Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
MARCH 2014 Volume 21, No. 3
From the Director. . .
Snow may be on the ground and there’s a nip in the air, but spring is on the way. It’s time to start planning changes to your landscape, your home, and yourself. Come into the library and check out our home improvement, self improvement, and gardening books. Remember that if we do not have what you are looking for we have access to materials from libraries across the state. We receive deliveries to our library five days a week. So… get a jump on spring and plan your project this weekend.
Keep in mind when you are planning your April vacation activities that the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library generously donate discount passes to seventeen parks and museums. These passes are for use by Marshfield residents only.
The Friends meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. in the local history room and are currently seeking new members. So please join us and become a member of this dedicated group. If you have any questions please contact Library Director Cyndee Marcoux at 781-834-5535.
If you would like to serve the library in a different way, why not consider serving on the Board of Library Trustees or on the soon to be formed Library Building Renovation Committee? Applications for these positions are available at the Selectman’s office.
I am happy to announce the first of many new services coming to the Ventress Memorial Library. The library now has two notaries on staff, myself and Assistant Director Chris Woods. Please call in advance to make an appointment or to make sure one of us is available that day to notarize your signature.
Do you use social media? We will soon be conducting a survey to learn which types of media you use so we can target how we spread library information.
As I write this, snowflakes are falling outside the library window. Let me close by saying… Spring will come, it does every year!!
Cyndee J Marcoux
CIRCULATION STATS AND CHAT
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services
SCI-FI/FANTASY PICK OF THE MONTH
Magician's End by Raymond E. Feist
Thirty years ago, Raymond E. Feist wrote his first novel, Magician, a story about an orphan boy named Pug who is thrust by a war into captivity in an alien world, only to rise from slavery to become a Master Magician. Magician introduced readers to Midkemia and the Riftwars, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred this remarkable realm for generations. Now, after twenty-nine books (authored and coauthored), Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career: Magician's End, the final chapter of the Chaoswar Saga and the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.
An uneasy quiet has settled upon Midkemia in the wake of a surprise invasion. But the land is far from peaceful. Leaderless, the Kingdom is on the brink of anarchy and civil war, unless Hal conDoin, Duke of Crydee, and his brothers can rally their allies to crown a new king. They must move quickly, for war has left the land vulnerable to an agency of horrific destruction not of this world. No one is safe, not even the Star Elves whose city deep in the Grey Tower Mountains has come under attack by an ancient darkness that seeks to extinguish every living thing in Midkemia.
Yet the bravery of determined warriors—brothers in blood and arms—is not enough to ensure the Kingdom's preservation without the magic of the Master Sorcerer Pug. A powerful spell has trapped him, his son Magnus, and two unlikely allies in an unfamiliar realm, and they must find their separate ways home—a journey of memory and discovery that will illuminate the truth of the destiny that awaits them. But to save Midkemia—and everything he has fought for and all he cherishes—Pug will have to pay the ultimate price.
A breathtaking tale of elves and men, love and hate, ambition and sacrifice, intrigue and brotherhood, war and peace, Magician's End brilliantly captures the essence of life and the eternal struggle for survival. It is an extraordinary ending to the magnificent saga that has made award-winning Raymond E. Feist a legend.
ON THE SHELVES
Our young adult collection continues to grow! New titles added in February include:
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Every Day by David Levithan
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Proxy by Alex London
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth E. Wein
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
The library circulated 13,611 items in February!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT?
Tales for Tots: Infants-3 years with a parent or guardian. Twenty minutes of simple stories, songs and fingerplays followed by a 30 minute play group. DROP-IN PROGRAM. Now on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Wiggles & Giggles: 3-4 year olds on their own. 25-30 minutes of picture book stories, songs and fingerplays. DROP-IN PROGRAM. Now on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Storycraft: 5-7 year olds on their own. 45 minutes of longer stories and a related craft. PRE-REGISTER for second session on 3/17/14. Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
PJ Storytime: *New!* Wear your pj’s!! Occurs on the first Thursday of each month. Upcoming PJ storytimes are 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7 all at 6:00 p.m.
Book Clubs: Openings for Middle School (6th-8th grade) Book Group, and Teen Book Group. Inquire in Children’s Room.
Lego Club: *New* Ages 5+ (younger siblings with parent supervision.)
Register by phone or in the Children’s Room. Occurs on the last Monday of each month until summer. Upcoming Lego program on 3/31 and 4/28 both at 4:30 p.m.
JENKS JAZZ AND JIVE
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant
CD of the Month – On the First Occasion – The Ellis Marsalis Trio – JAZZ
Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the musical Marsalis family, lends his extraordinary talent as a pianist to this delightful album of American standards. Accompanied by his youngest son, Jason Marsalis, on drums, and Bill Huntington on bass, Ellis Marsalis creates a rich sonic experience delivered by only three instrumentalists.
In 1974, Marsalis was teaching music at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a high school offering intensive training for aspiring artists. Marsalis decided to record and release an album called Solo Piano Reflections under his own label ELM Records. Since that time he has recorded many albums under contract and as a guest performer. However, when his Sony deal wasn’t renewed, he revived ELM Records and produced On the First Occasion, recorded in 1998, mixed in 2003, and finally released on CD in 2004.
As a teacher at the University of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana, Marsalis influenced many students including his sons – trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason. Pianist, vocalist, composer and actor Harry Connick Jr. was also a former pupil. Marsalis encouraged his students to discover music through experimenting and careful listening. In 2007 Marsalis received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University for his contributions to jazz and music education.
Highlights of On the First Occasion include George and Ira Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” the Barbra Streisand classic “People,” and “So In Love” by Cole Porter.
Marsalis and his sons Jason and Delfeayo perform on a regular basis at the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro in New Orleans. If a trip to the Big Easy isn’t in the cards, simply listen to this impeccably rendered album of timeless songs, and you’ll be transported to the musical nightlife right on Frenchmen Street!