Friday, July 12, 2013

July 2013

Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

JULY  2013         Volume 20, No. 7


Trustees Appoint Acting Library Director
Ventress Memorial Library Board of Trustees appointed a veteran library employee as Acting Director. Chris Woods began her new role on July 1, and will serve until a permanent director is hired. Chris has a long history with the Ventress Library starting as a volunteer in 1991, under then-director Dennis Corcoran, writing and producing the “Ventress Voice” newsletter. She was hired as a part-time reference librarian in 1994, and then promoted to Head of Reference Services in 1996. Chris has made many contributions during her tenure including: creating and managing special events and the annual Veterans Day program; starting a classic book group; initiating and growing the Ventress Library Cultural Series over a 15-year period; handling the library’s publicity, social media and website functions; securing grant money to fund programs; troubleshooting computers; and teaching both staff and the public how to access eBooks and magazines on tablets and portable devices. As a steering committee member for Marshfield’s “Opportunities” lifelong learning program, she plans and teaches classes on various subjects for adults of all ages and leads cultural outings. Chris holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College and a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross. A 26-year resident of Marshfield, where she raised a family of three sons with her husband Kevin, Chris enjoys choral singing, cooking and, of course, reading! Feel free to contact her at the library at 781-834-5535 at or through

Your Library Needs YOU!!
The library board is increasing from five to seven members and is now accepting applications to fill the two positions. Trustees are planning many new and exciting changes at the library and now is an excellent time to join the team! Your time and talent will help us achieve important goals. Questions about becoming a library trustee can be e-mailed to Chair Mary Ann Walsh at

Mary Ann Walsh, Chair  
Jeanne Horan, Clerk  
Jean Christensen, Treasurer 
Michelle Noonan
Robert Brait

By Jennifer Malaguti, Head of Children’s Services
Happy summer to you! I am pleased to introduce myself to you as VML’s new Children’s Librarian, Miss Jen. We have some fun programs scheduled this summer, and some new ones I wanted to share with you as well.
v     First, Summer Reading Registration continues! Registration began for “Dig Into Reading 2013” on Monday, June 17 and will continue throughout the summer, so please come in and meet me in the kids room soon!
v     On July 10th, we have a fun science program, Mad science: Dig into Dinos! Ages 5-8. Sign up now.
v     Soule Homestead brings a special composting program to us on July 15th at 10:30 a.m. sign up begins on July 2nd.
v     July 24th 10:30 a.m. come in and craft with Miss Jen.  Make your very own beanstalk to take home, and watch grow! Sign ups begin on July 16th.
v     August 1st, Thursday at 6:00 p.m. is Pajama Storytime! Sign ups start on July 23rd. Bring your favorite cuddly pal and munch on some milk and cookies.
v     Wingmasters: Birds of Prey is our final program. Pick up free tickets on July 23rd. Ages 5+.
             Please stop by and introduce yourself anytime!
–Miss Jen

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss

The Seaside Gardeners Beautify the Library
By Jaclyn Robinson, Library Assistant
As the Library Staff and Trustees continue with the plan to beautify the library, we would like to make special mention of a group that has been beautifying our surroundings for many, many years. As you enter the library and glance to the right, you will take note of the magnificent oil portrait of Adelaide Phillips. She was the most famous female opera singer in America during the 19th century, and made her home in Marshfield from 1860 until her death at age 47 in 1862. Every week, all year long, a member of the Seaside Gardeners of Marshfield creates a floral display to grace the demilune table beneath her portrait. This might be a seasonal holiday display, a lovely potted plant or a beautiful vase of cut flowers. We all look forward to seeing what new idea a member of this talented group will come up with, each and every Monday morning! Please take a moment to enjoy this long-standing tradition, and join us in thanking the Seaside Gardeners for their years of service to the patrons of the library.

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050  781-834-5535
        Hours Mon. – Thurs.   10 – 8, Fri. and Sat.  10 – 4, Closed Sundays
Newsletter staff:   Chris Woods, Editor; Jaclyn Robinson, Artist