Thursday, August 2, 2012

August 2012


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

AUGUST 2012         Volume 19,   No. 7

The library Trustees welcome Mary Ann Walsh as the new Chairman of the Board. She succeeds Jeanne Horan, who has served on the board for many years, and as Chairman since 1999. Welcome to Mary Ann, and thank-you to Jeanne for past service in the role!

A library beautification project, under the design inspiration of new Trustee Michelle Noonan, is in the works. With the help of the DPW and volunteers, we hope to improve the curb appeal of the library’s entrance.

The Library is conducting a survey on patron satisfaction – that’s all of you! The survey will be running until the end of August. 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 is now up online on our website and also on the library’s Facebook page. Fill it out in person or online at your own convenience and let us know how we’re doing. Your input is highly appreciated! 

The “Opportunities” Lifelong Learning Steering Committee is hard at work planning course offerings for Fall of 2012. Courses will be available on E-books, photography, music, art history, birding and a special series of speakers who will appear at The Bailey for “Bailey’s Pub Chats!” Sign-up begins on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Council on Aging Kick-off Breakfast and a Saturday registration event at the Ventress Library will follow on September 22, from 10-2. Classes are open to adults of all ages. Mark your calendar!

The library is a drop-off place for artwork tiles created by residents to use in the Emerson Lily Hitchcock Picnic Pavilion to be constructed near the playground at Library Plaza. For more information, please call the library at 781-834-5535

By Wendy Ward, Head of Children’s Services

Our summer reading program: Dream Big! Read is coming to a conclusion but we still have a lot going on this August! On Wednesday, August 1st at 10:30 a.m. Pumpernickle Puppets will perform The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Lion and the Mouse.  This show is appropriate for children (age 3 and up) and their parent/caregivers and was generously funded by the Friends of the Library. Free tickets for this event are available in the children’s room.  On Saturday, August 4th at 10:30 a.m. singer/guitarist Mama Steph will perform. This program is appropriate for very young children and their parent/caregiver.  Also on August 4th, we will show a family movie at 1 p.m.  Registration is not required for either of these events.  In addition, on Tuesday August 14th at 1:00 p.m., Bugworks will present Bugology: a live insect demonstration for kids age 6 and above. This program is limited and free tickets will be available beginning August 6th in the children’s room.
  Look for information about our Fall story times in the next Ventress Voice!

By Amy Boivin, Head of Circulation Services

Teen Programs
The History of Hip Hop Music and Dance ran on Thursday July 26. This workshop discussed the history of hip-hop music and dance, included audience participation and was facilitated by Professor Rondae Drafts. We had a handful of teens attend and they learned a bit of history and got to bust some dance moves! This event was kindly sponsored by The Friends of the Library and the library staff and participants send out many thanks in making this program possible.

Keep checking back for our next Teen Board Game Night! Enjoy some pizza and board games and try to win against the librarian—what’s not to love?!

Museum Passes
Did you know you can get discounted passes to various museums in the area? The library offers passes you can reserve for our Marshfield residents. Our newest addition is the Massachusetts Parks Pass which covers one vehicle at no charge for any Massachusetts State Park. Some other popular passes are the Boston Children’s Museum, Science Museum, MFA, Heritage Museum and Gardens and Plimoth Plantation. Check out our full list of passes on our website or call and reserve a pass at 781-834-5535.

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 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.

Circ Stats: The library circulated 16,475 items in June!

By Chris Woods, Head of Reference Services

New E-book Titles to Download to Your Device – no due dates!
Eyewitness Travel Guides
 Washington D.C.; London; New York City; Paris; San Francisco and Northern California; Italy; Hawaii; Boston; Crete; Devon and Cornwall; Dublin; England’s Lake District; Florence and Tuscany; Las Vegas; Madrid; Miami and the Keys; Prague; Great Britain
Rough Guides
Scotland; Washington D.C; Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon; Yellowstone and Grand Teton; Grand Canyon; The Cotswolds; New York City; London
Other Titles
Backroads Germany; Gardening Step by Step; Birds; Math Explained – Geometry; Fresh Flower Arranging; The Human Body; Rough Guide to Guitar; DK – How to Cook; Math Explained – Algebra and Trigonometry; Backroads Australia; Babycare; Car; Digital Photography Essentials; Essential World Atlas; History of Britain & Ireland; Holidays of the World Cookbook for Students; Home Herbal; Organic Gardening; Total Sports; VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever; Trusted Advice: You and Your Toddler; Your Healthy Child; Your Healthy Pregnancy; Your New Baby

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 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
Sign up for Marshfield Lifelong Learning Ebook Classes – Oct. 2 & Dec. 4!

By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant

"The Hurt & The Healer" by MercyMe

The 7th studio album from MercyMe, a dominant Christian music band, has been increasingly popular on both the Billboard and Christian music charts since its release in May. The route to the band's success began when lead vocalist Bart Millard suffered an injury in high school that sidelined his aspirations to become a football player.  Filling a void in his schedule, Millard enrolled in an elective choir class and found an interest in singing.  In his first semester of college, he grappled with the loss of his father and began searching for a new direction in life.  Millard joined a praise band in Florida and also traveled to Europe to perform.  This experience ignited a passion to embark on a career in music ministry.  MercyMe began as a trio in 1994 with Millard, a keyboardist and guitarist.  With an increasing number of performance dates year after year, the band added a bassist, percussionist and another guitarist, and currently tours and records with six members.  In 2004 and 2010 the group was named "Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist" at the American Music Awards, and their albums have won numerous music industry accolades.  Billboard Music nominated the band for Top Christian Artist in 2012.

On "The Hurt & The Healer" Millard delivers a strong melodic vocal on "Hold On" and "You Are I Am," both uplifting ballads with faith based lyrics.  The title song, "The Hurt & The Healer"  was inspired by the loss of Millard's cousin, a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty.  The support his family received from the firefighting community touched Millard so deeply that the outpouring of lyrics came in just minutes.  The song's touching words and striking guitar riff throughout (a bit reminiscent of Coldplay) create a powerful tune.  The piano ballad "The First Time" showcases  Millard's heartfelt voice. Contemporary Christian music has entertained fans for decades, but this was a genre of music I had not listened to frequently. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a band that combines powerful musicianship with inspiring lyrics and vocals. 
 Great listening!

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 
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Hours  Mon. –Thurs.   10 – 8, Fri. and Sat.  10 – 4, Closed Sunday
Closed Monday, September 3

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