Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 2013


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

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!



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.

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.

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.

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!

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

Revolutionary Road (2008)    Rated R
Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio
Nominated for 3 Oscars

“It haunted him all night, while he slept alone; it was still there in the morning, when he swallowed his coffee and backed down the driveway in the crumpled old Ford. And riding to work, one of the youngest and healthiest passengers on the train, he sat with the look of a man condemned to a very slow, painless death. He felt middle-aged.”
-Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite in this powerful adaptation of Richard Yates’ acclaimed novel and the result is magic.  This isn’t your Disneyland fairytale magic though, things get dark and difficult and you may find yourself a little bit introspective when the credits stop rolling.
Revolutionary Road is directed by Sam Mendes, known for such films as Road to Perdition, American Beauty, and Skyfall.  Clearly, he knows what he is doing.  And with a team like Leo and Kate, it isn’t hard to make something great.  Simply turn on the camera and get out of their way, and you are likely to get an Oscar nod.  (3 Oscar nominations to be exact, and a Golden Globe win for Winslet to boot.) It's 1955 and
Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet) Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with their two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job but has never figured out what his passion in life is.   This movie is about how a relationship grows and changes over time.  It is a movie about the hard work necessary to keep a relationship going.  On screen, we see hope, love, hate, passion, disappointment and the bitterness of a life not intended.   But most of all, this movie is about dreams and aspirations, and the cold reality that so many of us give up on our dreams and passions out of necessity or circumstance.

I love this film.  It is so good in fact, that after watching it the first time, I went out and saw it again the next day.  But don’t confuse “good” with “happy”.  This is not a happy film.  I repeat:  NOT A HAPPY FILM.  You’ll feel a little of Frank and April’s sense of being trapped.  You’ll share a small measure of their bitterness and resentment.  And by the end, you will feel just a little worn out. You’ll experience this tiny piece of anguish all in the best of ways and this is only made possible by the magic of the movies.  Find this film in the DVD section under REV here at the Ventress Memorial Library. 

Other must see films:
Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio:  Blood Diamond, The Aviator, Inception
Featuring Kate Winslet:  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland,

 by Belle Bibliotheque

Since last we met, I have made some inquiries regarding our Library's acquisition of the portrait of Adelaide Phillips. Like many stories about the past, this one has a soupcon of melancolie. We left our story last month with the untimely death of Adelaide in Carlsbad, Germany. Adelaide was a very wealthy woman in 1882, but she had worn herself out travelling for years and performing on all of the world's greatest stages. She felt the weight of responsibility for her entire family of siblings, and provided a beautiful, gracious home for them in Marshfield with lovely gardens and furnishings. They entertained simply, but well, and had many guests. As you can imagine, they were tres desole upon the death of their beloved sister. Their sadness continued, and Adelaide's home was ultimately sold.

Slowly, like a grande dame fallen upon hard times, the house fell into disrepair. A gentleman, we will call him Mr. H, a bit of an eccentric, bought the house. Some of you, my dear readers, will remember the once stately place on Webster Street, with goats and chickens roaming the wide front porch, picking their way across the rotten floorboards. What we didn't know was that inside Adelaides's former home, with tattered curtains

rustling in the drafts, and the echoes of song and laughter whispering from room to room, hung our magnificent portrait! Next to it stood her grand piano!  Take a stroll
over to the new book area, and hanging above are four (soon to be five) pieces of art acquired by the library through the Marshfield Cultural Council, or as gifts of the artists. The second painting, by the late Carolyn Harvey, is of Adelaide's home, in all its faded elegance. As you can imagine, the townspeople did not react well to the goats on the porch of this once lovely home. A kindly man , a trustee of the library, went to speak with Mr. H and was able to convince him to allow us to hang her portrait in the library for all to enjoy, and to remember, our world famous opera singer. The grand piano? We do not know. But wherever it ended up, we hope the spirit of Adelaide Phillips plays on!

By Jen Malaguti, “Miss Jen”


GRADE SCHOOL BOOK CLUB ( You must be registered-and slots are open!)
Grades 4-5 meets on Nov 21 at 4:00 p.m.

MAMA STEPH November 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Family music with no registration.

 STAR WARS SYMPOSIUM Saturday Dec 7th @ 1:00 p.m. Presented by the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library. Do you love Star Wars?! Join the hundreds of people all over Massachusetts who have already participated in this family fun program of everything star wars: Trivia, games, toys, costumes! All ages. Drop-in.

SPECIAL DROP-IN CRAFT Wednesday, December 18th at 11:30 am. Children ages 4+ are invited to stop by the Children's department and decorate their own foam shaped snow globes. Supplies provided. Registration required and limited to 15. Reserve today!

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 
781-834-5535     www.ventresslibrary.org   “Like” us on Facebook!

Hours   Mon. – Thurs.   9 – 8, Fri. and Sat.  9 – 4:30 ,   Closed Sundays
The library will close at 4:00 on Wednesday, November 27 and will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 and will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 30

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October 2013


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

OCTOBER 2013         Volume 20, No. 10

Books in BOO !         
By Jaclyn Robinson, Library Assistant

From October 21 through October 31, the library staff will be using our favorite Halloween and Autumn books to create some scary, creepy and delightful displays throughout the library.

Also, each day, hidden somewhere in the library, will be………
Jacky O’Lantern!  Find Jacky, who will be dressed up as a favorite character from literature, and write down who you think it is. The character’s book will be nearby so you can see if you have guessed correctly! Children, teens and adults are welcome to participate.
Come back to the Circulation Desk and put your entry form in the pumpkin. Children will receive a small prize each day, and will be entered into a daily drawing. New this year, teens will also be entered into a daily prize drawing. Adults will be entered into a drawing for one grand prize at the end of the event. The more times you come and find Jacky O’Lantern, the more chances you’ll have to win!!!!

We had lots of fun last year, and hope to see you all for our second annual Books in  BOO  !  Don’t miss this great new tradition at the Ventress!

By Chris Woods, Acting Director
Friday, October 18, 10:30-noon, Free “Job-Ready Workshop” presented by the non-profit employment advisory group “One Life at a Time.” Receive resume and cover letter writing tips,  research online job hunting techniques and learn how and where to network. Free, no pre-registration required.  Ongoing job search support available!

Saturday, October 19, 2:00 p.m., Saturday Concert, “Jazz at the Ventress.” Back by popular demand, the Ed Sorrentino Quartet will play sweet jazz at the library. Special guest Melodee Savage-Roderick will delight again with her sultry vocals. Free, no tickets required. Refreshments!

Tuesday, October 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Tuesday Night Lecture, “Genealogy for the Very Beginner.” Professional genealogist Michael Brophy will help you get started researching your family tree. Introduces the nuts and bolts of Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest, October’s featured databases at Ventress Library Reference Desk. Free, no registration or tickets required.
                            SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE NOVEMBER EVENTS
Ø       Saturday, November 9, “Veteran’s Day Stories” 2:00 p.m.
Ø       Tuesday, November 12, VML Classic Book Group 4:30-6 p.m.
Ø       Tuesday, November 12, eBook Instruction Class, 6-7:30 p.m.
Ø       Tuesday, November 19, “Strong Boy” book signing and lecture, 6-7:30 p.m.
By “Miss Jen”
There are some spooktacular events coming up this month, and some family fun programs to follow:
Books in Boo! Oct. 21 through Oct. 31 - Come visit the library and see our creepy displays this month! All children will receive a small prize each day and can also enter a daily drawing!
Bubbleology with Keith Johnson is presented by the Friends of the Ventress Memorial  Library. Saturday Oct 26th @ 2:00 p.m.  Learn the science of bubbles with this family fun show presented by the amazing bubble artist, Keith Michael Johnson. DROP-IN.
Thanksgiving: the Real Story Saturday Nov 16th  @ 10:30-11:30 REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Bring in a can of food for the Food Pantry and learn about the REAL history of Thanksgiving.
Star Wars Symposium - Saturday Dec 7th @ 1:00 p.m. Presented by the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library. Do you love Star Wars?! Join the hundreds of people all over Massachusetts who have already participated in this family fun program of everything star wars: Trivia, games, toys, costumes! All ages. DROP-IN.

By Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Services

The library has a new blog that just started this month with the joint efforts of Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Services and Teen Librarian by proxy, and Jennifer Malaguti, Head of Children’s Services. The Ventress Kids and Teen Blog will be updated weekly alternating between Teen Pick Thursdays and Small Fry Fridays where each week a pick will be featured in either the teen area or childrens. Check it out on the library’s homepage www.ventresslibrary.org.

Circ Stats: The library circulated 14,795 items in September!

By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant


The library has a wide assortment of music from around the world.  For students who have a geography or social studies project, check out the offerings in our collection which are sure to enhance any presentation.  Are you having an internationally themed dinner party at home?  Create ambience at your gathering with friends and family – your guests will feel transported to another land while sampling new cuisines and flavors.

Begin your world adventures with our Rough Guide series of CDs where you’ll find the music of Brazil, Greece, India, Ireland and even Salsa dance music.  Other music represented in our collection includes Arabic, Chinese, Cuban, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Moroccan.

With an international twist, musical group Of Monsters and Men hails from Iceland and you’ll find the band’s debut album My Head Is An Animal (2011) in our Popular music collection.  Sung entirely in English, the album reached the No. 1 position on music charts in Iceland, Ireland and Australia, and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 album chart here in the United States.  The album’s lead single, “Little Talks,” was highly successful, appearing in the Top 10 on most European music charts and spent nearly a year on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.  The group’s well-crafted memorable songs impress with lyrics expressing lush imagery and male and female counter vocals that both soar and soothe.

Enjoy traveling without leaving home and listen to some of the eclectic and interesting music in our International collection!

By Jed Phillips, Reference Associate

Doubt (2008)
Directed by John Patrick Shanley
Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Nominated for  5 Oscars

Doubt, the first film that writer/director John Patrick Shanley has directed since the 1990 film  Joe Versus the Volcano (A grossly under-rated modern classic, but that’s another story altogether) is a complex and compelling drama set in 1964 at St. Nicholas, a Catholic school in the Bronx.  The charismatic, young new priest, Father Flynn, is introducing reform to the school’s strict customs.  This is at odds with the fear-based iron-fisted principals of discipline of Sister Aloysius Beauvier.  When a subordinate, Sister James, confides to Sister Aloysius that she feels Father Flynn is spending too much personal time with the school’s newest addition, and first black student, Donald Miller, Sister Aloysius takes it upon herself to find the truth and get Flynn removed from his position at the school.  The resulting battle of wills has profound and lasting consequences on the school, the community, and the individuals involved   

As a rule, there are three things that have proven to improve with age.  The first is cheese.  The second is wine.  And the third is the brilliant Meryl Streep.  She has always been a phenomenal actress, as evidenced by her 14 nominations and 3 Oscar wins.  But Doubt, shows that not only does Streep “still got it”, but she’s got it in spades.  She was nominated for Best Leading Actress for her role as Sister Aloysius, an award robbed from her by Kate Winslet in The Reader. She dove deep into this character, and it shows in a big way.  But no matter how good you are, in a drama like this if you don’t have a counterpart just as talented and just as commanding, well then you’ve got nothing. 

Fear not, fellow acting heavyweight and overall superb performer, Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a brilliant show as father Flynn, a role that brought him a nomination for best Supporting Actor. (and he should have won)  The moments containing Hoffman and Streep both in the same scene are dynamic, tense, and grip you hard, resulting in a subtle slow build that suddenly barrels to the inevitable conclusion with the last 30 seconds driving the whole thing home with devastating effect.

See this movie.  Find it listed under DOU in the DVD collection here at Ventress Library!

 Other must see films:
Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman:  Capote, The Master, Jack Goes Boating
Featuring Meryl Streep:   Out of Africa, the Deer Hunter, The Iron Lady       

by Belle Bibliotheque (nom de plume of Jaclyn Robinson)

Welcome to our new column, where I, Mlle. Bibliotheque, will tell you about the many beautiful aspects of our wonderful library! S’il vous plait, may I draw your attention to the magnificent portrait of Miss Adelaide Phillips which hangs in our lobby?  She was a world famous opera singer, and in 1860 purchased a lovely home here in Marshfield, which she owned until her death in 1882.

Adelaide was born in England around 1835, moved with her family to America as a child, and started performing on the Boston stage in 1842 at the Tremont Theater. She was a child prodigy, who could act in dramas and comedies, dance, play piano, and had a fabulous singing voice. She was also a favorite because of her intelligence and fine manners. When the famous Jenny Lind heard Adelaide sing, she was so taken with her, that she gave her a check for $1000 for her to study with her own teacher, Emanuel Garcia, in London. After two years, she went to Italy to learn Italian and start training in opera. Again, she dazzled, and was offered her first operatic role, where she would be paid the amazing sum of $400 a month for 4 months.  One dollar in 1850 would be worth $28.06 in 2013, so for her first role, she was paid approximately $44,800.96!!! To put that into perspective, according to the “Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1855”, their bookkeeper was paid $200 per year, and their janitor was paid $400 per year!

Adelaide continued to travel the world to much acclaim, and with much success. She supported her brothers and sisters here in their home on Webster Street. It was a fine country home where she went to rest and recuperate between performances. She also loved entertaining her friends at garden parties. More about her home in our next column!

Sadly, she suffered ill health, having endured a bout with small pox during a trip to Havana, Cuba as a young woman.  She never fully recovered, which was why her country home in Marshfield was so important to her. In 1882, she and her sister traveled to Europe hoping her health would be restored. But, it was not to be. She died in Carlsbad, California on 3  November, 1882. We do not know how or when the library acquired her portrait, but we feel “tres heureux” to have her with us!

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 
781-834-5535     www.ventresslibrary.org   “Like” us on Facebook!
Hours Mon. – Thurs.   9 – 8, Fri. and Sat.  9 – 4:30, Closed Sundays
Closed on Monday, October 14, for Columbus Day Holiday

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

Monday, September 16, 2013

September 2013


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

SEPTEMBER 2013         Volume 20, No. 9

By Chris Woods, Acting Director

Since childhood, I always have loved September. The air is turning cooler at night, but days often are warmed by “Indian Summer” sun. New books and notebooks are cracked open and school assignments entice industry and imagination. All is well here at the Ventress Library this September. Students of all ages are back at school and using the Reference Department resources, including this month’s featured database “Testing and Education Reference Center.” Stop by the department for handouts about using this resource and request a demo from one of our librarians. The Ventress Library Cultural Series kicks off the 2013-2014 season with a local history lecture on September 10 about the glory days of Scituate’s Cliff Hotel and a free concert on September 14 featuring Quintessential Brass. Children’s story and craft times are ramping up for the season. You may notice some building improvements inside and out of the library. The exterior was recently pressure washed and looks so much brighter. Plans are in the works to paint, and to landscape the library grounds. Inside the library, you will see new area rugs that define service areas, cleaner bathrooms, a freshly painted lobby, new paperback book racks and neater signage throughout the building. The Trustees are looking to enact even more improvements in the coming months. So stay tuned. . . Yes, September is a good month indeed at your public library in Marshfield, Massachusetts!

Head of Circulation Back from Maternity Leave!

Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Services, returned to work this month from maternity leave. She looks forward to getting back into the swing of things here at the Ventress Memorial Library.

Circ Stats: The library circulated 17,888 items in August!

By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant

CD of the Month – True Believers – Darius Rucker – Country

With his latest release, singer/songwriter/musician Darius Rucker has created a collection of songs that celebrate life’s joys and sorrows, family, love and good times.  The lead singer of the pop-rock group Hootie and the Blowfish broke into country music in 2008.  His first solo effort, Learn To Live, earned him the Country Music Association’s “New Artist of the Year” award, and last year Rucker was inducted into Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, an organization that includes country music’s finest artists past and present.  Rucker has carved a highly successful crossover career in country music, and True Believers adds to his accomplishments in this genre.

Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Rucker always wanted to pursue his love of singing and music.  While attending college at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, he and classmates Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, and Dean Felber formed Hootie & the Blowfish in 1986 and began their musical journey playing gigs at clubs and bars in the local area.  Each member of the group made a pact to pursue a career in music, and their bond paid off when the group’s debut CD Cracked Rear View was the best selling album in 1995.  It has since sold over 16 million copies worldwide.

Several tracks on True Believers pair guest artists with Rucker to add depth and warmth to already fine compositions.  On the single “Wagon Wheel” Rucker is joined by the members of Lady Antebellum for some quality harmony.  The song, originally outlined by Bob Dylan and completed by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, has been on Billboard’s country music chart for the last eight months.  Sheryl Crow adds a heartfelt vocal performance on “Love Without You,” while country newcomer Mallary Hope joins Rucker for a dazzling duet on “I Will Love You Still.”

In August 2013 Rucker performed with his bandmates and other musical guests at their 11th annual “Homegrown Weekend” in Charleston.  The music and family festival benefits the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, a private non-profit organization that contributes funds to public education causes in South Carolina.  And for 19 years the group has participated in “Monday after the Masters,” a pro-am golf tournament they established to raise funds and provide grants for charitable organizations in their home state.

True Believers, filled with a myriad of musical emotions, may be Darius Rucker’s finest effort to date. His music and lyrics clearly reflect gratitude for the career he always envisioned and contentment with the constant support and love from family.

By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services

The library would like to thank the Social Justice Committee of the First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist of Duxbury for their recent generous donation of $500 which has been used to purchase new titles for the library’s Adult Literacy collection.  A special thanks to Mr. Gene Anspach and Ms. Amy Hamilton for their assistance in providing a list of recommended titles.  Currently, the library offers an “English as A Second Language” program for adults.  At present, the program has 12 volunteer tutors.  The library provides training, meeting space and materials. The program is free to any adult in the community of Marshfield.  If you wish to participate in the literacy program either as a student or a tutor, please contact Acting Director Chris Woods for details.

By Jed Phillips, Reference Associate

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
Directed by Roger Michell
Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

Hyde Park on Hudson is the story of the love affair of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney) and the weekend in 1939 that King George VI (The same king portrayed in the King’s Speech) and the queen visit FDR in upstate New York.
Bill Murray is quite possibly my favorite actor of all time, and this film serves as a good example as to why.  His portrayal of FDR as a witty, brilliantly insightful yet flawed man results in a compelling and nuanced character that becomes the focus of every scene he is in.  Additionally, Laura Linney excels as cousin Daisy, star struck by a charming man and the big world he lives in.  Also, I must add a well earned honorable mention for Samuel West’s role as the frustrated, stuttering, yet charming King George VI, or as FDR calls him, Bertie.  While these three stand out, I was really impressed with the quality of performance from just about the entire cast.
But how can I sum this film up?  Well, it depends on one’s perspective, I suppose.  Maybe it is a comedy, a subtle, intelligent comedy where Bill Murray seems to get the joke long before we do.  Perhaps we can classify it as a docudrama of the meeting of two world leaders?  Or possibly it is a romance?  I suppose it is a blending of all three, one that is engaging and thoroughly enjoyable.  Give this film a chance; you will be glad you did.  It is located in our extensive DVD collection under HYD for Hyde Park!

By “Miss Jen”, Jennifer Malaguti, Head of Children’s Services

Ø      September 16th Our Kids’ programs will begin the week of September 16th.

Ø      September 16th Tales for Tots will begin on September  16  @ 10:30 am on Mon, Tues, Wed until December 11th.

Ø      September 18th  Wiggles & Giggles Storytime for preschool age (3-4) will be held on Wednesdays beginning Sep 18th-Dec 11th @2pm.

Ø      September 19th Storycraft is back on Thursdays at 2pm for ages 5-7 until Dec 12th.

Ø      September 21st Our middle school book group will meet on September 21st  at 2:30, ages 12-14 – Monthly Until Dec 14th

Ø      September 26th Our grade school book group will meet on September 26th from 4:00-4:45 ages 8-11 - Until Dec 20

Ø      October 5th is Duct-Tape Palooza at the library for ages 8+. We will make simple duct-tape crafts! We will provide duct tape, but kids are welcome to bring their own as well!  Registration is required and will begin the week of September 16th.

Tuesday, September 10, 6:00-7:30, “Memories of the Cliff Hotel” Book Signing/Lecture
Saturday, September 14, 2:00-3:00, Quintessential Brass Concert – Free!
Tuesday, September 17, 9:30-11:00 Lifelong Learning Kick-off/COA - Register for classes
Saturday, September 21, 10:00-12:00 Ventress Library Lifelong Learning Registration
Tuesday, September 24, 6:00-7:30, Ebooks Class at Library, Sign up through COA
Saturday, October 19, 2.:00-3:00, “Jazz at the Ventress” Concert – Free!
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00-7:30, “Genealogy for the Very Begineer” – Michael Brophy

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