Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 2012


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

JUNE 2012         Volume 19,   No. 5

Volunteers Needed
The Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield will hold their semi-annual booksale on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm. Come browse an extensive collection of books, music and videos. There will be bargains galore! The sale is held in the library’s Program Room. Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the sale on Friday and during sale hours on Saturday. All proceeds are used to benefit the library. Donations of gently used books are gratefully accepted at the library’s main desk. For more information, or to volunteer to help, please call the library at 781-834-5535.

The library be open for business from 11-4 on Sunday, July 8th, the date of Marshfield’s Summerfest. Come browse books at a sidewalk sale and listen to storyteller Big Ryan provide family entertainment. Mark your calendar now. . .more details to follow!

Library Director Ellen Riboldi, met with Marshfield’s Building Inspector Michael Clancy to receive FEMA flood plain maps of Marshfield and educational brochures. Thousands of houses in town are located in flood plain areas, which has an impact on insurance rates. To view the maps contact the library at 781-834-5535 and speak with the director.

Did you know that the flowers in pots maintained outside the library are the work of brownies? That’s right. . .a Girl Scout Brownie troop in Marshfield takes care of planting, watering and keeping these displays fresh. A big thank you to the girls and their leaders!

According to the town’s website, Marshfield has a yearly population of about 25,000 people which grows to about 40,000 in the summer months. The town’s beaches, restaurants, businesses and town services prepare for this influx of people to our town. The library is no exception. We are busy buying the latest titles for library patrons to enjoy over the summer. We also have computers available in the Reference area for out-of-towners to check their e-mail and surf the Web.  Don’t miss the Summerfest event scheduled for Sunday, July 8th. How nice to live and work in a resort community. Marshfield offers much year-round, but even more in the summer. Have fun!

By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services

Thinking about your next family vacation? Considering a first time cruise? Trying to figure out various tour options? Want to travel but not sure how to go solo?
Our four-part course is designed to introduce would-be travelers to the tools and resources necessary to make informed trip planning choices.  Our topics will include:

June 8 -Senior Travel – Road Scholar ambassador Rochelle Kruger, an experienced world traveler and ambassador from the nationally acclaimed Elderhostel Program, will be joining us for an informative discussion of travel options for seniors.

June 15 -Cruise Planning – Linda Ford of Cruise Planners in Hanson MA will be presenting an informative talk on the why’s and wherefore’s of planning for a cruise vacation.

June 22 -Travel Agent Resources – Cathy Mezzacappa of Marshfield Travel Advisors will be on hand to answer all your questions regarding how, when and why to use the knowledge and expertise of a travel professional.

June 29 -Basic Travel Research – Nancy Kelly, adult services librarian from the Ventress Memorial Library, will present an array of print and non-print travel resources available at the library.  The discussion will also touch upon Internet research tips.
All classes meet from 10-11:30 a.m in the Program Room at the library.
Drop in registration is accepted. The charge for the entire series is $20; individual classes are available at a charge of $5.  Please make all checks payable to the Marshfield Council on Aging Boosters. For additional information, please contact the Marshfield Council on Aging or the Ventress Library.

By Wendy Ward, Head of Children’s Services

It’s summertime in Marshfield and we have a lot going on in the Children’s Room!
Overall registration for the summer reading program: Dream Big! Read (sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) will begin on Monday, June 18th in the children’s room of the library. The program is primarily geared to elementary school age children but we do have performers appropriate for younger children as well, including singer/guitarist Mama Steph.  Children who wish to participate in the summer reading program may be either reading independently, or may be read to by an adult. Please pick up a flyer/calendar in the children’s room for further information, go to our website: www.ventresslibrary.org, or call Wendy Ward at 781-834-5535. Our kick-off performance for Dream Big! Read: Celebrating Reading in Story and Song, presented by singers
Roger Tincknell and Davis Bates (funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council) will take place on Wednesday, June 27th at 2 p.m.  This is a family performance and free tickets to the event will be available beginning Monday, June 18th in the Children’s Room of the library. In addition, Music and Me, a program presented by Marshfield Kindercare and Learning Center geared to 2-4 year olds and their parents/caregivers, will be presented on Thursday, June 28th at 10 a.m.  Space is limited, and sign-up will begin on Monday, June 11th in the Children’s Room.


By Amy Boivin, Head of Circulation Services

Teen Board Game Night 2
Teen Board Game Night is back for round two on Thursday June 28, 2012 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Join us and play some of your favorite board games with your friends and the teen librarian! There will also be pizza and refreshments to go around. Ages 11 to 17 welcome. Sign-up is required. Please contact Amy at the library at 781-834-5535 or email aboivin@ocln.org to sign-up.

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 www.ventresslibrary.org 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 15,238 items in May!


By Chris Woods, Head of Reference Services


We are most pleased to announce the library has acquired a license to offer patrons full text searching capability in back issues of our two local newspapers. We are in the process of setting up access links on www.ventresslibrary.org. Stay tuned for details!
Meanwhile, make use of all our electronic databases and Reference e-books by clicking the “Reference Databases” tab on the top of the library website. Go on in and look around. You will see the library offers access to book, magazine and newspaper articles. Also see the Auto Repair database, Consumer Reports, GRE, SAT and career professional test study materials, Heritage Quest census information and much more!

                   By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant

June CD Pick of the Month  is “Tuskegee,” by Lionel Richie
Tuskegee is Lionel Richie's venture with country artists who perform with
him on 13 of his most popular songs.  Each song is brilliantly
orchestrated and the superb harmonies he achieves with each artist are
incredibly crisp. The album is titled after his birthplace, Tuskegee,
Alabama, and the college he attended, Tuskegee Institute, where he
graduated with a degree in economics.  While in college Richie formed
several R&B groups, and in the late 1960s joined the Commodores, a group
that enjoyed many dance and pop hits. During the 1980s Richie embarked on
a solo career as one of the most successful ballad singer/songwriters of
the decade. Richie's venture with veteran country artists (Willie Nelson and Kenny
Rogers) and newcomers (Jason Aldean and Little Big Town) strikes a
beautiful chord.  He's in party mode on "Dancing on the Ceiling" with
Rascal Flatts and "All Night Long" with Jimmy Buffett, then switches gears
to deliver flawless harmonies on "My Love" with Kenny Chesney, "Endless
Love" with Shania Twain and "Sail On" with Tim McGraw.
Richie's album conveys the timelessness and cross-over capacity of truly
great songs that sound exciting and electric today.


By Jane Covitz, Library Assistant

Summer is just about here and with that comes seasonal cook-outs and the question “What should I bring?” My go-to is usually guacamole. It’s easy, fresh, and healthy! It’s also quick, which is great. Whenever I need to make something for an occasion I always seem to go back to my favorite cookbooks like those by Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), Giada De Laurentiis, and anything by America’s Test Kitchen.  “Food Network Magazine” has a new cookbook out called “1,000 Easy Recipes,” where I found quite a few great new recipes. Here is my tried and true recipe for guacamole (it makes about 3 cups).
3 or 4 avocados (the dark almost black ones)
Half of a small red onion diced
1 small jalapeno ,seeded and diced
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 half cup of fresh chopped cilantro
1 can of black beans, rinsed(optional)
Juice of 1 lime 
Salt and pepper to taste
Mash avocados with a fork or potato masher, add onion and jalpeno. Add cilantro and salt and pepper, mix in tomatoes and beans (I leave mine a little on the chunky side so I don’t mash too much.) Serve with tortilla chips and ENJOY!

Mark Your Calendars!
Monday, June 18, 10 a.m. Registration begins for summer reading program “Dream, Big, Read” in the Children’s Room. Registration is ongoing throughout the summer. Many programs are scheduled throughout the summer. Pick up a calendar to see dates/times of performances and activities to mark your home calendars.

Tuesday, June 19, 4:30 – 6 p.m., VML Classic Book Group, Two Barbara Kingsolver books – choice one or read both – “The Bean Trees” and “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.”

Fridays, June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m., Travel Planning Course at the Library, part of the “Opportunities” Lifelong Learning Program. Call 781-834-5535 and ask Nancy Kelly for details. Register for all four sessions ($20) or individual ones ($5 each).

Wednesday, June 27, 2 p.m., Summer reading program kick-off performance by singers Roger Tincknell and Davis Bates. Free tickets available in the Children’s Room starting June 18.

Thursday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Teen Board Game Night 2.

Sunday, July 8th, 11 – 4, Marshfield Summerfest family fun day

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 
781-834-5535     www.ventresslibrary.org
Hours  Mon. –Thurs.   10 – 8, Fri. and Sat.  10 – 4, Closed Sunday

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

“Ventress Voice” is now available to view online through a new blog at www.ventresslibrary.org – Click on “Ventress Voice” to enter. . .