Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February 2014


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

FEBRUARY  2014         Volume 21, No. 2

From the Director. . .


I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Ventress Memorial Library’s new Director.  It has only been a few weeks since I joined this amazing staff and I am enjoying my new position tremendously. The staff and patrons of the library are wonderful and have been very welcoming.

For those of you I haven’t met, I come to Marshfield with nineteen years of public library experience. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of the Seekonk Public Library. Prior to that, I was the Director of the Auburn Public Library in Auburn, MA. I also worked at the Blackstone Public Library in Blackstone, MA for fourteen years holding every position from page to Director.  I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston.

I have called Southeastern Massachusetts home for my entire life.  In my free time I enjoy reading, quilting, sports and spending time with my children and grandchild.  I am passionate about public libraries and believe they are the heart and soul of every community.

Andrew Carnegie said “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” I could not agree more.  As we all know, people spend more and more time interacting with screens and less time interacting with their friends, neighbors and family. Libraries fill the need for face-to-face interaction necessary to the well-being of people and communities. People depend on their public library for information but also for personal interaction.

There are many of you that I have not had the opportunity to meet so please introduce yourself the next time you visit the library.  Keep your eyes and ears open for the many changes to come in the near future. The Ventress staff is enthusiastic for the future and we hope you will be as excited about it as we are.  I look forward to meeting with all of you.
Yours Truly,
Cyndee Marcoux
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services

As many of you know, the OCLN server underwent some maintenance from January 27-30, limiting some of the services we provide, including placing hold requests, email notifications of available holds and overdue notices, use of any of the “My Account” features on the OCLN website, and use of the statewide Virtual Catalog. I’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time, and I am happy to report that these services have now been restored.

In New England, February still means cold weather and the possibility of snow in our future. But February also brings with it longer days, the prospect of spring just around the corner, and, of course, Valentine’s Day.

I used to loathe Valentine’s Day. Sappy Hallmark cards; conversation hearts; deceptively cute cherubs ominously armed with bows; drug stores showcasing so much pink it would put Barbie’s dreamhouse to shame? No, thank you.

Recently, I’ve come to realize Valentine’s Day provides a perfectly acceptable excuse to fall off the New Year’s resolution wagon and back into a box of chocolates, preferably of the heart-shaped variety. A box of chocolates, a warm blanket, and a good book: that’s my idea of a hot date, especially on these frosty February nights.

And nothing goes better with an unbridled love affair with chocolate – and Valentine’s Day – than zombie romance. (Wait. What?!)

In, Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion,
R is having a no-life crisis – he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. 
And then he meets a girl. 

First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl – although she looks delicious – he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

We added a lot of new note-worthy titles to our young adult collection in December and January. Here are just a few:

Freakboy by Kristin Clark
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Swagger by Carl Deuker

By Jen Malaguti, “Miss Jen


Regular story times continue:

Wiggles & Giggles, drop-in, ( ages 3-4) our new preschool storytime meets on Mon at 10:30 and Tues at 2:00.

Tales for Tots continues, drop-in, (ages 0-3) meets now on Tues and Wed 10:30.

Storycraft, registration, (ages 5-7) Thurs at 2:00. Session 1 is filled, but we are offering a second session beginning on March 17th. Register today!

Join us for a special Pajama Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover:
On Thurs, Feb 6th at 5:30, your stuffed animal is invited to sleep overnight at the library.  Register today for a special PJ storytime, eat some cookies, and leave your
stuffed animal off at the library. We've planned all sorts of special activities for them after you've gone home. Ask them about it when you pick them up between 12-4 the next day! Pictures will be available soon after on our website! (Limited to 20.)

Tues, Feb 18th at 4:30, Wanna build with Legos? Come to the library on Monday, Feb 17th, during school vacation week. Ages 6+ no registration, but limited supply of Legos. Parent supervision required for younger siblings and if you bring your own Legos. Let's Play!

Fri, Feb 21st at 1:00, Big Ryan is coming back to the Ventress Memorial Library for a family fun show. No registration.

* Thurs, Feb 27th at 5:30, Pajama Storytimes BEGIN. Join us the starting FEB 27th for a NEW monthly Pajama Storytime. Miss Jen will be in her PJ's on the first and last Thursdays of each month when we will read bedtime stories and listen to lullabies.

* This is a new regularly occurring PJ storytime and is different than the special Stuffed Animal Sleepover event which is happening on the 6th!

By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant
CD of the Month - Build Me Up From Bones
Sarah Jarosz – FOLK
Sarah Jarosz, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, has recorded an exceptional third album that showcases her distinct vocal and instrumental skills.  Build Me Up From Bones is a mix of folk, country and bluegrass music that leaves the listener piqued by the artist’s mellow voice, subtle harmonies and expertise on mandolin, guitar and banjo.
At age 16, Jarosz signed a recording contract with Sugar Hill Records and released CDs in 2009 and 2011. Build Me Up From Bones was issued shortly after her graduation from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2013.
Working with cellist Nathaniel Smith and violinist Alex Hargreaves, Jarosz creates music that is exquisitely simple and understated, yet at the same time intricately rich and complex.  Her efforts show a lyrical and musical maturity well beyond her years.  Standout songs are “Mile on the Moon” and “Dark Road.”  Jarosz shines on two tracks that illustrate her ability to interpret and reinvent compositions by other artists.   “Simple Twist of Fate” is a Bob Dylan tune that features only the dulcet tones of Jarosz’s voice and a hauntingly beautiful cello accompaniment. 
Harpist Joanna Newsom’s song, “The Book of Right-On,” features Jarosz’s formidable talent on mandolin in collaboration with her cellist and violinist.
The New York Times has hailed Sarah Jarosz as “one of acoustic music’s finest talents.”  From the sound of her latest CD, Jarosz is only beginning what may be a promising and long lasting musical career.
               By Jed Phillips, Reference Associate

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Hollywood lost one of it’s greats on this past Sunday, February 2nd, to what seems to be yet another tragic and all too familiar story of addiction.  For those of you who don’t know, I refer to the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Because of this tragic loss, our normal Ventress Video will be put on hold in favor of a journey through the brilliant and all too short career of arguably one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992).  He had several other supporting roles following this but his true breakout performance was undoubtedly Boogie Nights (1997) directed by phenomenal director, Paul Thomas Anderson.

Following his success in Boogie Nights, Hoffman established himself as talented actor in a variety of supporting and second leads in both indie and major features, including Twister (1996), Happiness (1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Magnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and most recently as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

It is astounding how many of my absolute favorite films Philip Seymour Hoffman acted in.  To his polite and spineless sycophant Brandt in the cult classic The Big Lebowski (1998), to his portrayal of jaded music reporter, Lester Bangs, “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool.” in Almost Famous (2000).  He is spellbinding as Truman Capote in Capote (2005), a role that he deservedly earned a best actor Oscar.  And let us not forget his performance opposite Meryl Streep as charismatic and passionate Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt (2008).

While Philip Seymour Hoffman won only the one Oscar he was in fact nominated three times for best supporting actor in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008), and The Master (2012).  These three films serve as the best proof that this man was born to act.  The Master, in my mind the greatest performance of his all too short career, especially drives home the fact that this man was at the pinnacle of his craft. 

And so it is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to this magnificent actor who will be sorely missed.  My heart goes out to his family and friends.  And I, for one, will be enjoying a marathon viewing of some of my favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman films very soon.  Philip Seymour was 46.  He is survived by three children and his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell.
Films to Watch
Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman:

The Big Lebowski
Almost Famous
25th Hour
The Savages
Charlie Wilson’s War
Synecdoche, New York
Jack Goes Boating
The Master

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