Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
JANUARY 2013 Volume 20, No. 1
A NOTE FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. . .
Happy New Year Ventress Library patrons! We have been very busy over the last few months trying to prepare wonderful changes to the library for 2013. As you can see from the outside of the library, we had some shrubs removed, ground area cleaned and trees trimmed. Our goal is to improve the visibility of patrons entering and leaving the library and improve visibility of drivers.
In the coming year we would like to see further improvement to the outside of the library. Ms. Noonan has been working with contractors to obtain bids to power wash the building, walkway and pillars, reface and paint the building surfaces, improve lighting and landscape the grounds. The “Got-Books” bin will be relocated to the right of the library onto a grassy area, thereby opening two additional parking spaces closer to the library and improving parking area appearance.
As you can see, we are diligently working behind the scenes of the library. Changes are coming to provide all Marshfield residents an improved Ventress Memorial Library.
Ventress Library Board of Trustees
Mary Ann Walsh, Jeanne Horan, Jean Christensen, Michelle Noonan and Bob Brait
LIBRARY CULTURAL SERIES PROGRAM CONTINUES
By Chris Woods, Head of Reference Services
KING PHILIP’S WAR PROGRAM IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 15
Curious about King Philip's War? Come to the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield on Tuesday, January 15th (snow date January 22nd), at 6:00 pm to hear historian Edward Lodi talk about the uprising of Indian tribes against the English. In Curious Incidents in King Philip’s War he has gathered together thirty fascinating and for the most part little-known stories about the tragic conflict which, though it began here in our own backyard, quickly spread throughout all of New England to became the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. Some of the incidents discussed are New York’s invasion of Connecticut, a war hero accused of witchcraft, another captured by pirates, the terrible vengeance wreaked upon Major Walderne, the strange ordeal of a teenage soldier, what a grandmother forgot while baking bread, Silverheaded Tom, and the parson the Indians mistook for a demon. Lodi begins his talk with a brief overview of the war. Edward Lodi is the author of a number of other books, including Women in King Philip’s War, Ghosts from King Philip’s War (which contains stories of hauntings and mysteries), and Murder at Anawan Rock, a mystery novel set in the present with a plot dependent for its solution upon incidents from King Philip’s War. He welcomes questions during and after his talk; a book signing follows. The talk is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
“FLUTE SONGS FOR A NEW YEAR” IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
The Ventress Library Cultural Series will present the flute concert originally scheduled for January 12 on a new date of Saturday, January 26. Flutist Orlando Cela will present "Flute Songs for the New Year" at 2:00 p.m. He will educate and entertain the audience with polished renditions of classic flute solo pieces and provide instruction on the history of the flute and flute music. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Cela started playing flute at a very early age. As a flutist, conductor and teacher, he embraces all aspects of music from Vivaldi's Double Concerto to Indian classical music. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Light refreshments will be served. The library and program room are handicapped accessible. Treat yourself to a creative, refreshing and relaxing start to the New Year with beautiful music!
By Wendy Ward, Head of Children’s Services
Our 2013 Winter/Spring Story Times will begin the week of January 14th. Once again, we will be offering the following: TALES FOR TOTS – geared to infants – age three and their parent caregiver on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m., STORY TIME – geared to four year olds on their own on Monday mornings at 10 a.m., and STORY CRAFT – geared to kids age 5-7 on their own on Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. Tales for Tots and Story Time require no registration to attend. Children must register for each session of Story Craft. Registration for the first session of Story Craft begins on Monday January 7th in the children’s room of the library.
We are looking for new members for our grade school book club. Kids in grades 4 and 5 are welcome to join. We meet every four – six weeks and the participants choose the books we read. Please contact Mrs. Ward in the children’s room at 781-834-5535 if you would like to join us.
CIRCULATION STATS AND CHAT
By Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Services
PASTEL PAINTING WORKSHOP BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Our favorite artist Gregory Maichack is coming back to the Ventress Library for a new pastel painting workshop. This year he will be presenting “Monet’s Mirror: A Pastel Workshop,” which is a hands-on workshop for adults with all materials included. The workshop will be on Thursday January 31, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Space is limited and sign-up will be required. Sign-up will begin on Thursday January 10. Please contact Amy Rosa for further information.
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 Rosa will find you your next read.
The library circulated 14,164 items in December!
JENKS, JAZZ AND JIVE
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant
FOCUS ON INSTRUMENTS – THE VIOLIN
CD of the Month “Music from a Farther Room”
Artist: Lucia Micarelli
Lucia Micarelli, an exceptional violinist, began playing the instrument at age three and attended Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music. She has toured with Chris Botti, Josh Groban and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Micarelli blends popular and classical music in an emotional and electrifying style. She has portrayed street musician Annie Talarico for three seasons on the popular HBO series “Treme,” a drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans. “Annie” is a violinist who jams with other performers equally as passionate about their craft to help restore a sense of normalcy to a city nearly devastated by the hurricane. Her character has evolved from a street performer to a professional musician and vocalist with her own band now landing club dates and a recording contract.
Micarelli’s CD “Music from a Farther Room” paints an intricate portrait of her beautiful style of playing. The selections on this 2004 release, produced by Josh Groban, range
from the classical music of Ravel and Sibelius, to popular compositions by David Foster, Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. You can hear the raw emotion of her violin in her rendition of “My Funny Valentine” by Rodgers and Hart. Accompanied only by piano, this is a poignant version of a classic tune. Also outstanding is “To Love You More” written by David Foster and Junior Miles, which is featured as a single selection and an encore track paired with Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Chris Botti’s CD “Live in Boston” features the violinist on “Emmanuel,” a brilliant duet with the trumpeter and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Micarelli shows a jazzier side on the soundtrack to Season One of “Treme” where she is featured on a couple of tracks including Jelly Roll Morton’s “New Orleans Blues.”
You’ll have a pleasant musical journey listening to the different musical styles a talented performer can express with an instrument.
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