Monday, May 21, 2012

Ventress Voice May 2012


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

MAY  2012         Volume 19,   No. 4

The Ventress Library Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome two new members:  Michelle S. Noonan and Robert A. Brait. Ms. Noonan grew up on the South Shore and has been a resident of Marshfield for 13 years. Professionally, she is a registered nurse practicing at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a clinical faculty member teaching for University of Massachusetts/Boston.  She has been married to Kerry A. Noonan for 19 years and they have two children, Grace (12) and Joseph (11), and a well-loved Labrador Retriever, Sandy (15 and 1/2). Ms. Noonan enjoys spending time outside with her family hiking, camping, cycling and long days at the beach. She is devoted to education, serving on the school council at the Governor Winslow School in the past, and currently at Furnace Brook Middle School. Recognizing that reading and books are key to education, Ms. Noonan  hopes to assist the library in setting and reaching goals to continue be a stellar library to serve the needs of our Marshfield community. Bob Brait, a lifelong resident of Marshfield, graduated from MHS in 1984, where he was captain of the wrestling team and a member of the football and track and field teams. He was Massachusetts State Champion Wrestler in 1984, and placed third in New England. He attended Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire, and graduated in 1989 from Florida Institute of Technology with a BS in Aviation Management and Flight Technology, and obtained his Commercial Pilot’s License. While at college, he was in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and received an Honorable Discharge as (E4) Corporal. Following his return to Marshfield, he started a general contracting business, Brait Builders Corporation, with his brothers. The Marshfield-based company specializes in municipal buildings and has constructed several schools, libraries, police and fire stations on the South Shore. Brait Builders is an active participant in community activities, locally to the Boys and Girls Club, Marshfield Public Schools and the donation of construction management services to Marshfield Kids at Play playground. During the winter, Bob volunteers weekends as an adaptive ski instructor for people with disabilities at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire. He lives in Marshfield with his wife of 17 years, Michele, and their three children, Jack (14), Gabrielle (13) and Isabella (6). Son Jack has autism and the family is very involved in organizations that support people with disabilities, including Access Sports America, ARC of Greater Plymouth and the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.


By Wendy Ward, Head of Children’s Services

Children’s story times continue through the week of May 14th.  Tales for Tots, for 0-3 year olds with a caregiver is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and requires no registration.  Story Time is for 3 and 4 year olds on their own on Mondays at 10 a.m. and also requires no registration.  Story Craft is geared to 5-7 year olds on their own on Thursdays at 2 p.m.  Children must be signed up to participate in Story Craft.  Please contact Wendy Ward at 781-834-5535 for further information.

Coming soon! Information about the summer reading program will be available at the end of May.  We will be participating in the nationwide program: Dream Big, Read.  Our program is primarily geared to elementary school aged children, but we will also have performers appropriate for our younger patrons as well. Children who wish to participate in the summer reading program may be either reading independently, or may be read to by an adult.

By Amy Boivin, Head of Circulation Services

To celebrate National Library Week, the library hosted a Teen Board Game night on Thursday April 12, 2012. It was a big success! We had 12 teens attend. We played games like Uno, Parcheesi, Boggle, Apples to Apples, Kerplunk!, Harry Potter trivia, and The Hunger Games game. We also had lots of pizza, soda, and prizes. And best of all, the librarian, Amy even got to play a few rounds with the teens! Check back for another night of board games in the future. We also raffled off two gift baskets for National Library Week. Congratulations to adult winner William Berry and children’s winner Bailey Byrne.

New Musuem Pass!
The Ventress Memorial Library has recently added a new museum pass to its collection.  The MASSACHUSETTS PARKSPASS covers most Massachusetts State Parks and admits one vehicle at no charge. Check out the website to see which parks it covers. Call the library or come in to reserve your ParksPass. Ventress Library museum passes are for Marshfield residents only.

Tech Updates
Looking for a good book? The library’s weekly blog is updated every Tuesday and Friday. Find the New Books Blog on the library’s homepage under Our Blogs. Suggestions are also always welcome and highly appreciated. Tuesdays are Teen Pick of the Week! Also on Fridays: Facebook Reader’s Advisory! Log on to the library’s Facebook page and post the last 3 books you have enjoyed and librarian, Amy Boivin will find you your next read.

Circ Stats: The library circulated 17,782 items in March

By Carol Fairbanks, Library Assistant

We know some health benefits of walking include things like reducing your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, staving off depression and helping you sleep better. But did you also know that walking regularly can increase the gray matter of your brain?
Coming new to Marshfield in June is “The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain.”  Fourth in a series of books about the brain, author Judith Horstman covers the topic of physical exercise and its relationship to brain health in Chapter 7: “This brain was made for walking.” You may also want to try reading these books and more, which are available through the OCLN network:

Ø      “The Complete Guide to Walking: for health, weight loss and fitness,” by Mark Fenton
Ø      “Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking: everything you need to know to walk your way to better health,” by Maggie Spilner
Ø      “Walking for Health and Happiness: the complete step-by-step guide to looking good and feeling your best,” by William Bird

In the words of Nancy Sinatra: “Are you ready boots? Start walking!!”

By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services

Gerald R. Peters Jr. Memorial Collection

The library would like to thank Gerald and Margaret Peters for their generous donation of books that have recently been added to the library’s music collection. Containing over fifty titles, the books were given in memory of their son, Mr. Gerald R. Peters Jr., a noted choir director, organist and piano technician. Ranging from biographies to critical analyses, from classical Baroque to contemporary jazz, the collection offers something of interest to every music lover in the Ventress community. We invite you to stop by the music section and check out this wonderful new collection the next time you’re in the library. Following is a list of books in the collection:

Gregorian Chant; An Introduction to Gregorian Chant; Mozart and the Enlightenment; The Interpretation of Early Music; Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791; Handel and his World; Johann Sebastian Bach: the learned musician; Beethoven: impressions by his contemporaries; Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Messiah Book: the life and times of G.F. Handel’s greatest hit; My Only Comfort: death, deliverance and discipleship in the music of Bach; Beethoven; Voices that are gone: themes in 19th  century American popular song; Duke Ellington and his World: a biography; Vivaldi: Voice of the Baroque; Reflections on Toscanini; Verdi: his music life and times; Verdi: a biography; Thomas Weelkes: a biographical and critical study; Johann Sebastian Bach: life, times, influence; Companion to Baroque music; Bach: the Brandenburg concertos; The Cambridge Companion to Handel; The Mozart myths: a critical reassessment; Bach: The Mass in B Minor, great Catholic Mass; Louis Armstrong: in his own words, selected writings; Mozart: the golden years (1781-1791); Maurice Ravel; Solfege, ear training, rhythm, dictation and music theory: a comprehensive course; Treatise on harmony; Handel’s Messiah: origins, composition and sources; The Registration of Baroque Organ Music; Bach and Handel: the consummation of Baroque music; J.S. Bach as Organist: his instruments, music and performance practices; Mozart’s Requiem: historical and analytical studies; The Early Music Revival: a history; Schubert: the music and the man; Domenico Scarlatti: master of music; 1791: Mozart’s last year; Schumann; Handel; Gustav Mahler; The New Grove Handel; Haydn: a documentary study

By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant

CD Pick of the Month
        Voyageur by Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards, a singer-songwriter and musician, shines on her fourth
studio CD "Voyageur" which was co-produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Edwards, who hails from Canada, was influenced as a teen by the music of
Bob Dylan and Neil Young. With her crystal clear voice and gentle folk-pop
songs, she's created an album that's easy to listen to, but still has a
bit of edge on several of the compositions.  Check out the striking "House
Full of Empty Rooms" and "Mint" that's reminiscent of Sheryl Crow's "My
Favorite Mistake."

                                       UPCOMING EVENTS
v     Sat., May 12, 2 p.m. “Mostly Mercer” cabaret concert - VML Cultural Series Finale!
v     Tues., May 15, 4:30-6, VML Classic Book Group, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”
v     Fri., May 18, 10-1:30, Walk a Labyrinth at Glastonbury Abbey, Chris Woods, Marshfield Lifelong Learning event. . .register in advance at Council on Aging.

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 
Hours Mon.–Thurs.   10 – 8, Fri. and Sat.  10 – 4, Closed Sunday
Closed Monday, May 28, Memorial Day

Newsletter staff:   Chris Woods, Editor; Jacklyn Robinson, Artist