Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 2013

Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

MARCH  2013         Volume 20, No. 3

By Jaclyn Robinson, Library Assistant

The Yise Gardeners and the Ventress Library Staff will be presenting their 12th annual Books in Bloom on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and enjoy this "Sign of Spring"; an eagerly anticipated yearly event where talented designers interpret their favorite books in flowers. Designs are by members of the Yise Gardeners, the garden club which meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Marshfield's YWCA, and the library staff. There will be a raffle, a “Popular Prize” voted upon by the attendees, and a book sale of wonderful used gardening books. Come early for the best selection! Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event, open to the public; no tickets are required. The library and program room are handicapped accessible.

Again this year, The Yise Gardeners will be selling lovely Easter and Spring centerpieces and hostess gifts to benefit their Marshfield High School Scholarship fund.

Please plan to attend this flower-filled Spring day at the library!


Ventress Library Cultural Series brings back its popular concert "Native Irish Music Returns"  on Saturday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eamonn Sheehan will present a lively performance of authentic tunes from the Emerald Isle. Guitar and fiddle playing will accompany the singing. Again, this year's special guest is Irish music legend Patsy Whelan. (see for information).All ages are invited to attend this free concert. The program includes American/Irish favorites as well as authentic Irish folk tunes. Audience participation is encouraged!  Ventress Memorial Library Cultural Series programs are free and open to the public. No tickets  are required. Light refreshments are served at a post concert social hour. On Tuesday, March 19 Abington resident and professional genealogist Michael  Brophy will present a lecture and workshop "Paddy on the Net" about Irish-American Catholic genealogy from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Please visit for more information. Free and open to the public. No tickets are required. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marshfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

By Wendy Ward, Head of Children’s Services

Story times are ongoing in the children’s room.  We are offering Story Time on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. for 4 year olds on their own (a drop-in program), Tales for Tots on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 for children age 0-3 along with their caregivers (a drop-in program) and Story Craft on Thursdays at 2:00 pm for 5-7 year olds on their own.  This program requires registration.
Also, popular singer/guitarist Mama Steph will perform on Saturday, March 16th at 10:30 a.m.  This performance is geared to preschoolers and their parents/caregivers.  The show is free of charge and no registration is necessary to attend.

By Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Services

Zinio: OCLN Provides On-Line Magazine Service
Get free magazines sent to your device or to your computer! Login with your library card at and sign-up. Zinio for Libraries provides a quick and easy way for patrons to read digital copies of their favorite magazines through a digital platform that recreates magazines page-for-page, including full color pictures. Simply by using your library card, patrons will be able to read, interact with, and explore the largest selection of magazines anywhere. Compatible with iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android, PC and Mac. Best of all, there are no wait periods or holds, current issues are immediately available to any patron with a library card.

Got Suggestions?
Did you know the library has a suggestion list at the circulation desk? Are you searching for a book, DVD, CD, etc. that you can’t seem to find at the library? Suggest it to us! If we can get our hands on a copy of it from our vendors then we will try and order it. Please feel free to keep checking back with our staff to see if we were able to order the item. We want to see our patrons happy, of course!

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 Rosa will find you your next read.

Circ Stats
The library circulated 14,517 items in February!
                      By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant

Pop CD of the Month
“Blak and Blu”
by Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. is a multi-talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who hails from Austin, Texas.  His style has been influenced by nearly every genre of music including blues, rock, jazz, soul, country and hip hop.
Clark, who began playing guitar at age 12, also plays trumpet, bass and drums. In his teen years, the artist became a fixture entertaining at Antone’s music club in Austin, where blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan honed his career and Stevie’s brother Jimmie Vaughan took Clark under his wing.  Since embarking on his musical journey, Clark has taken the stage with some veteran musicians including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow and Steve Winwood.
The CD, Clark’s first full length major label debut, opens with “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round,” a rocker fueled by a buoyant bass line, brass section, and driving guitar riffs. “Travis County” is a bit of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and the Beatles’ “Back in the U.S.S.R.” rolled into one rollicking package.  For some hip hop style, listen to “The Life” and tune in to “Numb’ with its meandering fuzztone guitar for a sound experience reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.  In fact, Clark covers the Hendrix song “Third Stone from the Sun” on the album and if you close your eyes you can almost be transported back to the Sixties.
Clark slows the pace down a bit on “Please Come Home,” a ballad that’s driven by the musical memories of Motown, a kicking rock guitar solo, and falsetto vocals in the style of Smokey Robinson.  The album closes with the Delta blues influenced “Next Door Neighbor Blues,” on which Clark plays acoustic guitar and drums.
In April, Clark will perform at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in New York City.  Just like one of the tunes on the CD, “Bright Lights,” the future looks extremely bright for this chameleon musician who has listened attentively to many great artists and shaped their influences into a style that’s all his own.

Ø      Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Library Program Room, Book Signing, “The Journey of a Motherless Child” by Mi Sun Donahue  visit
Ø      Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Library Program Room, Informative presentation by Wildlands Trust, a non-profit conservation organization protecting land in Southeastern Massachusetts visit
Ø      Friday, April 5, 9 – 11  a.m., Marshfield Senior Center, 230 Webster Street, Registration breakfast event to kick off “Opportunities” lifelong learning Spring/Summer 2013 classes – come meet the teachers and register!
Ø      Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Ventress Library, “Opportunities” lifelong learning sign-ups for classes – see what is planned for next semester!

Do you have one spare hour a week to help an adult learn English?
The Marshfield Ventress Library ESL tutoring program is in need of
more tutors to teach English as a second language. No previous
experience is needed - really the only requirement is to be fluent
in English! We have an immediate need for afternoon tutors, but
we often need tutors for evenings or weekends. The program
provides support and ESL teaching resources at the library. As
the tutor and learner get to know each other, the needs of the
student become more obvious and the tutor adjusts the lessons.
Besides teaching English, the tutor might help answer questions
that arise about such things as information received from a child's
school or an expression that mystifies the student. It is a rewarding
experience for all involved and is not a huge time commitment.
It is a good opportunity to help encourage, advance and integrate
these non-native speakers into the community. Anyone interested
in volunteering to be a tutor should contact ESL Coordinator Amy
Hamilton at 781-834-4779 or e-mail her at

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 
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Newsletter staff:   Chris Woods, Editor; Jaclyn Robinson, Artist

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