Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
SEPTEMBER 2012 Volume 19, No. 8
A Message from the Ventress Library Board of Trustees
The Trustees would like to keep the Marshfield community abreast of ongoing projects and plans for improvements for the library. We will give a quarterly update on our progress to keep the community informed of some of the behind-the-scenes efforts taking place to offer Marshfield the very best library we can.
Recently you were informed of the Beautification Project to improve the grounds of the library. The goal of this project is to clean the walkways, building exterior and landscape of the library. We hope this will set a warm and inviting atmosphere to entice more patrons to spend time at the library. With the playground and skate park so close, including time at the library can be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
We are diligently working on ideas to improve the children and teen areas of the library. We recognize these areas are small, dark and inefficient to serve the needs of the community, but with continued effort and support of the community we hope to improve these areas to the best of our abilities.
In a collaborative effort with the Library Director, Ellen Riboldi, we will continue to offer programs to expand the knowledge and interest of patrons of all ages at the library.
We encourage the community to share their input as we work together to bring you the very best library we can. Please email us at Marshfield4RLibrary@gmail.com with comments and/or suggestions.
The Ventress Library Board of Trustees
Mary Ann Walsh, Chair
Jean Christensen, Treasurer
Jeanne Horan, Clerk
VENTRESS LIBRARY CULTURAL SERIES ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 PROGRAMMING
By Chris Woods, Head of Reference Services
Tuesday, September 4, 6-7:30 p.m.,Tuesday Night Lecture, “Remembering Titanic: 100th Anniversary,” John Horrigan. Free, no registration or tickets required
Historical lecturer John Horrigan's talk about the RMS Titanic's single, fateful voyage will be enhanced with a slide show presentation. Learn about the special features that made Titanic one of the most technically advanced ships of its time. Horrigan will explore the facts, myths and legends surrounding Titanic and explain about how modern technology is helping historians delve into the truth of Titanic's untimely end. There will also be an exhibit of ship manifests, passenger lists, books, magazines, and photos.
Saturday, September 15, 2:00 p.m., Saturday Concert Kick-Off, “Paul Carroll’s Musical Journey Through Time,” Piano player Paul Carroll and Narrator Barbara Carroll. Free, no tickets required. Refreshments!
We welcome back popular ragtime piano player Paul Carroll and his narrator Barbara Carroll who expand their time period scope from Bach to Boogie Woogie. Jump on the magic carpet on this musical journey through time!
Tuesday, October 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday Night Lecture, “1940 Census: Chronicling the Great Depression into World War II,” Michael Brophy. Free, no registration or tickets required.
The 1940 census was released to the public on April 2, 2012. Genealogist and researcher Michael Brophy shows how the information can benefit your research and gives tips for accessing the data. Bring your questions! For more information visit www.brophygen.com.
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m., Saturday Concert, “Jazz at the Ventress.” Ed Sorrentino quartet. Free, no tickets required. Refreshments!
Come hear percussionist Ed Sorrentino and fellow jazz musicians play audience favorites with a few surprises. Relax on a Saturday afternoon with the mellow sounds of jazz!
Saturday, November 10, 2:00 p.m., Veteran’s Day Stories and Concert, featuring Marshfield’ own “Celtic Ks” and Civil War historian Bill Dunn presenting: “Giving Thanks in Littletown – The Civil War Story of Private William W. Randall.” Free!
This annual event honors Veterans of our town and beyond. Patriotic music, local history stories and memorial displays. Traditional flag cake and punch will be served!
Tuesday, November 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Night Lecture, “North River Shipwreck,” Paul F. McCarthy. Free, no registration or tickets required.
Marshfield resident Paul F. McCarthy, an amateur marine archaeologist and history buff will present a lecture entitled "The Search to Identify a 19th Century Wooden Sailing Ship Wrecked in the North River in Marshfield." Back by popular demand, the lecture includes a Power Point presentation of wreck photographs as well as pictorial results of three years of research and references to the North River shipbuilding past. Local history at its best!
Tuesday, December 11, 5:00 p.m., Tuesday Night Film Screening, “White Christmas.” Library’s program room is handicapped accessible. Free, no registration or tickets required.
Come take a trip down classic holiday memory lane with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Hear Bing croon the movie’s iconic theme song. Hot cocoa and candy canes served!
Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m., Saturday Concert, “Home for the Holidays,” with Cabaret singer John O’Neil and pianist Jim Rice. Free, no tickets required. Refreshments!
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “Yoo-hoo.” John’s mother believed that people could be separated into two groups: Those who hung their tinsel piece by piece and those who threw it on willy-nilly and didn’t give a hoot where it landed. Join John as he takes you on a sleigh ride of songs and memories of the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Years. Includes optional sing-a-longs! For more information visit www.johnoneilatlast.com
Saturday, January 12 (snow date January 19), 2:00 p.m., Saturday Concert, “Flute Songs for the New Year,” Orlando Cela, flutist. Free, no tickets required. Refreshments!
World-renowned flutist Orlando Cela will educate and entertain with polished renditions of classic flute solo pieces and provide instruction on the history of the flute and flute music. A creative, refreshing and relaxing start to the New Year. Treat yourself! For more information visit www.orlandocela.com
Stay tuned for more Ventress Library Cultural Series events planned for January through May 2013. . .one lecture and one concert per month!
By Wendy Ward, Head of Children’s Services
Fall Story Times will begin the week of September 17th. We will be offering: Tales for Tots: geared to infants – 3 yr olds with a parent or guardian on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 10 am, Story Time: geared to 4 year olds on their own on Monday mornings at 10 am, and Story Craft: geared to 5-7 year olds on their own on Thursday afternoons at 2 pm. Tales for Tots and Story Time do not require registration. Registration for Story Craft will begin on Tuesday, September 4th in the Children’s room of the library. Phone registration is also accepted.
The South Shore Conservatory will present its interactive program “Music and Me” for children age 0-4 years old and their caregivers on Wednesday September 5th at 10:30 am. Space in this event is limited and sign up is required. Please stop by the Children’s room or call Wendy Ward at 781-834-5535 for further information.
CIRCULATION STATS AND CHAT
By Amy Boivin, Head of Circulation Services
The Library is conducting a survey on patron satisfaction – that’s all of you! The survey will be running until the end of September. 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!
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.
The library circulated 19,598 items in July!
LIFELONG LEARNING SIGN-UP DATES
The “Opportunities” Lifelong Learning Steering Committee is hard at work planning course offerings for adults of all ages. 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 at 9:30 a.m. and a Saturday registration event at the Ventress Library will follow on September 22, from 10-12. Mark your calendar!
JENKS, JAZZ AND JIVE
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant
“Check out” some of the library's newest CDs!
Chasing Tha Blues - Little Freddie King
Everybody's Talkin' - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Chief - Eric Church
Up All Night - Kip Moore
Best Day - Dala
Americana - Neil Young
Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions - Sharon Isbin
'Round Midnight - Karrin Allyson
Another Country - Cassandra Wilson
Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver - Fiona Apple
The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates - Hall & Oates
Overexposed - Maroon 5
The Midsummer Station - Owl City
Here - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Graceland (25th Anniversary) - Paul Simon
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats - Regina Spektor
By Maureen Beaulieu, Director’s Assistant
“Check out” some of the library’s newest DVDs!
Battleship; Pirates Band of Misfits; Think Like a Man; Walking Dead: Season 2; Saving the Titanic; Rampart: Journey 2; We Need to Talk About Kevin; Missing: Complete Season I; Thin Ice; Artist; Thousand Words; Deep Blue Sea