Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 2012


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library 
Marshfield, Massachusetts

JULY 2012         Volume 19,   No. 6



The library is 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 at 2:00 in the library. For more information on Summerfest see posters around the library or visit Facebook’s Marshfield Summerfest page!

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 have an impact on insurance rates. To view the maps contact the library at 781-834-5535 and speak with the director.

By Jacklyn Robinson, Library Assistant

What is that glistening gem lying on the sand? Why, it’s a piece of sea glass of course! Beach glass, or sea glass? Whichever word you grew up with, collecting sea glass is evocative of carefree days of beachcombing, shouting with delight when you spot that elusive piece of cobalt blue!

The library has several lovely books in its collection. Three of them are by C.S. Lambert: “A Passion for Sea Glass”; “The Sea Glass Hunter’s Handbook”; and “Sea Glass Chronicles: Whispers from the Past.” I met the author at a sea glass convention in Hyannis a few years ago, an incredible event with mind-boggling displays of sea glass and pottery shards.

The author of the fourth book in the library’s collection was also featured at the convention. Richard LaMotte has written “Pure Sea Glass,” a most scholarly work on the origins and composition of sea glass. Check out Mr. LaMotte’s book if you want to be fascinated by the story of these treasures from the briny deep. Check out Ms. Lambert’s books if you just want to be bedazzled!

By Wendy Ward, Head of Children’s Services

We are in full swing for this year’s summer reading program: Dream Big! Read in the children’s room.  Kids who have registered for the overall program will receive a gift certificate from Dairy Queen* for an ice cream cone at the conclusion of the program and may participate in many other events we have planned this month in addition to our weekly raffles for Barnes and Noble gift cards and ice cream gift certificates for the Brant Rock Hop.* Among our July programs are: singer guitarist Mama Steph, a family movie, Tuesday/Thursday story crafts, magician Steve Rudolph, and Bugology’s live insect demonstration.  Most of these events require additional sign-ups or free tickets.  Please pick up a calendar in the children’s room or visit our webpage: www.ventresslibrary.org and click on our calendar for further information.

*Thank you to the Brant Rock Hop for their generous donation and thank you to Dairy Queen for partnering with us in our summer reading program again this year.

By Amy Boivin, Head of Circulation Services

Teen Programs!
Teen Board Game Night round two on Thursday, June 28, 2012 was a fun night! We played Parcheesi, Uno, Mario Brother’s Memory, and Mastermind! Pizza and soda was enjoyed by all. Check back in August for another Teen Board Game Night!

Another upcoming Teen program is The History of Hip Hop Music and Dance on Thursday, July 26 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. This 50 minute participatory workshop discusses the history of hip-hop music and dance. Participants will be able to discuss various artists from the 80's, 90's, and 2000's. The lecture is very upbeat and will include audience participation. The workshop facilitator is Professor Rondae Drafts. She is the Founder and former Executive Director of a hip hop youth arts project and most recently wrote and directed the musical "Y'we HIP-HOP." Ages 11 to 17 welcome. Sign-up required. Please contact Amy at the library at 781-834-5535 or email aboivin@ocln.org to sign-up. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

Library Survey
The Library is conducting a survey on patron satisfaction – that’s all of you! Surveys are located at the Circulation Desk, Reference, and in the Children’s Room. Please fill one out and return to the Circulation Desk. The survey will be running all summer. Let us know how we’re doing. Your input is highly appreciated!

Circ Stats
The library circulated 16,475 items in May!

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 check out our Live Facebook Reader’s Advisory, anytime, anywhere! 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 ASAP.

By Chris Woods, Head of Reference Services

Marshfield Patrons Introduced to New E-book Format!
Ventress Library is excited to bring you instant access e-books to read on your computer or download to a mobile device. You can download the books to your device to read when you do not have Internet access, such as when traveling. You can also download them as an MP3 file to listen to books on your device. You will enter your library card number to begin, but these books are not checked out to you. Instead, you can read them anywhere, anytime, with no due dates! To access go to www.ventresslibrary.org and click on the “Reference Department” tab. Scroll down to Gateway to Gale Databases and E-books and then click on E-books.  Travel, gardening, music, flower arranging, history of the automobile and parenting books are under the “General Reference” category of e-books. While you are there, look around to see all the other e-books available to you for your research needs, including medical, law, science, college searching and many others!

Questions? Need a Demo?
Contact reference librarian Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org.  

Ventress Library Trustees honored the Friends of the Library officers at a recent meeting, and thanked the group for a successful year of fundraising, advocacy and supporting library programs. Friends officers include: Joyce Kinsman, President; Joanne Kannaly, Treasurer; Sheila Zani, Recording Secretary; and Peg Guimond, Membership.

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 
781-834-5535     www.ventresslibrary.org  Like us on Facebook!
Hours  Mon. –Thurs.   10 – 8, Fri. and Sat.  10 – 4, Closed Sunday
Closed Wednesday, July 4th

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