Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
NOVEMBER 2013 Volume 20, No. 11
By Chris Woods, Acting Director
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
This month marks fifty years since President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and it is time to pause and reflect on values. It was an event that shaped our lives, and still promotes discussions among us about the value of service and the need to make a personal commitment to bring about positive changes in the world.
In my temporary role as Acting Director, I am able to step back a little bit and observe the whole. What I see is the Ventress Library staff and Trustees making this commitment to service every day. I think of the current Board of Trustees, who now number seven, and the changes they are enacting such as building improvements, landscaping and advocacy to gain resources for Marshfield patrons while cultivating community pride. Appointed and unpaid, the Trustees volunteer their time because they believe in the value of our public library. I think of former Trustees whose contributions are remembered, some of whom continue to participate as active members of the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library. Which brings me to the book sorters, the program planners, the ESL tutors and the volunteers who give countless hours to the library because they believe in their library and its value to the community. Everyone is working together here for the greater good. And that should make us all proud!
VENTRESS LIBRARY WELCOMES THREE NEW TRUSTEES!
E. WALLACE COYLE
Wally Coyle, President of E. Wallace Coyle Associates, Marshfield, Massachusetts, a management training and consulting firm, has presented many different programs for both the public and private sector including:
New Managers Program Dealing with Public Boards
Customer Service Dealing with Difficult People
Dealing with Change Effective Public Speaking
Making the Transition to Manager Learning Self Esteem
Strategic Planning Safety in Public Libraries
Dr. Coyle previously worked at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts at Boston in a variety of positions such as: Director for Writing Proficiency, Assistant Director in Graduate Studies and Research, and Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He also served as Assistant Director of the MBA Program at the university and currently serves as consulting editor for a number of distinguished publishing firms. He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development, the American Association of Professional Consultants, the Boston Facilitators Roundtable, and the Ventress Library Board of Trustees.
A graduate of both Boston College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Coyle has taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts prior to his current assignment. He has presented numerous management training seminars for: Massport, the State Police, the Massachusetts Board Of Library Commissioners, Partners HealthCare Inc., Mass Highway, Harvard University, Babson College, Wellesley College, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the Department of Revenue. He is a certified trainer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Human Resources and has served as Adjunct Professor in the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.
Dr. Coyle was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished University Service at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
GREGORY J. GUIMOND
Greg Guimond is currently the Town Planner for the Town of Bridgewater.
He earned Bachelor’s Degrees in both history and planning from Westfield State University in Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in community planning from the University of Rhode Island.
Mr. Guimond previously worked as a regional planner for 19 years at Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District, a regional planning agency serving 27 cities and towns in southeastern Massachusetts. Mr. Guimond also served 7 years as a regulatory planner for the Cape Cod Commission and was the town planner for Winchendon, Massachusetts.
He served on the Marshfield Planning Board for 17 years and previously was a Library Trustee. Mr. Guimond was also a member of the town’s Local Housing Partnership, Solid Waste Committee, Growth Management Committee, and served as the town’s representative to Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and on the Greenbush Commuter Rail Citizens’ Advisory Committee.
A Marshfield resident, Greg is married with three children.
JAMES P. O’GARA
Jim O’Gara has spent his life as a supporter of books and libraries. After earning a B.A. in History from Providence College and an M.A. in History from Rhode Island College, Jim worked for 35 years at Addison-Wesley pubishing company in sales and marketing.
A resident of Marshfield for 45 years, Jim and his wife, Judith, have two children, Daniel of Marshfield, and Elizabeth of Boston. Jim has been active in community politics and, an avid reader himself, he has always been a supporter of the library system. He was on the original Ventress Library Building Committee in the mid-1980s. Now, as a grandfather of four, with three currently attending schools in Marshfield, he enjoys sharing his love of books with the next generation.
CIRC STATS and CHAT
By Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Services
Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Leaving Ventress This Month
Sadly, I will be leaving my position as Head of Circulation Services this month. My last day here at Ventress will be November 16. A new opportunity has become available for me within the Old Colony Library Network. It has been wonderful working with such a great staff over the past four years and my departure is bittersweet for sure. I will miss many things about the Marshfield library most of all the amazing staff and friendly patrons that visit the library regularly. I have learned many things here, have met some great people, who made memories that I will always cherish and look back upon fondly. I want to encourage people to still keep in contact and feel free to send me an email here and there. I wish you all the best. Think of this not as goodbye, but as “see you later!”
Circ Stats: The library circulated 15,384 items in October!
JENKS JAZZ AND JIVE
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant
Holiday Music Arriving Soon!
Another year is drawing to a close, and it will soon be time to prepare for the holidays. Set the mood for the season with some music from the library’s Holiday collection. You’ll find a range of music from Popular to Classical and Jazz to Celtic. Our offerings include CDs by Michael Bublé, Jimmy Buffett, Nat King Cole, Sting, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor. Country music fans will enjoy selections from Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton and Sugarland. And of course, we have classics by Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
Look for the Holiday music cart to make its appearance during the week of November 18th. We’ll also be adding new titles – you’ll find some of this year’s latest releases in the new CD area just below new fiction books.
Enjoy the sounds of the season!
By Jed Phillips, Reference Associate