Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
JUNE 2013 Volume 20, No. 6
FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. . .
LIBRARY DIRECTOR RETIRES
After 17 years of service, Director Ellen Riboldi retired effective June 1, 2013. In Ellen’s notice to the Trustees, she expressed that “it has been an honor to serve the people of Marshfield.” The Trustees congratulate Ellen on a well-deserved retirement and thank her for the many years of service. Until such time a new director is hired, all inquiries should be made to Chris Woods, Head of Reference at email@example.com and 781-834-5535.
TRUSTEES PRESENT SPACE NEEDS TO SELECTMEN
The Library Trustees made a presentation at the June 3 Selectman’s meeting about the library’s need for building improvements and additional space. The current library building opened in 1984 in a converted supermarket. Due to very little maintenance over the years, the building is showing its age. Marshfield’s population has grown to more than 25,000 but the library’s square footage has not expanded to meet the town’s need. The library’s 18,000 square foot space simply is not adequate anymore. The area of greatest need is for the Children’s library to expand. The Children’s space of 3,100 square feet is cramped quarters for children and families. The Trustees presented the children’s room challenges including jammed shelving, limited seating and study space, shelves at inappropriate heights and no space for children’s programs. The Trustees proposed to the Selectmen adding space to the library by expanding into the adjacent 4,000 square foot area. This would allow the children’s department to expand into the existing program room, nearly doubling its space. Should the Selectmen grant the library the additional space, it would become a new program room for library and community use. Two other organizations are also vying for space at Library Plaza. A decision regarding space use will hopefully be determined over the summer. More to follow! To support the library’s effort please e-mail Marshfield4RLibrary@gmail.com.
BOARD INCREASES FROM FIVE TO SEVEN MEMBERS
At the April Town Meeting, voters approved increasing board membership from five to seven, creating two openings. These volunteer positions are for a three-year term and applications may be obtained at the Selectmen’s office. Review of applications will be done by Trustees and final selection will be determined and appointed by the Selectmen. The Trustees are poised to take action to improve and hopefully expand the library building. We are looking for hands-on people, who will actively participate and collaborate
with the Trustees. Time requirements include one monthly meeting as well as committee and/or independent work. Questions about becoming a library trustee can be e-mailed to Chair Mary Ann Walsh at Marshfield4RLibrary@gmail.com.
Mary Ann Walsh, Chair
Jeanne Horan, Clerk
Jean Christensen, Treasurer
By Chris Woods, VV Editor
May 2013 was a month of changes at the Ventress Memorial Library with some staff members transitioning to different endeavors and new staff being welcomed to the library team. Ellen Riboldi retired after many years of service and plans to travel, with perhaps Australia as a first stop. Wendy Ward left her position as Head of Children’s Services on May 22. After 13 wonderful years of working with Marshfield’s youth, she has chosen to devote her time to family commitments. We will miss you, Wendy! Library Assistant Karen Delcourt is ably holding the reins until Wendy’s successor begins on June 17. Jennifer Malaguti comes to the Ventress from Holbrook Public Library, where she was Head of the Children’s Department. Please join us in welcoming Jennifer to our town’s library. Watch this space for a future “VV Interview” with Jennifer once she gets settled in. Library Assistant Jane Covitz re-located with her husband out of state, but plans to apply for a library job in her new neighborhood. In honor of Jane’s twelve years of service, we are reprinting her famous guacamole recipe in this issue of the Voice, “one for the road” so to speak. Library substitute and former volunteer Eileen Cedrone is joining the permanent staff as a Library Assistant. Eileen lives in Marshfield with her husband Jeff and daughter Brianna. After graduating from Holy Cross College in Worcester with her husband, (Ed. note: also the alma mater of VML Friends’ President Joyce Kinsman and this VV Editor.) they both pursued legal degrees. Eileen worked briefly as an attorney before becoming a stay-at-home mother for fourteen years. Now, she has returned to her first love: books. Thanks for choosing to join us, Eileen – you are an asset to the staff! In other changes, see Amy Rosa’s column on page 3 about her maternity leave, which began on June 1. Reference Librarian Carrie Tucker will perform the duties of Circulation Supervisor on a temporary basis until Amy’s return in September. Amy and husband Jon’s child will be our first “library baby!” Please stop by and say “hi” to our newest staff members and make them feel at home.
CIRC STATS and CHAT
By Amy Rosa, Head of Circulation Services
I will be going on maternity leave for the summer beginning in June. This means that my New Books Blog and the Live Facebook Reader’s Advisory chat will be put on hold until September. I apologize for those of you who love to look at the weekly “Picks” but if you come across a great read for a Teen Pick of the Week or any other type of Pick of the Week please email me. I would love to add some patron Pick of the Week in the fall. My email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can even leave a note for me with the circulation staff with your favorite book and your information.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I will see you all again in the fall!
JENKS JAZZ AND JIVE
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant
Start your summer by listening to some new music from our collection!
NEW MUSIC CDS
Minute by Minute – The James Hunter Six
Pioneer – The Band Perry
Wheelhouse – Brad Paisley
We Have Made a Spark – Rose Cousins
Romantique – Richard Clayderman
Dreamweaver - Gandalf
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Greatest Hits on Earth – 5th Dimension
In Time – The Mavericks
Native – OneRepublic
The Living Room Sessions – B.J. Thomas
The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake
What About Now – Bon Jovi
One for the road. . .
By Jane Covitz, Recent VML Library Assistant/Culinary Enthusiast
Summer is just about here and with that comes seasonal cook-outs and the question “What should I bring?” My go-to is usually guacamole. It’s easy, fresh, and healthy! It’s also quick, which is great. Whenever I need to make something for an occasion I always seem to go back to my favorite cookbooks like those by Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), Giada De Laurentiis, and anything by America’s Test Kitchen. “Food Network Magazine” has a new cookbook out called “1,000 Easy Recipes,” where I found quite a few great new recipes. Here is my tried and true recipe for guacamole (it makes about 3 cups).
3 or 4 ripe avocados (the dark, almost black ones)
Half of a small red onion diced
1 small jalapeno ,seeded and diced
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 half cup of fresh chopped cilantro
1 can of black beans, rinsed (optional)
Juice of 1 limeSalt and pepper to taste
DON’T MISS MARSHFIELD’S SUMMERFEST ON SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
PARADE AT 11 A.M. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT RIDES FOOD CRAFT FAIR
Library will have a mini-booksale at Town Hall and sponsor Big Ryan for the children!
(Library will be closed for business that day)
Check it out on Facebook for all the details “Marshfield Summerfest”