully fleshed out characters, and a the most unique systems of magic ever -- and you haven’t read anything by Brandon Sanderson (Warbreaker, Elantris, Mistborn trilogy), then you, my friend, are missing out!
Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive began began in 2010 with the New York Times bestseller The Way of Kings. Now, the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance (which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and held the spot for most of March) continues the epic story.
Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and
Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.
Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.
Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status "darkeyes." Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.
Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.
Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.
I cannot recommend Brandon Sanderson enough! Are you a veteran of the series? We’ve added Words of Radiance to our collection. New to Sanderson and the Stormlight Archive? We’ve also added the The Way of Kings, the first in the series. Come on in and check them out!
Are you interested to see what titles we’ve added to our collection this month? Follow the Ventress Memorial Library on Pinterest (! We have boards featuring all of our newest and hottest children’s, young adult, speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy) and fiction titles, with pins that link directly to our online catalog so you can place anything that catches your attention on hold. We even have some boards for fun, which showcase interesting articles and reading suggestion lists, as well as a special Teen Corner for all young adult-related content.
The library circulated 14,712 items in February!

By Chris Woods, Assistant Director

“The Outermost House” Multimedia Presentation
Tuesday, April 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.


The Henry Beston Society, a nonprofit organization based on Cape Cod, will present Don Wilding's multimedia presentation, Henry Beston's Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore, at Marshfield's Ventress Memorial Library on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information please contact librarian Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or or visit

Don Wilding, co-founder of the non-profit Henry Beston Society on Cape Cod and author of the book, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod, has presented this program on Cape Cod and across New England extensively since 2001. 

Beston’s book, The Outermost House, was written in 1927 after he spent a solitary year in a 20x16 cottage on Eastham’s outer beach. 

The Outermost House, now considered an American classic on the level of the works of Thoreau, Muir and other noted nature writers, was cited as a major influence on the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961. Noted author Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) said that The Outermost House was the only book to ever influence her writing.

Wilding’s multi-media presentation, including over 175 photographs of Beston’s famous cottage and recently produced documentary film footage, chronicles the Quincy, Mass. native’s search for peace of mind after his experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I. Shaken by his experience, Beston first wrote fairy tales. On Eastham’s outer beach he found his true voice as a writer, producing The Outermost House. The prose from this literary classic was quoted heavily in the National Park Service’s reports on Cape Cod, sealing the Seashore’s establishment as a national treasure.

The Henry Beston Society, an all-volunteer organization, has partnered with several other Cape Cod organizations for lectures, performances and exhibits. A documentary film is in production and the Society has long-range plans to open a museum, complete with a replica of Beston’s “Fo’castle,” and has a large archival collection of material related to Henry Beston and The Outermost House.

“Broadway Meets Opera” Choral Concert Preview
Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.

The Ventress Library Cultural Series welcomes the Choral Art Society of the South Shore to sing at the library on Saturday, April 26, at 2:00 pm. This free concert is a preview of the full concert to be performed by the group at House of Prayer Lutheran
Church in Hingham on Sunday, May 4, at 4:00 p.m.
The Choral Art Society of the South Shore, now in its 55th season, will perform selections from "Broadway Meets Opera" at the library concert. On the program are songs, arias, duets, and choruses from Broadway hits and operas such as: Wicked; Promises, Promises; Oklahoma!; Anything Goes; The Pirates of Penzance; La Traviata; Carmen, and more.  They range from sublime to ridiculous, from silly to sentimental.  You will be entertained!  Danica A. Buckley is the Artistic Director and Conductor; Sarah Haera Tocco is the accompanist.
The Marshfield concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The program room is handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served at a post-concert social hour. Tickets to the May 4 concert will be available for purchase that day. For more information contact librarian Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or or visit and

By Cyndee Marcoux, Library Director

The Ventress Memorial Library is launching a new book club that will meet on the first Monday of each month, beginning May 5. Meetings will be at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 15 Library Plaza. If you are a book lover who enjoys reading and discussing books with like-minded people, this book club is for you!
The May book discussion will be on The Dinner by Amsterdam author Herman Koch. This book has been described as “sneakily disturbing”, riveting, compelling, and deliciously unpleasant. According to Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, “The Dinner begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It’s chilling, nasty, smart, shocking, and un-put-downable. Read the novel in one big gulp and then make plans with friends—you’ll be desperate to debate this book over cocktails, appetizers, entrĂ©es, dessert…and then you still won’t be done talking about it.” Copies of the book are available at the library. If you need a large print book or would prefer a book on CD please call the library and we will be happy to order it for you. If you don’t have time to finish the book, come to book club anyway. We’ll be picking future titles and want to know what you think!
Book clubs are a great way to make new friends. So please join us on Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this program contact Library Director, Cyndee Marcoux 781-834-5535 or

By Belle Bibliotheque

Oh la la! Is it true that printemps has arrived? We here at the library are certainly hoping that it is long last! We hope that you have been noticing the changing lobby display. For far too long we were faced with a sled and skis and ice skates, and a tree full of icicles. About a month ago, some tete-a-tete daffodils began to poke up through the winter greenery. The icicles melted away, and we had hope. Then the snow swirled again, and we were plunged into despair. But, alas, we should never give up hope that the beauty of spring will come again. Now, some old watering cans have arrived, bursting forth with pussy willows and some little birds who have very industriously built their nests.

The display of bright and cheery children's books will catch your eye, and we have some similar books to check out, in a basket in the Children's Library. Look for the bouquet of pussy willows! And even more pussy willows have appeared in the Y'ise Gardener's barrels out in front of the library. Belle must admit, it took a long time and it was tres difficile to remove the bedraggled winter greens. Those barrels were a frozen block of ice until just last week! Someday soon some spring flowering bulbs will be poking their noses up through the bed of moss. Who will be the first to notice them?

Inside the library, we have handsome new curtains at the Circulation Desk, providing a tidier look. The monthly book display table featuring books about the environment is especially pretty, there is a lovely two person show of artists Dana Barunas and Bruce Nickerson in the gallery, and as always, our lobby table, with fresh weekly arrangements by the Seaside Gardeners, is a beautiful welcoming spot as you arrive.

Coming up on Saturday April 19th from 10-3 will be our 13th annual Books in Bloom. Please plan to attend and enjoy 20 book and floral displays created by the Y'ise Gardeners and the Library Staff. This is always a fun event with raffles and refeshments and a used gardening book sale. Another "ahhh!" breath of spring!

Yours, en beaute!

By Jen Struzziero, “Miss Jen
National Library Week Children’s Events:

4/14-4/19 Jellybean Guess Contest!
Kids can come to the library and guess the amount of jellybeans in a jar. The closest guess can keep the candy! Winner announced Sat, April 19th!

Mon, 4/14 2:00 P.M.
Make a bookmark craft, decorate owl paper tubes, and/or color.
Parents required. Ages 3+

Thurs, 4/17  5:00 P.M.
Watch the Disney movie, Frozen, and enjoy a free snack!
All ages; please register in the children’s department.

School Vacation Week:


WHO? Boys and Girls, Toddlers/Pre-school

WHEN?   Tuesday - Friday, April 21 - 24, 2014


Heidi Martin reads from her new children's book, The Treasure Hunt.
WHEN? Wed, 4/23 at 1:00 p.m. Come meet Heidi and enjoy her new story!
AGES?   Family (No registration)


Have fun Skating all week at the Rec Center
Come to the library for pizza and a movie on 4/24!
WHO?    Co-ed, Ages 5+
WHEN? Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:30 a.m.
WHAT? Disney's Ultimate X Sports Skateboarding movie! Rated Pg          
Register at the library or call 781-834-5535


Check out live animals from around the world!
WHO?  Family; all ages
WHEN?  Friday, April 25, 2014 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

We need donations - base plates, Lego minis and regular Legos!!
Lego Club  Ages 5+ (younger siblings with parent supervision)
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant

Put a spring in your step this season as you listen to some of the library’s latest CD additions to our collection!

Classical 2013 – Various artists
The Outsiders – Eric Church
12 Stories – Brandy Clark
That Girl – Jennifer Nettles
It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett
Massive Threads – Kris Davis
Prism – Dave Holland
Saturday Morning – Ahmad Jamal
Divine Travels – James Brandon Lewis
Bad Blood – Bastille
Sound the Alarm – Booker T
In a Tidal Wave of Mystery – Capital Cities
The River & the Thread – Rosanne Cash
Morning Phase – Beck
Icon – J. Geils Band
High Hopes – Bruce Springsteen
Classic Yes – Yes
Divergent – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 2014


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

MARCH  2014         Volume 21, No. 3

From the Director. . .

Snow may be on the ground and there’s a nip in the air, but spring is on the way.  It’s time to start planning changes to your landscape, your home, and yourself.  Come into the library and check out our home improvement, self improvement, and gardening books.  Remember that if we do not have what you are looking for we have access to materials from libraries across the state.  We receive deliveries to our library five days a week. So… get a jump on spring and plan your project this weekend.

Keep in mind when you are planning your April vacation activities that the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library generously donate discount passes to seventeen parks and museums. These passes are for use by Marshfield residents only.

The Friends meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. in the local history room and are currently seeking new members. So please join us and become a member of this dedicated group. If you have any questions please contact Library Director Cyndee Marcoux at 781-834-5535.

If you would like to serve the library in a different way, why not consider serving on the Board of Library Trustees or on the soon to be formed Library Building Renovation Committee? Applications for these positions are available at the Selectman’s office.

I am happy to announce the first of many new services coming to the Ventress Memorial Library. The library now has two notaries on staff, myself and Assistant Director Chris Woods.  Please call in advance to make an appointment or to make sure one of us is available that day to notarize your signature.

Do you use social media? We will soon be conducting a survey to learn which types of media you use so we can target how we spread library information.
As I write this, snowflakes are falling outside the library window. Let me close by saying… Spring will come, it does every year!!

Yours Truly,
Cyndee J Marcoux

By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services
Magician's End by Raymond E. Feist
Thirty years ago, Raymond E. Feist wrote his first novel, Magician, a story about an orphan boy named Pug who is thrust by a war into captivity in an alien world, only to rise from slavery to become a Master Magician. Magician introduced readers to Midkemia and the Riftwars, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred this remarkable realm for generations. Now, after twenty-nine books (authored and coauthored), Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career: Magician's End, the final chapter of the Chaoswar Saga and the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.

An uneasy quiet has settled upon Midkemia in the wake of a surprise invasion. But the land is far from peaceful. Leaderless, the Kingdom is on the brink of anarchy and civil war, unless Hal conDoin, Duke of Crydee, and his brothers can rally their allies to crown a new king. They must move quickly, for war has left the land vulnerable to an agency of horrific destruction not of this world. No one is safe, not even the Star Elves whose city deep in the Grey Tower Mountains has come under attack by an ancient darkness that seeks to extinguish every living thing in Midkemia.

Yet the bravery of determined warriors—brothers in blood and arms—is not enough to ensure the Kingdom's preservation without the magic of the Master Sorcerer Pug. A powerful spell has trapped him, his son Magnus, and two unlikely allies in an unfamiliar realm, and they must find their separate ways home—a journey of memory and discovery that will illuminate the truth of the destiny that awaits them. But to save Midkemia—and everything he has fought for and all he cherishes—Pug will have to pay the ultimate price.

A breathtaking tale of elves and men, love and hate, ambition and sacrifice, intrigue and brotherhood, war and peace, Magician's End brilliantly captures the essence of life and the eternal struggle for survival. It is an extraordinary ending to the magnificent saga that has made award-winning Raymond E. Feist a legend.

Our young adult collection continues to grow! New titles added in February include: 
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Every Day by David Levithan
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Proxy by Alex London
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth E. Wein
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

The library circulated 13,611 items in February!

By Jen Struzziero, “Miss Jen


Storytime Info
Tales for Tots: Infants-3 years with a parent or guardian. Twenty minutes of simple stories, songs and fingerplays followed by a 30 minute play group. DROP-IN PROGRAM. Now on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Wiggles & Giggles: 3-4 year olds on their own. 25-30 minutes of picture book stories, songs and fingerplays. DROP-IN PROGRAM. Now on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Storycraft:  5-7 year olds on their own. 45 minutes of longer stories and a related craft. PRE-REGISTER for second session on 3/17/14. Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

PJ Storytime: *New!* Wear your pj’s!! Occurs on the first Thursday of each month. Upcoming PJ storytimes are 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7 all at 6:00 p.m.

Book Clubs: Openings for Middle School (6th-8th grade) Book Group, and Teen Book Group. Inquire in Children’s Room.

Lego Club: *New* Ages 5+ (younger siblings with parent supervision.)
Register by phone or in the Children’s Room. Occurs on the last Monday of each month until summer. Upcoming Lego program on 3/31 and 4/28 both at 4:30 p.m.
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant

CD of the Month – On the First Occasion – The Ellis Marsalis Trio – JAZZ

Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the musical Marsalis family, lends his extraordinary talent as a pianist to this delightful album of American standards.  Accompanied by his youngest son, Jason Marsalis, on drums, and Bill Huntington on bass, Ellis Marsalis creates a rich sonic experience delivered by only three instrumentalists.
In 1974, Marsalis was teaching music at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a high school offering intensive training for aspiring artists. Marsalis decided to record and release an album called Solo Piano Reflections under his own label ELM Records.  Since that time he has recorded many albums under contract and as a guest performer. However, when his Sony deal wasn’t renewed, he revived ELM Records and produced On the First Occasion, recorded in 1998, mixed in 2003, and finally released on CD in 2004.
As a teacher at the University of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana, Marsalis influenced many students including his sons – trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason.  Pianist, vocalist, composer and actor Harry Connick Jr. was also a former pupil.  Marsalis encouraged his students to discover music through experimenting and careful listening.  In 2007 Marsalis received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University for his contributions to jazz and music education.
Highlights of On the First Occasion include George and Ira Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” the Barbra Streisand classic “People,” and “So In Love” by Cole Porter.
Marsalis and his sons Jason and Delfeayo perform on a regular basis at the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro in New Orleans.  If a trip to the Big Easy isn’t in the cards, simply listen to this impeccably rendered album of timeless songs, and you’ll be transported to the musical nightlife right on Frenchmen Street!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February 2014


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

FEBRUARY  2014         Volume 21, No. 2

From the Director. . .


I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Ventress Memorial Library’s new Director.  It has only been a few weeks since I joined this amazing staff and I am enjoying my new position tremendously. The staff and patrons of the library are wonderful and have been very welcoming.

For those of you I haven’t met, I come to Marshfield with nineteen years of public library experience. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of the Seekonk Public Library. Prior to that, I was the Director of the Auburn Public Library in Auburn, MA. I also worked at the Blackstone Public Library in Blackstone, MA for fourteen years holding every position from page to Director.  I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston.

I have called Southeastern Massachusetts home for my entire life.  In my free time I enjoy reading, quilting, sports and spending time with my children and grandchild.  I am passionate about public libraries and believe they are the heart and soul of every community.

Andrew Carnegie said “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” I could not agree more.  As we all know, people spend more and more time interacting with screens and less time interacting with their friends, neighbors and family. Libraries fill the need for face-to-face interaction necessary to the well-being of people and communities. People depend on their public library for information but also for personal interaction.

There are many of you that I have not had the opportunity to meet so please introduce yourself the next time you visit the library.  Keep your eyes and ears open for the many changes to come in the near future. The Ventress staff is enthusiastic for the future and we hope you will be as excited about it as we are.  I look forward to meeting with all of you.
Yours Truly,
Cyndee Marcoux
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services

As many of you know, the OCLN server underwent some maintenance from January 27-30, limiting some of the services we provide, including placing hold requests, email notifications of available holds and overdue notices, use of any of the “My Account” features on the OCLN website, and use of the statewide Virtual Catalog. I’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time, and I am happy to report that these services have now been restored.

In New England, February still means cold weather and the possibility of snow in our future. But February also brings with it longer days, the prospect of spring just around the corner, and, of course, Valentine’s Day.

I used to loathe Valentine’s Day. Sappy Hallmark cards; conversation hearts; deceptively cute cherubs ominously armed with bows; drug stores showcasing so much pink it would put Barbie’s dreamhouse to shame? No, thank you.

Recently, I’ve come to realize Valentine’s Day provides a perfectly acceptable excuse to fall off the New Year’s resolution wagon and back into a box of chocolates, preferably of the heart-shaped variety. A box of chocolates, a warm blanket, and a good book: that’s my idea of a hot date, especially on these frosty February nights.

And nothing goes better with an unbridled love affair with chocolate – and Valentine’s Day – than zombie romance. (Wait. What?!)

In, Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion,
R is having a no-life crisis – he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. 
And then he meets a girl. 

First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl – although she looks delicious – he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

We added a lot of new note-worthy titles to our young adult collection in December and January. Here are just a few:

Freakboy by Kristin Clark
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Swagger by Carl Deuker

By Jen Malaguti, “Miss Jen


Regular story times continue:

Wiggles & Giggles, drop-in, ( ages 3-4) our new preschool storytime meets on Mon at 10:30 and Tues at 2:00.

Tales for Tots continues, drop-in, (ages 0-3) meets now on Tues and Wed 10:30.

Storycraft, registration, (ages 5-7) Thurs at 2:00. Session 1 is filled, but we are offering a second session beginning on March 17th. Register today!

Join us for a special Pajama Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover:
On Thurs, Feb 6th at 5:30, your stuffed animal is invited to sleep overnight at the library.  Register today for a special PJ storytime, eat some cookies, and leave your
stuffed animal off at the library. We've planned all sorts of special activities for them after you've gone home. Ask them about it when you pick them up between 12-4 the next day! Pictures will be available soon after on our website! (Limited to 20.)

Tues, Feb 18th at 4:30, Wanna build with Legos? Come to the library on Monday, Feb 17th, during school vacation week. Ages 6+ no registration, but limited supply of Legos. Parent supervision required for younger siblings and if you bring your own Legos. Let's Play!

Fri, Feb 21st at 1:00, Big Ryan is coming back to the Ventress Memorial Library for a family fun show. No registration.

* Thurs, Feb 27th at 5:30, Pajama Storytimes BEGIN. Join us the starting FEB 27th for a NEW monthly Pajama Storytime. Miss Jen will be in her PJ's on the first and last Thursdays of each month when we will read bedtime stories and listen to lullabies.

* This is a new regularly occurring PJ storytime and is different than the special Stuffed Animal Sleepover event which is happening on the 6th!

By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant
CD of the Month - Build Me Up From Bones
Sarah Jarosz – FOLK
Sarah Jarosz, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, has recorded an exceptional third album that showcases her distinct vocal and instrumental skills.  Build Me Up From Bones is a mix of folk, country and bluegrass music that leaves the listener piqued by the artist’s mellow voice, subtle harmonies and expertise on mandolin, guitar and banjo.
At age 16, Jarosz signed a recording contract with Sugar Hill Records and released CDs in 2009 and 2011. Build Me Up From Bones was issued shortly after her graduation from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2013.
Working with cellist Nathaniel Smith and violinist Alex Hargreaves, Jarosz creates music that is exquisitely simple and understated, yet at the same time intricately rich and complex.  Her efforts show a lyrical and musical maturity well beyond her years.  Standout songs are “Mile on the Moon” and “Dark Road.”  Jarosz shines on two tracks that illustrate her ability to interpret and reinvent compositions by other artists.   “Simple Twist of Fate” is a Bob Dylan tune that features only the dulcet tones of Jarosz’s voice and a hauntingly beautiful cello accompaniment. 
Harpist Joanna Newsom’s song, “The Book of Right-On,” features Jarosz’s formidable talent on mandolin in collaboration with her cellist and violinist.
The New York Times has hailed Sarah Jarosz as “one of acoustic music’s finest talents.”  From the sound of her latest CD, Jarosz is only beginning what may be a promising and long lasting musical career.
               By Jed Phillips, Reference Associate

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Hollywood lost one of it’s greats on this past Sunday, February 2nd, to what seems to be yet another tragic and all too familiar story of addiction.  For those of you who don’t know, I refer to the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Because of this tragic loss, our normal Ventress Video will be put on hold in favor of a journey through the brilliant and all too short career of arguably one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992).  He had several other supporting roles following this but his true breakout performance was undoubtedly Boogie Nights (1997) directed by phenomenal director, Paul Thomas Anderson.

Following his success in Boogie Nights, Hoffman established himself as talented actor in a variety of supporting and second leads in both indie and major features, including Twister (1996), Happiness (1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Magnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and most recently as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

It is astounding how many of my absolute favorite films Philip Seymour Hoffman acted in.  To his polite and spineless sycophant Brandt in the cult classic The Big Lebowski (1998), to his portrayal of jaded music reporter, Lester Bangs, “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool.” in Almost Famous (2000).  He is spellbinding as Truman Capote in Capote (2005), a role that he deservedly earned a best actor Oscar.  And let us not forget his performance opposite Meryl Streep as charismatic and passionate Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt (2008).

While Philip Seymour Hoffman won only the one Oscar he was in fact nominated three times for best supporting actor in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008), and The Master (2012).  These three films serve as the best proof that this man was born to act.  The Master, in my mind the greatest performance of his all too short career, especially drives home the fact that this man was at the pinnacle of his craft. 

And so it is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to this magnificent actor who will be sorely missed.  My heart goes out to his family and friends.  And I, for one, will be enjoying a marathon viewing of some of my favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman films very soon.  Philip Seymour was 46.  He is survived by three children and his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell.
Films to Watch
Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman:

The Big Lebowski
Almost Famous
25th Hour
The Savages
Charlie Wilson’s War
Synecdoche, New York
Jack Goes Boating
The Master

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